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LAWRENCE: Henry Dixon Lawrance of Hamiota and formerly of Birtle passed away on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at the Birch Lodge Personal Care Home in Hamiota at the age of 93 years. Dixon is survived by his daughter Gail (Edward) Graham of Hamiota; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren. The funeral service will be held on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Birtle United Church with Linda Clark officiating. Interment will follow at the Birtle Cemetery. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Birch Lodge Personal Care Home, Hamiota or to a charity of their choice.
Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to raesfs@mymts.net
Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake is in care of the arrangements. (204)759-2160.
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MAE (Irvine- Milne) LeanApril 1, 1923 – Sept. 14, 2014
Cared for by her Scottish born parents, Bill and Maggie Milne, Mae arrived April 1, 1923. Older brothers, Archie and Norman, her sister Minnie and brother in law Mag Little, nearby bachelor uncles, Alex and Bill Sparks, better known to us as “Ec and Willie”, their sister, Jessie, and Grandma Sparks would soon shape Mom’s early and formative years. Mae spent her growing up years on the Milne farm near Isabella and Decker helping her parents with farm chores, tending to a large summer garden, carrying endless pails of water from the well to the house, bringing cows in from the pasture, looking after chickens, and the list goes on. Her gardening interests continued into married life as Mae continued to keep a large vegetable garden on our home farm. She particularly loved her flower gardens. Many vegetables and flower bouquets including sweet peas and glads were shared with family members and neighbors. As a little girl, Mae enjoyed animal life on the farm. Cats and farm dogs were her childhood companions. Mom would “nurse back to health” numerous little birds that would hit a window. More recently at PCH, a rescued cat, Honey, brought a smile to her face. Recent visits these past months from her grandchildren’s dogs were also much enjoyed. Soon, it would be time for Mae to attend Rothesay School, a one room school, and the hub of community life. There, she made many lifelong area friends and often entertained us with stories about her days growing up in a country school. One could be sure that her school mates would make the most of Mom’s April 1st birthday! For years, Mom and Dad continued to maintain their friendships with neighboring families often visiting back and forth with the Ashcroft and Irvine families for Sunday supper. Aside from the simple pleasures of farm life, Grandma Milne saw to it that Mae would have the opportunity to have some musical education. There was the promise of a piano, but only if she learned to play a set number hymns from the “old black hymn book” on a pump organ. Not an easy task for a little girl! It wasn’t long after that her dad traveled into Winnipeg and arranged for a piano to be shipped by train to Decker. Lessons and practice continued over many years, and Mae gradually became very skilled at both reading music and playing by ear. Her family’s love of Scottish music and dancing enhanced Mom’s range of musical abilities. No doubt, her keen interest in music would take her in many directions later in life! This would include teaching area children and adults both piano and organ, coaching and accompanying vocalists and choirs, and sharing her musical talents as a public school teacher. While Mae’s interest in music carried on as both her children, Alexis and Dennis, were encouraged to take music lessons. While daughter, Alexis would take part in many musical events including area festivals, her son, Dennis, played clarinet in Alex Whyte’s Rivers School Orchestra. Having to sing a duet or two with your sister or brother at a country school concert, admittedly…. neither of us kids were too thrilled! After attending Rothesay school, Mom went on to Decker to enter high school. She lived with her sister, Minnie, brother in law, Mag Little and their twin sons, Hector and Lloyd at the Little farm close to Decker. Her high school French studies and her keen interest in history were most helpful in her teaching years. To complete Grade 12, Mae moved to Minota and boarded with the Armitage family. She soon finished Normal School in Winnipeg and summer schools at Gimli. Her teaching career began at Kelloe (near Shoal Lake), then Gretna, and later Rapid City. Her years in Gretna were most memorable. While she taught in the public school, she immensely enjoyed all the wonderful musical activity that occurred in the Mennonite community. There, she made many lifelong friends. It was evident that Mae felt she needed to be closer to her elderly parents who remained on the farm. Getting a teaching position in Rapid City meant she could travel home by train to Decker. It was somewhat of a coincidence that mom boarded at our Auntie Bell’s home. Boarders soon became some of mom’s good friends. This included teaching friend, Marg Fallis. While Alex had courted a few lady friends, Dad was introduced to Mae at a Rapid City dance by family acquaintance, Marge Spearin. Like the Milnes, the Lean family greatly enjoyed their heritage which included “old fashioned” Scottish hospitality and a mutual enjoyment of “old time” music and dancing. Their afternoon wedding was arranged for July 10, 1948 at the home of Mag and Minnie Little’s lovely farm home followed by a honeymoon to Radium Hot Springs and Glacier National Park. Farm life at Blink Bonnie farm in the Moline district quickly resumed. Daughter, Alexis, arrived on their first wedding anniversary as well as son, Dennis, a year and a half later. Mae and Alex farmed for over 30 years, raising cattle, pigs and chickens while operating a grain farm. Throughout, our parents worked side by side whether it be pleasure or business. The change of farming seasons dictated their need to help each other. Mom was Dad’s navigator during times that we took family trips. Mae supported Alex in making farming decisions about renting and buying land, purchasing machinery and renovating our farm home. While Mom needed Dad’s assistance in springtime to prepare the ground for a large vegetable and flower for spring planting and summer watering, Mom was often recruited to help Dad move cattle, assist in moving equipment to various fields, give rides to the field, and drive the grain truck to and from the field to be loaded and unloaded during combining. Mae raised a good number of Leghorns in the spring and summer. A day was set aside for Dad to kill and pluck while Mom would dress the chickens for freezing. Her delicious canned chicken was a picnic hit on a hot days coupled with potato salad whenever there was a summer gathering. Many an afternoon lunch and tasty hot meal were prepared and delivered to the field. Nothing was more fun than helping Mom load up the car to drive to the field to have a visit with Dad and our neighbors who often worked together. Mae’s life centered around family. Immersed in rural life, she enjoyed her participation in the Women’s Co-op Guild and the United Church’s UCW group, both in Rivers and Trinity United (Brandon). Very fond of crocheting, knitting and sewing, Mae shared many of her projects. Mentioned at Alex’s memorial, there was considerable pride in our community that Moline was the first co-op to be established in Manitoba, both our parents enjoyed their long time affiliation with Co-op. Mom participated in the Co-op Guild for several years. Our folks particularly enjoyed the annual family camp gathering at what is now known as Camp Wannakumbac. Being a “co-op kid”, Alexis attended many summer camps at Clear Lake making many lifelong friends from all over Manitoba. Alex and Mae eventually built their retirement home in Brandon. Trinity United was their church of choice, and there they made many good friends and were soon involved in much of the same types of activities as they had been doing. They enjoyed keeping their travel trailer at Curran Park. In the late 80’s they purchased a cottage on the east side of Lake Minnedosa and looked forward to visiting each weekend with their family, their special friend, Elsie Jackson as well as other acquaintances. They enjoyed a number of trips to the southern states, Scotland and Hawaii. While it was difficult to get Dad to travel, he would remark after the fact, that he was that he was glad that they had had the opportunity. Their trip to Scotland to visit many family members and friends on both the Lean and Milne side was certainly a highlight in their years together.Words, alone, cannot speak of our parents’ devotion to family. Always overly caring and concerned about her family’s health, our wellbeing and our continuing education, Mae, “the teacher”, spent countless hours at the kitchen table helping her children master their times tables, long division as well as prepare for tests. On trips to Brandon, she borrowed numerous books from the children’s library. She helped both her children learn to drive around the farm. She was so very proud of her children, their spouses and her grandchildren’s accomplishments! As Alex and Mae made their move to personal care in Minnedosa more than 9 years ago, they continued to enjoy their photos taken of the family. Despite the challenges of growing old, our parents were able to continue to be together for 64 plus years. Our family could not have done this without the friendly, supportive and experienced staff at PCH these past several years. Family members cannot find enough words to thank everyone PCH including those who volunteered their time and talents to entertain and transport residents. There are not enough words to thank our Mom and Dad for all that they have done for our extended family. We are sure that Mom would soon be tinkling the ivories while Dad would be catching up on the farm papers. While your family can’t continue to be with you to turn on the TV, don’t forget to watch the Lawrence Welk Show on Sunday evenings! Safe journey, Mom, we miss you very much.
Samuel Alexander LeanSept. 3, 1919- March 22, 2014
A first generation Canadian and only child of Scottish immigrants, George and Grace Lean (nee Blake), Alex arrived on September 3, 1919. While Alex’s paternal grandparents and many aunts and uncles continued to live in Scotland, his mom’s parents, Alex and Grace Blake, came to Canada from Scotland soon after the turn of the century and farmed south of the Rapid City. As a child growing up, Alex did not take delight in being named Samuel, a long tradition granted to the eldest boy on the Lean side of the family! It would be 1912 when Alex’s dad came to Canada. George was single, in his early thirties, and eager for adventure. He followed his eldest brother, Sam Lean, who settled in the Fredericton area, as well as his younger brother, John (Uncle Jock) Lean. Aunts, uncles and cousins influenced our Dad’s early family life. Alex reminisced about spending time with his boy cousins, Jackie Blake and Mac and Bill Lean. He was quite sure that Granny Blake, liked the “boys” better than she liked the “girl” cousins. After all, he confessed, the boys could pretty much do whatever they wanted!Dad spent his early years growing up on what he referred to as the “Doc Young farm” south of Moline. Doc Young, veterinarian from Brandon, kept a farm in the country. Alex’s Dad, after arriving in Canada, joined his brother, Jock, who also worked there. Our grandmother, meanwhile, worked for the vet’s family in Brandon, and she would come out to the farm as housekeeper with the family in the summer time. Married in 1918, our grandparents made the home there. When Alex turned five, his parents purchased a half section west of Moline. Dad vividly recalled the family’s move to their new farm. This included a long, wagon ride with an unhappy cow tied to the wagon. Soon, it was time for Alex to attend Poplar Grove School, a typical one room school, west of the family farm. Not at all keen about having to start school, Alex recalled his first teacher, Mr. Peters, an older gentleman. Mr. Peters liked to have a snooze in the afternoon after the children came in after lunch. The success of children’s afternoon pranks depended on how alert their teacher was! Somewhat frustrated about working on correspondence courses, Dad left school at the end of Grade IX. Lifelong friendships were carved during his days at Poplar Grove to include family members from the Greer, Clack, and Milton families. Nearby, Zion Church was also a centre of family activity. Being a farm kid, Alex spent much of his time learning about rural life from his dad. As a little tyke, Dad can be seen in pictures tagging along to help with farm chores. Not only was our grandfather a farmer, he was a bee keeper. One afternoon upon returning from school, Alex could see that the barn had burnt down. Grandpa had been “smoking” the bee hive. Fluff from the trees ignited and so did the barn! Alex’s mom told us in later years that she ran out of the house to move a wagon away from the burning barn. Dad mentioned that the next day she could not budge the wagon! By 1934, a freight load of fresh lumber arrived by rail car from BC, and a new barn was soon raised in the farm yard bearing the Scottish name Blink Bonnie painted on the roof. Blink Bonnie is a Gaelic expression meaning “clear view”. Alex was soon introduced to the notion of “co-op”. A butcher by trade and involved in the co-operative movement in Scotland, his dad offered his butchering services to 12 families in the Moline area. On a weekly basis, one of twelve local area families would provide an animal for slaughter. The beef ring ensured that area families had fresh meat every week. Dad often mentioned how his dad loved his farm and farm life. Like so many others, Alex followed in his father’s footsteps. A young man, Alex attended the annual Seed Grower’s Conference in Winnipeg. He enjoyed curling with area neighbors at Moline and Cardale including the Murd Wiltsey rink. In his retirement years he made many new friends and acquaintances at the Brandon Curling Club. Upon his move to Minnedosa, Alex curled for a winter or so with his son in law, Mel, in the morning league. Staff at the Personal Care Home remarked that they could never remember any of their residents leaving PCH to go curling. This was a testament to the fact that at 87, Alex continued to be in good physical health. A hard working farmer until he retired, Dad’s workday never ended before early evening. By the time Alex turned twenty, numerous families were impacted by the advent of World War II. Considerably older than our grandmother, our grandfather’s personal health declined during the 1940’s until his passing in March of 1947. As there were no siblings, Alex was granted permission to remain home from military training in order to run the farm; however, he was expected to raise a large number of hogs, annually, as a wartime contribution. At that time, the barn was refitted for hog production. Alex was introduced to our Mom at a Rapid City dance by a family friend. Miss Mae Milne was a teacher at Rapid City school. City. Dad soon became acquainted with Mom’s family. Like the Leans, the Milne family greatly enjoyed their Scottish heritage which included good “old fashioned” hospitality and a mutual enjoyment of Scottish music as well as “old time” music and dancing. As were the times, Alex and his good friend, Deny Northcott, never missed an opportunity to enjoy an area dance. Dad would be busy hanging up Mom’s coat at the dance hall while Deny would have whirled Mom around the dance hall 3 times! Their afternoon wedding was followed by a honeymoon visit to meet the Alex Blake side of the family in BC including family at Buckhorn Ranch. With the arrival of their daughter, Alexis, the following summer and their son a year and a half after, Alex broke family tradition regarding the name Samuel. Together, our folks welcomed their 9 pound newborn son who was named Dennis Scott Lean. Alex lived on the family farm for close to 60 years raising cattle and pigs while operating a grain farm. His work days were long days. Coming in at noon for one of Mom’s many hundreds of roast beef dinners accompanied by fresh garden vegetables was always a treat. In good Scottish tradition, Dad’s sweet tooth was satisfied as Mom always had baking on hand. A couple of cups of steeped tea in hand, Dad would catch up on the farm news and weather report and get an update on the current livestock and grain prices on the CBC noon radio show from. He liked to keep informed and enjoyed reading a number of weekly farm papers that arrived in the mail. Many a lunch and tasty hot meal were prepared and delivered to the field from the kitchen. Nothing was more fun than helping Mom load up the car to drive to the field on warm days to have lunch or supper and a visit with Dad and his long time, friends and neighbors including Roy Greer. Dad served on the Manitoba Pool Elevator Board of Directors at Moline as well as local school board. While there was considerable pride in our community that Moline was the first co-op to be established in Manitoba, Alex was true supporter of the Co-op movement. As with our Mom, words, alone, cannot speak of Dad’s devotion to his family and his farm. As Alex and Mae made their move to personal care in Minnedosa, Dad continued to enjoy the aerial photo taken of the family farm in the 70’s. Dad was 94 years of age when he passed away March 22nd. Family are grateful for the care, compassion and sense of humour that both Alex and Mae received. Shared at Alex’s memorial, July 24th are kind words expressed by Dad’s long time, dear friend and farm neighbor, Roy Greer. Roy’s parents, Ollie and Jessie, farmed adjacent to our grandparents. While there was a ten year difference in age between them, age did not set Alex and Roy apart. “As a young boy the first person I can remember, other than family, was Alex, and we were neighbors for sixty years. I remember threshing, haying, seeding, picking stones and baling. We worked together all the time. Alex was a great neighbor. When you needed help, he was there. I often had trouble getting back to him as much as he helped me. In fact, after Alex and Mae moved to Brandon, I was in the hospital in harvest time. He made several trips out to the farm to swath. I knew he would not take any money, even for gas, so I got him a gift certificate from Co-op. He said nothing but came out one day when I happened to be away and left me some baler twine and tractor oil which he had purchased with the gift certificate. Alex had a good sense of humour and enjoyed a joke especially on himself! One day he had been out in the field with his truck and tractor picking stones and roots. That night he hopped into his truck and came home. The next morning he woke to the sound of a Ford Major running. While thinking that Bert, being his neighbor, had got an early start that morning, it suddenly struck him that it was his own Ford Major that was running! He had forgotten to turn the tractor off the night before! It would be remiss of me if I didn’t mention the respect that neighbors and the whole community had for Alex, He was looked up to for his honesty, integrity and work ethic. He was missed when he left Moline, and he is sadly missed at this time. It is an honour for me to say that Alex was the best friend I ever had.” This passage offered by Roy describes Alex, well. A quiet, peaceful man who enjoyed prairie life and “our farm home”. A gentleman who gave a great deal and expected little in return. Safe journey, Dad. Your family continues to miss you very much.Honorary pall bearers for Mae’s celebration Sept 22, 2014 included nieces Gail (David) Lane, Loretta (Stewart) Slymon and family friends, Elsie Jackson and Florence MacKay. Honorary pall bearers for Alex’s celebration of life July 24, 2014 included Alex’s cousin Jean Spiller, and family friends Elsie Jackson, Joyce and Gordon Espey, and Roy and Lorna Greer.Alex and Mae are survived by their son, Dennis and Jeanette Lean (Edmonton), as well as granddaughters Michelle and Byron Willcott (Fredericton), Terry and Marcin Zurowski (Edmonton), and Robyn Lean and Lance (Fabiosa) Edmonton. Daughter, Alexis and Mel Harvey (Minnedosa), granddaughter Alysa Harvey and Terry Ferguson (Thompson) and grandson, Brad and Mandy Harvey (Brandon). Presently, there are 7 great grandchildren. Genuine thanks to Rev. Natasha Pearen, Minnedosa United Church for her compassion and support to our parents and family. The family wish to thank the many folks at Minnedosa United Church for the lovely music and delicious lunch served. Many thanks to Beth English and Isobel Basso and accompanist, Eleanor Taylor for your beautiful musical selections shared. To Brockie Donovan staff members, your attention to detail and family support were greatly appreciated. Thank you to all, near and far, for your expressions of sympathy. This includes memorial donations made to the Patio fund at Minnedosa PCH in remembrance of our parents.
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LABAY: Stacie was born on a stormy morning January 2, 1981 to Dianne and Wayne Labay. Suddenly on October 15, 2014 she was taken from her family. The storm in this case left her daughter Mackenzie and their true inseparable love for each other in its wake. Left to cope with her passing are her daughter Mackenzie, parents Wayne and Dianne, sisters Cora (Mark) Pawluk of Shoal Lake, Whitney Labay (Zeb Hudon) of Winnipeg, aunts and uncles Jackie and Dave Witts of Calgary, Ken and Val Carton of Brandon. She was the loving aunt to Broden Veltri and Landon Pawluk, cousin to Tyler, Kayla and Carson Witts, Kristy and Kolby Carton. Stacie also leaves behind Mackenzie's father Alan Morden. Predeceased and caring for Stacie on her journey will be her grandparents Tony and Helen Labay, Byron and Barbara Carton and baby cousin Nicole Witts. Stacie was born and raised in Brandon and lived here all of her life. She graduated from Crocus Plains High School and then was employed in the food industry. Ten years ago the greatest Joy of her life was the birth of her precious daughter Mackenzie Lynn. Although she had many obstacles, she strived to give Mackenzie a better life and decided to continue her education by acquiring her Health Care Aide Certificate. With that she found employment at Rideau Park Personal Care Home where she worked until her passing. Stacie loved going to work to see the residents and co-workers. Her job meant a lot to her and was a big part of her life. She truly enjoyed caring for the elderly and they enjoyed her. When Stacie was not working, she and Mackenzie spent time together, camping, swimming and travelling. Her favorite trips were to Egypt and Arizona. A Funeral Ceremony to Celebrate Stacie's Life was held at Memories Chapel on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Celebrant was Rev. Fr. Patrick Neufeld of St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church with a Testament reading by Nick Labay. Cousin Carson Witts of Sooke, British Columbia was the Urn Bearer. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. If desired, donations to a trust fund established for Stacie's daughter Mackenzie Labay at Crocus Credit Union, 1016 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0L6 would be appreciated.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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KOROSCIL: Anne Koroscil of Brandon and formerly of Erickson passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the Brandon Health Centre at the age of 86 years. Anne was born on December 7, 1927, in the Village of Cudrynce, Poland, the only daughter of Paul J. and Eudokia (Dora) Gregorash. She came to Canada when she was only 7 years old with her mother and brother to meet up with her father who was working at Kippens Mill north of Clear Lake. From there they moved to farm in the Crawford Park District where she attended school for a short period of time. In 1947, she married Steve Koroscil at the Crawford Park Church. They continued to farm at Lake Audy until they retired to the Town of Erickson in 1979. In January of 2014, she moved to the Dinsdale Personal Care Home in Brandon to be closer to family. There she made many friends and was always so thankful for the care that she received during her brief stay there. Anne was a life member of the Erickson Legion Ladies Auxiliary Branch #143 and the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in Erickson. She enjoyed gardening and worked very hard on the farm canning, pickling, and making perogies. She loved to knit and crochet and made many sweaters and afghans for her children and grandchildren. She continued to knit at the Personal Care Home making dishcloths and hanger covers for their craft sale. She was predeceased by her husband Steve; her parents: Paul J. and Dora Gregorash and brother Mike. Anne is survived by her son David (Joan) Koroscil of Saskatoon and daughter Stephanie (Rae) Kopeechuk of Brandon; 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. The funeral service was held on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church, Erickson. Interment followed at the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Sandy Lake. Father Emil Kardasinec officiated. The pallbearers were Andrew Kopeechuk, Stephen Kopeechuk, Christopher Dimmery, Kris Flanagan, Lorne Mackedenski and Jim Marshall. Crossbearer was Dale Koroscil. Honorary pallbearers were the Erickson Legion Ladies Auxiliary Branch # 143. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or the Canadian Cancer Society. Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson were in care of the arrangements. (204)759-2160.
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HOLT: In respect and remembrance of my Dad, George Stanley Holt, known to most as “Stan”. Dad was born on November 9, 1917 above a rooming house at Estuary, SK. Born to George Holt, an immigrant from Belgium who was a brick maker by trade. His mother, Mildred Jane Holt (née Brown,) was a housekeeper and a suffragette from Orillia, ON. The family moved from Estuary to a farm in Fillmore, SK. They traded a house and five lots in Estuary for the farm three miles of Fillmore. They farmed there and dad worked odd jobs off the farm to help ends meet. However, then the drought came. His parents were able to sell and purchase another farm in the Halboro District here in Manitoba. Dad and his good friend, Fred Muligan, road a total of four horses across country to Manitoba, sleeping in barns or under the trees along the way. It took them ten days to arrive in Neepawa. His mother and father came by rail to Neepawa with their possessions, three cows, plus some machinery. After getting settled on the farm in the Halboro District, dad began to work for local farmers for $15.00 per month. Dad joined WW2 when it began, and for six years he was overseas. He was a ordnance officer riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Dad was in charge of five 10 ton Mac Trucks and tanks. Upon returning home from overseas, he continued to find odd jobs - anything from war assets clerk at the Neepawa Airport, pouring sidewalks for the town of Neepawa, building a bank vault, and also becoming an Imperial agent, which moved him to Gladstone. Dad moved his family to the Forrest area in 1961, after acquiring a job with Mel Hatch Imperial Oil. His first wife, Marjorie Jean Hunter, was tragically killed in a train/car accident just north of Brandon. He was devastated, he now had two children to raise on his own. In 1978, dad married Kaye Bickerton McKinnon. Dad and Kaye bought Harold’s Electric. Upon retiring from Harold’s, he acquired a job with the Victoria Inn as a maintenance man. Dad was a man of many hats during his 96 years here on earth. Dad was a founding member of the Common Wealth Air Training Museum, a UCT member, a Legion member and a World War 2 Veteran. Stan is survived by his daughter Wendy (Bob) Martens, grandchildren Angela Goddard and her fiancé Kelly Wagner and children Hunter and Kaden Goddard, grandson Steve Gradwell (Alisiaha) Carew and children Mylia and Tarran and grandson Wayne Gradwell. Son Ken Holt and family. His wife Kaye, step-son Don McKinnon, Don’s wife Penny and children Jarret and Jennifer. Step-son Brad and wife Kim. Dad was predeceased by his mother and father Mildred and George Holt, his brother Bill Holt, his first wife Marjorie Jean Hunter Holt and infant grandson James. A graveside service was held in the Veterans’ Section at the Brandon Cemetery on October 15, 2014 with Rev. Joe Ball officiating. Active pallbearers were Jarret McKinnon, Blake Hamilton, Joel Hamilton, Ian McKay, Steven Gradwell and Angela Goddard. The family would like to thank everyone who was in attendance. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Stan may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7 or to Kidsport, Sport Manitoba - Westman Region, Room 146, 340-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 6C2.
We will miss you dad and all of your fascinating stories.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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GREINER: Genia (Jean) Greiner 1936 - 2014. Jean passed away peacefully with family by her side on October 19, 2014. She will be lovingly remembered and forever admired by her husband William (Bill) Greiner; children and grandchildren Shannon Young (Murray) and Liam; Donna Greiner (Nick Harries) and Elizabeth, Benjamin, and Spencer; Colleen Greiner and son Lewis Clancy; Allan Greiner (Cherie Bailey,) Cody and Dylan; brothers Tony Twerdochlib and Roy (Tillie) Woychyshyn; sisters Mary Warantz and Jessie Knox; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; and the many friends who all meant so very much to her. Jean is predeceased by her parents Walter and Katie Twerdochlib and her brother Nick Woychychyn. In keeping with Jean’s wishes, there will be no service. Flowers are graciously declined. If desired, donations may be made in her memory to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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BROWN: Eleanor Brown beloved wife of Fred Brown, of Minnedosa, MB entered into rest on October 20, 2014 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home at the age of 93 years. Funeral service will be held on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 1:00 p.m in the Minnedosa Funeral Chapel, Minnedosa, MB . Interment will take place in Rosewood Memorial Gardens, Brandon, MB. Donations may be made to Minnedosa Palliative Care Service or the Minnedosa Personal Care Home Patio Fund. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
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COLLINS: Mary Collins (Highfield) passed away at Tri Lake Hospital in Killarney, Manitoba, Friday, October 17, 2014. Mary had celebrated her 104th birthday this last June at Bayside Personal Care Home, Killarney, with treasured family and friends. The beloved wife of Grant Wesley Collins, who predeceased her in 2011, they had celebrated their 73rd Anniversary. Mary was born on June 22, 1910, in Sheffield England to Polly and Percy Highfield, and at the age of three months immigrated to Canada, settling in Foxwarren, MB. where she enjoyed her early years growing up with her younger sisters, Barbara, Marjorie, and Eileen. Her father was an accomplished and much respected violinist, music teacher and band leader. Her mother was a seamstress and also very musical and music was always the main focus in their home which greatly influenced her as she accomplished her Grade 11 in piano. In 1929 Mary obtained her teaching certificate and taught in one room school houses at Campbell’s School District (rural) in Douglas, MB. (1930 – 32) and at Londesboro School District, SE of Pilot Mound (1932 – 38). At this time she met and married her soul-mate Grant. After raising their family, she returned to teaching in Pilot Mound for thirteen years, in Winnipeg for three years, in Boissevain for another three years, before retiring to Killarney in 1962 after 27 years of teaching. Also, during these years, she taught many music lessons, conducted church choirs in Pilot Mound and Killarney, also participated in many musicals, festivals, concerts, choirs and truly enjoyed reminiscing all the time spent with her students and friends in these many musical endeavors.After Grants retirement they traveled a great deal, exploring Thailand, New Zealand, the Bahamas, Hawaii, and other parts of the United States. As both their sons lived on the west coast, the moved to Abbotsford in 1984 for seven years, but the prairies beckoned them back, and in 1991 they returned to Killarney. During this time Mary wrote her memoirs – “Time Will Tell” – a biography we all cherish with her thoughts, life experiences and many memories. In 2005 they moved to Riverheights Terrace in Brandon where they resided for 5 years, then to Westview Lodge in Boissevain, on to Bayside Personnel Care Home in Killarney in January, 2011. Mary is fondly remembered by her four children, Carolanne, Dale, Gary & Connie, 13 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Mary was always so interested in her family and their day to day activities, and always welcomed the many phone calls and visits she received from family and friends. Such a gracious, loving, kind person – she will be so missed by us all. Mary was predeceased by her parents Percy and Polly, husband Grant, sisters Barbara, Marjorie and Eileen. A celebration of Mary’s life will be held in the United Church in Pilot Mound, November 1, 2014, 2:00PM. Interment will take place at the Greenwood Cemetery in Pilot Mound, Manitoba. Donations in memory of Mary may be made to the Pilot Mound United Church.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.com.Wheatland Funeral Service(204) 825-2848 www.wheatlandfs.com
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CLARK: Wilfred Alexander Clark of Brandon, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the age of 72 years. In keeping with Wilf’s wishes, cremation will take place with a private graveside service to be held at Bethel Cemetery in Treherne, MB. Donations in memory of Wilf may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation “Cancer Services,” 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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ADAMS: Lillian Ruth Adams of Hillcrest Place went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 23, 2014 at the age of 94. Ruth was born May 24, 1920 in Shellmouth Municipality, Inglis, Manitoba to Herb and Jessie Adams. She attended Thundercreek School until grade 9 and completed her grade 12 at Russell High School. She took her nurses' training at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg. She worked at Concordia Hospital and then North Vancouver Hospital before joining the Canadian Army in Vancouver where she worked in an Army Hospital as well as a TB Sanitorium at Tranquille, B.C. After her request for a discharge from the Army was granted, Ruth moved to Winnipeg. It was there she came to know the Lord at age 26. She felt God calling her to the mission field and in preparation for going she attended Winnipeg Bible College for three years. Ruth was accepted by CIM/01V1F in 1949 and was in China from 1950-1952. She was reassigned to Thailand in 1952. While in Thailand, she worked with leprosy patients and she was the matron of an 80 bed hospital. In 1983, Ruth returned to Canada and officially retired in 1985. Over the years, Bethesda Church in Winnipeg supported her missionary work. Ruth lived with her sister, Irene Donogh following her return to Canada. She attended McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church and was a chaplain at the Brandon General Hospital for several years. She was a gracious hostess and enjoyed gardening, growing flowers and picking berries. Ruth and Irene travelled to the UK and also Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand. The highlight was visiting Manorom Hospital and the places where Ruth had spent her years as a missionary. She was predeceased by her parents Herb and Jessie Adams, her sister Irene Donogh and brother-in-law Harold Donogh. Ruth will be lovingly remembered by her niece Faye (Neil) Rempel and their sons Tim (Toni) Rempel and daughter Eve, and Rhett (Liz) Rempel. The family is so grateful for the love, care and compassion Ruth received while living at Hillcrest Place. A service to celebrate Ruth’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg, MB. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Ruth may be made to Overseas Missionary Fellowship, 5155 Spectrum Way, Bldg. 21, Mississauga, ON, L4W 5A1 or to a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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MAGOTIAUX: Octave Magotiaux of Virden, Manitoba, beloved husband of Irene Magotiaux and father of Cheryl, Edward, Larry, Joanne, Raymond and Richard passed away at Virden Health Centre, Tuesday; October 21, 2014 at the age of 95 years. Funeral service arrangements will be private. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery. An Evening Prayer Vigil will be held at Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden Tuesday; October 28th at 7:30 p.m. All family and friends are welcome to attend this service. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Virden and Area Palliative Care, P.O. Box 400 Virden, MB R0M 2C0 in memory of Octave.
E-mail messages of condolenceor sign the on-line Book of Condolences at carscaddenfuneralchapel.com
G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
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REEVES: August 15, 1943- October 21, 2014. On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Beverly Eileen Reeves passed away peacefully in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the age of 71 years. Left to lovingly remember Bev are her partner Dave Ashmore, mother, Lavina Agnes Reeves of Brandon, siblings, Donald Reeves (Sheila) of Kitimat BC, Gail Stringer (Evan) of Calgary AB, Barbara Vermette (Mike) of Comox BC, and Susan Grove (John) of Ottawa ON, along with many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins and their families all of whom she loved dearly. She was also the honorary Auntie Bev to the children of several of her friends. Bev was kind and generous with a big warm heart. She had many friends who will miss her dearly, among them are the Hedge Hogs, Pot Luck Gals, Golden Gate Group and Cruise Ladies. She was predeceased by her father, Harry Handley Reeves. Beverly graduated from Brandon College and taught in Flin Flon, Brandon and several schools in St. James. She and Thelma Jean Wood shared their education and teaching paths from high school and remained steadfast and loving friends. Bev was active in and well respected for her contributions to the St James Teachers’ Association. After retiring from teaching, she was involved in the Canadian Taxpayers Association and tutored with Partners for Learning where she enjoyed the interaction with her students and thought she helped them achieve their goals. In compliance with Beverly’s wishes, no Service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2B7. Wojcik’s Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 2157 Portage Avenue, 204.897.4665, is in care of arrangements. wojciksfuneralchapel.com
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ROBERTSON: Wayne A. (July 11, 1940 – October 11, 2014). It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Wayne A. Robertson at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon, MB. Wayne was a beloved husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend. Wayne will always be remembered and loved by his wife Belle Robertson; children Dan (Stacie), Lori (Ted) and Guy (Larysa) and grandchildren Ryan, Blair, Lane, Hayden and Trey. Wayne will also be sorely missed by his sister Darlene Barnett (David) and countless brothers and sisters in-law, nieces, nephews and friends. He was the kind of person that if you met him, he was hard not to like and respect. Wayne was born in Grandview, MB and throughout his career with the Manitoba Telephone System lived in Dauphin, Thompson and finally Brandon where he lived for the last 44 years. He also had a passion for sports in general, but more specifically with baseball and hockey. His children’s involvement in sport led Wayne down the path of organizing, coaching and managing various sports and events. From 1989 – 2004, he was integral in chairing, organizing and managing several top-level events and teams (Purolator Cup Hockey Championships, World Youth Baseball, Air Canada Hockey Championships, World Junior Hockey, Canada Special Olympic Games, AAA Midget Wheat Kings) to name a few. Wayne loved watching his grandchildren participate in their activities and could be found at a ball field, soccer pitch or basketball court in Pemberton, BC, the Westman Centennial Auditorium in Brandon, MB, or in Oakbank enjoying his grandchildren and their lives. You will be forever in our hearts and we will never forget your love for your family and your passion for life and sports. Dad has been called up to the Big Leagues now and we are confident that he is sitting with his dad, Alec, and Sparky Anderson watching the MLB World Series and talking about how they are going to get the Tigers into the World Series Next Year. A private interment was held on Saturday, October 18th with a Celebration of Life Service and reception that followed. In lieu of flowers, his family would greatly appreciate any donations made in his name to the BRHC Foundation Office (Cancer Services), 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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SUMNER: Donald Sutherland Sumner, beloved husband of Betty and dear father of Diane, Roy and Ross, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on October 15, 2014 at the age of 86 years. Don was born in Virden, MB on August 11, 1928, the youngest of two sons born to Roy and Annie Sumner. Dad attended Public School and High School in Virden followed by his post-secondary education at Brandon University and University of Manitoba. He came to Brandon to pursue his teaching career. There, he served as Principal of Park, Linden Lanes and Meadows School, a career of 36 years. Dad and Mom met while they were both on Brandon teaching staff. They were married on July 20, 1957 and celebrated their 57th Wedding Anniversary this past July. Dad was a patient, gracious, kind and loving man. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who was always proud of his family and took great pride in the activities and achievements of his kids, grandkids and the students he taught throughout his teaching years. We always kidded Dad about having four seasons, curling, baseball, fishing and any outdoor activity. Some of the favourite pastimes he shared with Mom and their Black Lab, Sam, were canoeing, kayaking, biking, hiking, cross country skiing and gardening. Dad was very involved over the years with his passions for baseball and curling. In baseball, he was involved for over 60 years as a player, coach, administrator and statistician. He is in the Baseball Hall of Fame for both Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Dad worked the microphone for many Manitoba, Canadian and International baseball championships and was “the voice” of the Brandon Cloverleafs for many years. Dad was an active curler right up to the time of his passing, and was Secretary of the Brandon Curling Club for almost 50 years and Rink Manager for 15 years. Dad was an Honorary Life Member of the Manitoba Curling Association. In the past 28 years, he enjoyed his involvement with the Masters Super League of curling. Dad also played goal for the Brandon College CAPS and was honoured to be named to the Brandon University Hall of Fame. He treasured the life-long friendships he made in all these sporting activities. Dad had another career, fishing! He and his sons fished many, many Manitoba lakes and we as a family treasure our days spent at our family cabin at Clear Lake. Dad was a man of strong faith and long-time member of Knox United Church. Don was predeceased by his parents and an infant son. He is survived by his loving wife Betty; daughter Diane, son-in-law Jeff Thornton, granddaughter Lindsay, grandsons Doug, Sean, and Ben Thornton, all of Lethbridge, AB; son Roy, daughter-in-law Brenda (Williamson), granddaughters Taylor and Janelle of Winnipeg; son Ross, daughter-in-law Lynda (Baker), grandchildren Jessie and Grady of Brandon. Don is also survived by his brother Douglas Sumner and nephew, David, of Ottawa. In accordance with Dad’s wishes, a private family graveside celebration was held at the Virden Cemetery on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, with Rev. Craig Miller of Knox United Church officiating. We concluded our tribute with an impromptu singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” If friends desire, donations in memory of Don may be made to Kidsport, Sport Manitoba - Westman Region, Room 146, 340-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 6C2; Brandon’s “Food for Thought” Program, 1031 - 6th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4K5; The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, 457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4A9 or to a charity of choice.
Don was such a kind man who gave so much back to the community.He was a great role model andHeaven is so lucky to begetting such a fine soul!
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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VANDERHART: Carol June Vanderhart of Minnedosa, MB passed away on October 23, 2014 at the Minnedosa Health Centre at the age of 60 years. Viewing will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Minnedosa Funeral Service Chapel, Minnedosa, MB. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Evangelical Covenant Church, Minnedosa, MB with Pastor Andy Gilkinson officiating. Interment will take place in the Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations may be made to the River’s Edge Recreation Park, Minnedosa, MB. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
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