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HOTANIN MANI: It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our beloved son, grandson, nephew and cousin, Seth Ramirez Hotanin Mani (Wambdi Canté Wasté). Seth was born on April 17, 2002 in Brandon, Manitoba and passed away in Sioux Valley, Manitoba on November 22, 2014. He leaves to mourn his mother, Marti Rose Hotanin Mani (Rick), Uncles, Aunties and numerous cousins. Seth was predeceased by his grandparents Mike and Emily (née Elk) Hotanin Mani, Uncles Lance Blacksmith and Tyson Hotanin Mani, and Aunt Crystal Dawn Elk. A private family service will be held on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sioux Valley Veterans’ Hall with Oswald McKay officiating, accompanied by the Dakota Travels drum group. Pallbearers will be Brady Hotanin Mani, Ryan Taylor, Kyle Ironman and Rick Stein. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jackson Hotanin Mani and Rick Stein. Interment will follow in the Elk Family Cemetery. The family thanks you for your prayers and support during this difficult time.
“There is no death…Only a change of worlds”
- Chief Seattle
Until we meet again.
VERHAEGHE: Arthur, beloved husband of Mettie Verhaeghe, father of Allen and Doug, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Wednesday, November 25, 2014 at the age of 73 years. Funeral arrangements are pending. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
WILSON: Dahl Ernest Wilson, April 28, 1930 – November 24, 2014. With deep sadness, we announce the sudden passing of Dahl Ernest Wilson, aged 84. Dahl was born in Morden, Manitoba, growing up in a farming family in the Thornhill area. Lured by adventure, Dahl, his father and brother and families, moved the family farming operation – everything from the house to the chickens - over 100 miles to Wawanesa in 1959. He led the farm operation until 1995 when a neck injury convinced him it was time to retire. Dahl and Betty retired to Brandon where he stayed busy selflessly volunteering for Seniors for Seniors and following his passion for woodworking by being a founding member of the Wheat City Carving Club. Over the years, Dahl honed his skill in wood carving and won many awards for his talents. He also loved staying active, taking long walks with Betty, as well as sports including bowling, lawn-bowling, fishing, and curling. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother, Dahl is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Betty, son Ronald (Jeanette), daughter Lori McLean (Tom), daughter Shirley Germain (Dwayne), son Ken (Jennifer), grandchildren Aster Wilson, Donnevan Germain (Melissa), Ryan Germain, Rick McLean (Kim), Eli and Declan Wilson and great grandchild Ayden McLean. Dahl is also survived by his older brother Ross (Margaret) and family. Dahl’s parents, Charles (Bert) Wilson and Mary (Bessie) Wilson predeceased him. A celebration of Dahl’s life will be held at Brockie Donovan Funeral Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon, Friday, November 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Canada, 204-825 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3A 1M5.
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CAMPBELL: Cathy Dianne 1967 - 2014. Cathy Campbell of Red Deer passed away suddenly at the Foothills Hospital on Friday, November 21, 2014 at the age of 47 years. Cathy will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Bruce McCabe, sister, Valerie Garrard, brother, Hal Sear, and numerous extended family and friends. She was predeceased by her parents; Barbara and Art Sear. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Red Deer Regional Hospital and the Foothills Hospital for their attention and care they have given to Cathy and her family. A Graveside Service will take place at the Alto Reste Cemetery, 3.6 kms east of 30 Avenue on Highway 11 East, Red Deer County, on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to Eventide Funeral Chapel, 4820-45 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-2222.
HAMEL: Ulric Armand Hamel of Virden, Manitoba, beloved husband of the late Bernadette Hamel and loving father of Rose, John, George, Jocelyne and Anne passed away at Virden Health Centre Saturday, November 22, 2015 at the age of 105 years. Funeral Mass will be held from Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Virden, Saturday; November 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Fr. Eric Zadji officiating. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery. Evening Prayer Vigil will be held at Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden, Friday, November 28th at 7:30 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Canadian Diabetes Association or to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba in memory of Ulric.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
BROOKS:Rosalie (Rose) Emma Brooks; beloved wife of Norval; mother of Doug (Donna), Dennis, Nancy (Norman), Warren (Kathy); passed away at Birch Lodge Personal Care Home, Hamiota, MB on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 82 years of age. A service to celebrate Rose’s life will be held at the Hamiota United Church, Hamiota, MB on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm with interment following in the Hamiota Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Rose’s memory to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B 457 9th St, Brandon, MB, R7A 1K2 or to a charity of one’s choice.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
WILSON: Dahl Ernest Wilson passed away suddenly on Monday, November 24th, 2014 at the age of 84 years. Funeral arrangements are pending with Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, 204-727-0694.
WOOLEY: Evelyn May, beloved wife of the late Frank Wooley, mother of Douglas, Gordon and Janice, passed away in the Souris Personal Care Home on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at the age of 92 years. A funeral service will be held at the Minto United Church, Minto, Manitoba on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Interment in the Minto Cemetery. In memory of Evelyn, donations may be made to the Minto & Area Foundation c/o Brandon Area Community Foundation DPO Box 22096 Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6Y9 or to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
HARVEY: Phyllis Harvey, beloved wife of Harry, died peacefully on November 24, 2014 at Bren-Del-Win Lodge, Deloraine, Manitoba at the age of 83. Funeral Service will be held Friday, November 28, 2014 at the Deloraine United Church, Deloraine, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Interment will take place at the Del-Win Cemetery. Donations in memory of Phyllis may be made to the Deloraine Health Centre; Box 447 Deloraine, Manitoba, R0M 0M0.
Messages of condolence may be made online at Smith Funeral Home204-747-2088
MURRAY: Andrew “Clair” of Brandon, beloved husband of Mildred, passed away peacefully at his residence on November 21, 2014. Clair was born at Lyleton, Manitoba on February 26, 1925 to Andy and Verlie Murray. The family moved to Souris, Manitoba in 1926 where his father opened Murray’s Garage. Clair served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. On his return, he and his brother Ewart took over the family car dealership in Souris. This is where his lifelong love of buying and selling cars began. In 1954, Clair met and married the local home economist, Mildred Clark. Their wonderful marriage continued for 60 years producing four sons, twelve grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Souris is a hockey town and, like all Murrays, Clair loved hockey. He played alongside his two brothers for the Souris Elks, even after moving to Brandon. He also played senior hockey with the Brandon Molson Pioneers in the 1970’s. In 1960, Clair purchased Brandon Automobiles Ltd. and relocated his family to Brandon. In 1971, he founded Murray Chev Olds Cadillac. Clair was well-known for his business acumen, and he was very proud that all four of his sons followed in his footsteps. The company grew to become the Murray Auto Group. Clair was an outstanding mentor to his sons as well as employees and partners. He touched many people in his business dealings. Clair effortlessly cultivated respect and enjoyed valued friendships throughout his life. During a nearly-seventy year career in the automobile industry, it was not the many awards that defined his success but rather his affinity for his staff and genuine interest in their lives that provided the example of his compassionate, modest nature. Clair and Millie have been keen supporters of many community projects throughout their lifetime. Clair was an avid private pilot and used his piloting skills to visit his dealer partners and dealerships across Western Canada. His sons enjoy many fond memories of family trips and time at their holiday home near Clear Lake. Clair loved to barbeque with a salt shaker in one hand and a tasting fork in the other. The adventures with his family also included hunting and fishing expeditions. Clair was a caring father and loving husband who loved nothing more than to gather all his sons, their wives, and his grandchildren around his table for family dinners. Clair loved his grandchildren and could often be found with one on his lap, often in the midst of much chaos. He always put the interest of his family ahead of his own. Millie and Clair were an extraordinary example of a marriage defined by mutual respect, kindness, and love. His numerous friendships were marked by his loyalty and support. As his family has learned during this difficult time, there are many people who have expressed their eternal gratitude for his guidance and love. Clair’s spirit will live on in his four sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren: Doug (Laurie), Lyndsay, Megan (Mason Raymond), great grandson Max; Paul (Kim), Logan, Madison, Kelly, Eden; Dan (Kelly) Mitchell, Doug, Brynn, Grayson; Chris (Chantal), Liam and Owen. Clair was predeceased by his brother Ewart. He will be fondly remembered by Ewart’s family, his brother Del and his family, and his sister Bernice and her family. A Celebration of Clair’s Life will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. with Mike Waddell officiating. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Clair may honor his memory by making a donation to: Brandon Area Community Foundation, DPO Box 22096, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 6Y9.
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GELDART: Nina Louise Geldart (Nee Cox). Nina passed away peacefully at her residence in Carberry, MB on November 20, 2014 at the age of 84 years. She was born on June 7, 1930 at Sterling Brook, NS and was later raised with her brothers Barry and Doug in Shubenacadie, NS. On July 8, 1951 at Truro, NS, Nina married Blair William Geldart and together raised their three children. The family lived for a short time in Gagetown NB and in 1962 moved to Shilo, MB. In 1970, they made their final move to Carberry where Nina worked for 23years at Carnation/Simplot. Upon her retirement, Nina enjoyed traveling. Nina leaves to mourn, her sons Jason and Vincent, Granddaughter Tracy Rourke and great grandchildren Alexis, Mercedes and Bianca. Besides her husband Blair, she was predeceased by her daughter Kathleen Allen, granddaughter Tanya Williamson and brothers Barry and Doug. A private family celebration of Nina’s life will be held at a later date.
Her smile was cherished and will be truly missed.
Seasons Funeral Chapel, Oakbank, MB. (204)-444-5444.
ARMSTRONG: Dorothy Jean (Breakey) Armstrong of Shoal Lake passed away at Shoal Lake-Strathclair Health Center, on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the age of 91. A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held at the Rossburn Community Hall on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Wendy Thom will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Dorothy to the Shoal Lake-Strathclair Health Center Palliative Care Unit or a charity of one’s choice.  
Remembrances and condolences may be e-mailed to
Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake in care of arrangements. (204) 759-2160.
STEWART: Ruth Mae Stewart- August 26, 1915 – November 16, 2014. Ruth was born in Killarney, the second of six children of farmers Rachel and Stanley Rigby. Ruth went first to Oak Ridge School, then to high school in Ninga. Ruth trained as a nurse in Winnipeg, and worked in Vita in South-East Manitoba where she met and married doctor David Bradshaw Stewart. Ruth had to give up nursing, as that time married women could not get jobs as nurses. While serving in the Air Force in Britain in World War II, Dave became interested in research being done by a doctor in Scotland. After the war he got a job at a medical school at Aberdeen, and was joined there by Ruth and their three children. Their fourth child was born in Scotland. Dave was then chosen to be a Professor in a new medical school starting up in Jamaica, and the family moved there in 1952. Ruth was active in a number of organisations in Jamaica, including the YWCA, the Family Planning Program, and a school for the deaf. After a polio outbreak she volunteered at a centre for the rehabilitation of victims of the disease. Ruth and Dave enjoyed hiking in the hills of Jamaica, and were enthusiastic and knowledgeable bird- watchers. Ruth had a number of hobbies and became a fairly proficient potter. Funding from the World Health Organization made it possible for Dave to attend global medical conferences, so Ruth and Dave went to Austria, Argentina, India and several other countries over the years. They arranged to travel through other countries in every continent they visited, so they saw quite a lot of the world. Ruth and Dave returned to Canada in 1971 when Dave retired. They went by ship to Panama, and then drove to Canada in a second-hand Volkswagen beetle, seeing even more of the world along the way. They bought a property on Lake Lorne near Killarney and had a house built to their own design. Their unusual house had a large workshop for Dave’s woodwork and Ruth’s pottery. Dave got a job in the Zoology department at Brandon University, and the house on the Pembina Valley became a popular hangout for biologists and their students. Dave and Ruth were involved in banding birds, managing blue bird nests and other projects. They were sorry to leave their beautiful property when age made it necessary to move into Killarney. Ruth was active in the Women’s Institute and on the board of the J.A.V. David Museum, but eventually had to give these up. After Dave died in 2006, Ruth was able to stay in her house with help for a time, but then had to move into Bayside Personal Care Home. For many years Ruth and Dave were committed members of organizations promoting environmental protection and World peace. For her many contributions, Ruth was made a life member of the YWCA, the Women’s Institute, and the Association of Manitoba Museums. Ruth Stewart died on 16 November 2014 at the age of 99. She is mourned by her four children and their families, and by many other relatives and friends.
POOLE: Evelyn Poole, beloved wife of the late Stewart Poole, died peacefully on November 22, 2014 at Deloraine Health Centre, Deloraine, Manitoba at the age of 96. In accordance with Evelyn’s wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will take place at Goodlands Cemetery. Donations in memory of Evelyn may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Messages of condolence may be made online at Smith Funeral Home204-747-2088
HARDY: It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Peggy Hardy of Brandon, MB, on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the age of 90 years. Peggy is survived by her children, Garry, Blaine, Gail, Brian, Trevor, Cheryl, Joy and daughter-in-law, June. She was predeceased by her son, Terry. There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Peggy may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6. Complete obituary information to follow.
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