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BAILEY: Linda Louise passed away too soon at the farm in Oak Lake on Thursday September 25 at the age of 53 years old. She leaves behind her husband of 27 years, Glen Bailey, as well as sons Robert (Laranda Odell) and Andrew. She was born in Brandon, MB on September 9, 1961 to James and Jean Forsyth. She was a sister to Margaret Forsyth and Irene Willis (Grant Willis). As well to her brothers Bob (Donna), Brian (Helen) and Brad (Elaine). Her granddaughter, Emery Hillman, and unofficial grandson Caleb Hillman, became her joys the last few years taking them places and always shopping. Linda always loved traveling and took many trips with the family and friends. Involved in the community with the Oak Lake newspaper, Ag Society and school she was always willing to give a hand. Work the last few years took her from Regal in Brandon to the Kenton Co-op making friends and acquaintances along the way. Linda was always reading or watching shows like Jeopardy, and was often working on a quilt or crossword. Linda was an avid cook and the Food Channel was often on the television. A celebration of life was held in the Oak Lake community hall on October 3, 2014. The family can not thank all the friends and family enough for all the support since she left us so suddenly. Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba in her honor.
ZATYLNY: Scott was born on August 14, 1980.  He died tragically in a motor vehicle accident on November 9, 2014.  He leaves his parents Larry and Marie, sister Marsha (Pat) Merrick, nieces Kaitlyn & Kyra, his Baba Anne Zatylny as well as uncles, aunts and cousins.  He was predeceased by his grandparents Art & Stella Nylen and Dan Zatylny. Scott grew up on the family farm near Sandy Lake, attended school at Sandy Lake and Erickson.  Scott was baptized and confirmed in the Erickson Lutheran Church and was a singer in the "Cherub Choir".  He was very active and outgoing with a great sense of humour and made friends easily. His working life took him to the oilfields (including Saudi Arabia) where he was always quick to catch onto the new job and had a keen interest in how things worked and how to fix them when they didn't.  The farm was always part of Scott's life working at home with his parents and also in Alberta.  In the past few years Scott was a huge part in the building of his parents new home.  He was also showing a keen interest in organic farming and researching how to grow and nourish plants and vegetables. Participation in activities as a young man included boating, snowmobiling, golfing (in flipflops), baseball, basketball, snowboarding, horseback riding, hunting, Countryfest and Ukrainian dancing. Scott enjoyed many family gatherings and vacations and was always in the middle of the action.  There was always laughter and enthusiasm to get things happening.  His nieces were always happy when Uncle Scott came over to play. Scott was a charismatic individual and will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him. Scott's perspective on life: "If we all did what we're capable of, we would truly amaze ourselves." -Unknown
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Scott's funeral service was held at the Erickson Legion Hall, Erickson, MB and was laid to rest at the Bethel Lutheran Cemetery on November 14, 2014. Donations in Scott's memory may be made to Bethel Lutheran Historical Society Inc. or a charity of your choice. Rae’s Funeral Service of Erickson was in care of the arrangements.
HAMMOND, Muriel Edna - Peacefully, on July 5, 2014, with her family present, Edna (Jones) Hammond, wife of the late Melvin Hammond, passed away at her residence in Fairview Home, at the age of 90 years. Edna was born January 23, 1924, on the family farm near Brookdale, Manitoba, the fourth child of Joseph and Gwendolyn (Newport) Jones, and sister to Audrey (Nick Nassachuk), Gwen (George Briggs), Reg (Grace), Lew (Gladys), Frank (Peggy) and Thelma (Harold Grasby). After Grade 11, Edna helped at home for a year and then taught “on permit” for a year at Coxworth School, where she met Mel. She returned to Brookdale to complete Grade 12 and then went on to graduate from Winnipeg Normal School (teacher’s college) in 1946. She taught at a series of rural schools before she and Mel married on November 21, 1951. They farmed together at Hathaway, a mile from Mel’s family home, midway between Deloraine and Hartney, for 35 years and raised three children: Karen (Bruce Masterman), Keith (Barbara Sobien) and Gwenda. Mel and Edna instilled in their children the value of family, who looked forward to spending Sunday dinner and every holiday together with aunts, uncles and cousins. As grandchildren began to arrive, Mel and Edna supported their lives and achievements attending sports events, recitals, graduations, and performances, from High River, Alberta, for Chelsea and Sarah Masterman, all around southern Manitoba for Alex (Janelle), Sydney and Kelly Hammond, and out to St. Andrews, New Brunswick for Matthew and Hannah Gauley. Edna was a long-time member of the Manitoba Women’s Institute, in both Regent and Brandon, and was provincial president in 1984. She believed strongly in working to serve her community and her province through WI and was proud of the organization’s achievements. Her participation in WI also provided her with continuous opportunities for learning and travel. Through WI, both she and Mel participated in courses and conferences that took them to Ottawa, Washington (D.C.), Newfoundland, Kansas and Ireland among other destinations. After their retirement to Brandon, they spent several winters in Arizona, and also travelled to Hawaii and Mexico. Edna was bookkeeper on the farm and, together, she and Mel made many improvements to their homestead, planting a windbreak, building a new house in 1968 and landscaping the yard to incorporate many flowers and trees in addition to a large vegetable garden. Their efforts earned them a Farm Improvement Award. Although they officially retired from the farm in 1986 and moved to Brandon, they continued to help Keith and Barb at the farm for many years to follow. Edna enjoyed curling and golfing. She was a wonderful cook, baker and gardener, and had a great sense of fun. She and Mel were also great dancers, attending dances with friends wherever they lived and travelled. They attended the United Church at Regent for many years until it closed and then they joined Deloraine United Church. After retiring to Brandon, they joined Central United Church. Edna was predeceased by her loving husband Mel in 2011 just days before their 60th wedding anniversary, her parents, her sisters Gwen and Audrey, and her brothers Lew and Frank. She leaves to mourn her three children and their spouses, seven grandchildren, brother Reg, and sister Thelma, and many relatives and friends. The family extends heartfelt thanks to the caring staff of Fairview Home for the wonderful care they provided to both Edna and Mel during their residence there. A funeral service was held for Edna on July 11, 2014 at Central United Church in Brandon with her granddaughter, Rev. Chelsea Masterman officiating. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made in Edna’s memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1-800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 6N5, or to the Manitoba Women's Institute MWI Forever Fund, at MWI, 1129 Queens Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 1L9. To make a donation online visit 
BARR: James “Jim” Ernest Barr of Brandon, beloved husband of Hilda and dear father of Neil, Brian, Sandra (Gary) Atkinson, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the age of 85 years. A come and go reception to honor Jim will be held in the George Brockie Fellowship Centre, at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, 332-8th Street on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jim may be made to a charity of choice.
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SUMNER: William Roy (Bill) Sumner of Neepawa, MB beloved husband of Elizabeth Sumner entered into rest on November 19, 2014 at the Neepawa Health Centre, Neepawa, MB at the age of 78 years. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Neepawa United Church, Neepawa, MB. Interment in Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, MB. Donations may be made to the Neepawa District Palliative Care Service, Neepawa Community Cancer Program or a charity of choice. White’s Funeral Home, Neepawa, MB in care of arrangements. 1-204-476-2848.
SUMNER: William Roy (Bill) Sumner of Neepawa, MB beloved husband of Elizabeth Sumner entered into rest on November 19, 2014 at the Neepawa Health Centre, Neepawa, MB at the age of 78 years. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Neepawa United Church, Neepawa, MB. Interment in Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, MB. Donations may be made to the Neepawa District Palliative Care Service, Neepawa Community Cancer Program or a charity of choice. White’s Funeral Home, Neepawa, MB in care of arrangements. 1-204-476-2848.
MORTON: Dorothy (Dot), beloved partner of Carol Mauthe, mother of Brad, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the age of 76 years. A celebration of Dot’s life will be held at the Souris Legion Club Room on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. In memory of Dot, donations may be made to the Souris Hospital Palliative Care Fund c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0 or to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
MATTIS: Katharina (Tina) Mattis (nee Friesen) September 27, 1921 – November 18, 2014. With love and sadness Katharina (Tina) passed away peacefully at Rideau Personal Care Home in Brandon with family by her side. She was predeceased by her husband John in April, 2000. “Oma” will be forever missed by her family; Son John (Janet), three grandchildren Kelly (Glen), Richard, Jan Marie (Brent); Son Rudy, grandchildren Elizabeth and Joey; Daughter Maggie (Ken), grandchildren Heather (Stephen), Corrine, Jill (Scott), Steven; Son Fred (Maria), grandchildren Jamie, Stewart (Elissa), as well as thirteen great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff at Rideau Park for their kindness, support, and special care that mom received during the past three years. A celebration of Katharina’s life will be held Saturday, November 22, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Springfield Heights Mennonite Church, 570 Sharron Bay, Winnipeg, MB. Reception to follow.If friends so desire, donations in memory of Katharina can be made to Mennonite Central Committee – 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3T 5K9.
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Glen Eden Funeral Home & Cemetery 204-338-7111.
FIFI: Rene Archie Fifi, of Brandon, age 64 years, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Rene was born at Holland, Manitoba on May 9, 1950 and was raised on a farm in the Bruxelles area. He received his early education at a convent at Bruxelles, then later moved to Holland, then to Portage and eventually to Brandon. Rene worked as a truck driver, farm hand, handyman, yard care maintenance and landscape contractor. He enjoyed woodworking, collecting antiques, pets and yard work. Rene is survived by his sons Joel Fifi (Deion Neiman) and children Brooklyn and Alicia; Danny Fifi (Carla Pearton); Robbie Fifi (Brittany Woodland) and children Ayden and Lilly; step-daughter Donna Bernier (Derek Graham) and children Alexa and Mikaela. He was predeceased by his wife Carol. The Funeral Ceremony will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Arlene Robertson will officiate. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Rene to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #3 - 824 - 18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
TIESSEN: Jacob Edward “Jake” Tiessen of Crystal City, formerly of Griswold, Manitoba died November 16, 2014 at the Rock Lake Hospital in Crystal City, Manitoba at the age of 78. Jake is survived by his wife Elfrieda (nee Hildebrand) son Ray, daughters Vicki and Brenda and their families. A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Crystal City Mennonite Church in Crystal City, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Private burial will take place at the Crystal City Cemetery. Viewing will be held at Wheatland Funeral Home, 321 Railway St., Pilot Mound, MB Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Jake may be made to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Box 767, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2L4
Messages of condolence may be made online atwww.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service204-825-2848
LAFLEUR: James Paul “Jim” April, 18, 1962 – Brandon, MBNovember 9, 2014 – Airdrie, AB. James “Jim” Paul Lafleur passed away on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at the age of 52 years. Jim served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 22 years, and retired from the service with the rank of MCpl in 2003. During his service Jim enjoyed a number of postings including, Winnipeg, MB, Cold Lake, AB, and a 5-year overseas tour in Baden, Germany. For his final posting he returned to Cold Lake a place he very much enjoyed and considered returning to in his final retirement. In his post-military career, Jim followed his military training and worked in the field of avionics in the Calgary area. He later took a hiatus from that work to care for his elderly mother at home. Of all the family, Jim had always had an especially strong and close attachment with his mum. They were best of friends. It was inevitable this devotion led him to be her final companion and care taker, which he exercised with the greatest compassion, dedication and good humor. Jim’s two great passions throughout his life were music and golf. He lived and loved music, playing his guitars for Mum or listening to Miles Davis. An avid golfer all his life, Jim was a student of the game. His greatest golfing triumph was winning the Lafleur brothers tourney in 2012. His golfing dream was realized when he became a marshal at the newly-built Apple Creek Golf Course in 2013 and 2014, as well as a marshal at the 2014 Shaw Charity Classic. Jim always was a stickler for the rules. Jim is survived by his brothers, Michael, Tom and Peter (Laurie) Lafleur; his sister Andree (Gary) Hammond; his nieces, Erin (Adil), Morgan, Mackenzie, Addison and Nikki; and his nephew Steven. He was predeceased by his father Joseph Marcel Lafleur and his mother Elizabeth Ellen Lafleur. As per Jim’s wishes, a private service will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to your local Veterans Food Bank or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. In living memory of James Lafleur, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Airdrie, 300 Towerlane Drive, Airdrie, AB. Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.
SAMPSON: Beverly Ross Sampson (Bev) aged 78 years, of Moose Jaw, SK passed away on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 in Saskatoon, SK, from a brain aneurysm Bev is survived by his wife, Lois; daughter Cathy Richardson, (Jerry); and grandchildren Carrie and Bryan; and mother-in-law Rose Wilson. A private family interment was held in Brandon, MB and a Memorial Service for Bev will be held on Saturday, November 22nd, at the Legion from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in Moose Jaw, SK.
STANLEY: Mary Helen Eileen (nee Malone), much loved wife of the late Russ Stanley, passed away peacefully at home on September 29, 2014, surrounded by the love of her daughter Elaine, granddaughter Kim, and son Ted. Helen was born in Charlottetown, PEI, on May 30, 1926 to Joseph and Mary (Power) Malone. Helen was blessed with a younger brother, Frederick (Ted). She graduated with honors from Notre Dame Academy and received the Governor General’s award. She also attended Prince of Wales College. In July 1943, at the age of 17, Helen moved to Toronto, ON, to work in a war plant. In December, she moved to Kingston, ON, and worked as a Chemical Analyst at the Aluminum Company of Canada for two and a half years. One day while in line at a movie, giggling with a friend, Helen tried to discretely pet the fur coat on the lady ahead of her, and she was spotted by a young soldier who had a chuckle watching her. The next night, he saw her at a dance and so began their relationship. Helen married Russ, her best friend and the love of her life, in Kingston on July 15, 1945. Upon Russ’s discharge from the military in August 1946, they moved to Brandon. They had three children: Ted, Elaine and Jerry. They were married for almost 68 years when Russ passed away in March 2013. Helen was an intelligent woman with a thirst for knowledge and a desire to be involved…her professional years were busy! In March 1954, Helen started work at the Brandon Sanatorium as a Nursing Assistant. In February 1956, she began working in the laboratory. In October 1957, she began working at Brandon Mental Health Centre (BMHC) Laboratory as Charge Tech for the Milk and Water Department. While working and raising a family, she took the medical laboratory training courses. In 1959, she wrote the Canadian Society of Laboratory Technologists (CSLT) national exams and was certified as a Registered Technologist (R.T. General). In July 1962, Helen moved to the Brandon General Hospital (BGH) Laboratory as Senior Technologist in the then-infant Microbiology Department. During this time, in the 1960’s, she also helped Russ operate their store, Russ’s Grocery, at 251-3rd Street. Helen passed the CSLT exam for her advanced certification (A.R.T.) in 1968. From 1969 to 1971, while continuing in microbiology, Helen was given the added responsibility of Student Coordinator for lab student training. In April 1971, she was given the job as Instructor/Coordinator for lab students. Helen became the Education Head at Westman Regional Laboratory Services (WRLS) on its inception in 1974 and held that position until her retirement in 1988. She also provided editorial duties for “Lab-Com”, the WRLS newsletter. Through her work with students, Helen touched many lives. Helen’s caring nature showed in her concern for her students during their training. While working, Helen continued to satisfy her thirst for knowledge by taking some journalism courses at Brandon University, health care management courses at Assiniboine Community College (ACC), and attending lab conferences whenever possible. Helen was active in her professional association, CSLT, on both local and national levels, for many years. On a local level, in the 1960’s, she was active in the Manitoba Laboratory and X-ray Society and served as a Director throughout much of its existence. After Brandon Academy was formed, Helen served as Secretary, Director, Chairman of Continuing Education, President and Past President. Helen became a member of Brandon’s Post Graduate Course Committee and over the years served in various capacities such as Director, Secretary and Program Chairman. During this time, she also instructed evening courses in Advanced Hematology and Advanced Microbiology at ACC. On a national level, in 1968, Helen joined several Sections of the National CSLT Science Sections. From 1971 to 1977, she was elected Chairman of the Hematology Science Section. From 1971 to 1973, she was the CSLT representative on the Advisory Committee of the Medical Technology Section at Red River Community College. In 1976, she was elected to the CSLT Certification Board and served for two years. In 1979, she became Chair of the Science Sections General Laboratory Forum, and in 1980, the CSLT Board of Directors appointed her as National Coordinator of the seven Science Sections. In conjunction with this, she was responsible for the quarterly Science Section publication LINK, and served as an ex-officio member of the Certification Board in 1980 and 1981. Helen remained as Science Sections Coordinator until their dissolution at the end of 1984.In 1987, when CSLT celebrated its 50th Anniversary, Helen was a recipient of a one-time special award established to honour 50 Society members across Canada who had never been formally recognized for their significant contribution to the Society’s growth and development. Helen was one of the founding members of the Manitoba Paramedical Association, now known as the Manitoba Association for Health Care Professionals (MAHCP), and served as a local representative and a bargaining committee member. In 1990, Helen was inducted into the MAHCP Honour Roll for her contribution to the growth of the Association. Helen served for many years on the Boards of BMHC and BGH Credit Unions. She was Chairman of the Committee which paved the way for the successful amalgamation of BGH Credit Union with Westoba Credit Union. Helen’s many endearing traits were evident in her personal and professional lives: her ready smile, her wit, her integrity, her genuine interest in others, and her strong sense of fairness. She was a people person who loved to talk and socialize. Helen’s most endearing trait was her kind, compassionate, and caring heart. She was always a sympathetic listener and was willing to help someone in any way she could. One of Helen’s greatest joys was her family – any time spent with them was precious to her. Even through the difficult challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease, her generous smile, her twinkle in her eye, and her giggle persevered. We miss her dearly.Helen’s faith was very important to her, from her childhood days attending St. Dunstan’s Basilica in Charlottetown to joining St. Augustine’s Church when she moved to Brandon. Her relationship with God was important to her. When she was no longer able to attend services, she participated via Catholic mass on TV. Two things which could always make her smile were children and animals. On outings, babies and young children always caught her attention and she enjoyed an opportunity to watch and interact with them. Helen enjoyed seeing the birds, deer, rabbits, squirrels, and wild turkeys that visited the yard. Through the years, she and Russ had numerous cats and dogs which were lovingly cared for and treated as children. Of their last trio of cats, Buddy claimed Helen as his person and was typically found tucked under her arm being carried around the house or on her lap. He trained her well! She was fascinated with tigers - thank goodness it was not legal to own them! Helen and Russ loved to travel, first with the kids to PEI, Alberta, and Boston. Once the kids left home, so did Russ and Helen any chance they got. They travelled to PEI, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Boston, Florida, California, Vegas, Tahoe, Atlantic City, Nashville, and overnight trips to different casinos. Once long trips became difficult, they enjoyed their casino day trips to Winnipeg with Prairie Oasis. They talked often about how much they enjoyed their trips and all the people they had met - time well spent.Through the years, Helen enjoyed dancing, bowling, swimming, curling, clogging, Toastmasters and board games. She was a voracious reader and read every chance she got. Helen enjoyed writing: poems, stories and skits. At her retirement party, she joked to attendees that she was going to write a book and some of them just might find themselves in it. Music and singing brought her great joy as both a child and an adult. Kim remembers, as a child, Helen singing to her, particularly Irish songs. At home, Helen would often be heard singing. After retirement, she joined the Prairie Oasis choir until her voice no longer let her continue. She loved the music shows on TV, and Helen and Russ often sang along to the show “Let’s Sing Again”. Her enjoyment of music stayed with her right through her last days. Survived by her son Ted (son Kelly, grandsons Mike, Chris and Dennis); daughter Elaine (G. W. Hannay), granddaughter Kim, G.W.’s sons Shaun and Ryan (Crystal, Nathan, Jeremy and Emma); son Jerry (Roberta), granddaughters Amanda and Cassandra (Blair, Connor); nephew Mike Malone of Edmonton; cousin Pat (Mike) Feeney and family of Boston; sisters-in-law Joanna Malone, Joyce Stanley, Evelyn Webber and Ann Stanley; brothers- in-law Ernie and John; and, nieces and nephews. Helen was predeceased by her husband Russ; mother and father; brother Ted; aunt and uncle, Helen and Ed Trainer (Boston), cousins Shirley Trainor and Sharlene Grealy (Boston); daughter-in- law Joanne Rollins and her daughter Patti; father and mother-in-law Oliver and Jennie Stanley; sisters-in-law Carol Malone, Vivian Adams, Emma and Sylvia Stanley; and, brothers-in-law Ollie, Bert, and Gerald Stanley, Jack Webber and Buster Adams. Father Patrick Neufeld officiated Mass of Christian Burial at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, with interment at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Ryan and Shaun Hannay and members of the Knights of Columbus. Thank you to Wade and staff at Brockie Donovan for their compassion and professionalism. Thank you to family and friends for the kindness and expressions of sympathy shown to us at the time of Helen’s passing. Thank you to those who donated to the Alzheimer’s Society and the Brandon Humane Society.
CARTER: C. Blanch Carter, age 95, died November 13, 2014 at Tri Lake Health Centre in Killarney, Manitoba. She is predeceased by her husband John and daughter Maureen Sutton and is lovingly remembered by her son Bill. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 17, 2014 at Wheatland Chapel, Killarney, Manitoba at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Killarney Cemetery. Donations in memory of Blanch may be made to the Bayside Personal Care Home; Box 5000 Killarney, Manitoba R0K 1G0.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service204-523-7791
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