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LESKIW: Sam Leskiw of Brandon, MB passed away Oct. 1, 2014 at Dinsdale Personal Care Home. Sam was the beloved husband of Laurena “Ena” (nee Clark), Father of Sheldon (Diane) Leskiw of Calgary, AB and Wendy (Ron) Lesy of Airdrie, AB. Grandfather of: Chris (Anjli) and Brian (Kayla) Leskiw, and Melissa, Melanie and Darren (Melissa) Lesy, Great-grandfather of: Kowen and Nykin Leskiw, Logan Leskiw and Rylan and Presley Lesy. Sam and his twin brother Peter were born in Brandon, MB June 6, 1922 to Nick and Dora Leskiw of Brandon. Sam was predeceased by his parents, older brothers Morris and Joe Leskiw of Brandon and his twin brother Peter of Lethbridge, AB. He was educated at David Livingston, Earl Haig and Brandon Collegiate Institute. In the 1940’s, Sam worked in Windsor, ON assembling army jeep parts for WWII before joining the Highland Light Infantry. The Regiment was quickly sent overseas to Britain and to the front war trenches in Holland, Belgium, France and Germany. Peter in the Princess Pats Regiment also fought in the front lines and trenches while Joe served in the RCAF in Canada. After Peace was declared in 1945 Sam spent a further year with the Canadian Army Occupation Forces over there to ensure Holland and Belgium could reclaim all their land taken by the Nazis. Returning home in July, 1946 after his discharge, Sam was hired by the Manitoba Power Commission (now Hydro) in Brandon for their new rural electrification program about to begin in all the towns/farms in Manitoba. In bringing “the light to the town and farms of Grandview in 1947”, as Sam called it, he met Laurena (Ena) Clark. She became his bride in 1950. Sam worked 40 years with MB Hydro throughout the province but spent the last 20 years working in the Brandon area where they resided. In retirement, many summer days were spent at their Clear Lake cabin enjoying the lake weather, fishing and socializing with friends at the outdoor kitchens. Sam was an avid twice a week swimmer at the Sportsplex for years, a gardener and a “snow shoveller” for his property and the neighbours . In winter they escaped part of MB winters by becoming Snowbirds camping in Texas, Arizona and Florida where many new friendships were made. They travelled to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska with cruises to Panama and to the Caribbean countries where Ena had taught. In April 27, 2011 Sam suffered a severe stroke while in Hawaii with family for their 61st anniversary. This stroke left Sam paralyzed in the right leg, in a wheel chair and unable to walk. Sam, forever optimistic, never gave up trying to walk right to the last day. Another stroke in September 2013 affected his left side and caused Sam to transfer to Dinsdale Personal Care Home as Ena was no longer able to take care of him at home. Sam was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 3 for 60 + years , Trinity United Church for 50 + years. The Brandon Hydro-Ex Group and a life member of the Sokol Association The celebration of Sam’s life was held in Memories Chapel on Monday, October 6, 2014 with Arlene Robertson officiating, the eulogy given by a friend - Pat Bowslaugh-, and a slide presentation highlighting Sam’s life. The Brandon Royal Canadian Legion 3 provided the last military honours of death with the Last Post and Reveille followed by the laying of their poppies by his urn and war medals. Urn carriers were Chris Leskiw and Melissa Lesy. Burial was in Brandon Cemetery Veterans’ Section. Donations in memory of Sam may be made to Dinsdale Personal Care Home, 510- 6th St., Brandon, MB, R7A 3N9, or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
LABAY: Stacie Nicole Labay. January 2, 1981 - October 15, 2014. Suddenly midweek we lost a sweet and loving angel. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter and best friend Mackenzie Lynn (Mackenzie's father Alan). Stacie is the precious daughter of Wayne and Dianne, loving sister of Cora and Whitney and caring Aunt to Broden and Landon. The Funeral Ceremony will take place at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Fr. Patrick Neufeld of St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church as Celebrant. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Stacie may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
DERMODY: It is with profound sadness we announce that Eileen Dermody passed away on Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at St. Boniface Hospital. Eileen's memory will be forever cherished by her children Chris (Sherri Jessiman), Brent (Fatima Tavares), Kim (Bonnie Kallert) and Karen (Lorne) Cruise; grandchildren Sabrina, Erin, Sasha, Jordan, Braden, William and Graham; sister Olive and brother Melvin. She is predeceased by her beloved husband Edward, parents Lily and Edward, Aunt Minnie and siblings Elsie, Walter, and Doris. Mom was born on August 31, 1929 in Cartwright, Manitoba. Her early career included working for Eaton's and MacLeods in Winnipeg before marrying Dad in 1953. They moved to Brandon in 1962 where they raised their family, worked and ran a restaurant business. Following retirement, they made the move back to Winnipeg to be closer to family. Mom had a gentle, warm, loving personality and enjoyed hosting company. As such, our home was a gathering place where all of our friends were always welcome. She was very artistic and found many enjoyable outlets for her talents including painting, crafting and ceramics. She cherished family above all and was extremely proud of the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. Mom, we love you so much and can't imagine you not being there to listen to our stories and share in our lives. You showed us unending love in everyday moments. We will miss you enormously but are thankful you are at peace. A memorial service took place on Thursday October 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Thomson “In the Park” Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Boulevard. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Boniface Hospital and the Palliative care team involved in her care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba or the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation. Arrangements in care of Thomson “In the Park” 204-925-1120.
DENBOW: Carman Denbow passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the age of 82 years. Carman is survived by his partner of 34 years, James Terhune. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Joe Ball officiating. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Carman may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8 or to the Lung Association of Manitoba, 8-940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 0P6. Complete obituary information to follow.
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CAMRASS: Isabel Gena Camrass passed away at the Wawanesa Personal Care Home on Wednesday October 15, 2014 at the age of 87 years. Gena leaves her loving husband Hugh, three children Phillip, Ruth (Ken Ellis), Paul (Catherine), and two grandchildren. The family will honour Gena’s memory privately. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gena’s memory can be made to the Wawanesa Community Foundation, Box 89 Wawanesa, MB R0K 2G0 or to a charity of choice.  Complete obituary to follow.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Services of Glenboro handled cremation arrangements.
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WILLIAMSON: Edith Mabel “Ede” Williamson (nee McPhail). Ede Williamson, beloved wife of Murray Williamson, of Killarney, MB, formerly of Belmont, MB passed away on Friday, October 10, 2014, at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC at the age of 87 years. Left to mourn Edie’ passing are her husband Murray Williamson of Killarney, MB, daughters Sharon Williamson of Salt Spring Island, BC and Muriel Boake of Nesbitt, MB, sons Vernon (Valerie) Williamson of Belmont, MB and Blaine Williamson (Wendy Stoesz) of Killarney, MB, step-daughter Dorothy Enns of Morris, MB, grandchildren Derek, Don (Melanie), Andrew (Jennifer), Heather (Travis) and Trevor, great-grandchildren Kate, Ryliegh, Kayleigh, Addison, Teagan and Bayley. Also left to mourn Ede’s passing are her sister Jean Wanless, sisters- in-law Marilyn Kittle, Marjorie McPhail, Beryl McPhail and Pearl Carnahan, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins & friends. Ede was predeceased by her parents William & Laura (nee Kerr) McPhail, brothers & sisters John, Roy, Jim and Beatrice McPhail and son-in-law Jack Boake, as well as many extended family members. A Celebration of Ede’s Life will be held in the Belmont United Church at 2:00 p.m. Saturday October 18 , 2014 with Rev. Larry McPhail officiating. Interment to follow in the Hillside Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Ede’s Memory to the Belmont United Church, Box 101 Belmont, MB, R0K 0C0, or to a charity of one’s choice.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Service of Glenboro, MB in care of arrangements. (204)827-2480.
MAZAWASICUNA: Clifford Mazawasicuna passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on October 10, 2014 at the age of 75 years. Left to mourn his passing are his children Krystle, James and Derek Mazawasicuna (Laura); grandchildren Modi Mazawasicuna, Billie and Julian Brandon; siblings Wilfred, Carl, Nelson, Martin, Betsy (Jules) and Harold Mazawasicuna, Angela Waters and Clayton Antoine. A traditional wake took place at Clifford’s residence in Sioux Valley on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m., with traditional services to follow on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Harold Blacksmith officiating.
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WRIGHT: On Monday, October 13, 2014 Isabelle Wright, age 88 years, beloved wife of Donald Wright and mother of Roy and Ron Leitch, passed away at Fairview Home. Funeral service will take place at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with Arlene Robertson officiating. A private family interment will follow at Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 17th Street East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7M6.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel &Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
ROBERTSON: After a brief and hard fought private battle with cancer, Wayne Alexander Robertson of Brandon, passed away peacefully with family at his side at the Assiniboine Centre on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the age of 74 years. A memorial service will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, Brandon, on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne officiating. Donations in memory of Wayne may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Room ON1160, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9. Complete obituary information to follow.
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MCMANUS: George Raymond “Ray” McManus passed away at the Neepawa Health Centre on October 12, 2014 at the age of 70 years. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Minnedosa Community Conference Centre, Minnedosa, MB with Elgin Hall officiating. Interment will take place in the Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations may be made to Neepawa Chemotherapy Unit or Neepawa & District Palliative Care Service. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
MacLENNAN-MONTAGUE: Lena Margaret MacLennan- Montague. April 29, 1928 - Oct 12, 2014. Lee passed away in Minnedosa Hospital peacefully with family at her side. Lee was born in Mather, Manitoba and as an adult she moved to Winnipeg and  married her first husband Ken MacLennan.  They were married for 38 years when he passed away in 1989. She later married Monty (Basil Montague) who spoiled her until he passed away this August. Lee had been retired from Great West Life Assurance for 31 years.  She is survived by her he son Byron MacLennan, wife Wendy, and children Crystal, Dawn (Andrew), AJ (Tracey) and her daughter Brenda Van Wynsberghe, husband Rene and their son Jed.  She is also survived by her younger sister Ruth Messner of Nanton, Alberta.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A graveside service will be held Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm in the Minnedosa Cemetery with lunch to follow at Main Street Café. Minnedosa Funeral Service in care of arrangements.
McDONALD: #15613 Retired RCMP S/Sgt. Donald McDonald, beloved husband of Doreen, passed away peacefully in the Palliative Care Unit at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon on Sunday October 12, 2014 at the age of 84 years. Donald was born August 21, 1930 at Teulon, Manitoba, son of retiredRCMP Cpl. Michael Patrick and Daisy McDonald. He joined the RCMP in Winnipeg in 1948 and spent a 27 year career first serving in Ontario at Toronto, Sault Ste. Marie, Sault Ste. Marie City Police and Ottawa. He transferred to Saskatchewan in 1959 and served at the detachments of Outlook, Vonda and Hafford. He transferred back to Ottawa in 1967 and then Brandon in 1976, where he retired from the RCMP on September 30, 1979. He then went on to work for another 14 years with Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health in Brandon. Donald was predeceased by his son Steve, sister Joan McDonald and brother Fred McDonald. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Doreen and by four sons: Rtd. RCMP Cpl. Michael (Madonna), Rtd. RCMP Cpl. Patrick (Joanne), Richard (Susan) and William (Lois) as well as seven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and one great great grandson. Donald is also survived by a sister Marie MacDonald, two nieces and a nephew. A Celebration of Donald's Life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Friday October 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. Interment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations in memory of Donald may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society - Manitoba Division, 415 1st Street, Brandon, R7A 2W8.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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 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 will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church, Erickson. Interment will follow at the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Sandy Lake. Father Emil Kardasinec will officiate. 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 are in care of the arrangements. (204)759-2160.
LALUK: On Monday October 13, 2014 Marvin Laluk, age 63 years, passed away in Winnipeg. Marvin will be lovingly remembered by his wife Donna, son Tony (Shauna), son Troy (Missi) and grandchildren. Marvin was overjoyed to meet his great grandson, Cooper, this past Friday. Marvin is also survived by brothers Bob, Jim and families. He was predeceased by his parents and brother Ken. In accordance with Marvin's wishes there will be no funeral service. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Marvin's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society.
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