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DRUWE: It is with loving thoughts and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Charles Druwe at Dinsdale Personal Care Home in Brandon, MB on May 12, 2014. Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa was the youngest of three children born to Marie Vassart and Victor Druwe on January 24, 1927 in the Findlay area. Sadly, at age six, Dad lost his father and was sent to live with extended family to attend school at Maple Hill. He completed grade six and was called home to help on the family farm where his mother passed when Dad was seventeen. Through many farming hardships, Dad did manage to get to Grande Clairiere for the odd dance or ball game where he met the love of his life, Marie Bertholet. They married in October of 1945 and Dad was so happy and proud to have become part of the Bertholet family. Together, Mom and Dad worked on the family farm and raised their four children. They were a team, spending countless hours in the hay field, milking cows and many other chores. They loved to entertain, and their home was known for the post-curling and post-ball game watering hole where the drink of choice was their home-made choke cherry wine. After many years of commitment to the morning and night milkings of dairy farming, Mom and Dad retired to Hartney and then to Brandon. There, Dad worked for a brief time at the Brandon Auction Mart, and in their spare time, he and Mom loved refinishing furniture and picked pail upon pail of saskatoons and strawberries. Their team work continued as they entered the craft-sale scene and soon became known in all of southwestern Manitoba for their Christmas cakes, baked goods, wooden crafts and knitted items. While living at Victoria Landing, Mom and Dad enjoyed the company of their little dog Belle. Mom and Dad loved gatherings with family; playing cards and reminiscing, but their greatest joy was visits from their kids, grand and great- grand kids. Dad, Gramps, always saw the best in everyone, and we remember him as being strong in faith, thoughtful, caring and kind, and we thank him for all our lessons, memories and for loving us so unconditionally. Dad had a way of making us feel safe, comfortable and loved by placing our hands in the palm of his. He will be forever in our hearts and on our minds. Charles Joseph Druwe was predeceased by his daughter Sharon Fry of Calgary in January, 2013 and his loving wife of 67 years Marie Druwe in April of 2013. He is survived by daughter Claudette McPherson (Ian) of Panoka, AB, son Cyril Druwe (Kathy) of Hartney, MB, daughter Connie Morrison (Darwin) of Brandon, MB, six grandsons, three granddaughters, three great-grandsons, six great granddaughters. He is also survived by sisters-inlaw Rita Denbow, Anne-Marie Bauche, Edith Bertholet Marie Bertholet and Celina Bertholet, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family. Prayers were held at Kowalchuk's Funeral Home in Souris, MB on Friday, May 16, 2014. Funeral mass and interment were at St.Jean's Catholic Church in Grande Clairiere, MB on Saturday May 17, 2014. Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Dexter from Kowalchuk's Funeral Home, the St.Jean's parish choir, Father Eric, Harvey and the Grande Clairiere CWL. Thanks also to the many friends and relatives for your sincerity through donations, meals and baking, cards and flowers, phone calls, visits and hugs and many other acts of kindness.
And remember......death ends a life, not a relationship.
WHETTER:  Donalda Louise Whetter died June 12th, 2014 at Fairview Home in Brandon. Donalda was born January 2nd1919 in Cupar, Saskatchewan to Rebecca (Smith) and William Gee, the second of 6 children. She was a tiny baby and was not expected to live, but has lived for 95 ? mostly healthy years, never being hospitalized until her heart started to fail in the last few years. Donalda attended school in Cupar, completing Grade 12, then came to Manitoba to earn tuition for Teacher's College, working for Lindley Hodgson at Dand, Manitoba, in the Hartney district. Donalda fell in love that summer, so decided to stay in Manitoba , becoming Mrs. Jack Whetter. When their four children were young Donalda was a member of the WMS and the WI. Like many women of the time she spent much time cooking from scratch, gardening, and with sewing and mending. She started a 4-H club for girls at Dand and was a leader for several years. Later she became very involved in the Hartney Horticulture Society and took many ribbons for her flower arranging and was asked to judge at Hortcultural Shows in the area. She loved her rose and flower gardens and was happy to share the blossoms with others. In later years she started the Red Hat Society group in Hartney and looked forward to the lunchtime gatherings for fun and fellowship. Through that group she was nominated for the Women of Distinction Award in Brandon in 2013. As her health failed she moved into Riverheights Terrace in Brandon where she was very happy with her new friends and for the view to the west farm land which reminded her of her home at Dand. She kept her cheery personality as she met several fellow patients during her recent stays at the Brandon Hospital, Assiniboine Center and then at Fairview. Home. She appreciated the kindness and care of the staff. She is survived by her children: Gerald (Margaret) of Brandon, Darlene (Allan) Cox of Northfield Minnesota, Rodney (Lydia Glawson) of Brandon, Nancy (Jack) Almeida of Thompson, grandchildren: James Cox, Donald Cox, Shauna (Brian Hanson) Whetter, Jay (Jenny) Whetter, Jon (Tracey Salamondra) Whetter, Darren (Carlie)Whetter, David (Michelle) Whetter, Ian (Lisa Stepnuk) Whetter and Katherine Almeida. great grandchildren: Liam Whetter, CampbellWhetter, Jack Whetter, Nicola Whetter, Benjamin Cox, Gwenelen Hanson, Ashlyn Whetter, Evan Whetter, Andrew Whetter, Jovi Whetter, twins Kasia and Charlotte Whetter, Ellie Whetter, sister Erma Dale of Vancouver/Edmonton, sister- in law Gertrude Whetter of Winnipeg and brother-in-law Clint Whetter of Brandon.           Smith Funeral Home  204-747-2088                www.wheatlandfs.com    
PRICE: October 11th, 1962 - May 29th, 2014. It is with deep sadness that the family of Daryl Todd Price announces his passing in a motor vehicle accident on May 29th, 2014. Our precious Daryl was born in Fort William, Ontario on October 11th, 1962. Daryl was the middle child of three boys. The family moved to Dryden, Ontario in 1963. Daryl spent ten years of his childhood there before they returned to Thunder Bay, Ontario. Since Daryl moved to Cypress River, Manitoba he became a Volunteer Firefighter and dedicated himself to the responsibility given to him. Daryl was employed by Simplot in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba for many years, doing as much overtime as he could, driving an hour each way. Daryl was best known for his quick wit and fantastic sense of humour, his kindness, loving heart, deep compassion, empathy and giving nature. The best times for Daryl were taking his daughter to gymnastics, golfing, bike riding, reading, jumping on the trampoline, swimming and water slides. Daryl loved spending time with family. Daryl will be forever and lovingly remembered and missed by his wife Val Kovar, seven year old daughter Alyshea Price, mother Gail Price, father Jackson Price, brother Edward Price and his wife Karen, grandfather Edward (Ted) Price, nephew Eric Price and great niece Nova, niece Amanda Price (Steve) and great nieces Kyla and Ella, niece Melissa Price, and aunt Donna Roy, mother and father in-law Geraldine and Rudy, sister in-law Diane Kovar, brother in-law David Kovar (Stephanie), nephew Cole Kovar, nieces Kaitie and Cassie Kovar. Daryl will also be missed by extended family, numerous dear friends and co-workers. Some connections can't be explained by words alone. Daryl was predeceased by his brother Jackson (Jake) Price in 1981, grandmother Aretha Price in 2012, grandparents Jackson & Evelyn Price, uncles Bruce, Terrance, Mark & Leonard Price. A Celebration of Daryl's Life is to be held in Glenboro, at the CE building on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm (dress is casual). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at any RBC Trust Fund for Alyshea Price, RBC Glenboro Branch, Glenboro, MB R0K 0X0
Till We Meet AgainOn line condolences can be made by visiting www.willmorchapel.com
Jamieson’s Funeral Services of Glenboro in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.
STOROZUK: Terry Storozuk of Winnipeg, MB entered into rest on June 13, 2014 at the age of 66 years. He is the beloved husband of the late Pat Storozuk and son of Louis and Helen Storozuk of Shoal Lake, MB. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in Minnedosa Funeral Chapel, Minnedosa, MB with Fr. Emil Kardasinec officiating. Interment will follow in the Holy Ascension Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Minnedosa, MB. Donations may be made to a humane society or a pet rescue of one’s choice. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
HYRICH: Passed away at the Bayside Personal Care Home, Killarney MB on Tuesday June 10, 2014 at the age of 90 years, Gertrude Theresa Hyrich (nee Boulet) of Killarney, MB, formerly of Dunrea, MB. Born to Brigitte (Audet) and Alphonse Boulet on May 10, 1924, Gertie was the youngest of seven children. Gertie grew up in the Dunrea area & later worked at the Ninette Sanatorium. In 1967, she married Jack Hyrich and moved to a farm near Belmont. In 1977, Jack and Gertie sold the farm and moved into Belmont where they resided for the next 17 years. In 1993, they decided to move back to Dunrea. Jack passed away in 1997. In 2008, Gertie moved to Westview Lodge in Boissevain, then later in 2012, she moved to the Killarney Bayside Personal Home until her passing. Gertie is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday June 20, 2014 at 11:00 am in the St. Felix de Valois Catholic Church, Dunrea, MB, with Father Phillip Malayil as Celebrant. Interment to follow in the St. Felix de Valois Parish Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made to the Boissevain Health Centre, Box 899, Boissevain, MB, R0K 0E0, The St. Felix de Valois Catholic Church, Dunrea, MB R0K 0S0, or to a charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.willmorchapel.com.
Jamieson’s Funeral Services, Glenboro-Holland, in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.
PENTLAND: Harriet Mary Pentland (nee Brownell) passed away at Valleyview Care Centre on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Harriet was born on February 25, 1918 in the Truro School district (Cameron Municipality) Lauder, Manitoba. She was the fourth child of Charles Edwin Brownell and Mary Ruth Brownell (nee Underhill). She attended school in Lauder until Grade Seven. The family moved to Kemnay, Manitoba during the depression years. After three years they bought a farm in the Wellwood and Carberry area. Harriet took her high school in Carberry then on to Wesley College for Grade twelve in Winnipeg. She tried the nursing course but after a year she decided it was not her calling so she moved on to a hairdressing course at Marvel in Winnipeg in 1940. After completing that in 1941 she worked at a beauty salon in Selkirk for a while. Then an opportunity came up to write the Federal Civil Service exams. She passed that and was able to move on to a position with the Bureau of Statistics in Ottawa. On April 14, 1942 she was married to Thomas Elton Wesley Pentland from Justice, Manitoba. Harriet took an active part in the community church. She was President of the U.C.W. and also Secretary Treasurer for two years and President of Women's Institute. She took a great interest in the Loyal Ladies Orange Lodge of Manitoba. in 1962 and 1963. She was Grand Mistress of the Orange Benevolent Association of Manitoba, traveling extensively from coast to coast. She also sat on the Board of Trustees for the organizations of the Orange Order in Winnipeg for forty years. Harriet was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary for many years and also a volunteer at the Gift Shop and Art Shop. She was a life member of the Brandon Regional Health Centre. She was an avid bowler and loved playing cards, Bridge and 500. Harriet had spent a few years in Florida and Texas. She was predeceased by her husband of nearly forty years, Thomas Wesley in September, 1981, father in 1969, mother in 1986, sister Kathleen Pigg in 1989, sister Helen Nielsen in 1997, sister Isabel McKay in 2003, brother Arthur in 1999, sister-in-law Melrose Brownell in 2012, brother-in- law Hubert McNac in 1979, brother-in-law Douglas Pigg in 2008, brother-in-law Keith McKay in 1984, brother-in-law Perry Cox in 1967, brother-in-law Richard Nielsen in 1998, and special friend Vivian Hales. Harriet is survived by many nieces and nephews, cousins and special friends Sandra Wilson and family, Bill Hales and family, Dennis and Cheryl Brugger and family. Funeral Ceremony was held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Barb Jardine officiated. Interment followed at the Sparling Cemetery. Pallbearers were Doug Kinney, George McPherson, Kevin Brugger, Gladden Smith, Alan Miller and Cameron Hales. Donations in memory of Harriet may be made to a charity of choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
PANDOLFI: It is with heavy hearts the family of Darryl Pandolfi announces his sudden passing on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the age of 52 years. Darryl was born in Brandon on March 5, 1962, where he resided for most of his life. He worked at Behlen Industries for the past 20 years. He enjoyed spending time with his many friends at the local Chicken Delight; many good meals were shared there. He had a love for his 1979 motorcycle. Darryl was a soft hearted man who was always willing to lend a hand to someone in need. Darryl had struggled with his health for the past 10 years, yet he maintained a positive outlook on life even during his most challenging times. He will be sadly missed by his mother Doreen Bollman, sisters Sharon (Doug) Ross, Pam (Mel) Carmichael, Cathy (Marcel) Gervais, his brother Derrick (Laurie) Pandolfi, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Darryl was predeceased by his father in 1997. A memorial service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
Gone but not forgotten. Take care broMessages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
MILLS: On May 27, 2014 at her residence in Brandon and in the presence of family members, Zella Adrianne Mills (née Leachman) quietly and peacefully passed away two days short of her 89th birthday. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her children and their spouses, Brent and Rena Mills, Pamela and Jim Horn and Valerie and Bruce Daly along with her nine grandchildren, their spouses and partners and her four great grandchildren. Her loss will be felt by many, none more than by her relatives from the Mills and Leachman families. Zella was predeceased by her husband Dr. John T. Mills (1974), her parents Beacher and Edith Leachman and her brother Morley Leachman. Whether she was family, colleague, neighbor or team mate it is likely that Zella was also a friend as mom was truly special, widely admired and much loved. Throughout her life she was a role model to many, a woman of grace and good humor committed to her family, her friends, her workplaces and her community. Mom was born in 1925 and raised within a loving family on a farm near Wawanesa. As a child of the depression she learned early the value of a dollar, the strength of family ties and the importance of helping those less fortunate. Mom and dad, raised on neighboring farms, were high school sweet hearts. While dad was away, as part of the war effort, mom studied in Winnipeg, graduating as a Registered Nurse. Following the war they married and mom worked at her profession in Brandon and Toronto while dad studied to become a Dentist. In 1953, mom and dad returned to Brandon with three year old Brent in hand and Pam soon to be born. With eternal optimism and energy they threw themselves into the task of building a life, raising a family, and joining a community. Valerie was born in 1955 completing the family unit. The Mills children were blessed to grow up with mom’s unconditional love and direction. She was a stay at home mom who was always there for her children and their friends providing love, support, encouragement and guidance. Family time was very important in the Mills household. There are many happy memories of time spent together at Clear Lake or in the family station wagon on the annual camping trip. Mom always opened her home to her children’s friends where it was common to find one or more in deep conversation with their friend Zella. In later years she was equally welcoming to the friends of her grandchildren, many of whom came to affectionately call her Gran. Mom lovingly welcomed her children’s spouses into her family quickly forming strong and enduring relationships with each of them. In the course of seven years mom welcomed nine grandchildren into her world. For the rest of her days she showered each of them with love, support and enthusiasm. Several of them lived with her during summers at Clear Lake which provided them with gentle guidance and her with great joy. Mom loved nothing more that to have her entire family together particularly for special occasions or vacation times. The family has particularly fond memories of times shared in her cottage at Clear Lake with seven adults and nine children frequently living together happily under one small roof. Despite the crowd, each of her grandchildren was made to feel unique, special and very much loved. Mom became a great grandmother six years ago and although she had declined, these four wonderful additions to the family always brought a smile to her face and a song to her lips. Widowed at age 48 with two daughters in University, mom didn’t take long to pull up her socks and to get on with the next phase of her life. She began by recertifying as a nurse, a profession she had left some 20 years earlier to raise her family. Shortly thereafter she went to work in the homecare field where she remained until almost 70 years of age. Countless families were affected by her commitment. Numerous co-workers have spoken of the dedication and inspiration she brought to their workplace. Mom’s commitment to healthcare extended beyond her own workplace. For several years she served on the Board of Directors of the Brandon General Hospital, eventually becoming the first ever female Chair of the Board and taking a lead on countless matters, not the least being the formation of the Brandon General Hospital Foundation. When the Brandon Regional Health Authority was created Mom was a logical and willing appointment to its Board of Directors as well. Mom’s commitment to health care resulted in her twice accepting appointments from the Provincial Government to chair task forces studying health care delivery in rural Manitoba and earning her various awards and commendations for her efforts. For good measure mom continued to throw herself at countless community endeavors whether chairing the Canadian Mixed Curling Championships, serving on the Brandon Area Foundation or volunteering to sit with post surgical or cancer patients at the hospital. Mom always enjoyed recreational activities, forming many valued friendships while curling, golfing or fishing. During her declining years, mom continued to be a role model of grace and dignity. The frustrations associated with a gradual loss of memory, language skills and mobility never succeeded in wiping the trademark smile from her face. She remained appreciative and kind to her family and those around her while continuing to enjoy humor and song until the end. During her final years mom lived at Hillcrest Place which provided her a warm and friendly family atmosphere. She shared many a smile and laugh with the wonderful staff allowing her family to know that she was in good hands. As in her younger years, mom remained very social. She loved people and participated in most recreational activities. Even when she could no longer really participate, she simply enjoyed “hanging out” with the staff and other residents. Her love of music was a great comfort to her until the end and many memorable family visits were spent singing together. Mom’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren along with their spouses and partners are all exceptionally proud to have been part of her family. A service to celebrate Zella’s life was held at Knox United Church, on Friday, June 6, 2014 with Rev. Craig Miller officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Zella may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or to a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
MILLER: Garry Alexander Miller, born on June 23, 1945, passed away suddenly on May 27, 2014 at the Brandon Regional Hospital. Garry grew up on the family farm near Justice, MB, where he attended elementary, then completing his high school diploma at Elton Collegiate in Forrest, MB. During his years at Elton, Garry enjoyed playing football and hockey, and later in life enjoyed his position on the Justice baseball team. Garry was the proud father of three daughters, Jodi, Jenifer and JilIian, all born in December. During his time on the farm, Garry loved to watch his daughters ride their dirt bikes, their snowmobiles and their horses. Garry always taught his girls that they could do anything a boy could do and thus loved to watch them play baseball and often brought them along on a Saturday hunt, whatever the season may have been. Garry was the co-owner/operator of Inland Radiator and Hydraulics until his retirement in 2012 in which Garry and Janice sold the Miller Century Farm near Justice and purchased a home in Monterey Estates in Brandon, MB. During his retirement, Garry loved wintering in his home in Mesa, Arizona where he found his love for flying model airplanes. When Garry wasn’t spending time with Janice, his daughters or his grandchildren, he could usually be found at the flying club. Garry was a family man and he cherished spending time with his three daughters and seven grandchildren. Garry will be deeply missed by his partner Janice Little, Daughters Jodi (Jeff) Hrymak, Jenifer Miller, Jillian (Jason) Lawrence, Grandchildren Emma and Bria Hrymak, Tyson Cloet and Abby and Kate McClure, and Tucker and Tristan Lawrence, as well as his sisters Donna (Roy) Ewasiuk, and Lorna (Neil) McFaddin and numerous nieces and nephews, and many close friends including his companion, Bailey the Shih Tzu dog. Garry was predeceased by his parents Harry and Grace Miller of Justice, MB. The family would like to thank the Kidney Foundation for their support as well as everyone for their donations to the Kidney Foundation in Garry’s honour, as well as all the care and compassion, cards, flowers, meals, baking and thoughts during this most difficult time. The Ceremony to Celebrate Garry's Life was held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Rev. Barbara Jardine officiated. Interment took place at the Humesville Cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Garry to the Kidney Foundation of Canada - Manitoba Branch, Unit 1, 452 Dovercourt Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3Y 1G4
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
FREDERICKSON: Peacefully with his family by his side, Allan Edward “Friday” Frederickson of Glenboro MB, passed away at the Glenboro Health Centre on Friday June 13, 2014 at the age of 91 years. Friday leaves to mourn his passing his wife of 70 years Bernice (nee Johnson), four children Sharon (Walter) Hilhorst of Killarney, Marilyn (Stan) Ehnes of Vernon B.C., Craig (Donna) Frederickson of Winnipeg, Thoralee Brown of Glenboro, eight grandchildren Travis (Bev), Paul (Leanne), Cory (Erica), Jesse, Noelle (Stephen), Colin, Kaleigh & Shaelyn & by twelve great grandchildren Breanne, Cejay, Ethan, Ella, Ben Drew, Callie, Dylan, Ethan, Ryann, Haiden & Maddox. He is also survived by his sister Elvina Jamieson of Glenboro, sister-in- law Alice Wallace of Cold Lake AB & brother-in-law Wayne Johnson also of Cold Lake, AB. Friday was predeceased by his parents Fred & Thora (nee Sigurdson) Frederickson, brother Turner Frederickson, sister Verna Wilton & by brothers- in-law Howard Wilton & Bill Jamieson. A Celebration of Friday’s life will be held on Tuesday June 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Willmor Chapel, Glenboro, with Sharon Hamilton officiating. Interment will take place in the Glenboro Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in Friday’s memory to the Glenboro Palliative Care Unit, Box 310 Glenboro MB R0K 0X0 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st St. Brandon MB R7A 2W8, or to a charity of choice.
On line condolences can be made by visiting www.willmorchapel.com
Jamieson’s Funeral Services, Willmor Chapel, of Glenboro in care of arrangements. (204) 827-2480.
MATTE: Edna May Matte. Our Mother passed away on June 10 at the age of 96 years. She will be forever missed by her children Joan Patricia Campbell, Leonard George (Sheila) Campbell, Brenda Avlonitis (Matte), and Richard Henry (Penny) Matte. Mom leaves a wonderful legacy of a life well lived for all of us to learn from. She was born in Moore Park, Manitoba to Avalena Rose and Leonard Johnson on November 22, 1917. She was the 2nd eldest child of 7 siblings. She often spoke of life with her family and the years growing up in the Brandon area during the dirty 30’s and the 2nd WW years. Mom was twice widowed. At the age of 30 years, her first husband, George Campbell died, at age 46, her second husband, Emile Rene Matte died. She owned and operated the Arlington Hotel in Maryfield, Saskatchewan for approximately 25 years. She loved the business aspect of her life as a hotel owner, but she really enjoyed the friendships she made along the way with her many customers. She was lovingly called “Miss Kitty” and was known for being a fair and respected business woman. Some of our best stories are still told about the years we had being raised in the hotel. It was continuous work, but we all enjoyed the stability of being raised in a small community. She sold the hotel and retired in Brandon to be with her mother and her sisters again. She lived many happy years in her home and loved to spend her days gardening. Her friends and family were welcomed guests and we all have many wonderful memories of meeting at Mom’s in the summer to catch up on everyone’s life events. As time took us all in different directions and distant places in the coming years, Mom spent much time travelling with her sisters, and friends. She was a true globe trotter and she wasted no time enjoying her retirement years. As she aged we could see she was getting tired, but our Mother had an exceptionally strong will to live and so she did.
We will miss you Mom, but we have been left with an abundance of memories and a wonderful new generation of young ones to raise in your honour. You will be forever loved and we will often speak of the years gone by and of the many strengths you passed on to us and your 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A private service will be held at a later date.
DETTRICH: Earl Dettrich, age 78 years, of Brandon, Manitoba passed away on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the Assiniboine Centre with daughters Sandy and Tammy and friend Audrey Hanlon at his side. Earl was born on November 19, 1935 in Ottawa, Ontario and married Marianne Gower in October 1956. Earl proudly served in the Canadian Armed Forces from January 1954 until April 1992 with the Royal Horse Artillery and was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #3. A creative handyman, Earl enjoyed travel, good card games like whist, poker and crib and his dogs, Jo-Jo, Leroy and Patch. He spent a great deal of time at the family cottage in Grand Marais, Manitoba. He lived his last two and a half years at Riverheights Terrace where he was the "go to" guy for those in need of help. Earl took pleasure in helping the kitchen staff daily, as well as taking care of the flowers and bird baths. He loved to give others a "hard time" with his unique sense of humour and always insisted on having the final word. Earl was predeceased by his wife Marianne in 2005, mother Irene Campbell, father Harry Dettrich, brother Robert Dettrich and sister Helen Petrie. He is survived by his daughters Sandy (Lachlan) Macfadden, Tammy Dettrich (Tim Huska), grandsons Ewan, Hadyn, and AJ Benson and brother George (Joan) Dettrich. Donations in memory of Earl can be made to the Helping Hands Centre, 111 7th Street, Brandon MB R7A 3S5.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
BRUMMUND: Robert “Bob” Lee Brummund, September 2, 1955 - June 5, 2014. In the early morning hours on Thursday, June 5, 2014, Bob passed away peacefully after a short struggle with cancer in Surrey, BC. Bob will be eternally missed and is survived by his loving mother Daisy Brummund, his brothers David (Kim) & George, and his baby sister Marjorie (Eric), his nieces Jennifer Davies (Scott), Alicia Brummund (John), Jody Brummund (Dan), and Holly Brummund (Dalton), and his close friend Gertrudis (Jolly) Calegan. Bob was predeceased by his father, Albert Brummund. Bob was born in Brandon, MB and spent his formative years there until 1971 when the family moved to Kamloops, BC. After graduating high school in 1973, he undertook a career in the sheet metal trade which took him to Red Deer, AB for a time, to Yellowknife, NWT, to Kamloops, BC and finally to New Westminster, BC. Bob was a long time member of the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union, and operated his own business, Efficient Air. One of Bob’s pastimes was riding his bicycle, sometimes over vast distances. He toured many parts of BC, including one of his favourites, Kettle Valley Trails. Bob had a wonderful spirit in spite of the cards he was dealt. He was generous to a fault, always was able to smile even up to his last days on this earth, and would do anything to protect the well being of his family and friends. His presence in the lives of all that knew him will be missed. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s name can be made to the charity of your choice. A memorial service will held at a later date.
BLACK: Harold Arnold Black passed away on May 25th, 2014 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 85 years. Harold was born to Carl and Grace Black December 7th, 1928 in Dauphin, MB. He was predeceased by his brothers Reg and Herman. He leaves behind his beautiful bride, Phyllis, of 63 years; daughter Debbie (Rick) and grandchildren Lisa (Andy) and great grandchildren Elena and Dominic; daughter Kathy (Melvin) and grandchildren Tammy (Lee), Bobby Jo (Russ) and great grandchildren Chelcie, Dylin and Ella. Also surviving are in-laws Ann (Ed), Gladys (Norm), Linda, and Gertie and numerous nieces and nephews. As a young man, Harold started out as a farm hand at Hunter Aitken's farm in Grandview, where he met and married the love of his life, Phyllis, who worked there as well. On May 16th, 1951, they were married. He later worked at Delby’s Bakery in Grandview. The family recalls him telling the story of him mixing a batch of bread and letting it rise. He then couldn’t find the thermometer. He realized it must have been accidently mixed in with the dough. He didn’t know what to do except to throw the whole batch out. Needless to say, the boss was not impressed!! After that incident, he came to the conclusion that he was not meant to be a baker, so he ventured out and ended up moving to Dauphin and working at Branders’ Garage. Through time his two daughters were born, Kathy and Debbie. He decided in order to make a better life for his family that he would take a Radio and TV Technician course through correspondence. Once completed, he applied and started at PA Kennedy’s in Brandon. He went on to work at Brandon Co-op, retired from there, and then started Harold’s TV. He worked from his house, later renovating part of his garage into a workshop. Dad and Mom enjoyed travelling and took different trips which included trips to the West Coast, a trip to the East Coast, Disney World, Branson, Alaska and California, to name a few. His real passion was music. Harold played the fiddle, piano, guitar and the mouth organ! He attended and played at the Austin Threshermen’s Reunion for a number of years, as well as Music in the Park. You would also see him participate in Jam Sessions in and around the Brandon area, in Saskatchewan, as well as North Dakota. Years ago, Dad even made his own records, 78’s, one with his brother Herman and one with his sister-in-law, Gladys. “You & Me Together Life’s a Pleasure” and “Shu, Shu, Shu Shalala” are songs that are etched in his girls’ memories. “Lessons in life aren’t always spoken; sometimes they are simply learned by actions. Harold loved life and made the best of every day. His patience, commitment to family and unconditional love taught his children to know how precious each day is. He was never about the grand things, life was simple. He was a provider and happiness was determined not by riches found in dollars, but rather, found by the commitment to Family and Friends.”
Memories are forever.
It was seldom that Kathy was bad. Once though, she was being scolded and Harold threatened to take his belt off to spank her. Mom said in the background “Your pants are going to fall down, your pants are going to fall down!!” She diffused the situation, Dad started laughing, and Kathy ended up not getting a spanking! Other times when Kathy and Debbie were being scolded, Harold actually did spank them. He came back 10 minutes later to apologize for spanking them. His words were “I didn’t like to spank you, but I want you to be a good girl.” They have been good ever since!!!!
Message from Grandchildren:
Our grandparents hold a very special place in our hearts. Bobby-Jo and Tammy have been very fortunate to have had all of the love and kindness that anyone could hope for from their grandparents. There are not many people that receive this time with Grandparents that we have been so lucky to be gifted with. In our younger years, we spent summer holidays, spring breaks, and Christmas breaks with Grandpa and Grandma. During which time was spent with us one-on-one. There were no video games, ipods, ipads, iphones or really very much TV watching. We had card playing, crokinole, playing "I spy with my little eye" when we would get up too early. We would crawl into bed between Grandpa and Grandma and play until it was time to get some breakfast. We especially loved the time Grandpa spent showing us how to play some basic tunes on the piano and singing along with him as he prepared for one of his "gigs" or just "jammin" out. Grandpa was a kid at heart and everyone that knew him would have many of their own memories and stories of him, always playing and spending quality time with the kids. He always had so much fun, his smile was so contagious and we will all miss his amazing sense of humor. With every visit the time would to come to say good-bye. No matter what the temperature was, Grandpa would always walk us out to our car. As we made our way down the driveway, Grandpa would always be waving to wish us farewell for now. Now we are standing here waving to you and wishing you farewell; for now. You have been such a huge part of our lives Grandpa. We appreciate all of the time we had with you and all of the memories we have made together. We will always love you and miss you, until we see you again. A Celebration of Harold’s Life was held Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Brockie Donovan Chapel with Rev. John Lea officiating. Eulogist was nephew, James Barnett, Violinist Marla Winters, Urn Bearers were daughters Kathy and Debbie. A special thanks to all the doctors at Brandon Regional Health Centre. We extend our sincere gratitude to the wonderful and caring Staff at Fairview Home. Thanks for all the kind words, cards, flowers, phone calls, and food that was brought, it was all overwhelming. Thanks to all that travelled near and far to be with us at this time of need. Thanks to the Central United Church ladies for serving lunch. Thank-you to Brockie Donovan for all their help. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke foundation.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
ROACH: James Allen (Jim). Jim was born in Norton, New Brunswick on April 13, 1949 and died in Brandon, Manitoba on February 23, 2014. He started elementary school in Fredericton, N.B. and moved to Fort Frances, Ontario in 1956 where he completed both elementary and high school. From an early age, Jim was known for his sociability and sense of enterprise. An avid curler as a teenager, he was part of the team that won the Northern Ontario School Curling Championship in 1968. Later, he went on to play with Al Hackner’s successful team from North Western Ontario. Jim started work in banking in late 1968. He spent some time at Lakehead University, and then followed in the tradition of several of his paternal male ancestors with a twenty-year career as a Canadian Pacific Railroad trainman throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He worked the northern Lake Superior route between White River and Thunder Bay, enjoying homes and building lifelong friendships in Schreiber, Marathon, and Thunder Bay. Jim also liked to travel – a highlight going to cheer on his friend, Al Hackner’s team at the Brier in Scotland in the early 1980s. From late 1989 until 1992, was a time of pursuing a major life dream: he left the CPR to create, own, and operate a sporting goods store in Thunder Bay Ontario called COACH ROACH, Curling Supplies Plus. Jim sponsored and supported local sports teams in the Thunder Bay community during those years. In late February 1993, Jim moved on to Brandon, Manitoba where he spent his last 21 years. In addition to curling, Jim played golf, and loved his thriving, balcony gardens. He enjoyed a fine rum or scotch; playing pool & cards, and was a mean cribbage player. He read widely and constantly. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein was his favorite book. Jim noted aphorisms and left behind small notebooks full of sayings. Three from his collected quotations that characterize his own living are as follows: from Canadian Henri Bergeron -“…to exist is to change; to change is to mature; to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly;” from George Orwell, “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” from Henry Van Dyke, “Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.”Before he became ill with pulmonary fibrosis, he was involved in events management pursuits in Brandon, and also worked at a 1960s specialty shop. A single man, Jim had several enduring friendships throughout his life. He spoke his truth plainly, and frequently asked piercing questions of those he held dear. He dared to realize some of his dreams, and was generous including funding unfortunate children through global sponsorship. In his last years, he became almost completely apartment-bound, and was fond of anti-heroes such as Walt White. He never lost his sense of humour, exhorting his own family physician to become more like British physician, Doc Martin, in his house calls, mere days before Jim died at home. Jim is survived by his sisters, Margaret (Doug) Chapman and Beth Michalska; and his older brother, Graham Roach. As well, he leaves behind his beloved nephews and nieces: Evan (Rose) Chapman, Carmen (Tyler) Gagnon, Meara Michalska, and Andrew (Melissa) Chapman & their children- Madisson, Logan, and Luke. Jim was predeceased by our parents, Bill and Eileen, and our brothers David and Wylie. Friends are invited to share in a family graveside service that will be held on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in Riverview Cemetery on Colonization Road West in Fort Frances, Ontario. Donations in memory of Jim may be made to Plan Canada, 245 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario, M4P 0B3 or to Hull’s Haven Border Collie Rescue c/o 88 McAdam St. Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2W 0A4.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
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