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NIERADKA: The afternoon of June 24th, 2014 Rose Nieradka, age 81 passed away peacefully at Brandon Regional Health Centre. Rose lived a full life and will continue to through her seven children that she shares with John Nieradka: Tim (Erin), Rick (Barb), Brian, Mark (Claudia), Rosemary (Richard), Ray (Jodi) and Teena (Grant). Her eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren brought many moments of joy and laughter to her. They were always sure to keep her on her toes. In Rose’s spare time besides knitting and reading her favorite mystery and romance novels you could find her in the kitchen cooking up the best traditional Ukrainian food along with many other goodies. She was also the head green thumb of the family and knew how to nurse any plant back to life...she knew all the tricks. Boomerang slipper queen. She was predeceased by her parents John and Teenie, siblings Ella, Anne, George and Joyce. The family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the compassionate staff at BRHC. There will be a celebration of Rose’s life held on Saturday, June 28th from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at the Riverbank Discovery Centre. If so desired, donations in lieu of flowers can be made to a charity of your choice in her name.
In life we loved you dearly,In death we love you still,In our hearts you hold a place,No one else will ever fill.
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ANDRUSZKIW: Bernice Lorraine (nee Jones). July 8, 1924 – June 19, 2014. Bernice Andruszkiw, beloved wife of Walter, passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2014 just 2 1/2 weeks shy of her 90th birthday. Born in Neepawa, MB and raised on the family farm near Brookdale, MB, Bernice worked in Neepawa as a cashier at Tomboy, then as a telephone operator for MTS where she met and later married Wally Andruszkiw. With Wally at her side, she honed her skills in bowling, curling and golf. From their first home in Neepawa, they moved to Thompson and then Brandon. Following Wally’s retirement in 1984 they travelled across Canada and the US with their 5th wheel. In 2004 they settled back in Brandon where Bernice earned bragging rights with a hole-in-one at the local golf course! They continued to travel seeing more of the world going on four cruises – even riding a camel at the pyramids in Egypt at the age of 85! 2010 found them moving to Airdrie, AB to be closer to their kids and grandkids. Nothing lit up her face like having family drop in and hugs from the kids! Bernice will be sadly missed by her husband Wally; daughters, Donna (Merle) Gouldie and Janice (Mark) Proctor; sisters, Eileen Wilson and Shirley (Lloyd) Reidle; sister-in-law Olga (John) Barchuk; and her loving grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Bernice was predeceased by her parents Tom and Hilda Jones; sisters, Vivian (Fred) North and Dorothy (Lloyd) Cole. A private celebration of her life will take place in Calgary on June 29.
Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com
In living memory of Bernice Andruszkiw, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Call 1-800-661-1599.
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SHELESTYNSKI: Theresa
Thank you mom.
You taught us to use our eyes and our minds to look at the world; that not everything is as it seems. You gave us our love of nature and the outdoors. You showed us, through example, what it meant to work hard and care about whatever it was we were tackling at the time. From your days in training at Ninette Sanatorium to Gladstone Hospital's Emergency ward and Third Crossing Manor to many of Victoria's personal care homes, you always put your heart and soul into every job you did. You were known for being a wonderful, caring nurse and for that also, we thank you. You spoke your mind and stood strong no matter what life threw at you, and it did throw you some unkindly curves. But you always managed to put a smile on your face and march on. You taught us to put family first, to not sweat the small stuff and to take off quickly after stopping at a traffic light because "it's not going to get any greener!". Your sense of humour was with you to the end and for that too, we thank you. Theresa Barbara Shelestynski (82) of Gladstone, Manitoba, passed away on Sunday, June 22, 2014, surrounded by family. She was predeceased by her husband, Nick Shelestynski, her son, Wayne Shelestynski, sisters Jean McDonald, May Askew, Rene Treffry, sisters- in-law Joan Oswin, Amie Shelestynski and Olga Leskowski. Also predeceasing her were brothers-in-law Howard McDonald, Walter Askew, Matt Shelestynski, Sylvester Shelestynski, Walter Shelestynski and Mike Lyne. She leaves behind daughter Penny (Reg) Rogers of Gladstone and son Dean (Patti) Shelestynski of Victoria, BC, and their two children, Nicholas and Annie. Her grandchildren were the light of her life. She also leaves behind sister Dorothy (Dave) Bullee and brother Jim Oswin, brothers-in-law Joe (Louise) Shelestynski and Bob Treffry and sisters-in-law Liz Lyne and Helen Shelestynski, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins both in Canada and England. According to her wishes there will be a scattering of ashes at a later date in Alaska. She always knew how to put a twist on things!
We will miss you mom.
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MELOCHE: Keith Patrick Meloche of Brandon passed away suddenly on Monday, June 23, 2014 at the age of 33 years. A service to celebrate Keith’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Keith may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1-800 Rosser Ave., Brandon, MB, R7A 6N5 or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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HARKNESS: Shirley Kathleen, beloved wife of Lorne Harkness, mother of Bill, Larry, Lloyd, Cheryl, Shawna and the late Floyd, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the age of 91 years. A private family funeral service will be held at the Alexander Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, in memory of Shirley, donations may be made to the Funds For Furry Friends. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
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GREAVES: Edna May. May 9, 1911 - June 14, 2014. Edna, age 103, passed away at her residence in Chinook Intercare Centre, in Calgary, with her loving family at her side. Edna is survived by four children, Kathy Bilinski of White Rock, BC, Bill Greaves of Sidney, BC, Lynn Rowley (Paul) of Calgary, AB, and Sandra Weir of Calgary, AB. Mom leaves 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 5 great- great-grandchildren; 2 sister- in-laws, Winnifred Greaves and Ruth Grant, both of Brandon, MB; and numerous nieces and nephews. Edna was born in Strasbourg, SK, and her first job, in Oyen SK, was playing the piano for silent movies. She was predeceased by her parents, Edith and Walter Johnston; brother, Russell; and sister, Vera Lefrancois. Her husband of 68 years, Charlie Greaves, predeceased her on October 31, 2003. She was also predeceased by 7 grandchildren; a daughter- in-law; and 3 sons-in-law. A Memorial Service will be held in Calgary at the Haysboro Community Hall (1204- 89 Avenue S.W.) on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Her family will take her ashes back to Brandon, MB, at a later date where she will be laid to rest beside her loving husband, Charlie.
Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family at www.piersons.ca.
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OAKLEY: Irene Oakley passed away peacefully after a short courageous struggle with cancer on June 21, 2014. Irene was born in Elk Ranch, MB on July 9, 1929 to John and Martha Wisnoski. She received her education at the Elk Ranch School. The family lived on the farm where Irene helped in the garden and prepared preserves. Irene met Jim, fell in love and married on December 28, 1948. They settled in a farmhouse outside Eden, where they raised three girls. Irene worked very hard, there was no job that she didn't help out with like farm chores, baling hay and harvesting. She also continued her gardening and preserving until 1966 when Jim, Irene and the girls moved to Brandon. While living in Brandon, Irene took on several jobs such as: working at the Brandon General Hospital, Sewing Factory, Chicken Delight and the Bay and Zellers. After retiring, Jim and Irene continued their passion for gardening and enjoying many camping trips in their "boler" trailer. They also toured many parts of the United States including their favorite, Hawaii. Irene always had plenty of food available whenever family and friends came to visit. The grandchildren especially loved Grandma's perogies. After the passing of Jim, Irene continued to enjoy travelling with her daughters to places like the Caribbean and many short excursions. On Irene's eightieth birthday, her daughters took her on one of her dream destinations, an Alaskan cruise. Irene would never miss her early morning walks and three o'clock coffee with her friends. In the last couple of years Irene also took up Tai Chi and enjoyed it immensely along with the many friendships she made. Irene was predeceased by her husband Jim, brothers Alex and Frank and a sister, Rose. She leaves to mourn her three daughters; Sharon (Marcel), Brenda (Ken) and Lorraine (Dave). Grandchildren: Judson, Martin, James, Lexi, Brett, Billy, Corey and Kyle as well as her great grandchildren; Sarah, Liam and Bentley. She also is survived by her sisters, Marie and Theresa, sister-in-law Gerry and family friend, Dan. There are numerous nieces, nephews and many close friends. The Funeral Service will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm with viewing prior to the service. Fr. John Okosun of St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church will officiate. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Irene to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, for Cancer Services, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel &Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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GREAVES: Edna May. May 9, 1911 - June 14, 2014. Edna, age 103, passed away at her residence in Chinook Intercare Centre, in Calgary, with her loving family at her side. Edna is survived by four children, Kathy Bilinski of White Rock, BC, Bill Greaves of Sidney, BC, Lynn Rowley (Paul) of Calgary, AB, and Sandra Weir of Calgary, AB. Mom leaves 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 5 great- great-grandchildren; 2 sister- in-laws, Winnifred Greaves and Ruth Grant, both of Brandon, MB; and numerous nieces and nephews. Edna was born in Strasbourg, SK, and her first job, in Oyen SK, was playing the piano for silent movies. She was predeceased by her parents, Edith and Walter Johnston; brother, Russell; and sister, Vera Lefrancois. Her husband of 68 years, Charlie Greaves, predeceased her on October 31, 2003. She was also predeceased by 7 grandchildren; a daughter- in-law; and 3 sons-in-law. A Memorial Service will be held in Calgary at the Haysboro Community Hall (1204- 89 Avenue S.W.) on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Her family will take her ashes back to Brandon, MB, at a later date where she will be laid to rest beside her loving husband, Charlie.
Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family at www.piersons.ca.
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GARDEN: Edith Littlejohn Garden (nee Paterson) passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, June 19, 2014. Edith was born on February 8, 1943 at Towie, Scotland and grew up on the family farm of Sinnaboth, Scotland. She attended Towie School where she finished at the age of sixteen. Edith married Robert Garden not long after and they emigrated to Canada in August, 1962 after the birth of their first child. In her early years in Brandon while staying at home to raise her family, Edith opened her home to people who required room and board, as well as mental health clients for over thirty years. Outside the home, she worked as a cook at both St. Michael's Academy and the Brandon General Hospital, then as a nurse's aide at the Brandon Mental Health Centre and then ended her career at Rideau Park. Edith loved school and ensured that all of her grandchildren could pursue past secondary education by setting up a scholarship/education fund for each one. She was very devoted to her family and enjoyed attending sporting events and hockey tournaments. Her hobbies included knitting, painting crafts, crosswords, Scrabble and her flowers. She was very fond of her many family pets. Edith is survived by her loving husband Bob of 53 years; daughters Angela and Jean (Don); sons Malcolm (Roxanne), Graham (Christie), Allan (Tammy); grandchildren Sheena, Brittany, Devan, Tyler, Tanner, Lindsay, Haley, Dean, Wyatt, Mackenzie, Camryn and Avery; great-grandchildren Hallie and Cohen. She is also survived by sisters Elsie of Scotland and May (Rob) of Brandon; nieces Lynn, Trena and nephews Robert and Ian as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Scotland. Edith was predeceased by her parents Charles and Mary Paterson; sisters Margaret and Jean and brother Charlie, all of Scotland. In keeping with Edith's wishes, a private family celebration of her life will take place at a later date. Edith, mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother lost her courageous battle with cancer and would like memorial donations made to Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Cancer Services, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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OAKLEY: Irene Oakley, widow of James Oakley and dear mother to Sharon, Brenda and Lorraine occurred peacefully after a short courageous struggle with cancer on June 21, 2014. Announcement of funeral details will follow. Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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JENKINS: Patricia Jenkins, beloved wife of Brian and dear mother of Kathy Jenkins and Karen Wenham passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, June 21, 2014. A private funeral ceremony will be held. Complete obituary information will follow. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Pat to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3, 824 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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GUSDAL: It is with profound sadness the family of Darren William Gusdal, beloved husband of Janet and dear father of Mitchell and Melissa, announce his passing on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the age of 53 years. In keeping with Darren’s wishes, a private service will be held. A memorial service for friends and family will take place on August 23, 2014. Further details to follow. Donations in memory of Darren may be made to the Camp Wannakumbac Legacy Fund, Box 125, Onanole, MB, R0J 1N0.
Messages of condolencemay be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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BAGNALL: Lillian “Doreen,” beloved mother of Carol Burney (Wes Parker), passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the age of 73 years. The memorial service will be held at St. George’s Anglican Church, 5th Street & Southern Avenue, on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with Fr. Chad McCharles officiating. A private family interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Doreen may be made to a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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STOWE: Margaret “Lynn”, of Brandon, recently of Miniota, passed away at her residence May 26, 2014. Lynn was born February 14, 1941 in Shoal Lake, MB. She was the second of six children, Ruth, Dave, Joan, Ted, and Myrna born to Ray and Nell. Lynn Cooley met Murray Stowe in 1954. They married in 1965. They had five children who Lynn loved - Kim, twins Lana and Elsie, followed by Frances and Charlie. Lynn graduated from the Misericordia School of Nursing in 1961 and had a life long association with classmates from 61B. Lynn nursed at Hodgson and the Misericordia Hospital, prior to nursing at Birtle and farming at Beulah. Over the years she also nursed in rural hospitals, remote-nursing stations, community health clinics, as ambulance nurse and in long term care facilities. Lynn was a clear thinking, caring, capable, integral and strong nurse. She was an extraordinary working mother long before the term was coined. In addition to her work ethic Lynn was known for her cooking, hospitality and being a reliable citizen in her community. She volunteered a great deal organizing, administering or labouring at various events and groups for her community and family. Food was central to Lynn's home, family and friends. Some of her happiest hours were spent cooking and hosting for others to gather, visit and enjoy good times. There are few people who have not benefitted from Lynn’s cooking. Her sister would say that Lynn could make a baloney sandwich taste like a steak dinner. Lynn had a genuine and authentic quality about her, with “that Cooley charm that made you want to spend more time with her.” Her laughter was pure and true, often causing one to enjoy it as much as what was being laughed about. Lynn was a straightforward resilient person who enjoyed good people, good friends and good times. She also joined her friends and family in places such as Jamaica, Hawaii, Florida, Texas, Arizona, North and South Dakota, NS, ON, SK, AB, BC. She most especially delighted in taking part in children’s events, no matter the connection. Many good memories remain about her food, sing songs, holiday gatherings, ordinary visits, skating parties, childhood sleepovers as she had warmth where all were welcomed on any occasion or event. Lynn created a wonderful home and life. A celebration of her life was held at the Beulah Community Chapel and Hall on June 6, 2014 with Rev. Laura Marie Piotrowicz officiating. Granddaughter Allison gave the eulogy. Granddaughters Sara and Megan provided a violin duet of Amazing Grace. Edith Edmundson played the organ. Omar Hanson played for the recessional. Pallbearers were nephews Chad Cooley, Clair Cooley, Keith Stowe, Ken Sterling, Dan Wasslen, grandchildren Ian Poppel and Dan Duff. The family considers all relatives and friends as honorary pallbearers, as they were integral to the life that Lynn built. Lynn will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Kim (Mark) Poppel and three grandchildren Allison, Ian and Sara of Brandon; Lana of Burnaby, BC; Elsie (John) Duff and two grandchildren Megan and Danny of Selkirk, MB; Frances in Hazelglen, MB; and Charlie (Theresa) of Airdrie, AB; her sisters Joan (Ellis) and Myrna (Douglas); brothers Ted and Dave; nephews and nieces; in-laws, and many dear neighbours, family and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Murray, parents Ray and Nell Cooley, and sister Ruth Wasslen. Donations in memory of Lynn may be made to the Beulah Community Chapel, General Delivery, Beulah, MB, R0M 0B0.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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SMYTH: It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Marion Ellen Smyth, who passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by family, on June 8th, 2014. She leaves to mourn her loving husband John; children Diana (Jim) Watt and Randy (Lauren) Smyth; grandchildren Jason (Teri), Brad (Jessica) and Tyler (Brett) Watt, Sean (Candice) and Kyle (Ashley) Rowan, Trevor and Taylor (Savanah) Smyth, Richie and Rhett Walker; great-grandchildren Ashton Watt, Calleigh Kennedy, Hendricks, Tiernan and Finn Rowan; and her siblings Lyle (Gert) Routledge, Ev (Len) Allan, Pearl (Peter) Van Buiten, Judy (Greg) Grant, Bill (Norma) Routledge and brother- in-law Tom Tunski. She was predeceased by Doreen (Art) Shura and Olive Tunski. Marion was born on the family farm at Lenore, Manitoba, to Ida and Bob Routledge, and was the third of eight children. After spending her early years at Lenore, Marion and her family moved to Hamiota, eventually settling at a farm near Oakner. It was from the family farm that Marion departed at the age of 15 to take the train to Brandon. This voyage would prove to be a life-changing one for Marion, as a chance encounter at the Rivers Train Station resulted in her meeting her future husband, and lifelong partner, John. It did not take long for Marion’s relentless work ethic and drive to make an impression on the Smyth family, and she enjoyed her years as a young adult working both at the Smyth Grill in Rivers, and assisting her mother with the General Store in Oakner. Marion and John soon began building a family of their own, and eventually permanently settled in Brandon. It was in Brandon that Marion found employment with Child and Family Services, where she worked for over 25 years, before enjoying her well-deserved retirement. Marion and John travelled extensively, both with their children, as well as with close friends upon retirement. Particularly cherished trips include holidays to Disneyland, Alaska, the Maritime Provinces and Victoria. In her later years, Marion consumed herself with the comings and goings of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, each of whom she loved deeply and brought her immense pride. Although extensive travel was eventually made prohibitive by health, Marion was never one to be left behind and was able to keep tabs on her flock by utilizing her iPad. Wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Marion will be terribly missed and remembered as a strong, independent and fiercely loyal individual. The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the staff at Brandon Home Care for their attentive care, compassion and delicacy in Marion’s last days. In accordance with her wishes, a small, private ceremony was held for members of Marion’s immediate family at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. If so desired, donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 8-940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 0P6.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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