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DONOVAN: Mary Elizabeth Donovan (née Brockie) of Brandon, MB passed away peacefully on January 13, 2015 at Fairview Home. Mary was born on October 24, 1921 in Brandon, Manitoba to George and Winnifred Brockie. Her only sibling, Ruth, passed away in 1948. Mary’s father, George Brockie, founded Brockie- Donovan Ltd, which Mary and her husband subsequently owned for many years. Mary was predeceased in 2000 by her husband of 57 years, Jack Donovan. Mary and Jack are survived by their three children: Marnie (Bert), Joanie, John. They are also survived by their two grandchildren: Michael, Kimberly (Chris), and their father: George Wright (Marie). Mary lived independently in her own home until 2013, when she chose to move to Riverheights Terrace. She had only been at Fairview Home for a short time before she passed away. Mary was always a proud Brandonite, and her strong group of friends continued lunching, coffee-ing, and of course golfing together on a daily basis well into their 80’s with admirable energy and drive. Mary was actively involved in music in Brandon and surrounding area her whole life –singing with the Brandon Philharmonic, three church choirs over the years - First Presbyterian, St. Matthews, and Central United Church, and at weddings in her early years. Mary was also an involved organizer for local music festival competitions and designed scorekeeping programs for ladies’ golf tournaments at the Brandon Rec Centre. She had a passion for genealogy, and was a great family historian. Over the years, Mary enjoyed involvement in a number of community organizations on her own and with her husband Jack. She enjoyed an active social life filled with good humour and fun. Aside from her family – she treasured her driver’s license and golf. She will be remembered for many things, but most of all her independent spirit and fierce loyalty. The family will have a private ceremony, and a celebration of life will be arranged at later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s name to a charity of choice or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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DEGROOT: Karren Maria Degroot of Brandon, beloved wife of the late Allan John Degroot and dear mother and grandmother passed away at her residence, Hillcrest Place Nursing Home on January 12, 2015. She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Shaunna (Cornell), Wendy (David), son Michael; grandchildren, Jonathan, Samaira, Brian, Lisa and great grandchildren Teyla, Aiden, Danika and Damon. Cremation has taken place. A private family gathering will be held at a later date.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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DAVIDSON: Anne Davidson was born June 14, 1920 in Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland and passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on December 28, 2014 at the Souris Health Centre in Souris, Manitoba with family and friends at her side. Anne immigrated to Canada at the age of 3 with her mother, brothers and one sister to meet her father and 2 older sisters in Hartney, Manitoba. It was here that she spent her growing up years. She met Allan Davidson and were married in 1946 and moved to Souris, where they raised their 2 children, Garry and Alana. They owned and operated Davidson Jewellers. Anne leaves to cherish her memory, her children Garry (Brenda) Davidson and Alana Bennett, 4 grandsons, 7 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many great friends. Anne was predeceased by her loving husband Allan after 64 years of marriage, her mother and father and all her brothers and sisters. After a private interment at the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery, her celebration of life was held at St. Paul's United Church in Souris, Manitoba on January 2, 2015. Memories, tears and laughs of Anne were shared over lunch at the Royal Canadian Legion. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Funds For Furry Friends: 208-740 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0K9.
www.fundsfurfriends.com.
Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
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CABLE: Joyce "Betty" Rose Cable, a resident of Victoria Landing, passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Assiniboine Centre. Betty was born on February 25, 1933 in Brandon where she lived her entire life attending Park, Earl Oxford and Brandon Collegiate schools. After completing school, she was employed at Eaton's. Betty is survived by her beloved husband and best friend of 64 years, Mel; daughters Donna (Earl) McNutt and Linda (Doug) Wilson; six dearly loved grandchildren: Chris MacDearmid, Sarah and Laura McNutt; and Matthew, Emma and Abigail Wilson; brothers-in-law Gordon (Trudy) Cable and Donald (Linda) Cable; and nieces and nephews. Betty was predeceased by her parents Charles and Naomi Hill, sister Anne and brother-in-law Grant Jamieson, and niece Karen Cable. Betty was a very quiet person who devoted her life to looking after her family. She enjoyed attending Hydro-X gatherings, Shriner’s events, and travelling with Mel. Betty took great pleasure in spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. At Betty’s request, the family will honour her memory at a private graveside service. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the Palliative Care Centre of the Assiniboine Centre for their kind and compassionate treatment. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Betty may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon 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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BRIDGER: James Arthur Reginald Bridger, age 64 years, passed away at Alexander, Manitoba on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba May 29, 1950, Jim attended Green Acres and Harrison High Schools. As a teenager he began to work for Frank and Don Main at Pik-A-Dilly Trailers and remained there until his retirement. He was a long time coin collector and had an interest in antique cars. Jim is survived by his daughters Anne-Marie and Jamie; mother Kathleen and siblings Gerry Miles, Betty-Ann Crossman and Kenneth Bridger as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his long time partner Diane, father Ray and brother Raymond. A private ceremony will take place. Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3 - 824 - 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, 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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BREAULT: Alton James Breault -VE4BD, beloved husband of the late Evelyn Breault, died January 14, 2015 at Deloraine Health Centre in Deloraine, Manitoba at the age of 97. In accordance with his family's wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be announced at a later date. Donations in memory of Alton may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 83; Deloraine, Manitoba R0M 0M0 or the Brandon Amateur Radio Club; 25 Queens Cres. Brandon, Manitoba R7B 1G1.
Messages of online condolence may be made at www.wheatlandfs.comSmith Funeral Home204-747-2088 www.wheatlandfs.com
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BELCHER: Wendy passed away after a short but valiant fight with cancer in Calgary, AB on January 10, 2015 at the age of 55 years. She will be lovingly missed by Robert, her high school sweetheart, the love of her life and her husband of 33 years. Wendy will also be dearly remembered by her father Melvin McManes, sisters Dorothy Bradford and Patricia (Mike) Ryan, brother Donald (Carol) McManes, sister in laws Karen (Doug) Northam, Diane (Jim) Kuculym, Lisa (Glen) Kingdon and brother in laws Bruce and Eric (Sue) and all of their many children. She will also be dearly missed by her dear friends, Larry and Sue Garnet and family. Wendy also leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her mother Margery (Barnes), brother Glen, brother in law Jim Bradford, mother and father in laws Bella and Jack Belcher. Wendy loved life and touched many, many lives. She was born and raised in Alexander, Manitoba and attended Brandon University and Olds College and then remained in Calgary where she had a few jobs before her career at the Canadian Gelbvieh Cattle Association. Wendy loved camping with horses and ATV’s in the scenic mountains of Alberta where she could take pictures of wildlife, flowers and scenery. A Celebration of Wendy’s Life will be held at Trinity United Church, 1515 6 Street, Brandon, MB on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Tom Baker Centre 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, A.B. T2N 4N2.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website www.fostersgardenchapel.ca.
Foster’s Garden Chapel Funeral Home and Crematorium. Telephone: 403-297-0888.
Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial
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ELLIOTT: Graham George Elliott, November 22, 1947- December 24, 2014. With profound sadness we announce that “Big Daddy” Graham, beloved father, grandfather, and friend to all passed away unexpectedly on December 24, 2014 at the Brandon General Hospital surrounded by his loved ones. Graham will always be remembered as a kind gentleman who would lend a helping hand to anyone in need, and with a great sense of humor that could light up a room and brighten anyone’s day. Graham was born 67 years ago in Souris, Manitoba. He spent most of his early years helping out on the family farm and attending school in the Pipestone, Manitoba area. After attending the Reston Collegiate for a couple of years, his yearn to pursue his dreams and travel called. He packed his bags and set off to Thompson, Manitoba where he started his mining career. Continuing in this career, he moved out west to Kimberley, British Columbia, where he had lived and worked happily for a couple of years and decided to start a family. It was there in Kimberly, British Columbia in the early 1970’s that Graham wed his hometown sweetheart Diane Fosty, and where they would have their first child, Douglas. After Doug was born Graham thought it would be better to move his family back home to Manitoba. On his journey back home he picked up a few odd jobs along the way and resided in Killarney, Manitoba where their second child, Timothy was born. Shortly after Tim’s birth, they had moved and settled in Brandon, Manitoba where Graham took a job at Overland Construction. After working there for a couple of years, Graham realized that is was not the right job for him, so he left in a pursuit of something more. This pursuit led him to the Brandon School Division in the maintenance division and relief bus drives, where he worked for 22 years. Graham retired from the Brandon School Division in 2002 to lead the life of leisure on the Glen Lea Golf Course where if he wasn’t golfing, he was marshalling. Although he was an avid golfer, he also enjoyed playing cribbage with his best pals, shooting pool at the Legion where he was a member for 20 years, reading a good Louis L’amour, watching an old western, or traveling to Calgary. His fulfillment was still not met so he returned to the Brandon School Division where he was happy to be back driving school bus fulltime for all the kids, which he loved handing out candy canes to everyone at Christmas. It was during this return to driving that he adopted the nickname “Gram Cracker” from the children on his bus routes. Graham was survived by his sons Douglas (Joclyn) and grandson Tallen. Timothy and granddaughter Maizy, his brothers Bob (Fae) and Keith (Janice) and sisters Olive Ann (Larry) Wallace. Graham was predeceased by his parents Douglas and Katherine Elliott and sister Arlene Elliott. Although there has been a beautiful public service for Graham already the family would like to give a sincere thank you to everyone for their support, and kind words during this tremendously difficult time. Also, a very special thank you to whomever it was that handed out Graham’s candy canes, Graham is most definitely smiling down on you and all of us that loved him so much from heaven. There will be a private service for the family in Pipestone, Manitoba in July 2015.
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BAKER: Lee Dale. On the morning of December 22, 2014 surrounded by his family, Dale passed away at the University of Chicago Hospital after a long battle with cardiac disease. He was 74. Dale was born in Brandon, MB. on July 4, 1940 to Cecil and Julia (nee Cousins) Baker. He will be sadly missed by his wife Donna, son Craig (Danielle), grandsons Benjamin and Matthew, daughter Karen. He also leaves to mourn his brother Lyle (Nancy Stanley) and nephews Jonathan (Christine), sons Austin and Elliot, and Christopher (Tanya). He was predeceased by brother Garth in 2007. Dale graduated from University of Nebraska for both Undergraduate and Master's Degrees in Agricultural Engineering in 1972, meeting Donna, his beloved wife of 47 years while in Lincoln. His son Craig (wife Danielle Lashus Baker, grandsons Benjamin and Matthew) moved with him from Nebraska to Michigan State (where daughter Karen was born). He then moved to Ithaca, NY where he was a valued member of the Cornell extension. The family moved to Naperville, IL in 1981 for Dale to work in safety standards at International Harvester. He was heavily involved in the creation of U.S and International safety sign standard that have prevented countless accidents from occurring in almost every industry. After retiring in 2000, Dale spent his time traveling around the world with Donna, photographing his beloved grandsons, listening to NPR, and coaching the Blackhawks and Bears from the comfort of his family room. He was a man of carefully chosen words and was known to let an entire round of Taboo go by if he could not find the right phrase. Dale was a true gentleman, a wonderful husband, a patient and loving father, and a thoughtful friend. He never lost his soft Canadian accent or his love for Manitoba. Dale would ask, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kiva.org, an organization that gives small business loans to farmers in Africa.
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ISLEIFSON: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Guy Morgan Isleifson at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on December 21, 2014, with his loving wife by his side. Guy was 53 years young and embraced life even after being diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in 2012. Born in Glenboro on June 22, 1961, the family moved the following year to Brandon. In 1986, he started working for Zenith Paving where he worked for 28 years and even came back in a reduced capacity last summer. He took great pride in his work and was described as an exceptionally dedicated employee whose terrific attitude affected everyone around him. In 1989, Guy met the love of his life, Shelly (Wahoski). They married in 1991 and together raised three wonderful boys. Guy loved the great outdoors and would have preferred to live in a log cabin in the middle of the woods. He couldn't wait each year for deer hunting season to begin; he even got the chance to hunt an elk. He provided food for his family and enjoyed the company of his hunting partners. The last couple of years he got to spend a lot of time fishing with his kids and his dad which meant a lot to him; he didn't even mind ice fishing. Guy couldn't wait for summer to begin so he could take his family and his kids' friends camping. He enjoyed cooking on an open fire and spending long nights around the campfire telling stories and jokes. To some Guy was known as "The Professor"; if you wanted to know something just ask Guy. He was very knowledgeable and was never shy about starting a "debate." He was a big jokester and always had a smart remark for something you said. His other passion was to dance the two-step. You could be sure that he'd be the first one on the dance floor with his polished cowboy boots gliding his wife across the dance floor, which many people enjoyed watching. Guy's most rewarding role was being a dad and often spent many hours talking to his kids and their friends about anything and everything. The house was always full of kids. He was such a supportive father and taught them to believe in themselves and that they could accomplish anything they set their minds to. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Shelly; his sons Morgan (Laurissa), Brayden and Dustin (Cherokee). Guy also leaves to grieve his parents, Bob and Doreen Isleifson; brothers Wayne (Debbie) Isleifson, Len (Chris) Isleifson; in-laws, Donald and Gertie Wahoski, and Shelly's siblings Val Calen, Maxine Nagorski, Rob Wahoski, Doreen Burton along with many nieces and nephews. He will also be greatly missed by Lorraine Labossiere who was an inspiration to him; Bill Houghton his good friend and foreman for many years who called him faithfully once a week for 2 1/2 years just to say "Hi, how are you doing?" He will be greatly missed by many others too many to mention. A celebration of Guy's life was held at Central United Church on December 30, 2014 with Joe Ball officiating. Urn bearers were Lorraine Labossiere, Bill Houghton and Robert Wahoski. Honorary Bearers were Shane Nagorski, Devin Nagorski, Myles Nagorski, Andy Isleifson, Cody Isleifson and Joey Wahoski. Donations in memory of Guys may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 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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MARSHALL: Terry Marshall of Rapid City passed away on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at the age of 64 years. A celebration of Terry’s life will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Victoria Inn Imperial Ball Room, Brandon, Manitoba. Interment will take place at a later date at the Rapid City Cemetery. Donations may be made to Heartland Rodeo Association. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
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McEACHEN: The family of Mel McEachen sadly announces his peaceful passing surrounded by his family, at the age of 81, on December 31, 2014 during a short stay at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Mel was born in Arcola, Sask. on April 11, 1933 to parents Hattie and Earl McEachen. He was married to Mavis (nee Lund) on July 31, 1954. Mel and Mavis lived in Brandon until relocating to their retirement home in Countryside Estates, Onanole, MB. Mel joined the Brandon City Fire Department in 1955, and progressed through the ranks of firefighter, lieutenant and retired as a captain in 1993. As a firefighter he was a dedicated professional who enjoyed his many years of service. Even after his retirement he was actively involved in the fire department working tirelessly on the cataloguing of the Brandon Fire and Emergency Services Archives Committee. Mel and Mavis enjoyed travelling, camping, fishing, golfing and watching the wildlife in their yard. Not one to be idle, Mel could often be found puttering on his “stuff” in the garage (the man cave) or helping neighbours with their projects. From an early age, one of his joys was going hunting with his father and other family members. He was always a fun loving person, lending a hand to anyone who needed his help and will be sadly missed by many friends and neighbours especially those in the Countryside Estate cul de sac. Mel was always very proud of his family and especially the grandchildren and took joy in the great grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Mavis of 60 years; son Brent (Karen) McEachen of Nanaimo, BC and daughter Terrie (Cyril) Okoye of Port Coquitlam, BC; grandchildren, Jennifer McEachen, Michael (Jamie) McEachen, Allen, Rochelle, and Cassidy Okoye and great-grandchildren Julianna, Benzie, and Greyson McEachen. Mel is also survived by his sisters Lois Carkener and Joan (Barry) LaPointe, brothers-in-law Lyle (Laurna) Lund, Mel (Ruth) Sampson, several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents Hattie and Earl; parents-in-law George and Mildred Lund; brother Gordon; sister-in-law Bonnie Sampson and brother-in-law Bob Carkener. A private family interment took place at the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium, followed by a celebration of life at Memories Chapel on January 7, 2015 with Rev. Wayne Sanderson officiating. Honorary Bearers were Grant Allen, Bert Roberts, Gary Bell, Dick Pow, Joe Yaworski, Dick Hutchings, and Gerry Kemp. Donations may be made in Mel’s honour to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Unit 1, 452 Dovercourt Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3Y 1G4 or to Muscular Dystrophy Canada, 204 - 825 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB R3A 1M5. or charity of your choice. The family would like to give special thanks to Dr D. Onyshko (Minnedosa), Dr B. Riche (Brandon) and to the nurses and staff at unit 300 and palliative care.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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McEWAN: Thomas Wallace Jannuary 9, 1929 – January 14, 2015. Passed away peacefully on January 14, 2015 at Peace Arch Hospital after a brief illness. Wally was born in Melfort, Saskatchewan. He spent his childhood at Hudson Bay Co. Fur Trading Post where his father was Chief Factor. He was predeceased by his wife Betty and son David. He leaves to mourn: daughters Megan (Ron), Jennifer (John), brothers Neil and Dale as well as the staff and his many dear friends at the Peninsula Retirement Home. He joined the Manitoba Telephone System in 1949 in Winnipeg, as a Service Tech. He transferred to the new mining town of Thompson on the opening of a telephone system in 1960. After 5 years he was transferred to Melita and maintained the various small telephone exchanges in the area. In 1971 he was appointed Manager of Long Distance switching systems for Western Manitoba. He later transferred to Winnipeg as Supervisor of Complaints and Repair Dept. for the city of Winnipeg. Wally retired in 1987 and moved to White Rock. Wally was an avid traveler, gardener, computer whiz, and master genealogical researcher. He enjoyed being Master Bingo Caller and Black Jack Dealer. He was also known as the joker, always providing a daily laugh for all his friends. A farewell tribute for Wally will be held at Royale Peninsula Retirement Home, 2088 – 152 Street, in Surrey, BC on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:30pm. A Cremation has taken place. Donations may be made to the S.P.C.A. or UNICEF or charity of your choice. Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre 604-536-6522.
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NAVID: Grace Navid (née Dibroski), 95, passed away at the Valleyview Personal Care Home on Monday, January 5th, 2015, with family by her side. Grace was born on May 27th, 1919 in Brandon, MB.  The next year, the family moved to begin farming near Hubbard, SK.  She received her elementary schooling at the nearby one room school. Grace was able to receive a high school education by leaving home and moving to Regina, SK. Here, she had to work for her room and board to support herself. Following school, Grace returned to Hubbard where she married Steve Navid on May 28th, 1939.  Grace and Steve moved to Carrot River, SK. where they farmed and had a family; sons Rudy and Harold and daughters Joyce and Karen.  The family relocated to Rounthwaite, MB in 1957, farming for another 11 years before retiring to Brandon.  In retirement, Grace and Steve enjoyed 8 years wintering in Texas with many of their friends from the Brandon area. Following Steve's passing on August 26th, 1986, Grace maintained an independent lifestyle facing life's challenges with strength and resiliency.  She enjoyed coffeeing with friends, playing bingo, going on the occasional casino trip, puzzles and reading.  Grace's greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her children; Rudy (Norma) Navid, Harold (Judy) Navid, Joyce (Ron) Thomas and Karen Falconer, as well as 11 grandchildren and her great grandchildren. Grace was predeceased by her parents, 10 siblings and her loving husband Steve. The Funeral Service to honour Grace’s memory was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Saturday, January 10, 2015 with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. For those who so wish, donations in memory of Grace may be made to the Valleyview “Recreation Fund,” 3015 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 2K2.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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