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STANICK: Cindy Stanick of Brandon passed away April 11, 2014 at the Assiniboine Centre at the age of 66. After a 2 year courageous battle with cancer, Cindy went to be with her Lord. She grew up in St. Lazare, moved to Brandon and married. Her long career with the Westman Central Laundry kept her busy and she loved it. She will be missed terribly by everyone that knew her. Cindy is survived by her husband Brian Stanick, sons: Michael Stanick and his daughter Abbey, Jeffrey Stanick, daughters: Raquelle (Brian) Baker, and their children Tyler and Camryn, Shannon (Chad) Daciuk and their children Payton and Macy. The funeral was held on April 14, 2014 from St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church with Father Kevin Smith officiating. Interment followed in Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were George Miller, Darren Tremblay, Pit Tremblay, Jody Tremblay, Roger Tremblay, Jonathon Munro, Justin Munro, and Dillon Tremblay. Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell, MB was in care of arrangements. (204) 773-2747.
MEALY: Allan Glenson Mealy, age 84, of Winnipeg Manitoba, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2014 at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. Al was born on October 6, 1929 in Fairfax, Manitoba. He was an avid sportsman and skilled carpenter, and was very artistic and creative. Dad made his career with HBM&S in Flin Flon, Manitoba, as their Employment Officer. He retired to Winnipeg. Dad was predeceased by his father Bill, his mother Aleta, his first wife Helene, and his second wife Audrey. He leaves behind his daughters: Aleta (Bob), Rena (Mark) and Michele, as well as his grandsons Scott and Kevin. He will also be mourned by his sister, brothers, and their spouses and families, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. As to Dad's wishes, his ashes will be interred in Flin Flon and a celebration of his life will take place at the family cottage in Denare Beach this summer. The family wishes to thank Dr. Seamus, Dani, and the entire staff on ward GB3 of HSC for the wonderful and compassionate care that Dad received. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dad's memory, to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L 0K6.
OBEDNIAK: Evelyn Gael Obedniak June 19, 1962 - December 19, 2013. It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Evelyn (Evie) Gael Obedniak of Prince George, B.C. Evie passed away peacefully at the Rotary Hospice House, surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 at the age of 51, after a courageous battle with cancer. Evie is the youngest daughter born to Thomas and Sylvia Obedniak. She grew up on a farm with her three older sisters (Malveen, Darlene & Connie) in the Rossburn area. She loved the farm and enjoyed helping her dad (Tato) with farm chores. After graduating from high school, she was enrolled at Brandon University. Upon completing her studies in Brandon, she decided to venture out to Prince George, B.C., where her sister Darlene was living with her husband Bob and daughter Kelly. Evie had several different jobs, and eventually obtained a position as a social worker for the B.C. government. As fate would have it, Renato Mauro worked in the same building as Evie. Renato and Evie were married April 18, 1992 in Jasper, Alberta and went on to live a beautiful life together. They were best friends and have a lovely home that Evie loved to decorate with reupholstered and antique furniture. Early in their marriage they adopted Max, a cranky terrier, who became Evie’s best friend. Evie was diagnosed with cancer in October 2011. She fought hard through her illness, never complained and even became friends with the nurses whom she saw regularly during her treatments. She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her beloved husband, Renato Mauro, her mother Sylvia Obedniak, her sisters Malveen Austin (Jennifer, Andrew and Tommy Seitz, Kevin and Hayli, Jillian and Kirk); Darlene Tanasychuk (Bob, Kelly and Peter) and Connie (Ted) Speirs. Evie is also survived by father-in-law Alfredo Mauro, sisters-in-law Agata Dal Colletto and Franca Best, brothers-in-law Gaetano Mauro and Fausto Mauro and their families. She was predeceased by her father Thomas Obedniak, brother-in-law Bruce Austin and mother-in-law Maria Mauro. Funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cathedral with Father Pier Pandolfo officiating. Pallbearers were Dwayne Prokopowich, Michael Mauro, Fabio Dal Colletto, Rico Dal Colletto, Kevin Austin, and Matthew Treger. Interment was in Prince George Memorial Park Cemetery, Assman’s Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Prince George Rotary Hospice House or the B.C. Cancer Agency.
An Angel Walks Beside UsEach one of us receives an angel guardian at birthwho walks along beside us every day we spend on earth.Invisible, these angels never leave us day or night.They know our fears and whisper, “Things are going to be all right.”They give us strength and purpose, keep our hope and courage strong.They fill our minds with wisdom and our spirits with a song.Rest in peace our dear Evie, our angel in heaven.
NICKERSON: Sherry Lynn. On Monday, April 14, 2014, Sherry Nickerson, age 54 years, beloved wife of Fred, mother of Erik and bonus mother of Teresa, Kenton and Stefan passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. A Celebration of Sherry's Life will take place at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North, on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Pastor Kevin Ratzlaff will officiate. A time of remembrance for Grammy and Tuta (Muriel and Erik Kesanen) will be included as part of the celebration. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Sherry may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415 1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
McDOUGALL: Angus William McDougall was born on January 12, 1929 in Killarney, MB. He and his older brother Mac lived with their mother and grandparents on the family farm near Dunrea, MB. Angus went to school nearby and after a short scholastic jo urney he returned to work on the farm. He left home at age 18 years to work in mining, off and on for several years in BC, Ontario, and Northern MB. He returned home to attend his brother's wedding where he met the sister of the bride, Isabell. Angus and Isabell were married on November 26, 1955 and shared 51 years together. Angus and Isabell lived in Killarney in their early years together and had three children: Dennis, Gary and Carolyn. Angus worked for the RM of Turtle Mountain in the summer months and then went north in the winters to haul freight across the frozen lakes. Angus also worked constructing the number 1 highway. In 1967, Angus got a full-time job with the RM of Elton and they moved to Brandon to the same home he lived in for 45 years. Angus enjoyed 27 years working for the RM of Elton and he retired in 1994. Angus’ new daily routine when he retired was meeting his buddies at the Shoppers Mall twice a day for coffee. Occasionally, he went on to the Army & Navy. He came home for supper and spent the evening with Isabell playing cards; they played every night. Angus would fall asleep while they were playing sometimes and his cards would droop, so Isabell won more often than what was probable, at least in his opinion. After they retired, Angus and Isabell travelled, visiting family and sightseeing. Angus always had an extreme fondness for his grandkids. When the boys were preschoolers, they often went on the "rounds" with grandpa which included garage sales and playing pool at the Army and Navy. School was close to Grandpa’s house so the boys went for lunch on a daily basis. Grandpa always insisted on driving them the block and a half back to school. Angus was recovering from a broken hip in Rivers Hospital at the time Isabel’s untimely death in 2007. He never really stopped wishing he could have been with her. After Isabell's death, Angus lived in their home until July 2012 when it became clear that he needed to be in a place where there was more care. He moved into Fairview Personal Care Home and soon became a favourite of the staff there. Angus kept a light heart and never really stopped trying to be as independent as possible. He died after a brief illness at the age of 85 on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Angus is survived by his children: Dennis of Brandon, Gary (Maureen) of Brandon, and Carolyn (Bruce) Park of MacGregor. His grandchildren: Tyler, Blake and Blaine Park. Angus was predeceased by his mother Christina, wife Isabell, and brother Malcom "Mac". The Funeral Service was held at Memories Chapel on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Rev. Barbara Jardine officiated. Interment took place at the Brandon Cemetery. Friends who wish, may make a donation in memory of Angus to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3 - 824 - 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7 or to a charity of choice.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
MADSEN:William David Madsen “Uncle Bill”; of Hamiota, MB; passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 91 years of age. A service to celebrate Bill’s life will be held at the Campbell Funeral Chapel, Hamiota, MB on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm with interment following in the Hamiota Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to the Hamiota Agricultural Society, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0. Messages of condolence and/or photos can be shared at Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
LEVEN: Erich Jakob Leven, aged 84 years of Brandon passed away on April 12, 2014 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. The funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. from the St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327 – 4th Street, Brandon, Manitoba. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell, Manitoba in care of arrangements. (204) 773-2747.
GURR: Merven Hazen Gurr, beloved husband of Marjorie, father of Oral (Shelly) Gurr and Cindy (Harvey) Dalzell, passed peacefully into his Savior's arms, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 77 years. Merv was born on the family farm near Lenore, Manitoba on November 16, 1936. He spent his childhood and teen years working on the farm and attending Hamiota School. It was at church where he saw that 14-year-old dark haired beauty that he knew he would one day marry. Marj and Merv were married November 19, 1955. They moved to Brandon where Merv started working for Brandon Paint and Glass. In 1971, Merv ventured out and started his own business, Keystone Glass Ltd. He retired at the age of 75, but still loved visiting and checking out the jobs. Merv was a founding member of Calvary Temple, and was dedicated to the people and ministries of the church. He was a caring and compassionate man, who was always there to help others. Merv loved his wife and family dearly and was so proud of each one of them. He enjoyed all the family times spent together. Merv is also survived by grandchildren Jordan (Allison) Dalzell, Jessica (Andrew) Hansen, Braden (Ashley) Gurr, Sarah (Brett) Morgan, Joshua Dalzell. Great-grandchildren: Kyler, Declan, Charlotte and Violet. His siblings: Lorraine (John) Hersey, Merrilyn (Bruce) Nehring, Glen (Marilyn) Gurr and families. Merv was predeceased by his parents Samuel and Ethel Gurr, and in-laws Nick and Bertha Komarnisky. Funeral Service will be held at Calvary Temple, 620 - 34th Street on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Gary Jennings will officiate. Flowers are gratefully declined. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to Calvary Temple Building Fund, 620 - 34th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 2R5 or to Manhattan Beach Retreat Centre, P.O. Box 62, Ninette, Manitoba, R0K 1R0.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
CLARKE: Vivian. Our dear mother, grandmother, great grandmother, wife, and friend died on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in her 90th year. Her knitting project was finished and she cast off her last stitch. A celebration of Vivian’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Plan Canada, 245 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario, M4P 0B3 or a children's charity of your choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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CALVERT: Ronald Reginald Calvert passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at the age of 82. He was born on March 16, 1932, to Reg and Dorothy Calvert of Sidney, Manitoba. He was the eldest of five children, Donalda, Betty, Doreen and Barry. He was raised and educated in Sidney. Ron married Phyllis Olmstead of Gregg on October 15, 1955, and lived in Sidney for three years before purchasing and moving to a farm in Melbourne, Manitoba. Ron managed a mixed farm with a cow/calf operation as well as a feedlot. Ron spent numerous years as a municipal councillor for the R.M. of North Cypress. He was a member of the Agricultural Society, Masonic Lodge and Manitoba Hereford Association. In his younger years, he played first base for the Sidney Steelers but his passion was curling. He attended many bonspiels, bringing home many prizes and trophies. After he was no longer an active curler, he enjoyed watching his nephews curl. Recently, he took great pride in his great-nephew, Braden Calvert, as he competed in the Canadian Men's Junior Curling in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, and then on to the World Men's Junior Curling Championships in Switzerland. In 1997, Ron and his wife retired to Carberry. He drove the handy-van, providing seniors with outings or rides to appointments. He rarely missed playing crib or cards at the Drop-Inn Centre. Always interested in what the farmers were doing, his evenings were spent touring the countryside, no dirt road went untraveled. Ron's second last day on earth was spent at the Heartland Livestock Yards watching his nephew's calves being sold and renewing old friendships. He will be remembered as being a true cattleman to the end. Ron was predeceased by his parents, Reg and Dorothy Calvert, and siblings, Barry Calvert and Donalda Schell. Ron is survived by his wife, Phyllis, of 58 years, as well as three daughters and grandchildren: Ronalee (Gordon) Wood, their family Brendan and Lindsay; Brenda (Brad) Wells, their twin daughters Candice and Courtney; and Kerri Wright, her daughters Jori and Lexie; his sisters Betty (Bryce) McRorie; Doreen (Walter) Coubrough; sister-in-law Norma (Jim) Hanna; brother-in- law Allan Schell; and numerous nieces and nephews. A private family committal service was held at the Carberry Plains Cemetery on Monday, April 7, 2014. Pallbearers were Gordon Wood, Brad Wells, Brendan Wood, Grant Calvert, Trent Olmstead and Myles Olmstead. The ceremony to celebrate Ron's life followed at the Carberry United Church with Rev. Peggy Reid officiating. A fitting eulogy was given by granddaughters Lindsay Wood and Courtney Wells. Upon Ron's request, Roy Middleton sang How Great Thou Art. We thank Rev. Peggy Reid for her comforting words. No matter where Ron was or what he was doing, it can be said that he always made an impression.
He will be missed.
White's Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.
BELL: William (Bill) Roy Bell; beloved father of Catherine (Guy) Precourt, David (Leslie), Robert, Brian (Laurie); passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 78 years of age. A service to celebrate Bill’s life will be held at the Hamiota United Church, Hamiota, MB on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 2:00pm with a reception following in the Hamiota Community Centre. Interment will take place at the Isabella Cemetery following the reception. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to the Birch Lodge Personal Care Home, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0 or to the MS Society of Canada Westman Chapter, Unit 5B 457 9th St, Brandon, MB, R7A 4A9. Messages of condolence and/or photos can be shared at Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
ARMSTRONG: Ethel Armstrong nee Carter-Squire, passed away peacefully at the age of 99 1/2 yrs old. She leaves behind daughters Marilyn (George), children Karen and Warren, Janet (Paul) children Vanessa and Danny. Plus an additional eight grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and five great- great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by husband Bob. Her parents Joseph and Bertha, brothers Jack and Ken as well as son Robert, daughters Marjorie and Betty. Mum was born Sept 14,1914 in Boissevain right next door to where she lived for so many years. She spent her childhood on the family farm northeast of town. She married Robert Campbell Armstrong in 1932 in Boissevain. They celebrated 50 years of marriage the same year as their youngest daughter was married. They lived in at Boissevain, Deloraine and Ninette for a time before they moved the original "3", Bobbie, Marj and Betty to southern Ontario where they lived in a variety of communities. Marilyn and Janet were born down east before returning back to Boissevain in 64. She was a skilled seamstress, it was her passion. She took pride in sewing for her family. She would do sewing jobs for the public as well as being employed by Pringles Mens Wear for a number of years. We could find Mum in her flower garden in her spare time. She would always have fresh cut flowers for the table every summer. In the cooler weather she kept busy knitting, crocheting or with a crossword puzzle all the while keeping an eye on the baseball game or curling. Even in her last days she was working on a project. If weather permitted she loved to take in the occasional local hockey game. She also was a long time Legion member. She was able to stay in her own home until she was 95 when she moved to Westview Lodge. Mum was a quiet women, lead a quiet life. She enjoyed her solitude but always loved to visit with family and friends. Donations in memory of Ethel may be made to the Westview Lodge Personal Care Home; Box 819 Boissevain, Manitoba R0K 0E0 or Boissevain and Morton Fundation Box 1075 Boissevain, Manitoba R0K 0E0. A public graveside service will be held July 26, 2014 at Boissevain Cemetery.
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POTTINGER: Verna Isobelle Kipling Pottinger (nee McSorley), passed away unexpectedly at the wonderful age of 96, on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Verna’s parents, Wilford and Pearl McSorley welcomed their eldest of seven children on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1918. She grew up on the family farm near Deleau, Manitoba, north of Hartney. Leaving the family farm Verna began her career as a waitress at Thelma’s Café in Brandon where she met and married her first husband Earl ‘Kip’ Kipling. Verna and Kip raised their two children, Dale and Beverley on 15th Street; he operating the family Texaco station on Rosser and she working at the Wheat City Arena and eventually as the manager of the Velvet Dip. While day to day employment kept her busy it was her outside hobbies that led to a full and fantastic life. In the seventies she raced stock cars; a regular driver in the Ladies Powder Puff races at the Brandon Stock Car Club. Later she would put her driving skills to use becoming the first female school bus driver in Manitoba. After Kip passed away, Verna eventually remarried William ‘Bill’ Pottinger. Together they enjoyed travelling to curling events. Always on the go Verna joined the Prairie Oasis Cloggers, performing at the Calgary Stampede in 1991 at the age of 73. Verna’s love of chocolate and jelly bellies was eclipsed only by her passion for sewing. Verna loved sharing her sewing passion with others by teaching classes on how to sew items such as jean jackets, teddy bears, and quilts. Occasionally she would add a specific craft project to her litany of handmade items. One of her favorite was teaching young people a course called, ‘Things Only Grandmas Make’. Yet it was the Nifty Needlers group and their many sewing projects that kept her mind sharp and her sewing machine humming. Verna was proud to be a life-long member of Knox United Church. She is survived by her son Dale (Darlene) of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and daughter Beverley Mitchell of Calgary, Alberta. She will be missed by her two grand-daughters Kim Falcon and Brenda-Lee (Mike) Kearney, two great-grandchildren Kayley and Mitchell, as well as her surviving siblings: Mary Terweg of Surrey, BC, Helen Dalton of Abbotsford, BC, and Joyce Tapp of Portola, California. Nieces and nephews, to the third generation will miss Auntie Verna’s call and letters. She was predeceased by both husbands and her son-in-law Howard. A time of visitation will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North, on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Lydia Glawson, Funeral Celebrant will officiate. Private family interment will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Friends who wish, may make a donation in memory of Verna to Senior for Seniors, 311 Park Ave East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7A4 or to a charity of choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be made
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
ERICH: Jakob Leven, aged 84 years of Brandon passed away on April 12, 2014 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. The funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. from the St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327 – 4th Street, Brandon, Manitoba. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.
Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell, Manitoba in care of arrangements. (204) 773-2747
HUNTINGHAWK/JOSS: Saturday, April 12, 2014 Bruce Vincent passed away at home in Chase, BC at the age of 52 years. Funeral service will be held Saturday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall, 118 Thompson Ave., Chase, BC Longer obituary to follow.
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