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McEVOY: Albert Grant, beloved husband of Geogina McEvoy, father of Alison, Ken, Bill and the late Jennifer, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at the age of 89 years. Funeral arrangement are pending. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
DRINKWALTER:Angela Dawn (Kimball), beloved wife of Jonathan Drinkwalter, mother of Tyler, Krista, Karlee, Kayden, Alicia, Alison, Myranda, Delenn, Krista and Shane, dear daughter of Dan Kimball and Deb Potter, passed away at the Souris Health Centre on Friday, September 12, 2014 at the age of 38 years. Funeral service will be held at Central United Church, Brandon, on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment at a later date. In memory of Angela, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
LEAN: It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great grandmother, Mae Lean, formerly of Moline and Brandon on Sunday, September 14, 2014. Mae was born in the Isabella-Decker area. She took her teacher training at Normal School and taught at Kelloe, Gretna, and Rapid City, where she met her future husband, Alex Lean, of the Moline area. They were married on July 10, 1948, and soon began their family with the birth of their daughter, Alexis, in July of 1949, and their son, Dennis, in January of 1951. Farm life consumed Mae and Alex until their retirement to Brandon in 1980, where they lived until moving to Minnedosa in 2004. Mae was predeceased by her parents Bill and Maggie Milne, brothers Norman and Archie Milne, and sister, Minnie Little, as well as her husband, Alex, in March of 2014. She is survived by her daughter Alexis (Mel) Harvey and her son Dennis (Jeanette) Lean, as well as her grandchildren Brad (Mandy) Harvey, Alysa Harvey (Terry Ferguson), Michelle (Byron) Willcott, Terri (Marcin) Zurowski and Robyn Lean (Lance Fabiosa). She is also survived by her five great grandchildren Logan Harvey, Danika Ferguson, Jace Ferguson, Mason Willcott and Asha Zurowski. The funeral service for Mae will be held at the Minnedosa United Church, 48 Main Street South, on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Natasha Pearen officiating. Interment will take place at the Rapid City Cemetery. Donations in memory of Mae may be made to the Minnedosa Personal Care Home "Patio Fund," Box 960, Minnedosa, MB, R0J 1E0.
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COE: Wilfred James, beloved husband of the late Dorothy Coe, father of Jim and Brad, passed away at the Hartney Community Health Centre on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the age of 84 years. Funeral arrangements are pending. In memory of Wilfred, donations may be made to Parkinson Society Manitoba or to Cancer Care Manitoba. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
BUCHANAN: With family at her side, Doris Irene Buchanan passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, September 14, 2014. Doris leaves her loving husband Lorne and children; Ronald, Gordon, Brent, Brian and Sharon. Funeral Ceremony will be held at Calvary Temple, 620-34th Street on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:00 am. Rev. Dennis Schram will officiate. Interment will take place at the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, Manitoba. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Doris to the Manhattan Beach Retreat Centre, P.O. Box 62, Ninette, MB R0K 1R0. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
WHITELAW: Ernest George. We are very sad to lose our brother, brother-in-law, uncle and great uncle as well as our friend. Ernest "Ernie" as we called him, was born on February 14, 1950, the second son of Bill and Florence Whitelaw. After a courageous battle with cancer he passed away September 4, 2014. Ernie lived a full life. When he was in his teens, he made many friends. He worked at Elk Ranch in the stables that Pa and Ma Stiles owned. He met many people there. His love of horses took him on his adventure. Later he moved to Winnipeg, worked in a factory for a number of years, making many lasting friendships. One of his best friends was Jerry whom he stayed in contact with over the years. Jerry was with him one hour before his passing. Ernie loved life. He loved to be up early every morning, going for coffee with friends when he was in Erickson and also in Elkhorn, where he worked as a farm laborer. Ernie made many trips to Erickson to visit the many friends living there. His later visits included overnight stays at his brother Brent. His frequent pain later prevented him from visits. Ernie lived in Elkhorn until his illness forced a move to Brandon, where family could look after him. Ernie was predeceased by his parents, Bill and Florence Whitelaw. Ernie is survived by: brother, Wayne, sister Sandy (Brian) Macialek, brother Brent (Tracy), sister Carol and their families. He also leaves many nieces, nephews as well as great nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. Rest in Peace our dear brother, we will always love you. A family service was held at the Hilltop Baptist Church, Erickson, Manitoba and interment was in the family plot at the church cemetery.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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NAISMITH: Harvey Albert Naismith passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Third Crossing Manor, Gladstone at the age of 82 years. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Clarke’s Funeral Chapel, Gladstone. Interment will take place at the Glenboro Cemetery. Clarke’s Funeral Home, Gladstone~MacGregor.
LEWIS: On Saturday August 23, Keith Lewis, our loving father & husband passed away suddenly at his Toronto home .  Dad was a family man in the true sense of the word. Born in 1926 to Cora and Wallace Lewis, the youngest of four children, Keith grew up on Beverley Street in Winnipeg and completed public school at Daniel MacIntyre Collegiate. Following his Naval training, Keith studied and graduated from Brandon College, then returned to Winnipeg. After marrying Joan Robinson in 1951, the couple moved to Brandon where Keith was initially an accountant with Winnipeg-based Laird Sprague and Company. Originally intending to stay in the city for a year or two at best, the young couple discovered friendships and a lifestyle well suited to raising a family. The planned short-term relocation to the Wheat City lasted 35 years. Keith enjoyed a fulfilling career with as vice-president of the Brandon Sun. In 1968 he left the newspaper and returned to public practice as a partner with Donovan and Stone Chartered Accountants. The Brandon- based firm eventually merged with Dunwoody and Company and after a long career in Brandon, Keith and Joan moved to Toronto in 1986 when he was appointed national partner. Keith retired in 1991. A devoted father, Keith will be lovingly remembered by his children for the wonderful memories he provided at home, during summers at the Clear Lake cabin, vacations cruising the continent in the station wagon, and later family ski trips. Whether it was sailing, tennis, water skiing, or downhill, their dad was always active, many times taking up the activities they enjoyed so he could be closer to them. Because of their kid’s involvement in competitive sports, Keith and Joan spent countless hours officiating with both the Manitoba Track and Field Association and the Manitoba Alpine Ski Association. He could always be counted on for never-ending support, and the guidance and encouragement he gave each of his children allowed them to achieve personal and professional goals. Keith’s record of community service includes tenures on the board and committees of the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba, Brandon General Hospital, Brandon Chamber of Commerce and he was an active member of the Kinsmen and Rotary Club. He became a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants (FCA)in 1983. Predeceased by Joan  (1990) . Keith is survived by his wife Helen, and children  Lawrence (Pamela), Jeffrey, and Barbara (Rod) and grandchildren Paige, James, Olivia, and Mikala. A private family service was held in Toronto on August 28th, following cremation.
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LONEY: Harvey Ray Loney. With his wife and daughter beside him, Harv slipped away August 27, 2014, one month short of his 75th birthday. Harvey was born September 28, 1939 to Eva (Senkbeil) and Lester Loney in the R.M. of Whitehead, Manitoba and lived in Kemnay for several years until his parents built a new home in Brandon. Even though he had many jobs, Harv’s life was trucking, and he spent many, many years on the road. One of his first jobs was alongside his dad - gravelling. He owned & operated and worked for several different companies throughout the years. In 2006 after 26 years of trucking in Alberta, we moved back to Hartney, MB where he continued to truck until his health forced him to retire. He always said he never missed the trucking as much as visiting with the clients, especially farmers. Harv was a risk taker and one was sky diving. He loved it and the freedom he felt. He was probably one of the first skydivers around Hartney and jumped at Hartney Flying Club breakfasts and just for fun. It certainly was an experience for Elmer Hicks to have Harv jump from his little 2-seater plane! He loved motorcycles and owned a Gold Wing while in Calgary. One of his best trips was with a good friend out to Vancouver, down the west coast to California, across to Vegas and back to Calgary. Harv owned a 1939 Model A and he babied that car. He always had it ready to take the grandkids or the neighbors grandkids for a ride. He took my dad and Joe Thomas in the Hopper’s Day Parade one year and Joe’s comment was “it’s a good day for a ride in a Model A”. Unfortunately for health reasons Harv had to part with the car and it was a very sad day for him. Harv loved kids..all kids. He spent 2 years coaching Centennial Little League and one year coaching hockey. The kids loved him and always called him “Coach” wherever they saw him. He loved Hallowe’en and always tried to be home so he could see the little ones come to the door for candy. His own kids always went to Harv for advice and they certainly got it whether they liked it or not!!! He was adamant that the kids and grandkids get an education and be involved with sports, cadets, brownies, dance..whatever it took to keep them “off the streets”. He was so proud of his grandchildren and loved each and every one of them. Grandpa will be missed. In 2005 Harv had Triple A surgery. Working and living in Calgary afterwards was just too much so we moved to Hartney. He loved the “small” town atmosphere and made some great friends here. He missed walking to “Dairy Queen” for a sundae but alas truckin’ through Souris he found his favourite Maple Walnut sundae at Par West. Harv’s health declined over the past 8 years and things were never easy for him but throughout it all he never complained and took each new diagnosis with determination and strength. Harv leaves to mourn his wife, Shirley (Lowe), his daughters Michelle (Jason), Brayden, Jenna and Brooke of Oakburn; Leane, (Cory), Joel and Taylor of Calgary; Lori, (Graham) Taryn of Calgary; son Derek. He also leaves a sister Audrey (Herb)of Lacombe; brother in law Arnold (Brenda) Matthew, several nephews and nieces and cousins. Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Dexter of Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home and Rev. Doug Craig for the service; Lorne Robson and the choir for the music. Thanks to Diane for arranging the luncheon. We cannot express in words our thanks to Dr. Stone and staff at Souris Hospital who showed Harv such TLC. To the many friends and family, our sincere thanks for your acts of kindness..baking, cards and flowers, phone calls, hugs, a kind word.
I love you Harv.
LEWIS: Joan Lewis (nee Gray)January 29, 1931 – August 11, 2014. It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our wife/mother /grandmother/sister, Joan Lewis on August 11, 2014, at the Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg, at the age of 83. Joan is lovingly remembered by her husband Colin, daughter Marcia Blyth (Mitch), son Brian (Audrae), grandchildren Faye Mason (Brian), Christian and Darrell Lewis and brother Barry Gray. She was predeceased by her parents, Gerald and Mamie Gray. Joan was born in Souris and raised in Brandon. After graduating from Brandon Collegiate Institute, she trained as a lab technician at the Manitoba Provincial Laboratory School in Brandon and achieved her certification in 1951. During her career she worked at the Brandon General Hospital, Lynn Lake General Hospital, Winnipeg General Hospital (now Health Sciences Center) and finally at a private medical clinic until her retirement. Joan and Colin were casually acquainted in Brandon in the early 1950’s and a chance meeting in Clear Lake (Wasagaming) in the summer of 1956 rekindled the friendship, the rest is history. They were married in Brandon in 1957 and lived in Lynn Lake, Manitoba until their move to Winnipeg in 1960, where they raised their children. She and Colin were involved in square and round dancing for over 40 years and did much travelling from coast to coast to coast in both Canada and the USA. She loved gardening, especially her roses, she also loved to sew, making her own wedding dress and her daughter’s, many dance clothes as well as quilting and knitting for her children, the Church and the Christmas Cheer Board and was involved in many church activities with the UCW. The family would like to thank and acknowledge all the nurses and staff at the Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg for the exceptional care and compassion given to Joan. In keeping with Joan’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Saturday October 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Rev. Dr. Sharon Wilson at Windsor Park United Church, 1062 Autumnwood Drive. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 10-120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4G2.
HELGASON: Our beloved Gudmunder "Helgi" Helgason, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 with his family at his side. He is survived by loving wife Irene, children Wayne (Margaret), Faye (Doug), Jo-Ann (Rae) and Sherri (Chris) and adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family wish to extend their appreciation to the staff at Brandon Regional Health Centre. No formal ceremony will be held. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Helgi may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 3 - 824 - 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7. Helgi wished to leave us with his personal message to his family and friends. "I will leave this world successful. I have a loving wife of decades, four wonderful children, many adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I am happy. I have helped others through their trials. I will leave this world loved. I'll leave this world remembered in the thoughts of friends and family. Who could ask for more? When you remember me, it means you have carried something of who I am with you. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again, you will know me, and that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart."
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
FICEK: John, May 23, 1923 – August 7, 2014. Peacefully, with his family close by, John passed away at age 91 in the Grace Hospital. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Lillian of 58 years, daughter Kathie, son Paul (Helen), grandson Daniel (Madison), his brother Frank (Kathy) and his sister Margaret. John was predeceased by his father Joseph, mother Katherine and baby brother Andrew. John was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba. When he became of age he served and protected his country and for a short time was stationed in Halifax until the end of WWII. He was immediately employed by the CPR where he lived and worked in Winnipeg for 43 and one half years. There will not be a formal service. Cremation has taken place. Interment will be in the Brandon Municipal Cemetery.
DE JAEGHER: Passed away at the Baldur Personal Care Home on Thursday September 11, 2014 at the age of 92 years, Cesar De Jaegher of Baldur MB. Cesar was predeceased by his father Henri De Jaegher in 1944, mother Leontine (nee De Boes) in 1998 & by his sister Martha De Jaegher in 2003. Cesar leaves to mourn his passing numerous cousins & extended family & friends. Prayers will be held on Monday September 15, 2014 at 10:30 am in the St. Alphonse Catholic Church followed by Mass of the Christian Burial at 11:00 am with Father Phillip Malayil as celebrant. Interment to follow in the St. Alphonse Parish Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in Cesar’s memory to a charity of choice.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Services of Glenboro-Holland in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.
DROHOMERESKI: Leo Drohomereski, age 73 years, passed away suddenly and peacefully in his home on Monday, September 8, 2014 in Brandon, MB. He is survived by his dear friend Kathy Blackmon and family, sons Kevin (Angelika) and Trevor (Leslie-Anne) and their mother Beverley; seven grandchildren; brother Julian, sister Grace (Bob) Doherty. Leo was a unique and brilliant man whose generosity and selflessness will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by many. The Ceremony to Celebrate Leo's Life will take place at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North, (phone 204-727-0330) on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Rev. Thyra VanKeeken of the First Christian Reformed Church will officiate. Interment will take place at Brookside Cemetery on Friday, September 19th in Winnipeg. We encourage you to visit to read and share personal memories.
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