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VINCK:Desire John (Des), 73 years, beloved husband of Marie Vinck, father of Michelle and Melanie, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Jean’s Catholic Church, Grande Clairiere, Manitoba, on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Prayer service will be held at St. Jean’s Catholic Church, Grande Clairiere, on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Interment in the Grande Clairiere Cemetery. In memory of Des, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
McKAY: Florence Grace Alice McKay, age 89. March 17, 1927 - May 31, 2016. It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Florence Grace Alice McKay (nee Simpson). She passed away at McKinney Place in Oliver British Columbia with her daughter by her side. She was pre deceased by her husband of 36 years, Russell McKay; parents Ruth and Thomas Simpson; Brothers Nathan Addison, and Jonathan (Jack) Simpson; Sisters Marion York, and Ruth Simpson; Son-in-Law; Leo Myllyniemi; Foster Son; Nestor Atamanchuk; brothers-in -law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. As well as her companion pets (dogs and cats) that held a soft spot in her heart. She is survived by her daughter, Bernice McKay Myllyniemi of Oliver BC; her son William (Bill) McKay (Loretta) of Thunder Bay, ON; Granddaughters Caroline Whyte (Joe) of Oliver, B.C. and Ashley McKay (Issa) of Toronto, ON; Foster family Ronnie Atamanchuk of Brandon; Grandchildren Tanis (Bruce) Lowry, great-grandsons Gregory, Sean and Ian Lowry of Sherwood Park Alberta, Zoe Atamanchuk, of Red Deer, AB, Trevor Atamanchuk of Brandon; Brother-in-law Donald (Eileen) McKay of Airdrie, AB; Sisters-in-law Margaret McKay of Brandon and Pat McKay, Helen Simpson of Winnipeg, Manitoba; Cousin Violet Gallant of Regina, SK, Cousins Joyce (George) Starkie, Burnley England, Rita (Robert) Laurie, Burnley England, Rene Taylor (Scotland), lifelong friend Evelyn Ratz, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was born in Tilson, MB and moved to Brandon, MB at a young age. After WWII, she met and married Russell McKay and they raised two children. She was very proud to be a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans Branch #10 of Brandon, MB. After her husband’s passing she moved to British Columbia in 1987, first to Kelowna and then to Oliver in 2001, to live with her daughter. She was a consummate care giver and a nurturing mother. She loved to bake and share the goodies with friends and neighbours. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting and gave many of her creations as donations to charities as well as gifts for friends and family. She enjoyed watching her TV shows and was an avid sports fan, especially baseball. She enjoyed camping and fishing holidays. In later years she travelled to visit family and friends across Canada and United Kingdom. Cruising was her favourite type of holiday, and she enjoyed trips to Alaska, California, Mexico and Florida. She enjoyed Aqua fit classes and the great Okanagan Sunshine. Her passing leaves a very big void in our lives but we will always carry her memory in our hearts and remember her wonderful smile. Special thanks to all the caring staff at McKinney Place for being there when we needed them the most; to Dr. Francis and Dr. Thomas; to John and Daryn at Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service for taking care of the many details, your kindness is much appreciated. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name to: Friends of the Library – Oliver Public Library, SPCA and/or Alzheimer Society would be much appreciated. Memorial service will be held June 9, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Home, 5885 Hemlock Street, Oliver, B.C. Interment will be with her husband in the Veteran’s Plot of the Brandon Cemetery in Brandon, MB on June 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
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LITTLE: Patrick “Patty” Little, formerly of Killarney, passed away peacefully at the Wawanesa Health Centre on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at the age of 64 years. Patty was predeceased by his mother Vivian Little and sister Linda Town. He is survived by his nephews Nathan Town and Ryan Town and close family friend, Frank Smith. A Celebration of Patty’s Life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne, officiating. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Patty may be made to a charity of choice.
HEARN: The death of Alfred "Ivan" Hearn, resident of Rapid City occurred at the Minnedosa Hospital on Monday, May 2, 2016. Ivan was born in Hamiota on October 7, 1958. He grew up on a farm in Cardale, Manitoba and various other towns within the province. Ivan started work with his father Bert and the Keystone Center in Brandon. Not long after, he began his 36 year career at the Manitoba Highways, where he worked until retirement in 2012. In 1985 he married Sheilaugh Emerise Savoie and they lived together with their three kids until her passing in 1997. In 2001 Ivan, Jared (son) and Orianna (daughter) relocated to a small acreage in Rapid City, Manitoba. Ivan spent countless hours with his horses, whether it be providing community hay rides or breaking a new team. He was an active member of the Rapid City rodeo Association and the Rapid City Agricultural Society. Ivan was always a busy man even when there wasn't any pressing work to do, but during his free time he enjoyed camping with the kids, and volunteered his time as a cub leader while his son was in the program. He very rarely missed one of his daughter's slow pitch games, and spent countless hours entertaining his gradchildren. Ivan is survived by his mother May; his sister Barb (Don), his brothers Bob (Gwenda), Don, Ron, and Lionel (Robin). He is also survived by his daughters Orianna, Shena and son Jared, as well as grandchildren Jesse, Ashley, Kaleigh And Ryder. He is predeceased by his wife Sheilaugh and his father Bertram. Funeral service was held at the Memories Chapel on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Interment followed at Rapid City Cemetary. Active pall bearers were Bob Hearn, Don Hearn, Lionel Hearn, Jesse Hearn, Ken Bayes, and Jeff Alex. Arrangements were in care of Memories Chapel.
GREEN: Mona Adeline Green of Brandon, Manitoba. Born June 3rd, 1928 on the home farm at Douglas, Manitoba to Ernest and Mayme Mitchell, died June 1st, 2016 in Brandon, Manitoba. Mona grew up on the family farm in Elton Municipality, attended Elton School and graduated high school from St. Michael’s Academy in Brandon. After completing business college, she worked for several years in Brandon and Regina in the oil industry, insurance business and at Weather Modifications Service. She met and subsequently married the love of her life, Russell Green, at St. Paul’s United Church (now Central United Church) on October 30th, 1954. With much laughter and love, they grew their family and farm and passed their love of the land and passion for farming onto each of their four children. Mona’s greatest pleasure was to be surrounded by her family at home on the farm, where many wonderful family gatherings occurred. Mona was predeceased by her father Ernest, mother Mayme and brother Donn Mitchell. She is survived by her loving husband of more than 61 years, Russell Green and her children: Jim (Lori Dangerfield), Patti (Alvin Kowalick), Doug (Michelle Green) and Donald (Jill Ramson). Devoted grandchildren are Aran Dangerfield (James Denis) and Mitchell Green, Holly, Danny (Deedra Deremiens) and Kelli Beddome (David Thomson), Nicole and Carson Green and Alex Green; along with two great-grandchildren, Finleigh and Holden Denis. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Francis Martin and Sylvia Mitchell. Honorary Pallbearers are Keith and Shirley Campbell, Ross and Judy Campbell, Iowna Fraser, Archie McPhail, Ross and Mabel Mitchell and Ron and Amy Voy. The family extends its gratitude to the many kind friends, neighbours and the caregivers at the Brandon Regional Health Centre for their assistance, care and compassion during this difficult time. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, with Reverend Barbara Jardine officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Mona to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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GRAY: Graveside Committal Service for Shirley Gray (Pettigrew), October 28, 1940 - January 24, 2016. The family of Shirley Gray (Pettigrew) will be holding a graveside service at the Minnedosa Cemetery on Monday June 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Friends are welcome to attend. Immediately after the service please join the family at the Minnedosa Legion.
Her strength was admired by all and she’ll forever be the wind beneath our wings.
GRAY: Catherine Loree Gray (nee Boyd); of Hamiota, MB; beloved mother of Courtney (Dean) Schenk, Lindsey (Jaime) Hagglund, Kelly Gray (Avery Fedorchuk); beloved daughter of Jack and Margaret Boyd; passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon, MB on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 55 years of age. A graveside service will be held at the Hamiota Cemetery, Hamiota, MB on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm with a reception following in the Hamiota Community Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Catherine’s memory to the Canadian Liver Foundation ( or to the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are in care of arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
GRANT: With his family at his side, Cordell Grant, 71, passed away on May 11, 2016 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Born in Hamiota, MB on July 9, 1944 to Donald and Eileen (nee Whyte) Grant, Cordell grew up on the family’s heritage farm in Lenore, MB. After graduating from Oak Lake High School, he attended Brandon University to pursue a career in teaching, following in his mother’s footsteps. Never one who shied away from hard work, Cordell worked his way through university by working in the mines in Thompson, bartending at the Prince Edward Hotel, serving as a conductor for CP Rail, and working as a janitor for Richardson’s Securities, as well as a Lab technician for Manitoba Hydro. After graduation, he began his teaching career at Princess Elizabeth High School in Shilo, MB, where his approachable demeanor with students quickly made him a much sought after teacher and adviser. When that school was closed in 1987, Cordell began to teach at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School until he retired in 1999. Cordell worked throughout his summers as a hail insurance adjuster, returning to school each fall with endless stories from farmers in far-reaching corners of the prairies. Retirement offered him the opportunity to go on “driving tours”, exploring North America and visiting his daughters and his grandchildren. Cordell was proud to be a Past Master of Masonic Lodge, Past District Deputy for 7th Masonic District, Member of Scottish Rite Masonic Lodge, Past Master of the Three Scottish Rite Lodges, as well as a Member of Khartum Shriners and Brandon Shrine Club. Cordell was everyone’s knight in shining armor. He was always the first to lend a hand, and was always quick with a funny remark. Cordell will be missed by many. Until his illness, he had three coffee groups to which he was very faithful: the 7:00 AM crew at Cranberries, the Wednesday afternoon group at McD’s and the Thursday AM men’s coffee gang at the church. Cordell is survived by his wife Elizabeth, daughter Meg Myette (Thomas Jundt), East Greenwich, Rhode Island, and daughter Deborah Grant (Srdjan Tanjga), New York City. He was a beloved Bampi to granddaughter Ella Myette, Montreal, and grandsons Marko, Luka, and Nikola Tanjga of New York City. He is also survived by sisters Carole Hyndman (Brian), Thompson and Marilyn Gadsby, Winnipeg, sister-in-law Peggy Hurdle (Rick) Edmonton, nephews Rodney Hurdle, Grant Dunn (Ashley) and their children, Madison and Regan, niece Myra Lowe (Trevor) and their children, Kailee and Rorie. The Celebration of Cordell’s Life will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 339 12th St. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Cordell Grant Memorial Scholarship Fund for an entering Faculty of Education student at Brandon University. Contributions can be mailed to: Brandon University Foundation, In memory of Cordell Grant, 270 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7B 3W3.
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EDMUNDS: It is with great sadness that the family of Thomas ‘Tom’ Edward Edmunds announces his passing at the age of 74, on the evening of May 29, 2016, at the Souris Health Centre. Tom was born on October 9, 1941, in Souris, the eldest son of Tom and Hattie (Pearce) Edmunds. He was raised on the family farm, northwest of town, with his six siblings. As a boy, Tom developed a love of baseball, hunting and fishing, which he maintained his whole life. He attended school in Souris, and once he completed Grade 11, he dedicated his professional life to working full time on the family farm. In 1970, Tom married the love of his life, Margaret Livingston. Together, they raised three children – Keith, David and Megan. Through the years, Tom enjoyed competitive curling, attending minor hockey games in the region and beyond as well as camping with family and friends. A natural-born farmer, Tom worked until he and Margaret moved to Souris in the fall of 2005, at which time he began to ease into retirement. Tom was predeceased by his parents, infant brother David, sister Gwen (Setter), brothers-in-law Terry Binions and Jack Dufily. He is survived by his wife Margaret, his children Keith (Joanne), David (Lisa), Megan (Mark), and his siblings Joan Dufily, Barb (Dennis) Janz, Lorna Binions, Clair (Sharon), Craig (Lisa), brother-in-law Bruce Setter. Remembering Tom lovingly as “Grumpy” are his grandchildren: Josh, Nick, Brady, Zach, Brookelyn, Noah, Caybree, Riley and Hattie. Also mourning his loss are numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. A celebration of Tom’s life was held at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris on Friday, June 3. In memory of Tom, in lieu of flowers and cards, donations can be made to the Parkinsons Society Manitoba or to a charity of your choice.  
“Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.” ~ Mitch Albom
CREASER: Peacefully on Monday, March 7, 2016, with family at his side, Stan Creaser passed away at the Pasqua Hospital Palliative Care Unit, Regina, Saskatchewan, at age 90 years. Stan is survived by his wife of 64 years Elizabeth; son Philip (Valerie Paulson); two grandchildren Ashley (Alfredo Young), and Ian Creaser; five great grandchildren Nicholas, Chloe, Emerit, Jaxon and Burke; sister Dorothy and brothers Jack, Ron and Allen. He was predeceased by his parents Edgar and Ida (nee Lafurgy); sisters Elizabeth, Joan and Florence and brothers Harold, Cliff and George. Stan was born in Bethany, Manitoba on May 16, 1925, the first of eleven brothers and sisters, and grew up in the great depression. In 1942, he joined the army at age 17 and after a year of training landed at Juno Beach on D-day June 6, 1944. He was wounded at Carpiquet airport in July 1944 and after his return to action he participated in the liberation of Holland and was again wounded at the Leopold Canal, which ended the war for him. Later in life, he often told stories of the war and was very surprised in 2014 to be awarded the Chevalier de la Legion D’Honneur from the President of France for his role in the liberation of France. Following his return to Canada, Stan started his career in the mining industry. At a mine at Long Lake in northern Manitoba he met Elizabeth Murray, the beautiful mine nurse, whom he married on November 17, 1951 in Foxwarren, Manitoba. After many years moving from mine to mine they moved to Esterhazy where Stan participated in the building and development of the first potash mine in Saskatchewan and he stayed there until his retirement in 1985. Once retired, he and Elizabeth moved to Clear Lake Manitoba to spend the summers and Weslaco, Texas in the winters. The last seven years Stan lived with Elizabeth at Wintergreene in Regina to be near their family. Stan loved his family, golf, cards, shuffle and carpentry. He was a regular at the Clear Lake golf course for many years and in the winter golfed almost daily in Texas. As a veteran of WWII, he was a devoted member of the Royal Canadian Legion where he served in many capacities over his lifetime. The graveside ceremony will take place in the Veterans Section of the Brandon Cemetery on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. with the Very Rev. Nigel Packwood officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Stan may be made to the Pasqua Palliative Care Unit or the Royal Canadian Legion.
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CARLISLE: Darcy Carlisle passed away Saturday, May 14,2016 at 40 years of age. Darcy was the youngest son of Mickey & Teenie Carlisle. In 2000 Darcy Married Darlene Hardy and together they had 2 wonderful children Dawson and Taylor. Darcy was a fun loving jovial individual. After graduating from Souris Collegiate, Darcy farmed with his parents and brother Darrel. With the selling of the farm in 2011, Darcy started working for Terry Nicol, owner of Cat Country Sand and Gravel. Darcy could not have chosen a better boss. Darcy was always there to lend a hand when ever anyone called no matter what the job entailed. Hockey with son Dawson was a big part of his life. Darcy was a board member of Souris Minor Hockey. He would take both Dawson and Taylor to the Wheat King Games as often as he could. When Darcy was born he was diagnosed with cancer on his adrenal gland. Although grateful he only required surgery and no treatment, little was known at that time this may have lead to his depression, anxiety and addiction later in life. Darcy was predeceased by both sets of Grandparents, Uncles Ivan and John Carlisle, Aunt Margie Eisler, mother-in -law Janice Hardy and dogs Trixie and Oreo. Darcy leaves to mourn, Wife Darlene, son Dawson, daughter Taylor, parents Mickey and Teenie, brother Darrel (Lisa) and two nephews Adam and Owen, many cousins and very good friends Kelly and Leanna Fardoe, Terry and Heather Nicol, Craig and Cindy Robins and David Chalmers. Internment took place at the Carroll Cemetery with Rev. Don Mcintyre officiating. Pallbearers were Kelly Fardoe, Terry Nichol, Pat Janz, Craig Robins, Garth Wenger and Adam Westburnham. A Celebration of Darcy's Life was held in the Souris Glenwood Community Hall, Friday, May 20,2016 with Reverend Don Mcintyre officiating. Kowalchuk Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be mad to the Manitoba Cancer Society or the AFM Center in Brandon.
BLACKWELL: Gladiolus Lydia (Glady) passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Sherwood Personal Care Home in Virden on May 22, 2016 at the age of 93 years. Glady was born to Amos and Amy Tompkins on February 15, 1923 in Barnsley, MB. She married W. Vernon Blackwell on September 28, 1945. They farmed in Sanford and Griswold and retired off the farm to Oak Lake and later Virden. Glady worked at The Sherwood for 10 years before her retirement in 1988. Glady loved to cook, bake and sew quilts. She played music by ear and it was a large part of her life. She played the organ for the Oak Lake United Church and played in a band in Virden for several years. She even played the piano in The Sherwood in the last six months of her life. Glady also enjoyed a good game of cards. She loved her family and was a wonderful, caring mother, Grandma and Nana. Glady was predeceased by her parents, six sisters and one brother. She is survived by her daughter Lesa Rogers (Jack), son Clayton (Brenda), three grandsons Dustin (Karla), Chance Rogers and Jeffrey Blackwell (Krystal), three great grandchildren Tyran, Cianna and Grayson, one sister-in-law Norma Tompkins and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. A celebration of Glady’s life was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel in Brandon on May 26, 2016 followed by interment at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Urn bearers were Dustin and Jeffrey Blackwell and Chance Rogers. Donations in memory of Glady can be made to the Charity of your choice.
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GREEN: Mona Adeline Green, beloved wife of Russell and dear mother of Jim, Patti, Doug and Donald, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the age of 87 years. A Memorial Service will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mona may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information to follow.
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BERGMAN: Helen M. Bergman (nee Thiessen), beloved wife of Julius Bergman, beloved mother to Robert, Richard (Carol), James and Angeline died May 31, 2016 at the Boissevain Health Centre, Boissevain, Manitoba at the age of 80. Her funeral service will be held Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Whitewater Mennonite Church, Boissevain, Manitoba at 3:30 p.m. Viewing will be held at the church prior to the service. Interment to follow at Boissevain Cemetery. Donations in memory of Helen, may be made to M.C.C., 134 Plaza Dr. Winnipeg, MB, R3T 5K9 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook St. Winnipeg, MB R3C 2B7.
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VINCK:Desire John (Des), 73 years, beloved husband of Marie Vinck, father of Michelle and Melanie, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Jean’s Catholic Church, Grande Clairiere, Manitoba, on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Prayer service will be held at St. Jean’s Catholic Church, Grande Clairiere, on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Interment in the Grande Clairiere Cemetery. In memory of Des, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
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