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BURR: Bill Burr of Rapid City, Manitoba passed away on Monday, January 19, 2015 at the age of 87 years at the Minnedosa Health Centre. The funeral service will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. from the Rapid City United Church, Rapid City, Manitoba with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. Interment will follow in the Rapid City Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.
Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to minnfs@mts.net
Minnedosa Funeral Service in care of arrangements. (204) 867-3868.
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HARVEY: Jean Margaret Harvey (nee Freeman) 18 Jan. 1919 – 26 Nov. 2014 It is with great sadness the family announces the death of Jean Harvey at the age of 95. She died peacefully on November 26th in Winnipeg. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughters Margaret (Rob) Smith and Louise (Colin) Booth, and sons Stuart (Carol), and Fraser (Anna) Harvey, her daughter-in-law Rinette (Art) Davignon, and grandchildren Heather (Michael) Rochon, Paul (Jo) Smith, Edie (Ricardo) Martinez, Graham (Connie) Harvey, James (Patricia) Harvey, Kathleen and Peter Booth, Trevor (Amanda) Harvey, and Sara, Alex and Evan Harvey. She will also be remembered by her great grandchildren Jessica (Rainy), Briana, Ian, and Philip Smith, Bennet, Lizzie and Jane Rochon, R.J. Kai and Angie Martinez, Lucas and Jessie Harvey, and Alex, Isabelle and Nolan Harvey. She leaves behind also brothers George (June) and John (Barbara) Freeman, sister Lois Wilson, sister-in-law Betty Holmes, and numerous nephews and nieces. She is predeceased by her beloved husband of 44 years, Ian, her son John, daughter-in-law Elaine, granddaughter Peggy Smith, sister Marjorie Cummings, brother-in-law Webb Cummings, sister-in-law Marg Freeman, brother-in-law Roy Wilson, parents Ada and Gard Freeman, parents-in-law John C. and Elizabeth Harvey, brothers and sisters-in-law Ian Holmes, Aitken and Ruth Harvey, and Gordon and Donna Harvey, nephew Douglas Holmes and niece Glenna Harvey. Jean was born in Toronto and lived also in Winnipeg and Port Arthur. She attended University of Toronto and United College, graduating with a BA and the love of her life, Ian Harvey. She attended Normal School, then married Ian in 1941 and moved to Oxford House, where she taught and Ian worked as a minister with the United Church of Canada. She left teaching when the family started to grow with the arrival of their children. Later she worked in the children’s departments of public libraries in Winnipeg and St. Catherines, using her love of and wide knowledge of children and books to great advantage. She and Ian lived and worked in Cross Lake, Deloraine, Silver Heights in Winnipeg, St. Catherines and Brandon, where Ian retired. After Ian’s death in 1985 she remained in Brandon until 2005, when she moved back to Winnipeg. One of her great passions was books - poetry, history, literature, biographies, and above all the King James Version of the Bible. Her children were treated to books read aloud by Jean and Ian all the time they lived at home – a practice the couple continued through their whole married life. Jean was a superb storyteller, a fact attested to by her children and grandchildren, and by the many children who attended Sunday school or Junior Congregation in the various churches she and Ian served. She was an advocate and example of lifelong learning and an avid genealogist. She loved camping and canoeing with the family, something she did from a very early age. Jean was also noted for her work teaching English to hundreds of immigrants in Brandon, and for preparing many of them for Citizenship. For this she was awarded the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal in 1992. She developed friendships with people from many parts of the world, and loved to learn from them. Though declining health slowed her down in later years, she kept her great sense of humour and her love of poetry to the end. She will be sorely missed. Many thanks to the caring staff at River East Personal Care Home. Memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 24th at Gordon King Memorial United Church, 127 Cobourg Avenue, Winnipeg, with a reception to follow. No fragrances please – severe family allergies. Interment of her ashes will be held at a later date.In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, 10-120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 9Z9 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0K6.
Neil Bardal Funeral Centre 204-949-2200neilbardalinc.com
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GROSHUK: Peacefully on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 after a brief illness, Ralph Roy Groshuk passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 68 years. Ralph was born and raised in Neepawa, MB and worked for many years with Mulder Construction and more recently with Spud Plains Farms. He leaves to mourn his wife Lynn (Leverington); Step-son Donald Leverington and step-grandchildren Brittany and Bryceson; Brothers Larry and Darrel and sister Julie (Bill) Cummings as well as several nieces and nephews. He also leaves to mourn his cousin Leonard, aunt Lily and his trusted friend and companion, his dog Bailey. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held. As tokens of sympathy, donations in memory of Ralph may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Ave. East., Brandon, MB R7A 2B3.Seasons Funeral Chapel, Oakbank, MB in care of funeral arrangements.
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SMITH: Linda J. Smith (nee Mitchell), beloved wife of Bob Smith died January 15, 2015 at Deloraine Health Centre in Deloraine Manitoba at the age of 64. A memorial service will be held today Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at St. Paul's United Church in Boissevain, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Private interment Boissevain Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Linda may be made to the Deloraine Health Centre (Cancer Care Unit) Box 447 Deloraine, Manitoba R0M 0M0.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service204-523-7791 www.wheatlandfs.com
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DRIEDGER: William “Bill” Driedger of Carberry, MB entered into rest on January 15, 2015 at the age of 74 years. A Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Carberry United Church, Carberry, MB. Interment will take place in the Carberry Plains Cemetery, Carberry, MB. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation. White’s Funeral Home, Carberry, MB in care of arrangements. 1-204-834-2629.
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DRACKETT: Murray Drackett, beloved husband of Ruth, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Assiniboine Centre, one month short of his 84th birthday. A private family graveside service will be held in the spring. The family would like to thank the staff at the Brandon Clinic and the Assiniboine Centre for their special care of Murray. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 8-940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 0P6, or a Charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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CHALMERS: Gail April (née Chaske) passed away with her family by her side, at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the age of 50 years. Gail was born on June 11, 1964 in Brandon, MB. Gail’s greatest joy was spending time with her family. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Bill Chalmers and her children: Joshua, Stacee (Tess) and their father, Rod. Her mother Jessie, sister Laura (Darryl), brother Francis (Punchie), nieces and nephews Renee (Lan), Jvonee (Lance), Keanu (Darlesha), Trae (Jocelyn), Dakota and Autumn. Great nieces and nephews Syrus, Ethan, Lane, Kenan, Landon, Raelyn, Aislyn, Grayson and Jackson. Two special uncles Wesley Tacan and Robert Hapa, as well as her beloved pug, Chunky Chalmers. Gail was predeceased by her father Leroy and brother Guy. Traditional Wake will be held at the Sioux Valley Veterans’ Hall on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 5:00 p.m., with funeral services to be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Wayne Wasicuna officiating. Interment will follow at the Anglican Cemetery. The family would like to thank the nurses in the ICU at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Thank you so much to our family and friends for your support during this difficult time.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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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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CHALMERS: Gail April Chalmers passed away unexpectedly with her family by her side on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the age of 50 years. Traditional Wake will be held at the Sioux Valley Veterans’ Hall on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 5:00 p.m., with funeral services to be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Anglican Cemetery.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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EDWORTHY: Evelyn Pearl. Evelyn passed away peacefully at the age of 75 years on January 10, 2015 at Portage & District General Hospital. She was predeceased by her father James Sommerville, her mother Susan Inkster and step-father David Inkster. She is survived by her children Brenda Wenig (Alan), Richard Beaulieau (Patsy), James, Janice Kirtin (Dale), Steven Carlisle (Lynda) and many grandchildren. Also surviving her is her brother Carl Harold Sommerville, Bill Inkster (Cathie), Neil Inkster (Faye), sisters Judi Sommerville-Jones and Linda Priestly (Bill). Favorite niece and nephew Debbie Johnson (Harley) and son Connor and nephew Michael Lariviere. A memorial service will be held Monday, January 19, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at Crescent Heights Chapel, 1745 Saskatchewan Ave. W, Portage la Prairie followed by interment in Hillside Cemetery. If friends so desire donations may be made to Central Plains Cancer Care Services, 318 Saskatchewan Avenue East, Portage la Prairie or Sunset Palliative Care Inc. PO Box 92, Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 3A7.
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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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