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WILLIAMS: Phyllis Dorothe Williams (nee Janz). Phyllis Williams, a long-time resident of the Souris area, died August 7, 2015 with her family at her side. Phyllis was born July 2, 1928 at Minitonas, Manitoba to Archie and Bea Janz. She was the youngest of their five children. She told us stories about helping her father on their farm and of the many childhood pranks she pulled with her sisters and brother. Tragedy struck her family when her brother, Henry, was killed in a farm accident at the age of seven. Mum left home at age 14 to accompany her sister Jean on her first teaching job at Rosa School, near Pine River, Manitoba. Both Jean and Mum told great stories about their life together at the rural school. Mum moved to Souris, to help her sister, Isabel Janz with her sons, Murray and Dennis. They have a strong bond with Auntie Phil as a result. In Souris, she worked as a seamstress and hospital aide. Here she met her husband and best friend, Ross Williams. They married November 13, 1948 and produced a brood of eight children; Lynne (Paul Merkeley), Cranbrook, B.C.; Gerry (Carole Campbell), Souris, Manitoba; Ginny (Ron Zdan), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Brenda (Gerald Puhach), Elphinstone, Manitoba; Holly (Ken White), Brandon, Manitoba; Kathy Hainsworth, Souris, Manitoba; Byron (Margaret McGowan), Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Guy (Rhonda Zimmerman), Souris, Manitoba. There are 27 grandchildren; Hayley (Graeme Howland), Carley and Kelsey Merkeley; Amanda, Laura, Sarah, Ben, Gina and Johnny Williams; Jason, Ashley and Nikki Zdan; Zane and Chantel Puhach; Caitlin, Ryan and Courtney White; Scott, Cassie, Chase and Luc Hainsworth; Josh and Sam Williams, Wes Poneira; Matthew, Brianna and Tori Williams. She was blessed with two great grandchildren, Eli Puhach and Ryder Hainsworth. Phyllis and Ross worked their mixed farm near Menteith until their retirement in 1985. She was known for her hard work and beautiful vegetable and flower gardens. She was a skilled seamstress, using her talents to craft a diverse range of clothing from wedding dresses to uniforms. She was very active in the community teaching 4-H sewing, cooking, home design, and public speaking, being honoured with a 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award. She belonged to the Toastmasters Club, the CWL, the Whitefield-Breezelawn Guild, and the Souris Drop-In Center. Phyllis and Ross were both staunch, life-long supporters of the NDP. They were influential in raising funds to build the Souris Arena and the Souris Community Hall. Furthermore, they were passionate about the development of education, sports and music in their children. Both graciously welcomed and shared their home with others, always making room for that extra someone at their dinner table. Upon retirement Phyllis and Ross moved to Souris, where they spent many happy years together. After Ross's death in 1996, Phyllis continued to support her family, church and community, residing in their Souris home until 2011, spending her remaining three years in the Souris Personal Care Home. Mum is survived by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sister, Jean (Rocky) Forest of BC and sister-in-law Shirley (Carl) Mitton of AB, numerous nieces and nephews, neighbours and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Ross, and two sisters, Isabel (Doug) Janz and Dornie (Gerry) Bouchard, and her brother, Henry Janz., Chas (Mae) Williams, Jack (Helen) Williams, Jean (Wally) Guy, Ken (Ruth) Williams, Ruth (Stan) Berry and Harvey Williams. Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Souris on August 12, 2015 with a private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Phyllis, donations may be made to the Souris Hospital Palliative Care Fund c/o Prairie Mountain Health, Box 10, Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0.
WIEBE: The death of Marion Wiebe, age 87 years, of Fairview Home, occurred on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. A private graveside service will be held with Joe Ball, Hospital Chaplain, officiating. Donations in memory of Marion may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com
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SPALDING: Dorothy “Dot” Josephine Spalding, formerly of Miniota, MB, beloved wife of the late Edwin John Spalding, passed away at Whitehorse, Yukon on April 14, 2015 at 95 years of age. A service to celebrate Dot’s life will be held at the Miniota United Church, Miniota, MB on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. A “Come and Go Tea” will take place at the Miniota Community Hall, Miniota from 2:30-4:00 p.m. A private interment will take place at the Miniota Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dot’s memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 824 -18th St. Unit 3, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
Messages of condolence and/or photos can be shared at www.campbellfuneralhome.ca Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota, are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744
DELEAU: Albert. With family by his side, Ab passed away on the morning of August 6, 2015 at his residence in the Souris Personal Care Home. Ab was born January 25th, 1922, to Gaston and Valdemire Deleau, the youngest of 3 children. He was born and grew up on the family farm in Deleau Manitoba. He took all his schooling in Deleau where he met his wife Claris Jasper. They married October 30, 1944. They farmed and raised their family in the Deleau district until they retired to Souris in 1979. Over nearly 71 years of marriage came 4 children, Al (Brenda) Deleau, Linda (Gil) Van Daele, Bob (Darlene Cross) Deleau and Val (Dexter) Kowalchuk. Ab was so proud of his 13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and he got to meet his first great-great grandchild last year. Each one had a special spot in grandpa's heart, he always knew what all of them were up to and loved teasing them right till the end. Ab loved being around people, whatever their age, there never seemed to be a generation gap. He could always find a common ground, whether it was talking farming, playing cards, playing pool, curling or ball. He loved reuniting with old friends and making new ones. Ab had a great love for baseball, fastball, slow pitch, coaching and just watching, he loved it all. He played till he was 83. He won 5 World Series slow pitch championships and gave each of his children one of his prized championship rings. He was inducted into the softball hall of fame twice, once as coach with the Souris Blues ladies fastball team, and once as a player with the Manitoba Coyotes. Ab never took the game lightly, he was a serious competitor on the field and was never afraid to let the umpire know what was on his mind, but once the game was over he could sit down and chat it up with his opponents and the odd ump. A private graveside service was held on August 16, 2015 at the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. A celebration of life with many friends, family and fellow ball players was held that afternoon at the park in Deleau. In memory of Ab, donations may be made to the Souris Personal Care Home c/o Prairie Mountain Health, Box 10, Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0.
In the last few days of his life when we knew he was too tired to go on, our dream was for Dad to round third base and steal home one last time. We knew he would be safe.
CLARK: Following a courageous battle with cancer, the family of Robert Edward (Ed) Clark announce the passing of a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, husband, cousin, brother, uncle and friend. Ed passed away peacefully with family by his side at the BRHC on August 16, 2015 at the age of 83. Ed was born on August 23, 1931 in Winnipeg, MB to Fred and Susan Clark; he was the youngest of 9 in the family. Due to a fatal railroad accident, Ed’s father died when Ed was six months old. Being born with a club foot, Ed endured many painful working years, eventually having the foot removed and fitted with a prosthetic. His schooling was in Ingelow, MB and Central School in Brandon. In his early working years, Ed lived with his maternal grandparents, working at a dairy farm helping during harvest time and eventually working for Angus Lawrie in Brookdale, MB. Here he met his wife Lois. They were married on July 7, 1956 in Holmfield, MB and resided in Brandon. Working with the Hydro Electric Board and Petro Canada prompted a move to Dauphin. The farming bug then led Ed and Lois to Gladstone and Plumas, MB. Ed took part in many community activities, including with the Plumas Curling Rink, Plumas Lion’s Club, Board of Stewarts-Plumas United Church, and the Plumas Legion. He also spent 22 years as a Councillor for the R.M. of Westbourne and 10 years as a school bus driver for the Pine Creek School Division. Ed had a part in the seniors housing, Highway 260, Watershed and many major projects in the Plumas area. He was also instrumental in working to obtain a new Community Hall, Plumas United Church and a fire and grader shed. Having a good water and sewer system in town was also important. After developing an allergy to grain dust, the farm was sold and the family moved into Plumas where Ed managed a Petro Canada garage for 10 years. Left to mourn his death is wife Lois, daughter Faye (Leo) Grenier, son Tom (Tannis) Clark, many grand and great-grandchildren, brothers Cecil and Art Clark, sisters Gladys and Bette, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. Ed was a caring, compassionate Dad and we will miss his smile and constant caring ways.
BELL: George Bell passed away February 18, 2015. His family will lay him to rest on September 8, 2015. We will gather at Brockie Donovan Funeral Chapel, 332-8th Street, at 1:00 p.m. and will proceed to Rosewood Memorial Gardens for the service at 2:00 p.m. He leaves to mourn his loving wife of 53 years, Joan, daughter Patricia (Warren), son David, and special friends, Darlene and Mike (Kathy), grandchildren Tiffany (Joey), Micheal (Amanda), Jennifer (Zack), grandson Jamie, great-grandson Dante, brothers Arthur (Pat) and Johnny (Melvina), and sister Clara, and their family and cousins.
May you rest in peace“Vichnaya Pamiat”
SHEANE: Charles Henry "Sonny" Sheane, beloved husband of the late Alice Sheane passed away at Birch Lodge, Hamiota, Manitoba Tuesday; August 25, 2015 in his 90th year. Memorial service will be held at Miniota Curling Rink, Miniota Saturday; August 29, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. with Linda Clark officiating. Interment will be in Miniota Cemetery. Viewing for family at friends will be at Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden Friday; August 28th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Lunch and a Jam Session will follow the memorial service. Bring your instruments. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Miniota United Church or to Miniota Foundation in memory of Sonny.
e-mail messages of condolenceor sign the on-line Book of Condolences atwww.carscaddenfuneralchapel.comG.R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
LOUTTIT: Martha, 99 years, beloved wife of the late Pat Louttit, mother of Ethel, Raymond, Weldon and the late Mervin, passed away in the Souris Personal Care Home on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. A graveside funeral service for family and friends will be held at the Elgin Cemetery on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments at the Elgin Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, in memory of Martha, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
BROTHERSTON: Joyce May (Mason) September 8th, 1931-May 5th, 2015. Joyce was born in Melita, Manitoba. She had four sisters (Gertrude, Yvonne, Donna, and Margaret), and a brother (Cecil). She went to Melita School and spent her younger years working in Melita, Flin Flon, and Whitehorse where she met and married Morley Brotherston who was in the military at the time. They spent many years stationed in numerous locations across Canada and abroad. Joyce belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary in Brandon for a number of years and served as president for a term. She liked to play shuffleboard, bowl, and was interested in ceramics and crafts. She is survived by her husband (Morley), children (Richard, Daniel, and Robert), and four grandchildren (Ty, Taylor, Ashley and Gary). A private family service to celebrate Joyce’s life will be held on August 28th at the Brandon Cemetery.
HRYCIUK: Robert (Bob) Hryciuk was born September 13, 1942 in Regina, SK. He passed away suddenly at the Virden Health Centre, Virden, MB. on Friday, August 21, 2015 at the age of 72. Bob was the only son born to Kay Hryciuk of Winnipeg, MB. He attended Glenlawn Collegiate in Winnipeg. Bob married Elaine Barbara Berthelette on March 26, 1966 and had three children: Bob, Cliff and Trevor. Bob worked for 25 years with Inland Cement in Winnipeg and Delta, BC. After retiring, Bob and Elaine moved to Melita to be closer to their children and grandchildren. In Melita, Bob worked at the Townsend Golf Course and at the Royal Canadian Legion as a bartender for many years. It was at the Legion that Bob met many people who became great friends. He particularly enjoyed dart nights at the Legion. Bob will be sadly missed by his wife Elaine of 49 years; three sons: Bob (Patti), Cliff (Kathy) and Trevor (Lynette); eight grandchildren: Ryan, Jesse, Gage, Sheridan, Mckenzie, Travis, Jason, and Brendan; many sisters and brothers-in-law and numerous cousins. Bob will be greatly missed by longtime childhood friend Bob Stevenson of Calgary, AB. Bob was predeceased by his mother Kay Hryciuk, "Auntie" Bella and "Uncle" Rod Pilon. In keeping with Bob’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. A gathering to celebrate and honor Bob's life will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 at the Royal Canadian Legion Lounge, Melita, MB. All are welcome to attend. Donations in memory of Bob may be given to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street East, Brandon, MB. R7A 2W8. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home - Melita (204-522-3361), Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron.
To send condolences to the family, please visit:www.redpathfuneralhome.com
PEPPIN: Edna Peppin of St. Lazare, Manitoba passed away on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 72 years. Edna is survived by her sons: Darcy (Tanis) Peppin of Welwyn, SK, Troy (Jennifer Dram) of Brandon, one grandson Jordan Peppin, brother Lawrence (Georgina) Belhumeur of Birtle, MB and sister Betty MacRury of Toronto, ON. The funeral mass will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. from the St. Lazare Roman Catholic Church with interment following in the St. Lazare Cemetery. Prayers will be said Wednesday evening from the church at 7:30 p.m.
Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to bbfs@mymts.netBraendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell is in care of arrangements. (204) 773-2747
EYRES: Leslie Gordon Eyres passed away at the Assiniboine Centre on Monday, August 24, 2015 with the love of his life, Gwen Gonzalez, by his side. Les was born on July 18, 1950 in Brandon, MB and raised on a family farm. He was predeceased by his grandparents, parents, Robert Gordon Eyres and Jean Helen Eyres, and nephew Robert David Friesen. He leaves behind his sister, Judy Marie Eyres-Friesen, brother-in-law, Pete Friesen, nephews, Jamie Friesen and Wayne Friesen and grandchild Ashley. Leslie had a lifelong interest in cars and trains. He was a very kind and compassionate man befriended by many. The graveside service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Ken Watts and Fr. Seán Beahan officiating. Donations in memory of Les may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9.
CROSSMAN: Francis (Frank) George Crossman, born June 8, 1929, passed away July 11, 2015, with family by his side at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon, MB. Frank was the eldest son of George and Mamie (Reekie) Crossman. Frank attended Butterfield Acres School through grade 8, then attended high school in Pierson completing grade 10. Frank also took a welding course, and later on welded for surrounding neighbors. Frank took great pride in learning the farming operations from his father, and eventually, along with brother Glen, took over the family farm. Frank and Glen farmed together for more than 44 years retiring in 1995. Frank was a community man and served on many committees, Pool Elevator Board, Pierson Community Hall Building, Curling Rink and Co-op Implement. On January 31, 1981 Frank married Marion Vendsel and instantly became step father to her 10 children and grandfather to 12 grandchildren. Frank and Marion enjoyed many family gatherings, as the family continued to grow, whether it be Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, a wedding, birth of a new grandchild, a baptism, or just a weekend get together at the farm or one of the kids places. Frank was very involved in Marion’s children’s lives, and we will all miss him dearly. Frank loved to travel, as geography was his favorite subject in school, and over the years he and Marion travelled to England, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Dominican Republic, Australia, Palm Springs, Southern California, Germany, Hartsburg, Missouri, Calgary, Alberta and enjoyed many cruises. In 2001 they purchased a home in Salton Sea Beach, California, spending winter months there, returning in the spring to the farm at Pierson. Frank’s life was full with family, travelling, sports he enjoyed, fishing, playing cards with neighbors, and enjoying a good pool game at Glen’s. Frank’s life was celebrated July 14, 2015 at the Pierson Community Hall, Pierson, MB, with Rev. Heather Sandilands officiating, music provided by family friend, Sandra Clark, and Pierson United Church Choir. Eulogy prepared by step daughters, read by Rev. Heather Sandilands. Readings were read by grandsons, Michael Zabrodski and Jorden Dixon. Predeceased by his parents, George and Mamie, brother Glen, sister Evelyn Currie, brothers-in-law Hardy Currie and Harry Gibson, son-in-law Duane Munder, grandson-in-law Kelly Thomas, daughter-in-law Sylvia Evanson and grandson Chad Vendsel. Frank leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife Marion, of 34 years, 10 step children, Mary Ellen, Barb (Mert), Dave (Bobbi), Betty (Ed), Diane (Wayne), Kristine (Darrell), Larry (Shari), Valerie (Kerry), Joyce (Wayne), Lisa (Clint), 26 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, and 7 great-great- grandchildren, sister Margaret Gibson, sister-in-law Lorraine Crossman, 3 nieces and 5 nephews. Arrangements entrusted to Redpath Funeral Home.
BLACKWELL: Samuel J. Blackwell passed away Monday, August 24, 2015 at the age of 89 years in the Bayside Personal Care Home, Killarney, MB. Funeral Service will be held Friday, August 28, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Calvary Baptist Church, Killarney, MB. Interment will follow in the Killarney Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society or to the Calvary Baptist Church, Killarney, MB R0K 1G0.
Messages of condolences may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.com Wheatland Funeral Service 204-523-7791
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