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ELLCHUK: Carolina (Carrie) Ellchuk of Erickson and formerly of Elphinstone passed away on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at the Erickson Personal Care Home at the age of 88 years. Carrie was predeceased by her husband Andrew Ellchuk and her son Dale. She survived by sons: Les (Cheryl) of Onanole and Brent of Winnipeg and her brother John Dinko of Sandy Lake. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church, Sandy Lake. Prayers will be said on Monday evening, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Father Emil Kardasinec will officiate. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Erickson Personal Care Home, Erickson, Manitoba.
Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to raesfs@mymts.net
Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake is in care of the arrangements. (204)759-2160.
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BILLINGS: Henry Oscar Billings. It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our father Henry Oscar Billings on December 9, 2015 at the age of 89 years. Dad was born September 13, 1926 in the R.M. of Turtle Mountain to his parents Oren & Poppy Billings. On March 30, 1966 he married Jean Emma Hutchinson. Following the marriage he had 6 children Frank, Al, Lonnie, Tom, John and Jim. Dad was predeceased by his parents; brothers Tom and Oren and his sister Evelyn. Left to mourn his passing are his wife Emma; children Frank (Conny), Al (Tammy), Lonnie (Stan), Tom (Jody), John (Annette) and Jim; brother Archie (Florance); sister Pearl; sister -in-law Carol; as well as 24 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in Wheatland Chapel, Killarney, Manitoba. Interment to follow in the Killarney Cemetery. Donations in memory of Henry may be made to CancerCare Manitoba; 675 McDermot Avenue, Room ON1160, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service 204-523-0911
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BEDIENT: With sadness the family of Katharine "Kathy" Bedient announce that she passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Born September 12, 1961, Kathy was the youngest child of John and Agnes Fehr. Growing up in New Bothwell, Kathy moved with her family to Paraguay for a few years when she was nine years old. Upon returning to Canada, and the completion of her education, Kathy studied massage therapy and reflexology. In 1995, together with her daughters, Kathy moved to Brandon from Steinbach opening a reflexology business. In December of the following year, she married Brian, who moved from Ste. Anne after dating for a few years. Kathy was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and was in remission until July 2010 when she was diagnosed with bone cancer to which she succumbed. Remaining to cherish Kathy's memory are her husband Brian; daughters Danielle Roy and Stephanie Hladun; granddaughter Loralai; stepdaughter Natalie; siblings Maryann (Daryl) Folland, Margaret (Bob) Smith, John (Matill) Fehr, Peter (Elvira) Fehr and Agnes (Darcy) English as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents John and Agnes Fehr. The Service of Remembrance will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. with viewing one-half hour prior to the service. Rev. Orton Anderson will officiate. A reception will follow at Memories Chapel.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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McKAY: Austin C. McKay Sr. “Wakinyan Wambdi” (Thunder Eagle” and “Hobu Tokaha” (First Young Man) entered the spirit world peacefully on December 6, 2015, at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Austin was born to Eric and Rachel McKay on May 9, 1948 on the Oak River Reservation and grew up in a traditional Dakota family and Tiospaye. He was affectionately known to his takoja’s (grandchildren) as “Papa”. Austin enjoyed spending time with his Takoja’s conversing in his Dakota language with his siblings and koda’s, hunting hockey, and was an exceptional fastball pitcher known throughout the Westman and Saskatchewan areas having pitched for Simplot, Keystone Glass and Park Auto Body in various tournaments throughout the mid 1970’s and 80’s. As a true Dakota Ikce Wicasa (common man), he lived his life traditionally by displaying compassion, respect and humbleness throughout. These proved true as he was given the distinction of honor of being appointed as Keeper of the Dakota/ Lakota/Nakota Nations pipe and by his constant participation in the sundance ceremony. Austin is predeceased by both his parents, Hunka brother: Gerald One Feather. Daughter: Ronalee. His younger siblings: Linda, Leon, Debra, and Willis and his Koda’s: Nelson Mazawasicuna and Chris Leith. He is survived by his devoted wife, Barbara. Children: Austin Jr. Ardele, Leon, Steven (Connie) and Tyler (Tiffany). Hunka Brother: Francis (Chubbs) Thunderhawk. Brothers: Aaron (Sandra), Marshall (Melinda), Franklin (Jaci), Kenneth (Carrie) and Edward (Rose). Sisters: Shirley (Howard), Lena (Glen), and Heather. He is also survived by many nephews, nieces and his beloved grandchildren. Service will be held at Brockie Donovan on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. A Traditional Wake will be held at The Sioux Valley Veterans Hall at 5:00 p.m. Interment will follow on December 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at The Sioux Valley Catholic Cemetery. A very special thank you to the staff at The Renal Health Unit at the Brandon Assiniboine Centre.
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BELL: Shirley Bell passed away peacefully at Fairview Personal Care Home on Monday, December 7th, 2015 at the age of 84 years. Shirley is survived by her children Myrna (Dan) Collens, Phyllis (Floyd) Miller, Carol Ann (Claude) Lepine and Brian (Margaret) Shaw. A Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Paul Stade officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Shirley may be made to either the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1-800 Rosser Ave., Brandon, MB, R7A 6N5 or the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B- 457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4A9. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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McKAY: Austn C. McKay Sr. “Wakinyan Wambdi” (Thunder Eagle” and “Hobu Tokaha” (First Young Man) entered the spirit world peacefully on December 6, 2015, at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Austin was born to Eric and Rachel McKay on May 9, 1948 on the Oak River Reservation and grew up in a traditional Dakota family and Tiospaye. He was affectionately known to his takoja’s (grandchildren) as “Papa”. Austn enjoyed spending time with his Takoja’s conversing in his Dakota language with his siblings and koda’s , hunting hockey, and was an exceptional fastball pitcher known throughout the Westman and Saskatchewan areas having pitched for Simplot, Keystone Glass and Park Auto Body in various tournaments throughout the mid 1970’s and 80’s. As a true Dakota Ikce Wicasa (common man), he lived his life traditionally by displaying compassion, respect and humbleness throughout. These proved true as he was given the distinction of honor of being appointed as Keeper of the Dakota/ Lakota/Nakota Nations pipe and by his constant participation in the sundance ceremony. Austin is predeceased by both his parents, Hunka brother: Gerald One Feather. Daughter: Ronalee. His younger siblings: Linda, Leon, Debra, and Willis and his Koda’s: Nelson Mazawasicuna and Chris Leith. He is survived by his devoted wife, Barbara. Children: Austin Jr. Ardele, Leon, Steven (Connie) and Tyler (Tiffany). Hunka Brother: Francis (Chubbs) Thunderhawk. Brothers: Aaron (Sandra), Marshall (Melinda), Franklin (Jaci), Kenneth (Carrie) and Edward (Rose). Sisters: Shirley (Howard), Lena (Glen), and Heather. He is also survived by many nephews, nieces and his beloved grandchildren. Service will be held at Brockie Donovan on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. A Traditional Wake will be held at The Sioux Valley Veterans Hall at 5:00 p.m. Interment will follow on December 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at The Sioux Valley Catholic Cemetery. A very special thank you to the staff at The Renal Health Unit at the Brandon Assiniboine Centre.
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LISKE: Wilbert Liske of Brandon, Manitoba and formerly of Roblin passed away on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the age of 66 years. A memorial service will be held for Wilbert on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm from the Memories Funeral Chapel in Brandon, Manitoba with Mr. Fabien Carriere officiating. A second memorial service will be held in Roblin, MB in the spring with interment in the Shevlin Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in Wilbert’s memory to a charity of one’s choice. Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services – Roblin 1-204-937-2215.
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MAZAWASICUNA: Darcy Mazawasicuna of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Funeral Service will be held at the Sioux Valley Veterans’ Hall on Thursday, December 10, 2015, commencing at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Sioux Valley Anglican Cemetery.
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HOTEL: Mary E. Hotel, widow of the late Glen Hotel, passed away peacefully and surrounded by the love her family at her residence, Country Meadows Personal Care Home, Neepawa, Manitoba on December 7, 2015 at the age of 88 years. Her memory is cherished by her children Joanne Vinthers (Keith), Sharon McCreath (Bob), Cameron Hotel (Diane Kullberg), six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A celebration of Mary’s life will take place on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Austin & District Community Hall, Austin, Manitoba following a private family interment at the Austin Cemetery. Complete obituary to follow. White’s Funeral Home, Neepawa, in care of arrangements.
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BEDIENT: On Sunday, December 6, 2015, Katharine "Kathy" Bedient, beloved wife of Brian; mother to Danielle and Stephanie (granddaughter Loralai), and stepmother to Natalie, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 54 years. The Service of Remembrance will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. with viewing one-half hour prior to the service. Rev. Orton Anderson will officiate. A reception will follow at Memories Chapel. Complete obituary information will follow.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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GARDINER: Edward “Ted” Shantz Gardiner, Oct. 9, 1923 – Dec. 5, 2015. Ted passed away at the Melita Personal Care Home on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the age of 92. He was born on the Gardiner farm at Lyleton, MB. on October 9, 1923. In 1943, Ted enlisted in the Canadian Army and saw action in Italy and Europe during WW11. He was discharged in 1946 and came home to farm at Lyleton. Ted married Thelma Pickard of Fertile, SK. and together they raised a family of three boys, Terry, Dale and Kevin. Together they actively farmed for 39 years. He was an active member in the Lyleton community, playing baseball, curling, and dancing. For numerous years, Ted and Thelma traveled to Texas with their snowbird friends. In 1985 Ted and Thelma moved to Melita from the farm where they quickly made more friends, and were very active members of the Melita Legion. After Thelma passed away, Ted stayed in Melita until 2014, when he moved to River Heights in Brandon, there he quickly reacquainted with old friends and met many more new ones. He was predeceased by his parents, Andrew & Loretta; wife, Thelma; son, Terry; two brothers, Orland (Claire) and Harry (Isobel); also brother-in -law, Hartley Purvis. Ted is survived by his good friend, Edith Cooper; two sons, Dale (Connie) of Pierson and Kevin (Melba) of Waskada; daughter-in-law, Pam of Melita; eight grandchildren, Kisty (Colby) Argue, Kyle (Alana), Danny, Nicholas, Todd (Connie), Shaun, Ryan (Adrienne), and Stacie; fourteen great- grandchildren, Summer, Silver, Aksel, Rylan, Taylor, Jaelee, Brook, Conner, Nathan, Chasity, Caden, Camdyn, Adler, and Elliott; two sisters, June (Nick) Kaufman of Regina and Rose Marie Purvis of Toronto; also numerous nieces and nephews. A service to celebrate Ted’s life will be held on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. from the Victoria United Church, Melita, MB, with (Rev.) Heather Sandilands officiating. Interment will follow at the Lyleton Cemetery. Donations may be given to the Melita Palliative Care Fund, Box 459, Melita, MB, R0M 1L0. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home - Melita 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron Funeral Directors.
To send condolences to the family, please visit: www.redpathfuneralhome.com
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TAYLOR: Edna M. (Holden) died quite peacefully at the Souris Health Centre on December 01, 2015 at the age of 91. Edna is survived by her children Beth (Ray) Harris of Oak Lake, Keith (Erna) of Steinbach, and Bruce (Susan) of Halifax, six grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. Edna is also survived by her sisters Lloys, Ollie, and Lorna. She is predeceased by her husband Everett and by her parents Albert and Stenna Holden, sisters Ruth (Bernie) and Margaret (Griffiths), and her brothers Barnett, Tom, and Keith. Edna was born on January 21, 1924 and raised in the Dand, MB area; she attended school/high school in Dand and then attended Success Business College in Winnipeg; following graduation, she was employed by the Retail Credit Co. in Winnipeg. On June 29, 1946, Edna married Everett (Ev) Taylor of Rossburn in the Dand United Church; they spent their first few years of married life in Winnipeg and Pine Falls before moving to Rossburn to begin a family farm. In the spring of 1955, Edna and family moved to Onanole where Ev took over the position of Onanole Postmaster. Soon, Ev began working in Riding Mountain National Park. It was Edna, then, who took on the responsibility of running the post office on a day-to-day basis! In addition to her PO responsibilities, Edna was kept busy raising her young family as well as being involved in community work and activities. In 1967, post office advancement opportunities took Edna and Ev to Grandview and shortly thereafter to Steinbach where Ev continued as a senior manager with the PO until his retirement in 1975. Not content to 'just sit around', Edna spent several enjoyable years working at Reimer's Pharmacy and doing some file work at Loewen's Funeral Home while residing in Steinbach. In 1975, Edna and Ev retired to Onanole where they spent the next five years before moving to Brandon. During their retirement, they spent 22 winters in Mesa, AZ where they enjoyed the milder winter weather along with their many friends and community activities in the retirement park — Edna also learned to swim and to ride a 2-wheel bike while in Mesa!! During summer months, they spent most of their time trailering, camping and visiting with their many friends throughout western Canada. After Ev passed away suddenly in March 2001, Edna remained in Brandon for several years. She often could be found having a coffee at a nearby Smitty's with some close friends; she was always delighted to happen upon some old friends and acquaintances from the Onanole area as she strolled through the south-end Shoppers Mall in Brandon. She was involved in the Ladies Auxiliary while in Brandon and contributed many knitted and crocheted items to the IODE for distribution to needy recipients. In 2009, Edna moved into a senior’s residence (Oakwood Place) in Oak Lake. Daughter Beth was close at-hand and was always available to lend a helping hand and to take Edna shopping or to appointments. Edna quickly became close friends with many of her neighbours and they often shared many giggles, jigsaw puzzle victories, church candies, and good comradery with each other. Edna continued her involvement with the Ladies Auxiliary as well as her knitting and crocheting projects; she received numerous letters of recognition/appreciation from the IODE for the hundreds of items (mittens, slippers, blankets, sweaters, etc.) that she lovingly made and donated to the IODE for distribution to the needy. Edna was much loved by her children, family and friends and will be missed by us all. Funeral services were held at the Oak Lake United Church on December 04, 2015, with the Rev. Don Sellsted officiating. Lunch followed at the Oak Lake Legion. Interment took place in the Veterans' section at the Brandon Cemetery next to Ev's final resting place. Donations in memory of Edna may be made to a charity of choice or to the Oak Lake & Area Handi-Van, Box 316, Oak Lake, MB, R0M 1P0.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
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MARCH: Kathleen “Kathy” March, wife of the late Alfred March, passed away peacefully at her residence, Hillcrest Place, on Friday, November 20, 2015 at the age of 96 years. Left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Joss (Polly) and Rod (Shirley); grandchildren Gavin (Rose-Zan) March, Chris March, Jennifer (Jordan) Ludwig, Andrew (Sarah) March; and great grandchildren Cooper and Peyton March. Kathy was predeceased by her parents, George and Violet Sizer and her brother George.Kathleen was born October 7, 1919 at Soham, Cambridgeshire, England to George and Violet Sizer. The family later moved to Northampton where she completed her schooling. During WWII, Kathleen contributed to the war effort for her country by working in the munitions factories near Peterborough. During this time she met Alf, a Canadian soldier from the RCEME unit stationed nearby. They were married on October 30, 1943. In 1946, following the war, Kathleen left England as a war bride aboard a hospital ship bound for Canada. Traveling by train from Halifax to Winnipeg, she arrived at her new home, Manitou, MB. Kathleen managed to persevere through a difficult time of change to a completely different environment and learned to cope without the amenities to which she had been accustomed in England. She managed very well. Kathleen's faith and her attachment to the Anglican Church of Canada sustained her throughout her life. She was a long-time Sunday school teacher and an active member of the Anglican Church Women in Manitou, Winnipeg, Shilo and Brandon; always willing to help with any activities within the church. Kathy enjoyed volunteering at the BGH Thrift Shop and the time she spent with the other ladies who worked to raise funds for other various charities.Following the passing of Alf in 1970, Kathleen moved from Shilo to Winnipeg where she kept busy looking after children for a number of years. She worked a good number of years at Eaton's Polo Park and particularly enjoyed the company of her co-workers and meeting many members of the Eaton family. At age 70, Kathleen retired to Brandon and enjoyed her time being closer to her family and her grandchildren. Her strong independent character sustained her throughout her life. A private family funeral service was held on Friday, November 27, 2015 at Brockie Donovan Chapel with Rt. Rev. James Njegovan officiating. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Kathy may be made to St. Matthew’s Cathedral Memorial Fund, 403-13th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4P9, or to a charity of choice. Our family would like to thank Dr. Sanjay Santdasani and the wonderful staff of Hillcrest Personal Care Home for their excellent care, concern and kindness shown to our dear Mum, and to Brockie Donovan Funeral Home for their thoughtful arrangements.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
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