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TWEED: Mr. Alexander "Alex" Tweed of Melita, passed away at the Melita Health Centre on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the age of 88. A public graveside service for family and friends will be held from the Medora Cemetery, Medora, MB. on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Allan Gairns officiating. Donations in memory of Alex may be given to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home - Melita (204-522-3361) Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron.
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PURVIS: Eva Louise Purvis, beloved wife of the late Gordon Purvis, dear mother of Evelyn (Ron) Povey and Deborah (Garth) Jackson, passed away peacefully at her residence, Hillcrest Place, on Friday October 31, 2014 at the age of 93 years. Cremation will take place, with a memorial service to be held at a later date to be announced. Complete obituary information to follow.
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COSGROVE-MINARY: (née Butterfield): Marlene Anne. The family of Marlene Cosgrove-Minary regretfully and sadly announce her peaceful passing on October 31, 2014 at the Assiniboine Centre with family and a close friend at her side. She was born in Brandon on November 26, 1941 to Clifford Jackson and Vera Agnes Butterfield. Marlene, the youngest of eight children, was raised and educated in Alexander, MB. She is survived by sister Fern Rae of Souris, MB, sister June Seddon (Phil) of Winnipeg, Isabel Tjaden (Bill) of Sperling, MB, brother-in-law Bill Haggerty (Sandra) of Elgin, MB, sisters-in-law Marlene Butterfield of Brandon, Jessie Butterfield of Swan River, MB and Donna Lowery (Ron) of Carman, MB, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as great and great-great nieces and nephews and many many friends. She was predeceased by her husband Andrew Dennison (Denny) Minary, her parents Clifford and Vera, Allie Robertson, sister Mazie (Haggerty), brothers Jim, Dale, Doug, and Frank, brothers-in-law Glen Rae, Armand Godard and Harold Locke, nephews Rodney Butterfield, Ronald Locke, and nieces Sharon Locke and Susan Day. As a young person, Marlene started her career in Virden and after residing in Virden, Souris and Brandon, she moved to the farm near Nesbitt with Denny. After retiring from the Manitoba Telephone System, she filled her days working at Souris Daycare Centre where she was fondly known as “Grandma Marlene.” Marlene loved her life on the farm with Denny where she spent many hours volunteering in both Nesbitt and Wawanesa communities. Her tireless efforts to keep family bonds strong by updating family trees and photo albums, instigating the gathering of the family troupes and acknowledging special anniversaries and events was much appreciated by her family. Marlene enjoyed sports and loved curling. While some would say her competitiveness on the ice was somewhat excessive, off the ice her bonspiel mentality was great fun. Together with Denny, or on her own, she was diligent in following the efforts of family and friends at curling, hockey, baseball or whatever game was being played. Marlene enjoyed travelling. Her trips included Alaska, Churchill and the Maritimes with Denny, as well as many trips to her favorite casinos and a cruise, which created great memories of fun times spent with family and friends. Music was a big part of Marlene’s life. She was humble about her keyboard abilities, perhaps understandable while comparing herself to Denny’s talent. Family functions were often celebrated with their music and lots of dancing. Marlene will be lovingly remembered by all who knew her. A graveside service will be held Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Patterson Family Cemetery ( 2 3/4 miles east of the Nesbitt turn off on #2 highway & 3 miles south). Family and friends are welcome. Fellowship at the Nesbitt Hall to follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Marlene may be made to the Patterson Family Cemetery c/o Tim Patterson, P.O. Box 64, Pipestone, MB, R0M 1T0.
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BOWERS: Elsie Bowers, beloved mother of Carol Bowers, Valerie Mann and Cathy Carter-Squire, passed away on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at the age of 79 years. A funeral service for family and close friends will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne officiating. A private family interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Elsie may be made to the MS Society of Canada, 5B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4A9 or to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6. Complete obituary information to follow.
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THOMSON:Glen Franklin Thomson, beloved husband of the late Marilyn Thomson and dear mother of Don, Cheryl and Garth, passed away at the Assiniboine Centre on Friday, October 31, 2014. A Memorial Service will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Interment will be held prior to the service at the Austin Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Donations in memory of Glen may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Cancer Services” or “Palliative Care,” 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information to follow.
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TUTKALUKE: It is with saddened hearts and many tears that we mourn the passing of our beloved mom, grandma, and partner, Jean Betty, after a brief illness on October 28th, 2014. Jean was born in Miniota, MB on March 13, 1937. On November 10, 1956, she married Mike Tutkaluke. Their family expanded with the arrival of Deb in 1957. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Brandon where they purchased their first home. In 1962, Rod arrived and their family was complete. They resided in their family home and enjoyed their time together until Mike passed away in 2000. After surviving cancer later in 2000, Jean concentrated on being a loving mother and grandma to her four granddaughters whom she absolutely adored. But life had more in store for Jean. She soon started attending bingo again, an outing she always looked forward to, and it was at bingo in 2002 when love again found its way to Jean when she met Garth Bowering. Garth and Jean had 12 wonderful years together, and Jean enjoyed her extended family. They were regulars at all the bingos, enjoyed going on holidays/cruises together, doting on their families, and fixing up the family home. Jean will lovingly be remembered for her warm demeanor and huge heart. She spent her life caring for others and putting their needs first, as a mom, a grandma, and also a loving companion to Garth. Everyone looked forward to family gatherings where they could feast on Jean's perogies and cabbage rolls, as Jean loved to prepare food for those she loved. Even in her final days, Jean was more concerned about the welfare of those she loved rather than addressing her own needs. She was the mom, grandma and partner that everyone loved. Jean was predeceased by her dad and mom, Phillip and Elizabeth Tomiski, husband Mike and brother Jack Tomiski (Anne). Left to mourn are family Deb Maguire (Trevor), Rod Tutkaluke (Janet), and Garth Bowering, life partner and love. Granddaughters include Brianna Cullen, Meghan Maguire, and Beth and Paula Tutkaluke. Brothers and sister include Bill Tomiski (Audrey), Stan Tomiski (Faye), Marion Tomiski, and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, Jean would welcome a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or The Brandon Humane Society in her name. In keeping with Jean's wishes, there will be a private graveside service for family only. All family and friends are invited to celebrate Jean's life at the George Brockie Fellowship Centre (Brockie Donovan), 332-8th Street, on Saturday, November 1st at 1:30 p.m. The family would like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. P. Van Rensburg and the staff at the Brandon Clinic, Melissa and staff from Palliative Care, and Christie and home care staff for their care and concern during mom's illness. A special thanks to Garth for his love, patience and selflessness during mom's time of need.
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PATTERSON: Wilford Garth Patterson of Fairview Home, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, October 24, 2014. Garth was born on July 12, 1937 at Boissevain, Manitoba. He attended school until the age of fourteen when he left to help on the family farm. Throughout his life, Garth was a truck and heavy machine operator, a city of Brandon bus driver, a Wheat Kings bus driver and owner/operator in the food and delivery industry. He met and married Beverley Dawn Campbell in 1961. While raising a family he attended ACC. He loved all sports especially hockey and curling. Garth is survived by his children Brian, Cindy (Steve) and Deb (Rick), grandchildren Matthew, Cassandra, Jessica, Tiffany, Joshua and Renee and great-grandchildren Karson and Jason. He was predeceased by his wife Beverley in 1992. A private family interment service was held at the Boissevain Cemetery. Donations in memory of Garth may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 354 10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G1.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
MYERS: Passed away at the Tri-Lake Health Centre on Wednesday October 29, 2014 at the age of 88 years, Joan Delmar Myers (nee Smith), of Killarney, formerly of Belmont MB. Joan leaves to mourn her passing son Bill (Terry) Myers of Brandon, daughter Jean (Paul) Cuvelier of Dunrea, daughter Dorothy Enns of Morris MB, six grandchildren Colin, Curtis (Susan), Erin, Colleen, Kevin (Shaylyn), & Amanda; brother Kenneth Williamson, sister-in-law Mildred Myers- Ricci & by her aunt Jess Bray Joan was predeceased by her husband Cecil (June 2013), brothers Ted & Jim Smith & by a sister Myrtle Rivest. A Celebration of Joan’s life will be held on Monday November 3, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Calvary Baptist Church, Killarney MB, with Pastor Darryl Hartwig officiating. Interment will take place in the Hillside Cemetery, Belmont MB. Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in Joan’s memory to the Bayside Personal Care Home, or to the Tri-Lake Palliative Care, Box 5000 Killarney MB R0K 1G0, or to a charity of choice.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Services, Willmor Chapel, of Glenboro in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.
HORNER: Mary Horner passed away on October 29, 2014 at the Minnedosa Health Centre at the age of 93 years. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Minnedosa United Church, Minnedosa, MB. Interment will take place at the Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of MB or the Minnedosa Legion. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
HUTTON: Murray Robert "Moe" Hutton, age 67 years, of the Roseland district, passed away at his residence on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Moe was born an only child to John and Flora Hutton in Brandon, Manitoba on October 9, 1947. He was raised on the farm and remained there until his passing. Moe attended Cornwallis School up to grade eight and carried on to Neelin for grade nine before leaving to farm with his dad and uncle Jack. Moe continued to farm both grain and livestock his entire life. He belonged to the Roseland Curling Club and the Brandon South - Carroll 4-H Club. Moe showed horses and cattle and won Grand Champion steer in Regina. He was proud to get Brent and Matty into 4-H and to be able to pass on his skills to them of breaking and showing cattle. Moe loved listening to country music and the swap 'n' shop. He was known to tour the countryside in his car, checking on the farmers or whomever. Moe provided calves for the fair calf scrambles. He enjoyed auction sales, horse racing, curling, baseball and hockey; Wheat Kings games with his grandchildren and watching them play their sports of baseball, football, soccer, and hockey. He was always a thrift spender. Moe is survived by his children: Nicole Minshull, Gary (Lisa) Minshull, Rodney (Brenda) Minshull, Tim Cuthbert and Brent Minshull. "Gramps" will be greatly missed by Matty, Tammy, Trevor, Tyler, Alyssa, Brayden, Trinity and Dylan and great grandchildren Keagan and Hayli. He is also survived by his uncle John (Shirley) Hutton, cousins Jimmy Brown, Jean Lang, Linda Creighton, Bob Brown and best friend Horace Moncauskas. Moe was predeceased by his parents John and Flora Hutton and his soul mate Mary Lou Minshull. The Ceremony to Celebrate Moe's Life was held at Memories Chapel on Thursday, October 30, 2014 with Lydia Glawson officiating. Urn Bearers were Trevor Minshull and Horace Moncauskas. Family honorary bearers were his grandchildren and great- grandchildren and cousins Jim and Bob Brown. All those in attendance were considered honorary bearers. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Moe may be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3, 824-18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7 or to the Parkinson Society of Manitoba, 208-1011 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 0L5.
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HOPKINS: Maurice John Hopkins passed away on October 29, 2014 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home at the age of 69 years. Funeral service will be held on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Minnedosa, MB. Interment will take place at St. John’s Cemetery, Bethany, MB. Donations may be made to Minnedosa Palliative Care Service. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
GARA: Laura Elaine, June 6, 1926 - October 27, 2014. It is with sadness the family of Laura Elaine Gara announce her sudden and peaceful passing at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, October 27, 2014 at the age of 88 years. For 25 years, she accommodated people with mental health issues, alcohol and drug addictions, offering living quarters at her revenue homes. She worked closely with the Mental Health Centre, Social Services and enjoyed helping so many young people get a new start in life. For 18 years, she was an employee at Woolworth’s store as supervisor of the bakery department. From there, she went to Canada Safeway as head supervisor and cake decorator in bakery sales for 15 years. After retirement, she decided to get a part time job as an Avon representative. This career lasted well into her eighties. In her early years, she was a Legion member and active in the women's auxiliary. She also attended the Prime Time Club at Fairview Home a couple times a week for the past ten years. We commend all the excellent staff for their kindness, support and the tender loving care given to each one that attended this program. She is survived by her sister Joyce (Lavern), brother Ken (Kay), daughters Joan, Gene (Dave), Irene, daughter- in-law Jean Hunter, granddaughters April (Darren), Tracy, Sharlene, Lara (Brad), grandsons Shane (Meredith), Shawn (Neriza), Cole (Ashley), great-grandchildren Kerisa, Cortney, Travis, Darian, Katelynn, Kayleen, Brodee, Hayden, Sawyer, Liam and Lucas. She was predeceased by her sister Marion Scott, brothers Mervin Smith, Glen Usher and son Bobby Hunter. In keeping with Laura’s wishes, cremation will take place and a Memorial Reception Service to honour Laura’s life will be held at the George Brockie Fellowship Centre (Brockie Donovan Funeral Home), 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Cancer Services,” 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3.
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DRAKE: With profound sadness the family of Lorna Elaine Drake (nee Richards), age 83, announce her passing on Sunday, October 19, 2014. She passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre with her family by her side. Lorna was born April 8, 1931 in Vanguard, Saskatchewan to Clint and Ellen Richards. When Lorna was only four her mother passed away and Norma Anderson came to look after the family and married Lorna’s father. She graduated from nursing school at Providence Hospital in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in 1952. Lorna was extremely proud to be a nurse! In Moose Jaw Lorna met her future husband Bernard William Drake whom she married October 15, 1953. Due to Bernie being in the military they lived in various locations including Barrie, Ontario, Shilo and Germany. In 1962 Lorna took a nursing job in Shilo, she worked here for a few years as well as casual in Brandon. She eventually took a job at Brandon General Hospital and worked on the wards for a few years before taking the job as director of the Central Supply Department. Lorna truly loved this job! In 1968 the family moved to Brandon. In 1972 they purchased an acreage on the Treesbank road. The family had many great neighbours here who were always willing to lend a helping hand. Bernie was killed in a car accident in 1974 and Lorna was left to raise her five daughters. Lorna was an excellent and dedicated mother and worked hard to raise her family. In 1980 she made the decision to move into Brandon. Lorna retired from the CSR Department in 1991. To this day her staff raves about what a great boss she was! During her working years and in retirement Lorna was always involved in the community. Over the years she belonged to Tops, Toastmasters, Curves, volunteered doing archives at the hospital, belonged to a group of women who played the stock market, did fundraising for different organizations, and was actively involved in her church through such activities as bible study, the 55+ group, the refugee committee, organizing Christmas hampers and more. Lorna’s bible study raised enough money to buy two wells for a community in a third world country, an accomplishment she was very proud of. She was very proud that she played a substantial role in bringing a refugee to Brandon and they kept in contact for many years after. Lorna’s friends were always extremely important to her - she especially enjoyed her Thursday morning coffee group, bridge groups and retirement luncheons. Lorna loved to travel and ventured to faraway places with her friends Gwen Vigneron and Betty Popovits. She travelled coast to coast in Canada, including a special trip to her father’s native PEI where she met a number of relatives and family acquaintances. Lorna’s children and grandchildren were central to her life and she was famous for bragging about them. Her family could always count on her for anything, she was always full of helpful advice, wanted or not! Her caring nature, loving smile, twinkling blue eyes, as well as her famous Sunday suppers will be missed by the entire family! Lorna was predeceased by husband Bernie, father Clint, mother Ellen, stepmother Norma, father-in-law William, mother-in-law Chelta, stepmother-in-law Norma, brother Dale, brothers- and sisters-in-law Fred, Laverne, Shirley, Eunice, Kay, Donald and Dale. Lorna is survived by daughters Chelta (Andy), Linda(Alex), Peggy, Veronica (Brian), Nancy (Neil); grandchildren Kerri (Glen), Angela (Devon), Kristine, Kim (Keith), Chad (Kristyn), Meagan, Cassandra, Danielle and Logan; great grandchildren Alex, Arianna, Holly, Analynne, Rylan and Norah. Lorna is also survived by brothers and sisters Williard (Helen), Eleanor (Ray), Howard, Joyce, and Val (Didier) and Doug (Darlene); brothers and sisters in law, Lorraine (Al), Bert (Leta), Jeanette, Helen (Wayne), Larry, Rod (Marge), and numerous nieces and nephews. Lorna remained very close to her ex-son in law Larry Howe, as well as good friends the McNish family. The Ceremony to Celebrate Lorna's Life was held at Central United Church on Saturday, October 25, 2014 with Rev. Wayne Sanderson officiating. Donations in memory of Lorna may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 415 1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8. Expressions of sympathy may be made at Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
DOUGLAS: James Alexander Douglas, beloved husband of the late Marion Douglas and loving father of Maureen Kolosky and Perry Douglas passed away at Fairview Home on Thursday, October 30, 2014 in his 90th year. Jim was born in Saskatchewan on April 9, 1925 and spent his childhood in Saskatchewan. In 1952, he married Marion McKenzie. He farmed in early years and drove semi truck. In later years, he drove long haul for several firms, but most recently with TransX. He retired from driving at age 68 years. Jim enjoyed music, camping and fishing with the family and the numerous family gatherings over the years. Following his retirement, Jim enjoyed golf and baseball. He was predeceased by his wife, Marion in 2011. Jim is survived by his daughter, Maureen (Jack) Kolosky and his son, Perry; one grandson, Michael (Kristyn) Kolosky and two great grandchildren: Hayley and Blake. Jim also leaves one brother, Ken Douglas, numerous nieces and nephews. The Funeral Ceremony will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Phil Price of Bethel Christian Assembly officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of James may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1 - 800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 6N5.
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DENBOW: Carman Fraser Denbow was born in the RM of Sifton on June 18th, 1932, the last of twelve children born to John and Lydia Jane Denbow. He completed school at Deleau, and became a permit teacher in a school near Gilbert Plains. Although he enjoyed the children, Carman secured work for the next eleven years in the freight yards of the Canadian National Railway. This took him to northern Manitoba as well as Brandon where he began taking Grade 12 courses unavailable at Deleau, allowing him to enter the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba. Upon graduation, he practiced at Johnston's Drugs in Brandon, and eventually partnered with Darryl Darling to own the pharmacy. After a fire destroyed their business, Carman worked for several pharmacies in Brandon and Rivers, always serving his customers as if they were friends. He belonged to the Garden Club, the Masons and the Shriners, and enjoyed showing dachshunds with Jim. Travelling, dancing, playing piano, needlepointing, raising poultry, growing flowers and vegetables and most of all spending time with family and friends were all important to Carman. After several sojourns in the hospital, and getting settled into Victoria Landing, Carman passed away on October 15th, 2014 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. He is survived by his partner Jim Terhune, brother Ross Denbow, sister-in-law Rita Denbow and aunt Bertha Denbow, many nieces and nephews, cousins and their families. He was predeceased by his partner Jack Smith, his parents John and Jenny Denbow, brothers Alvin, Harold, Scott, Reuben, Lyle, Les, Lloyd and Cleve and sisters Eva Lever and Isabel Boorman and their spouses, nephew Jack Denbow and niece Marlaine Boorman. Funeral services were held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on October 21, 2014 with Rev. Joe Ball officiating. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Carman may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8 or to the Lung Association of Manitoba, 8-940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 0P6.
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