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PAXTON: Margaret Eileen Paxton, April 23rd 1932 ~ December 16th, 2015. Come celebrate our Mom’s Life with us at the United Church in Minnedosa, Manitoba, Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Small service at 11:45.
BOURASSA: Barbara Bourassa, 15 Viceroy Crescent, Brandon, Manitoba, her home since 1985. Barbara was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, on November 18, 1956. Her father, Gordon Slabick, passed away when Barbara was two years old and a few years later her mother, Agnes, met Adrian Bourassa and moved to Estevan, Saskatchewan. She joined an already large family, with step-siblings Brian, Dale (Eric), Gary and Carol (Bill). The family expanded with JoAnn (Scott), Lorin and Alyson. Barb had a wonderful childhood studying with the nuns at the Catholic school, playing the piano and working at her Dad's jewellery store. She then attended Estevan High School where she joined the marching band as a flute player and performed as far away as The Netherlands. Barbara decided to become an optometrist and at age 17, she took the train east and started her post-secondary education at the University of Waterloo. She met many of her lifelong friends there, including her husband-to-be, Don Williamson. They shared years of pain and joy attending optometry school and graduated together in May 1979. When two positions opened up in Brandon, Manitoba, Barb and Don joined Dr. James McQueen in practice for the first year of their careers.In 1980, they shared a monumental year: engagement, marriage, (September 27 in Estevan), a lovely honeymoon in Hawaii and opening their own optometric practice in the First Street Plaza (November 1980). Barb practiced for 35 years in Brandon and at a satellite clinic in Souris once a week for 20 years. She made friends with all her patients and treated them like members of her family. She was a great optometrist and was especially proud to be part of the legendary Class of 1979. Many of her classmates continue to be amongst her closest friends, including Dr.'s Marlene Reiss, Carol Cressman and Marta Witer, who were by her side through some of her toughest last days. She loved being an optometrist and truly loved all her partners: Dr.'s Greg Boguski, Len Rust, Ian Beaumont, Trent Turner and Lisa Suski. She always treated her employees with kindness and patience and the staff returned her love till the end. Optometry always kept her busy, but it was her home life that she lived for. Barb and Don became the proud parents of four gorgeous, independent, loving girls, Lauren (1982), Danielle (1985), Hailey (1988) and Marley (1994). Barb was an amazing woman as she juggled involvement with her family, church, school, office and music. She could not have managed it all without the loving assistance of Sue and Rick McDonald and their daughter, Bobby Lynn. Family really was everything to Barb, but she also managed to be very involved in the community, including Beginning's Preschool, St. Augustine's Parish, (chairing Fall Suppers and the School Board), was president of the Brandon University Foundation Board, active in the Suzuki violin program, School Band Fundraising chair and amazingly, High School Rodeo. She was also active for a time in the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. Music provided the foundation of the girls' lives - Lauren and Dani started in piano, but soon the family discovered one of Brandon's true musical geniuses, Rob Richardson. He made music a beautiful part of their lives as three of the girls spent countless years in the Suzuki program playing violin and cello. Barbara had endless patience, listening to hours and hours of practice, while her dog Mickey howled along. The tradition is being passed to the next generation as Barbara's granddaughter, Bethany, has begun her Suzuki training as well. Barbara always encouraged the girls to choose their way and Danielle became a fabulous French horn player with Dr. Bill Gordon's guidance. Later in life, horses became her passion, at one time owning six of them. She made so many great friends during those years, but none more special than Barry Foote. His kind, gentle nature was essential as Barbara and the girls needed lots of help learning how to care for their horses. Later, Sara Reid and Wilf and Karen McKay became her mentors and friends as Marley moved to the world of equestrian jumping. Of all the joys in her life, becoming a grandmother may have trumped all. Barbara was the perfect loving grandma to Lauren's daughter, Bethany (born 2012). No words can describe a grandmother's love for her beautiful Boo Boo, especially in the tough final months, when her little laugh would always brighten Barb's day. A simple thank you is not enough to convey the family's gratitude for the incredible care received from Dr. Caplan, Dr. Mohamed and especially Dr. Duplooy and all the staff at Cancer Care. Throughout her months of illness, her friends Wendy Brownlie and Brenda Donald were also a great support to Barb and her family. The palliative care staff (especially Sher and all the nurses and aides) are unsung heroes as they made her final days so very special, even allowing the family to bring her beloved dog, Kona, and her horses by for a visit. In preparing for her funeral and celebration of life, the family has received extensive assistance from their friends in Brandon; particularly Tracy Tremblay, Marlene Kirton, and Barry Cullen. Barbara is survived by husband Dr. Don Williamson, daughters Lauren Davies (Chris), Danielle (Chris Bourbeau), Hailey (Cale Jefferies), Marley (Cary Johnson-Escabedo), her granddaughter Bethany Davies; her siblings Dale (Eric) Lane, Carol (Bill) Gyselman, JoAnn (Scott) McKenzie, Lorin Bourassa and Alyson Bourassa and her many nieces and nephews and their children. Pallbearers are Chris Davies, Chris Bourbeau, Cale Jefferies, Cary Johnson, Dr. Greg Boguski and Lorin Bourassa. Barbara was predeceased by her parents, Adrian and Agnes Bourassa, brothers Brian and Gary Bourassa. In recognition of Barbara's passion for children and music, the family has established a memorial fund in her name through the Brandon Area Community Foundation to support the Suzuki Music Program of Western Manitoba. Donations may be made to Brandon Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 22096, Brandon, MB, R7A 6Y9 or by visiting
A Prayer Service will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
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NORTHEY: Passed away at the Glenboro Health Care Centre on Sunday May 29, 2016 at the age of 87 years, Kenneth Lyall Northey of Glenboro, MB. Ken leaves to mourn his passing his wife Norma (nee Germain) son Dirk (Karen Brown), daughters Diane (Lindsay) Houck and Cheryl (David) Sterling, five grandchildren Jade (Melissa) Dearsley- Northey, Jolene (Kyle) Cumming, Lacey (Chris) Semeschuk, Kayla Sterling and Megan Sterling; Sister Wilma (Jack) Gowanlock as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. Ken was predeceased by his parents Edward & Pearl (nee Anstey) and sister Eileen Berry. A Celebration of Ken's life will be held on Thursday June 2, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Willmor Chapel with Sharon Hamilton officiating. Following the service, a reception will be held in the C.E. Building. Everyone is welcome to attend. For friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in Ken's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon MB, R7A 2W8.
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Jamieson's Funeral Services of Glenboro in care of arrangements.
EDMUNDS: Tom, 74 years, beloved husband of Margaret Edmunds, father of Keith, David and Megan, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Sunday, May 29, 2016. Funeral Service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris, Manitoba, on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Tom, in lieu of flowers and cards please make a donation to the Parkinson Society or a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
DIMENT: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our dear husband, father, and grandfather, Rodney William Diment, at the young age of 65 years. Rodney passed away with family by his side and his music playing softly in the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 24, 2016. Rod loved his family with unconditional love, and was always there for you no matter the circumstance. In his recent retirement Rodney loved to sit outside listening to his music and “watching the grass grow”. He took great pride in his yard and was seen daily getting after those dandelions. He enjoyed building things with his daughter Tracy by his side. The light of his life was his granddaughter Kayla. He loved to spoil her even when Mom said no, and frequently gave her his “history” lesson telling her about his parents and how he grew up. He had always told her that she needed to know her past. He leaves to mourn his wife Mavis of 44 years and a family that loved him dearly. In honor of Rod’s memory donations may be made to the Terry Fox Foundation, 543 St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2M 3L4.
TRUSS: Kent John Truss, October 8, 1935 – December 22, 2015. Kent is survived by his wife Lorna and their three children Linda (James), John (Debra) and Kevin (Kate) and five grandchildren Taylor, Katie, Emma, Daniel and JJ. Kent is also survived by his three sisters Gail (Nelson), Barbara (Bob), and Betty along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Mary and Alf Truss. Kent worked at AECL in Pinawa for 29 years and for AECL a total of 33 years. After retirement, he (and Lorna) moved to Calgary where he enjoyed volunteering for STARS, camping in the mountains, and spending time with his grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the Columnaria in the Brandon Cemetery at 3:00 pm Friday, June 3, 2016. We welcome his friends and invite you to a reception at the Royal Oak Inn following the service. Anyone wishing to donate in Kent’s memory can donate to a Dementia organization or any charity of your choice.
PAXTON: Margaret Eileen Paxton, April 23rd 1932 ~ December 16th, 2015. Come celebrate our Mom’s Life with us at the United Church in Minnedosa, Manitoba, Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Small service at 11:45.
PRESKEY: Maureen Preskey (Toovey), 79, Rugby, died Wednesday, February 03, 2016 in a Rugby hospital. Maureen Antoinette Roach was born on March 7, 1936, a daughter of Maurice and LaVirgia ( Owens) Roach in Kenora, Ontario. She was raised and educated in Kenora. In 1952, Maureen was united in marriage to Donald Toovey in Minnedosa, Manitoba. They made their home in Manitoba, where Maureen was a homemaker, raising the couples four children. Donald passed away in 1977. After Donald passed away Maureen worked at the Minnedosa Medical group and the Brandon Sportsplex. Maureen was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Preskey on December 20, 1992, in Minot. They made their home in Minot. Bob passed away on January 6, 2015. Maureen was an excellent seamstress; she enjoyed crocheting, working in her garden and flower garden, camping and the occasional trip to the casino. Maureen is survived by: children, Judy Toovey, Red Deer, Alberta, Donna (Carl) Betteridge, Minnedosa, Manitoba, Bill (Margo) Toovey, Brandon, Manitoba, and Bruce (Lisa) Toovey, Oak Bank, Manitoba;step-children: Kirk (Janet) Preskey, Minot, Ruby (Greg) Feland, Minot, Carla (Beryl) Mogard, Bismarck, Travis Preskey, Minot, and Joan (Paul) Severson, Surrey; grandchildren:, Carla (Cory) Stevenson, Allan (Corinne) Betteridge, Kevin Betteridge, Britney (Jon), Marisa (Trace), Adam (Tori), and Brianna (Mitch) Toovey; step-grandchildren: Alicia (Caleb) Horgeshimer, Laura Preskey (Aaron Bryant) Ariel Preskey, CalliFeland, Kelci Feland, Kaleb Mogard, Samantha Mogard, Stephenie, Hannah, Carleen, and Amanda Severson; great-grandchildren:, Colin (Katelyn), Curtis, Caitlyn, Crysten, Lainey, and Connor; brother: Dan (Paulette) Roach, Winnipeg sister: Ruth (Russ) Mummery, Lethbridge, Alberta; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Maureen was preceded in death by: her husband 1st husband Donald Toovey and her 2nd husband Bob Preskey. Brothers; Pat and Lawrence, sisters; Dolly and Eleanor. A graveside service will take place on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Minnedosa Cemetery, with a memorial luncheon to follow in the Minnedosa Legion Club Room. Donations in Maureen’s memory may be made to the Minnedosa Personal Care Home. Minnedosa Funeral Service in care of arrangements.
MOFFATT: Gladys E.L. passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, December 29, 2015. A Celebration of Gladys’ Life will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Central United Church, 327-8th Street. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3, or to a charity of one’s choice.
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JACKSON: With treasured memories, the family of Jean Eileen Jackson announce her passing in Brandon, MB on May 4, 2016 at the age of 88 years. Born on October 12, 1927 in Souris, MB, to William and Jennie Sellers, Jean was raised on the family farm near Bunclody with two sisters and one brother. She attended Bunclody School and completed her high school in Souris. She taught on ‘permit’ at Alcester School (near Minto) from 1945-46. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Jean went on the next year to attend Normal School (in Winnipeg), returning to teach at Fairburn School (near Boissevain) from 1947-48 and then on to Fairfax School from 1948-49. While teaching at Alcester, she met Howard Jackson, a young farmer from Margaret and they were married in Souris on July 2, 1949. It was on the Jackson farm, SW 28-5-18, they raised their family and Jean took pride in her role as wife, homemaker and mother, while also being an active supporter of all community events. Her love of music and dancing was evident with many happy times spent at community dances and later, as members of the square dance club in Margaret. During those busy years, Jean could always find time to put on the coffee and visit when someone dropped in. Extra places were set at the table on a regular basis and overnight company was a common occurrence. Her love of people and sense of humor resulted in many gatherings and fun times at the farm, and this generosity and hospitality continued when she and Howard retired to Brandon in June 1982. 9 Victory Place became a hub of activity for new and old friends alike. After Howard’s passing in 1995, Jean remained in her home until 2005, when she took up residence at Lion’s Manor. In 2013, due to declining health, she moved to Valleyview Care Centre. Her friendships had no age limit. Jean loved to pamper children but also enjoyed time spent with folks many years her senior. Many of her ‘helpers’ and ‘caregivers’ over the years became dear friends. In addition to entertaining family and friends, Jean’s happiest times were spent at social gatherings: reunions, anniversaries/birthdays, and even fall suppers. She loved going out with ‘the girls’! In later years, you could frequently find Jean cheering on a favorite team and socializing ‘behind the glass’ at numerous curling rinks as well as some major curling events. Without a doubt, one of Jean’s greatest pleasures was spending time with her three grandchildren – their reciprocated love and affection was the light of her life. As little ones, they received special attention on her lap and as they matured, she supported them in their activities and made every effort to attend their special events. Her kind, generous, fun-loving nature, and her unwavering concern and support will be remembered and missed by her children – Darryl (Cherilyn), Derryk, Jan (Jim) Hay and grandchildren – Kristi Hay (Doryan Unrau), Colin Hay and Grant Jackson, as well as by extended family members and friends. She will always be admired for her positive attitude and her courage in facing many health challenges. Funeral service for Jean was held on May 14, 2016 at Central United Church in Brandon with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. Soloist Ken Jackson was accompanied by Ruth Nickel and ‘Memories of Jean’ were shared by Grant and Sheila McCausland. Jean was laid to rest in the Margaret Cemetery. Jean’s family would like to express their gratitude for the kindness and compassion shown to our Mom over the years and in particular, the last few months. Also thanks for the many gestures of support and caring shown to us, her family, in recent days as well as in the past. Your thoughtfulness has been a blessing to us all. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Jean may be made to ‘Margaret Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund’ with cheques made payable to: Rural Municipality of Prairie Lakes, Box 100, Belmont, MB, R0K 0C0, or to a charity of choice.
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FRANCIS: Philip Francis, 86 years, beloved husband of Anna Francis, father of Julian and Jonathon, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Celebration of Philip’s life will be held at the Oak Lake Mennonite Church, Oak Lake, Manitoba, on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment at a later date. In memory of Philip, donations may be to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
DIMENT: Rodney William Diment passed away peacefully with family by his side on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the age of 65 years. As per Rodney’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Terry Fox Foundation, 543 St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg, MB, R2M 3L4.
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BURMAN: Maureen Burman. 1947- 2016. It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Maureen at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. She was born in Maryfleld, SK and is predeceased by her parents Roy and Marie Burman and sister Linda Bil. She is survived by her son Gordon and two daughters Theresa and Shelley, eight grandchildren and one great- grandchild, sisters Pat (Doug) and Charlotte, plus nephew and nieces. She fought a courageous battle with cancer, and was an inspiration to all of us.
CHRISMAS: On Thursday, May 12, 2016, Germaine Marie (nee Caumartin) passed away very peacefully at her residence, Valleyview Care Centre. Born on May 19, 1924 at Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba, she was the youngest child of Urgel and Lydia Caumartin. Germaine lived her younger years on the family farm near McCreary, Manitoba and attended Bracken School, a one room country school from Grades 1-8. When starting school she only spoke French but learned the English language very quickly. She had many fond memories living on the farm, working outside with her Dad and brothers, not enjoying the indoor chores such as cooking and cleaning. The farm is still in the family today reaching the 100 year mark in 1995. On May 7, 1949 Germaine married a handsome gentleman, Garry Chrismas. For a very brief few months they lived in Brandon but moved back to McCreary before their son was born. Another three boys and one girl rounded out their family of five. She worked very hard raising her children, with no running water and very little money to work with. Germaine was a single parent Monday to Friday as Garry was a trucker and only home on weekends. Her strong Catholic faith got her through the tough times she often said. In the early 70's she worked at the McLeod's store in McCreary where she enjoyed serving the many friends and neighbors she knew. In 1978, Garry had a heart attack so they moved to Brandon and took on many part time jobs. Sadly, Garry died in September of 1989. They had just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with all their family and many friends. It was a great celebration. In McCreary, Germaine loved playing cards with family and friends as well as curling in the local rink. When she moved to Brandon she kept her love of these, winning a few plaques and trophies with her crib partner Marguerite. She started curling with her daughter- in-law at Riverview Curling Club and together won the Brandon Ladies Interclub Bonspiel. After she had taught all she could to her daughter- in-law, she moved on and curled for many years in the ladies senior league at Riverview as well as participating in the Golden Gals playdowns every year. Germaine also kept herself busy with bingo and watching the Blue Jays on the TV. In July of 2001 she moved into Hobbs Manor on 15th Street. There she learned to play shuffleboard and tile rummy with the many new friends she had made. These were very happy times for her, you often could not find her at home. In July of 2013 she moved into Valleyview Care Centre where she lived until her passing. Germaine is survived by her five children: René (Sharon) Chrismas of Brandon, Wayne Chrismas of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Diane (Gordon) Smith of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Allan Chrismas of Halifax, Nova Scotia and Richard Chrismas of Winnipeg, Manitoba; seven grandchildren: Shori, Scott, Kevin, Patrick, Alecia, Andrea and Michael; ten great-grandchildren: Brady, Sydney, Paige, Liam, Jackson, Owen, Maia, Ethan, Desiré and Dominique and many nieces and nephews that will miss her dearly. She was predeceased by her husband Garry, parents Urgel and Lydia, brothers Jeremie, Armand (in 2nd World War) and Romeo and her sisters Juliette and Alma. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church on Friday, May 20, 2016 with Fr. Patrick Neufeld as the celebrant. Germaine was laid to rest beside her husband at the Brandon Cemetery. Pallbearers were her two sons: René Chrismas and Richard Chrismas and her grandsons: Patrick Chrismas, Kevin Smith, Scott Smith, and Greg McFeetors. Donations in memory of Germaine may be made to the St. Augustine's Building Fund, 327 4th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 3H1.
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She's sweeter than the fragrances that fill the dell in spring,A joy she is above the joys that all the years can bring.She's dearer than the dearest friends that we will ever know,Her prayers ever guide us on no matter where to go.Her face is furrowed deep with cares, her hair is all but gray,And rosary beads slip through the hands that first joined ours to pray.Though the years have dimmed those eyes that were so lustrous fair,'Tis death alone can take away the love-light shining there.At night when kneeling down to pray we thank the Lord above,Who was so good to give us our Mother's deathless love.
BLANCHARD: Edith Blanchard (nee Halliday), beloved wife of the late Melvin Blanchard died May 20, 2016 at the Boissevain Health Centre, Boissevain, Manitoba at the age of 83. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Boissevain Cemetery, Boissevain, Manitoba at 11:00 a.m. Donations in memory of Edith may be made to the Boissevain Health Centre, Palliative Care Fund, Box 899, Boissevain, MB R0K 0E0 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 6 Donald St. Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0K6.
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