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MacARTHUR:Geraldine Marie "Geri" MacArthur passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, September 25, 2015. Geri was born the third of four daughters to Susan and Arthur Lewis at Hayfield, Manitoba on September 7, 1929. The family moved from the farm into Brandon as they didn't expect any of the girls to continue with farming. Geri received her grade twelve at Brandon Collegiate Institute before working as an operator at Manitoba Telephone System and as a bookkeeper at Imperial Oil for her brother-in-law, Mel Hatch. Geri had a lifelong interest in curling, belonging to the Brandon Curling Club and later in life found an interest in golf. She was a member of the UCT and enjoyed trips to Mexico and snow-birding to Mesa with George. Geri was predeceased by her parents Susan and Arthur Lewis; husband George and sisters Doreen and Isobel. She will be missed by her children and stepchildren: Richard (Leo) Patterson, Shawn Fuhr, Jim (Bev) MacArthur, Marion (Wayne) McLeod; grandchildren Jennifer (Matthew) Truch, Andrea (AJ) Kingma, Scott (Angie) Patterson, Kelly Fuhr, Robin (Rick) Denbow, and Tom (Tara-Lynn) McLeod and seven great-grandchildren. Geri will also be fondly remembered by her sister Margaret; many nieces, nephews and close friends. A private graveside service took place on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Richard Patterson, son, was urn bearer. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Geri may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7M6. The family would like to thank all nurses and nurse's aides at the Assiniboine Centre Palliative Care, as well as nursing instructor Faye Simpson, who was so kind and helpful in Nana's last days.
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HONEY: George Honey, age 89, farmer, pilot, fisherman and hunter, passed away on August 28, 2015 at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon, MB after a lengthy illness. Dad spent the majority of his free time plotting a way to escape to the Lake of the Prairies to catch that “big one” or waiting for fall to arrive to outwit that flock of “honkers”. Dad was born at the family farm, and as he always said “on the kitchen table” on July 21, 1926. He married Margaret Emilie Hartung of Langenburg, SK on June 16, 1949; together they raised two daughters Carol and Kathy. Although farming was his life’s work, his true passion was flying. In summer, he could be seen flying low over fields spraying for weeds, grasshoppers and army worms. In winter the struts of CF-NCH could be seen loaded down with wolves, coyotes and foxes. He leaves to mourn, his daughters Carol Friesen of Chilliwack, BC and Kathy (Brian) Zimmer of Brandon, MB; three grandsons, Kris Zimmer, Kory Zimmer and Jordan (Melissa) Friesen; 5 great-grandchildren, Karter, Kyra, and Kruz Zimmer and, Grayson and Aubrey Friesen; and special “granddaughter” Jen Zimmer. Dad was laid to rest at the Russell Cemetery. If family and friends so desire, memorial donations can be made to the Russell Hospital Palliative Care Unit.
Our family would like to express sincere gratitude to family and friends for their visits to the Brandon Assiniboine Centre and telephone calls during Dad’s illness. Thank you to the Assiniboine Centre staff for their care during his stay. Special thanks to Mike and Jayne Totte for their assistance at the ceremony on such a blustery day and to Mike for guiding us through Dad’s “Celebration of Life”.
~ With sincere thanks, Carol Friesen & Kathy Zimmer, and families
HAYHURST: Our beloved Margaret Anne Hayhurst, of Virden Manitoba, lost her heroic battle with cancer and died peacefully in her sleep on the evening of September 29, 2015. From an early age growing up in Winnipeg, Margaret Anne loved music, the arts, and children. She was always a kind soul, with a huge heart. The youngest girl in a family of five children, she was the darling of her parents, Albert and Hannah. Margaret enjoyed life with her sister Ella, and brothers, Donnie, Jack and Bruce. Margaret graduated from Kelvin High School in Winnipeg and went on to attend teachers college. Her first job assignment was in the tiny hamlet of Cromer, Manitoba where she taught grades 1-6 in a two-room schoolhouse and ultimately met her partner of 53 years, Howard Hayhurst. Margaret was active in the community; participating as a 4-H leader and as a member of the United Church Women. Margaret sang in the church choir and was a member of the singing group, the Naturals. She also took part in musical theatre and helped organize Christmas concerts. Margaret led the Virden Canada Day committee, and worked tirelessly as a Legion Lady. For her giving to the community was not only a responsibility, it was a passion. Margaret enjoyed music but also loved to curl in the winter and garden in the summer. She was known for keeping an amazing farm site and was awarded Best Farm Site a number of years in a row. Margaret also worked with ceramics and made many different artistic creations over the years. Margaret is survived by her husband Howard, son Trevor Hayhurst (Morgan) and their children Hudson, Elizabeth, Benjamin; son Chris Hayhurst (Kerri) and their children Halle, Kamryn; daughter Shaelan Hayhurst and her children Parker, Judge, Gage and daughter Maegan Hayhurst. A Celebration of Margaret’s Life will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, 286 Nelson Street West, Virden, MB (today) Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Janis Campbell officiating. Donations in memory of Margaret may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Room ON1160, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9.
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GREINER: Bill and Jean. Jean passed away peacefully on October 19, 2014 and Bill on August 9, 2015. Friends and family are invited to join us for a Come-and-Go Celebration of Bill and Jean’s lives on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Victoria Inn, 3550 Victoria Avenue.
GEEKIE: Bev Geekie of Strathclair, Manitoba passed away on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 70 years. Bev is survived by her husband Bill, sons: Scott (Bobbi-Lynn) Geekie of Strathclair, Craig (Tobi) Geekie of Strathclair, grandchildren: Sam, Morgan, Noah, Katie and Conor. She is also survived by her brother Bob (Lois) Anderson of Red Deer, Alberta. A graveside service will be held at The Bend Cemetery, Strathclair on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Jamie Bradshaw officiating. A reception will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at the Strathclair Community Hall at 2:30 p.m. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Strathclair Minor Hockey or the Strathclair United Church.
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Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson is in care of arrangements. (204) 759-2160.
CUTTER: Georgina Cutter (Lamb). The family and community mourns the passing of Georgina Cutter. Georgina passed in her sleep on Saturday, September 26th, at least 20 years too early. Georgina loved the simple life. Her and her partner George loved to travel and listen to live music and enjoy nature. Georgina touched the lives of many people in her network of family, friends and community wherever she was; at home or at the cottage, on the train or in a group of people at a music festival. It was Georgina's wish for privacy when her time came. There was a small family gathering. Georgina always said that instead of flowers, we should feed the people and donations can be made to Helping Hands Food Kitchen in Brandon, Manitoba.
Live life to the fullest ~ Time is too precious to waste. ~ Housework will be there when you get back.
COLQUHOUN: Keith Clayton Colquhoun of Brandon, Manitoba passed on September 17, 2015 at the Assiniboine Centre after a lengthy illness. Keith was born in McAuley, Manitoba, March 8, 1936, and was raised in Brandon. Keith was one of four children, born to Charles and Verna Colquhoun. He was a star hockey player in Brandon. While Keith was always curious and intelligent, school was not his primary focus. He was always adventurous and left school in Brandon to work out west, but later returned to his roots in Brandon. Keith and Darlene met and married in 1957 and daughters Kathy and Connie grew up in a loving and supportive extended family in the south end of Brandon. Keith’s primary employment was a welder. His job required him working most of his career outside of the city of Brandon. He worked for many years in northern Manitoba and throughout the country. He worked until his health deteriorated and he needed to retire at 60. Keith and Darlene always enjoyed travelling throughout North America, and he was always happiest behind the wheel of a car. Regardless of his health, he always perked up when the family gathered for card games. Keith loved his grandsons and was always very interested in what they were doing. Keith is survived by his spouse Darlene, daughters Kathy (Bruce) and Connie (Gary) and their sons Gerrad and Brayden, sisters Shirley (Bill), Velma (friend Allan), brother Clair (Dorothy) and multiple nieces and nephews. A private family service was held at Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Keith may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Foundation, A3 Chronic Care/ Waiting Placement/ Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3. A special thanks to all the wonderful staff on A3 and also to Dr. Tegg. Thank you to all our friends and family for their loving acts of kindness.
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CHOPEK: Roberta May Chopek passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the age of 85 years. Roberta will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 65 years, David, her sons Bob and Stephen, all of Brandon, sister Doreen (George) Szafron of Moosomin, SK, and numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Roberta’s Life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. A private interment will take place at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Roberta may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4A9.
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BOUVERAT: Richard Bouverat, September 1, 1993 - September 19, 2015. It is with great sorrow that we must announce the death of Richard in his twenty-second year in a tragic accident on September 19th, 2015. Richard is the beloved son of Karen (Hamilton) and Bob Bouverat, cherished brother of Adam and Mackenzie, the treasured grandson of Margaret and Bill Hamilton, Jill and the late Marius Bouverat, as well as the owner of his faithful dog, Winnie. He is survived by many family members and dear friends, who will remember Richard for his tenacity and positivity. Richard had the gift of illuminating a room with his very presence and the ability to uncover the special qualities of everyone he met. Richard’s goal in life was to change the way people view the world; we hope that those who loved him continue his legacy. Funeral service was held Friday September 25, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
Until we meet again,May God hold you in the palm of his hand .
HAYHURST: Margaret Anne Hayhurst passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. A Celebration of Margaret’s Life will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, 286 Nelson Street West, Virden, MB on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Janice Campbell officiating. Donations in memory of Margaret may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Room ON1160, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9.
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BROWN: Margaret Birkett Brown of Minnedosa, MB formerly of Rapid City, MB entered into rest on September 29, 2015 at the age of 100 years. A funeral service will be held in the Rapid City United Church, on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with interment to follow in the Rapid City Cemetery. Donations in Margaret’s Memory may be made to the Minnedosa Personal Care Home Patio Fund. Minnedosa Funeral Service in care of arrangements 204-867-3868.
LAW: After a courageous two month stay at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Joyce Elsie (Kearney) passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the age of 78 years. Mom was born November 1, 1936 in Rainy River, Ontario, to Mary and Ezra Kearney. She was the second oldest of six children. Mom grew up on the family farm at Sleaman, Ontario. She worked hard helping on the farm and helped to look after her younger brother and sisters. She attended school in Rainy River and often talked about the long walk from the farm to where they had to catch the school bus. Of course, if they stopped to play along the way, they would have to find another way of getting to school. Mom started working at a young age in the tourist camps. She cleaned and worked in the kitchen and cared for another family’s children as well. That is probably where Mom got her love of children and cooking, and she always had a neat and tidy house. Mom moved to Mine Centre, Ontario with a good friend, Mae. It was there that she would meet her life partner, Nick. On April 9, 1955, both at the age of 17, Mom and Nick were married in International Falls, Minnesota. They had four children: Marie, Dianne, David and Jacqueline. Dad worked for the Railway and this job would move the family many times throughout Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. During those years, Mom cared for the children and the home - a job she took serious. Her children meant everything to her and she loved them with everything in her. When the family finally settled in Brandon and the children were older, Mom returned to work. For over 10 years she worked in the kitchen at Kokonas, a job she enjoyed very much. She also worked at Olde Tymes washing the dishes and looking after the Salad Bar. Mom took great pride in her work and did it well. Anyone who knew Mom would know of her love for crafts and crocheting. She would spend hours creating beautiful works of art. Every fall for over 20 years, Dad would take Mom to craft sales. There, she would display and sell her beautiful creations. Mom enjoyed those years and the sales and always looked forward to those weekend trips. Another passion of Mom’s was cooking. Her house always had wonderful smells of something tasty cooking. She loved to bake bread, and hers was always the best. Over the years, Mom would pack up her supplies and spend the day baking bread at Marie's house and then the next day Dianne's. When Mom was baking at home, her youngest granddaughter would stop by for a sample of Grandma's buns. As she would say, “they were the best…soft and fluffy." Mom is survived by her husband of 60 years, Nick. Her children: Marie (Lorne), Dianne (George), David and Jacqueline (Murray). Seven grandchildren: Sheena, Courtney, Ashley, Nickolas, Brittany, Allan and Lillianne. Four great grandchildren: Madison, Serena, Peyton, and Samantha. Two brothers Frank and Mick, two sisters Theresa and Kathleen, and sister-in-law Doris. Mom is predeceased by her parents Mary and Ezra Kearney. Mother and father-in-law Doris and John Law. Two brothers-in-law John and Mike Law. Her brother Patrick Kearney, and grandson Adam Heslip. We would like to thank the Health Sciences Centre for the excellent care Mom received over the last two months. Doctor Buduhan, Dr. Masters, Doctor Tan and the entire Thoracic team that did so much to treat and repair Mom's esophagus. The countless Doctors, Nurses and Aides in the Emergency room, the PACU, SICU, A3 Stepdown, GH6. The care and kindness you showed to Mom was beyond belief. To the Emergency room Doctors at Brandon Regional Health Centre for recognizing the need to send Mom to Winnipeg for care, thank you. To the Doctors and Nurses on the fourth floor for their care of Mom. To the Doctor who realized something was not right and sent Mom back to Winnipeg for care – thank you. Finally, thank you to Dr. S. Engelbrecht for your compassionate care for Mom over the years. A time of visitation will be held at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, 332-8th Street, on Friday October 2, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Service will take place at the Chapel on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne, officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Robert Barret, Bruce Clements, Allan Heslip, Nickolas Law, George Oliver and Flyn Warburton. Thank you to everyone for the kindness you have shown through this difficult time. We appreciate it very much, as would Mom.
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TRIBE: The death of Margaret Tribe, age 93 years, beloved mother of Lee-Ann Bullee and Hugh Tribe, occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, September 28, 2015. Funeral arrangements are pending.
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NIELSEN: Mary Elizabeth Nielsen passed away on September 24, 2015 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home at the age of 89 years. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Minnedosa United Church with Rev. Natasha Pearen officiating. Interment will take place in the Rapid City Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
MARSHALL: Kathryn Margaret Marshall (nee Taylor), passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 24, 2015 in Brandon. Family and friends are invited to a Graveside Celebration of Life at Rapid City Cemetery on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Kathy may be made to Funds for Furry Friends, Suite 208 - 740 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0K9.
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