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SHANNACAPPO: Dennis Francis Shannacappo beloved husband of Debbie, of Rolling River First Nation passed away at his residence on July 11, 2013 at the age of 58 years. Wake will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Southquill Hall, Rolling River First Nation with Traditional Feast to follow at 4:00 p.m. Funeral Service will take place Monday, July 15, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the Southquill Hall, Rolling River First Nation. Interment will take place at Catholic Cemetery, Rolling River First Nation. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
MANASTYR: George Samuel Manastyr of Brandon, Manitoba passed away peacefully at Dinsdale Personal Care Home on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. George was born in Geraldton, Ontario on June 18, 1941; moved with the family to Winnipeg then Riverton and finally, back to Winnipeg. A year or so later, George decided to move to Simcoe, Ontario to work for a few years. He came back home to Winnipeg in 1971, shortly after the passing of his father. Before moving to Brandon in 2003, George lived in Winnipeg and worked at Motor Coach Industries Ltd. as a Team Leader on the assembly line. George enjoyed his work, loved puttering around in the garden, and family gatherings, especially those that came together with a good game of cards. He always had a kind word and was willing to help anyone in need. He had a special fondness for family pets with the most recent being his cat Snickers, who was adopted into the loving family of one of his cousins upon his move to personal care. George was predeceased by his father, Maxwell and his mother, Kathleen. He is survived by his sisters Donalda (Walter Bonkowski) and Joan (Robert Yanchycki), his nephews and nieces: Wesley Bonkowski (Jacquie), Teresa Dillabough (Mike), Trevor Bonkowski (Marilyn), Erin Yanchycki (Bonnie), Phillip Yanchycki (Tania), Joshua Yanchycki (Jaclyn), Janna Lenius (Dennis) and all his great-nephews and nieces. A celebration of George's life will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 3101 Victoria Avenue in Brandon, Manitoba on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Edmund Mielke officiating. Urn placement will follow in the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of George may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7 or Grace Lutheran Church,3101 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7B 3P3.
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KUCH: Bill Kuch was born on Feb. 3 1936 at Marco, MB. He died peacefully on June 14 2013 at the Russell and District Health Centre in Palliative Care. Bill is remembered by his brother Paul (Marlene) Kuch and his sister-in-law Mary Kuch and one nephew and three nieces. He was predeceased by his parents Fred and Mary Kuch, brothers Sam, John and brother Stephen in infancy. Bill farmed in the Birtle area for many years with his brother Sam. He was a good neighbour, a loyal friend and was well respected. He will be remembered for his hospitality and kindness. He was a true gentleman. Special thanks to Dr. Pieterse, the nursing staff at the Russell and District Health Centre and to the Birtle Transitional Care Unit staff for their compassionate care of Bill. Thanks also to the Dr. Bashir and the Brandon Cancer Care Centre for their professional guidance. Heartfelt appreciation to Charles Bertram, Gloria Fleury, Edmore Thomas and Barry Fleury for their support and friendship to Bill and the Kuch family. The funeral service was held on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 11:00 am from St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Birtle with Father Mykhaylo Khomitskyy officiating. Interment followed in St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Shoal Lake, MB. If friends so desire, donations may be made to Birtle Palliative Care or the Russell Palliative Care SunRoom project. Braendle Bruce Funeral Service of Russell was in care of the arrangements.
HABLUETZEL (Humphries): Caroline Habluetzel, age 46 died of cancer on May 13, 2013. She is survived by her husband, Murray Humphries and sons Samuel (age 9) and Benjamin (age 5) of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, her parents-in-law Sid and Gail Humphries of Brandon, sister-in-law Heather (Dave) Smith of Calgary as well as her mother and brothers in Switzerland. Please join us at an evening to honour Caroline’s life on Tuesday, July 23rd at 7:00 pm at Riverview Curling Club, 420 Maryland Avenue, Brandon. All ages welcome.
FRENCH: Alice Masak French (nee Smith), beloved wife of Dominick French. Alice Masak French, born on June 29, 1930 at Baille Island, NWT, died on July 5, 2013 at the Souris Health Centre near her home in Souris, Manitoba. She is mourned by her beloved husband of 53 years, Dominick, her surviving sons Charles (Rosie) and Daniel Nahogaloak of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, daughter Carole (David) Kravitz of Yellowknife, NT, son Barry (Ann) French of Stockton, MB and daughter Katherine (Colin) Goring of Alexander, MB. She has numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a wise and wonderful lady who will be sorely missed. In addition to her many accomplishments as an artist and craftsperson, she was also the author of two books, My Name is Masak and The Restless Nomad, that told the story of her early life growing up in the Mackenzie Delta Region of the Northwest Territories and her later life, adventures and travels. Included in her stories is a recounting of her life in the Anglican Mission residential school system in Aklavik. She is also the author of numerous poems. Masak was pleased to share her story and the culture of the Inuit with school children in the Manitoba, Alberta, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. She was an enthusiastic supporter of Aboriginal Day ceremonies wherever she was living which included Souris for the last six years. She was well known in the other places she lived including Churchill, Grand Rapids, Boissevain, Pinawa and Lac Du Bonnet in Manitoba and Medicine Hat, Alberta, Wexford, Ireland and all around the Mackenzie Delta and Cambridge Bay. She is also survived by her brothers Tommy and Duane Smith, sister Vicky of Inuvik, NT, sisters Lily and Rhoda of Alaska, and her two special nieces, Laverna Smith of Tuktoyaktuk, NT and Shirley Smith. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at the Faith Community Baptist Church Souris, Manitoba with Rev. Don Oddie officiating. In memory of Alice donations may be made to the Souris Health Centre c/o ARHA, Box 10 Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0.
FISHER: It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of Patricia Dawn Fisher on June 20, 2013 at the Brandon Regional Hospital, with her family by her side. Pat was born in Brandon Hospital on October 11, 1963. She attended Boissevain School and later obtained her G.E.D. She was a Nurse’s Aide and spent many years working at Dinsdale Nursing Home and then Family Visions in Brandon. She loved working with seniors and disabled individuals. Due to health issues, she was unable to continue working. Pat treasured her many friends she made through her work life. Pat was a devoted mother to her two daughters Josie and Michelle. Her world was her grandchildren, Joshua and Kassidy. Pat also enjoyed playing bingo, shopping, camping and activities with her children.Her favourite singer was Johnny Reid and she found comfort in his song “Thank You”. Pat was predeceased by her grandparents Herb and Ida Barwick, Clair and Minnie Fisher and her Aunt Fran. She is survived by her parents Clayton and Yvonne Fisher of Boissevain; daughter Josie (Rylan) and grandchildren Joshua and Kassidy of Edmonton; daughter Michelle of Boissevain; sister Debbie (Kelly) Folk and nephew Nathan of Brandon; her fiancé Mark Canada of Killarney; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Donations may be made in memory of Pat to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st St., Brandon Manitoba R7A 2W8 or the Boissevain Health Auxiliary, Boissevain, Manitoba. Funeral arrangements by Wheatland Chapel, Killarney, Manitoba.
COCHRANE: (1918 – 2013) Dad was born Arthur Ernest Cochrane in Elgin District on November 26, 1918 and died in his 94th year on July 8, 2013. He was predeceased by his wife Maim Cochrane (Cassils) on December 9, 2007; and is survived by daughters Vonda (Gary Cranswick) and Marleen (Kent Church); granddaughters Kelly Cranswick (Russell Burton) and Jodi Cranswick (Bruce Bowie); step grandchildren Robert Church and Corin Jorgenson; great grandchildren Sophie and Jack Burton and Eric and Cori Jorgenson. Also survived by brothers Lloyd and Ossie and sister Donalda Neufeld. He was predeceased by brothers William, Eldon and Ken and sisters Norma Davis and Marjorie Murphy. Dad enlisted in the Air Force in 1942 and was posted to No. 12 Airport, north of Brandon until his discharge in January 1946. After the war Dad and Mom moved from Brandon to Elgin where they farmed for one year before purchasing a Grocery Store in Elgin. They sold the store in 1957 when Dad started his career with Manitoba Pool Elevators where he worked as a grain buyer in Moore Park and Boissevain and a District Manager in Morden, Virden and Brandon. He retired in 1983. After retiring, Dad and Mom travelled to many locations and spent many winters in Edinburg, Texas. During the summers Dad loved to golf and even got a hole in one on the 3rd hole at Glen Lea Golf Course. He spent many falls hauling grain for his son-in-law Gary. For the past five years Dad resided at Victoria Landing where he participated in many activities and outings and loved his evening card games. He also enjoyed watching Blue Jay baseball and curling. Our Dad was a man of few words who valued honesty and integrity in all. He was the true definition of a family man, putting his family first in everything he did. Private interment will take place at a later date at Elgin Cemetery. If so desired, donations in memory of Art may be made to Elgin Cemetery, c/o P.O. Box 53, Minto, MB, R0K 1M0.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
CHAPMAN: Raymond Arthur Chapman, beloved husband of the late Edna Chapman and father of the late Murray Chapman, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. A Celebration of Raymond’s Life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne, officiating. Following the reception, a private family graveside service will take place at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations in memory of Raymond may be made to the Riverdale Community Gardens (RRFRC), Box 220, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0 or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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McKINNON: Florence Kathleen McKinnon 1918 – 2013. Florence McKinnon, formerly of Minnedosa, Man. passed away at the Estevan Regional Nursing Home, Estevan, Sask. on Monday, July 8, 2013 at the age of 94 years. Florence is survived by her loving family: daughters, Merle (Ken) Arbuckle of New Sarepta, Alta., Linda Gordon of Arcola, Sask. and Kathy (Dwain) Davis of Arcola; grandchildren, Scott (Beth) Arbuckle, Tim (Shauna) Arbuckle, Kelly (Amanda) Arbuckle, Ron Gordon, Billie (Todd) Rolufs, Jane Gordon (Roy Munns), Rayen (Holly) Davis and Chris (Carole) Davis; 17 great grandchildren; sister Betty McLaren of Winnipeg, Man.; three sisters-in-law, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband William McKinnon; three children, Glen McKinnon and two infants. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. (Man. time) at the Minnedosa United Church, Minnedosa, Man. with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. A private family interment will take place at the Minnedosa Cemetery prior to the service. Those so wishing may make donations to a local charity of choice in memory of Florence. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Estevan, and Minnedosa Funeral Service.
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PASTERSHANK: Teenie Pastershank of Sandy Lake passed away at the Sandy Lake Personal Care Home on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at the age of 98 years. Teenie is survived by her son Edward (Sylvia) Pastershank of Shoal Lake, daughters: Helen (Ed) Antonsen of Brandon, Mabel (Nick) Stebeleski of Minnedosa, five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. Teenie is also survived by sisters: Regina Pankiw of Grand Prairie, AB, Lavinia Gerelus of Toronto OT, brothers: Nick Kristalovich of Kenora, OT, and Joe Kristalovich of Edmonton, AB. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. from the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church, Sandy Lake with Fr. Emil Kardasinec officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Sandy Lake Personal Care Home, Tub Fund, Sandy Lake.
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Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson is in care of arrangements. (204)759-2160.
SCHAFFER: Leona Schaffer of Ditch Lake, Manitoba passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at the age of 64 years. Leona is survived by her husband Don, daughter Myra Schaffer of Edmonton, AB sons: Brent Schaffer of Edmonton, AB, David (Jamie) Schaffer of Abbotsford, BC, and grandchildren Josiah and Samuel Schaffer of Abbotsford, BC. Leona is also survived by her brothers: Elgin Hall of Erickson, MB, Mervin (Debbie) Hall of Ditch Lake, MB, sisters: Dolores Hall of Erickson, MB and Portia Kruse of Ditch Lake, MB. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. from the Erickson Lutheran Church with Rev. Jason Zinko officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethel Lutheran (Danvers) Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Canadian Lutheran World Relief, 600 - 177 Lombard, Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3B OW5.
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Rae’s Funeral Service of Erickson and Shoal Lake is in care of arrangements. (204) 636-7727.
MURPHY: Richard Vincent Murphy of Virden, Manitoba, beloved husband of Donna, loving father of Andrea (Brock) and Vincent and Grampa to Tanner and Hunter passed away at Virden Health Centre, Virden, Manitoba Tuesday; July 9, 2013 at the age of 70 years. Funeral services will be held from St. Paul’s United Church, Virden Saturday; July 13, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Don Bernhardt officiating. Interment will follow in Virden Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Virden and District Health Auxiliary Remembrance Fund or to Virden Minor Hockey Association in memory of Richard.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
HIGGINSON: Dennis Griffith Higginson, April 16, 1952 – July 6, 2013. It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the sudden but peaceful passing of Dennis on July 6, 2013. Dennis was predeceased by his father Ruscoe Eric Garth “Garry” and stepson Kenneth. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife Helen and his son Kealan; his step children Sharon (Curtis), Maurice (Pam); foster daughter Sabrina (Andrew); his mother Dorothy (Dede); brothers Greg (Winnifred) and Warren (Wendy); sisters Laralie (Kim) and Shani (Dale); grandchildren Devlin and Cohan (Sharon) and Sadie (Maurice), foster grandson Shawn (Sabrina). He was a wonderful uncle to Tracy Kempthorne and Kelly Angus and Christopher and Zachary Daw. Dennis is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, and many close friends. Dennis was born in Rivers and lived there until 1969 when the family moved to Killarney. Upon completion of high school, Dennis began work with the Town of Killarney, working his way up the ranks to the position of Town Administrator. In 1988 Dennis moved to Gladstone to take the position of Town Administrator. It was in 1989 that Den met his future wife Helen. They resided in Gladstone until 1997 at which time Dennis and Helen moved to Spiritwood, Saskatchewan; again he assumed the role of Town Administrator. The opportunity to come back “home” to his beloved Rivers presented itself in 2001, where yet again Dennis was appointed to the familiar role of Town Administrator. Dennis worked for the Town from 2001 until his retirement late 2011. Dennis was well known for his sense of humor and ability to put things in real perspective. No matter where he went people knew Den and always recognized his distinctive voice even if they did not see him immediately. Beneath his sometimes tough exterior was a man of compassion who cared about people. During his years with Helen they worked together with persons with disabilities and opened their home to the benefit of many foster children. He will be greatly missed by his wife and son, his mother, brothers, sisters, other family members and many friends and acquaintances. A celebration of Dennis’s life will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Rivers Community Centre Upper Hall, 101 Main St, Rivers, MB. In lieu of flowers, we would welcome donations in Dennis’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 824-18th St Unit 3, Brandon, MB. R7A 5B7.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
DUNCAN: Lillian Sophia Duncan (nee Bjornson). Lillian Sophia Duncan (nee Bjornson) passed away peacefully at the Glenboro Health Centre on Monday July 8, 2013 with her family by her side. Lillian was born August 5, 1924 to Gustave & Andrea Bjornson of Belmont MB. Lillian married Robert George Duncan on June 20, 1946 and lived north of Glenboro until purchasing a farm at Hilton in 1951. Bob & Lily retired to Glenboro in 1991. Lillian enjoyed her flowers & bingo. Lily was predeceased by her husband Bob (2003), son Glenn (2010), son Cliff (2013), grandson Jeff (2003) and great grandson Braeden (2003). She leaves to mourn her passing her children Arlene (Herman) Ballast of Drumheller Alta., Verne (Brenda) Duncan of Hilton, Iris Duncan of Ninette, Kerry (Sharon) Duncan of Brandon, Lois (Al) Webster of Belmont; daughters-in-laws Dianne Duncan of Brandon & Darlene Duncan of Selkirk, 14 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces & nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday July 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the Willmor Chapel, Glenboro, with Sharon Hamilton officiating. Interment to follow in the Glenboro Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memoriams may be made in Lily’s memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 824-18th St. Brandon MB R7A 5B7 or to the “John Tosh Memorial Fund” (Proceeds to the New Recreational Facility), Box 190 Glenboro MB R0K 0X0.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Services of Glenboro-Holland in care of arrangements, 1-204-827-2480.
DROZDA:Terry Walter Drozda; beloved husband of Bev; father of Justin (Danielle); son of Elsie Drozda; brother of Larry Drozda; passed away at Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, MB on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 49 years of age. A service to celebrate Terry’s life will be held at the Minnedosa Ukrainian Hall, 202 5th St NW, Minnedosa, MB on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 2:00pm with interment following in the Minnedosa Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Terry’s memory to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, c/o Western Manitoba Cancer Centre, 150 McTavish Ave E, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
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