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DEMAS: Santana Sherlene Demas passed away at her residence in Sioux Valley, Manitoba on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the age of 26 years. Funeral service will be held at the Sioux Valley Veterans’ Hall on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Sioux Valley Catholic Cemetery.
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WHITE: John (Jack) Allan White, beloved husband of the late Shirley White, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, May 30, 2014 at the age of 83 years. Jack was born on December 9, 1930 at Albermarle Township, Bruce County, Ontario. He leaves to mourn his passing his loving family: daughter Brenda (Dean) Hill, son Brent (Rae), granddaughters Denny, Haley, Erin, Kaitlyn and Meghan, 12 great-grandchildren, brother Tom, sister Anne and many nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his wife Shirley, brothers Jim, Drury and Bob, sisters Betty and Dell and a great-granddaughter, Shaylynn. Jack and Shirley were married December 10, 1955 and were blessed with two children. Jack came to Manitoba from Ontario in the fall of 1938 with his father, mother and seven brothers and sisters. The youngest brother, Tom, was born in Manitoba. Life was not always easy for Jack since he had lost his left foot in a hay mower accident at the age of 3 1/2 years. This adversity only made him more determined to do everything a young person would do. Jack worked at various occupations from truck driver, dragline operator, oilfield roughneck, lumber yardman, for a cabinet shop and then to his natural ability, carpentry. He worked for the Department of National Defence for 30 years, first as a carpenter, then as an estimator/spec writer and the last 13 years as the engineering officer. During this time at CFB Shilo, Jack was awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal and he attributed this achievement more to his co-workers than to his own efforts. Although Jack retired in January of 1987, that did not end his working days. After two years of holidays on Vancouver Island, he returned to Souris, MB and for 7 years, together with his wife Shirley and brother Tom, owned and maintained a country acreage. Jack set up his own shop and pursued his hobby of restoring and refinishing antiques, finally retiring to Brandon in 1997, mostly due to health reasons. Jack has always believed that what you get out of life is what you put into it. In keeping with Jack’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family graveside service will be held at the Rivers Cemetery where he will be laid to rest beside his wife, Shirley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the War Amps of Canada, Key Tag Service, 1 Maybrook Drive, Scarborough, ON, M1V 5K9 or to a charity of choice.
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STEEVES: Douglas Graham Steeves "The Coach" was born March 5, 1934 to parents Frank (a farmer) and Pearl (a teacher) Steeves. They and younger brother Byron lived in Moncton, New Brunswick. He passed away after a lengthy fight with Parkinson's and Dementia on May 19, 2014. Doug's early schooling took place in Moncton then on to university at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. While at Springfield he participated in cross-country track and wrestling. He graduated with a Masters degree in Science in 1956 and later an Education Specialist degree from Arizona State. This was the beginning of a long career as an Educator. During his time at Springfield, he met Janet Bair whom he hired to do typing, he liked it so much that he married her in 1957. Doug first taught in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia then on to Hudson, Quebec where he established both wrestling and football programs. Living in Hudson they became parents to Greg, Tracey and Melanie. In 1966 Doug and Janet accepted a position at Brandon University first as an assistant Professor then as Athletic director in 1967 as well as welcoming their fourth child Michael. Doug taught for 28 years at B.U. until his retirement in 1995. While teaching at B.U he found "spare" time to start up football programs at Neelin High School (early 70's), Crocus Plains High School (early 80's) and then Vincent Massey High School (early 90's). Doug liked to coach but he loved to prepare his players for their future. Doug was inducted into the Vincent Massey Hall of Fame, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (2005) and the Manitoba Football Hall of Fame (2013). Doug had many "pastimes" but golf, scrabble, socializing and watching sporting events both live and televised were his favourites. If it was fun he would participate. Doug is survived by first wife Janet, son Greg, daughter Melanie (Gene) Guentert, son Michael (Jil) Simmons, nephew Rick Steeves, nieces Diane Bauman and Sharon Alford, Grandchildren; Adam Moore, Megan Moore, Erik Guentert, Georgia Steeves and Sam Steeves, Great Grandchild Nova Moore. Sister-in-law Kay Lacomb and brother-in-law Mike Conway. Doug was predeceased by parents Frank and Pearl, brother Byron, daughter Tracey and second wife Joy (Conway). Special Thank you to the residents and staff at Dinsdale Personal Care Home for making his stay there comfortable and caring. It is 3rd down with 8 yards to go (CFL rules). What would the Coach do? "A Smile is the lighting system of the face, the cooling system of the head and the heating system of the heart". The Ceremony to Celebrate Coach's life was held at Central United Church on Saturday, May 24, 2014 with Funeral Celebrant Lydia Glawson officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to: Doug Steeves High School Football Programs Friends of Education Fund, c\o Brandon School Division 1031-6th St., Brandon Manitoba, R7A 4K5
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SNYDER: Mr. Cliff Snyder of Melita, passed away at the Reston Health Centre on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the age of 84. He was predeceased by his wife, Lois; parents, Cliff Sr. and Myrtle Snyder; and brother-in-law, Bill Russell. Cliff is survived by his friend Wilma; children, Terry (Jane), Valerie (Bill) Rossington, Linda (Lloyd) Harmon, and Jackie (John) Leslie; eight grandchildren: Trevlyn, Salome, Otieno, Brett, Devin, Sara (Nathan), Hanna, and Kelly; siblings, Bev Russell, Ron (Marie), Clark (Melba), Peter (Lois), and Franklin (Christine); also numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service for Cliff was held at the Victoria United Church, Melita, on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Reverend Allan Gairns officiated. Burial took place at the Melita Cemetery. Donations may be given to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba 120 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4G2. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron Funeral Directors.
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SHEARDOWN: Marjorie Elizabeth passed away at the Assiniboine Centre of the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the age of 92. Marj was born on November 11, 1921 to Jack and Ada Mackie near Bradwardine, Manitoba. She will be lovingly missed by her four children, Doug (Wallianna), grandsons Gerald and Christopher (Judith); Reg, grandchildren Brent and Jana (Mike) McMurray, great grandson Reid and their mother Gaye; Georgia (Dave) Hanwell, granddaughters Cecilie, Alicia and Brenna (Daniel) DeAngelis; Shari Maguire, granddaughter Jennifer and her father Darren. She will also be missed by sister-in-law, Jean Mackie, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Ed, in 2010 and her daughter, Kay, in 2013; her parents, John Alexander and Ada Margaret (McTaggart) Mackie ; brothers, Clarence and Red Mackie and sisters-in law, Tena, Marie, Eleanor, Net, Doreen and brother-in-law, Jack Sheardown. She started working with the Manitoba Telephone Service in Oak River, Manitoba as a telephone operator. When Mom and Dad married in Hamilton, Ontario, on May 30, 1942, Dad had just joined the army preparing to go overseas for World War II. Mom moved back to Winnipeg when Dad went to England and worked at McDonald Air Force Base making rudders, gas lines and other parts for airplanes. When Dad returned from the war, they purchased a house in Hamiota, Manitoba where they started raising their family. Doug, Reg and Kay were all born in Hamiota. They moved to Brandon in the fall of 1953 and Georgia was born the next spring on a visit to Hamiota for Easter. They completed their family with the birth of Shari in Brandon in 1961. Mom was an avid bowler, played bingo at the Forresters Hall for many years and monitored all events of the five children whether it was cubs, scouts, explorers, brownies, guides, swimming etc. Dad and Mom were implementers of the Association for the Mentally Retarded, now known as COR Enterprises, and helped with many activities and fundraising for the school and COR. Mom was always looking after people. She looked after her parents, grandmother, Dad, and all of her children and grandchildren. She knew what she liked and how she believed things should be done. Her grandchildren might tell you that she loved to play crokinole, Kismet, card games, and completing jig saw puzzles and crosswords. She made thousands of chocolate chip cookies and a special event included seven salads on the dinner table. Her children might mention her sharp wit, her love of rocking chairs, hours of baking, knitted afghans and dish clothes, “coaching” as the Blue Jays played ball, and how she instilled her beliefs of right and wrong in all of us. At her request, there will be no funeral service. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Hamiota, Manitoba. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to COR Enterprises, 364 Park Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7A8 or a charity of your choice if so desired.
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PENTLAND: Harriet Mary Pentland (nee Brownell) passed away peacefully at Valleyview Care Centre on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Harriet was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Wes, in 1981. Ceremony to Celebrate Harriet's life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Barbara Jardine will officiate. Interment will take place at the Sparling Cemetery. Donations in memory of Harriet may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
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MISANCHUK: Grace Helen Misanchuk passed peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 75. She was born on June 24, 1938 on the family farm at Crawford Park near Horod, MB. She spent her early life on the farm and completed Grade 9 at Horod School. At the age of 16, she moved to Winnipeg and worked as a waitress on the Air Force Base. Mom then came to Brandon where she met her husband, Michael, of 24 years. They raised four wonderful children in the home that she was proud to live in for 52 years. Mom worked at several jobs but was most proud to be the housemother of the Nurses Residence at BMHC where she retired in 1996. One of her goals was to become a teacher and she was able to achieve this by working at this job and being a volunteer with the church as a Catechist and a greeter. She belonged to the PEO, CWL, and Canadian Jewels where she spent hours visiting with her friends. Mom was honoured to receive special recognition when she presented Lt. Gov. Ed Schreyer with a hand-made Pysanka. Mom loved to garden and took pleasure in having people stop by to admire her flowers. She was happy to share her flowers with anyone, but especially the Daly House Museum. Mom spent many hours baking bread, making donuts, and pinching thousands of perogies, especially for family occasions. Mom had a strong sense of tradition that was shown by celebrations she hosted during Christmas and Easter. The greatest love Mom had in her life were the good times spent with family. She adored her grandchildren and did her best to keep up with their various activities. She was excited to have two great-grandchildren within the past year. Mom was predeceased by her husband Michael, children Bobby, John Stacey and Michael Trent, parents Frank and Sophie Black, and sister Phyllis Zurbyk. She is survived by her children Wade (Lisa) and their daughters Jena-Lee and Carley; Della (Barry) and their children Brianne (Chris) and their son Taylor, and Brock (Kendra) and their son Zailux; Todd (Gloria) and their sons Tyler, Brett, and Alexander; April Dawn (Lavern) and their sons Jackson and Tate; her brother Ted Black (Shirley); sister-in-law Sylvia Misanchuk and brother-in-law Norman Zurbyk. Prayers will be said Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Kevin Smith as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Brandon Cemetery. Donations can be made in memory of Grace to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8, or the Manitoba Lung Association, Office 8-940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 0P6.
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MABON: Elizabeth Liza ‘Lil’ Mabon (nee Loewen), beloved wife of the late Lorne Mabon, passed away on Monday, June 1, 2014 in her 91st year at the Baldur Personal Care Home.Graveside Service will be held at the Neelin Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014. Frank Klassen officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lil’s memory to The Salvation Army, 290 Vaughan St, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2L9. The family wishes to extend thanks to the staff at the Baldur Personal Care Home for the excellent care Lil received during her stay there.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Service of Glenboro, MB in care of arrangements. (204)827-2480
JOHNSON: Marion Johnson (1927-2014). Marion Jean Johnson of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved wife of the late Samuel Johnson, passed away on May 20, 2014 at the age of 86 years. Marion was born in Fairfax, Manitoba on September 23, 1927. She was raised and educated in Fairfax as well. She met the late Lorne Johnston and they were married on January 28, 1948. Lorne was an elevator agent for Patterson Grain and they lived in several Manitoba communities (Marquette, Dakotah, Ipswich). They moved to Souris in 1963. Lorne passed away in March of 1967 leaving Marion to raise three children on her own. While in Souris, Marion worked at Stedman’s and Gulf Oil. She was fortunate to meet Sam Johnson and they were married on July 4, 1969. Upon Sam’s retirement, they moved to Lethbridge to be near their grandchildren. Marion spent a lot of her time baking for anyone and everyone. She was most happy “Grand Mothering” her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Marion is survived by her children; Brenda (Murray) Clear, Mary Anne (Murray) Brown, Bob (Linda) Johnston; her brothers Ben Rice, Jack (Gertie) Rice; and numerous nieces, nephews, and their families. She will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren; Troy Clear, Tanya (Clear) and Deryk Lawrence, Derek (Amanda) Brown, Christina Brown, Angela (Johnston) and Wes Heaton; and her great grandchildren; Nakia and Taylor Lawrence, Kailey and Blake Clear, Dilyn and Deacon Brown, and Aurora Heaton. Cremation has taken place in Lethbridge and a private burial will take place at a later date in Souris. Memorial donations may be made in Marion’s name to St. Michael’s Health Centre Foundation, 1400-9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4V5.
VAN ZEBEN: Shaun Thomas Van Zeben, April 23, 1987- May 29, 2014. It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Shaun Van Zeben on May 29, 2014 after a courageous battle with kidney failure at the Seven Oaks Hospital at the age of 27 years. Left to cherish Shaun’s memory are his parents, John Van Zeben (Kim) and Roxanne Paterson Neault (Don), two brothers Andrew Van Zeben, Ryan Mineault, sister Breann Mineault. Also missing Shaun are his grandparents Jerry and Stella Paterson; uncles Paul Van Zeben (Tammy), Rob Van Zeben (Wendy), aunts Tanice Taylor (Kevin Martin), Christie Paterson (Trevor Collett) and his cousins. Predeceased by grandparents Burt and Marie Van Zeben and his uncle Tim Van Zeben. The service celebrating Shaun’s life was held in Winnipeg on June 4th. Gifts can be made in Shaun’s memory to the Kidney Foundation of Manitoba.
HAMILTON: Jean Isabella Hamilton (née Hannah), beloved wife of the late Jim Hamilton, passed away peacefully at Fairview Home, with family by her side, May 30, 2014. Born April 6, 1931, in the R.M. of Arthur, the only daughter of Gibson and Ruby Hannah, she was raised in the Waskada area. Jean attended Arthur and Waskada schools, boarding school in Regina and then completed a Homemakers course at the Agriculture College in Brandon. Married to Jim in 1954, Jean worked and lived in Brandon for the rest of her life. At various times, she worked at Eaton’s, sold real estate and co-owned a cattle company. She and Jim vacationed across Canada preferring to travel by car and toured from British Columbia to Newfoundland, often with their little dog, Bimbo. They enjoyed dancing, visiting with friends and several times attended Jim’s army reunions. Over the years, Jean was involved with Legion Auxiliary #247, Prairie Oasis painting classes, Brandon Humane Society, Central United Church and Club 77 Singles Club, always enjoying the social aspect of these groups. Jean lived in her home on Dennis Street for 54 years, and took pride in her flowers, yard and neighbourhood. She then moved down the street to Lions Manor but declining health necessitated a move to Fairview Home in 2012. Jean was known to always be immaculate in her appearance and often completed her fashion outfit with a stylish hat. She loved to get dressed up and go for lunch with her friends which she did several times a week before her health declined. Predeceased by her husband Jim in 1980, her parents and two infant brothers, Jean leaves her brother Murray Hannah, special niece Faye (Bob) Bradley, nephews Barry (Karen) Hamilton, Wayne (Loretta) Hamilton; Clayton (Fran) Hannah, Jim (Barbara Lewis) Hannah, Don (Sandra Congdon) Hannah, Ted (Terri Leitz) Hannah and niece Jill (Brian Kayes) Hannah-Kayes; nephews Gordon (Mary) Sheppard, Neil Friesen, Lee (Deannie) Hamilton and niece Karen (Scott) Thomson. Jean is also remembered by a wonderful circle of friends who have shared many cups of tea, lunches, and fun times together over the years. Appreciation is extended to the staff of Fairview Home for the care provided to Jean. The family also acknowledge and thank Faye and Bob Bradley for their support of Aunt Jean, especially over the past few years. A memorial service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on June 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Heather Lea, of Central United Church, officiating. Soloist was Eric Penner. Interment was at Waskada Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined and if friends desire, donations in memory of Jean may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6 or a charity of choice.
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DRAPER: Donald Blain passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Joseph Brant Hospital on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the age of 73. Don Draper, beloved husband of Anita “Nyn” Draper (nee Bertholet). Treasured father of Michelle Draper and her husband Gary Cavanagh. Cherished Papa of Alex and Katie. Don will be sadly missed by his sister Judy Reid (Laurence) as well as his extended family and friends. Special thank you to Dr. Prodger, nurses Cheryl, Aimee, Stephanie and Melissa, RTs Jeff and Alex and PT Katie at Joseph Brant Hospital for their compassion and care. Don and Nyn operated Tall Pine Lodges in West Hawk Lake, Manitoba for 27 years, until retiring to Burlington. Private family cremation has taken place. As an expression of sympathy, donations made to the Joseph Brant Hospital ICU would be greatly appreciated by the family.
Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home,Burlington,
CURTIS: Abigail Marie. It is with great sadness that the family of the late Abigail Marie Curtis announce her passing on Monday June 2, 2014. Abigail was born May 5th 1940 in Grey Rapids New Brunswick. She is predeceased by her parents Freeman and Hazel (Howe) Curtis of Lower Derby and her step mother Thelma (Stuart) Curtis also of Lower Derby. She is also predeceased by her brother Shirly Curtis of Cayuga Ontario and brother- in-law Allan Connick of Nelson New Brunswick. She leaves behind her children Junior Goguen (Shawna) of Miramichi, New Brunswick, Tony Goguen (Joan) of Miramichi, New Brunswick, Tammy Boudreau (Pat) of Calgary Alberta, Brenda Landry (Reginald) of Miramichi, New Brunswick and Micheal Allan Leblanc (Christine Paquette) of Gatineau Quebec. She leaves behind her grandchildren, Brittany, Billy, Ryan, Nolan, Molly, Madison, Darcie, Zachery and Anthony and great grandchildren Theresa and Oliver. She is also fondly remembered by her siblings Myles Curtis (Marlene) of Moncton, New Brunswick, Roberta Connick of Nelson, New Brunswick, Weldon Curtis (Lois) of Hampton, New Brunswick Hazel Nevin (Dennis) of Brandon Manitoba and Joseph Curtis (Joan) of Caledonia Ontario along with numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place at the Caledonia Baptist Church, Caledonia Ontario on Saturday July 19th, 2014 at 2:00 pm.
CULLEN: June 6, 1916 – April 30, 2014. It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Mum, Anna Frances Cullen, and yet it is with joy that we celebrate the wonderful life of an extraordinary woman of 97 who will be dearly missed. Frances, (Toots), leaves behind 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. She loved her family, and performing traditional country music, singing, and dancing. She was a gifted yodeller, guaranteed to draw a crowd. Anna grew up in Baldur Manitoba, and lost her mother at four years of age. She was adopted by the Blaines, and married her first husband, country musician George McClelland as a teenager; and had three children, Jim, Gerry and Gloria. They took to the road hopping freights and singing for their supper across the Rockies. She gained fame in the 30’s, performing with The Royal American Shows and Alberta Slim; billed as Canada’s Roy Rogers. She also performed at Vancouver’s Malkin Bowl, winning first prize. In 1947 at Vancouver, she married a decorated WW2 Soldier, John Cullen, from Brandon Man., who fathered her fourth child, Linda. Frances also travelled to Nashville, Cape Breton, (where she had breakfast with Rita McNeil; who told her to ``keep on singing Frances``), and later to Hawaii, where, in her 90’s, she taught the Hula Instructors a few moves! She was an avid bowler until age 93. A Celebration of Life Memorial Tea will be held at 1pm on August 16, at St Andrews Anglican Church 20955 Old Yale Road in Langley, all are welcome. We are asking those who attend to wear something blue in honor of Mum’s favorite color. Frances`s ashes will be interred at Brandon Cemetery in Manitoba at the end of August. Our thanks go to Dr. DeLair, the nurses at Harrison Pointe and The Langley Hospice staff for their loving and tender care given to our Mum in her final days. If you wish to give a charitable gift in France’s memory please consider the Langley Hospice Society. Contact Linda at 604)-533-8430, for more information.
SCHICK: Elfriede Julianne Schick of Brandon, beloved wife of Hermann and dear mother of Charles, Helen (Brian) Forsyth, Rosie Thompson and Richard (Kim), passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, June 2, 2014 at the age of 86 years. Prayers will be said for Elfriede at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Kevin Smith as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Elfriede may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation “Palliative Care”, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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