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SIMS: Christopher Douglas Sims of Brandon, MB, passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at the age of 64 years. Chris was born in Winnipeg, MB on September 23, 1948. He resided in Brandon most of his life. He attended schools in Brandon, Brandon University and Red River College in Winnipeg. He started work at the city in the Recreation Department at Curran Park. He later transferred to a job opening in the Engineering Department and in time he was in charge of his own surveying crew. He was employed by the City of Brandon for 39 years. He belonged to the Brandon Orchid Society and was the Union Representative with CUPE for the City. In his younger years, he enjoyed cross country skiing, hiking, photography, snowshoeing, cards, canning and preserving his produce from his ever bountiful garden. A specialty of his was the Engineering Department's Christmas Meal. His dogs, Seamus and Maggie, were his constant companions. They spent many hours trekking thru the fields exploring. He is survived by his sisters Sheila, Carol Britton (Randy), and Joyce Smith (Jim). Nephews Ryan and Kevin Britton, Michael Smith, niece Jennifer Smith and great nephew and niece Brendan and Skyler, cousin Douglas Sims, Uncle Norman Sims and sons, Norman (Elizabeth) and Peter Sims (Rhea) and their respective families. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Douglas and Dorothy Sims of Winnipeg, MB. A celebration of his Chris' life was held at the Central United Church on March 14, 2013. Chris’ family wish to express their thanks to Pianist, Ruth Nickel, Soloist, Sandy Jasper, also for her heartfelt words regarding Chris, and Urn Bearer, Marv Alexander (close friend) for all his help and continuing support. Our heartfelt thanks to Ian Christiansen (Chris' Boss) and Bruce Ross (close friend) for their shared reflections to our brother. A special thank-you goes out to all who took care of Chris at the time of his passing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "Funds for Furry Friends", 208-740 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 0K9. Interment will be held at a later date at the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium.
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SPARROW: Russell James Sparrow, December 04, 1927 – March 02, 2013, beloved husband of Leone and loving father of Jim, Barbara and Janice. A Remembrance Service to celebrate Russell’s life will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, Brandon, on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating.
TOPINKA: Tunie Berniece Topinka, wife of James Topinka, born in Whitewood, Saskatchewan in 1918, passed away March 25, 2013 in the Dinsdale Personal Care Home in Brandon. She enjoyed life and always rejoiced in the opportunity to help others. Tunie was predeceased by her husband Jim, two brothers and two sisters. She lived in Manitoba since 1944, mostly in Brandon. Tunie is survived by her children Olive, Ron, Keith and Janet, as well as six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her family and many friends. The funeral service was held at the Whitewood United Church, March 30th. A memorial service will be held April 10, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at Dinsdale Personal Care Home, Brandon.
WILLIAMSON: Audrey Perrin (Wilken) formerly of the Roseland District, wife of the late Jim Williamson, passed away peacefully at Fairview Home on March 22, 2013 at the age of 74. Audrey was born on May 12, 1938 to Alfred and Ruth Wilken in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan. Audrey had two brothers, Cyril and Roger and one sister, Della. Audrey married Jim Williamson, a farmer from the Roseland, MB District on July 19, 1958. They met on the curling ice and curling became a life-long passion they shared for many years. Jim and Audrey were married 48 years and had four daughters, Deb, Kim, Sheri and Wenda and five grandchildren, Dallas, Darcy, Corey, Brittany and Chelsea. Jim and Audrey farmed the Williamson homestead, a century farm, for over 40 years. Audrey always had a fondness for animals and had pets all her life including a goat during childhood to cats, dogs and horses throughout her adult life. Audrey was a talented artist and enjoyed gardening and the outdoors. Audrey grew up involved in many sports and became an exceptional fastball player and a very competitive curler. Audrey was a well-known curler in the Westman area and won many Bonspiels and local championships. Jim and Audrey were two of the first in the province to receive a Curl Canada Instructor’s certificate and together they taught curling at many different venues including local high schools. They volunteered at numerous curling events over the years. Audrey and her team won the Manitoba Provincial Ladies Curling Championship in 1972 and represented the province in the Canadian Championship where they placed second. Audrey also enjoyed golfing in the summer. Jim and Audrey had many fun times with family and friends at their cottage at Oak Lake Beach for over 30 years. Jim and Audrey were fortunate to celebrate their 25th Anniversary in Hawaii and their 30th Anniversary in Las Vegas. Together they enjoyed many fun times. Their five grandchildren were very special to them. Grandma and Grandpa were always interested in what they were up to and how they were doing. Audrey leaves to mourn her daughters, Deb Williamson; Kim James and husband Bob, son Dallas and his partner Ashley; Sheri DeGagne and partner Ed Gilbert and Sheri’s sons Darcy and Corey and step- daughter Genevieve; Wenda Aube and husband Lorne, their daughters Brittany and Chelsea as well as their extended family of Lorne’s daughters Amber Aube, partner Cory Taylor and children Layne, Rylan, Payge, Pyper, and Ryder; daughter Courtney Aube and partner Steve Whitmore and children Todd and Darian, daughter Lyndsey Klassen and husband Kevin and children Deklan and Cole. Sister in Law, Estelle Brown, Brothers in Law, Clarence (CK) Williamson and Art (Marie) Williamson and Reg Anslow as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Audrey was predeceased by her loving husband Jim Williamson, parents Ruth and Alfred Wilken, brothers Cyril and Roger Wilken and sister Della Anslow as well as many brothers in law and sisters in law. Funeral Service was held at Brockie Donovan on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, with Jamie Berry officiating. Internment will take place at a later date in the Roseland Cemetery. Daughters Kim James and Sheri DeGagne shared memories of their mother on behalf of her four daughters. Active Urn Bearers were grandsons – Dallas James and Darcy DeGagne. Audrey was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 65 and entered personal care at 67 years. The family wishes to express their sincere thank you to the 5th Floor staff at Fairview Home. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Audrey to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B – 457 9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4A9. Thank You to Bev and crew at the ANAF Unit #10 for providing the luncheon after the service and a Special Thank You to all Friends and Family who sent flowers, food, etc. or stopped by to visit during this very difficult time. Your kindness was greatly appreciated. Arrangements were with Brockie Donovan. Thank You to Sonny, Ken, Lisa and the staff for all their assistance.
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HOWES: Doug Howes, formerly of Brandon, passed away March 29, 2013 in Sarnia, ON. He is survived by his Mother Millie Mckerracher and brother Wayne Mckerracher of Sarnia; his children Donna, Rod (Lisa), and Brad (Teresa), all of Calgary, AB; and 5 grandchildren Justin, Courtney, Taylor, Stepheny, and Ben.
EISLER: Nellie, 97 years old, beloved wife of the late John Eisler, mother of Elsie, Alice, Teenie and the late Margaret, died in the Souris Personal Care Home on Thursday, April 4, 2013. Funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris, Manitoba on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Nellie, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris, in care of arrangements.
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DUTHIE: Donald James Campbell Duthie. Don (“Duff”) passed away peacefully at the age of 61 on April 1, 2013 in Glenboro Hospital after a long battle with COPD. A Celebration of Don’s life will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the Knox Zion Presbyterian Church, Carberry, MB with Rev. Minho Yoo officiating. Donations in memory of Don can be made to Winnipeg Inner City Mission Box 2444 Stn. Main Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A7 or to a charity of your choice.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Service of Glenboro, MB in care of arrangements. (204)827-2480.
MAYBERRY: Olive Mayberry, beloved wife of the Late Sam Mayberry of Reston, Manitoba, passed away at Reston Health Centre on Sunday; March 31, 2013 at the age of 89 years. Funeral Services will be held from Reston United Church on Monday; April 8 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend M. Dwight Rutherford officiating. Interment will be in Reston Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Olive.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden and Reston in care of arrangements.
ANDREY: Ruby Irma Andrey, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at the age of 96 years. Ruby was predeceased by her first husband, Corntine Hemery in 1980, her second husband, Lloyd Andrey in 1998, sons Frank Hemery and Corntine Jr. Hemery and daughter, Yvonne Gross. Ruby is survived by her son-in-law, Walter Gross, grandchildren Cory, Kevin and Sandra, as well as numerous relatives and friends. A graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
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MOGGEY: Dr. Doreen Elaine Moggey, age 83 died at Fairview Home in Brandon, Manitoba on March 30, 2013. In accordance with Doreen's wishes cremation has taken place and interment will take place at the Ninette Cemetery at a later date. Donations in memory of Doreen may be made to a charity of own choice. Online condolences may be made at www.wheatlandfs.comKillarney Boissevain Funeral Home 204-523-7791
OWEN: Evelyn Alice Owen, beloved mother of Barbara Owen, entered into rest March 30, 2013 at the age of 88 years. A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Neepawa United Church, Neepawa, MB with interment at the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, MB. Donations may be made to the Neepawa District Palliative Care Service, Box 1240 Neepawa, Manitoba, R0J 1H0 or the Central Plains Cancer Care Services, 318 Saskatchewan Avenue East, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, R1N 0K8. White’s Funeral Home Neepawa, MB in care of arrangements 204-476-2848.
MASON: Mabel (nee Gudbranson), beloved wife of Charlie passed away suddenly at her home on March 8th, 2013. Mabel was born in Minnedosa, Manitoba to John and Lillian Gudbranson. Mabel was predeceased by her parents and her siblings Jack, Gerald, Mae, Sarah, Gilbert and Thelma. Her sisters Emma and Alma reside in Rivers. She leaves behind to mourn her loss her husband Charlie, sons Hugh (Heather), Jim (Donna), John (Lara) and daughter Kathy (Roger) as well as grandchildren, Eric, Jodie, Matthew, Ben, Nicole, Andrew and Tyler and great-grandchildren, Haley and Avery. Mabel had an incredible work ethic and enjoyed nature. All summer she could be found out in the country cutting and hauling wood in the morning and swinging on her porch swing in the afternoon keeping track of her neighbours and townfolk. In the winter she sewed blankets for family and friends. Watching over her family and keeping everyone busy was the joy of her life. A funeral was held March 13, 2013, in Souris, Manitoba.
BIRIN: Richard James. Born in Brandon October 6, 1936, passed away December 10, 2012 at Victoria Hospital, Winnipeg. Involved in bowling, golf, hockey, curling. Moved to Calgary in 1972, employed as a car salesman. Before moving to Brandon in 2007 Rich held the position as Business Manager for an Auto Dealership. Then Rich and Paullet moved to Winnipeg in April 2012. Rich was predeceased by his father, May 1977, Mother, December 2011. Rich is survived by loving wife Paullet of 33 years, daughter Raeshell, step sons Eric, Keith, three granddaughters, brother Don (Bartz), nieces, nephews, cousins and relatives. Service will be held April 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm with Fr. Jerzy Urbanski of St. Joseph’s Polish National Church officiating, 1111 Assiniboine Avenue, Brandon, R7A 0G9. Following the service a private interment will take place at the Brandon Cemetery. We will join you all at the Sokol Hall, 11th Street, upper floor. In lieu of flowers a donation in memory of Richard may be made to the mentioned Church or a charity of your choice.
KACHAN: Lois “Ellen” (nee Ackroyd) September 28, 1945 - March 28, 2013. Ellen Kachan beloved wife of John of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the age of 67 years. Ellen was born in Brandon, MB on September 28, 1945. She married John on August 19, 1967. Besides her loving husband John, Ellen is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Nancy and Terry McNeill; two grandchildren Jared and Cayley; mother Margaret Ackroyd; siblings Jack (Maureen) Ackroyd, Gregory (Sheri) Ackroyd, Susan Slawson, Brian (Jackie) Ackroyd; and nieces and nephews, Stacey, Brianne, Cari, Connor, Regan, Donna, Melvin; and Sandra. She was predeceased by her father Brant Ackroyd. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E. Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to Southwood Hospice, 211 Heritage Drive S.E. Calgary, AB T2H 1M9. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at Southwood Hospice for the care provided to Ellen. In living memory of Ellen Kachan, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 Bannister Road S.E. Calgary, AB Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.
CLEMENS: John Peter, 89 years old, beloved husband of Doris Clemens, father of Jan, Dave, Ger, Richard, Molly, Jim and Donna, died in the Souris Health Centre on Saturday, March 30, 2013. Prayer service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Souris, Manitoba on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery at a later date. In memory of John, donations may be made to the Souris Hospital Palliative Care Fund or to St. Mary’s Church Memorial Fund. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris, in care of arrangements.
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