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MATTIS: Katharina (Tina) Mattis (nee Friesen) September 27, 1921 – November 18, 2014. With love and sadness Katharina (Tina) passed away peacefully at Rideau Personal Care Home in Brandon with family by her side. She was predeceased by her husband John in April, 2000. “Oma” will be forever missed by her family; Son John (Janet), three grandchildren Kelly (Glen), Richard, Jan Marie (Brent); Son Rudy, grandchildren Elizabeth and Joey; Daughter Maggie (Ken), grandchildren Heather (Stephen), Corrine, Jill (Scott), Steven; Son Fred (Maria), grandchildren Jamie, Stewart (Elissa), as well as thirteen great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff at Rideau Park for their kindness, support, and special care that mom received during the past three years. A celebration of Katharina’s life will be held Saturday, November 22, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Springfield Heights Mennonite Church, 570 Sharron Bay, Winnipeg, MB. Reception to follow.If friends so desire, donations in memory of Katharina can be made to Mennonite Central Committee – 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3T 5K9.
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Glen Eden Funeral Home & Cemetery 204-338-7111.
FIFI: Rene Archie Fifi, of Brandon, age 64 years, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Rene was born at Holland, Manitoba on May 9, 1950 and was raised on a farm in the Bruxelles area. He received his early education at a convent at Bruxelles, then later moved to Holland, then to Portage and eventually to Brandon. Rene worked as a truck driver, farm hand, handyman, yard care maintenance and landscape contractor. He enjoyed woodworking, collecting antiques, pets and yard work. Rene is survived by his sons Joel Fifi (Deion Neiman) and children Brooklyn and Alicia; Danny Fifi (Carla Pearton); Robbie Fifi (Brittany Woodland) and children Ayden and Lilly; step-daughter Donna Bernier (Derek Graham) and children Alexa and Mikaela. He was predeceased by his wife Carol. The Funeral Ceremony will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Arlene Robertson will officiate. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Rene to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #3 - 824 - 18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
TIESSEN: Jacob Edward “Jake” Tiessen of Crystal City, formerly of Griswold, Manitoba died November 16, 2014 at the Rock Lake Hospital in Crystal City, Manitoba at the age of 78. Jake is survived by his wife Elfrieda (nee Hildebrand) son Ray, daughters Vicki and Brenda and their families. A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Crystal City Mennonite Church in Crystal City, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Private burial will take place at the Crystal City Cemetery. Viewing will be held at Wheatland Funeral Home, 321 Railway St., Pilot Mound, MB Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Jake may be made to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Box 767, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2L4
Messages of condolence may be made online atwww.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service204-825-2848
LAFLEUR: James Paul “Jim” April, 18, 1962 – Brandon, MBNovember 9, 2014 – Airdrie, AB. James “Jim” Paul Lafleur passed away on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at the age of 52 years. Jim served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 22 years, and retired from the service with the rank of MCpl in 2003. During his service Jim enjoyed a number of postings including, Winnipeg, MB, Cold Lake, AB, and a 5-year overseas tour in Baden, Germany. For his final posting he returned to Cold Lake a place he very much enjoyed and considered returning to in his final retirement. In his post-military career, Jim followed his military training and worked in the field of avionics in the Calgary area. He later took a hiatus from that work to care for his elderly mother at home. Of all the family, Jim had always had an especially strong and close attachment with his mum. They were best of friends. It was inevitable this devotion led him to be her final companion and care taker, which he exercised with the greatest compassion, dedication and good humor. Jim’s two great passions throughout his life were music and golf. He lived and loved music, playing his guitars for Mum or listening to Miles Davis. An avid golfer all his life, Jim was a student of the game. His greatest golfing triumph was winning the Lafleur brothers tourney in 2012. His golfing dream was realized when he became a marshal at the newly-built Apple Creek Golf Course in 2013 and 2014, as well as a marshal at the 2014 Shaw Charity Classic. Jim always was a stickler for the rules. Jim is survived by his brothers, Michael, Tom and Peter (Laurie) Lafleur; his sister Andree (Gary) Hammond; his nieces, Erin (Adil), Morgan, Mackenzie, Addison and Nikki; and his nephew Steven. He was predeceased by his father Joseph Marcel Lafleur and his mother Elizabeth Ellen Lafleur. As per Jim’s wishes, a private service will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to your local Veterans Food Bank or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. In living memory of James Lafleur, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Airdrie, 300 Towerlane Drive, Airdrie, AB. Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.
SAMPSON: Beverly Ross Sampson (Bev) aged 78 years, of Moose Jaw, SK passed away on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 in Saskatoon, SK, from a brain aneurysm Bev is survived by his wife, Lois; daughter Cathy Richardson, (Jerry); and grandchildren Carrie and Bryan; and mother-in-law Rose Wilson. A private family interment was held in Brandon, MB and a Memorial Service for Bev will be held on Saturday, November 22nd, at the Legion from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in Moose Jaw, SK.
STANLEY: Mary Helen Eileen (nee Malone), much loved wife of the late Russ Stanley, passed away peacefully at home on September 29, 2014, surrounded by the love of her daughter Elaine, granddaughter Kim, and son Ted. Helen was born in Charlottetown, PEI, on May 30, 1926 to Joseph and Mary (Power) Malone. Helen was blessed with a younger brother, Frederick (Ted). She graduated with honors from Notre Dame Academy and received the Governor General’s award. She also attended Prince of Wales College. In July 1943, at the age of 17, Helen moved to Toronto, ON, to work in a war plant. In December, she moved to Kingston, ON, and worked as a Chemical Analyst at the Aluminum Company of Canada for two and a half years. One day while in line at a movie, giggling with a friend, Helen tried to discretely pet the fur coat on the lady ahead of her, and she was spotted by a young soldier who had a chuckle watching her. The next night, he saw her at a dance and so began their relationship. Helen married Russ, her best friend and the love of her life, in Kingston on July 15, 1945. Upon Russ’s discharge from the military in August 1946, they moved to Brandon. They had three children: Ted, Elaine and Jerry. They were married for almost 68 years when Russ passed away in March 2013. Helen was an intelligent woman with a thirst for knowledge and a desire to be involved…her professional years were busy! In March 1954, Helen started work at the Brandon Sanatorium as a Nursing Assistant. In February 1956, she began working in the laboratory. In October 1957, she began working at Brandon Mental Health Centre (BMHC) Laboratory as Charge Tech for the Milk and Water Department. While working and raising a family, she took the medical laboratory training courses. In 1959, she wrote the Canadian Society of Laboratory Technologists (CSLT) national exams and was certified as a Registered Technologist (R.T. General). In July 1962, Helen moved to the Brandon General Hospital (BGH) Laboratory as Senior Technologist in the then-infant Microbiology Department. During this time, in the 1960’s, she also helped Russ operate their store, Russ’s Grocery, at 251-3rd Street. Helen passed the CSLT exam for her advanced certification (A.R.T.) in 1968. From 1969 to 1971, while continuing in microbiology, Helen was given the added responsibility of Student Coordinator for lab student training. In April 1971, she was given the job as Instructor/Coordinator for lab students. Helen became the Education Head at Westman Regional Laboratory Services (WRLS) on its inception in 1974 and held that position until her retirement in 1988. She also provided editorial duties for “Lab-Com”, the WRLS newsletter. Through her work with students, Helen touched many lives. Helen’s caring nature showed in her concern for her students during their training. While working, Helen continued to satisfy her thirst for knowledge by taking some journalism courses at Brandon University, health care management courses at Assiniboine Community College (ACC), and attending lab conferences whenever possible. Helen was active in her professional association, CSLT, on both local and national levels, for many years. On a local level, in the 1960’s, she was active in the Manitoba Laboratory and X-ray Society and served as a Director throughout much of its existence. After Brandon Academy was formed, Helen served as Secretary, Director, Chairman of Continuing Education, President and Past President. Helen became a member of Brandon’s Post Graduate Course Committee and over the years served in various capacities such as Director, Secretary and Program Chairman. During this time, she also instructed evening courses in Advanced Hematology and Advanced Microbiology at ACC. On a national level, in 1968, Helen joined several Sections of the National CSLT Science Sections. From 1971 to 1977, she was elected Chairman of the Hematology Science Section. From 1971 to 1973, she was the CSLT representative on the Advisory Committee of the Medical Technology Section at Red River Community College. In 1976, she was elected to the CSLT Certification Board and served for two years. In 1979, she became Chair of the Science Sections General Laboratory Forum, and in 1980, the CSLT Board of Directors appointed her as National Coordinator of the seven Science Sections. In conjunction with this, she was responsible for the quarterly Science Section publication LINK, and served as an ex-officio member of the Certification Board in 1980 and 1981. Helen remained as Science Sections Coordinator until their dissolution at the end of 1984.In 1987, when CSLT celebrated its 50th Anniversary, Helen was a recipient of a one-time special award established to honour 50 Society members across Canada who had never been formally recognized for their significant contribution to the Society’s growth and development. Helen was one of the founding members of the Manitoba Paramedical Association, now known as the Manitoba Association for Health Care Professionals (MAHCP), and served as a local representative and a bargaining committee member. In 1990, Helen was inducted into the MAHCP Honour Roll for her contribution to the growth of the Association. Helen served for many years on the Boards of BMHC and BGH Credit Unions. She was Chairman of the Committee which paved the way for the successful amalgamation of BGH Credit Union with Westoba Credit Union. Helen’s many endearing traits were evident in her personal and professional lives: her ready smile, her wit, her integrity, her genuine interest in others, and her strong sense of fairness. She was a people person who loved to talk and socialize. Helen’s most endearing trait was her kind, compassionate, and caring heart. She was always a sympathetic listener and was willing to help someone in any way she could. One of Helen’s greatest joys was her family – any time spent with them was precious to her. Even through the difficult challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease, her generous smile, her twinkle in her eye, and her giggle persevered. We miss her dearly.Helen’s faith was very important to her, from her childhood days attending St. Dunstan’s Basilica in Charlottetown to joining St. Augustine’s Church when she moved to Brandon. Her relationship with God was important to her. When she was no longer able to attend services, she participated via Catholic mass on TV. Two things which could always make her smile were children and animals. On outings, babies and young children always caught her attention and she enjoyed an opportunity to watch and interact with them. Helen enjoyed seeing the birds, deer, rabbits, squirrels, and wild turkeys that visited the yard. Through the years, she and Russ had numerous cats and dogs which were lovingly cared for and treated as children. Of their last trio of cats, Buddy claimed Helen as his person and was typically found tucked under her arm being carried around the house or on her lap. He trained her well! She was fascinated with tigers - thank goodness it was not legal to own them! Helen and Russ loved to travel, first with the kids to PEI, Alberta, and Boston. Once the kids left home, so did Russ and Helen any chance they got. They travelled to PEI, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Boston, Florida, California, Vegas, Tahoe, Atlantic City, Nashville, and overnight trips to different casinos. Once long trips became difficult, they enjoyed their casino day trips to Winnipeg with Prairie Oasis. They talked often about how much they enjoyed their trips and all the people they had met - time well spent.Through the years, Helen enjoyed dancing, bowling, swimming, curling, clogging, Toastmasters and board games. She was a voracious reader and read every chance she got. Helen enjoyed writing: poems, stories and skits. At her retirement party, she joked to attendees that she was going to write a book and some of them just might find themselves in it. Music and singing brought her great joy as both a child and an adult. Kim remembers, as a child, Helen singing to her, particularly Irish songs. At home, Helen would often be heard singing. After retirement, she joined the Prairie Oasis choir until her voice no longer let her continue. She loved the music shows on TV, and Helen and Russ often sang along to the show “Let’s Sing Again”. Her enjoyment of music stayed with her right through her last days. Survived by her son Ted (son Kelly, grandsons Mike, Chris and Dennis); daughter Elaine (G. W. Hannay), granddaughter Kim, G.W.’s sons Shaun and Ryan (Crystal, Nathan, Jeremy and Emma); son Jerry (Roberta), granddaughters Amanda and Cassandra (Blair, Connor); nephew Mike Malone of Edmonton; cousin Pat (Mike) Feeney and family of Boston; sisters-in-law Joanna Malone, Joyce Stanley, Evelyn Webber and Ann Stanley; brothers- in-law Ernie and John; and, nieces and nephews. Helen was predeceased by her husband Russ; mother and father; brother Ted; aunt and uncle, Helen and Ed Trainer (Boston), cousins Shirley Trainor and Sharlene Grealy (Boston); daughter-in- law Joanne Rollins and her daughter Patti; father and mother-in-law Oliver and Jennie Stanley; sisters-in-law Carol Malone, Vivian Adams, Emma and Sylvia Stanley; and, brothers-in-law Ollie, Bert, and Gerald Stanley, Jack Webber and Buster Adams. Father Patrick Neufeld officiated Mass of Christian Burial at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, with interment at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Ryan and Shaun Hannay and members of the Knights of Columbus. Thank you to Wade and staff at Brockie Donovan for their compassion and professionalism. Thank you to family and friends for the kindness and expressions of sympathy shown to us at the time of Helen’s passing. Thank you to those who donated to the Alzheimer’s Society and the Brandon Humane Society.
CARTER: C. Blanch Carter, age 95, died November 13, 2014 at Tri Lake Health Centre in Killarney, Manitoba. She is predeceased by her husband John and daughter Maureen Sutton and is lovingly remembered by her son Bill. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 17, 2014 at Wheatland Chapel, Killarney, Manitoba at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Killarney Cemetery. Donations in memory of Blanch may be made to the Bayside Personal Care Home; Box 5000 Killarney, Manitoba R0K 1G0.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service204-523-7791
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BROWN: Eleanor Louise Brown, July 27, 1921 - October 20, 2014. Eleanor Louise Brown passed away at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home after a lengthy illness. Interment took place at Brandon Rosewood Memorial Gardens. A memorial service was held at Minnedosa Memorial Funeral Chapel October 31, 2014 with Reverends Elgin Hall and Natasha Pearen officiating. Eleanor was born in the RM of Minto. Daughter of Lawrence and Lilian Ross. She attended Cameron School and later clerked in Daisy Mathews Ladies Wear store in Minnedosa. She married army private Fred Brown and were in their 70th of marriage. They lived in Flin Flon for a number of years before moving to Basswood, MB to take over his parent’s farm. They retired to Minnedosa in 1989. She enjoyed sewing and tailoring and helping on the farm. She was appointed Manitoba Women’s Co-ordinator for the National Farmers Union for a term. While in Minnedosa she was active in the Ladies Auxiliary to Branch 138 of the Royal Canadian Legion as secretary and was awarded a Life Membership and also a Meritorious Award for her services and participation. After retiring they enjoyed curling, golfing, and camping until her health began to fail due to osteoporosis and Parkinson’s and later dementia. She was predeceased by her parents, sister Norma Nordlinger, son Harold Lorne, daughter Norma Aileen and granddaughter Treena Marie. She is survived by her husband Fred, daughter Erla (Earl) Strong, son Dennis (Janet), three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The staff in the hospitals and the care home where she was a patient are deeply appreciated by her family for their understanding and professional care. Minnedosa Funeral Service was in care of arrangements.
TSCHETTER: George Tschetter, age 82 years, died November 10, 2014 at the Tri-Lake Health Centre, Killarney, Manitoba. George was predeceased by his wife Jeannine and sons Ron & Barry. He is lovingly remembered by his son Blake. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Calvary Baptist Church, Killarney, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in the Killarney Cemetery, Killarney, Manitoba. Donations in memory of George may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association; 727B 10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G7.
Messages of condolence may be made online at Wheatland Funeral Service204-523-7791
COCHRANE: A. Leigh Cochrane; of Hamiota, MB; passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB on Saturday, November 8, 2014 in his 76th year. A graveside service will be held at the Hamiota Cemetery in the Spring 2015. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Leigh’s memory to the Hamiota Golf Club, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0. Messages of condolence and/or photos can be shared at Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
DEBATTISTA: William passed away at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon, Manitoba on Saturday, November 8, 2014 with family at his side. William was born November 21, 1915 in Tarxen, Malta. He was indentured at age 16 to apprentice in the occupation of Engine Fitter and fulfilled his contract six years later. In 1940, he married Ida Tonna and had two daughters and a son. William immigrated to Canada in 1948 to take up employment with the Canadian General Electric. He and his family settled in Peterborough, Ontario where he and Ida had two more daughters. He continued working for the CGE until his retirement in 1978. Shortly after his retirement, he moved to his cottage near Bancroft, Ontario where he spent many years rebuilding his new home and enjoyed family, friends and fishing. When he sold his cottage, he lived for a brief period of time in Ottawa with his grandson, Shawn, before moving to Brandon in 1996 to spend the last 18 years of his life with daughter Christine and her family. He watched his granddaughters Stephanie and Rachel grow up to have families of their own and always had smiles for his great-grandchildren, especially when they raced to get "Papa Bill" for supper. William was pre-deceased by his wife Ida, son-in-law Tom Markwick and grandson Nicky Truttman. He is survived by daughter Mary and husband Ted Buehler, daughter Doris Markwick, son Reny and wife Jo-Anne Debattista, daughter Joyce Truttman and Malcolm McCallum, and daughter Christine and husband Rick Sharpe. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren: Louise, Frank, Jeremy, Kathy, Shawn, Brenda, Jennifer, Laurie, Teri, Stephanie, and Rachel as well as 17 great-grandchildren: Rebecca, Mark, Laura, Shelby, Benjamin, Lindsay, Emma, Victoria, Emily Leeann, Nicholas, Bostyn, Anglin, Emily Jade, Lily, Sadie, Zoey, and Bentley. A private graveside service for family will be held at the Brandon Cemetery on Thursday, November 13, 2014. Donations in memory of William may be made to a charity of choice.
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SHERMAN: Linda Loris Sherman (nee Berry).Linda Sherman of Brandon, MB formerly of Cypress River, MB, passed away on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 64 years. Left to mourn Linda’s passing are her children Loris-Lynne Desmarais and Keith Sherman, both of Brandon, MB, step-daughter Deb Sherman & step-granddaughter Janell of Rivers, MB. Also left to mourn Linda’s passing are her mother Helga Berry, brother Ed (Betty) Berry of Cypress River, MB, and sisters Wendy Law of Glenboro, MB and Connie Reykdal of Red Deer, AB, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Linda was predeceased by her father George Berry and brother -in-law Lyal Reykdal. Funeral Service will be held in the Willmor Chapel, Glenboro, MB at 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 14, 2014, with Pastor Harry Friesen officiating. Interment to follow in the Glencoe Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Linda’s memory to Special Olympics Manitoba, 1645B - 18th Street, P.O. Box 20149 Brandon, MB R7A 6Y8, COR Enterprises, 364 Park Ave E, Brandon, MB R7A 7A8, or to a charity of one’s choice.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Service of Glenboro, MB in care of arrangements. (204)827-2480.
ROWAN: Lorna Jean Rowan; beloved wife of the late Neil Rowan; mother of Judy (Blair) Rowan Kidd, Linda (Doug) Rowan Wilson, the late Eddie Rowan; grandmother of Josh Tyler Rowan, and Kaylee-Anne Rowan; passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 82 years of age. Funeral service will be held at the Miniota United Church, Miniota, MB on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 2:00pm with interment following in the Miniota Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Lorna’s memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association, A1-800 Rosser Ave, Brandon, MB, R7A 6N5 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3-824 18th St, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
CRIDDLE: Paul Criddle of Brandon, beloved husband of Margaret Hawrysh and dear father of Marg, Barb, Frank, Dixon, Ray and Russ, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at the age of 92 years. A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Paul may be made to the Citizens on Patrol Police Service (COPPS,) 1020 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 1A9 or to the Virden Pet Network, Box 925, Virden, MB, R0M 2C0. Complete obituary information to follow.
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