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KLASSEN: George Klassen, of Alexander, beloved husband of Joan, dear father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. George was born in Mexico on February 18, 1937, son of John and Susanna Klassen. Besides his wife Joan he leaves his children; Rick (Tammy), Debbie (Kevin) Stevens, Cathy Nielsen and John (Kim). There are twelve grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He also leaves a brother, Peter and two sisters; Mary Froese and Marge Dyck. George was predeceased by his parents, three brothers, Abe, Henry, John and a sister, Helen. A Graveside ceremony will be held on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 12:00 noon at the Alexander Cemetery. Rev. Orton Anderson will officiate. The family will receive friends at a time of fellowship and refreshment at the Whitehead Hall in Alexander following the graveside service. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of George to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #3, 824 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
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LOUGHEED: Alvin "Clare" Lougheed, age 57 died on January 3, 2013 at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In accordance with Clare's wishes cremation has taken place and a private graveside service will be held at Boissevain Cemetery, Boissevain, Manitoba at a later date. Donations in memory of Clare may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2B7 or to a charity of own choice.
On-line condolences may be made at Smith's Funeral Home204-747-2088
RABE (née Tuck): Doris Janet Rabe of Brandon, MB passed away peacefully with her children at her side on Monday, December 3, 2012 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at 82 years of age. Left to cherish her memory are her children - son Ron Rabe and wife Jodee and the grandchildren Jennifer and Tyler Rabe; and daughter Debbie Debassige and husband Russ and the grandchildren Daniel, Dawson, Derek and Calista Debassige. Doris was pre-deceased by her husband William Rabe in 1985. Doris was born March 16, 1930 in Winnipeg to proud parents Arthur and Edith Tuck. She grew up in East Kildonan where she went to prep school and took tap dancing and piano lessons. She spent summers travelling to Birds Hill to swim and pick berries. At the age of 12, Doris’ family moved to Sherburn Street in Winnipeg. She attended Principal Sparling School and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate. Doris later took to night courses at Success Business School. Doris enjoyed canoeing and joined the Winnipeg Canoe Club. Doris wanted to Nurse, so went in training at Misericordia for 3 years and obtained her Registered Nurse degree. First she did private duty nursing and then worked for 5 years as an office nurse. She also nursed in Oakland, California for a brief while. Doris met William Rabe from Alexander at Danceland at Clear Lake and was married at St. Paul’s Church in 1962. Doris gained a wonderful new family through her marriage to Bill; Evelyn (Fred) Parks and Don Rabe of Alexander and June (Bill) Tivy and Reta (Bill) Koropatnick of Vancouver. Doris and Bill moved to their farm at Alexander in 1962. Doris loved the farm and the garden and took an active role in all aspects of the farm. They very much enjoyed camping and spent a great deal of time at Clear Lake in the summer. Doris moved to Brandon to Birchview Place in 1994. Doris loved to be with people. She was always interested in what everyone was doing and never had a bad word to say about anyone. Doris loved to attend teas, fowl suppers, card games, and just about any excuse to go have tea and dainties. Doris loved her time spent with charities and organizations such as UCW, Order of the Eastern Star, Red Hats, Seniors for Seniors, volunteer work at the hospital, and was active in Alexander Church and later Trinity United Church. Doris loved music of all kinds; she enjoyed singing in the United Church and Eastern Star choirs. Doris had just moved to Riverheights Terrace in summer of 2012 and was making new friends, enjoying reat food and the many activities. Doris loved to travel and was fortunate to visit 26 countries around the world! She travelled to all Canadian provinces and 23 states in the US and went on 12 cruises. Doris travelled with Eastern Star on bus trips to visit other chapters all over Canada and the US. Doris was a great Mother and Grandmother to her kids and grandchildren and cherished spending as much time as she could with them, playing games, driving to visit them or to see them play sports, and sharing meals. She will be dearly missed as a fantastic role model and friend. We were privileged to have Mom in our lives and she will be forever in our hearts. Thank you to the staff at Brandon RHA; Dr. Meredith, Dr. Ramaya and the incredible nurses of Emergency, 400 Medicine and Assiniboine Centre Palliative for both their professionalism and their warm and personal care. The funeral service was held at Brockie Donovan Chapel in Brandon on December 7, 2012. Lunch followed at Central United Church. Interment was in the family plot at Alexander Cemetery. Rev. Wayne Sanderson officiated. Thank you to all of Doris’ family and friends who attended, touched us with their cards and phone calls, sent baking and flowers and to those who made donations to charitable causes in memory of Doris.
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ROTH: Gilbert Dennis “Gil” Roth passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 in Rivers, Manitoba where he enjoyed living for a number of years. Born May 19, 1944 in McKenzie Island, Ontario, Gil was raised in Red Lake, Ontario. Gil is survived by his wife, Vi, of 47 years; daughter Tammy of Brandon; son Gil Jr. (Nicole) of Sylvan Lake, AB; son Michael (Jennifer) and two grandchildren Natasha and Johnathon of Rivers; mother Elizabeth of Victoria, BC; sister Judy (Roger) of Edmonton, AB; nephews Curtis and Jason and families as well as numerous relatives. He was predeceased by father Elmer. Gil enjoyed having coffee with his many friends and will be remembered by all for his kind, caring ways. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Gil may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 0V9.
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SHERB: Violet Greta Sherb, widow of Stanley Sherb, passed away in Brandon on January 2, 2013. Violet was born at Carnegie, Manitoba on September 30,1928, the daughter of Anthony and Frances Gonroski. She married Stanley Sherb and resided in Brandon most of her life. Violet worked as a hairstylist until her retirement. She and Stanley raised one daughter, Valerie. Violet was predeceased by her husband Stanley and her daughter, Valerie. Surviving are: her son-in-law, Ross Hicks and grandson, Dallas (Lynnai) Hicks and their children, Dalen and Lyrrah. There will be no formal ceremony. A private service will be held at a later date. Memorial Donations may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 17th Street East, Brandon, MB R7A 7M6.
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STRATH: Russell. Peacefully at the Souris Personal Care Home, Russell passed away January 1, 2013 at the age of 92. Dad was born October 20, 1920 at Hayfield, Manitoba. He was predeceased by his parents Robert and Gladys (Rogers) Strath, brothers Jim and Geordie and sister-in-law Delsey. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Grace, sister Roberta (Bill) Dodd, brother Don, daughter Donna (Dale) Robbins, son Gary (Donna) Strath. Grandchildren Tom Robbins, Patrick (Robin) Robbins, Russ (Corene) Gregg, Ben Strath, Katie Strath and Garett Strath. Great grandchildren Neve Robbins, Ben, Katie and Calli Gregg. Dad moved many times in his early years living North of Souris, Carroll, Minto, Riverside and worked on two farms in the South Beresford District. He spent a short time working in British Columbia with his brother and his dad. Mom and Dad spent their time farming in the Hayfield District and truly enjoyed the community rural life; the summer ball games, the winter tobogganing parties and the Friday Night Hebron Cars Evenings. He would have been happy to stay in a 40 mile radius of home but travelled overseas to Scotland and England with his brother and later to London with his son to visit relatives and see the countryside. On one rare occasion they took a warm winter holiday to Hawaii. Dad travelled to Montreal and Toronto on a few occasions to buy livestock. After he retired he continued to help out at the farm for many years. He enjoyed restoring old farm machinery and volunteered at the Museum and at the Church. His pride and joy were his grandchildren. He spent countless hours attending all of their functions. He loved to be at the rink watching hockey and curling no matter who was playing. He had a life long love of horses and cattle. He learnt to drive a team when he was twelve and showed his registered Dairy Cattle in the sixties and seventies. Mom and Dad rarely missed coffee time down town and were lucky to live in a close knit community with all their friends. Special thanks to the Doctors and Staff at the Souris Personal Care Home. Cremation has taken place. Funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with a private interment in the Souris and Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Russell, donations may be made to the Souris and Glenwood Foundation, Box 518, Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0.
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VAN DAMME: Isabel (née Wood). It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandma, great-grandma and great- great-grandma on January 2nd, 2013 at Evergreen Place in Boissevain. Mom was born May 4th, 1924 at Cypress River, MB where she spent most of her teen years at home with her parents and six brothers. Mom married dad on October 29th, 1945 and spent 57 years together. They farmed at Greenway and Baldur then ran a family business in Rathwell and Shoal Lake. After moving to Brandon, mom worked as a nurse’s aide at Hillcrest Place and later spent many years working at Peters Agencies. Mom enjoyed playing the piano and playing cards with family and friends. She leaves her daughter Myrna, sons Myles (Bernice), Alvin (Susan), grandchildren Brad, Michael (Patsy), Barry (Jennifer), Sheri, Brent (Cheryl), Rosalyn, numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Surviving are mom’s brothers Lawrence (Margaret), Leo (Mona), sisters-in-law Jessie and Imelda. Mom was predeceased by her husband Rene, parents John and Irene Wood, brothers Alvin, Albert (Margaret), Jerry, Willijohn and Aimie. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Rosary will start at 10:15 a.m. with Mass commencing at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Kevin Smith as Celebrant. A private family interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Isabel may be made to a charity of choice.
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WOOD: The family of Helen Josephine Wood, age 106 years, announce her peaceful passing on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Helen is the beloved mother of Donald (Alice), Kenneth, Richard, Ella Macmillan, Cathy (Ernie) Wilcox, Barbara Wood, Emily Sutherland, Brenda Wood and Pat (Gary) Wheeler. Family and friends are invited to a time of visitation at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Friday, January 4, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Service to celebrate Helen’s life will take place Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church, 635 McDiarmid Drive. Pastor Earl Ricalton will officiate. Interment will follow at Brandon Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Helen may be made to Youth For Christ, 4 – 1228 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 0L9 or a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
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SWAENEPOEL:Mary, 98 years old, beloved wife of the late Archie Taylor and the late Louis Swaenepoel, mother of Jack Taylor, Marlene Kruger and Janice Martin, died in the Souris Personal Care Home on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. A Private graveside service will be held at the Virden Cemetery. In memory of Mary, donation may be made to the Souris Personal Care Home c/o ARHA Box 10 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris, in care of arrangements.
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STRATH: Russell, 92years old, beloved husband of Grace Strath, father of Donna and Gary, died in the Souris Personal Care Home on Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris, Manitoba on Monday, January 7, 2013 at2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Russell, donation may be made to the Souris & Glenwood Foundation. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris, in care of arrangements.
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SCHARFF: The death of William Gardener Scharff, beloved husband of Liza, occurred on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Funeral Service will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Shannon McCarthy will officiate. If friends so desire, donations in memory of William may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
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HUNTER: W. J. C. Jim Hunter age 93, beloved husband of the late Alice Hunter died on January 2, 2013 at Delwynda Court Personal Care Home in Deloraine, Manitoba. Funeral Services will be held Saturday January 5, 2013 at St. Matthew's Anglican Church in Boissevain, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Interment will take place at Chapel Lawn Cemetery in Winnipeg, Manitoba at a later date. Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association c/o SMD Clearinghouse 2nd floor, 825 Sherbrook Street Winnipeg, MB R3A 1M5, or to a charity of own choice. Messages of condolence may be made at www. Killarney Boissevain Funeral Home 204-523-7791
SHULE: Stephen “Brent” Shule, 44 years of age, of St.Vital Mb, passed away on December 29, 2012 as a result of health complications. Brent was born May 24, 1968 to Frank and Pat Shule (nee Walterson) in Killarney, Manitoba, the eldest of their four children. He was pre-deceased by his mother Patricia in 2010 and is survived by his father Frank Shule of Killarney; his brother Jamey, Jamey's wife Sheryl and their children, Taylor and Brennan of Killarney; his brother Todd, Todd's wife Shannon and their children, Graeden and Griffin, of Vermilion, Alberta; his sister Stacey and her partner Quentin of Winnipeg. Brent loved his family dearly and was especially proud to be an uncle to his four nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a large extended family who, along with his immediate family, mourn the loss of a beloved and kind family member. Brent was raised in Killarney on his family's farm and attended school in Killarney where he was awarded the Governor General's medal upon graduation from grade 12. He furthered his education at the University of Manitoba, achieving a Master's degree in Actuarial Mathematics. Brent had a great love of sports and as a child and teenager, he played hockey, baseball and football. As an adult he continued to be involved in all these sports. He served as the equipment manager for the St. Vital Junior Victorias hockey team for the last eight years and and was an umpire in city baseball leagues. But his greatest love was football, the CFL and his beloved Blue Bombers. Brent had a heart of Blue and Gold, never missed a home game and rarely missed a Grey Cup game. He loved attending the Grey Cup all across Canada and developed lifelong friendships with other fans of the CFL. He was excited about the new Bomber stadium and already had his tickets for next season. Brent touched many lives and will be sadly missed by his family and all with whom he worked and cheered. A memorial service will be held at the Wheatland Chapel in Killarney, Manitoba on Friday, January 4, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Brent may be made to Kid Sport Manitoba; 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2Z6
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PETERS: It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our wife, mother and grandmother, Barbara Jean Peters, on December 30, 2012 at the Hamiota District Health Centre. She was born Dec. 14, 1944, the eldest child of Rodney and Velma Woods of Binscarth, MB. She attended school in Binscarth until the age of 16 and then lived in the Oak River area with her aunt Nettie and uncle Theron Smyth until 18. She then moved to Morden to work as a nurse’s aide. There she met her future husband, Benjamin Peters. They married Sept. 19, 1964, in Binscarth, but resided in Winnipeg, where their 3 children were born. In 1972, they moved to the Ken Clubb farm, at Oak River, MB. Besides doing dairy work, she was a bartender and manager at the Blanchard waste site until she retired. She enjoyed gardening and yard work until lung cancer made it harder to manage. She fought hard and became cancer free for almost 14 years. She loved her children and grandchildren fiercely and enjoyed being a part of all they did. She leaves to mourn, her husband of 47 years, Ben; daughter Patricia and kids Rachel and Chase; son Michael (Mandy) and kids Rodney, Amelia and Melodee (and their mother April); daughter Tabatha (John) and kids Brandi, Kendra and Benjamin. She is survived by her sisters Glenda (Brian Parker) and Kim; brothers Garth (Debbie) and Jim (Noreen); brothers-in-law Victor Guspodoric and Tom Reiter. Sister-in-law Nettie Peters (Jake), Ann Enns (Bill), Susan Friesen (Abe), Tina Holenski (Joe), Mary Penner (Dave), Esther Peters (Bill), Trudy and Dave Derksen. Brothers-in-law Pete Peters (Lydia), Abe and Barb Peters, Cornie and Lynda Peters, Fred and Gloria Peters, John Peters (Ruth), Henry & Lydia Peters and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Rod and Velma Woods; sisters Bonnie Guspodoric and Lea Reiter; son-in-law William Anderson; mother-in-law Susan Peters; Ken and Helen Clubb who were like parents to her. Barb was surrounded by loved ones when her maker came to take her home. She will be greatly missed for her speak your mind attitude! A service to celebrate Barb’s life will be held at the Oak River United Church, Oak River, MB on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with interment following in the Oak River Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Barb’s memory to CancerCare Manitoba, P.O. Box 2248 Stn Main, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 9Z9 or to the Oak River United Church Memorial Fund, Oak River, MB, R0K 1T0.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
HAMILTON: Robert Charles Hamilton was, and will always be in our hearts. After having a great Christmas filled with family, friends, laughter and turkey dinner, Bob passed away with his loved ones at his side on Sunday, December 30th from complications caused by cancer. He was a compassionate man with a very genuine devotion to friends, family, students and any one who crossed his path, never thinking twice to lend his wisdom or a helping hand. Bob was born on November 15th, 1950 to Beryl and Robert J. Hamilton. He grew up in Brandon’s east end with his sister Jane, and spent his summers working, building life long friends and crafting his wonderful character and love of the outdoors at Clear Lake. In his youth, Bob was very active in many sports including basketball, tennis and volleyball. After receiving a scholarship to study at the University of North Dakota, Bob completed his bachelor’s degree in education with a major in physical education and a minor in English in 1973. It was during his university years that he met the love of his life, Joy Donnelly at Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park. The two were wed in 1975, after spending countless nights talking under the magical stars of the ‘old campground’ and on midnight canoe rides. After 6 years of marriage their first son Blake was born in 1981, followed by Joel in 1985 and finally Gareth in 1989. Bob’s family life was immensely important to him. He lived life to the fullest taking his wife and three boys on unforgettable road trips, camping excursions and exploring the outdoors. In his professional life, Bob was a dedicated teacher, guidance counselor and coach for over three decades. He began his teaching career in Rosenort, Manitoba, moving to Thompson, where he taught phys Ed for 3 years and renewed his interest in basketball. In 1977, he returned to Brandon and began teaching at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School, where he spent the next 31 years of his career. Here he taught phys Ed and English, coached numerous basketball and volleyball teams and provided council and support to students and staff alike. After retirement from the Brandon School Division in 2008, he continued to council those in need through his work at the John Howard Society. Bob’s kindness, generosity and compassion will be forever missed by many of those whose lives he touched. He will be deeply missed and cherished by his beloved wife Joy, his three sons, Blake, Joel and Gareth, his sister Jane, niece Jana from Atlanta, Georgia; Sisters and brothers in laws Clark & Mary, Pat & Patti, Chris & Danette, parents in law, Marjorie and Jack Donnelly and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in Bob’s honor to celebrate his life at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Knox United Church, 451-18th Street.In lieu of Flowers, donations can be made to the John Howard Society on their website at or to Elspeth Reid family resource centre
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