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BAUMUNG: Eunice Baumung. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our mom and grandma Eunice. She fell into the loving arms of her Savior on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 surrounded by her family. Eunice Jean Elizabeth was born to Wilhelmina and Joseph Popp of MacNutt, SK on April 18, 1939. She graduated from Normal School in MooseJaw,SK and taught in a one room country school for two years. She then married Reinhold Baumung and spent the rest of her life in Langenburg, SK. She worked at the local IGA store for many years. Curling, golfing, volunteering, and spending time with her family and friends were among her favorite things to do. Eunice was predeceased by her parents and her husband Reinhold in 2007. Eunice will be lovingly remembered by her children, Shelley (Kevin) Schoenthaler, Kirby (Sherry) Baumung, and Clayton (Barb) Baumung, grandchildren, Connor and Chelsea Schoenthaler, Amanda and Cassidy Baumung, brother Vaughn (Ev) Popp, sisters Loverna Kentel, Merceda Finlayson, Karen (Bob) Charette, Marilyn (Harry) Antony, sisters and brothers- in-law,and many nieces, nephews,great nieces and nephews, and many friends. She will be truly missed by anyone who had the chance to know her. A funeral service was held on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Christ Lutheran Church in Langenburg with Pastor Arron Gust officiating. Interment at Christ Lutheran Cemetary. Lunch will be served at the Community Hall following. Friends so wishing may make donations to STARS Air Ambulance or Christ Lutheran Memorial fund. Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service in care of arrangements.
ZACHARIAS: After a lifetime of courage, unconditional love and perseverance, our own “very special Olympian” has entered eternity in heaven. Jessie Margaret Zacharias, the eldest of nine children, was born to Jake and Beth Zacharias in 1941 in Gladstone, MB. As a child she resided on the family farm in the Pine Creek district until moving to Brandon at the age of 16 where she lived most of her life, except for brief residencies in Drumheller, AB and Altona, MB. At the age of 17, Jessie began attending ARC Industries, a sheltered workshop promoting life skills. In 1967 she began attending COR Enterprises where she worked faithfully and joyfully until June 2004. There, her co-workers and staff became her dear friends. She was always motivated to work hard and to do her very best. Her last position at COR, as the receptionist/ greeter in the gift shop, gave her both pleasure and added responsibility. In 1991 she was awarded an engraved watch to commemorate over 20 years of continuous service. She participated in Special Olympics bowling and also in recreational bowling for many years. Jessie joined TOPS in 1992 and in exemplary fashion reached her KOPS status within a year. She then maintained her status with great diligence for well over a decade. Her commitment and dedication to her goals were an inspiration to many. She developed lasting friendships with her colleagues there. Her church and her extended family were the focus of Jessie’s life. She loved everyone unconditionally and expressively with hugs, smiles and animated accounts of her latest achievements. Birthdays, weddings, Christmases and all special events were well-anticipated and celebrated. Jessie, a woman of strong faith, was a lifetime member of McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church where she loved her church family, and served willingly in the nursery, showing a special aptitude with babies. In 1999 Jessie moved from her family home to reside with her dear sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and John Barbour, and her cherished nephews, Evan and Eric. Following a decline in health, she relocated to Fairview Home in January 2005. Left to celebrate a life well-lived are her seven siblings and their families: Betty Anne (Ken) Kilbrei, Jack (Toni) Zacharias, Ruth Zacharias, Shirley (Glenn) MacEachern, Edward (Susanne) Zacharias, Joan Zacharias, Gladys (John) Barbour, two aunts and uncles, and numerous cousins. She was predeceased by her devoted parents, her step-mother, a brother in infancy, and one brother -in-law. A special thank you to to her sisters, Joan and Gladys, who gave countless hours of their time to help Jessie maintain a rich and rewarding life. We are grateful to Fairview staff, 1st floor, who demonstrated a special compassion for our beloved sister. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jessie’s memory can be made to COR Enterprises, 364 Park Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 7A8, where Jessie’s Dad served on the board with commitment and vision. Funeral Service will be held Monday, May 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Clarke’s Funeral Chapel, MacGregor with Pastor Darryl McAuley officiating. Interment will follow at the Austin Cemetery. Clarke’s Funeral Home, MacGregor in care of arrangements.
WELLS: Marjorie Frieda (May 13, 1929 - April 14, 2013). It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Marjorie Wells on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the Valleyview Care Centre in Brandon. Born and raised in Marchand, Marjorie married in 1947 and raised her family in Winnipeg for 10 years prior to relocating to CFB Shilo and Brandon for the last six decades. Marjorie is survived and lovingly remembered by her two brothers, Alfred and Gordon of Winnipeg, her children Ken (Joanne), Ron (Carol), Rodney, Pamela, (Mike), Shelley (Ron), David (Dianne), Daniel (Suzette), and Alan (Pamela) and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Wilfred (Jack), and her sons John and Raymond and her brother, Arnold. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon, on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant Ms. Kim Lewarne officiating. Private interment to occur at Peace Cemetery, Devon, AB at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or The Kidney Foundation of Canada.
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WEBSTER: Isabel Webster (nee Brown) July 19, 1914- May 5, 2013. It is with sadness that the family of Isabel Webster announces the passing of their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother on Sunday, May 5th, 2013 at the Fred Douglas Lodge, at the age of 98, with family by her side. Isabel (Bella) was predeceased by her husband of 65 years Henry Donald Webster and survived by their two sons Ron (Marlene), of Winnipeg and Don, of Brandon. Isabel also leaves behind nine grandchildren: Tina (Travis), Ron, Shawn (Jennifer), Trevor (Tiffany), Jeff (Judy), Joey (Cheryl), Jordan, Jeremy, Elena (Steven) and nine great-grandchildren: Jamie, Chelsea, Hope, Nathan, McKenna, Jaidyn, Sophie and Olivia. Isabel will always be remembered as the loving and caring matriarch of the family whose life was totally dedicated to the well-being of her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She will be greatly missed for her love of life, family and animals. Mom and Nanny, as she was known was a living embodiment of kindness, self-sacrifice, generosity and compassion. A special thank you to Dr. Chung and all the nurses and staff at the Oak Unit of the Fred Douglas Lodge for all their care, attention and support of Isabel (Bella) over the years that she lived there. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 17th, 2013 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society or to D’Arcy’s A.R.C. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website.
SLOMIANY: (nee Biczak) Helen Frances June 17, 1934- April 28, 2013. We said good-bye to our dear wife, mother, nana, aunt and friend on May 2, 2013, with a service at Memories Chapel, officiated by Very Rev. Fr. Jerzy Urbanski of St. Joseph’s Polish National Catholic Church. Lector Lloyd Dyck assisted. Helen’s favourite hymns were played, and the service ended with the ‘Helen Polka’ at the request of her dear husband Joe. Helen passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully, on April 28, 2013. She probably would say, in her charming, yet somewhat cheeky way, that “she’d had the biscuit”. We can still hear her laughing at her own funny sayings, the antics of her cherished grandchildren, or when teasing her dear husband Joe. Helen always looked on the bright side of things and was a source of encouragement to her family and friends. She and Joe would have been married for 57 years on June 9 of this year. They were true soul mates connected by the same values, culture and commitment to social justice. Always a fun couple, they enjoyed dancing, bowling, get-togethers, gardening, and travelling with their children. They were devoted to each other. Joe was her protector and she leaned on him; he in turn gained strength from her. They were such a comfort to one another. Besides her beloved husband Joe, Helen is survived by her loving and grateful children, Wanda (Michaelangello), Wally (Jenny); her cherished grandchildren Benjamin, Jeremy and Claire; her special nieces and nephews and their growing families of whom she was so proud, and many good friends, old and new. Helen was predeceased by her precious infant son Leonard (Lenny). Dear family members who also predeceased her were: parents Leonard and Mary (Koziol) Biczak; parents-in-law Walter and Anelia Slomiany; sisters Jean Faires and Mary Kozlowski and in-laws Ludwik Kozlowski, Stan and Sophie Wasowicz. Always important to Helen were her family and friends; her church; her Polish heritage and community; and her commitment to social justice. So proud of her Polish heritage, and a talented keeper of tradition, Helen first spoke Polish, only learning English when she went to school. She maintained her fluency in her first language and kept family ties strong by staying in contact with relatives in Poland.  She danced for many years as a teenager and young woman with her friends in her church’s cultural dance group. Helen was honored by her last employer, McKenzie’s, receiving the President’s Award, and by the NDP for her work, along with Joe, as recipients of the Pioneer and Lucille Ono awards. Her family is very proud of her. Helen treated everyone so well –always smiling, with a kind word to strangers and friends. Modest, dignified and careful with everyone’s feelings, Helen never wanted to offend; she was always ready to help out in any way she could. She always seemed to know just the right thing to do and say. Helen was born on Burrows Avenue in Winnipeg’s storied north end – a reunion baby for her parents – her dad had come to Canada to seek a better life. The family moved to the Kirkfield area of Winnipeg - where she grew up with a love of nature and gardening. Helen loved all animals, especially her cairn terriers Skitter and now Koko. She attended high school at Isaac Newton; her years in Winnipeg brought her friendships with some lovely people with whom she kept in touch until the end. Helen was a spiritual woman with a strongly held faith; she was a lifelong member of the Polish National Catholic Church, first at St. Mary’s in Winnipeg, and then at St. Joseph’s in Brandon. Her faith was important to her, and it sustained her. Helen loved music and she sang for many years in the choirs of both St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s. Like many women of her generation, Helen worked hard, yet never complained. She began work after high school in Winnipeg at McDonald Brother’s, in the office, and then at Standard Dairies until her marriage. In Brandon, she was with Modern Dairies for many happy years, and made many friends. She left work to be at home with her children, until 1977 at McKenzie Seeds, from where she retired in 1994. Helen as a mom was exceptional. She was patient, kind, fair yet firm. Her family never wanted for anything. Her many special little touches let her children know she always cared. She became more than a mom – she was a confidant and a friend to her children and their spouses. She was blessed to have three beautiful, healthy grandchildren grace her life for these past ten years. Children of all ages were special to Helen- and she showed her love and support to her nieces and nephews, and others…just as if they were her own. Throughout her life, Helen kept young at heart – she was always current with world events, fashion, and entertainment. She had a keen eye for decorating – and her homes always looked lovely. Helen was very well known as a wonderful cook and amazing hostess - you never went hungry at her house. She loved to cook for her family – especially making favourite foods for her grandchildren – or sending them home with a bag of her incomparable homemade pierogies. She enjoyed almost twenty years of a relatively healthy retirement, for which her family is so thankful, and she filled those years with such energy. Helen had a long association with the Sokol; she and Joe were mainstays of the Sokol over all these years. She served in many capacities, and volunteered countless enjoyable hours there. It was no surprise that her organizational skills allowed the Sokol’s 100th Anniversary celebration held on May 4, 2013 to flourish. Helen was committed to social justice – she worked tirelessly through her long involvement with the New Democratic Party, and specifically the Brandon NDP Women’s Association. Long an advocate for equality and fairness, she lived her principles by showing her caring nature and her support of causes that improved people’s lives directly. She and Joe were guided by the words of one of the founders of the CCF…J.S. Woodsworth…who said “what we desire for ourselves, we wish for all.” Helen wished for peace and an ease to the suffering she saw in this world.  And now our dear Helen has earned her rest and her ease. “….Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.  (Matthew 25:21). “Wieczne odpoczywanie racz jej da? Panie.”To my Helen….To our mom… ….we will love you forever and miss you always.  Joe and Family. 
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Arrangements withMemories Chapel &Pre-Planning Centre,   204-727-0330.
SHELVEY: With family by her side, Phyllis Ann Shelvey passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre after a brief illness with cancer. Born January 28, 1950 at Brandon General Hospital, Phyllis resided all her life in the Forrest District. Her parents, Bill and Dora as well as siblings Jim and Elaine, lived on a farm north of Forrest. Phyllis attended school at Turriff Schools and Elton Collegiate. In 1971, Phyllis and her parents moved to Forrest. After her school days, Phyllis remained with her parents at Forrest, working at various jobs in the area helping those who needed her for odd jobs and taking care of her elderly parents. Phyllis belonged to 4-H, she loved to skate and curl, play baseball, golf and go bowling. In 1989, she started working for Rolling River School Division as custodian at Forrest Elementary School and remained there for 24 years. Phyllis spent many hours making lawn ornaments, doing crafts, knitting and crocheting. She was always making improvements on her house and yard. Phyllis was predeceased by her parents Bill and Dora Shelvey. Remaining to grieve her great loss are her brother Jim (Linda) and their family, Paul (Terri) and Dylan; Ryan (Rochelle), Marcus and Emily; and Derek; her sister Elaine Hockley (Garth) and their family Heather Trotz (Al) and Grady; Neale (Dayna), Morgan, Cameron and Landon; Travis (Julie) and Aiden. Ceremony to Celebrate Phyllis’ Life will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Saturday, May 11, 2013 (TODAY) at 2:00 p.m. A private interment will be at Humesville Cemetery. Urn bearers will be Ryan Shelvey and Heather Trotz. We wish to thank all nursing staff and doctors at the Brandon Regional Health Centre for their excellent care and compassion. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Phyllis may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415 – 1st Street, Brandon MB R7A 2W8 or the Forrest United Church, c/o Jim Robertson, Box 91, Forrest, MB R0K 0W0.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
ROSS: Peacefully on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, Alan Alexander Ross passed away at the Riverdale Personal Care Home, Rivers, Manitoba at the age of 88 years. Funeral Service will take place at Rivers United Church, 339 Main Street, Rivers, Manitoba on Monday, June 3, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Glenna Beauchamp will officiate. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
McFEELY: On April 29, 2013, the death of Robert (Bobby) McFeely occurred at the St. Norbert Personal Care Home, Winnipeg. Born in Hamiota on February 22, 1932, he was the son of the late Robert and Eliza (Milne) McFeely. Bobby is survived by his children Ian (Cathy) of Calgary, Alberta, Patrick (Charlene) of New Norway, Alberta and Shaune of Wetaskiwin, Alberta; grandchildren Shea and Dawson McFeely, Colby and Carter McFeely and Jared and Tara Swanson; his brothers Donald of Winnipeg and James of Summerside PEI; brother-in-law John Kennedy of Winnipeg, two nieces and five nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Patricia Kennedy, a sister who died in infancy, and sister-in-law Mae McFeely. Bobby grew up and attended school in Oakner. After completing school, Bobby worked for the CNR. He subsequently became a member of the RCMP and Camrose City Police. He then embarked on a career as an insurance adjuster. Prior to retirement, he moved to Winnipeg where he was employed with the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires at Red River College. A graveside service handled by Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota, MB, will be held June 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm in the Hamiota Cemetery. Friends and relatives are welcome to attend. Donations in Bobby’s memory may be made to your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Society or to a charity of your choice. Bobby’s family wish to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the staff of St. Norbert Personal Care Home for the excellent care provided during his lengthy stay. Voyage Funeral Home, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 204-284-7500.
GLENN: Dr. Robert David, 1917 - 2013. Bob Glenn, 96, longtime resident of River Heights in Winnipeg, passed away on May 1, 2013. Beloved husband of the late Jean (1992); father of Judy Paterson (Gordon), Kim Saull (Robert), Marcia Glenn (James Hoag), and David Glenn (Darlene); brother of Ted and the late May Norman and Peggy Battersby, all of Vancouver; proud grandfather of Lyndsey and Alex Paterson, Allison Zegar (Saull), Lia and Ellie Hoag, Kristal and Amy Glenn. Bob was born in Montreal, but moved to Winnipeg at a young age - growing up in the Brooklands area. He worked as a dental technician for many years including as a Corpsman in the Royal Canadian Navy. In 1941, he married Jean Florence, and in 1950, graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry. After practicing in Souris for several years, Bob and Jean moved to Winnipeg and raised their four children. Bob practiced dentistry in downtown Winnipeg and taught at the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry. He served as President of the Manitoba Dental Association and he was elected to the International College of Dentists. Bob's hobbies included rebuilding and flying a single engine airplane in which he spent many hours flying locally and on distant trips. Upon retiring from active practice, he spent summers on his grain farm near Cardale, Manitoba. During the winter, Bob returned to the staff at the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry and also worked in northern Manitoba and rural communities. Bob stayed in his River Heights home up until a few months ago and passed away peacefully after a brief stay at Deer Lodge Center. The family offers thanks to his personal staff and the staff of Tower 6 at Deer Lodge for their care and compassion in his final days. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, May 13th at 11:00 am at Westworth United Church, 1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg (204) 489-6974. In lieu of flowers, gifts made in Bob’s memory may be directed to the Dr. Robert D. Glenn Trust in Dentistry. Cheques should be made payable to the University of Manitoba and mailed to Donor Relations, Room 179 Extended Education, Winnipeg, MB   R3T 2N2.  Gifts may also be made on-line at:
DUCZEK: Passed away at the Wawanesa Health Centre, Wawanesa MB, on Wednesday May 8, 2013 at the age of 77 years, Maureen Elizabeth Duczek (nee McMullen), of Wawanesa, MB. Maureen is survived by her sons Glen (Lesley) Duczek of Windsor Ont., Jerry Duczek of Calgary, AB, grandchildren Sheena, Adam, Brodie & Dustin, sisters Patricia (Barry) Arneson of Calgary, AB, and Donna Panel of Nanimo, BC, as well as numerous extended relatives & friends. Maureen was predeceased by her parents, William & Audrey McMullen, brother Bill McMullen, sister Sharon McMullen & by a grandson Shawn Duczek. A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at the Wawanesa Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memoriams may be made in Maureen’s memory to Wawanesa Health Centre – Palliative Care, Box 309 Wawanesa, MB, R0K 2G0.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Service, Glenboro-Holland, in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.
DECKER: Gerald, November 13, 1927 – April 17, 2013. Gerald William Decker, age 85 passed away at Fairview Home on April 17th, 2013. Gerald was the youngest child of Bert and Myrtle Decker. After leaving school in Grade 10 to help out on the farm, Gerald attended Musker Engineering in Winnipeg where he learnt automotive and aerial motors. He worked a couple of winters at Fred Decker’s garage in Decker, and then went onto Brandon University and took an agricultural course. Gerald was too young for the war at age 16 and at age 19 he developed polio in his left leg. Because of this leg, he could not do the physical work required on the farm in the fall of 1947, so took advantage of this time to marry his sweet heart from age 15, Margaret Kidd, in September. For the 1st two years they lived on the family farm at Decker, and then moved to the Van Norman farm west of Decker for another 3 years. They took over the original Decker homestead in 1955. Dad loved the grain farm, although he did raise cattle and pigs for a short period of time. Gerald was a member of the Odd Fellows and participated in all community events. He was a trustee on the school board for years and also sat on the church board. He loved to curl and he drove the school bus for many years. He was given the gift of a very deep bass voice and became well known for his singing ability singing in the Decker choir for years, and then later in the senior Hamiota choir. He spent many hours learning to play the accordion and then the organ. Playing the organ gave him great comfort in the latter years.Many summers were spent on holiday trips with numerous friends and family and there were regular trips to Kenora, Ontario to visit his brother in law and family. For 19 years they also went to Florida for the winter months. Gerald and Marg moved to Hamiota in 1990 and retired from farming in 1991. For a few years they spent the winters out at the west coast at Sidney on Vancouver Island. Marg passed away in the spring of 2001. They were married for 53 years and had a wonderful life together. Gerald and Marg were blessed with 3 children, Jody, Denny and Cheryl. Cheryl married Gordon Cormack, and Gerald and Marg were thrilled to have 2 grandchildren, Brad and Mardie. They devoted a lot of their time travelling back and forth to Kenton to follow their grandchildren’s activities. In 2003 Gerald started golfing with Shirley Dale. Their strong friendship lasted for 10 years and they enjoyed an active senior life. Due to vascular dementia Gerald was unable to stay in his house and moved to Lilac Residence in June 2010. As his dementia deteriorated he was moved to Fairview Home in November 2012 to be closer to his daughter Cheryl. He continued to enjoy his music and the social interaction until his passing. Gerald is survived by his children, grandchildren, brother -in-law Bill Kidd, sisters-in-law Frances Ruchotzke, and Hilda Decker, numerous nieces and nephews; special friend Shirley Dale and her family. He was predeceased by his parents, wife Margaret, brother Cecil Decker, sister Dell Hillman and husband Mac, sisters-in-law: Zina Kidd, Edna Kidd, and brother-in-law Al Ruchotzke. A service to celebrate Gerald’s life took place in the Hamiota United Church on Wednesday, April 24 with Rev. Glenna Beauchamp officiating and internment followed at the Hamiota Cemetery. Campbell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. If desired, donations may be made in Gerald’s memory to the Hamiota United Church Memorial Fund, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0 or to the Fairview Home Memorial Fund, 1351-13th St. Brandon, MB, R7A 4S6.
DAY: After a brief illness our mom, grandma, and great grandma, Isabel Day, passed away on April 30, 2013 at the age of 89 years at Brandon Regional Health Centre. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Lorraine Hodgson (Garth), Betty McGill (Dave), and Murray Day, (Marilyn); grandchildren Bruce Hodgson, Craig Hodgson (Kate), Brent Kyle (Leanne), Jerron Kyle (Lindsey Lynch), Desiree Day (Dan Roque), and Courtney Day (Jon McLoughlin); great grandchildren Lily and Sophie Hodgson, Cole and Connor Hodgson, and Ella Kyle; also her sister, Edith Marson, brother Jim Wood (Pat) and sister-in-law, Nell Day. Isabel was predeceased by her husband, Clifford, in 1988. Mom was the third child, one of twin girls born to Will and Lily Wood. Big brother George and younger brother Jim completed the family. Isabel and Cliff were married in 1941. When Cliff went overseas, Mom lived and worked in Winnipeg. She and Cliff returned to Killarney after the war to farm1/2 mile east on the Neelin Road. Hard work, sound business decisions, and determination made their farm successful. Mom always believed in giving back to her community. Over the years she participated in the Women’s Institute, the Legion, and several groups affiliated with Holy Trinity Anglican Church. She enjoyed many wonderful trips after retirement. Mom excelled at bowling, outscoring every family member! Mom knit countless pairs of mitts and stitched dozens of quilts for anyone who needed them. Her latest hobby was creating scrapbooks for children with cancer. Our mom was a wonderful role model to her family. She lived her life with kindness and grace.
We’ll miss you!
If you care to make a donation in Isabel’s memory, please choose a charity close to your heart.
BERGQUIST: Brian Charles "Levi" Bergquist passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013 after a very brave battle with cancer. His passing was peaceful and he was surrounded by love. He is remembered by his wife Diane; daughter Sara of Whitehorse, Yukon; son Josh (Misty) and granddaughters Lauren and Kate of Mackenzie, BC. Brian is also survived by his siblings: Carol O'Neill of Gimli, Manitoba, Lynn Bell of Langley, BC, Vicki Halme of Duncan, BC, Len Bergquist of Langley, BC and Phyllis Plater (Roy) of New Westminster, BC. Also saddened by the loss of their brother-in-law are Helen Ford (Dale) of Killarney Manitoba, Harvey Bridgeman (Heather) of Brandon, Manitoba, Rena Carnahan of Airdrie, Alberta and their families. His impersonations and zany antics will be missed by all of his friends and relatives. Brian was born in Winnipeg on February 16, 1948. He lived in 14 cities during his 65 years. He began his career in radio broadcasting and ran several group homes for youth. He also owned multiple businesses including retail, restaurants, event and concert promotion and even a movie theatre. He had a passion for writing and he registered countless songs with the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. He produced seven albums and published two books of his poetry. He was also the only honorary member of the Sons of the Pioneers. Being a mentor was important to Brian. He directed the chapter of Big Brothers in Trail BC and he worked with youth in group homes for 17 years. He always wanted to help young people develop life skills and a sense of their self worth. In his own businesses, he often hired people who needed a second chance at life. He always favoured the underdog and took pride in being part of others' successes. He loved movies (Tarzan, Laurel and Hardy, Bob Nolan, Humphrey Bogart and anything James Bond) and all forms of music, pop culture and entertainment. Brian often talked about how he wished someone taught him more about song writing and how it would be a boon for western music to have a mentorship program so the tradition would be passed on to future generations. What he didn't realize is that although they are rare, every once in a blue moon, someone like him will come along. Someone who discovers something that sparks their interest. Someone who immerses themselves in their new found passion. Someone whose enthusiasm is infectious and keeps traditions alive for others to treasure and appreciate. Our family would like to thank Dr. Visser and the wonderful staff at the Brandon Assiniboine Centre for their compassion and tireless work to keep Brian comfortable in his final days. We would also like to thank the Main Floor staff at Fairview Home (Diane's place of work) for their generous and endless supply of food. Thanks to our family and friends for your countless prayers, love, cards, calls, emails, flowers and hugs. A tribute to Brian's life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North on Wednesday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m. Please bring your stories and memories of Brian to share during a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, please feel welcome to make a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters, 153A 8th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W9.
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BELL: With great sadness the family announces the passing of Winnifred Agnes Bell, daughter of Fred and Agnes Brown on April 29. Win was born April 3, 1922 in Dauphin, MB; first of six children. Win’s early life was spent on her family farm near Ste. Rose de Lac, MB until moving to Brandon. She attended Fleming Elementary School and Brandon Collegiate Institute. In 1941, she met the love of her life, Gilbert Bell, at a dance in Shilo; they were soon married and moved to Niagara, ON. Win worked in a twine factory during the war years in Hamilton. The family eventually moved back to Brandon and Gib took up his carpenter’s trade. Win is survived by her 3 children: Lori Scott (David) from Carberry, Gib Bell (Lyn) from Carberry, and Sherry Garvin (Terry ) from Langham, SK. She also leaves, to morn her loss, two sisters; Ena Dafoe, Burlington, ON and Eunice McLean, Victoria, BC; together with seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren. Win devoted her time to her family, friends, garden, sewing, painting, and fun at the family cottage at Sandy Lake. Once her children were grown, she attended business college and got her secretarial certificate. Win worked at a few different secretarial jobs before settling in at Pittsburgh Paint and Glass where she became front store manager until her retirement. Many health challenges arose over the years; beginning in the 1950’s with cancer, polio, and several other major operations. Win beat them all, with never a complaint, due to her strong will, her determination and courage. She is greatly admired by everyone who knows her story. Everyone whoever met her knew a fun and loving spirit; a classy lady. She loved to dance with her husband; took up roller and ice skating; and after hanging up her skates at 70; took up golfing, becoming an avid golfer. Friends were very important to Win and she spent many an afternoon going out for a coffee visit. She loved to walk and enjoyed the wonders of nature. She loved her apartment at Lions Manor and living independently. Win was pre-deceased by her father, Fred Brown, in 1953, in the Olympia fire, (he was the only fireman to have lost his life in Brandon in the line of duty); her mother, Agnes Brown; her husband, Gib Bell, in 1991; and her three brothers, Bob, Glenn and Stan. The funeral was held at St. Mary’s Anglican Church on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 and interment was at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Win is an inspiration to many and loved by all.
WHITTINGHAM: Beth, 94 years old, beloved wife of the late Bill Whittingham, mother of the late Roger Whittingham, died in the Souris Personal Care Home on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Funeral service will be held at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Souris, Manitoba on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Interment in Elgin Cemetery. In memory of Beth, donations may be made to the Elgin Community Fund c/o Brandon Area Community Foundation Box 22096 Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6Y9, or to a charity of your choice. Complete obituary to follow. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made
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