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SUTHERLAND: Helen Elizabeth Sutherland; beloved wife of the late George Sutherland and mother of Doreen (Clare) Clark and Murray Sutherland; passed away at Birch Lodge Personal Care Home, Hamiota, MB, on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 95 years of age. A service to celebrate Helen’s life will be held at the Isabella Community Church, Isabella, MB on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with interment following in the Isabella Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Helen’s memory to the Isabella Community Fund, Isabella, MB, R0M 0Y0 or to the Birch Lodge Personal Care Home, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0.
Messages of condolence and/or photos can be sent via the obituary at www.campbellfuneralhome.ca.
Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are in care of arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
CHRISTIE: Passed away at the Glenboro Health Centre on Monday May 14, 2012 at the age of 80 years, Margaret Ruth Christie (nee Mooney), of Glenboro, MB. Ruth leaves to mourn her passing her loving daughter Donna (Garth) Christison of Brookdale MB, grandchildren Adam (Heather) & Katherine (Kevan) Lawrence and by great granddaughter Kyra Christison; brothers Dave (Shirley) Mooney of Wawanesa, Bill (Marg) Mooney of Ottawa Ont., brother-in-law Jack (Betty) Medd as well as numerous nieces, nephews & friends. Ruth was predeceased by her husband Bruce (1994), son George (1968), parents George & Olive (nee Lawson), brother Bob (Flora) & by a sister Janet Medd. A Celebration of Ruth’s life will be held on Friday May 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm in the Glenboro United Church. Interment to take place in the Glenboro Cemetery. Following the service, a reception will be held in the United Church C. E. Building. Friends that so desire, memoriams may be made in Ruth’s memory to a charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences can be made by visiting www.willmorchapel.com
Jamieson’s Funeral Services of Glenboro-Holland in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.
FIDLER: It is with great sadness that the family of Joyce Isabel "Nan" Fidler, age 81 years, passed away with her family by her side at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. The ceremony to celebrate Joyce's life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 - 18th Street North on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. A time of visitation will take place on Friday, May 18, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. also at Memories Chapel. Complete obituary information will follow. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Joyce may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre for Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel and Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
CARTLIDGE:Bessie, 96 years, beloved wife of the late Reginald Cartlidge, mother of Bruce and Linda, died in the Souris Health Centre on Monday, May 14, 2012. Funeral service will be held St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Souris, Manitoba on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, in memory of Bessie, donations may be made to the St. Luke’s Anglican Church Memorial Fund or to the Souris Nursing Education Fund. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at dkowalchuk@mts.net.
DOWNIE: Edith Grace Downie (nee Thomson), August 6, 1934 – May 12, 2012. On Saturday, May 12, 2012 Edith Grace Downie (nee Thomson) aged 77 passed away peacefully at the Palliative Care Centre in Stonewall, MB. Edith was predeceased by her beloved husband of 57 years Thomas Downie and her cherished brother Frank. Edith was a devoted spouse and mother and will be deeply missed by her grandchildren John (Tanya) Downie, Kate Downie and Fiancé; her son Tom (Michelle) Downie; Lorna Davies, Ron Fitzsimmons and family, Lyle and Alice Kjartanson, Bob (Myrtle) Downie, Marty (Curly) Downie, Rob (Fernanda) Downie and Beth Downie. Mom wanted, along with dad, to thank the community of Grosse Isle for the years of support given during both Tom’s and her illnesses. Along with mom, the family would like to express their appreciation to all the staff, nurses and Doctor’s at the Interlake Medical Centre and Palliative Care, for their kind and caring assistance. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southwest Palliative Care Inc. P.O. Box 1282 Stonewall, MB, R0C 2Z0. MacKenzie Funeral Chapel, Stonewall, (204)467-2525.
KERR: William "Keith" Kerr age 78, died peacefully on May 11, 2012 at Tri-lake Health Centre in Killarney, Manitoba. A public graveside service will be held at the Killarney Cemetery on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. A memorial reception will be held following the service at the Ninette Hall, Ninette, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Keith may be made to the Arthritis Society; 386 Broadway Avenue, Suite 105 Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3R6.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.com
Killarney & Boissevain Funeral Home Ltd. (204)523-7791 www.wheatlandfs.com
BOORMAN: In loving memory of Marlaine (Marnie) Boorman, beloved daughter of Isabel and the late Fred Boorman, died in the Fairview Personal Care Home on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the age of 60 years. Left to mourn Marnie’s passing are siblings Helen Thornitt, Bill Boorman, Linda (Mel) Baker and long time friend Joe Jaworski (the love of her life). She will always be a loving daughter, a wonderful sister, an aunt, a cousin, a niece and friend to so many. Marnie was born in Souris, Manitoba on September 29, 1951. She was raised on a dairy farm, and attended school in Souris. Marnie moved to Brandon, Manitoba in 1972, where she lived independently for almost 40 years. She worked at such places as Arm Industries. Marnie struggled with health problems her entire life. On July 3, 2007, Marnie moved to Fairview Personal Care Home. She made many new friends there. Her love for bingo, card playing and listening to music kept her busy. Marlaine had a joy for life, and sadly left us far too soon. She will be missed deeply. A private family graveside service will be held at the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm. Followed be a memorial reception for family and friends at the Souris Legion Clubroom at 2:30 p.m. The family wishes to thank Dr. Davis for his many years of unconditional care and to the 4th floor staff at Fairview Home for their personal kindness and support. In memory of Marnie, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at dkowalchuk@mts.net
BOURASSA: The death of Rod Bourassa, beloved husband of Susie occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Rod was born in Winnipegosis on January 16, 1942. He spent his early years in Reedy Creek and Camperville and upon the deaths of both parents he went to live in Kinisota. While there, he lived on a farm where he developed a strong work ethic. Upon completing school, he moved to Winnipeg to attend M.I.T. There he obtained his Journeyman's electrician license. Rod worked throughout Manitoba on a wide variety of jobs including the pipeline, dams and shut downs. He was a longtime member of the I.B.E.W. L.U. 2085 except for a brief period when he had his own business. He was a mentor to many apprentices and made sure they learned their craft the right way. "All the screws on the plates and plugs are at 2:00 o'clock". His greatest achievement was his family. Rod was so very proud of them and all their accomplishments. He had an ability to blend a very large family. The guitar was his biggest passion and he would play and sing for anyone who asked him. Everyone had a favorite song and at every get-together he would play that song, sometimes more than once whether he wanted to or not. He spent hours playing trying to get it just right. Bluegrass was his favorite type of music and he attended many Bluegrass Festivals. Rod also loved to meet and play with others at the Westman Jam's. He would play with anyone no matter what the skill level. One of his best qualities was his patience whether it was helping someone with guitar or electrical. He loved to camp and went on many trips with the 5th Wheel. There he could combine sitting by a fire and playing his guitar. He entertained many folks in the campgrounds over the years. He also loved to travel to winter destinations and made many trips to the Caribbean. One of his other passions was gardening. He loved to putter in the garden and the yard. He was passionate about his plants, using rain water in the summer and melted snow in the winter. The plants never saw tap water. He also loved to cook and you could always count on a good meal. During the 80's and 90's baseball was a passion. Everyone in the family played and it was a delicate balance to attend everyone's games and tournaments. He is survived by his wife of 31 years Susie, son Benson (Brenda), son Mike, daughter Rhonda (Buddy); brother Jess (Myrt); sister Clare (Clarence); stepchildren: Darrell(Linda), Debbie, Blaine (Theresa), Lori (Jacques), Terry, numerous grandchildren and a blended family of brothers and sisters. Rod was predeceased by his son Dale, mother Christine, father Isadore and hisbrother Jack. The Funeral Ceremony was held at Memories Chapel on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. Mr. Bernie Mullins officiated. Urn Bearer was Benson Bourassa. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Friends who desire may make a donation in memory of Rod to the Westman Dreams For Kids, Unit 202, 37 - 11th Street, Brandon MB R7A 4J2. "Rod was a wonderful, caring and generous man and he leaves this world a little better place because of it. We love you and will miss you always."
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
GEORGISON: Halynna (Helene) ‘Lo’ Georgison (née Moniatowicz) November 7, 1914 – October 8, 2011. Apologies in advance, this tribute to our Baba, ‘Lo’ Georgison, will be almost as long as her wonderful life! She lived to see almost a century of change, even after telling anyone who would listen over the last 50 years, that “I’m not long for this world, kid”. She was a wonderful, kind friend, mother, sister and aunt – and to us, she was the best grandmother ever. People were naturally drawn to her - she had a magnetic personality, and made friends wherever she went. And, she was not your typical grandmother – she hated to cook, was a strict atheist, carried a back seat driver’s license, and story-time for us was full of graphic and colourful stories that one wouldn’t typically find in any children’s books. She was an ‘unconscious’ comedian, who could hold court with her wit and wisdom that made everyone laugh “Why make that donkey rich and me poor?”. Baba was born in an immigrant holding centre in Liverpool, England in 1914. That year, her father, Peter Moniatowicz, a Polish-Austrian immigrant, sent her expectant mother, Antonina Moniatowicz (née Koscielska), back home to her family in ‘old country’, as he was unable to find work as a labourer in Brandon to support his burgeoning family. But the ship only made it to Liverpool when Great War broke out - leaving Antonina, stranded there, while she awaited passage back to Canada. She gave birth to her daughter, and they were placed on the SS Virginian, and sent home. When they arrived back in Brandon, Baba’s mother suggested they call their baby Virginia, as a lovely tribute to the ship they sailed on. To which her husband replied “No child of mine is going to be named after a boat!”. So Halynna it was. (Although her teenage nickname, ‘Lo’ stuck, after she was seen on the arm of a boy named ‘Hi’). Soon after Baba, came 4 more children, 2 sisters who died at a young age, then Stan and Alice. The family grew up in the north end of Brandon – the Flats. Home to the poorest of poor immigrants – a mixture of Germans, Poles, Jews, Austrians and Ukrainians, etc. – but to hear Baba tell it, it was the most wonderful place on earth. Baba was a born storyteller, and we grew up on her vivid accounts of life on ‘the Flats’. Tales that held us positively spellbound – told over and over again for forty-plus years, until they became legendary to us kids. Stories of the floods, the poverty, the mysteries, the happy times, and of course the dances at the many local halls. Baba moved to Souris when she was 18, and took a job at the Candlan House general store by the train station. It was there that she met her best friend, Inez Georgison, and Inez’s brother Ted, a mechanic, who was to be her future husband. She and Ted married in March, 1936, and had their son, Teddy on Christmas Day the same year. They spent 10 years in Souris, where Ted worked 3 jobs. After the war, they moved to Brandon, where they set up shop with Inez and her husband, Doke Korkie, in the auto parts business. In the early 50s, Baba and our dad, Teddy, went to Vancouver to stay with her sister Alice while our grampa, Ted, stayed in Brandon to build Wheat City Auto Wrecking and a house for them to live in, on 18th Street. Together with their son, Teddy, they expanded the business to add a car dealership, Georgison Auto Mart, in the mid-60s. They then transformed the property into a hotel, restaurant, bar and beer vendor in 1972. From the time the 3 of us came along in the 60s, Baba and Grampa were omnipresent in our lives. We spent every weekend, every school holiday, and the better part of every summer with them up at Clear Lake. My brothers and I often refer to this time as the golden years. Baba was pre-deceased by her father in 1966, her mother in 1979, her brother Stan in 1980, her son, Teddy in 1988, her husband, Ted in 1993, and her sister Alice in 2002. But, she never complained – she always considered herself lucky and fortunate. She’s gone “Off to happy hunting ground” now, but she’s left us with a rich legacy that will ensure she lives on. A celebration of her life will occur on Saturday May 19, 2012 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at Kin Village, 1511 Rosser Avenue, Brandon MB, in the coffee room. Tea, coffee and light snacks will be served.
HUNT: Brian David, 60 years, beloved brother of Bob, Bill, Bert Hunt, and Doreen Logeot, died in the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre on Monday, January 30, 2012. Graveside funeral service will be held at the Riverside Cemetery, Hartney, Manitoba on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception at the Hartney Centennial Centre. In memory of Brian, donations may be made to the Hartney Community Health Centre or to the Manitoba Lung Association. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at dkowalchuk@mts.net.
KNUDSEN: Esther Knudsen passed away peacefully with her daughter Linda by her side on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at the age of 91 years. Beloved wife of the late Ejner Knudsen and dear mother of Linda (Ivan) Baker, Heather (John) Boucher, Don Knudsen and Colleen Carson. Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens on Monday May 14, 2012 at 2.00 p.m. with Pastor Jason Zinko of Redeemer Lutheran Church officiating. Urn bearers will be great grandchildren Kolby Chen and Camryn Baker. Donations may be made to Valleyview Sunshine fund c/o Valleyview Care Center, 3015 Victoria Ave, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 2K2.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
MARTENS: Passed away at the Baldur Health Centre on Wednesday May 9, 2012 at the age of 92 years, August Antoine Martens of Baldur, MB. August leaves to mourn his passing his three sons Henry (Edith) Martens, Leon (Angela) Martens, & Rene (Melody) Martens all of Baldur, two daughters Betty (Dennis) Turner of Killarney & Linda (Kevin) McGill of Killarney, 19 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins & friends. He is also survived by a brother Gerry (Antoinette) Martens of Brandon, sisters-in-law Tina Meuller, Simona DeBoes & Leona DeBoes and by a brother-in-law Leon (Mary Jane) DeBoes, all of Brantford Ont. August was predeceased by his wife Anna (nee DeBoes), parents Henri & Sylvia, sisters Maria Wytinck, Clara DeSmet & Madeleine DeVlieger, brother Maurice & an infant brother Rene and by an infant brother-in-law Leon. Prayers will be held on Sunday May 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm in the Willmor Chapel, Glenboro, MB. Mass of the Christian Burial will take place on Monday May 14, 2012 at 11:00 am in the St. James Catholic Church, Baldur MB, with Father Phillip Malayil as Celebrant. Interment to follow in the Baldur Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in August’s memory to a charity of choice.
On line condolences can be sent to
jamiesonsfuneralser@mts.net. Jamieson’s Funeral Services of Baldur-Glenboro in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.
McMANUS: Barbara Jean McManus, nee Gordon passed away peacefully at the age of 60 in the Neepawa hospital on May 2, 2012. Barb was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 19, 1951. She was the eldest daughter of Beth and Earle Gordon. In her early years, Barb was very involved in the Minnedosa United church junior and senior choirs and the CGIT (Canadian Girls in Training). She was a farm girl at heart. Barb had her horse, Beauty, who she loved to ride and also to hang out at Wes Ferguson's farm. Following her education in Minnedosa, Barb moved to Winnipeg where she began her career in the financial world at the Winnipeg Stock Exchange and then on to the TD Bank where she would spend the next 34 years, both in Winnipeg and Brandon. During her time at the TD bank, Barb spent many long hours studying to become a certified financial planner. After retiring from TD, she took a joint position with the Neepawa and Minnedosa Credit Union. Barb had a great love for music, old movies, cooking, wine, family, the three little grandsons and friends. You could always count on a great meal and an abundance of food and laughter around Barb's table. Her battle with cancer was fought with dignity and courage. Barb never complained as she always had a smile on her face. She was so blessed to have Raymond, her family and such good friends at her side. Left to continue the journey are, Barb's soul mate, Raymond McManus, Raymond's children, Jayme, Boyd and wife Raechell, three grandchildren, Hudson, Linken and Cooper. Siblings, Doug Gordon and wife Evelyn, Ruth Spencer and husband Bob, John Gordon and wife Norma. Nieces and nephew, Shauna husband Andrew, Kenneth wife DawnDena, Nicole, Jennifer and Tayler. Great niece, Mackenzie. Numerous cousins from far a near and a lifetime of good friends. Barb was predeceased by her parents Beth and Earle Gordon and is now a special guardian angel to great niece Keeva Helen Gordon who passed away recently.
"It is not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years."
Service to celebrate Barb's life was held Monday, May 7, 2012 at the United Church in Minnedosa. Minnedosa Funeral Service in care of arrangements.
PERRIN: Inez P. Perrin of Virden, Manitoba passed away at WestMan Nursing Home, Virden Tuesday; May 8, 2012 at the age of 91 years. Funeral service will be held from St. Paul's United Church, Virden Monday; May 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Lydia Glawson officiating. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to WestMan Nursing Home Remembrance Fund, Virden Health Auxiliary Remembrance Fund or to the charity of your choice in memory of Inez.
E-mail messages of condolenceor sign the on-line Book of Condolences at carscaddenfuneralchapel.com
G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
RATZ: Gordon Leslie: October 3, 1927 - May 4, 2012. Gordon peacefully passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre Palliative Care Unit on Friday, May 4, 2012 after a brief but courageous battle with leukemia with his family by his side. Born on the Ratz family farm four miles south west of Margaret, Manitoba to Edward and Sophia (Prueter) Ratz, Gordon was the second youngest child. Predeceased by his father in 1950, first wife Eileen in 1974 and mother in 1975 as well as brothers Harvey, John, Ken and sisters Betty and Dorothy; Gordon is survived by his present wife Evelyn, sister Ethel Clark, six stepchildren and their extended families. Gordon spent his childhood years on the family farm where he attended Alcester, Riverside and Daly Union Schools until he was age sixteen. It was at that time that he farmed at home with his dad and brothers until 1968 when he left to work away from home. Over Gordon's working years he had several jobs that included driving fuel trucks, working at the feed plant and in various wood working related businesses, spending his last twelve years as maintenance personnel for the provincial government where he retired at age 65. Gordon was married to his first wife Eileen until her time of passing and later went on to marry Evelyn (Gratton) in 1979 where the two of them spent many happy years in Brandon. Gord took on the huge undertaking of building his own home with the help of a few close friends and he lovingly referred to it as the "Ratz nest." In their retirement years Gordon and Evelyn enjoyed two trips to Hawaii, one to Ontario and many trips to Alberta and B.C. to visit family and friends. Gord loved his fishing, lakeside cottage life, curling and the odd golf game. He loved to watch a game of baseball or curling on T.V. and was an armchair professional at both. Gordon was very famous amongst his family and friends for his prime rib roast of beef - no one will ever be able to match it! Gordon loved to spend many hours in his garden and when it came to growing tomatoes Gordie took the prize! He was a quiet spoken, loving and dedicated man but if there was a topic to debate he could hold up his end with a respected opinion. Gordon belonged to the Royal Canadian Legion and the Army and Navy Clubs where he had many great friends over the years. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him and never forgotten. The Funeral Service was held at Memories Chapel on Friday, May 11, 2012. Rev. Glenna Beauchamp officiated. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Gordon may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation - Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
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