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SIMS: Norman George Sims, 1920-2013. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Norman George Sims on September 16, 2013 at the age of 93. He leaves behind to mourn his sons, Norman and Peter, daughters-in-law, Elizabeth and Rhea, and grandchildren, Caroline, Norman Jr., David, Eva, Georgia, and Kara. He was predeceased by his wife, Esther, and brothers, Doug, John and Percy. Norman was born in Minnedosa, Manitoba and joined the Canadian Army, and during World War II was stationed on the Gaspé Peninsula. There he met his wife, Esther, who was teaching school in Masonville. They were married in Montreal, Quebec on June 26, 1944, and later moved to Winnipeg, where they raised their sons, Norman and Peter. After the War, Dad worked as a carpenter for Bird Construction, operated Martha’s Corner Grocery Store on Corydon Avenue, and then entered the paint business, first with Lowe Brothers, then with Sherwin-Williams and CIL, where he spent a collective total of 35 years. After his wife passed away, Dad moved to the Portsmouth Retirement Residence in Winnipeg, where he spent many happy years. He enjoyed the friends he met there and the activities. Due to his declining health, he spent the past year in the Deer Lodge Personal Care Home. Dad was a quiet man - and a perfect gentleman. He and Mom made a great pair. He especially enjoyed building things, and he passed on his skills to his sons. There were many happy times spent at the cottage at Gull Lake with his family. He was an avid berry picker, and a great crib and card player. He and Mom loved to travel and there are many fond memories of “camping” trips across the United States and Canada. Dad was especially fond of his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Woodhaven Anglican Church, 2700 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba. A reception will follow at the church hall. We wish to thank the staff at the Deer Lodge Personal Care Home for their care of Dad. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice.
LOUIS: Niles Louis. On September 20, 2013 Louis Niles, beloved husband of Jean passed away at Hillcrest Personal Care Home with his loving wife by his side. Born November 14, 1920, in Eatonia, Saskatchewan, the third son of Anna and Karl Niles. Louis had three brothers and four sisters. He moved to Manitoba with family in 1937 to Arden Ridge. The family moved to Brandon in 1940 and Louis went straight from the farm to Winnipeg to enlist in the Army. Louis served overseas in England, Italy and Holland for five years and after the war was over he remained to serve with Military Police (Provost) for one year. When he was back in Brandon he worked at the Brandon Mental Hospital as an engineer where he met Jean Bychek. Louis and Jean were married in 1969. He was predeceased by his parents, Jean’s parents, three brothers Edward, Adnel, Jack, two sisters Carol Keeble and Ruth Brown and an infant sister Gracie, Jean’s twin sister and her four brothers. He is survived by his wife Jean, his sisters Freda Ridgen and Loreen Niles and brother-in-law Martin and sister-in-law Leona Bychek and many nieces and nephews. His graveside service was held at the Brandon Cemetery Friday, September 27th in the Veterans section with Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood officiating. If friends and family desire, donations to the Alzheimer Society, Brandon Branch.
KRAHN: On October 1, 2013 Mildred Krahn, beloved wife of the late John D. Krahn, passed away at Grace Hospital at age 86 years. Mildred is survived by three daughters and their families. Funeral service will be on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Maranatha Evangelical Free Church, 910 Sturgeon Road, Winnipeg. Interment will take place at Brandon Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. If friends desire, donations may be made to Gideons International, PO Box 3619 Stn Main Guelph, Ontario, N1H 0Z9.
HENSON: Robert Donald “Don” Henson, beloved husband of Gladys and father of Carla (Allan) Hansen, Mark (Lori) and dear grandpa to Eric, Marissa and Ryan, passed away with his family by his side at St. Boniface Hospital, on Friday, October 4, 2013. Funeral arrangements are pending with Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, (204) 727-0694.
GEMMELL: Jean (Jeannie) January 6th, 1942 - September 29th, 2013. It is with great sadness that Jean passed away on Sunday, September 29th, 2013 surrounded by her family, at home. Mom was predeceased by her mother Jessie, father Andrew, brother James, three sisters Agnes, Margaret and her closest sister, Ella Gowans and her husband Ged Gowans. It gives us peace to know they will be together again. Mom emigrated from Scotland to join her sister, Ella, and brother- in-law Ged in Canada in 1967. She soon found a job, fell in love and began a family. Mom worked incredibly hard night and day, to provide a good life for her family. She will be forever loved by her husband, Don. They had 43 years of love, laughter and unforgettable memories. Her daughters, Tanis Kreller and Kerry Hemstad will forever hold her in their hearts. Mom was our biggest fan, greatest supporter and loved us more than anything in the world. She loved our husbands Mike Kreller and Scott Hemstad. Not only did they care for her in her last days, she will be at peace knowing that Mike and Scott will continue to take care of her daughters. Mom’s grandchildren will miss her immensely. Delton, Clayton and Nathan Kreller are her pride and joy. They brought their granny years of giggles, love and memories to last a lifetime. Mom also loved her “grand- doggies” Lola and Mabel, Kerry and Scott’s English Mastiffs. Their licks and warm hugs comforted her in her last days. Mom will also be greatly missed by her nieces and nephews and their families. Anne Storrie (Dundee, Scotland), Jean Langston, Margaret MacDearmid, and Alan and Rob Gowans. Mom was a huge part of their lives and loved them like her own children. She is at peace now, and we will feel her shine down from the brightest star.
We love you more than you will ever know, and more than that, we still feel your love for us, now and forever.
A private family celebration of Jean’s life will take place. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Jean may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 8 - 940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0P6 or to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for BRHA Cancer Services, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3 - 824 - 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel &Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
CONLEY: Mary Evelyne Conley (nee Dixon) passed away September 3, 2013 in Brandon. Born November 30, 1919, the eldest of ten children, Evelyne was raised in Carievale, Saskatchewan where she attended school and worked on various farms. Receiving her nurses training in Brandon and graduating in 1943 as a Registered Nurse, she (Dix) worked as a Registered Nurse at Brandon General Hospital. Evelyne then moved to Toronto where she married her husband and continued her nursing career. She returned to Brandon to raise her family and work as a private nurse at Brandon General Hospital. Evelyne retired from Fairview Home in 1971 to care for her son for four years until he moved to Fairview Home where she visited him every day until his passing in 1980. Evelyne learned how to drive and got her driver’s license at the age of 54. She took on the task of keeping the Multiple Sclerosis Society from folding. Twelve happy and comfortable years were lived at Hobbs Manor where she enjoyed volunteering in the kitchen. She loved the years she was able to travel. Predeceased by her husband Murray Ross Conley and son Bradley Dixon Conley, Evelyne leaves to cherish her memory her daughters Judy (Joe) Pegoski and Sharon McGill; grandchildren Kelly Lamport (John) and Stephen Pegoski, Trevor McGill (Tanya), Alisa Dunits (Derek) and Jennifer Joss (Derek); great grandchildren Cale Lamport, Millie, Henry and John McGill, Laney and Burke Dunits and Mason Joss. Funeral Service took place at Memories Chapel on Monday, September 9, 2013. Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood officiated. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens.
BRITSKY: Rae Murray Britsky, 56, died unexpectedly on September 8th, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta. He was born to Leon and Doris Britsky on November 26th, 1956 in Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba. Rae spent the majority of his life working on the family farm in Ochre River as a young boy and then later raising his own children on his beloved farm. In 1995, Rae began a career as a truck driver. He spent many years working for Portage Transport where his work provided him the opportunity to see many interesting places across Canada and the United States. Along his travels, Rae made many lasting friendships. He had recently moved to Calgary to work with his brother, Donald at Double Diamond Contracting. Working in Alberta allowed Rae to spend more time with his grandchildren, Rylee and Konnor. He loved spending time with them and bringing them treasures from his travels. Rae had an enormous heart and spent much of his free time helping friends and family. Rae was predeceased by his parents, Leon and Doris Britsky, his brother-in-law, Merrill Sizer and his nephew, Tyson Britsky. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by many. Rae is survived by his daughter Amber Britsky, son-in-law Joel L’Heureux; his son Travis Britsky, daughter-in-law Kalyn Ashbacher and grandchildren Rylee and Konnor; older brother Jack Britsky and sister-in-law Debbie Britsky; sister Darlene Sizer; younger brother Donald Britsky, and many nieces and nephews as well as extended family and friends who were near and dear to Rae. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A Celebration of Life ceremony for Rae will be held on Saturday, October 26th at 2:00 pm at the Makinak Hall.
BELL: Bert Wheble, September 13, 1922 – September 29, 2013. It is with sadness the family of Bert Wheble Bell, age 91 years, announces that his death occurred on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Valleyview Care Centre. Predeceased by his parents, brother Bill Bell, first wife Freda (nee Brough) in 1987, second wife Delores (nee Murdoch-Gollan) in 2012 and stepson Doug Gollan, Bert is survived by his children Rob (Vicky) Bell, Rick (Judy) Bell, Joanne (Rick) Eckert; grandchildren Jennifer (Scott) Slimmon, Cory (Jessica) Bell, Richard (Megan) Bell; great granddaughter Breanna Slimmon; brothers Jack and Charlie Bell of Ontario; sister-in-law Muriel (Bill) Bell of Ontario; stepchildren Bob (Siri) Gollan, Linda (Sam) Gradwell, step daughter- in-law Alexis Gollan, Tom (Valli) Gollan, Tina Santos, Tammy Gollan (Dennis); and numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren. A private graveside service will take place at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Bert may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1 – 800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 6N5.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
KRAHN: On October 1, 2013 Mildred Krahn, beloved wife of the late John D. Krahn, passed away at Grace Hospital at age 86 years. Mildred is survived by three daughters and their families. Funeral service will be on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Maranatha Evangelical Free Church, 910 Sturgeon Road, Winnipeg. Interment will take place at Brandon Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. If friends desire, donations may be made to Gideons International, PO Box 3619 Stn Main Guelph, Ontario, N1H 0Z9.
ROGOWSKI: Teodozja Rogowski (née Martyka). On September 4, 2013 Teodozja (Dora) Rogowski peacefully passed away with friends and family by her side at the Assinibine Centre in Brandon, MB. Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Richard (Susan) Rogowski, Stan Rogowski of Vancouver, BC, Bart Rogowski and daughter, Sharon Rogowski. Her sister Mary (John) Doyle, nephew Clifford (Grace) Dempster, niece Marianne (Dale) Trapp, nephew Ted Dempster along with numerous extended family members. Dora was predeceased by her parents, Piotra and Krystyny (Wagnerów) Martyka, her first husband, Mike Rogowski, her sister Angela Martyka and her brother, Theodore Martyka. Dora was born September 15, 1927 in Wlodzimierz, Poland. In September 1939, the world made a Declaration of war when both Germany and Russia invaded Poland and life, as Dora knew it with her family, would never be the same again. Everything they once knew or were familiar with collapsed, and survival became the norm. After burying their mother in June 1941, and their father in November of that same year, only to lose their oldest sister, Angela, in August 1943, Dora, at the age of 15, became both mother and father to her nine year old younger sister, Mary and seven year old brother, Ted. Through faith and God’s grace, they survived. They were alive and made it through together. When continental Europe was liberated by the Western Allies in 1945, Dora, Mary and Ted, along with thousands of others displaced by war, eventually relocated to Displaced Persons camps run by the International Refugee Organization in the U.S. zone of Germany. There she met Mieczyslaw (Mike) Rogowski. Without a country to go back to or to a freer society that once existed, Dora chose Canada as her new home. Along with her two younger siblings, she left Ludwigsburg, Germany and on March 17, 1949, sailed for Canada, arriving into Halifax harbor March 28, 1949. Dora reunited again with Mike, who emigrated to Canada one year earlier. On May 28, 1949, they were married at St. Hedwig’s Roman Catholic Church in Brandon, MB and there, raised four children, having three sons and one daughter. For Dora, Canada offered so much stability, opportunity and hope. Canada offered a future; a second chance at life. The majority of her work experience centred around the care and comfort of others, and people who knew and worked with Dora at the Brandon Psychiatric Hospital, Sunset Haven Nursing Home and The Salvation Army Dinsdale Personal Care Home often described her as a conscientious, sincere and kind person. Dora was a creative sewer and a wonderful cook. She was a humble and compassionate human being, often finding it much easier to give than to receive. Her favorite charity was the Salvation Army, which she supported for years. Over the course of their lives, Dora, her sister Mary and her brother Ted may have been separated by distance, but never in spirit and love for one another, which was expressed through their letters, cards, phone calls and visits between Winnipeg and Brandon. Up until this year, despite her own serious health issues, Aunt Mary traveled to Brandon because she wanted to see her sister. For this unfailing devotion and compassion, our family would like to express heartfelt gratitude and love for such entertaining and heartwarming memories between her family and ours. We would like to thank her friends and all the people who knew Dora for their warm and kind words of condolence and sympathy. We are truly grateful to Mrs. Rogene Sisk, who was a faithful friend and companion to Dora for over 60 years. The family would especially like to thank Melissa Dunkley, Trina Koroscil and the wonderful nursing staff of the Palliative Care unit and Home Care program at the Brandon Regional Health Centre because home was where Mom wanted to be. We would like to express our deep appreciation and special thanks to Fr. Kevin Smith and to John “Sonny” Moroz and the staff of Brockie Donovan for their guidance and comfort. Dora will be remembered for her resilience, integrity and strength of character, a generous nature; accepting people for who they are and unconditional love of life and family. A Service of Remembrance was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, on September 13, 2013 with Celebrant, Fr. Kevin Smith of St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, donations in memory of Dora may be made to The Salvation Army, 9 Princess Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 1R8. Like so many of her generation, the second World War had a profound impact in guiding and shaping Mom’s world view and outlook on life and these words, kept up on a family room wall and taken from Ann Landers column, dated November 22, 2001, described best what really mattered to Mom and what was truly important to her.
Things To Be Thankful For
Be thankful for the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means you have enough to eat.Be thankful for the mess you clean up after a party, because it means you have been surrounded by friends.Be thankful for the taxes you pay, because it means that you're employed.Be thankful that your lawn needs mowing and your windows need fixing, because it means you have a home.Be thankful for your heating bill, because it means you are warm.Be thankful for the laundry, because it means you have clothes to wear.Be thankful for the space you find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means you can walk.Be thankful for the lady who sings off-key behind you in church, because it means you can hear.Be thankful people complain about the government, because it means we have freedom of speech.Be thankful for the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it means you're alive.
We love you very much Mom and there are no words that can express how much you will be missed. May angels guide you to your rest.
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GILLESPIE: Robert (Bob) Edwin Gillespie was born in Glenboro, Manitoba on July 1, 1946 and passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre on September 30, 2013. Bob grew up in Stockton, Manitoba, where he worked on the farm. He married Gail Thornborough, of Glenboro, on April 13, 1968. He would later move to Brandon where his employment included Dyck's Transfer, The Brandon Sun and Murray Chevrolet Old's.  Bob enjoyed sports in his life including baseball and curling. Bob is survived by his wife, Gail and sons Paul (Stacey) and Michael (Karen.) He took great pride in spending time with his grandson Matthew and granddaughter Emily.  Bob is also survived by his sister Joyce Cullen, brother-in-law Don Gowanlock, brother-in-law Bob (Kathy) Thornborough, sister-in-law Dorothy (Rick) Brown and numerous nieces and nephews. Per Bob's wishes, there will be no funeral service. Cremation has taken place.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or to a charity of choice.  
Messages of condolence may be placed at dad...He Loved the simple things in life like sitting on the deck. Our dad...He taught his sons and then his grandson how to throw a ball.Our dad...If something went wrong, would say "that's a minor detail". Our dad... He did not care to travel, but when it was time for someone to move, he loaded up the truck with no complaints. Our dad...Showed us how to be a team player.Our dad...We could go on and on.
ENGLISH: Ruth Agnes English (née Cooper) died October 1, 2013 born May 7, 1919 in Portage la Prairie, MB. Ruth was predeceased by her husband John in 1995, her parents, two sisters and one step daughter. She is survived by step daughter, Constance Gourzis (James) of Portland, Oregon, as well as step grandchildren and great grandchildren in Canada and the United States. Ruth received her education in Portage, achieved a music degree and taught piano until WW II when it was required to have essential employment. Ruth joined the Imperial Bank of Canada and in 1946, transferred to Winnipeg Regional Office of the Bank. She was Personnel Officer of the bank and of the Western Division until her marriage to John in 1963, when she moved to Brandon. She was a devoted member of St. Matthew’s Anglican Cathedral and active in the community particularly the Brandon General Hospital Auxiliary. She was honored after 30 years as a volunteer with a Life Membership to the Manitoba Health Auxiliary Association. Ruth had many interests and shared her talents with others enjoying life fully. The Funeral service will be held at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, 403 - 13th Street, Brandon, on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. with The Rt. Rev. Jim Njegovan officiating. Interment will take place in the Cooper family plot at St. Mary’s Anglican Cemetery in Portage. It is Ruth’s wish that no floral or monetary donations be given in her memory.
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BOBIAK: Ian. June 6, 1939 – Brandon, MB - September 29, 2013 – Calgary, AB. It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Ian; loving Husband, Father and Grandfather in Calgary, AB on September 29, 2013 at the age of 74 years. Ian passed away peacefully with family by his side, following a courageous battle with leukemia. Ian was born in Brandon, MB on June 6, 1939, growing up in a large Ukrainian family. As a young boy he was a great Ukrainian dancer, was a member of Sea Cadets, and a drummer for the “Hi-Five” band in high school. Following that he chose a career in architecture and worked for two major architectural firms in Winnipeg, MB before forming his own company, Ian Bobiak Project Management; which he successfully ran for almost three decades in Brandon, MB. He married his high school sweetheart Sharon Stott on July 25, 1964. They were blessed with two daughters, Shauna in 1968 and Heidi in 1972. In 2007 Ian and Sharon moved west to Cochrane, AB to semi-retire and enjoy quality time with family and their grandchildren. Ian loved the great outdoors. He was an avid canoeist and took great pleasure in quietly paddling through the bulrushes to view a family of loons. He also enjoyed countless hours of fishing and camping, especially in Kananaskis Country and the Rocky Mountains. Over the last few years he took great pride in the restoration of his two vintage vehicles, a 1928 Chrysler and a 1924 Model T Ford Truck. He will forever be loved and remembered by his wife Sharon of 49 years, daughters Shauna Dyck (Steven) of White City, SK, and Heidi Dixon (Dean) of Cochrane, AB. Ian was a proud and loving “Grampy” to his 3 grandchildren Arianna Dyck, and Tasia and Parker Dixon. A Celebration of Ian’s Life will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church Cochrane (128-1st Street East Cochrane, AB) on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
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If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email The family would like to thank the staffs of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the Carewest Sarcee Hospice for their compassionate care during Ian’s final days. In living memory of Ian Bobiak, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 Railway Street, Cochrane. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.
BELL: Bert Wheble, September 13, 1922 – September 29, 2013. It is with sadness the family of Bert Wheble Bell, age 91 years, announces that his death occurred on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Valleyview Care Centre. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Bert may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1 – 800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 6N5. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel &Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
QUINN: Carol Marie Quinn passed away peacefully at the MacGregor Personal Care Home on September 26, 2013 at the age of 90. Carol was born July 31, 1923 at Isabella, Manitoba. She received her education in Isabella before moving to Winnipeg as a young adult. She worked as a store clerk for a short time. Being adventurous, she joined the Navy during the Second World War and was eventually stationed in Scotland. Upon her return to Canada at the end of the war, she returned to Winnipeg and trained to be a hair dresser. She then moved to MacGregor, working for Ella Smith. Carol married Louis Quinn in 1949 and continued to do hair in her home while raising her family. She has resided in the MacGregor and District Care Centre since 2009. Carol is predeceased by her parents, husband, Louis and son-in-law Ed Barnhart. Carol will be sadly missed by her son, Glenn (Judy) of Chestermere, AB; her daughter, Betty Barnhart of Hay River, NWT; and granddaughters, Kelly (Scott) Riegert, Karen Quinn; grandson, Timothy (Shawna) Barnhart and great grandchildren, Katie and Lucas Barnhart, and Hunter Riegert, all of Calgary, AB; brother, Ken (June) Clark of Brandon, MB, sister-in-law Joy Quinn of Calgary, AB as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Carol’s family wishes to thank the staff of the MacGregor and District Care Centre for taking such good care of her. The dedication of each and every member of the staff is truly appreciated. Friends may call for visitation on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 7:00-8:30 pm at Clarke’s Funeral Chapel, MacGregor. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in MacGregor. Interment to follow at the MacGregor Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, a memorial donation may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Clarke’s Funeral Home, Gladstone~MacGregor in care of arrangements.
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