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EMPEY: Phyllis Audrey Empey (nee Clark) passed away peacefully on Monday, July 14, 2014 at the Boissevain Health Centre. Phyllis was born Dec. 31, 1934 in Grandview, Manitoba to Fred and Sarah Clark. She had 5 brothers, Milt, Cliff, Bruce, Gerald and Gilbert and 2 sisters, Gladys and Hazel. She is survived by Gerald (Verla) and Hazel and in-laws Willard and Laura Empey. She completed High school in Grandview and then did 1 year permit teaching at Pleasant Valley. She then went to Normal School to obtain her Teacher’s Certificate. Once complete, she accepted a position at Wapaha School. A certain local single fellow named Doug volunteered to meet the new school teacher at the bus stop in Boissevain. Not long afterwards they started dating. On August 7, 1957 they were married at Grandview. They began their married life on the farm at SW 15-4-21. They have 3 children; son Blair his children Amanda (Brandon) Doty, 2 great-grandchildren Bryson and Jade; Tannis, Brian and Sarah, daughter; Heather (Garrett) Whittleton, their children Robert, Tanya, Colin and Carly and son Mervin. Mom was a great farm partner and brought many suppers and pies to the field. Mom’s many hobbies included Primrose Homemakers, playing cards, bowling and golf. She made many quilts and afgans for each family member. Mom and Dad loved to travel, which included many trips across Canada in the summer and winter holidays to the southern states. In the later years many day trips were made to the casino’s. Mom and Dad retired to Boissevain in 1978 to their new house. Mom was ever the teacher. Always encouraging her children and grand children to study hard and get good grades.
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CLACK: Vernon "Tim" John Clack passed away at Birch Lodge Personal Care Home, Hamiota, MB on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 95 years of age.  A funeral service will be held at the St. James Anglican Church, Rivers, MB on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 1:00pm with interment taking place later in the afternoon at the Oak River Cemetery.  For those so desiring, donations may be made in Tim's memory to the Manitoba Wildlife Federation, 70 Stevenson Road, Winnipeg, MB, R3H 0W7.  Messages of condolence and/or photos can be shared at Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
CARVER: Olive Mary Carver, beloved wife of Melvin Carver and loving mother to Randy, passed away at the Assiniboine Centre on February 5, 2014 in her 83rd year. Olive was born on September 12, 1930. She worked at various jobs in Brandon, MB. She loved camping, golfing and fishing at Thomas Lake with husband Mel and son Randy. She also loved nature and her dogs. Olive is survived by: son Randy, sister Ivy (Ted) Rudneski, sister-in-law Viv Carver and numerous nephews and nieces. Olive is predeceased by: husband Melvin, and parents Albert and Joyce Tuttle, brother Wally, and sister-in-law Donna Tuttle. A graveside service was held at the Brandon Cemetery on May 9, 2014 with Rev. Craig Miller officiating. Donations in memory of Olive may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6.
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BRITTON: Michael (Redwood) Sept. 25, 1966 – July 14, 2014. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Michael Britton on July 14, 2014. He was born in Burnaby, BC to Daryle and Sharon. Michael will be dearly missed by his three sons; Jackson, Jordon, Jeremy, their mother Cheryl, brother Daniel (Jamie), sister Sheri (Jay), Grandmother Marjorie, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. He will be remembered for his unbounded and intense love of his 3 sons and all of his family, and his great sense of humour as he slides into home. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. July 21 at Redwood Park 17700 block – 20th Avenue, Surrey, BC. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation or St. Paul’s Hospital. Condolences may be left for the family at www.kearneyfs.comKearney’s Columbia-Bowell Chapel, 604-521-4881.
BRIGGS: Kenneth Walter. On July 8, 2014, Ken lost his final battle with pneumonia after several bouts in the last year. Ken was born in Brandon on February 27, 1940 to Henry and Elizabeth Briggs, although he did not meet his own father until his return from WWII. Ken was raised in Brandon, and married Muriel Bridgeman in 1960. They had 4 children, Michelle (Eric), Gary (Joanne), Karen (Rodney) and Sheri (Kevin). Ken became a psychiatric nurse and began his career at the Brandon Mental Health Centre (BMHC). Ken was a hard worker and attained other jobs in addition to his career to help support the family, including real estate, truck driving and moving, etc., often in addition to night shifts at BMHC. In 1974, Ken and the family moved to Reston, MB to begin a new program with the provincial government and he became a community mental health worker. It was designed to be an early intervention and treatment of mental illness in the community with clients in their own homes and communities before they became serious enough to require hospitalization. Because of his work, Ken's family grew up knowing that nobody is immune to mental health issues and gained a deeper understanding of those who are dealing with them. One of the cornerstones of the work was confidentiality, and Ken was exceptional at doing his work and flying under the radar. In 1982, Ken, Muriel, Karen, and Sheri, moved to Hamiota, MB to continue the work. Ken was active at the Hamiota Health Centre in his work and as a volunteer ambulance attendant, and soon was elected to town council. Ken was a member of the Lions Clubs in Reston and Hamiota. Ken enjoyed fishing, air shows, and military history. He was also interested in religion and psychology, and attained a Bachelor’s degree from Brandon University in 1986 after several years of driving to Brandon to attend night classes. Ken continued to work in Hamiota until 1996, and then retired after 36 years of service. He continued to serve on the village council until 2002, when they moved to Brandon. Ken was predeceased by Muriel in 2005. He is survived by his three sisters Gladys, (John Carmichael); Grace Dean; and Janet (David Gosman); his children Michelle and Eric Thiessen, and their children Angie and Craig West, (Erica and Elisabeth), Jeremy and Angie, (Carolyn and Leighton), and Trevor; Gary and Joanne Briggs, and their children Dean and Joel; Karen and Rodney Walliser and their children Landon, Carson and Rachel; and Sheri Briggs (Kevin Choy), who has doubled as Ken’s very dedicated and loving caregiver day in and day out over the last 9 years. A memorial service was held at the First Baptist Church on Saturday, July 12, 2014 with Pastor Paul Stade officiating. Donations in memory of Ken may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 23-12th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4L6 or to the Fairview Home Fund, 1351-13th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4S6.
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BACHMIER: The death of Josephine Elizabeth Bachmier of Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home occurred on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at her residence. Josephine is survived by her loving husband Edward, three children, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral Service will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 - 18th Street North on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Fr. Patrick Neufeld of St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church will officiate. Donations in memory of Josephine can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3- 824 18th Street, Brandon MB R7A 5B7.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
SAUNDERSON: Charlie, beloved husband of Clarice Saunderson, father of Ron and Muriel, passed away at the Souris Health Centre on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the age of 96 years. Funeral service will be held from St. Paul’s United Church, Souris, Manitoba, on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Charlie, donations may be made to the Souris & Glenwood Golf Course, c/o R.M. of Glenwood, Box 487, Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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SHAW: With family by his side, Clifford William Shaw passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Portage General Hospital. Cliff was born on July 9, 1940 in Deloraine, MB. He was raised and attended school in Lavinia and Hamiota. On August 14, 1962 he married Elinor Baxter of Hamiota. He worked for Co-op Lumber in Canora, NorQuay and Whitewood, Sask and MacGregor, MB, previous to joining partnership in Keystone Power Products. He continued with small engine repair in MacGregor and Portage la Prairie. He drove school bus for Pine Creek School Division until retirement. His family was the most important part of his life. He enjoyed coaching hockey, photography, stock car racing, motorcycles, reading and country music. He was predeceased by his parents Clifford and Esther Shaw. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Elinor; children Debbie (Jim) and Brad (Brenda) and grandson Kyle. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Michael, Danielle, Melissa, Chelsea and great granddaughter Darla; sister Kaye (Bruce) Lyng; brother-in -law Jim (Lynne) Baxter and various nieces and nephews. A Private Memorial Service was held. Interment will take place at the Hamiota Cemetery at a later date. Clarke’s Funeral Home,
SOROKA: Lois Soroka, beloved wife of the late Dr. Morrell Soroka and dear mother of Peter, Gregg and Laurie, passed away peacefully, with family by her side, on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the age of 76 years. Prayers will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Kevin Smith as Celebrant. Interment will take place at Cannington Manor Cemetery, Saskatchewan. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lois may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3, the Samaritan House Ministries, 630 Rosser Ave., Brandon, MB, R7A 0K7, or to the All Saints Cannington Manor Church, Box 87, Manor, SK, S0C 0R0. Complete obituary information to follow.
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STEWART: Ruth Marie Stewart, of Brandon, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Ruth was born in Brandon on October 17, 1938. She loved adventure and as a very young woman she joined the Navy to see the world. She lived in Nova Scotia and Ontario for a number of years. In her mid twenties, she returned to Gainsborough and later to Brandon to resume her life with family and friends. Ruth raised her two children in Brandon and was always very close to her own mother throughout much of her life. She loved family get togethers, lively card games and camping with her kids in her early years and taking long trips to see new and exciting places. She was never afraid to strike off into the unknown or drive to new places to see the sites, meet family or take on new experiences. Ruth is survived by her daughter Traci (Scott) Dunn of Winnipeg; son Jerry (Shannon) Stewart of Brandon; three granddaughters, Kristyn Dunn, Kaylin Wiebe and Randi Stewart; four great grandchildren; two siblings Gordon Jamieson of Swift Current and Fran Wilson of Brandon. She was predeceased by parents, Dorothy May Higgins and Gus Jamieson and brother, Jerry Jamieson. A Celebration of Ruth's Life was held at the Lawson Lodge Main level, 261-8th Street on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Donations in memory of Ruth may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
TOKAREK:Our Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma, Ethel Tokarek, passed away peacefully at Fairview Home Brandon, on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the age of 94 years nine months. Ethel was born October 7, 1919 in Eden, Manitoba and took her schooling there. She met and married Louie Tokarek there later moving to Kelwood. They raised four daughters, Shirley (Alan) Potter, Kelwood, MB, Avis (Brian) Moran, Wardner, B.C., Peggy Jackson Calgary, AB, and Evelyn (Ed) Lupier, Brandon, MB. She leaves nine grandchildren and twenty two great grandchildren who cherish their memories of time with her. Ethel also babysat many other children who were precious to her as well. She kept track of milestones in all their lives. Ethel's community was important to her and she belonged to many organizations and committees. She was an avid gardener whose flower gardens were beautiful. Spring time meant a new garden for the plants she would buy. She enjoyed gardening, reading, quilting, hooking rugs, traveling, playing Bingo, cards, and Scrabble and was game to try new things. Neighbourly visits with Joe H. were also a pleasant pastime. Declining health took her to Brandon to live. In 2009 she took up residence in Fairview Home. Ethel was feisty and independent, but she enjoyed her visits with her caregivers. She loved to go on "outings" with Gwen and play Scrabble with Terry. Ethel was predeceased by her husband, Louie in 1981, as well as her parents William and Mary, siblings Eva and Howard, sons-in-law, Barry Jackson and John Hiebert. She leaves family, friends, relatives and caregivers who are saddened at her passing but appreciate that hers was a life well lived. Thanks to all who had a part in her life.
"When someone you love becomes a memory - the memory becomes a treasure."
A private Graveside Service will be held at the Kelwood Cemetery at a later date.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
WOLFE: Harris Wilson of Alexander, Manitoba, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on June 29, 2014 at the age of 85 years. Harris was born on September 1, 1928 in the Tarbolton District in the R.M. of Daly, Manitoba. He lived his entire life on the original Wolfe farm. Harris attended Spring Valley School until he quit during the ninth grade to start his farming career. He married the local schoolteacher, Winnie Cathcart, on July 3, 1954 in MacGregor, Manitoba. At that time, his parents retired. Harris and Winnie took over the farm and raised their family. Farming was a huge part of his life, and he could always find work on the grain and cattle farm. There was always a job to do. One of his favorite things in the evening was to hop in the truck and tour the crops. He always lent a hand when there was a need. That was what neighbours did. Volunteering was mostly informal by just being there doing the work. He was assistant leader for the Harding 4-H Beef Club for over ten years. When he gave up that role, he was appreciative of the plaque he received that simply said, “Thanks Harris”. A pastime in winter was refinishing furniture. Harris did several pieces for friends and neighbours as well as pieces that he picked up at auctions. Harris and Winnie loved to dance. They attended many old time dances before arthritis slowed him down. Harris had a wide grin and a hearty laugh which he easily used. He was predeceased by his wife Winnie; parents Emerson and Clara; brother Edward; and in-laws John Wedderburn, Bryan, Gerald, Clayton and Tina Cathcart, Margaret and Joe Bax, Mae and Gordon Purkess. Harris leaves to mourn son Mark (Candace); grandchildren Braden, Emma, and Chelsea; and daughter Arlene. He is also survived by sisters Doreen Wedderburn and Mavis Shelvey, sisters-in-law Marjorie Wolfe, Diane Cain and Yvonne Cathcart; and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Harris’ life occurred on July 4, 2014 in the Whitehead Hall, Alexander, Manitoba. Mark and Arlene conveyed memories of their father. This was followed by a social time where stories and laughs were shared. Interment will take place at a later date at the Tarbolton Cemetery. Donations in memory of Harris may be made to the Tarbolton Cemetery Fund, c/o Barrie Cochrane, R.R. #1, Alexander, MB, R0K 0A0 or to a charity of your choice. Rest now. Your work is done.
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SAUNDERSON: Charlie, beloved husband of Clarice Saunderson, father of Ron and Muriel, passed away at the Souris Health Centre on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the age of 96 years. Funeral service will be held from St. Paul’s United Church, Souris, Manitoba, on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Charlie, donations may be made to the Souris & Glenwood Golf Course, c/o R.M. of Glenwood, Box 487, Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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PAPPAS: Constantine (Gus) (Dino) Pappas passed away in Brandon on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 92 years of age. He was with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren at that time. Born in the tiny mountain village of Kellini near Corinth, Greece on February 10, 1922, he was the youngest of four boys and four girls. Dino was well known in the Brandon business community as the owner of Union Shoe Store, which he operated from 1958 to 1987. Many thousands pairs of shoes passed through his hands during that time. He was married to his first wife, Fotina Mehos, in 1952 and immigrated to Canada immediately after, landing at the now famous Pier 21 in Halifax, followed by a long train ride to Brandon. He then worked for former Brandon Mayor, Steve Magnacca, as an electrician, and businessman, Tim Bass, who owned Canada Grocers from 1952 to 1958. Together, Dino and Fotina raised three children, Bob, Gina, Alex. He experienced a profound loss when Fotina passed away in 1992 due to illness. In 1994, he married Julia Zorzos and continued his life of retirement enjoying his many kids and grandkids and eventually great-grandkids. His favorite past-times included hunting and trap-shooting in his earlier years. As time went on, it switched to keeping up to date on world news. Religion and Politics were his favorite topics.He is survived by his wife Julia, children Bob (Angela), Gina, and Alex (Gillian). There are eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three stepchildren, Jake (Marianne), Litza, Chris (Danielle), six step-grandchildren, and one step great-grandchild. Numerous Nephews and Nieces also survive him in Canada, Greece, and the U.S. He was predeceased by his first wife Fotina (1992), and an infant daughter Betty (1962). His mother and father as well as all siblings have also predeceased him. Dino represented the end of an era in his generation. The family wishes to profoundly thank the staff at Rideau Park Personal Care Home and everyone at Assiniboine Centre A-3 for their exceptional care for Dad during his last six months with us. A very special thank you to Nurse Practitioner, Jennifer Ardiel, whom he called "The Doctor" and nurse Karen, whom he called "Mother Goose." A time of viewing and prayers will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon, on Thursday evening, July 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Father Theodore Paraskevopoulos will officiate. In lieu of flowers, as per Dino’s wishes, donations may be made to the Samaritan House Ministries or to similar organizations that serve the underprivileged locally in Brandon.
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PEARSON: Jeannette Rose Pearson, age 58 of Rivers, passed away on the evening of Saturday, July 12, 2014. She was born to Samuel and Mary Grande in Winnipeg on October 29, 1955. Jeannette grew up in Winnipeg then moved to Rivers at the age of 16 where she met the love of her life, Roderick Pearson. Jeannette and Rod married on April 15, 1972 and soon after had their first child together, Robert. Not long after, they had their two girls, Jennifer and Tammy. If three children weren't enough, Rod and Jeannette decided to foster 42 children in Winnipeg. Jeannette was always busy trying to keep up with her flower bed, which she considered her heaven on earth. Her other passions were bingo, auctions, fishing or quading. She was a devoted wife and mother, her life revolved around making sure everyone was looked after and well fed. Her home was always a gathering place for all her family and friends, serving coffee and dainties to all. She is survived by her husband Rod, three kids Robert (Patches) Pearson, Jennifer Pearson  and Tammy Machut, lifelong foster children Michael Redhead, Eliza Flett and Charlotte Harper, grandchildren Samantha, Joel, Sara Machut, Cole, David, and Kateland Pearson, and Logan and Gauge Baker. She is predeceased by her mother and father Mary and Samuel Grande, son in law Jason Machut, and mother and father in law Louie and Gladys Pearson. The funeral service will be held at the Rivers United Church, Rivers, MB on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at the Rivers Cemetery.
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