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MASON: It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of a truly grand lady. Gertie Mason passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at the Melita P.C.H. where she had been a resident for the past 4 years. Gertie is lovingly remembered by her son Barrie; daughter -in-law Irene and daughter Barb (Kim Rach). Also surviving are 7 grandchildren who all adored their grandma - Duane Mason (Colleen Wright), Sherri Murray, Dean Mason, Lisa Mason (Ross Donahue), Shanna Mason (Jay Williams) Jaclyn Etchevery (Josh) and Ashley Rach. There are also 5 great grandchildren - Justin and Matt Feenstra, Morgan and Brett Murray and Brayden Wright. She is also survived by nieces and nephews from the Mason, Underhill and Roblin families. She was predeceased by her son Sam (1977), husband Harry (1995) as well as her 3 siblings: Wes, Pearl Smith and Ethel Done. Mum was born on February 15, 1908 to Rueben and Eva Underhill at the family farm north east of Melita. After completing her education at Bernice School, she spent some years in Winnipeg and Winsor, ON. before moving back to Melita where she married her long time love interest Harry Mason in 1939. Gertie was always involved in the farm community which included the Elva W.I. and the Elva 4-H Club that she was instrumental in forming. Music always featured prominently in her life, from playing the organ at Bernice church, to playing for the annual Christmas concerts at Belfry School and at the personal care home for sing-a-longs and church services. Mum and Dad, along with the boys, also played for the Friday night dances that were held at the Elva Hall and Browns School. After retiring to Melita in 1971, Mum became involved with the Melita Drop-In Centre where she served as president for many years. She enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels and helping the Kinsmen Club with their annual Christmas dinner for the seniors of the town as well as actively participating at Victoria United Church U.C.W. (Unit 3). She also took up painting and continued with her life-long interest in quilting and continued to quilt well into her 90s. Both Mum and Dad loved to gather with friends and neighbours for an evening of cards (500 and euchre). Mum had a great sense of adventure and was always up to trying something new. Going on a sea-do when she was around 90 provided lots of laughs and memories, as did her trampoline debut around the same time. Mum was a fabulous cook and a superb pie maker and it was not uncommon for her to make 3 or 4 different kinds of pie so that everyone could have a piece of their favourite(s) when we had a family gathering. She provided sustenance for many of the residents at the Melita Lodge where Mum lived for some years after Dad passed away. She always made sure homemade soups, stews, cookies, muffins and biscuits were delivered to anyone who was under the weather. The family would like to acknowledge the many people who were involved in the last 6-7 years, to the home care staff (her pill girls) who provided support while she lived at the lodge and to the exceptional staff at the Melita Personal Care Home. Your compassion and many acts of kindness were appreciated by Gertie and will not soon be forgotten by her family. Special thanks to Dr. Dizon who was always so kind and thoughtful. Although her failing eyesight, hearing and mobility changed how she lived her life, her sense of humour and her cheerful and positive attitude remained intact. The funeral service will be held from the Victoria United Church, Melita, MB. on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Allan Gairns officiating. Interment at the Melita Cemetery will take place at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations to the Melita Palliative Care Fund, Box 459, Melita, MB. R0M 1L0 or to a favourite charity would be appreciated. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home, Melita, Manitoba. (204-522-3361), Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron - Funeral Directors.
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HUTSAL: Evelyn Hutsal (Nee Gushe) Born July 27, 1923 - Died April 7, 2013. Evelyn Hutsal died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday April 7, 2013 at West Park Manor. Evelyn was predeceased by her husband Edward in 1998, her father Leonard, mother Mary, brother Daniel, and sister Irene. She is survived by her children and grandchildren Michael and Gisele Hutsal, Frances, and Mark; Gregory and Valerie Hutsal, Carmen and Alexa; Ted Hutsal, Jocelyn and Brent VanKoughnet, Joel and Katie; Janice and Brent Young, Brandon and Steven. She is also survived by her sister Margaret Ciekiewicz, and sister in law Ethyle (Gushe) Lamb. Evelyn was born in Winnipeg, and spent her formative years in the North End on Stella and St. Johns Avenue. Evelyn was a good student and graduated from St Marys Academy and was the recipient of a full scholarship to university, however the financial circumstances of the time forced her to pass up that opportunity. Instead following grade 12 she went to Success Business College and later worked at Dickson Electric until she married the love of her life Edward. Following their marriage in 1951, Ed and Ev resided in Winnipeg. Mom especially loved their house on Sandra Bay in Fort Garry, and while living there the 3 boys were born. In 1958 the family moved to Brandon, shortly after they began their long association with Feed-Rite. The family expanded with two daughters, and Evelyn was often alone raising the 5 children while Ed was on the road. Ev was a talented artist. When she could find time, she studied drawing, painting and sculpting, through the Allied Arts Center in Brandon, and she treasured her friends in the artistic community. Her creative side was evident at home, with her eclectic choice of furnishings and art that her children now appreciate, but admittedly thought was sorta weird at the time. Through her daughters skating years, she was especially involved with the Brandon Figure Skating Club, designing logos and sets for ice shows and major competitions. You can take the woman out of the North End, but you can`t take the North End out of the woman. Mom was always in search of a bargain, and had her favourite places in Brandon, and Winnipeg. She was a voracious reader, and eventually had enough books to fill a good sized public library. In her later years her garden became another creative outlet. Above all, Evelyn was devoted to her family. She loved us, warts and all, and we loved her back. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer`s Society of Manitoba, or West Park Manor. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website.
FORD: The death of Helen Christine Ford, of Brandon, occurred on Monday, April 8, 2013 at the Assiniboine Centre with her family by her side. Born at Warrens Landing, Manitoba, Helen was predeceased by her husband Roy; sisters Mildred and Irene; brothers Hubert, Gordon and Pat; parents Peter and Isabel and special nephew Cameron McIvor. She is survived by her sister Yvonne Arthurson; sister-in-law Ila Mowat, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. Interment will be held at Balmertown Cemetery, Balmertown, Ontario at a later date. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Helen may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 8-940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 0P6.
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USUNIER: Roland (Rollie) Usunier, beloved husband of Leona and father of Bob and Maurice, passed away at WestMan Nursing Home Virden, Manitoba on Friday; April 5, 2013 in his 94th year. Funeral Mass will be held from Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church Virden at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday; April 10th with Fr. Geoffrey Angeles officiating. Interment will be in St. Jean Cemetery Grande Clairiere, Manitoba. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Grande Clairiere Cemetery or the charity of your choice in memory of Rollie.
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ROBLESKY: Jessie Ann Roblesky of Brandon, beloved mother of Richard, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the age of 81 years. Jessie was born on August 26, 1931 in Souris, MB. She lived in Souris as well as Strathclair, with her uncle Eddy and Aunt Floe. Jessie worked at Brandon Packers (Burns.) She was a devoted housewife, a tennis fan, and loved her pet dogs. Jessie is survived by her son, Richard and brother, Jim. She was predeceased by her husband, Sam; father, Donald Sinclair; mother, Jessie (née Farquar;) stepfather, Ceril Andrew; sisters Betty, Harriet, Margaret, Barb, Retti, Winnie and brothers Dan, George, Bob (Robert.) A graveside service for Jessie will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jessie may be made to Funds for Furry Friends, 208-740 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 0K9.
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RENWICK: Marguerite Isabel Renwick, of Brandon, widow of Thomas, dear mother to Lynn Bohrn, Joan Merko and Jim Renwick, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, April 8, 2013. Prayers will be said at Memories Chapel on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm. with Mass of Christian Burial Celebrated at St. Augustines Roman Catholic Church on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm. Interment will be in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Marguerite to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
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PRINCE: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Russell James Prince on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the Brandon Assiniboine Centre at the age of 68 years. An All Night Wake Service will be held at the Brandon Friendship Center on April 9, 2013 at 205 College Avenue. A funeral service will be held on April 10, 2013 at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, 332-8th Street at 10:00 a.m. and burial to follow at the Brandon Cemetery.
NUNNS: Ellen Nunns of Brandon, beloved mother of Carl (Barb,) Iris Nunns and Garry (Barb,) passed away as a result of a heart attack at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, April 5, 2013 at the age of 91 years. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Augustines Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. A time of visitation will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ellen may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 327- 4th Street, Brandon, Manitoba. R7A 3E5. Complete obituary information to follow.
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MASON: Mrs. Gertie Mason of Melita passed away at the Melita Personal Care Home on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at the age of 105. Gertie was predeceased by her parents Rueben and Eva Underhill, son Sam, sisters Pearl and Ethyl and brother Wes. She is survived by son Barrie of Langley, BC.; daughter Barb (Kim) Rach of Winnipeg; daughter-in-law Irene Mason of Melita; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; also numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held from the Victoria United Church, Melita, MB. on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Allan Gairns officiating. Interment at the Melita Cemetery will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations in memory of Gertie may be made to the Melita Palliative Care Fund, Box 459, Melita, MB. R0M 1L0 or to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home - Melita (204-522-3361) Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron.
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KRYNSKI: Stanley Krynski, beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at the Assiniboine Centre after a long battle with cancer at the age of 80 years. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Olga; sons, Andrew, Albert (Laurie,) daughter Joanna (Jay) and grandchildren Emily, Danika, Aidyn, Olivia and Andrea. Prayers will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustines Roman Catholic Church, 327 - 4th Street, on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Kevin Smith as Celebrant. Special thanks to the staff on the second floor of the Brandon Regional Health Centre and to the staff on the third floor of the Assiniboine Centre, chronic care and palliative care units. At the request of the family, donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, Murray House Cancer Treatment Residence, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or to a local charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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JOHNS: Kathrine Kay Johns. Kay peacefully passed away on April 4, 2013, at the age of 77 years. Kay was born in Plum Coulee, Manitoba, to parents Helena and Daniel Penner. She was the youngest of eight children, and was raised in Gretna, Manitoba, before moving to Winnipeg as a young adult. In Winnipeg, she met Mansur Johns, and together they had daughters Michele and Candice. After having children, Kay worked for 28 years as a Nurses Aid at the St. Amant Centre. In her retirement, Kay continued her devotion to caring for others, and continued as a nanny to several families until her illness in fall of 2012. Though no longer married, Kay and Manny remained close, and frequently travelled together to visit their daughters and grandchildren. Kay is survived by her sister Ruth of Virden, Manitoba, daughters Michele (Glen) Daniel living in Toronto, and Candice (Derek) Cullen, living in Brandon. Kay was a proud grandmother to her four grandchildren, Mackenzie, Reece, Alexa and Ava. Kay had a flair for style and crafts, and always looked her best. She loved to decorate and keep up her condo in style. She loved to spoil her grandchildren, knitting for them or showering them with love and gifts. Kay was a great cook and loved to entertain family at home, always ready with baking or a treat for the kids. Unfortunately, Kay was stricken by brain cancer in fall of 2012, but she never complained, and maintained her sense of humor, positive outlook and brave face for family throughout. She spent her last months living with family in Brandon, until moving to palliative care. She passed away peacefully, with both daughters at her side. The family was grateful for the care and support of the tremendous and caring staff on the Palliative Care Unit at the Assiniboine Center in Brandon, and would like to thank Drs.Visser, Kaiser and Butler for their care for Kay, and their friendship along the way. Kay is interred at Thomson In The Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1291 McGillivary Blvd, Winnipeg. At Kays request, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
HUTSAL: Evelyn Hutsal (nee Gushe) Born July 27, 1923 Died April 7, 2013. Evelyn Hutsal died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday evening April 7, 2013 at West Park Manor. Evelyn was predeceased by her husband Edward in 1998, her father Leonard, mother Mary, brother Dan, and sister Irene. She is survived by her children Michael and Gisele Hutsal (Frances and Mark), Gregory and Valerie Hutsal (Carmen and Alexa), Ted Hutsal, Jocelyn and Brent VanKoughnet (Joel and Katie), Janice and Brent Young (Brandon and Steven); by sister Margaret Ciekiewicz and sister-in-law Ethyle (Gushe) Lamb. Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimers Society of Manitoba, or West Park Manor. Longer notice to follow.
ROBLESKY: Jessie Ann Roblesky of Brandon, beloved mother of Richard, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the age of 81 years. A graveside service for Jessie will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jessie may be made to Funds for Furry Friends, 208-740 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 0K9. Complete obituary information to follow.
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BEARS: Jeanne C. Bears (Nee Bilinski) 1930-2013. Jeanne passed quietly away Thursday morning April 4th at her home with her husband and best friend Dave of 52 plus years at her side. Jeanne was predeceased by her older brother John in 2007, dear friend Margaret Carter in 2012, childhood pal Rita Prust in 2006, and Aunt Pat Hayden in 2009. She is survived by sister-in-law Kathy Bilinski, and her nieces and nephews along with their children. Andy Bilinski (Emma) Hannah and Marshall. Jeanne Lushaw (Murray), Tanner, Connor and Miranda. Darren Bilinski. Jody Hesse (Brad) Marian, Alice and Charlie. Jeanne known to them as AJ loved them all intensely. She is also survived by very close friends Les Coates and his mother Mary, Alice and George Cramer, Marion Yaromy, Louise and Rorie MacDonald and Madge Barker. Jeanne loved to travel, enjoying visits all over Canada, southern USA, Alaska, Caribbean, and Central America by ship, plane and particularly by car. She always felt the best part of any trip was coming home. Jeannes greatest passion outside of her family was her house and garden. We wish to express our sincere thanks to all her health care providers at Grace Cancer Care, Health Sciences Center Kidney Unit and Corydon Primary Care. Doctors Pat Harris, James Zachorias, Ray Singer and a very special Thank You to Jane MacDonald, Nurse Practitioner, whose care and compassion have been without bounds! At Jeannes request, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of her life will take place on Wednesday April 10th at 2: 00 p.m, at Thomson In the Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1291 McGillivray Blvd. Winnipeg MB. Stories and Remembrances of Jeanne will be shared at 2:30 p.m. No flowers please. If you wish to make a donation to Cancer Care Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg MB, or a charity of your choice, Jeanne would thank you. Thomson In The Park 204-925-1120. Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com
HOWES: Doug Howes, formerly of Brandon, passed away March 29, 2013 in Sarnia, ON. He is survived by his Mother Millie Mckerracher and brother Wayne Mckerracher of Sarnia; his children Donna, Rod (Lisa), and Brad (Teresa), all of Calgary, AB; and 5 grandchildren Justin, Courtney, Taylor, Stepheny, and Ben.
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