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OSIOWY: Richard John Ronald Osiowy, beloved husband of Debbie, and dear father of Blair, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the age of 51 years. Arrangements are pending with Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, Brandon, (204) 727-0694.
MacDONALD: Jeffrey Walter MacDonald. It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our beloved brother, uncle and friend, Jeff on March 3, 2014. Jeff leaves to mourn his brother Craig and nephews Rees, Zane, his sister Donna Glasgow (Doug), niece Sydnee, nephew Morgan, his large extended family and numerous friends. Jeff was predeceased by his parents, Dick and Verla. Jeff was raised on the family farm near Franklin and had returned to live in his family home 10 years ago. Born on May 26, 1960, Jeff was an early sports enthusiast. He played hockey, curling, baseball and golf. He later re-directed his love of sports to coaching the next generation of hockey players-ranging from Atom house league to adult ladies rec to AAA Midget with the Yellowhead Chiefs. He was a valuable non-parent coach and gladly donated his time. He enjoyed scouting and being a host billet for the local Neepawa Natives Junior A. Most recently he focused his attention on his nephews by driving to sports events province wide while offering his advice and insight. If he was not at the rink, the diamond, or the golf course he expected text updates. Calls were made to all the kids after any big event. He checked in regularly with Sydnee and Morgan and was always willing to brag about them.Jeff obtained his Diploma of Agriculture at U of M. He worked on the family farm, Assiniboine Community College, the Manitoba Conservative Caucus, and was Special Assistant to Minister of Agriculture. He then worked as Project Manager for the Economic Development Board of Cabinet. He was a financial advisor in partnership with Craig prior to his most recent position as Municipal liaison for Member of Parliament Robert Sopuck. His passion for politics and managing election campaigns helped many MLA’s and MPs get elected. Jeff had a huge heart and a wonderful sense of humor. He could tell a great story. He was a people person who genuinely enjoyed learning about others. When Jeff made a friend, they remained a friend. His yearly golf trips with buddies were a highlight and resulted in many laughs and stories. He could converse easily on many topics making him great company. His friends spanned all ages and were from many walks in life. He as an avid reader and was known for his extensive knowledge of sports and Canadian politics. Jeff was deeply committed to his family and friends. We will so miss him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Manitoba Lung Association or to Minnedosa Regional Events Centre (MREC) Box 1425 Minnedosa, MB  R0J 1E0. A service to celebrate Jeff’s life is planned for April 3, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in Minnedosa Community Conference Centre, Minnedosa, Manitoba.Messages of condolence can be sent to Minnedosa Funeral Service, 204-867-3868.
HABOK: Stan Habok was born March 20, 1934 to Fred Habok and Mary Mushey, the 9th of 11 children, and the first to be born in a hospital. Souris was the place of birth, and the family lived in the Glenvale S.D. for four years before moving to the farmsite at 12-10-21W. At seven he started school in Alexander, and loved school, was a quick learner, with an eager mind. Walking was the mode of transportation to school, horse and buggy, and in winter, horse and cutter. Chores always had to be done before and after school. At nine Stan’s main summer job was hauling water with horse and water tank for the huge family garden. He never did like gardening because of this chore. About this time he began harrowing with a team, and at twelve drove a stook wagon. Threshing and harvest was a favorite time of year, and it was hard to concentrate on school when the threshing gang was coming. As with a lot of farm families work had to be done on the farm, and so formal education ended and life education began. In 1953 the home farm was purchased from the old folks, and Stan along with brothers John and Fred established the Habok Bros. Stock Farm. They ran a commercial cattle operation, and started a select stable of Registered Percheron horses. Stan loved the horses, and showed in line classes at Brandon, Regina, Toronto, and every small fair in-between. In 1966 the farm had both Reserve Grand Champion mare, and stallion at Toronto Royal Winter Fair. The first time in the fair history a full brother and sister shared that honor, at that time, and Stan was at the halter. Baseball, hockey, bowling, and curling filled any spare time. The decision was made to disperse the horses and breed registered cattle. Polled Herefords being the breed of choice. The success of the purebred cattle proven by competing successfully in the top cattle shows in Canada, and the U.S. The brothers were among the first in the province to hold their own production sales at the farm. The work was hard, hours long, but the farm was beautiful with miles of white fence, buildings, and acres of cut lawn. Stan was a director on the Manitoba Hereford Association and also a director on the Canadian Hereford Association. Unfortunately, the brothers went their separate ways, and Stan set about establishing the Oak Summit Stock Farm. Carving a farmsite from an area of solid bush. Building a barn, shed, corrals, and fences, all the while grain farming. He continued to breed, show, and sell polled Herefords with continued success. In 1983 Stan and Sharran attended a Percheron horse sale in SK where a flashy filly caught their eye. They set their budget which was quickly met, and Stan stopped bidding. However Sharran didn’t and Orilla Chiefs Misty was in their trailer going home. Stan was in the horse business again. They showed and raised colts until the mare gave birth to a set of twin colts which was eventually trained to drive. Stan loved that team, and was always up for taking them for a “spin”. Needing some relaxation, camping, off trail mountain biking, canoeing, and cross country skiing soon became a passion for Stan and continued right up until his diagnosis of supranuclear palsy in 2005. Stan and Sharran had married in 1967 and spent 46 years being each other’s partner and friend, sharing the same love of horses, cattle, work, and the outdoors. Sharran survives Stan as does his sister Kay of Brandon, Nettie of Winnipeg, Isabelle of London, ON, Rose (Bert) Digby, N.S, Hazel (Virgil), U.S.A, brother John (Olga), Brandon. Fred. Stan was predeceased by sisters, Mary, Ayrain, and Anne. Nephew, Leonard Gerow, and several brothers-in -law. Stan was a talented man. He was an expert carpenter having built three homes, dairy barns, cattle sheds, horse barns, even furniture. He was a no nonsense business man, with a head for numbers, and hard barganing. He was a perfectionist, disliked socializing, and had all the patience in the world getting a new born calf or colt to nurse. This patience didn’t extend to “slackers”, or people whose interests didn’t match his. It was very difficult for Stan to deal with Parkinson plus, and his struggle ended on February 16, 2014, he was 79. If there is farming in Heaven, Stan will have the most beautiful farm with white fences, and buildings, lush pastures with a herd of polled Herefords, and a team of Percherons waiting to be driven.
GRAHAM: Charlotte Ellen Graham, beloved wife of Alex, and dear mother of John and Jennifer, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the age of 67 years. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Charlotte may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation “Palliative Care”, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Arrangements are pending with Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, Brandon, (204) 727-0694.
GOTTFRIED: Frank J. Gottfried of Rivers, MB, passed away peacefully at the Rivers Health Centre on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the age of 91 years. Frank is survived by his wife Ruby, daughters Jane (Trevor) Kusmack, Nicole (Gil) Roth, sons Randy, Darrell (DiDi), Jody (Kelly) and Dale (Cheryl). Also surviving are twelve grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, brother Leo and sisters Agnes, Flo, Kathy, Terry, Liz and Mary. He was predeceased by his parents Leon and Katherine, brothers Joe, Walter, Willie, John and Adam, sisters Victoria, Helen, Anne and Rosie. Frank was born on February 9, 1923 in Gimli, Manitoba to Leon and Katherine Gottfried. He married Ruby Curle in 1952. He served in the Royal Canadian Artillery. Frank was an avid lawn bowler, and he also enjoyed playing cribbage, darts and curling, and was a member of the 50 plus club. He enjoyed spending time with his family in Bradwardine. As per Frank’s wishes, a private family service will take place at a later date. Donations in memory of Frank may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8 or to the Rivers Health Centre “Palliative Care”, Box 428, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0.
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GEYSEN: Bertha Elizabeth Geysen (nee Vaul) November 7th, 1923 – February 16th, 2014, passed away at her daughters home. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Cathy Morgan (Gary Easter) of Brandon, her granddaughter Candace Beard(Robert) of Brandon, great grandson Reid, her grandson Devon Morgan(Jamie) of Ottawa, ON, great-grandson Logan, step grandson Baret Easter (Daralee) of Carman, MB, step-great granddaughters Tayla and Teagan, step-granddaughter Averyl Easter of Ottawa, ON, sister- in-law Eva Geysen of Saskatoon and several nieces and nephews. Bertha was predeceased by her husband Frank in 1980, her mother Margaret in 1951, her Father Albert in 1965, her step brother and step sisters as well as several brothers and sisters-in-law. Bertha was born in Graysville MB on the family farm. The family moved to Winnipeg when Bertha was a young girl. Bertha began working at a young age at a boarding house, where she learned the meaning of hard work and later at the Winnipeg Grain Exchange. She met the love of her life Frank before World War II and following Frank’s discharge from the army in 1946 they were married. They settled in Baldur MB where they eventually owned and operated a garage\implement business, Frank’s Garage. Bertha worked side by side with Frank making their business a success. As payment for service they took cattle on trade and eventually began farming. Later they sold the garage and turned to farming full-time. They were proud of their mixed grain/cattle operation and after several years and long days of hard work they eventually focused on beef cattle farming only. The last few years were focused on a small herd of Limousine cattle that became more of a hobby. Bertha’s work ethic didn’t allow her to enjoy relaxation so she began working at one of the local grocery stores. Following Frank’s passing Bertha moved to Brandon in 1983 where she could be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. Bertha demonstrated enduring love for family and was their biggest supporter and cheerleader for everything they did. Both Candace and Devon spent countless hours with their Gran. She attended all school and extracurricular activities for both of them, even sometimes being the parent/guardian driver to their activities. Bertha loved sports of any kind but one of her favorite was curling. She played herself for many years and in 1994 won the provincial Golden Gals bonspiel. Another passion of Bertha’s was gardening with special attention to flowers. A special place in Bertha’s life was her cabin at Thomas Lake where many hours of enjoyment were spent with friends and family around the fire pit where the flames leaped high in the sky. Her laugh could be heard clear across the lake. Bertha moved into Victoria Landing retirement residence in 2007 where she could be independent but in a safe environment as her dementia began to progress through the years. She enjoyed living here and treated the staff as extended family. She remained there until December when she moved to her daughter and son-in-laws home until her passing. Bertha’s personality and love for life never waivered nor did she complain or grumble about any suffering she may have experienced. She was grateful for the good life she had. A celebration of her life was held Saturday February 22nd at St Matthews Anglican Cathedral, officiated by Archdeacon Paul Curtis with arrangements by Jamieson’s Funeral Home of Glenboro, A private family interment will take place at a later date in the Baldur Cemetery. Donations in memory of Bertha may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba. The family is deeply grateful for the love, prayers, and support in many heart-felt forms from friends, family and acquaintances.
Weep not for me though I am gone into that gentle night.Grieve if you will, but not for long upon my soul’s sweet flight.I am at peace, my soul’s at rest There is no need for tears.For with your love I was so blessed.For all those many years.There is no pain, I suffer not,The fear now all is gone.Put now these things out of your thoughts,In your memory I live on.Remember not my fight for breathRemember not the strife.Please do not dwellupon my death, But celebrate my life.
Author unknown
FINLAY: Milton Roy, beloved husband of the late Eleanor Finlay, passed away peacefully at the Souris Personal Care Home on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the age of 94 years. Funeral arrangements are pending. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
BROWN: The death of Leannie Brown of Brandon, beloved wife of the late Joseph Brown, occurred on Friday, March 7, 2014. Funeral Service will be held at McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church, 635 McDiarmid Drive on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Earl Ricalton will officiate. Interment will follow at Gladstone Cemetery. If friends so desire donations in memory of Leannie may be made to McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church, 635 McDiarmid Drive, Brandon, Manitoba R7B 2H6. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
DEACON: It is with great sadness that the family of Robert J. Deacon informs you that Bob passed away peacefully on February 14, 2014 at the age of 85. He was a beloved father and grandfather. Bob was born in Austin, MB on March 27, 1928 to Jack and Mary Deacon. In 1939, Bob and his two sisters Marg and Mary moved to Minnedosa where he met the love of his life Betty Peggy MacKay. While courting Betty for 12 years, Bob joined the CPR at age of 15 and learned Morse Code. He became a telegraphic operator and worked in Shoal Lake, Crandall, Oak River, Rapid City, Strathclair, Griswold, Alexander, Foxwarren, Bredenbury and Carnduff before acquiring his permanent position in Ignace, Ontario. In 1949, Bob became a train dispatcher and worked at this, in Brandon and Winnipeg, until his retirement in 1986 with 38 years of service. On September 6, 1951, Bob married his sweetheart Betty in Minnedosa and they had 56 years of happy wonderful years together. Three children were born to Bob and Betty: Barry, Brian and Bev. Bob was very active in many various volunteer organizations: 1981-1982: Past Master Dormer Lodge #151; 1985-1986: Past District Grand Master 10th Masonic District; 1992: Past President Brandon District Shrine Club; 1993-1996: Representative for CPR Pensioners at the Montreal Trust Committee; 2014: Annual Past Member Queen Mary Chapter #3 as well as current member of Fenwick Lodge. Bob was active in hockey, baseball, skiing, swimming, coached little league baseball, fishing and golf. Betty, Bob and family travelled frequently to their cabin in Clear Lake and spent winters in Victoria, BC with friends and family. Bob was predeceased by his wife Betty on December 7, 2007. He is survived by his children Barry (Pam) Deacon; Brian (Sheila), Sarah, A.J., Jillian, Deacon; Beverley Deacon; sister Margaret (Paxton) Jean, Jim, Tom, Murray; sister Mary (Vuignier) Joan, Diane. The last six years of Bob’s life were spent as a resident of Hillcrest Place in Brandon where he received wonderful care. The memorial service to celebrate Bob's life was held at Memories Chapel on February 21, 2014; Reverend Harvey Hurren officiated. A private graveside service took place. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Bob to a charity of choice.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
COVERDALE: Catherine (nee MacGregor) passed away February 21, 2014 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Daughter of the late Peter and Annie MacGregor of Ninette, MB; brothers Bill and Bob; sisters Helen (Leonard) McKenzie, Ninette, Sheila Wallace, Hamiota, MB. Left to mourn Cathy’s passing is brother Angus MacGregor, Wawanesa, MB. Sisters: Mary Jenkins, Red Deere AB; Patricia Roe, Portage, Lillian (Harold) Nicholls, Portage, Betty (Doug) Gillespie, Winnipeg. Also many nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Donations in Cathy’s memory may be made to the Heart & Ftroke Foundation.
CHRISTIE: Lewis (Louie) Christie died March 6, 2014 in the Bayside Personal Care Home, Killarney, Manitoba at the age of 86 years. Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in the Killarney United Church, Killarney, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in the Killarney Cemetery, Killarney, Manitoba. Donations in memory of Louie may be made to the Bayside Personal Care Home, Killarney, MB R0K 1G0 or to the Cartwright Personal Care Home, Cartwright, MB R0K 0L0.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service204-523-7791
MALLARD:Margaret Mae Mallard (nee Madsen), beloved wife of the late Arthur Mallard, of Birtle, MB, passed away at the Shoal Lake – Strathclair Health Centre, Shoal Lake, MB on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 98 years of age. A short service to celebrate Margaret’s life will be held at the Campbell Funeral Chapel, Hamiota, MB on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 11:00am with interment following in the Birtle Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Margaret’s memory to a charity of one’s choice. Messages of condolence and/or photos can be shared at Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
ENGELBRECHT: It is with profound sadness that the family of beloved Dr. Jan Frederick Engelbrecht, of the Rhema Clinic, announce his unexpected passing in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the age of 51 years. The Funeral Service will take place at Bethel Christian Assembly, 440 Richmond Avenue on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Pastor Mike Davis will officiate. Interment will be at the Brandon Cemetery. Complete obituary will follow. If friends so desire, donations may be made to a trust fund for Jan’s grandson, Elijah Benoit Jan Geldart, at either Crocus Credit Union Branch in Brandon. Donation envelopes will also be available at the church.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
COVERDALE: Catherine (nee MacGregor) passed away February 21, 2014 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Daughter of the late Peter and Annie MacGregor of Ninette, MB; brothers Bill and Bob; sisters Helen (Leonard) McKenzie, Ninette, Sheila Wallace, Hamiota, MB. Left to mourn Cathy’s passing is brother Angus MacGregor, Wawanesa, MB. Sisters: Mary Jenkins, Red Deere AB; Patricia Roe, Portage, Lillian (Harold) Nicholls, Portage, Betty (Doug) Gillespie, Winnipeg. Also many nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Donations in Cathy’s memory may be made to the Heart & Ftroke Foundation.
SIMPSON: Ivan T. Simpson, beloved husband of Janice and loving father of Lori, Wayne and Lisa, passed away at WestMan Nursing Home – Virden, Manitoba on Saturday, March 1, 2014 in his 82nd year. Funeral Services will be held from St. Paul’s United Church – Virden on Saturday, March 8th at 11:00 a.m. with Mrs. Linda Clark officiating. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or the charity of your choice in memory of Ivan.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel – Virden in care of arrangements.
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