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WILLMS: On Monday, July 4, 2016, Harry Peter Willms, of Brandon, formerly of Forrest, passed away at the Assiniboine Centre. Born February 1, 1933 in the Municipality of Daly, Manitoba, Harry attended school at Robert Burns near Alexander, MB and Gourley north east of Forrest. He left home at age 15 years and found employment with a plastering contractor. After five years he took an apprenticeship and in 1959 obtained his certificate. A member of the Justice Mennonite Brethren Church, Harry loved people, his family, hunting, farming, cars and coffee time. Remaining to cherish the memory of Harry are his wife Mary; daughter Cathy (Shane) Macialek and their son Keith; son Greg (Linda) and children Brittany (Jacques), Tyrus and Colton; brothers: Frank, Ed and Don; sisters: Hildy Sinclair, Irma Dyck and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, grandson Kevin Nicholls and step-mother Nina Willms. The Funeral Service took place on Friday, July 8, 2016 at Richmond Park Mennonite Brethren Church. Pastor Gerry Harms officiated. Interment was at Sparling Cemetery. Pallbearers were Brent Willms, Aaron Willms, Blaine Harder, Darren Harder, Cameron Hales and Keith Nicholls. Donations in memory of Harry may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2B7 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3-824 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
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WOOD: The family of Barbara Helen Wood is saddened to announce her passing on July 3, 2016 at the Assiniboine Centre following a brief illness. Barbara grew up in Brandon as the sister of Ken, Dick, Ella, Catherine, Emily Lucille, Brenda, and Pat and the daughter of Helen and Albert Wood. She was predeceased by her parents, and her siblings Catherine, Don, and Ken. Barbara was an independent woman who was loved and respected by her family for her loyalty, devotion, and strong work ethic. She worked as an office administrator at Hughes and Co. and later at Westman Cable before retiring early in order to care for her aging mother. Barbara loved the outdoors. She enjoyed camping and traveling throughout Western Canada, Hawaii, and other US points. Many summers were enjoyed at Clear Lake. She was a faithful woman who attended the McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church. Barbara loved gardening and spending time in her backyard enjoying nature. There was a special place in Barbara's heart for her beloved cats with whom she took great pleasure in spoiling over the years. For years she was an active member of the Toastmistress of Brandon and received commendations for her excellent speeches. Barbara will be remembered by all as a strong, kind woman with a great sense of humor who demonstrated an unwavering commitment to her family. She took an active interest in the lives of her nieces and nephews and was quick to lend a hand to any family member in need. A private family service to honor Barbara's life has taken place.
VILLARD: In loving memory of Lawrence Joseph Villard. Joe passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at the age of 84 years. He was predeceased by the love of his life Miriam and his son Jimmy. Joe will be sadly missed by his four children and their loved ones: Yvonne Hotzak (Brian) of Norquay, SK; Steven Villard (Sharon) of Yorkton, SK; Cheri Villard (Ed) of St. Norbert, MB and Ursula Beavis (Shaun) of Brandon, MB. He also leaves behind his five precious grandchildren Joe Thomas, Adam Thomas, Jordan Thomas, Fontine Beavis and Skylar Beavis. As per their wishes, interment for Joseph Villard as well as Miriam Stevenson Villard will be held at the same time so their final wishes of remaining together forever will be honored. Interment will be held at the Brandon Cemetary at 11:00 am with a Celebration of life luncheon will follow. Interment will be held at the Brandon Cemetery at 11:00 am on Monday, July 18, 2016 with a celebration of life lunch to follow.
THOMSON: Evelyn Muriel (née Patterson), passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at the age of 95 years. She was born July 6, 1921 in Brandon. In 1933, the Patterson family moved to Weyburn, SK. Evelyn completed all her schooling and was employed at a jewelry store. In 1937, Don’s cousin, Margaret Milliken, introduced him to Evelyn. Romance followed. The war intervened and Don was overseas for approximately five years. But they kept in touch. On Don’s return, they married in Weyburn, SK on July 24, 1946 and they were blessed with almost 70 years of marriage. Evelyn was very active in the life of First Presbyterian Church. She was a choir member for many years and active in the ladies aid, including time spent as president. But her true happiness was at home caring for her family. Evelyn leaves to mourn her husband Don and two daughters. Eldest daughter Susan, her son Chad (Marlowe) Tucker, Carol (Gary) Hoffman and their children Trevor (Angie) and their new daughter and great-grandchild Ava Monica, Brett (Jess) and new great-grandchild Ethan James. Evelyn was predeceased by her parents Ada and John Patterson, brother Ted, sisters Hazel and Lorraine plus several nieces, nephews and their children. The Funeral will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 339-12th Street, on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with reception to follow. The family would like to thank the staff at Valleyview Care Centre for the wonderful T.L.C. given to Evelyn and family. Also, a special thanks to minister, Rev. Dr. Dong-Ha Kim and the church family for their kindness. Donations in memory of Evelyn, may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Foundation, 339-12th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4M3 or to a charity of choice.
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SCHAWORSKI: Anne Schaworski, November 29, 1928 - June 15, 2016. Anne leaves her children, Donna, David, Randy, Robin, Daphne and their families to celebrate a life well lived. She was predeceased by her parents, John Halowski and Anne Mushey, her husband John, infant son Nestor, brothers Roy, Eugene, John, Alex, Fred and sister Nellie. Survived by siblings, Nick, Ostop, Bob, Nestor, Doris, Lucy, Irene and several nieces and nephews.
When I come to theend of this road,and the sun has set for meI want no rites in agloom filled room,release me, let me go.For this journey homeI must go alone.Remember the love we share,be happy we had so many years.I gave you all the love I had andyou gave me all my happiness.Grieve for a while if you must,then be comforted by the trust,that we are really not apart,I won’t be far away,for life goes on;so if you need me,call and I will come,though you cannot see meor touch me, I’ll be nearand if you listen with your heartyou will hear,all my love around yousoft and clear.And when you must come thisway, I will be there,to greet you andwelcome you home.
MONTGOMERY:Marybelle June Montgomery. June 23, 1938 – July 5, 2016. Peacefully our wife and mother passed away, at the age of 78 years, at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. She leaves to mourn her beloved husband John; children Kevin, Kurt (Kathy); grandchildren Josh and Katarina; sister-in-law Audrey (Larry). She was predeceased by her parents Arthur and Margaret Sadler, brother and sister-in-law Ron and Alma Sadler, father-in-law and mother-in-law Arthur and Lorraine Wright. Marybelle was born on June 23, 1938, in Hamilton, Ontario. At a young age she was adopted and grew up in London, Ontario. Marybelle was married on October 15, 1960. She worked with Northern Life Insurance before the birth of her sons. Mom went back to work once her boys were old enough. First at the Chalet Motel and then the United Cigar Store until her retirement. She spent a great deal of time in Parkhill, Ontario visiting relatives. Some of the fondest memories were the family road trips back to her home. Her greatest joys were spending time with her family and friends, cats, knitting, 5 pin bowling, playing her piano, cars, and NASCAR. Our mother’s passion and strength allowed her to battle cancer over the past few years. We would like to thank the many friends and family who visited and comforted her during her last few days. Particularly, Donalda Warren and Maxine Twells. A special thanks to the doctors and the staff at Brandon Regional Health Centre for their support and care for our mother and our family.
The Eternal Goodness
I know not what the future hathOf marvel or surprise;Assured alone that life and deathHis mercy underlies.
And if my heart and flesh are weakTo bear an untried pain,The bruised reed He will not break,But strengthen and sustain.
And so, beside the silent sea,I wait the muffled roar;No harm from Him can come to me,On ocean or on shore.
I know not where His islands liftTheir fronded palms in air;I only know I cannot driftBeyond His love and care.
~ John G. Whittier
KNIGHT: On Sunday, July 10, 2016, at the age of 77 years, Robert Thomas Knight (Knobby) passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre with his family by his side. Robert was born on April 13, 1939, in Portage la Prairie, the only son of Alfred and Ida Emma Knight. The family eventually moved to Brandon, Manitoba where Robert completed his schooling and eventually met the love of his life, Barbara. In 1959, Robert began a 37 year career working and eventually becoming the general manager of the Westman Central Laundry at the Brandon General Hospital. On August 21, 1965, he married his best friend, Barbara Anne Cotton, and together raised their two children, Brian and Valerie. Robert opted for an early retirement, but continued to give back to the community providing volunteer services for many years to the Fairview Personal Care Home. Robert was also a 40 year continued service member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #3. He loved spending time with family and friends, and was an avid sports fan who never missed a Toronto Maple Leafs game. You could always find Grandpa tapping his knee, singing along to his favourite country music songs. His big heart and contagious smile will forever live on in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Robert is survived by his loving wife Barbara, his son Brian (Sherry) Knight, his daughter Valerie (John) Carson; his sister Violet Graham; his grandchildren Greg, Lamaya, Jessica (Matt), Stephanie (Ian) and Juliet; his great-grandchildren Ethan, Brooklyn, Maximus and many nieces and nephews. Robert was predeceased by his parents Alfred and Ida Emma Knight and sister Joan Jones. A private family Graveside Service will be held. For friends and family, a Celebration “Come and Go Gathering” will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #3, 560- 13th Street East, on Friday, (TODAY), July 15, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #3, Building Fund, 560- 13th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7C1 or the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Palliative Care”, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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THOMSON: Evelyn Muriel (née Patterson), beloved wife of Don S. Thomson, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Valleyview Care Centre, at the age of 95 years. Service information and complete obituary to follow.
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WOTTON-WEAR: The family of Shirley Wotton will be holding a celebration of life on July 16, 2016 at Riverview Curling Club from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
TALBOT: Leopold Joseph Talbot. Peacefully, and surrounded by his family, at the Notre Dame Hospital on Thursday, July 7, 2016, Mr. Leopold Talbot of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba passed away at the age of 88 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his children, Angele (Norbert) Grenier, Lorette (Peter) Sheffield, Raymond (Joanne), Claire (Norman) Claeys, Aline (Bob) Winters, Gerald (Yvette), Paul (Coalleen), Alfred (Marie), Gilbert Talbot, Yvette (Eric) Claeys and Lorraine (Paul Lacroix); as well as 33 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He also leaves to mourn six siblings, Adrienne (Albin) Lebeau, Monique Ahle, Suzanne (Rod) Boudreau, Gerard (Louise) Talbot, Claude (Marilyn) Talbot and Denis (Denise) Talbot; three sisters-in-law, Rose Gallant, Antoinette Bugera and Linda Talbot; one brother- in-law Emile Cenerini; and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Leopold was predeceased by his wife Rita (née Cenerini); two granddaughters, Meranda Talbot and Amanda Claeys; one great granddaughter Faith Peters; four brothers Marcel Talbot, Andre (Therese) Talbot, Robert Talbot and Aurele Talbot; one sister Agnes Cenerini; and by one brother-in-law Tony Ahle. Prayers will held at Adam’s Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the Notre Dame de Lourdes Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, July 14, 2016. Prayers, eulogy and video tribute at 1:30 pm followed by Funeral Mass at 2:00 p.m. with Father Alain Guenou officiating. Interment will take place after Mass at the Notre Dame Parish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Asthma Society of Canada or to a charity of ones choice. Adam’s Funeral Home of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba in care of arrangements. Phone 248-2201 or 1-888-400-2326.
NELSON: Mary Mabel Nelson of Brandon, MB, beloved wife of Carl Nelson; entered into rest on July 8, 2016 at the age of 77 years. A Celebration of Life will take place on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church, 635 McDiarmid Drive, Brandon, MB. Donations may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society. White’s Funeral Home-Carberry, MB in care of arrangements. 1-204-834-2629.
McBETH: On Tuesday, July 6, 2016, Margaret "Marg" Laura McBeth, beloved wife of the late Dick McBeth, Mom to Lori, Kevin and David, passed away at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon, Manitoba at the age of 87 years. The memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 361 Russell Street, Brandon. Rev. Dr. Glenn Ball will officiate. Private family interment will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Arthritis Society, Manitoba at 100A-1465 Buffalo Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 1L8 or to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 361 Russell Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 5H6. Complete obituary information will follow.
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KNIGHT: Robert Thomas Knight “Knobby” passed away with his family by his side at the age of 77, on Sunday, July 10, 2016, in the Assiniboine Centre. Loving husband to Barbara and father to Brian (Sherry) Knight and Valerie (John) Carson. A private family Graveside Service will be held at a later date. Complete obituary information to follow.
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GRAY: A. May Gray passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at her residence, Hillcrest Place, at the age of 100. May is survived by son Bob Walker (Brenda); Wayne Gray (Sharon); Dale Gray (Georgina) and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was predeceased by husbands: Robert Leslie Walker (1944), Albert William Gray (2010); parents George and Ellen Boles; daughter Patricia James and son-in-law Russell James; as well as five brothers and two sisters. In 1937, May married Robert Leslie Walker of the Forrest district and had two children, Patricia and Robert (Bob). In 1944, Leslie passed away from a farm accident. May then moved from the farm to Brandon to raise her two children, Pat and Bob. May worked at the Brandon Mental Hospital for 5 1/2 years before she accepted a job in the CSR Department at the Brandon General Hospital in 1959. On November 11th, 1961, May married Albert Gray. Albert had two sons, Wayne and Dale. Albert and May enjoyed travelling and spent many happy times “on the road.” May enjoyed her many family Christmases at her daughter’s home in Winnipeg. Her favorite treat was a strawberry sundae from Dairy Queen. A Celebration of May’s Life will be held at the Brandon Cemetery on Monday, July 11th at 1:30 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne, officiating. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow at the George Brockie Fellowship Centre, (Brockie Donovan), 332-8th Street. We would like to thank the staff at Hillcrest Place for all their kindness and love shown to Grandma during her eight-year stay. In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of May can be made to Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home, 930-26th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 2B8.
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CALVERT: Melvin Argyle Stewart Calvert of Brandon, MB, beloved husband of Joan Calvert; entered into rest on July 9, 2016 at the age of 88 years. A Funeral Service will take place on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Carberry United Church, Carberry, Manitoba. Interment Carberry Plains Cemetery, Carberry, Manitoba. Donations may be made to The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. White’s Funeral Home-Carberry, MB in care of arrangements. 1-204-834-2629.
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