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RENNIE: Robert "Rob" Alexander. Born in Winnipeg, MB on July 6, 1968 - Died in Brandon, MB April 11, 2016. Rob’s adventure began in Manitoba in the summer of 1968, growing up between Winnipeg and Pinawa, MB, with a brief time in London, ON. Being active was an integral part of Rob’s life, beginning when he was young. He enjoyed playing baseball, hockey, and camping in the summer across Canada. Most of all, he enjoyed making memories with his cousins at Oak Lake beach (Walton's/Gompf's) and at the Whiteshell (Rennie’s). Graduating from the University of Manitoba in 1996 with his Bachelor of Arts, Rob continued his thirst for knowledge in Brandon, graduating from Brandon University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Education degree. It was during his time at Brandon University where Rob was blessed with meeting Denise. They were married on July 26, 2003. Rob and Denise enjoyed married life as a two-some and had many adventures together until December 3, 2009 when their lives were forever changed with the arrival of their son, Ryan Kenneth Rennie. Rob’s working career was a busy road with many side streets. Most notably, his main profession was as a teacher, not just here in Canada, but overseas as well. Truly, Rob was an educator, instructing both adults and children in many facets of life. Rob's cross section of jobs included working as an orderly at the Victoria General hospital, cross country ski instructor, car sales man, business entrepreneur, and more. Helping others was something Rob enjoyed and this was evident not just in day-to-day life, but in the large amounts of time he committed to associations such as the Lions Club and to Special Olympics. Rob’s love of travel and sports was a constant in his life’s adventure. He enjoyed and tried nearly every sport, perhaps fencing and chess were the only two he missed. Regardless of their statistics, the Winnipeg Jets are the best hockey team in Rob and Ryan’s book. Rob proudly biked his way across Ontario, just for fun, thrived on Ultimate Frisbee competitions, and played hockey in every country he traveled to if the opportunity presented itself. He loved to talk and network with everyone, everywhere, and his countless friends around the world are evidence of that. Rob loved romancing his wife and faithfully devoted time to both his son Ryan and all of his nephews. Rob’s journey on earth ended on April 11, 2016 at Dinsdale Personal Care Home at the young age of 47. His memory will be honored by his beloved wife, Denise (nee Liske) Rennie and loving son Ryan Rennie; his much-loved sister Sharon (husband Ed, sons Nathan (Tressa), Colin, Gavin, and Teagan) Simon; and his parents Jean and Ron Rennie. Rob will be missed greatly by Denise's family including her mom, Gloria Liske, and the Liske brothers Dwayne (Crystal, children Deagan and Chaydin), Darren (Erin), and Dale (Lori, children Nicholas and Jaxson). He was predeceased by his father- in-law, Ken Liske in 2005. Rob also has many, many friends and extended family members who will continue to keep his spirit alive with them during adventures to come. The Celebration of Rob’s Life took place at Memories Chapel on Friday April 15, 2016 with Lydia Glawson, Funeral Celebrant officiating. A private family committal followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Rob may be made through any Westoba Credit Union, for an education trust fund for his son Ryan. Please make cheques payable to Ryan Rennie in Rob’s memory.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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READY: With deep sadness we announce the passing of Rubie Ready, at the Bren- Del-Win Lodge for Seniors in Deloraine, on April 15th 2016 in her 93rd year. Born in November, 1923 to her parents in Oak Lake, Russell and Arlie Hogg, she was smitten with polio in the 1920s which resulted in a badly crippled left leg. Following her schooling in Oak Lake and a secretarial training in Winnipeg, she was employed with the International Farming Equipment in Boissevain, MB where she met and married Jack Ready in Dec., 1944. The Readys left the farm at Desford, MB a couple of years later, moving to Oak Lake where Jack learned the printing trade from Rubie's father. They later moved to Virden (Empire Advance) in 1954 and to Brandon (Sun) in 1959. Besides her husband Rubie is survived by daughters, Connie (Bill Grant) Vernon, B.C., Lynne (Gerry Hillier) Vulcan, AB, Jackie Vockeroth (Wayne) deceased, Okotoks, AB, John (Darlene) of Calgary AB and Marla (Jerry) Gillis of Summerland, BC, Also surviving are a sister Eileen Doherty, eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Deceased include her mother and father, Arlie and Russell Hogg and a sister, Lila Higginbotham as well as her in-law parents, Amelia and Harold Ready. There will be no funeral. By choice cremated remains will be at Memories Chapel, Brandon until mid-summer) for good travelling weather to place the urn of ashes in the Oak Lake cemetery at the site of a prepared location. As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers those wishing to make a donation in Rubie's memory could be made to Bren-Del-Win Lodge or a charity of choice.
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PUGH: On April 9th, 2016, our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend, Florence Dorrine, passed away peacefully with family by her side at Hillcrest Personal Care Home. Born April 19th, 1917 to Kate and William Haines at Fort William and moving to Brandon in 1921, she married Gerrard James Pugh in 1939 and had 53 wonderful years together. Mom excelled at everything she tried including knitting, sewing, baking, cooking and reading. Her memory and ability to remember names amazed us right until the last week of her life. Her faith and prayers inspired us and left a great legacy to her family and friends. Her competitive nature endeared her to grandchildren who loved playing cards and games for hours with her. Mom was predeceased by her loving husband, parents, siblings, Charles (Margaret), Queenie (Bob), Bunt (Estelle), Robert and son-in-law, Vic Oliver. Mom is survived by her daughters Carol Oliver, Patricia Joan (Wilfred) Demajo and son Bill (Brenda) Pugh; grandchildren Nicole (Chris), Jason (Faye), Sean (Allison), Catherine (Jason), Michael, Emma (Andrew), Sarah, Breanna (Brad), Jaime (Jamie), Amanda (Matt) and Christopher; and great-grandchildren Will, Grady, Evan, Abby, Stella, Alice, Emilia, Hudson, and Paxton. Prayers will be said at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, April 18th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, on Tuesday, April 19th (Mom’s 99th Birthday) at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. John Pungente and Fr. Patrick Neufeld officiating. A private graveside ceremony will follow after a reception in the St. Augustine’s Square. Donations in memory of Dorrine may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7 or a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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OLIVER: Mary Jean (nee Ringdahl). Mary Jean passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side March 25th, 2016. Mary Jean was born December 8th, 1956 to Jack and Doris Ringdahl of Sunnynook, Alberta. Mary Jean started her formal education at the one room school at Square Deal for grades 1 and 2 and then went to Cessford School for grades 3-12. After graduation in 1974 Mary Jean had to wait a year until she turned 18 to enroll in nurse’s training. She was accepted into Lethbridge Community College Registered Nursing Program in 1975 and graduated with honours and received the award for best patient care in 1977. Nursing jobs were scarce at this time in Alberta but Mary Jean found a full time job at the Coronation hospital. In 1979 Mary Jean met Brian Oliver and they were married October 18th, 1980. In the spring of 1981 Brian and Mary Jean moved back to Brian’s hometown of Miniota to farm. Mary Jean worked causal at the Virden hospital over the summer and got a full time job on 400 East medicine at the Brandon General Hospital that fall. Mary Jean worked here until a full time position opened at the Hamiota District Health Centre in February of 1982. Mary Jean spent 34 years as a nurse in Hamiota; 10 of which she was the head nurse from 1993-2003. Over the years in Hamiota she touched many lives with her compassion and nursing skills. She acted as a mentor to many nurses and was a wealth of knowledge and a wonderful support to patients, families and staff. In 1986 Brian and Mary Jean welcomed Daughter Stacy and in 1990 the family was complete with the arrival of son Travis. Mary Jean was a wonderful support to her family. She taught her family life is not always easy or fair but perseverance and attitude will make a difference in any situation. Higher education for her children was important and Mary Jean was a very proud mother seeing her children graduate from college and university. In 2013 the family expanded when daughter Stacy married Jared Bauereiss; and then again in 2015 when Mary Jean got promoted from mother to grandmother with the arrival of grandson Callan. Any time Mary Jean talked about her grandson her face lit up and she had an ear to ear grin. In 2000 Miniota residents were concerned about getting timely access to emergency care services. The Miniota Fire Department decided they needed the support of some local nurses to take the Emergency First Responder training. Mary Jean was one of the nurses asked and joined the fire department in July of 2000. Mary Jean wore her pager with pride and soon became the emergency medical officer on the Miniota fire department. Mary Jean was a dedicated Registered nurse, mother, grandmother, and fire department member. Family and friends gathered on April 9th to celebrate a life well lived. Urn bearer was Lenora Argue, honorary urn bearers were Susan Allen, Dienna McConnell and Sharon Armitage. Internment followed at the Miniota Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Miniota Hall. Mary Jean is survived by husband Brian, daughter Stacy (Jared), son Travis, grandson Callan, mother Doris Ringdahl, brother Ross Ringdahl, sister Judy (Kevin) Swanson and Aunt Florence Haynes along with numerous nieces and nephews. Mary Jean was predeceased by her father Jack Ringdahl, Uncles Earl, Ralph and Carl Ringdahl, Aunt Muriel Henning and Uncle Gordon Haynes.
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NICHOL: Ronald Andrew Nichol, better known as Ron or Ronnie, age 68, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2016 at the Elkwood Manor Personal Care Home in Elkhorn, Manitoba. Ron was born in Killarney, Manitoba on December 24, 1947, second son to Ivan and Norma Nichol. Ron went to school in Rosevalley, Lena and Killarney Collegiate. Following school, he worked for Ducks Unlimited in The Pas and in the Kenton area; followed by the Department of Highways in Killarney. On July 11, 1970, Ron married his high school sweetheart, Miriam Stephenson. In 1972, Ron and Miriam started to farm south of Killarney where they farmed for 37 years. In 2009, Ron and Miriam retired and moved to Virden Manitoba to be closer to their family. Ron is survived by his loving wife, Miriam; his children, Morley (Kim) and Kyla (Patrick); his 8 grandchildren, Christopher, Courtney, Ryan, Ashley, Brandon, Cole, Jenelle and Ryder; his brothers, Wayne (Adelyn), Kelvin(Margaret) and Gordie (Barb) ; his sisters, Lorae (Wayne) and Loree (Clarence); his 3 uncles, Mert, Bob (Flora) and Harvey; and his aunt Kay(Don); plus many, many more relatives on both sides of the family.
From Ron's eulogy:
I would like to share a few reasons why I admire my Dad. First and foremost was his love and commitment he had for the love of his life – my Mom. My father provided for us an example of the strength of a man who truly loves his wife. He loved her fiercely and was committed to making her HAPPY. If it was important to her, it BECAME important to him. They were happily married for 45 years; she was always his first priority right to the end. He was blessed, or some would say cursed, with an independent wife, one with the expectation of working and not content to be kept at home. Dad was a man who was before his time. He was Mr. Mom before Mr. Mom was cool. He didn’t rely on reading books to raise kids; he relied on common sense values. The common sense values of saying what he meant and meaning what he said, he got straight to the point, “no buggering around” - as he used to say; we always knew what the standard was that he expected. My father was raised in a generation that worked hard and played hard. I saw him work hard every day on the farm with his brothers except for his 30 minute catnap after lunch. It was his holy time that you didn’t dare interrupt. Baseball tournaments with the Beavers all summer long and bonspieling in the winter were activities our whole family loved. Sports were important to him and so was having fun. He played hard but the work was always done, it didn’t matter how late the nights were or how early the mornings came. It was never an excuse to not get your work done. I also admire him because of the KIND of father he was to us. Yes, he loved us... very much. But he also instilled in us a core value system that defined who HE was. And that was a man who kept promises. He honoured commitment and was a man of integrity. Whenever we stumbled, he could have accepted our complaining and moaning but he’d have none of THAT. He fully expected us to see things through, all the way to the end. There were many times that we came home in the wee hours but the pigs still had to be fed bright and early. Even if it meant a cold water wake up call. My Dad loved the outdoors. From his legendary moose hunting trips to our afternoons of gopher hunting which quickly got side tracked into picking for treasures in old abandoned houses and junk piles. He was a collector of many things but he especially loved his coin collection. As he got older, his love for hunting and trapping turned into a love of watching the animals and birds in their habitat. He was a teacher; he taught us to respect Mother Earth and to help keep her in balance long before it was the popular thing to do. He taught us how to work hard and reap the benefits of our labours, he taught us not to extend a curfew as the door might be locked. How to be patient and loving, how to drive the truck and how to have fun and then get to work in the mornings. Most importantly he taught us how to love and respect our mother above all else. My father can be defined in part I think by his sense of honour, by his understanding of right and wrong. He was a loyal man, loyal to his family, loyal to his friends and loyal to the values that he learned from his parents. He loved all of his family; nothing made him happier than when his whole family got together. The Nichol picnics were a highlight for him especially when farm beat town in the ball game. He will be looking down at all of us with much pride. If you are here today, and I thank you for that, this means that he touched your life in some way or another. It gives us strength knowing our family and friends share in our grief. This amazingly kind and generous soul will be missed. His grandchildren will miss the bubble gum boss and the ultimate rock finder
My mother will miss having her best friend by her sideWe will miss our father, his strength, his guidance and his unconditional love.And don’t forget Dad, “ don’t take any wooden nickels”.
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HARKNESS: Peacefully at his residence, Hillcrest Place, our loving father Lawrence Herbert "Lorne" Harkness passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the age of 96 years. Lorne was born, one of ten children, to Alymer and Laticia Harkness in Souris, Manitoba on August 9, 1919. He served in World War II, and after his return home, bought the land where he and his loving wife Shirley would raise their family. For sixty plus years they farmed there including: dairy cattle, then beef, followed by an array of animals of exotic chickens, sheep, goats and rabbits. Many hours were spent visiting and playing cards, a favorite pastime of Lorne's, around the table at the farm. Due to health reasons, he sold the farm in 2014. He then moved to Hillcrest Place where the staff enjoyed his wonderful sense of humor and became an extension to his already large family. Lorne always loved it when his family and friends stopped by for a visit or called just to chat. Lorne was predeceased by his wife, Shirley; son Floyd; daughter-in-law Judith; son-in-law John and granddaughter Michelle. Left to mourn his passing are his children: Bill of Melita, Manitoba, Larry (Donna), Lloyd (Shawna) all of Brandon, Cheryl of Crandall, Manitoba and Shawna (Ralph) of Winnipeg, Manitoba; daughter-in-law Linda of Calgary, Alberta as well as forty-two grandchildren. A private family graveside service was held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the Alexander Cemetery with Lydia Glawson officiating followed by a Memorial Reception at Memories Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #3, 824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 5B7.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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GIRLING: Peacefully and surrounded by much love, Mary Girling of Shoal Lake, Manitoba, passed away on March 16, 2016 at the age of 88 years. She was predeceased by her parents: Bernhard and Marie Loewen and her siblings. She is survived by her husband Armer; children: Carol, Darlene and Bill (Shannon); seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren as well as her brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews. She was a proud and longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Legion Auxiliary, and the Shoal Lake Agricultural Society. As well as a variety of organizations, she also made a significant contribution to the communities in which she lived: Glenella, Oak Lake and Shoal Lake. Mary was a remarkable and loving woman who listed her significant accomplishment in her life as "raising our 3 children". Family gatherings - large and small, her home, curling and all golf courses brought her immeasurable pleasure. A graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Neepawa on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a time to celebrate and remember her life at the Neepawa United Church 475 Mountain Ave. Rev. Jamie Bradshaw will officiate. Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to Westman Dreams for Kids.
Loving memories last forever
Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake is in care of the arrangements. 1-204-759-2160.
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SHAPPERT: On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, Kenneth Gordon "Ken" Shappert, age 84 years, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. A Graveside Service will take place at the Brandon Cemetery on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with a reception following at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North. Donations in memory of Ken may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6. Complete obituary information will follow.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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SMITH: At the age of 94 years, Richard "Dick" Smith passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Fairview Home in Brandon. Dick was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Peggy in 2014. His memory will be cherished by son Bill (Lynn); daughter Kathleen Helen; son Richard (Alvina); son David (Shelley); grandchildren Kaleigh, Paula, Nathan, Brennagh, Michaela, Kieran; great grandchildren Kate, Nicholas and Eloise as well as numerous nieces and nephews who knew him as “Uncle Dick”.He was born September 15, 1921 on the family farm in the Burdette District near Birtle, Manitoba to William and Eliza Smith. Dick attended Burdette School and as a young man he worked the family farm with his father. On December 5, 1945 he married Margaret "Peggy" Josephine Woods. In 1952, they moved to Birtle. Dick continued to help out on the farm and over the years he owned the Birtle Transfer, Birtle Taxi and Birtle Garage and later worked at CO-OP Implements. He was also a member of the Birtle Volunteer Fire Department. In 1965, the family moved to Neepawa. Dick worked as a parts manager at CO-OP Implements, Lee Farm Equipment, Murray’s Garage and Green Acres Farm Equipment. They moved to Brandon, in 1980, where Dick enjoyed semi-retirement as the caretaker of Boreham Park Apartments. Dick and Peggy were active members of the local Seniors for Seniors organization and loved bowling and golfing. Dick became a fixture at Sunnyside Golf Club. Having a lifelong love of anything motorized, Dad always seemed to be driving a new car. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Fairview Home for their care and kindness to both Mom and Dad. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com
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TAYLOR: Reta Marjorie Taylor (McDougall). 1923 – 2016. On Friday morning March 25th the long and fulfilled life of Reta Marjorie Taylor came to an end at the Evergreen Place Personal Care Home in Boissevain, Manitoba. Born June 5th, 1923 on the family farm (Section 4-5-18) near Margaret in the municipality of Riverside, Marjorie was the middle child of three daughters born to William Spurgeon ‘Spud’ McDougall and Ada Armstrong.As a girl Marjorie attended Harmony, Buttrum and Margaret schools. After completing Grade 12 by correspondence, she went to Normal School and received her Teacher’s Certificate. Marj really enjoyed teaching and took great pride in her students’ accomplishments. On July 23rd, 1947 she married James Albert Taylor, her biggest supporter, soul mate, farm partner and devoted husband of 53 years. They made their home on the farm on Section 18-4-18, north of Ninga. For a number of years she boarded school teachers. In addition to working hard on the farm, Marj was a strong supporter of the community. She served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Hiawatha School District, as a volunteer 4-H Leader and a member of both the United and Presbyterian Women’s Church groups in Ninga. In 1967 she was asked to sit on the Riverside Centennial Committee that designed the roadside park that is situated on Highway 23 near Dunrea, MB. Marj and Jim retired to Boissevain in 1977. She became a member of the St. Paul’s United Church and was active in the women’s church group, the Turtle Mountain Agricultural Society as a volunteer worker and an exhibitor, and the Boissevain Drop-In Centre. Mom had many interests and pursued them all to the best of her ability. She loved to quilt. Each grandchild has a beautifully hand stitched memory of their grandmother’s love. She enjoyed playing bridge. She painted and varnished Jim’s woodworking projects. She was an avid reader and gardener. Mom prepared excellent meals and she loved to bake. Grandma always showed up with baking in hand to the delight of her grandchildren, usually on trays and wrapped in wax paper. Dad passed away in 2000 and she continued on with grace and dignity and lovingly supporting her family. The last three years she spent in the Evergreen Place Personal Care Home where she received excellent care and compassion. Mourning her loss are her daughters Marilyn Robertson and Mavis (Bruce) McPhail; her six grandchildren; Curtis (Andrea) Robertson, Colleen (Neal) Gregory, Cindy (Lee) Moncur, Cory, Jamie, and David McPhail; and her eight grandchildren Natalie and Tyler Robertson, Charlie, Graeme and Noah Gregory and Devyn, Camden and Cason Moncur; her sister Eileen McCleary and sister-in-law Thelma Taylor. Marj was predeceased by her husband Jim Taylor; her sister Mary Cowan; son-in-law Laverne Robertson and her brother-in-laws Doc McCleary and Bill Cowan. A memorial service was held on Thursday, March 31st at St. Paul’s United Church with Reverend Doug Craig officiating. A private family internment took place at the Boissevain Cemetery. Should friends so desire, donations in Marjorie’s memory may be made to the Boissevain and Morton Foundation or Evergreen Place Personal Care Home. Dad passed away in 2000 and she continued on with grace and dignity and lovingly supporting her family. The last three years she spent in the Evergreen Place Personal Care Home where she received excellent care and compassion. Mourning her loss are her daughters Marilyn Robertson and Mavis (Bruce) McPhail; her six grandchildren; Curtis (Andrea) Robertson, Colleen (Neal) Gregory, Cindy (Lee) Moncur, Cory, Jamie, and David McPhail; and her eight grandchildren Natalie and Tyler Robertson, Charlie, Graeme and Noah Gregory and Devyn, Camden and Cason Moncur; her sister Eileen McCleary and sister-in-law Thelma Taylor. Marj was predeceased by her husband Jim Taylor; her sister Mary Cowan; son-in-law Laverne Robertson and her brother-in-laws Doc McCleary and Bill Cowan. A memorial service was held on Thursday, March 31st at St. Paul’s United Church with Reverend Doug Craig officiating. A private family internment took place at the Boissevain Cemetery. Should friends so desire, donations in Marjorie’s memory may be made to the Boissevain and Morton Foundation or Evergreen Place Personal Care Home.
The Winds of Fate
One ship drives east and another drives westWith the selfsame winds that blow.‘Tis the set of the sailsAnd not the galesWhich tells us the way to go.Like the winds of the seaare the ways of fate,As we voyage along through life:‘Tis the set of a soulThat decides its goal,And not the calm or the strife.
Wheatland Funeral Service204-523-7791 www.wheatland
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WATT: Iris Watt (née Lambert) April 7, 1926 – April 15, 2016. It is with sadness that the family of Iris Watt of Brandon announce that she has passed away peacefully on Friday, April 15, 2016 at the age of 90. Iris was born on April 7, 1926 in Oxford, England, and immigrated to Canada and Brandon in 1948. She met her husband Charles Watt that year and they were married on January 14, 1950. She was a dedicated mother to their three daughters, Janet, Gail and Beverly, a devoted wife and loving grandmother. She prided herself in her home and family. Iris enjoyed her flowers and plants in the garden and the different birds the flowers brought into the yard. Iris enjoyed being a homemaker and mother and when the girls were older she became active in 10 Pin bowling with the Lucky 7 Ladies, and joined the 9 Hole Ladies Golf League at the Brandon Golf and Country Club. She also enjoyed golf with her husband and friends in Brandon and in Palm Springs in the winter. Iris enjoyed working alongside Charlie at Watt’s Men’s Wear prior to their retiring in 1986. She was predeceased at an early age by her father and her mother, Selina Lambert, her three brothers and three sisters. Iris is survived by her loving husband, Charles, children: Janet (Noel) Lagarde; David (Dana) Skinner and children: Katie and Emily; Jason (Julie) Skinner and children: Jayden and Abby; and Chris McLean; Gail (Dave) Janz, children: Ashley (Jonathon), Amanda (Justin), and Mark Charles (Chantelle); Beverly (Bruce) Born. As well as numerous nieces and nephews in Canada, England and Australia. As per Iris’s wishes, under the guidance of Brockie Donovan, a private family remembrance and cremation will take place. Flowers are gratefully declined, and if friends wish they may make a contribution to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, ‘Identified Needs’, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or a Charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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WILSON: With his wife and family by his side, Lyall Falconer Wilson, formerly of Justice, Manitoba, passed away at his residence, Fairview Home, on Friday, April 8, 2016. Lyall was born on the family farm, August 15, 1929 to the late Samuel and Annie (Falconer) Wilson, the only son in a family of three. He took his schooling in Justice and was very involved in all activities. Lyall enjoyed taking part in plays and being at the skating rink. Once the curling rink was built, he also enjoyed curling and travelled by horse and sleigh to the rink for events. In his younger years, Lyall farmed with his father, until 1956, when he took over the farm. His cousin Ross Wilson was like a brother to him, and they worked closely together while farming. As young men, Lyall, Ross, Bill Hales and Alex McNeillie liked to take in all the fall suppers - perhaps because they all enjoyed good food or they were checking out the girls. Lyall met Barbara Hales at a dance in Rapid City in 1953. They married on July 16, 1955, and their son Neil arrived in January 1960. Lyall and Barbara had a mixed farming operation until 1963, but due to poor health, he took a position at Gulf Oil, and finally with I.C.G. gas company. As a Leak Survey Technician, during the summers he walked many miles across Manitoba and Ontario looking for pipeline leaks. When they decided to fly the lines he had his first airplane ride. Prior to retiring, Lyall took classes and earned his gas ticket. A member of the Justice United Church, Lyall served as a Sunday School Teacher, Superintendent and an elder. After moving to Brandon, he became a member of Southminster Church, as well as an elder. Both in Justice and at Southminster, Lyall enjoyed singing and was a member of the choir, adding to each hymn with his deep bass voice. While in Justice, Lyall was active in many community events and was a member of the Orange Lodge #1501. He joined the Odd Fellow Lodge Rapid City #18 and Brandon City Lodge #6, he also was a member of Deborah Rebekah Lodge #9 and Naomi Rebekah Lodge #6 until his passing. Lyall was honoured to serve as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba I.O.O.F., in 1999-2000. Lyall is survived by his wife Barbara; son Neil (Joyce); grandchildren Kaleb Wilson, Vicki Gerry (Darcy) and Lanney and great-grandchildren Shayla, Leeanne, Angela, Johnathan, Kaiden and Avery. He is also survived by his sisters Doreen Martin (children Bob and Guy) of Winnipeg, and Bernice Cook (children Judy and Glen) of Edmonton, and their families; brother-in-law Bruce Hales (Loretta, children Jolene and Bruce Jr.); sister-in-law Carol Hales (children, Jackie, Tracey and Marty) and their families; special cousins, Sandra Wilson, her family of Valerie, Karen and Donald, David Wilson, June (Lorne) Thompson and Eleanor Wilson. He was predeceased by his parents Sam and Annie and brother-in-law Barry Hales. The Ceremony to Celebrate Lyall's life will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Sunday, April 17, 2016 (TOMORROW) at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Susan LeSueur officiating. Taking part in the service are grandchildren Kaleb Wilson as Urn Bearer, Vicki Gerry and Lanney Badham candle bearers and Shayla Gerry carrying a rose of love. Honourary pallbearers are all those in attendance. A reception will follow at Odd Fellows Corner, 939-9th Street, Brandon, Manitoba. Donations in memory of Lyall may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation - Dialysis Unit, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 2B3 or to Second Floor Activities, c/o Fairview Home, 1351-13th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 4S6.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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SOLON: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dwight Michael Solon on April 13, 2016, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dwight was born in Brandon, Manitoba on July 27, 1950, and moved to Oak Bluff for his career in 1993. Remaining to cherish Dwight's memory are his wife, Gisèle, daughter, Samantha, brother Paul Jr. and his wife, Cyndi. Also left to mourn are brothers-in-law and sisters- in-law Chuck Gentes (Louise), Colette Gentes (Graeme), Bobbi Sturby, Linda Noto (Brian) and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Dwight was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Gladys. Dwight spent his entire career of 42 years working for the Department of Highways - Motor Carrier Enforcement, retiring in 2009. Dwight enjoyed playing golf and watching sports, especially his Toronto Maple Leafs. Dwight would brighten everyone’s day with his caring nature, wonderful smile, great sense of humour and positive approach to life. This is why he had so many long-lasting friendships. Everyone who knew him felt blessed to be part of his life. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Salem, and most recently the wonderful health care providers on 4 North at the Victoria Hospital. A prayer vigil will be held on Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Thomson ‘in the Park’ Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday April 16 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Gianna Beretta Molla Roman Catholic Church, (15 Columbia Drive) with Rev. Fr. Darrin J. G. Gurr presiding. A private interment will follow at a later date in Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dwight’s memory to St. Gianna’s Church Building Fund.
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STITT: Harold Robert Stitt passed away peacefully on April 9, 2016 at Minnedosa Hospital. Harold is survived by his sons, Ron of Erickson, and Terry (Jo-Anne) of dauphin, daughter, Lea Ann (Al Koop) of Winnipeg, and daughter in law Emily Stitt of Lethbridge. Harold will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren Leslie (Stephanie) Stitt of Lethbridge, Lindsay (Scott Kannwischer) of Winnipeg, Lars Koop (fiancé Kelly) of Winnipeg, Larissa Koop of Winnipeg, Lyle Koop of Winnipeg; and great grandchildren Riley and Brynn Kannwischer of Winnipeg, and Evangeline Stitt of Lethbridge, Alberta. Harold is pre deceased by his beloved wife Mildred (nee Tiller), eldest son Bill (Emily) of Lethbridge, parents William and Minnie Stitt, brother Howard Stitt and sister Lena (Stanley Stone). Harold is survived by numerous nephews and nieces. Viewing for family and friends will be on Friday, April 15 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at Rae’s Funeral Chapel in Erickson. The funeral service will take place Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Erickson Lutheran Church. Interment will follow at the Scandinavia Cemetery.
Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to raesfs@mymts.net
Rae’s Funeral Service of Erickson is in care of the arrangements. (204) 636-7727.
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