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DEBATTISTA: William passed away at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon, Manitoba on Saturday, November 8, 2014 with family at his side. William was born November 21, 1915 in Tarxen, Malta. He was indentured at age 16 to apprentice in the occupation of Engine Fitter and fulfilled his contract six years later. In 1940, he married Ida Tonna and had two daughters and a son. William immigrated to Canada in 1948 to take up employment with the Canadian General Electric. He and his family settled in Peterborough, Ontario where he and Ida had two more daughters. He continued working for the CGE until his retirement in 1978. Shortly after his retirement, he moved to his cottage near Bancroft, Ontario where he spent many years rebuilding his new home and enjoyed family, friends and fishing. When he sold his cottage, he lived for a brief period of time in Ottawa with his grandson, Shawn, before moving to Brandon in 1996 to spend the last 18 years of his life with daughter Christine and her family. He watched his granddaughters Stephanie and Rachel grow up to have families of their own and always had smiles for his great-grandchildren, especially when they raced to get "Papa Bill" for supper. William was pre-deceased by his wife Ida, son-in-law Tom Markwick and grandson Nicky Truttman. He is survived by daughter Mary and husband Ted Buehler, daughter Doris Markwick, son Reny and wife Jo-Anne Debattista, daughter Joyce Truttman and Malcolm McCallum, and daughter Christine and husband Rick Sharpe. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren: Louise, Frank, Jeremy, Kathy, Shawn, Brenda, Jennifer, Laurie, Teri, Stephanie, and Rachel as well as 17 great-grandchildren: Rebecca, Mark, Laura, Shelby, Benjamin, Lindsay, Emma, Victoria, Emily Leeann, Nicholas, Bostyn, Anglin, Emily Jade, Lily, Sadie, Zoey, and Bentley. A private graveside service for family will be held at the Brandon Cemetery on Thursday, November 13, 2014. Donations in memory of William may be made to a charity of choice.
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SHERMAN: Linda Loris Sherman (nee Berry).Linda Sherman of Brandon, MB formerly of Cypress River, MB, passed away on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 64 years. Left to mourn Linda’s passing are her children Loris-Lynne Desmarais and Keith Sherman, both of Brandon, MB, step-daughter Deb Sherman & step-granddaughter Janell of Rivers, MB. Also left to mourn Linda’s passing are her mother Helga Berry, brother Ed (Betty) Berry of Cypress River, MB, and sisters Wendy Law of Glenboro, MB and Connie Reykdal of Red Deer, AB, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Linda was predeceased by her father George Berry and brother -in-law Lyal Reykdal. Funeral Service will be held in the Willmor Chapel, Glenboro, MB at 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 14, 2014, with Pastor Harry Friesen officiating. Interment to follow in the Glencoe Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Linda’s memory to Special Olympics Manitoba, 1645B - 18th Street, P.O. Box 20149 Brandon, MB R7A 6Y8, COR Enterprises, 364 Park Ave E, Brandon, MB R7A 7A8, or to a charity of one’s choice.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Service of Glenboro, MB in care of arrangements. (204)827-2480.
ROWAN: Lorna Jean Rowan; beloved wife of the late Neil Rowan; mother of Judy (Blair) Rowan Kidd, Linda (Doug) Rowan Wilson, the late Eddie Rowan; grandmother of Josh Tyler Rowan, and Kaylee-Anne Rowan; passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 82 years of age. Funeral service will be held at the Miniota United Church, Miniota, MB on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 2:00pm with interment following in the Miniota Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Lorna’s memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association, A1-800 Rosser Ave, Brandon, MB, R7A 6N5 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3-824 18th St, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
CRIDDLE: Paul Criddle of Brandon, beloved husband of Margaret Hawrysh and dear father of Marg, Barb, Frank, Dixon, Ray and Russ, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at the age of 92 years. A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Paul may be made to the Citizens on Patrol Police Service (COPPS,) 1020 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 1A9 or to the Virden Pet Network, Box 925, Virden, MB, R0M 2C0. Complete obituary information to follow.
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BOLDUC: Margaret Bolduc beloved wife of the late Lloyd Bolduc died on November 6, 2014 at the Bren Del Win Lodge in Deloraine, Manitoba at the age of 89. Mass will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the St. Antoninus Catholic Church in Deloraine, Manitoba at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at the Deloraine Catholic Cemetery. Donations in memory of Margaret to a charity of own choice.
Messages of condolence may be made at Smith’s Funeral Home(204) 747-2088
CRIDDLE: Passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday November 8, 2014, at the age of 75 years, Carold Louise Criddle (nee Hoadley) of Brandon, formerly of Wawanesa, MB. Carold leaves to mourn her passing her children Bill (Ida) Criddle of Brandon, Donald (Tami) Criddle of Souris MB, Luanne (Carl) Gibb of Wawanesa, Patty (Roman) Rehor of Alexander MB, son-in-law Tom Lazor of Glenella MB as well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family members. Carold was predeceased by her husband David in 1997 and by her daughter Beatrice Lazor. A Graveside service will be held on Wednesday November 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Criddle Family Cemetery, with Shirley McBurney officiating. Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Liver Foundation, 210-375 York Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3J3 or to a charity of one’s choice.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Services of Glenboro in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.
HAMMOND: Myrtle Hammond, beloved wife of Maurice Hammond of Virden, Manitoba passed away at Virden Health Centre on Friday; November 7, 2014 at the age of 87 years. A Private Family service will be held at a later date. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Virden and Area Palliative Care or the Brandon Humane Society in memory of Myrtle.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
NICOL: Surrounded by her loving family Margery Ruth (Rea) Nicol was released from her valiant struggle with cancer on Saturday, October 25th, 2014. With bravery and determination Mom held her final breath until all her children arrived at her side. When her last daughter arrived in her arms Mom quietly slipped away. Words cannot express the void left by her parting; she was deeply loved and is dearly missed every moment of every day. Mom told us that where she was going was a beautiful place and that her own mother was waiting for her to arrive. Now we, her family and friends, must take solace in knowing that she is free from pain and burden, no doubt drinking tea and playing cards with those who have gone before her – an angel to watch over all of us. Daughter of Verna Edith James and Kenneth Edward Rea, Mom was born April 25th, 1938, in Deloraine, Manitoba. Sister to Jim, Don, Keith, Doreen, Louise, Howard and Ida Mae, she was the sixth of eight children from this Rea clan of Goodlands, Manitoba. There were many tales to be heard about her childhood experiences when she could be coerced into recounting them. Her family narratives were often shared on a “need to know” basis, the parameters of which she set and implemented. Mom had many fond memories of time spent with her grandparents whom she felt a great affinity for. Family movement and a great distaste for school resulted in her receiving her formal education in Goodlands, Carberry, and Deloraine. Despite her quick wit and intelligence, unkind teachers who falsely marked her ability as limited and fist-fights with classmates in defence of her family’s honour made each daily journey no easy feat. No wonder she spoke of frequently hiding in a ditch along her way to the dreaded classroom. Her chapter as Wife to John Douglas Nicol began November 15th, 1958, at the tender age of 20. This entailed being a Caregiver to members of her new family and a rapid shift to farm life. Together Mom and Dad transitioned a mixed farm into a dairy operation, and later with the help of their children, created MarJay Holsteins – a humble yet very precious space northwest of Brandon. Every child, grandchild, niece, nephew, and child-hood friend who has spent time at “The Farm” has memories to be shared! Mother to Wanda, Lynn, Jackie, and Doug, Mother-In-Law to Bob Brereton, Dane Samuel, Brad Wells, and Dava Dixon, Mom has left a legacy with her children: the absolute healing power of love; the supremacy of the bonds cemented in family; the recompense of meeting, greeting, and conversing with strangers; and the rugged surety generated through acknowledging, embracing and accepting people for who they are and life’s situations for what they are – as they are. Her humour, compassion, and colourful presence became imbued in another generation when she became Grandmother to Lindsay, Delaney, Kyle, DeLohnni, Taylor, Tessa, Nakeesha, Lauren and Shae. Music, hockey, athletics, dance, song, and travel became exploits and adventures she would learn to navigate in support of her grandchildren. Aunt to many Rea and Nicol children, Sister-In-Law to her siblings’ partners and her husband’s siblings; Friend to all who took the time to get to know her - perhaps through the dairy industry, the 4-H program, The Foresters, or league bowling, as a parent or grandparent at a school function, or, later, as a member of the Red Hats or Seniors for Seniors – or perhaps just through a serendipitous conversation while waiting in a line-up somewhere; Mom became readily endeared to those who met her. To know our Mom was to appreciate this woman for who she was. Though cast from humble beginnings, her spirit and gregarious presence were larger than life. Her affinity for simple things was contagious and her effervescent, colourful character, sparkle, charm, and humour were infectious. Her “piss and vinegar” outlook on life is one we all can embrace and call upon in our own lives.
Good bye Mom. Enjoy paradise – you deserve it! Messages of condolence may be placed at
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MOIR: We regret to announce the passing of Stuart Taylor Moir on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Born April 24th, 1931, Stuart spent his first few years in Alberta before he and his parents, Robert and Olive Moir (nee Taylor) and brother Bruce found their way to Manitoba. They acquired land between Minnedosa and Rapid City, where they were late pioneers. Based on childhood memories of clearing their land, some of Dad’s favourite stories were about axes and skills with dynamite. In 1960, Stuart married and is survived by Marion Margaret Elaine Faulkner, a native of Nova Scotia then in training at the Brandon Mental Hospital. They had 54 great years together and Dad recently told Mom that he hoped for 50 more. Stuart and Marion had two sons – Kirk and Jeff. Kirk’s family lives in New Westminster, BC, and is made up of his wife Shammi and two boys, Mitchell and Russell. Jeff lives in Toronto with his wife Judy and two children, Gillian and Robert. Stuart Moir loved and was proud of his family and his Scottish heritage, as a Gordon Clansman. He was a strong man, was committed to being of service to his friends and his community, and will be missed by many. A private family graveside ceremony was held at Minnedosa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Stuart would be gratefully accepted to the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, 300 Commonwealth Way, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5Y5.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
MYERS: Joan (Joanne) Myers (née Elliott) passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, November 3, 2014 at the age of 95 years. Joan was born in Brandon on March 28, 1919. She grew up here and graduated from Brandon Collegiate before attending The University of Manitoba where she received a degree in Home Economics. Her interests were wide ranging and included tennis, golf, bridge, sailing and travel. She was an active member of Central United’s U.C.W., the Brandon Hospital Auxiliary and the Kinsmen/K40 service club. However, Joanne’s main focus was her family and home. She was our role model and dearly loved by all. Joanne is survived by her husband of 73 years Bob, her children Joan Foster of Thunder Bay, ON, Barbara Olivella (Barry) of Lunenburg N.S., Bill Myers (Lana) of Brandon, Elizabeth Duncan (Scott) of Medicine Hat, AB., 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. No one could ask for a better wife, mother or Nana. She always inspired us with her sense of humour, patience, and genuine interest in all her family’s endeavours. We have been truly blessed. Rest in peace Nana. A Celebration of Joan’s Life will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Ken DeLisle officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joan may be made to a charity of choice.
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MORTON: Dorothy (Dot), beloved partner of Carol Mauthe, mother of Brad, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the age of 76 years. A service will be held at a later date (notifications will be published prior). In memory of Dot, donations may be made to the Souris Hospital Palliative Care Fund c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0 or to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
KEOWN: It is with unspeakable grief that we mourn the passing of Jennifer Dallas Keown of Brandon, who passed away with family by her side at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at the age of 35 years. Jen was born a triplet at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, AB. on June 26, 1979. She spent her early years living in Elkford, British Columbia, later moving to Brandon where she resided until her passing. After graduation, she attended Assiniboine Community College and obtained her Health Care Aide diploma, graduating with the Assiniboine College’s Award of Excellence. She worked at the Assiniboine Centre for 13 years as a Health Care Aide. She was a very hard worker, who always went above and beyond for her patients and coworkers. She loved her work and was very proud of what she did. She loved to draw, watch movies, read and spend time with her family and friends. She is survived by her parents Linda Campbell and Allen Keown, sister Allison Gibson, brother Bradley Keown as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Jen was predeceased by her grandparents Dallas and Lorne Campbell and her cousin Kyla Lenton. Jen was a very kind, smart, funny and beautiful person, who loved everyone and everyone loved her. She will always be remembered for her big heart, outgoing personality, and being so full of life and energy. Her smile lit up the room! Even during her final days, Jen was always thinking of others. She touched so many lives and will be missed so much. A private celebration of Jennifer’s life was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel with Arlene Robertson officiating. Honorary pallbearers were her nieces and nephew Chloe and Holly Gibson, Hailey Lily and George Keown. Donations in memory of Jennifer may be made to a charity of choice.
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DOWNING:It comes with heavy hearts of the passing of Donna Leona Downing (Pulver) on September 16, 2014 at the age of 75 at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, BC due to a brain aneurysm. Mom was born on September 2, 1939 in Hamiota, Manitoba. She became a hairdresser at the age of 17 in Winnipeg then continued on to Calgary, Alberta to work as a hairdresser until she went back to school to do her office and medical training to become a unit clerk. Through the years Mom worked as a unit/office clerk in various hospitals in Calgary, Alberta, Brandon, Manitoba, Nanaimo, BC and finally Enderby, BC. She is survived by her husband Gordon of 35 years, her children Tim (Barb) Payne, Randy (George) Payne and Loreana (Jan) Payne-Kuntz; her step children Crystal (George) Butcher, Joe (Alyson) Downing and Kim (Billy) Morrow; grandchildren, Joel, Erickson, Kaitlyn, Clayton, Jeff, Trina, Arthur, Grayson, Bobby, Alex and Hayden and 6 precious great-grandchildren; and finally but not least big brother Ed (Betty) Pulver. Welcoming Mom in the next step of life’s journey is her mother Dorthy Pulver, brother Len Pulver and sister Deanna Lowe. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother but most of all she was our best friend who always had our backs. She was a dynamo of a woman with a zest for life which showed even more in the last few months after she suffered her first brain aneurysm. Besides the love for her family she had a love for her gardens, oil painting, knitting, crocheting, and her games (her grandchildren grew up playing video games with her). She looked forward to her mornings and afternoons bowling both in Salmon Arm and Chase, even if she didn’t bowl well that day. It was more about the fun of being out and enjoying life with her friends. Mom’s favorite time of year was when spring time came so she could go and do the things she loved to do most, camping and fishing with Gord, family and good friends. At her request there is no service at this time with the family planning one last camping and fishing trip in her honour next spring to celebrate the person and gift she was to us all.
We raise our glass of wine and put out our fishing lines in your honour MomYou will be so dearly missed but always with us.
COMMON: John "Johnny". With great sadness the family announces that Johnny passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, November 3, 2014. He was born in Bradwardine, Manitoba on September 16, 1928, the fourth child of Wes and Christina (nee McKenzie) and lived there until moving to Rivers in 1972. Johnny married Elaine Graham on December 9, 1950. He was an electrician by trade and worked a short time in the north wiring, as he used to say, "the northern lights", also in Selkirk and finally most of his career at CFB Rivers. As well, he helped out family and friends, something he continued until his stroke seven years go. Johnny loved to go the Graham farm and spend many an evening helping Grandpa Graham. He always had to be busy doing something - just couldn't sit around. He loved all sports whether watching or playing, especially curling and golf. He looked forward to his hunting and fishing trips with his buddies and had many good stories. Johnny was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a life member of the Rivers Legion. Family was most important and he was so proud of his children and grandchildren, keeping up with their day to day activities, having a "little" advice, or just a good laugh over one of their antics. Johnny is survived by his loving wife of almost sixty-four years Elaine, children Janice (Bruce) Walker, Jo-Anne (Bob) Curry, Graham (Peggy), Duane (Audrey), and Shannon (Roger) Neal, grandchildren Wally (Corinne), Meaghen (Cory), Jonathon (Tiffany), Brady, Wyatt, Kylie, and great-grandchildren Kyle, Rachel, Kaedyn and Landen. He is also survived by a sister Helen Harvey, brother-in-law Jim Wood, sisters-in-law Pat Graham and Sandra (Chuck) Moody as well as many special nieces and nephews. Johnny was predeceased by his parents, sister Marion, brothers Lorne and Murray, son Darrell "Charlie" and infant son Malcolm. The Funeral Ceremony was held at Rivers United Church on Friday, November 7, 2014 with Rev. Glenna Beauchamp officiating. A private family interment followed at Ancrum Cemetery. Donations in memory of Johnny may be made to Rivers Royal Canadian Legion Branch #75, Box 37, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0 or Riverdale Personal Care Home, Box 428, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0.
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Arrangements withMemories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
"Since you will never be forgottenWe pledge to you todayA hollowed place within our heartsIs where you'll always stay"
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