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COOK: Barbara Ann Cook beloved wife of Ken Cook passed away on August 19, 2014 at the age of 50 years at the Health Science Centre, Winnipeg, MB. Funeral service will be held on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Minnedosa Community Conference Centre, Minnedosa, MB with Rev. Natasha Pearen officiating. Interment will take place at in the Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations in Barb’s memory may be made to the Minnedosa Palliative Care Service.
Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868
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SHURVELL: Garry Wayne Shurvell. Beloved husband of Linda, father to Danielle, Garry, grandfather to Gage, passed away in Brandon, MB at the Assiniboine Center on August 15, 2014 at the age of 78. All are welcome to join the family at the graveside service at Greenwoods Cemetery located in Harding, MB, August 23 at 11:00 a.m. Following the service will be a celebration of Wayne’s life at the East End Community Center at 1:00 p.m. Complete obituary to follow.
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GOOD: Helen, beloved wife of the late William Good, mother of Bill and Barb, passed away at the Souris Personal Care Home on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at the age of 97 years. Funeral service will be held at Kowalchuk’s Funeral Chapel, Souris, on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Helen, donations may be made to Souris Personal Care Home c/o Prairie Mountain Health, Box 10, Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
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WEBBER: Claribel Louise, beloved wife of the late Harry R. Webber and dear mom to John and Don, passed away peacefully on her 98th birthday at her residence, Hillcrest Place, on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. A service to celebrate Claribel’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Donations in memory of Claribel may be made to the Central United Church building fund, 327-8th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 3X5. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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DAVIS: Florence Mae Davis passed on at Rideau Park in Brandon. Florence was born in Moorepark on August 2, 1919 and passed on August 17, 2014. Florence led a full life and leaves a daughter Marjorie Maxwell, daughters-in-law Beth Davis and Margaret Schamp and many wonderful grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great- great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, who will miss her dearly. Florence was predeceased by two sons, Ralph William Davis and David Vyse Davis and a daughter Margaret Christine Campbell. Florence enjoyed many years of employment at the Brandon Mental Hospital. After retirement she had more time to enjoy traveling with her great circle of friends and they traveled to Japan, Hawaii, Cuba and other exciting destinations. She enjoyed gardening, baking, needle work and especially spending time with family and friends. The family greatly appreciate the wonderful care she received at Rideau Park where Florence was able to maintain her independence. Donations in memory of Florence can be of choice, flowers gratefully declined. Funeral service at Brockie Donovan Chapel, Thursday, August 21 at 1 p.m.
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DAVIS: Florence Mae Davis, August 2, 1919 - August 17, 2014 passed away at Rideau Park in Brandon, Manitoba. A celebration of life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Complete obituary will follow.
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DAVIS: Florence Mae Davis, August 2, 1919 - August 17, 2014 passed away at Rideau Park in Brandon, Manitoba. A celebration of life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Complete obituary will follow.
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TOCHER: Eleanor Anne Tocher (nee Johnson) of Strathclair, MB passed away at the Shoal Lake – Strathclair Health Center on July 31, 2014 at the age of 75 years. Eleanor was born to Oli and Catherine Johnson in Pine Creek, MB on March 22, 1939. She grew up with her many brothers and sisters at the family farm near Amaranth, MB. At the age of 15, Eleanor left home to continue her education in Winnipeg and begin the next chapter of her life. In 1965, Eleanor met Barry Tocher while working at Sherwin Williams, and they started their adventure together by combining their 2 families. In 1966, they purchased a new Ford Falcon and moved to Hudson Hope, BC to raise their family. Barry, Eleanor and kids returned to Manitoba in 1967 to live the good life on the farm they purchased. Eleanor spent countless hours behind the wheel of a tractor, combine or truck on the farm while still managing to run a household full of kids and pets. Eleanor and Barry worked side by side for many years at the Strathclair Auction Mart until their retirement. Mom loved her community and spent many hours visiting friends or volunteering with the Strathclair Drama Club. Most of the last 22 winters were spent travelling throughout the southwest United States and enjoying their sunny home and special friends in Apache Junction, Arizona. Her love to travel, reading, poetry and music was evident in her later years and she was very fortunate and grateful to be able to enjoy these things. Eleanor was very giving and loving and surrounded herself with her family at every opportunity. Her many grandchildren and great grandchildren were treated to many visits and got to know the fun and witty side of grandma. The last chapter of Mom’s life was spent in the care of her husband, many dear friends, and family for which she expressed sincere gratitude. She took advantage of her remaining time to renew acquaintances and left this world with no regrets. Mom was comforted in the knowledge that she would be joining her departed friends, family and her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in the Kingdom of Heaven. Eleanor was predeceased by son Gordon Tocher, sister Elaine Johnson and her parents Oli and Catherine Johnson. She is survived by her husband Barry; daughters: Joanne (Jerome) Cohen of Stead MB; sons: Darrell (Diane) Tocher of Brandon, Murray Tocher of McCreary, Casey (Wendy) Tocher of Minnedosa, Dorcie Benn of Salmon Arm, BC, Kim (Gilbert) Bissett of Nampa, AB; 12 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brothers: David Johnson of Surrey, BC, John (Lorraine) Johnson of Winnipeg, MB, Ken (Grace) Johnson of Amaranth, MB, Paul (Sharon) Johnson of Langruth, MB; sisters: Trudy (Paul) Johnson of Winnipeg, MB, Christine Mooney of Winnipeg, MB, Rhonda O’Neil of Winnipeg, MB, Sharon (Dale) Cooper of Winnipeg, MB, Liz (Pic) Boiteau of Lac du Bonnet, MB, Linda (Roy) Johnson of Winnipeg, MB; brother-in-law, Colin Tocher of Winnipeg and sisters-in-law, Iris Magura and Katie Tocher of Winnipeg. A private family internment was held Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Strathclair Cemetery.
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SMITH: Robert "Bob" George. It is with great sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of our beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather "Papa" on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at his residence. Bob was born on August 28, 1950 in Manitou, Manitoba. He was the second eldest of eight children in his family of three girls and five boys to parents Dorothy and Ray Smith. They were raised by their mother who taught values, respect and politeness to them all. He attended school in several towns in Manitoba including Brandon as well as in Saskatchewan, the last being in Yorkton. Bob moved to Brandon in August of 1968 in search of work. He had several jobs in his first years including working on the Railroad, a tow truck driver for Western Motors, delivering furniture for P.A. Kennedy, roofing for Wheat City Roofing and making panels for Behlen Industries. Bob started working for Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation (MIT) in February, 1980. For the past thirty-four years Bob worked on the grounds crew and trades pool, first at the Brandon Mental Health Centre until it's closure, and then at 1129 Queens Avenue where he was working at the time of his death. When Bob came to Brandon he met Joan Simpson on a blind date who became his wife on September 18, 1971. Together they had three children: Robbie who died at five years of age, Angela and Michael. Bob and Joan lived in Brandon for twenty-eight years raising their children and then moved to an acreage north of Alexander, where they have lived ever since. On November 14, 2011, they were blessed with the birth of their beautiful granddaughter Kaiya Smith who was the joy of Bob's life. He enjoyed spending time with his family whom he loved and was very proud of. As a security officer for Paladin Security (formerly OBO) at the Wheat Kings Games and the Winter Fair, Bob met several new friends and always had a friendly smile and kind word for all he met. His love of horses was very evident working with his own five horses and riding or driving his team doing weddings, sleigh rides and parades. Being a member of the Queen's Cowboys for a while, Bob enjoyed taking part in re-enacting history of the RCMP history from the 1800's. He belonged to the Corps of Imperial Frontiersmen and on the 100th anniversary of the parent group Bob took Joan to England where he participated in the dismounted parade at Guild Hall. Following, they travelled to Scotland to visit family for two weeks. Bob played the bag pipes with the 26th Field Regiment Pipe Band in the early years in Brandon and enjoyed his trip to Scotland very much. He was an active member of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans Club Unit 10 where he made more friends. For thirty years Bob enjoyed 5-pin bowling that took him to Ottawa to play in the Nationals in 1995. What a thrill! It was always something he wanted to do. Woodworking was a favorite pastime making retirement buffalo's for co-workers. Bob is survived by his wife of forty-three years Joan, daughter Angie, son Mike and partner Tara Drebit and his granddaughter Kaiya Smith. A sister Barbara (Tim) George of BC, brothers Jim of Brandon, Ray (Sherrie), Brian (Elaine) and Doug, all of BC as well as extended family members. Bob was predeceased by his son Robbie, infant sister Nancy and sister June, parents Dorothy and Ray Smith and in-laws George and Margaret Simpson as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. The Ceremony to Celebrate Bob's Life was held at Memories Chapel on Friday, August 8, 2014 with Rev. Barbara Jardine officiating and eulogy given by Frank Green. Pallbearers were John Green, Frank Green, Brenden Jones, Tegan Jones, Jim Snow, Darrell Ewasiuk, Roy Gibbons and Mike Gerritzen. Honour Guard from the A.N.A.F. Veterans Club Unit 10. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Bob may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3 - 824 - 18th Street, Brandon MB, R7A 5B7 or to a charity of one's choice. Joan and family would like to extend many thanks to all their family and friends for their many acts of kindness and support during the sudden loss of their husband, father, grandfather "Papa", brother and uncle. Thank you to family friends and neighbours for the flowers and food and a huge thank you to the A.N.A.F. Veterans for the Honour Guard, the Ladies Auxiliary for a beautiful lunch and for the use of the club rooms for the lunch. A special thank you to Rev. Barbara Jardine for the beautiful service, Frank Green for the Eulogy, Craig Hayward and Vern Schneider of Memories Chapel. Also to Dexter of Kowalchuk's Funeral Home of Souris and Constable Joe M. Jardine of the RCMP Brandon Detachment. Also a special thank you to Dr. Nagy Wasef of Souris.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
Always Loved, Never Forgotten.
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MOOREHEAD: Phyllis Mary Moorehead, formerly of Douglas, Manitoba, passed away at Hillcrest Place on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Phyllis was born at St. Andrews, Manitoba on March 1, 1921 to Henry and Edith McBeth. She lived there until 1938 when the family moved to Ingelow, Manitoba. She worked for various farm families in the area. While working for Margaret Moorehead, she met John and they were married on October 26, 1941. Phyllis also worked at Carnation in Carberry and Madders Store in Douglas through her lifetime. She was a member of the Women's Institute, Douglas Hall Committee, and Derry Group. Phyllis enjoyed knitting, quilting, gardening, watching curling and playing bingo. Phyllis is survived by her sons Raymond (Sherry), Barry, Richard (Dianne), Fred (Gloria), Bill (Elsie), numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sisters Betty Clements, Nancy Shillington, and sister- in-law Margaret McBeth. She was predeceased by her husband John, brothers Bill and Dick, brothers-in-law Ken Clements and Ivan Shillington. A Graveside Service was held at the Madford Cemetery on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 followed by a Celebration of Phyllis' Life at Memories Chapel with Rev. Barbara Jardine officiating. Pallbearers were Brad Moorehead, Troy Moorehead, David McBeth, Jason Moorehead, Dwayne Moorehead, and Alan Muirhead. Donations in memory of Phyllis may be made to the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation, P.O. Box 1036, Toronto, Ontario, M5K 1P2.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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MILLARD: The family of Doreen Millard sadly announces her passing, July 22, 2014. Doreen Gertrude Millard, nee Gill was born Feb 11, 1931 at her parent’s farm, the daughter of Arthur and Bessie Gill in the Pettapiece district near Rivers. She attended school in Medina. Doreen belonged to a family of seven children, Ruth, Doug, Shirley, Murray, Marjorie and Stan. When Doreen was eleven years old her mother passed away from a blood clot. Doreen and sister Shirley took over household duties at the age of 10 and 11. Thanks to wonderful neighbors the Shorts, Doreen and Shirley learned how to can fruits and vegetables. They had no hydro or freezer so the only way to preserve food was to can it. After grade ten her Dad asked her to quit school and look after the home front. Two years later Doreen went to work at the bank in Rivers. Upon completion of business college, Doreen was employed by T Eaton’s company where she was secretary to the manager. She spent four years at Eaton’s before she married Russell Millard of Waskada. They were married on June 20, 1953. Doreen leaves to mourn three children Barb, (Dennis), Blaine, (Yvonne) and Bill (Jodie) and her grandchildren Margo, Bruce (Kayla), Myles (Rachael), Todd (Sally), Kaitlin (Dan), Kyla (Adam), Kellie (Chad), and Maisie Rose (Mackenzie). Great-grandchildren are Emerson, Cora, Maggie and Levi. She was predeceased by her soul mate Russell, daughter Bonnie, grandson Billie, daughter-in-law Debbie. Doreen was unable to be alone at her home in Brandon as dementia took a toll on her. She moved into Fairview home and onto Killarney Bayside personal care home where she resided for the rest of her years. A graveside service was held in Waskada Cemetery on August 7 at 3:30 pm. Reception in Goodlands. Donations can be made to the Waskada Cemetery or the Alzheimer Society. Smith’s Funeral Home, 204-747-2088. www.wheatlandfs.com
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FLEWITT: There is a smile and a positive, fun loving personality missing from the community of Minto and a large circle of friends. On July 18 Ina Marlene Flewitt (nee Gladstone) celebrated the 70th birthday she had been so looking forward to and passed away peacefully with her family holding her hands later that same day. She was born the middle of three sisters to Ab and Vernie Gladstone in Boissevain. Her younger years were spent camping, visiting cousins on a farm digging potatoes, and skating on sloughs in the winter. She was the boy in the family and always went to hockey games with her Dad. Marlene learned baton – going to the Peace Garden music camp for instruction and later teaching in Boissevain and Cartwright. She would take the bus to Cartwright and back the same day – smoking a pack of cigarettes so her parents wouldn’t know (you could smoke on the bus in those days)! Marlene led the 4-H parade in 1962 and she met the love of her life over an orange crush drink and she and Lynn became lifelong friends and buddies. After school she followed Lynn to Fort St. John and worked for Niagara Finance as a payroll clerk. When they returned home the following year she continued in the same role with the Highways Dept. in Boissevain and Brandon. Marlene and Lynn were married on July 2nd 1966 and after an extended honeymoon Jeff was born in 1970 and Dana in 1974 and life got busy. By that time there was an established fertilizer and farm business and she looked after meals for 8-10 men, did books, and canned 100 quarts of beans every year! They bought a lot at Pelican Lake and she enjoyed the water sports with the kids and the camping environment that she had grown up with. In the late 80’s and 90’s she was the Activity Director at Westview Lodge in Boissevain and those were very rewarding years for her. The resident’s well-being and social activities were the first priority on her agenda. Activities like taking the residents to the farm for harvest where the ladies made buns and the men rode in the grain truck to taking the entire lodge to Camp Koinonia for an afternoon. She had many fond and rewarding memories of her time there and she was the best damn Activity Director they ever had (in our opinion)! Marlene and Lynn moved into Minto in 2000 and more time was spent travelling to both destinations as well as to see grandkids. She loved playing street hockey with the boys in Winnipeg and doing crafts with the “little kids” in Lethbridge. She loved them all dearly and enjoyed her time so much with them. Travelling was an important part of her life with Lynn and they were lucky enough to see a lot of places together. They did ski trips with Jeff and Dana through the school years, scuba dived on the Great Barrier Reef, climbed Mayan ruins in Belize and Guatemala, boogie boarded in the Dominican Republic, and went on Caribbean cruises. She also accompanied Dana to Austrailia in 2010 for a wedding which was a special trip for her. She and Lynn spent several winters in Florida as well. Last year was a special travel year for the two of them. They took the old car and camper 5 weeks west to Victoria and then 5 weeks east to Niagara Falls and Ottawa. It was then on to Hawaii for two weeks in November and Florida again in January. Niagara Falls and Hawaii were on Marlene’s “Bucket List” and she got to check them off! She valued the community of Minto and gave freely of her time. She curled, made skating costumes, served on the rink and hall committees, organized lunches when the new hall was being built and did 4-H, sports, and school trips with the kids. In 2010 she decided that Minto should not be left out of the provincial “homecoming” celebrations and organized a very successful event.Marlene was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2000 and at that time was given 3-5 years to live. She beat the odds through her determination, positive attitude and playful disposition. She always had a smile and refused to dwell on herself or the disease. A friend had a quote “She was dealt a lemon with this disease but she squeezed the juice and all of the pulp out of it”. She lived it to the fullest! Marlene will continue to be cherished by husband Lynn, children and grandchildren Jeff Leanne Jackson and Caleb, Dana Francois Kenya and Luca, sisters Eva (Murray) Hole, Donna Harper (Mark Morgan), sister-in-law Betty Oakden, brothers-in-law Scott Flewitt, Ed (Jenny) Flewitt, numerous nieces and nephews as well as many, many friends. “You make a living by what you get but you make a life by what you give” and Marlene gave it all – to community, friends, children, grandchildren, and husband. We will cherish the memories of her and her smile so much. Donations may be made in memory of Marlene to the Minto and Area Community Fund, P.O. Box 53, Minto MB, R0K 1M0. Arrangements with Wheatland Funeral Service, Killarney MB. 204-523 7791.
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CAMERON: Victoria Irene Cameron (Brogden). It is with great sadness that the family of Vicky Cameron announces her sudden passing on August 10, 2014 in Matlock, MB.  It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Nan, sister, auntie, cousin, sister-in-law and friend. Vicky was predeceased by her Mom and Dad, Mother in-law, brother Ron Brogden, and Vicky's husband Donald who passed away in January 2014. We are comforted to know that Vicky was happy as happy can be, and will now join Donald whom she loved for 38 years through all of life’s ups and downs.  Vicky’s life began in Kimberly, B.C. July 29th, 1958. She grew up with her brothers and sisters, her Mom and later just her Dad. She was in her twenties when a young man Donald came to sweep her off her feet.  They dated, with her dad’s permission, and later married in December 1977. They moved to Calgary, AB with their son Paul in tow. Stuart was born in 1978 and Duncan in 1980. All three boys were named after beloved family members. Vicky shared many stories and fond memories from her childhood with her boys. Vicky and Don were very much family people. Together with their boys, they moved to Brandon, MB. This is where Vicky quickly became a close part of Don’s family. Vicky was liked and loved by everyone she met; she was kind and welcoming and she befriended everyone. Vicky and her family spent a lot of time camping, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors with their many friends and family. As life started to settle and the boys grew up, Vicky worked full-time and managed all the house work. Everything was always done; she never missed a deadline. Her sons kept her busy with cadets and sports?and she always made sure the boys’ needs were met. Rarely did Vicky and Don go anywhere without their kids. Vicky cherished relationships; this is one of the reasons why she was such a great host. Their door was always open, food was always prepared and she never made anyone feel out of place. The whole family loved coming to Auntie Vicky and Uncle Don’s.  When her boys were a little older and attending junior high and high school, Vicky did her best to take care of her family while making time for a couple of family trips back to Kimberly, BC, many trips to Winnipeg, and all over the place for kid’s sporting events. In 1996, the family moved to Selkirk, MB for Donald’s work; this is where they bought their first home. Friends and family were sad to see Vicky, Don and the boys go, but moving to Selkirk is what enabled them to give their kids the best life they could.  Vicky and Don worked full time to provide a good life for their kids. Life was good and everyone was doing well; she watched her boys grow into men. Soon Vicky would be surrounded by all her sons and their children.  Her grandbabies were her pride and joy; she felt they were the best part of her life.  In 2005, health and life caught up with the family but not even that would keep Vicky down. Nothing could stop her kind and caring heart. Vicky and Don lived life in the moment and did not waste any time wishing things were different. As time passed, Don’s health declined and she continued to be the rock of the family; she always made time for others. After her husband’s passing early in 2014, she mourned wholeheartedly and it was her deepest sadness. She kept moving on and found comfort in her sons and their families. Her grandbabies always brought out her amazing smile; a smile that could light up a room. Vicky was such a kind soul, kindred spirit, life of the party, great mom, lovely sister, favourite auntie, and a sister to the women in her life.  Vicky was able to make the move to Matlock, MB, so she could be closer to Paul and his family. They were able to support her and helped her transition to life in Matlock. This is where she spent her last days; with no worries and close to her babies, just the way she would have wanted.  She was happy and overjoyed, and only looking forward to more of the same. Tragically, her time was cut short but her impact will be felt forever. 
We love you with all our hearts, Mom. - Paul, Stuart, and Duncan. We will do you proud. 
Vicky is survived by her sons Paul (Christina), Stuart (Tiory) and Duncan (Cheryl). Vicky will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren: Samantha, Tiegan, Madison, Kendra- Leigh, Mikyla and Sadie, who will learn from all of us how loving she was. She insisted they call her Nan as she felt she was too young to be a grandmother. Vicky is survived by her sisters and brothers;  Greg (Debbie) - Bobbie, Michael;  Heather (Randy) - Murray, Mark;   Penny (Rick) - Lisa, Kyle;  Sandy;  James – Christopher, Travis, Connor;  Ron's children  Ron, Richard.    Sheila Macklin is Godmother to all three boys. She will be greatly missed by her in-laws; Victor (Ella) - Cherielyn, Jonathan; Stewart (Kathy) - Sarah, Tom; Faye - Brian,Charlene; Fern (Pete) - Lisa; Amy (Glen) – Jon, Lauren, Nigel, Marley, Mason. She will be missed by many more nieces, nephews & cousins, along with friends from Kimberly, Calgary, Brandon and Selkirk. A celebration of life will be held at a private family function on Saturday August 16, 2014.  As per Vicky’s wishes, there will not be a funeral service; her ashes will be taken to British Columbia on a later date so that she may rest with her parents. In lieu of flowers, all donations can be made to the Humane Society (“My cats are my kids too!”), or charity of choice. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk, MB in care of arrangements. www.gilbartfuneralhom.com 
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BOYKO: The death of John Boyko, beloved husband of Bernice, occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. A Funeral Ceremony will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Complete obituary information to follow.
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