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PALMER: William George (Bill) Palmer. October 7, 1941 – July 17, 2014. We lost an amazing husband to Martha, father to Ronda, Tara and Jonina and their families. Bill also leaves to mourn a twin sister, Marilyn and her son along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended adopted family. He was a very proud husband, father and grandfather. Bill was formerly from Waskada, also resided in Gimli, Churchill, Thompson, Winnipeg, and Brandon. He was a great friend to everyone. Bill was very proud of his civil service with Environment Canada and his belief in the Traditional way, he called it “Red Road”. Martha would like to thank all who came from near and far to be with Bill during his final days. Viewing and traditional feast to be held Sunday July 20, 2014 at Brandon Friendship Center 205 College Avenue Brandon, MB. 11:00 am 3:00 pm with feast to follow. Cards and flowers are gratefully declined but donations can be made to the ALS Society of MB Box 21008 Brandon, MB R7B 3W8 in Bill’s memory.
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RIGAUX: Passed away at the Glenboro Health Centre on Tuesday July 15, 2014 at the age of 66 years, Margaret Sandra Joan “Sandee” Rigaux (nee Skardal) of Baldur MB. Sandee leaves to mourn her passing her husband John, their dog companion Ty, as well as numerous relatives & friends. She was predeceased by her parents Otto & Margaret “Peg” Skardal. A Celebration of Sandee’s life will be held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Baldur School Gymnasium with Sharon Hamilton officiating. A Family Interment will take place in the Baldur Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memorial donations may be made in Sandee’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Winnipeg Humane Society, the Argyle Municipality Public Library, Baldur MB, R0K 0B0 or to a charity of choice.
On line condolences can be made by visiting www.willmorchapel.com
Jamieson’s Funeral Services of Glenboro in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.
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OSHUST: Helen (nee Kolabinski) It is with deep sadness yet gentle relief that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, and grandmother Helen Oshust of Erickson at the age of 79 years. Helen passed away in Edmonton, Alberta on July 17, 2014 at the Capital Care Norwood Hospice with her family by her side. Left to celebrate her life and cherish her memory are her husband Henry; children Peter (Alyson) and Susan (Terry); her grand children Kelsey, Chenoa, Bronwyn, and Derry; relatives and dear friends. Helen was predeceased by her beloved grandson Jeremy, her parents John and Lena, brothers Victor and Ludwig, and six other siblings who passed before she was born. Helen shared a passion with Henry for the out-of-doors; gardening, picking mushrooms and berries, scouring the fields for artifacts, and having cookouts at the “Dude Ranch” on Clear Lake’s south shore. Her love of flowers and talent for growing plants was always in evidence in the pots and bouquets arrayed about her home. We wish to thank the wonderful care team at Norwood Hospice. In keeping with Helen’s wishes a private inurnment will be held in Erickson at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Capital Care Foundation or the Erickson Health Centre.
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OLIVE JANE REID Celebration of life
You are invited to join the family of Olive Reid to celebrate and honour her life. A service will be held at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 401 1st Street, Brandon at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26th. Following the service, a luncheon will be held in the church basement. Olive passed away December 14, 2013 in Oromocto, N.B. Following a funeral in New Brunswick, her cremated remains were transported back to Brandon, her long time home. Her urn C will be buried in the Veteran’s cemetery with her husband, William Reid, who predeceased her in 1995.
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MARTIN: Ruth passed away on July 7, 2014 in Wawanesa, MB. Velma Ruth Martin (nee Keir) was born to William and Lilian Keir on December 10,1927 in Morden Hospital. She spent her early years on the farm with her younger sister, Margaret, who was born in 1931. They had many adventures with their cousins on the farm. She attended nearby Cheval School. As a teenager, she boarded with her grandmother in Morden to attend high school. Her family sold the farm in 1945 and moved to Morden where Ruth completed high school at Maple Leaf Collegiate. Ruth always had an interest in nursing but that wasn't to be so she chose to pursue teaching. She taught one year on permit near Cartwright, MB then continued her education at Normal School in Winnipeg graduating with her teaching certificate in 1949. Ruth taught one year at Matchettville then moved into Treherne to teach two more years. On October 18, 1952 Ruth married Bruce Martin from Nesbitt in St Paul's United Church, Morden. They began their life together on the farm located on NE 6-7-18 in the Nesbitt Community where they lived for the next sixty-one years. After marrying, Ruth continued her career by teaching one year at Carroll, MB then two years at Bertha School (near Nesbitt). Ruth gave birth to four children. She enjoyed raising her family and being active in the Nesbitt community including the UCW, 4-H Club and Community Club. From 1959 onward, Ruth and Bruce danced with numerous square dance clubs including Nesbitt, Wawanesa, and Glenboro. When their family was young, their social event without any children was square dancing. When they had more time on their hands, the time spent dancing increased. Their winters in Osoyoos, BC were filled with dances and socializing. The value of handmade work filled Ruth's life - from food to clothes to home decoration to scrapbooks. If she heard of something new that seemed interesting, she pursued it. Her family grew up enjoying homemade baking and the preserved bounty from her garden. The time Ruth spent in the yard seemed to be a source of relaxation and pleasure. Sewing, knitting, crocheting and ceramics were skills she had mastered and put to good use. Her hands made many items from her dresses to swimsuits for her teenage daughters then baby blankets for each grandchild and each great-grandchild as they arrived. Ruth rekindled an interest in basket weaving-which was something her mother had done. Many handmade gifts were given with love to family who treasure each one. Ruth's work to chronicle events and memories in scrapbooks and genealogy documents became a work of love and exploration as well as the telling of many family stories. As Ruth always did with her pursuits, she continued to learn new ways to present those memories and how to include as much as she thought necessary. Those scrapbooks and her family's history work will be an ongoing source of enjoyment, information and answers. Ruth always seemed to fill her hours each day. Both Ruth and Bruce instilled in their children the value of work; mostly through their own strong work ethic. She took pride in seeing a job well done. She is survived by husband :Bruce, children: Brett (Linda), Cathy (Bob), Colleen (Dick) and Kelly (Deb). Grandchildren: Kelsey, Holly; Kyla(Dennis), Daniel (Robyn); Jim, Matt; Katelyn(Jason), Courtney, Kelsey. Great grandchildren: Maddax, Leighton; Jasper; Tripp. Predeceased by: older sister in infancy, younger sister Margaret and parents: William and Lilian Keir. The family would like to thank everyone for their support during Mum's illness. A graveside service was held at Minnewawa Cemetery on July 12, 2014 with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. Donations may be made in Ruth's memory to Canadian Diabetes Association, A1, 800 Rosser Avenue Brandon, MB R7A 6N5 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3, 824 18th Street Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel &Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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LEAN: On Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home, Alex Lean, formerly of Moline and Brandon, peacefully passed from this life at the age 94 years. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 65 years, Mae, as well as his two children Alexis (Mel) Harvey of Minnedosa and Dennis (Jeanette) Lean of Edmonton. A memorial service will be held at the Minnedosa United Church, 48 Main Street South, on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Natasha Pearen officiating. Lunch will follow in the Church hall with interment to be held later in the afternoon, all are welcome to attend. Donations in memory of Alex may be made to the Minnedosa Personal Care Home “Patio Fund”, Box 960, Minnedosa, MB, R0J 1E0.
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GREVES: Leslie Seymour passed away peacefully with his son and wife by his side at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, July 11, 2014. Leslie was born in Reston, Manitoba on April 11, 1912. He was the eldest of three children to Seymour and Ethel Greves. As a young man Les rode the rails out to the west coast and upon his return he began his career as a grain buyer. He married Jean Elizabeth Donald - the pretty little school teacher on October 18, 1946. They had three children and raised their family in Dunrea, Manitoba. After twenty nine years with Manitoba Pool Elevators, Les and Jean retired to Brandon in 1977 where they enjoyed 37 years in their own home until recently moving to Riverheights Terrace. Les was known to work hard and play even harder. He loved playing baseball and hockey as a young man, but his favourite sport was curling which he enjoyed well into his nineties. He also continued to drive until the age of 100! Never an idle man, he stayed active volunteering for Seniors for Seniors, tinkering in his garage and gardening. He was also a proud Mason for over 70 years. An avid Toronto Blue Jays and Brandon Wheat Kings fan, he rarely missed watching or listening to the game. His greatest joy was his grandchildren and great grandchildren whom he adored. Grandpa Les could entertain them for hours with his stories and quaint nursery rhymes. However, they were always told later that "What happens at Grandpa's, stays at Grandpa's!" Leslie was predeceased by his parents, sister Muriel, brother Doug and granddaughter Amy. He is survived and will be forever missed by his wife Jean, children Cheryl (Al) Ludington, Doug (Shirley) Greves, Gail (Paul) Shewfelt, grandchildren Carrie (Blair), CJ (Paula), Heather (Matt), Leslie (Corey), Cole, Erin (Justin) and Kevin, great grandchildren Sydney, Allana, Charlotte, Emma, Jack, Lily, Ruby and Ari. He is remembered fondly by his sisters Kathleen Laing and Mabel Wray, nephew Gary Greves and their families. The Memorial Service was held at Memories Chapel on Friday, July 18, 2014 with Rev. Wayne Sanderson officiating. Interment followed at the Rosewood Memorial Gardens. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Les's memory to the Tilston Cemetery Fund, Box 70, Tilston MB R0M 2B0 or to a charity of one's choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
"Now I'm riding homeInto the sunsetWith shadows of eveningSoftly falling around meHigh over the prairieThe stars are a showin'The night breeze is blowin'And I'm ridin' home"
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GRAHAM: Surrounded by her family, Roberta Eileen Graham passed away peacefully at Rideau Park Personal Care Home on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the age of 78 years. The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to all the staff at Rideau Park for the years of exceptional care shown to Roberta. Donations in memory of Roberta may be made to the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities, Room 140, 340 - 9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 6C2. Arrangements are pending with Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, Brandon, (204) 727-0694.
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FERGUSON: The death of Gordon Ferguson, beloved husband and best friend of Sheila, father of Brent, occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Gordon was born October 17, 1927 and lived all of his life on the family farm, that his father homesteaded after coming from Scotland, he called the farm "Doonhill". Like his father before him he enjoyed visiting with people. Gordon's Mother passed away when he was only twelve, so he and his dad spent a lot of years together. Growing up, Nephew Jim Ferguson spent a lot of time at the farm with them. Gord spent many years showing his Angus Cattle at the Provincial Exhibition, Toronto Royal and Country fairs. After he quit showing cattle himself, he spent summers judging 4H Achievement Days, then to the 4H Rally at Portage Fair. He spent three days there, where all of the 4H Clubs competed. Gordon and Sheila spent many of their Anniversaries at the Portage Fair. Gordon was a director of the Provincial Exhibition for over twenty years and a volunteer for many more. He was on the Angus Association Board of Directors for both Manitoba and Canada. He enjoyed pheasant and goose hunting, also golf with the Sunnyside Group. Gordon and Sheila enjoyed trips to Scotland and Switzerland. In later years spent winters in Thousand Palms, California. Many family, good times were spent watching son Brent play hockey then grandson Ty. Gord took great pride in his boys! Gordon was predeceased by his Father and Mother, Robert and Anne Ferguson, his brothers Bill (May), Bob (Isobell), Hugh ( Evelyn) and Douglas, Father and Mother-in-law Murray and Reta Ham and niece, Jeanne Laschyn (nee Ferguson). He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Sheila (nee Ham), son Brent, Grandson Tyler, extended family granddaughter Stacy (Marc) Sicotte and family, nephew Jim Ferguson, niece Anne (John) Murphy and family, sister-in-law Rita Ferguson, niece Carol (Phil) Hall and family, nephew Ron (Bev) Ferguson and family, long time friends and part of our family, Frank (Eileen) Sim and Jim (Bev) McArthur. Grandson Tyler was urn bearer. Granddaughter Stacy was candle bearer. The Ceremony to Celebrate Gordon's Life was held at Central United Church on Friday, July 4, 2014. A private interment was held at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Gordon may be made to Central United Church, 327 - 8th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 3X5 or to a charity of choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
"Gordon was a caring, kind person who always treated people fairly."
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EMPEY: Phyllis Audrey Empey (nee Clark) passed away peacefully on Monday, July 14, 2014 at the Boissevain Health Centre. Phyllis was born Dec. 31, 1934 in Grandview, Manitoba to Fred and Sarah Clark. She had 5 brothers, Milt, Cliff, Bruce, Gerald and Gilbert and 2 sisters, Gladys and Hazel. She is survived by Gerald (Verla) and Hazel and in-laws Willard and Laura Empey. She completed High school in Grandview and then did 1 year permit teaching at Pleasant Valley. She then went to Normal School to obtain her Teacher’s Certificate. Once complete, she accepted a position at Wapaha School. A certain local single fellow named Doug volunteered to meet the new school teacher at the bus stop in Boissevain. Not long afterwards they started dating. On August 7, 1957 they were married at Grandview. They began their married life on the farm at SW 15-4-21. They have 3 children; son Blair his children Amanda (Brandon) Doty, 2 great-grandchildren Bryson and Jade; Tannis, Brian and Sarah, daughter; Heather (Garrett) Whittleton, their children Robert, Tanya, Colin and Carly and son Mervin. Mom was a great farm partner and brought many suppers and pies to the field. Mom’s many hobbies included Primrose Homemakers, playing cards, bowling and golf. She made many quilts and afgans for each family member. Mom and Dad loved to travel, which included many trips across Canada in the summer and winter holidays to the southern states. In the later years many day trips were made to the casino’s. Mom and Dad retired to Boissevain in 1978 to their new house. Mom was ever the teacher. Always encouraging her children and grand children to study hard and get good grades.
Wheatland Funeral Service204-523-7791 www.wheatlandfs.com
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CLACK: Vernon "Tim" John Clack passed away at Birch Lodge Personal Care Home, Hamiota, MB on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 95 years of age.  A funeral service will be held at the St. James Anglican Church, Rivers, MB on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 1:00pm with interment taking place later in the afternoon at the Oak River Cemetery.  For those so desiring, donations may be made in Tim's memory to the Manitoba Wildlife Federation, 70 Stevenson Road, Winnipeg, MB, R3H 0W7.  Messages of condolence and/or photos can be shared at www.campbellfuneralhome.ca. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
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CARVER: Olive Mary Carver, beloved wife of Melvin Carver and loving mother to Randy, passed away at the Assiniboine Centre on February 5, 2014 in her 83rd year. Olive was born on September 12, 1930. She worked at various jobs in Brandon, MB. She loved camping, golfing and fishing at Thomas Lake with husband Mel and son Randy. She also loved nature and her dogs. Olive is survived by: son Randy, sister Ivy (Ted) Rudneski, sister-in-law Viv Carver and numerous nephews and nieces. Olive is predeceased by: husband Melvin, and parents Albert and Joyce Tuttle, brother Wally, and sister-in-law Donna Tuttle. A graveside service was held at the Brandon Cemetery on May 9, 2014 with Rev. Craig Miller officiating. Donations in memory of Olive may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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BRITTON: Michael (Redwood) Sept. 25, 1966 – July 14, 2014. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Michael Britton on July 14, 2014. He was born in Burnaby, BC to Daryle and Sharon. Michael will be dearly missed by his three sons; Jackson, Jordon, Jeremy, their mother Cheryl, brother Daniel (Jamie), sister Sheri (Jay), Grandmother Marjorie, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. He will be remembered for his unbounded and intense love of his 3 sons and all of his family, and his great sense of humour as he slides into home. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. July 21 at Redwood Park 17700 block – 20th Avenue, Surrey, BC. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation or St. Paul’s Hospital. Condolences may be left for the family at www.kearneyfs.comKearney’s Columbia-Bowell Chapel, 604-521-4881.
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BRIGGS: Kenneth Walter. On July 8, 2014, Ken lost his final battle with pneumonia after several bouts in the last year. Ken was born in Brandon on February 27, 1940 to Henry and Elizabeth Briggs, although he did not meet his own father until his return from WWII. Ken was raised in Brandon, and married Muriel Bridgeman in 1960. They had 4 children, Michelle (Eric), Gary (Joanne), Karen (Rodney) and Sheri (Kevin). Ken became a psychiatric nurse and began his career at the Brandon Mental Health Centre (BMHC). Ken was a hard worker and attained other jobs in addition to his career to help support the family, including real estate, truck driving and moving, etc., often in addition to night shifts at BMHC. In 1974, Ken and the family moved to Reston, MB to begin a new program with the provincial government and he became a community mental health worker. It was designed to be an early intervention and treatment of mental illness in the community with clients in their own homes and communities before they became serious enough to require hospitalization. Because of his work, Ken's family grew up knowing that nobody is immune to mental health issues and gained a deeper understanding of those who are dealing with them. One of the cornerstones of the work was confidentiality, and Ken was exceptional at doing his work and flying under the radar. In 1982, Ken, Muriel, Karen, and Sheri, moved to Hamiota, MB to continue the work. Ken was active at the Hamiota Health Centre in his work and as a volunteer ambulance attendant, and soon was elected to town council. Ken was a member of the Lions Clubs in Reston and Hamiota. Ken enjoyed fishing, air shows, and military history. He was also interested in religion and psychology, and attained a Bachelor’s degree from Brandon University in 1986 after several years of driving to Brandon to attend night classes. Ken continued to work in Hamiota until 1996, and then retired after 36 years of service. He continued to serve on the village council until 2002, when they moved to Brandon. Ken was predeceased by Muriel in 2005. He is survived by his three sisters Gladys, (John Carmichael); Grace Dean; and Janet (David Gosman); his children Michelle and Eric Thiessen, and their children Angie and Craig West, (Erica and Elisabeth), Jeremy and Angie, (Carolyn and Leighton), and Trevor; Gary and Joanne Briggs, and their children Dean and Joel; Karen and Rodney Walliser and their children Landon, Carson and Rachel; and Sheri Briggs (Kevin Choy), who has doubled as Ken’s very dedicated and loving caregiver day in and day out over the last 9 years. A memorial service was held at the First Baptist Church on Saturday, July 12, 2014 with Pastor Paul Stade officiating. Donations in memory of Ken may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 23-12th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4L6 or to the Fairview Home Fund, 1351-13th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4S6.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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BACHMIER: The death of Josephine Elizabeth Bachmier of Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home occurred on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at her residence. Josephine is survived by her loving husband Edward, three children, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral Service will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 - 18th Street North on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Fr. Patrick Neufeld of St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church will officiate. Donations in memory of Josephine can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3- 824 18th Street, Brandon MB R7A 5B7.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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