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FRASER: Margaret Harriett Fraser, of Brandon, passed away at Clear Lake on June 16, 2016. Marg was born in Brandon on July 17, 1928 to Cecil and Agnes Luce. After completing high school, she attended Business College in Brandon where she met her husband, Ken Fraser. Marg and Ken were married in Brandon on June 18, 1949. They were married for 57 years, and raised two daughters, Jill and Barbara. Marg’s family was her life, but she also had many passions along the way. She loved travelling, antiquing, refinishing furniture, knitting, doing stained glass works, playing bridge, and golf. She had a large circle of friends, but none so special as Bernice Atkinson and Janet Maginel with whom she had so many wonderful times. She had a special relationship with her grandchildren who never tired of her stories of mischievous, youthful adventures. Marg is survived by her daughters, Jill Fraser and Barbara (Donald) Little, grandchildren, Nancy (James), Ainsley (Ben), Christopher (Eva), Jacqueline (Jesse), and Monica (Jerry), and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her beloved sister, Vern Band. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Ken, her brother Jack, and her grandson Kyle. “Bye for now.” A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Marg may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Foundation, 339-12th St. Brandon, MB R7A 4M3, or a charity of one’s choice.
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FENN: Suddenly yet peacefully, with her daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Ed Shaw, at her bedside, Florence Doreen "Mick" Fenn, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2016 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Born February 20, 1928 in Winnipeg to Helen and Bill MacMillan, Mick grew up in Hamiota, Manitoba as well as a few other locations in rural Manitoba and Saskatchewan. She moved to Winnipeg where she met and married George Fenn in 1950. Together they raised three daughters Anne, Linda, and Cathy in St Vital. After retirement George and Mick moved to Manitou, Manitoba where they enjoyed the community and especially the golfing. Mick had been an avid golfer, golfing well into her 80’s, a curler, and a Blue Jays fan. Remaining to cherish Mick's memory are her daughters Anne Bubbs, Linda McGuire, and Cathy Shaw, her sons-in-law Terry McGuire and Ed Shaw. She is also survived by her six grandchildren: Laura Jacques and husband Nathan of Perth Australia, Ellen Bubbs of Winnipeg Manitoba, Erin and Kelsey McGuire of Calgary Alberta, Ryan and Cale Shaw of Brandon Manitoba, her great grandson Rory Jacques of Perth Australia, and her brother Don MacMillan of Brandon Manitoba. She was predeceased by her husband George in 2009 and her son-in law Terry Bubbs in 2008. At Mick’s request no service will be held. Donations in memory of Mick may be made to a charity of choice.
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DENTON: William (Bill) July 5, 1940 – June 18, 2016. After a short but courageous battle with cancer, Bill passed away at the Assiniboine Centre. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Bernice, sons; Jim (Liz), Rod (Brenda), daughter; Shelly (Trent Cory), granddaughter; Rae-Ann and great granddaughter; Kiah, grandsons; Corey (Corrie-Jo) and family, and Clinton (Trina) and family. Also surviving is his sister Helen Ramsey, niece Lisa (Carl) Bodkin, and great-nieces Alli and Carlee. As per Bill’s wishes a private family interment will take place in the Rapid City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Minnedosa Funeral Service in care of arrangements.
WILLIAMS: With great sadness, we announce the passing of Patricia Lilianne Williams, nee Lambert. On June 13, 2016, a beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and dear friend left this Earth. Pat is now with her son, Kent, and her twin sister, Lois, whom she missed so much. Pat died peacefully at the lake where she loved to be, with her loving husband holding her close. In 2003, Pat had a serious health struggle that left doctors and family thinking it was her time to go; but all were surprised and blessed with the miracle that she steadily made her way back into life and the vibrancy we all knew and loved. In the words of her granddaughter, “we cherish the blessing that we got to hug her and tell her ‘I love you’ for the last 13 years after we said our goodbyes the first time”. Patricia was born February 8, 1937 in Winnipeg to Fjola and George Lambert. She enjoyed a happy childhood, close to sisters Lois (Bering) and Margaret (Cooper). Many friends she grew up with on Morier Ave. attending Glenlawn Collegiate and United College, are still close to this day. On May 2, 1958, Pat married the love of her life, Watcyn Williams. Their happy partnership took them to live in Quebec, Washington, Ohio, and back to Manitoba; as well as on excursions to Japan, Jamaica, Mexico and Arizona. Life together gave them three children, six grandchildren and now three great-grandchildren with another expected soon. Pat and Wat’s steady commitment to each other has been a gift and a model for their family. They were always respectful and supportive as they travelled together through life’s difficulties and its joys. Pat was a loving mother and family glue. She followed her childhood dream of becoming a nurse when her children were in school. She was a devoted nurse, bringing kind nurture to her patients in Ohio, at Pinawa Hospital, and at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon. Pat played the piano beautifully, and has passed this gift on to at least one granddaughter. Little Shadow, Pat and Wat’s rescue dog, who, as their son-in-law said, won “the lucky dog lottery”, will miss his loving master, and our hearts go out to him. Pat loved her daughter-in-law and son-in-law as her own and appreciated with gratitude, their attention, help, and love. Patricia will be forever loved and missed by husband, Watcyn; daughter, Cherie (Janzen) and Dave; son, Scott Williams and Myrna. Her grandchildren and recently, great grandchildren, were the lights of her life and she was filled with pride at each of their stages and their accomplishments. Memory of Amma will be treasured by Katie (Janzen) Plotnikoff, Nate, and daughter, Mila; Kyleigh (Janzen) Bromley, Chris, and son, Luke; Joel Janzen and Crystal Milne and daughter, Evey; Jason Williams; Kayla Williams and Cody McIntosh; Meghan Williams and Eric Bissett. Pat will be lovingly remembered by her sister, Margaret, numerous but close nieces and nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law, and dear friends. We have all been blessed to have this kind, soft-spoken, gentle lady in our lives. Though quiet, she had a wonderful sense of humour, and could be quick with a witty remark. Though gentle, she had remarkable strength. We are grateful for our role model and the lessons in looking at life we have learned from this special person:
To Pat:Because of you, we know the beauty of and appreciate the gifts of nature.Because of you, we know the value of being present, and of listening closely.Because of you, we know kindness is always best. Because of you, we have learned strength and grace and resilience in adversity, and acceptance without bitterness. Because of you, we understand the importance of enjoying each moment, here and now, for exactly what it is.We are grateful for your life well-lived and will strive to honour you in our lives. Your beautiful soul will live on in the hearts of your grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We hope you are doing “swimmingly” in a beautiful place.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be may made to a charity of your choosing. On July 9, 2016, an informal Celebration of Life and time of fellowship will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website.
ZIELINSKI: It is with much sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our Mom, Stephenia "Stella" Zielinski, at her home, Valleyview Care Centre in Brandon, on June 7th, 2016 at the age of ninety two. Mom was predeceased by her parents Michael and Francis and subsequently by her beloved husband John in 1978 and by her youngest son Steven in 2006. She is also predeceased by her brothers Adolph and Raymond; sisters-in-law Helen and Adella and niece Irene. Mom is survived by her sons Garry (Barbara) of Victoria, B.C. and Jerome (Marny) of Brandon, grandchildren Tara of Vancouver, Jonathan (Michelle) of Victoria, Dayna of Winnipeg and great grandson William of Victoria and great granddaughter Molly (Austin) and great great grandson Ryan of Moosomin, SK, as well as many nieces and nephews in Manitoba and BC. Mom was born in Poland and emigrated to Canada with her mother and two brothers in 1939 where they were reunited at long last with her father who had arrived many years before to homestead in Alberta. In 1945, the family moved to a farm in the Rounthwaite district. Mom and Dad were married in 1948 and in 1957 they and their young sons moved to our farm in the Fairburn district near Boissevain. Mom worked tirelessly for many years in her large gardens, milking cows and tending to her chickens and other farm animals. She was always in the kitchen feeding her three growing boys. Her dedication meant that her family always came first. After Dad passed away Mom left the farm and moved to her new home in Brandon which had fruit trees and where she planted a nice garden each spring. She was very happy here and immensely proud of her house and yard. Mom had a strong work ethic and even in her later years regularly returned to the farm to help Steven with many chores and her farm garden. Mom began to suffer from dementia more than fourteen years ago and although she had been slipping away bit by bit, the essential beauty and goodness of her character and spirit were never lost. Her gentle, generous nature and sweet shy smile and the love for her family and affection for all those around her remained to the very end. Our family is particularly grateful for the patient and tender attention and all the special care given in the past fourteen years to Mom by her nurses and caregivers at Valleyview. In our sorrow we will greatly miss Mom's smile but we will never forget the love she had for us and the countless good deeds she did for us. May she rest in peace and in the peace of mind that she so richly deserves. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church on June 16th 2016 with Rev. Fr. Michael Raj Savarimuthu, Celebrant and interment was in the family plot beside Mom's late husband and son in the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Mom may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Unit 4B-457 9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 1K2.
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VERMETTE: Denise Eva Vermette (Née Morin). February 15, 1933 – June 18, 2016. Peacefully with family by her side, Denise Eva Vermette passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the age of 83 years. Mom was predeceased by our father Lucien (Lou) Vermette in 1999. Mom is survived by her children; Gil (Sandy) Vermette, Bob (Sue) Vermette and Monique (Rob) Miller; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Denise and Lou built a wonderful life in Brandon and spent many happy moments at their cottage in Clear Lake. Mom’s true love and passion was her family, although distance separated us, mom was always the reason to draw us together. Through mom’s illness she had the determination to make the best of her setbacks and never let it stop her from living each moment to the fullest. Mom touched the lives of many and was a generous soul. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for anyone, still trying hard during the critical point of her illness, all with a continued smile and laughter. She left us with beautiful memories and her strong love for us will forever be our guide. She was the mother who could take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take. God knew the journey was getting rough for you and the hills became harder to climb. It was time to close your weary eyes. We miss you dearly and you will be forever in our hearts. You were unlike any other. In keeping with Denise’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Coutu Funeral Chapel, 680 Archibald Street. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations in memory of Denise may be made to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Friends are also welcome to sign the online book of condolence at
The Coutu family in care of arrangements. E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors, 680 Archibald Street, 204-253-5086.
CLEARSKY: Wallace Herman Clearsky (Wahpishkihpinaysih)1966 - 2016. On June 19, 2016 Wallace Herman Clearsky of Bowsman, MB and Waywayseecappo First Nation passed away at the age of 50 years. Survived by his loving wife Bev Clearsky, 6 adult children; Tyler Wallace Clearsky of Brandon, MB, Christopher Cook (Janice) of Waywayseecappo, MB, Courtney Leask (Patrick Leask) of Brandon, MB, Jessica Paul-Clearsky (Big Wall) of the Pas, MB, Samantha Paul-Clearsky of Brandon, MB and Nicholas Paul-Clearsky of Swan River, MB; 11 grandchildren- Sally Leask, Tyrone Leask, Laken Wallace Chartrand, Rydan Chartrand, Adysen Chartrand, Alara Cook, Aava Cook, Ayshia Cook, Angelena Cook, Alayna Cook and Ajay Cook; 6 brothers; Kelvin Clearsky, Danny Clearsky, Vince Clearsky, Tony Clearsky, Jeff Clearsky and Ken Clearsky all of Waywayseecappo, MB; and 1 sister Sherri Bird also of Waywayseecappo, MB. Wallace was predeceased by his loving first born son Tyrone Wayne Clearsky in 2004 whom he missed dearly with his whole heart. His mother Alva (Shingoose) Clearsky, father Daniel Clearsky both of Waywayseecappo First Nation. Sister Mary Jane Ironstand; brothers Bruce Clearsky and Raymond Jr. Clearsky; brother in-laws Everett Bird and Stanley Paul. Wallace Clearsky was born in Russell, MB on February 12, 1966. He was raised on the Waywayseecappo First Nation until the age of 17. In his elementary school years he attended school in Rossburn, MB, and for a short period of time he attended school in Brandon, MB. After, he attended Waywayseecappo School until grade 8. Wallace married the love of his life Bev on August 19, 1995 at the age of 29 in Swan River, MB. They shared 7 children together and lived the majority of their life together on an acreage outside of Bowsman, MB. Throughout their marriage they lived in Winnipeg, Swan River, Kenville, Minitonas and Waywayseecappo. Wallace and Bev’s main priority was their children and grandchildren. Grampa never had any rules when it came to his grandchildren and never had any plans, but there was always unexpected fun for his kids and grandkids. Wallace worked many places in different areas of work. He was everything from A to Z, he was so amazing and extremely skillful in everything he did. In 1999, after moving to Waywayseecappo with his wife and family he worked as maintenance. After some encouragement, he then decided to run for Chief and was proudly elected where he served one term and was later elected and served as Councilor until 2015. Wallace was very business minded; he owned and operated his own septic and tow truck businesses with his brother Kenneth, at the same time Wallace also worked as a medical van driver and a bus driver. Wallace was constantly busy and you could always find him outside working on his trucks or enjoying his horses. He always had something fun and spontaneous up his sleeve for his family. He enjoyed taking his family on wagon and sleigh rides, horse rides, quad trips, and out to eat at different places. Wallace loved family time and loved to joke and make people laugh, he always had a smile on his face. Wallace had a great deal of respect for his elders and friends and had a close bond with his aunties and siblings. He loved to feed people; his Sunday’s were spent visiting everybody who dropped in for a visit or a bite to eat. The family of Wallace would like to thank anyone who reached out with kind words and gestures during our time of grief.
“To know him is to love him…”
A traditional wake was held from the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre, Swan River, MB on Thursday, June 23, 2016 beginning at 5:00 pm and continued until the Funeral Service on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 11:00 am with Deacon Conrad Plante officiating. Interment took place in the Bowsman Cemetery, Bowsman, Manitoba.Should friends so desire, donations in Wallace’s memory may be made Canadian Diabetes Association.
Swan Valley Funeral Services Ltd.363 Kelsey TrailSwan River, MB R0L 1Z0204-734-5775
KELLY: On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, Kenneth "Ken" Wayne Kelly, age 75 years, passed away at his residence, Fairview Home. The Ceremony to Celebrate Ken's Life will take place at Central United Church, 327 8th Street, on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. Mr. Mike Waddell will officiate. A reception will follow. Donations in memory of Ken may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Unit 4B, 457-9th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 1K2. Complete obituary information will follow.
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JONES: Richard "Dick" Jones, beloved husband of Alexe, passed away at Fairview Home on Sunday, June 19, 2016. A graveside service will be held at the Rapid City Cemetery on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 1:30 pm. A memorial service will be held at St. George's Anglican Church, 5th Street & Southern Avenue on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 11:00 am. with a reception to follow at the church. The Rev. Jim Brown will officiate. Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Dick to the Alzheimer's Society, Unit 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 1K2. Complete obituary information will follow.
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” 2 Timothy 4:7
DERKSEN: Peter Derksen, beloved husband of Mary Derksen, dad to Marilyn (Merle), Phyllis (Bruce), and Lorna (Dave) died June 19, 2016 at Deloraine Health Centre, Deloraine, Manitoba at the age of 94. Memorial service will be held Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Mennonite Brethren Church in Boissevain, Manitoba at 11:00 a.m. Public Interment will take place at Boissevain Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. Donations in memory of Peter may be made to Turtle Mountain Bible Camp Box 1198, Boissevain, MB, R0K 0E0.
Messages of condolence may be made online at Wheatland Funeral Service 204-523-7791
KUNKA: June (nee Rose), passed away on June 17, 2016 but her spirit will remain the wind in the chimes, the song of the birds and the blue in the sky. There will be no funeral service; if you wish to pay your respects to June, plant a flower or tree in her memory. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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KOLTUSKY: On Sunday, June 19, 2016, Sonia Koltusky, passed away at the age of 73 years. Family and friends are invited to a time of visitation at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. The Celebration of Sonia's Life will take place also at Memories Chapel on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Ed Creary will officiate. Interment will be at the St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Elphinstone, Manitoba at 2:30 p.m. Donations in memory of Sonia may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
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CAMPBELL: On Saturday, June 18, 2016, Keith Campbell of Brandon, MB passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Keith was born November 6, 1927 to Dan and Lena (McPhail) Campbell. Keith was raised on the family farm in the RM of Elton with his two brothers and one sister. He married Shirley Hovey of Justice, MB in 1952 and they raised five children. Keith lived his entire life on the family farm seeing it transition from a dairy, to a mixed, to a grain farm. He was an active member of the Chater community, a leader of the Brandon 4-H Dairy Club, a director of the Keystone Centre, a director of the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba, a district representative of KAP, and appointed to the Province of Manitoba Milk Control Commission. Keith was predeceased by his parents and siblings, Doug, Donald and Elaine. He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley, of 63 years and their children: Colin (Marilyn), Alex, Caryn, Cathryn (Jim) Miller, and Donna (Brad) Mitchell. Keith treasured his eight grandchildren: Jason (Karin) Campbell, Amy Campbell, Bryant and Duncan Terry, Michelle (Dustin) Hargreaves, Heather (Rob) Brown, Jonathan (Mackenzie) Miller, and Sawyer Mitchell; along with his three great-grandchildren, Sophie and Hattie Campbell and Henry Brown. He is also survived by sister-in-law Janice Hovey and brother-in-law CK Williamson and numerous nieces and nephews. The family extends its gratitude to the family and friends that visited Keith in the past six months and to the caregivers at the Health Sciences Centre and the Brandon Regional Health Centre. A Come and Go Reception to celebrate Keith’s life will be held at the Keystone Centre, MNP Hall (across from the Box Office), 1175 – 18th Street Brandon, MB on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Time of reflection will be at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba – Restoration of the Dome or a charity of your choice.
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ARNOLD: William John “Gabby” Arnold, beloved husband of Marie Arnold died on June 20, 2016 at the Deloraine Health Centre, Deloraine, Manitoba at the age of 85. Memorial service will be held on Thursday June 23, 2016 at the Deloraine United Church at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Gabby may be made to the Deloraine Cancer Care Unit or to a charity of one’s choice.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comSmith Funeral Home204-747-2088
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