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KASSA: The death of Michael Kassa, age 65 years, occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 12:30 a.m. Michael is survived by his wife Elsa Kassahun, his three daughters and a son. The Funeral Service will take place at the Vineyard Community Church, 1327 Rosser Avenue, on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Girma Abay will officiate. Interment will take place at the Brandon Cemetery with a reception following at the Vineyard Community Church.
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STILWELL: The death of Agnes Stilwell, of Oakview Place, Winnipeg, formerly of Brandon, beloved wife of the late John "Jack" Stilwell, and dear father of Annie, Andrew and Bill, occurred at her residence on Saturday, August 13, 2016. The Funeral Ceremony will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North, on Friday, August 19, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Seán Beahen officiating. Interment will take place at the Brandon Cemetery followed by a reception at Memories Chapel. Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Agnes to the Brandon Area Community Foundation - for the Elgin Community, Box 22096, Brandon, MB R7A 6Y9. Complete obituary information will follow.
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MEADOWS: Darlene Meadows beloved mom to Tannis (Cary), beloved grandma to Brynn and Haidan died peacefully on August 13, 2016 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 62. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel in Brandon, Manitoba on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Darlene may be made to Brandon CancerCare; 620 Frederick St. Brandon, Manitoba R7A 2B3.
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STANLEY: Kenneth Harry Stanley, beloved husband of Elsie and dear father to Dawna, Debbie and Bryan, passed away at Fairview Home on Sunday, August 14, 2016. A time of visitation for family and friends will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. A private graveside service will be held at the Rosewood Memorial Gardens on Monday, August 22, 2016 with a come and go reception to be held at the Riverview Curling Club, 420 Maryland Avenue beginning at 2:30 pm. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Ken to the Westman Dreams for Kids Foundation, Unit #2, 37-11th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4J2. Complete obituary information will follow.
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ADAMO: Pina; August 23, 1937- August 14, 2016. Mom was born on August 23, 1937 in Celico, Cosenza, Italy, immigrating to Canada in 1967 with her husband Frank and their children Anne, Cindy and Peter. Mom worked at the Prince Edward Hotel, The Sewing Factory, McKenzie Seeds and Hillcrest Personal Care Home; where her love of cooking and baking became her passion for her family and her residents. If there was a resident’s birthday, Mom would make their day by making a cake for them. Mom did everything for her children and when she started working days, it would break her heart to leave us at daycare. So much so, that she gave up her day job and starting working nights, just to be home with us. Family life was the #1 priority to our Mom. Mom was diagnosed with Metastatic Melanoma in February, 2016. When her new doctor of only seven months sent her for tests and to see specialists in Winnipeg at the Health Science Centre, she had surgery. In July we were told the cancer had spread, and it was too late. On August 6th, we were told that Mom had Stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma and didn’t have long. We, as a family, were all shocked to hear the news. She is predeceased by her mother Raffaella and father Alberto; brothers Aldo, Ugo and Silvio; as well as her son-in-law Gary. Mom is lovingly survived by her husband, Frank, and children: Anne; grand-daughter Maria; Cindy (Jacques); grandson Alexandre and Peter (Dru). Her (family): sisters Anita and Maria and their spouses, Guisseppe and Espidito and nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the nurses on the 2nd and 3rd floor Palliative Care, Assiniboine Centre and the 4th floor, General; special thanks to Dr. Benadé and Dr. Plewes. A Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Mom may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Mom, you will hold a special place in our hearts, you will be sadly missed by your children, grandchildren and husband.
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SLIMMON: On Saturday, August 13, 2016, Betty Lorraine Slimmon, age 84 years, widow of the late Laverne Slimmon and dear mother of Joan, Gary and the late Randy, passed away at her residence, Valleyview Care Centre. The private graveside ceremony will take place at the Hamiota Cemetery. Lydia Glawson will officiate. A reception for family and friends will be held at the Hamiota Community Centre, 50 4th Street, Hamiota, Manitoba, on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Donations in memory of Betty may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415 - 1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 2W8. Complete obituary information will follow.
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SCHWEITZER (nee: Collins): Faye Marie, beloved wife of the late Russell Schweitzer, of Hamiota, MB, at age 79 years passed away on Friday, August 12, 2016 at Brandon Regional Health Centre. Faye is survived by her four children: Larry (Audrey), Cameron (Myrna), LeeAnn (Kelly) Haggarty and Wayne (Shannon); 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; brothers Melvin and Milton Collins; sister Donna Udahl.Funeral Service will take place on Friday, August 19 at 2:30 pm at the Decker church yard, Decker, MB. Luncheon will follow at the Hamiota Curling Arena, Hamiota, MB. Donations in memory of Faye may be made to Hamiota District Health Centre Foundation, Box 671, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0; Hamiota District Sports Complex Memorial Fund, Box 100, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0; or a charity of one’s choice.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are in care of the arrangements. (204) 764-2744.
HUXLEY: John (Jack) Campbell Huxley of Neepawa, MB; beloved husband of Marie Huxley; entered into rest on August 15, 2016 at the age of 88 years. A Funeral Service will take place on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Neepawa United Church, Neepawa, MB. Interment in Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, MB. Donations may be made to Neepawa Area Health Auxiliary Box 1461 Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0 or Neepawa United Church LIFT FUND Box 1420 Neepawa, Manitoba R0J 1H0. White’s Funeral Home, Neepawa, MB in care of arrangements. 1- 204 -476-2848.
HAMILTON: It is with profound sadness that the family of William "Bill" Hamilton announce his death on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Bill was predeceased by his wife Marg, son Billy, and grandsons Kelsey Dane and Richard Bouverat. Bill will be remembered with love by his four daughters: Nancy Hamilton (Rob Lamont), Colleen Funk (Ron), Barb Howe (Brian), Karen Bouverat (Bob), daughter-in-law Stacie Clark, sixteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Bill is also survived by his sister Anna May Wharry, sister- in-law Sophia Hamilton and brother-in-law Robert Black, of Northern Ireland. Born on the family farm, Gortin, in Carnlough, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on October 8, 1929 to William and Mary Hamilton, Bill was the 5th of 8 children. As a young man, Bill worked as a shepherd, blacksmith and welder. He immigrated to Canada in April 1953, and settled in Brandon. When Bill arrived in Canada, he worked for the CP railroad as a brakeman and then as a welder at Canadian Brown Steel Tank and later at Hamilton Jones. Bill eventually bought the business in 1960 with his partner, Cliff Jones, and continued in the steel fabricating business, opening Glendale Manufacturing with Glen Thompson in 1985. When his son Billy opened Hamilton Iron, Bill worked alongside him, providing expertise and support. Following Billy’s death, Bill continued to work at Hamilton Iron with his grandsons until his own death. Bill was very involved in the community. He was a long time member of the Construction Association of Manitoba (CARM), and was a founding member of the Irish Society of Western Manitoba. Bill also held many leadership roles at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, was an Elder representative of the Presbytry of Brandon and served on the Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. On May 24, 1958, Bill married Margaret Harris and together they raised their five children in Brandon. A strong, hardworking man with an energy level matched by few, Bill also had many interests; gardening, farming, genealogy, reading western novels, spending time at the family cottage and winters in Victoria with Marg. Bill was a devoted family man and loved family gatherings, a spirited debate, and good scotch. Bill enjoyed 58 years of love and friendship with Marg, and when she passed away in December 2015, he was heartbroken. Bill’s faith carried him through the risks he took and challenges he faced and he always found a way to find joy in the simple things of life. Bill’s love of his home country, Northern Ireland, has left an enduring mark on his family, along with his principled and positive approach to life. Bill was ready to go when God called, but his conversation was always about living. Funeral service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 339 12th Street, Brandon, on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Glenn Ball officiating. A reception will follow the ceremony. Donations in memory of Bill may be made to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 361 Russell Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5H6.
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May God hold you in the palm of His hand Dad, until we meet again.
GAMMACK: Gregory Duncan Gammack passed away peacefully in Brandon on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the age of 61 years. Predeceased by his parents Robert and Edith Gammack, brother Bobby Gammack and nephew Cory Hoffer; Greg is survived by his children: Crystal (Lindsey) Brown, Eric Gammack (Shandra Dickson) and Adam Gammack (Amy Neufeld) and grandchildren Isabella and Reagan Brown; sisters Donna (Reg) McRae, Brenda (Rick) Hoffer and Shelly (Bob) Curtis and numerous nieces and nephews. Greg worked for many years as a chef in Brandon at Kokonos and Green Olive restaurants. A private Graveside Service for family and close friends will be held at the Hamiota Cemetery on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Greg may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
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BROWN: Linda “Darlene” Brown (MacDonald), loving wife of Terry MacDonald, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 at the age of 70 years. A memorial gathering for Darlene will be held at a later date.
ADAMO: Pina Adamo passed away at the Assiniboine Centre on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at the age of 78 years. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, at 2:00 pm on Thursday, August 18, 2016. Donations in memory of Pina may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information to follow.
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TWIGGE: Zella Mildred. It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of this very special Lady during the early hours of the morning on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at the Personal Care Home in Rivers, MB. Zella was born in Rivers, 96 years ago, on March 13, 1920 and was the only surviving child of Charlie and Maggie (Brown) Bell. She enjoyed 45 years of marriage to Bob Twigge until his untimely death in 1985 and was a very proud mom of Maybelle and Barry. Zella was a stay-at-home mother and wife for the first 15 years of her marriage then started her career at Berg’s General Store, moving on to the Rivers Hospital and finally spending the last twenty years with the Post Office where she retired from in the early 80’s. Zella had a great love for music and could often be heard playing either the piano or organ. She and Bob loved to dance and frequently travelled, often camping along the way. Zella was also a great supporter of the Rivers Pipe Band, and was especially proud of Barry who was a side drummer in the band. When she wasn’t watching curling or the Blue Jays baseball on TV, she enjoyed watching the birds outside her window and made sure the feeders were always full. Zella was a 74 year member of the Rebekah Lodge as well as a charter member of the Rivers Legion Auxiliary. A very Christian and caring lady, she was a lifelong member of the United Church and a life member of the UCW. She is survived by her children: Maybelle (Ellard) Chapleau Richmond, ON; Barry (Wendy) Twigge Moncton, NB; Grandchildren: Michelle Allen Brandon, MB; Leslie (Butch) Roquebrune Metcalfe, ON; Mark (Cathy) Belair Carleton Place, ON; Colin (Paula) Fitchett Toronto, ON; Jodi (Evan) Fritz Peachtree City, GA USA; Jennifer (Drew) Tower Moncton, NB; Step Grandchildren: Greg (Elke) Chapleau Kemptville, ON, Tammy (Chris) Ogilvie Stittsville, ON. She is also survived by eleven great-grandchildren, five step great-grandchildren and six great great-grandchildren. Also left behind are many Brown family cousins and their families as well as nieces and nephews on the Twigge side. Zella was loved by many and will be dearly missed. We know that she is now in heaven and will be happily dancing with Bob and is smiling down and watching over those she left behind. Under the care of Memories Chapel in Brandon, a ceremony to celebrate Zella’s life was held at the United Church in Rivers Tuesday, July 26, 2016 with Reverend Glenna Beauchamp officiating. Following the interment at Pettapiece Cemetery, refreshments were served at the Legion Hall in Rivers. Memorial donations can be made in her name to the Rivers United Church, "Building Fund”, P.O. Box 444, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0.
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MIKKELSEN: Randall Mikkelsen passed away on August 7, 2016 at the age of 68 years. The funeral service will be held on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. from the Evangelical Covenant Church in Minnedosa with Pastor Beth McDonald officiating. Interment will follow in the Brookdale Cemetery.
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Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson is in care of arrangements. (204) 759-2160.
MUTTER (née Pockett): Elva Jean Mutter of Brandon, beloved mother of Helen and Maxine, and grandmother of Katherine, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 at the age of 95. Elva was born to Alice Catherine (née Farquhar) and James Edwin Pockett on November 29, 1920. Her mother died when Elva was three years old. The middle of three children, she grew up on a farm in the Kelwood area, where the children were raised by various aunts. She moved to Brandon as a teenager and worked as a dental assistant and at the Brandon General Hospital. It was thro ugh a co-worker there that she met William (Bill) Mutter, the love of her life. They were married on April 28th, 1950. She died still wearing the wedding ring he gave her. After their marriage, Elva moved into the Mutter home where she lovingly cared for Bill's elderly parents, John and Helen Mutter. She worked at the family business, Mutter Brothers Grocery Store, until her daughters, Helen and Maxine, were born. After Bill died in 1966, she returned to work at Mutter Brothers for a short time. She then worked as a receptionist at Brandon Clinic, where she remained until her retirement in 1985. Elva’s life revolved around her family, her pets and her garden. There are many fond memories of camping and fishing trips and Sunday picnics. She belonged to Friends of the Blue Birds and had a string of nest boxes near Waggle Springs. She was a humble person and a devoted and loving mother. Bill died when their daughters were 9 and 10 years old, but even during what must have been difficult times, Elva never let on that she was worried or overwhelmed.  Elva will forever be remembered by her daughters: Maxine Mutter and Helen Page; son-in-law Ian, and her beloved granddaughter, Katherine, who was born on Elva’s 79th birthday. She will also be missed by her sister-in-law Jeanne Pallett and numerous nieces and nephews, with whom Auntie Elva was always a favourite. She was predeceased by her parents; husband Bill and siblings Lawrence and Irma. The family extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at Dinsdale Personal Care Home, who cared for Elva with such love and kindness. A Funeral Service Honouring Elva’s Life was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. Interment was at the Brandon Cemetery beside her husband, Bill. Charitable donations in Elva’s name can be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7M6, where the family will be sponsoring a kennel in Mum’s memory; or to the Christian Children's Fund of Canada, 1200 Denison Street, Markham, Ontario, Canada, L3R 8G6.
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