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HUNTER: Earl Amandus Hunter January 9th, 1924 (Kaleida, MB) - January 2, 2014 (Morden, MB). Earl passed away peacefully at Boundary Trails Health Centre on January 2, 2014, just one week shy of his 90th birthday. Earl was born on the home farm near Kaleida, the youngest of seven children born to George and Christina (Simms) Hunter, where he was raised and worked with his father. He was predeceased by his first wife, Jean (Dickson) Hunter, his parents and siblings May (Kinsman), Violet (Brown), Albert, George, Charlie and Margaret (Mitchell). He is survived by his second wife, Ruth Frith, Earl and Jean’s family of 5 and their families; Rodney and wife Colleen Hunter of Calgary Grandchildren Michael & Blair (Emily); Janet and husband Bob Boyd of Pilot Mound Grandchildren Lindy (Darcy) Davis, Great Grandchildren McKenna, Leah, and Gavin of Portage La Prairie; Marnie (Tyler) Butler and Great Grandson Linkyn of Portage La Prairie; Grandson Darren (Kara) Boyd and Great Grandchildren Mason and Ryker of Calgary. Robin and husband Sam Robinson of Binscarth, Grandchildren Kristin (Dave) Barrett, Great Grandchildren Morgan and Hunter of Virden, Lindsay (Justin) Great Grandson Hayden of Virden; Bill and wife Lois Hunter of Powell River B.C. and Granddaughter Amanda of Edmonton; Daughter Cindy of Manitou. As with many men of his generation, he answered the call to serve his country, along with brothers George & Charlie, during the Second World War. In 1943, at age nineteen, he enlisted in the Canadian Army and was sent to England where he served in France, Holland and Belgium as a member of The Calgary Highlanders. He was later posted to the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada and saw service with occupation forces in Germany, returning home in 1946. In his retirement he returned to Europe for the 60th anniversary of D Day, which was a real highlight of his life. He always said he wanted to return to Europe to see the countryside when it hadn't been destroyed by war. Earl was a lifetime member of the Manitou Legion Branch 21. After his military service Earl obtained his mechanical papers and worked at C.P. Moore’s Garage and later Pembina Motors. He also operated a Bulk fuel business for The British American Oil Company and, later, for Gulf Oil and Petro Canada, until his retirement in 1988. Dad was a very hard working man and a well respected business man in his home community of Manitou. Family and community were very important to Earl. He was very supportive of any activities his children participated in. He was involved in the Kinsman Club, past president of the Manitou Branch 21 Royal Canadian Legion, long serving treasurer of the Anglican Vestry, founding member of the Manitou Curling Club, member of Manitou Duck Club. He enjoyed his retirement years by travelling extensively, enjoying many new hobbies such as golfing, bowling, playing cribbage and pool at the friendship centre. After Jean passed away, Dad found companionship with Ruth and they enjoyed many years together. In the last number of years Earl was affected by Parkinson's disease, which he dealt with, with great strength and courage. He was a great supporter of the local chapter of the Parkinson's Society, and attended local chapter meetings... Rest in peace Dad, your work is done, you were much loved and you have left behind many footprints. An Anglican Funeral Service will be held on Saturday 11 January 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church in Manitou. Donations in memory of Earl can be made to St .Mary’s Anglican Church, c/o Leanne Lea Box 313 Manitou ROG 1G0 or the Parkinson's Society of Manitoba or a charity of one's choice. Doyle’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
CROSS:  Thomas Stanley Cross of the Griswold area (March 6, 1931 - December 24, 2013). Correction to donation address for Manitoba Burrowing Owl Recovery Program: Cheques payable to the: Turtle Mountain Conservation District, Memo: “Manitoba Burrowing Owl Recovery Program” (MBORP), 129 Broadway Street North (Box 508), Deloraine, Manitoba, R0M 0M0, (204) 747-2530,
DAVIS: It is with deep sadness that the family of Irwin Davis announces the unexpected passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Born Arthur Irwin Davis on September 19, 1928 to Arthur and Charlotte Davis in Hamiota, Manitoba and passed away on December27, 2013 at the Souris Personal Care Home. Irwin spent his childhood in Hamiota. He married Verna Tyler September 4, 1954. Dad and Mom raised six children, Laurie (David), Bonnie (Robert), Rose Marie (David), Jack (Doris), Susan (Jim), and Tyler (Kathy). He was Grandpa to Jennifer, Lana, Ryan, Erin, Sean, Dale, Carli, Brenna, Julia, Justin, Charmaine, and step grandchildren, Jennifer and Christopher and great-grandpa to 15 great grandchildren with #16 on the way. Dad worked for 32 years for CNR doing track maintenance. Mom and Dad lived in several small communities finally settling in Hartney for 45 years. Hartney was home. After retiring, Dad opened the Hartney Shoe Repair store where he fixed everything from shoes and boots, to hockey gloves, to tents and tarps . He was innovative, creating and fixing everything. Dad could fix almost anything!! Dad loved sports! He loved to play baseball, golf, curl, play pool and watched all kinds of sports on TV. Dad loved to play bingo, all sorts of card games and spend lots of time with family. Dad loved to knit and many, many people have received knitted items from him. Dad spent his final years at Souris PCH where he continued to knit and play cards and keep everyone smiling! Dad had an awesome smile and great sense of humour. His smile and laughter will be missed and remembered always A heartfelt thanks to the staff of Souris Personal Care home for their awesome care of Dad during his final years. In lieu of flowers , donations can be made to Souris Personal Care Home or Charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, Manitoba in care of arrangements.
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CROSS:  Thomas Stanley Cross of the Griswold area died December 24, 2013 in Fairview Home, age 82. Iris, his wife of 50 years; daughters Beverly (Mepunga, Australia), and Marion (Calgary); sons-in-law Andrew Holloway and Bill Irsa; and grandchildren Jack and Janie Holloway, and Wyatt Irsa, will miss him forever.  Stan’s siblings:  Jean, Win, Archie, Joe, John, Evans, and families; as well as a multitude of friends, will miss Stan’s cheeky grin, readiness to lend a hand, and his quiet generosity.  He worked on the family farm from an early age, driving the tractor for his Dad at the age of seven, but he didn't complain. He loved a good laugh, more often than not at his own expense, and he was a fine mimic. When he threw back his head and laughed, it made you smile inside.  Dad was respected by neighbours and friends, and was a pallbearer more often than we can remember.  He helped to dig graves at the Griswold Cemetery for many years, and helped at the curling rink to make ice and haul water. He used his bulldozer to clear snow in Griswold and area, and later cleared bush with it. He helped others with farm work whenever and however he could.Stan was born March 6, 1931 to Marion and Jack Cross, in Woodrow SK in the house that Jack built. The Cross family moved to the farm north of Griswold in 1937, and Stan worked the family grain and beef farm the rest of his life.  He took a short mechanical course in Edmonton in 1952 and used the skills he learned to fix all matter of machinery. Almost every summer Stan could be found in the workshop, taking a motor out of a tractor and repairing it. He created a hoist out of steel beams to help lift tractor motors out. Stan was known for his fiery temper, and we could often hear him cussing from across the road.  He mellowed with age, but still loved to make wisecracks up until a few weeks ago. There are not many farmers around Griswold that Stan hadn't helped at some point. He was often called upon by friends to fix or weld everything from lawn mowers and rototillers (he hated both passionately), vehicles, and all manner of farm machinery. He could put his hand to many things but as he was quick to admit, not any of them real well.  He dabbled at curling, welding, carpentry, basic plumbing and electrical work. He loved simple things in life - spring crocuses, newborn calves running in the spring sunshine, a new National Geographic, a trip to Canadian Tire, and a beer with a friend. In 2010, Dad was diagnosed with vascular dementia, which robbed us of the man we knew.  Dad never wanted to be a burden in any way, so although we mourn his passing, we are relieved he is at peace. A Celebration of Stan’s Life was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. with Marianne Whyte officiating. If you so wish, donations can be made to the Burrowing Owl Recovery Program.  While cutting hay, Stan inadvertently killed many of these small owls, and it always bothered him. This program works to re-establish owls, and that would have pleased Dad. Manitoba Burrowing Owl Recovery Program, Box 508, Deloraine, MB, R0M 0M0,
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BERARD: Dorothy Rose Berard (nee Novak) passed away on January 1, 2014 at Brandon Regional Hospital. In accordance with her wishes, her remains will be interred next to the grave of her deceased husband, Gerry Berard, and a Funeral Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Winnipeg on Tuesday January 7 at 9:00 am. Dorothy and her twin sister, Evelyn, were born on April 11, 1921 to Rose (Kasprick) and Frank Novak in the Stony Creek District. She fondly remembered her childhood as one of contentment even though times were tough and making a living meant hard work. She often reminisced about the security and the sense of belonging that she and her siblings (“real treasures” as she called them) enjoyed. Life was simple and life was good! At the age of seven, she began her education at Stony Creek School for her early grades and continued at Mountain View School for her later grades. To help support the family, she went out to work at age thirteen, doing housework and taking care of children for the Bray and Minkus families. As a young adult, Dorothy ventured out to BC and to the Yukon where she owned restaurant businesses. It was in Alaska that she met the love of her life, Gerry Berard. Having served in the Canadian army overseas (1939-1945), Gerry joined the U.S. Air Force and it was after his retirement that he and Dorothy married in 1954. During their thirty-four years of marriage, they lived in Minnesota, Seattle and Los Angeles, finally retiring in Brandon in 1985. Dorothy will be remembered for her easy-going personality. She was a private person who valued deep relationships. Her patience, her sense of humour, her warm smile, the teasing glint in her eye and her generosity were evident to all who knew her. An avid reader, she never felt alone. She enjoyed her own company and she enjoyed having company. Her hospitality often included the invitation to dine-out with her at a restaurant. As a member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Women’s’ League, Dorothy helped with many funeral lunches and various parish events; she was acknowledged at St. Augustine’s Church for her ministry to her parish community. During her retirement years, Dorothy treasured the close companionship of her cousin, Doreen (Simon) Harper. Dorothy is survived by: her sister, Beatrice of Neepawa; her brothers Gilbert (Elda) of Peterborough ON, and Jack (Claire) of Windsor ON; her sister-in-law Marie Novak of Maple Ridge BC, her brother-in-law Nick Zomar of Courtenay, BC; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Dorothy was pre-deceased by: her husband Gerry (1988); her brothers Paul (1992), Alec (1998), Edward (2005), and Isaac (2006); her sisters Evelyn Kasprick (1982), Tessie Dyck (2001), Katherine Levandosky (2008), and Eva Zomar (2011). Dorothy was a very dear “AUNT DOROTHY” to all her nieces and nephews who will cherish her memory. Dorothy Rose Berard will always remain in our memories. Her last wish and message for us was “Always love and appreciate one another – be happy together!” May she rest in peace.In lieu of flowers and cards, you may wish to make a donation in her memory to St. Benedict’s Foundation, 225 Masters Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R4A 2A1; St. Augustine’s Catholic Women’s League 327 4th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 3H1; or a charity of your choice.
BEARE: Gordon Robert Beare passed away peacefully at the Wawanesa Personal Care Home on Thursday, December 12, 2013. Born the youngest of nine children to Tom and Sarah Beare on February 16, 1917 on the family farm in the Delton District in Manitoba, Gordon went to school at Delton and worked on the family farm until 1939 when he entered the Armed Services. After returning from the war in 1946, he met the love of his life, Edna Carson, that fall. They married July 12, 1947 and enjoyed a busy life, building a new home, farming and raising their three children Linda, Bruce and Ed. Gordon continued to farm with his brothers until 1973 when they moved off the farm to Camp Wannakumbac at Onanole where Gordon worked as caretaker of the camp for nine years. In 1982, Gordon and Edna moved to Wawanesa, spending many summers in Killarney at the camp ground and winters in Texas until 2002, when they moved into Lion's Manor in Brandon. Gordon and Edna enjoyed their lives in Brandon surrounded by good friends and family. Gordon lost his best friend and wife, March 15, 2010. Life continued on with the company of many good friends to help him overcome the loneliness. On May 21, 2013, Gordon moved into the Personal Care Home in Wawanesa. Gordon absolutely loved his life there appreciating the staff for all they did for him and enjoying the residents, many he had known for years. Gordon's family wants to thank Dr. Butler and staff in Brandon, and Dr. Lee and Vicki for their care and attention during the past number of years. We want to acknowledge the outstanding care of the Home Care workers in Brandon and also the wonderful staff at the Wawanesa Personal Care Home. Gordon was predeceased by his wife Edna and daughter-in-law Trishie, parents, three sisters and five brothers. Thanks for the memories, we are going to miss you Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, Uncle Gordon, Gordie and Partner. Remembered with love and never forgotten by: his daughter Linda (Mark) Fisher, granddaughter Carmen Fisher, grandson Perry (Tara) and great-grandchildren Parker and Kate Fisher; son Bruce (Janie) Beare, grandson Scott Beare, grandson Derek (Tami) Beare and great-granddaughters Ellie and Thea; son Ed Beare (Myrna Myers), granddaughter Kristie (Mike) Payne and great-grandchildren Mason and Dylan Payne, grandson Troy Beare and great-granddaughter Ashtyn and granddaughter Nicole Beare, many nieces and nephews and a lifetime of friends. A celebration of Gordon's life was held at Memories Chapel on Saturday, December 21, 2013 with Pastor Neal Eckert officiating. Interment at Minnewawa Cemetery will take place at a later date. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Gordon may be made to the Wawanesa Personal Care Home, Box 309, Wawanesa, Manitoba. R0K 2G0.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
FINES: The death of Eleanor May Fines of Brandon occurred in the city on December 28, 2013. Eleanor was the beloved mother to Grant, Matthew, Julie Johnson, Richard and Cheryl, dear grandmother and great grandmother. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.
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Arrangements withMemories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
FORREST: Henry “Harry” Woodhull Forrest. On December 28, 2013 Harry Forrest passed away at the Souris Personal Care Home at the age of 97 years. Born in Souris on April 16th, 1916 Harry lived his entire life in Souris except for his service with Royal Canadian Air Force during WW II. The youngest child of a family of six, Harry had five older sisters: Kate, Mary, Grace, Margaret and Helen all of whom have predeceased him, as have his parents, Samuel Henry “SH” Forrest and Grace Helena Woodhull. After finishing high school in Souris, Harry studied law, graduating from the University of Manitoba in 1938 and immediately joined his father in what became the Forrest & Forrest law office at Souris which his father had begun in 1907. His son, Brian, joined the firm in 1973 and continued the practice until the firm was sold in 2010. This brought to close 103 years of the Forrest law practice. During the early years before the war Harry took the train to Melita (and later to Reston) where he had satellite offices and it was while in Melita that he was introduced to a young school teacher, Agnes Sellers, by Melita’s mayor, Bill Pound.He enlisted in 1941 in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Following his training, he was sent overseas in 1942 in the hold of a New Zealand butter boat. There he was stationed on the English coast operating costal radar stations and later worked with mobile radar units which moved from Holland to France and finally Germany. On the day Paris was liberated Harry happened to be in that city and fate would have it that he ran into another Souris soldier, one of the Brindle boys.In October of 1945 Harry returned to Canada and asked that school teacher, Agnes, to meet him at the train station in Winnipeg and that led to their marriage in July of 1946. They quickly settled into domestic life in Souris, raising four children: Helen, Brian, Jean (Stan) and Karen. Later four grandchildren arrived: Chris, Jim, John and Fiona. His wife Agnes predeceased him in 2002. Harry joined the Masonic Lodge, Souris Curling Club and Golf Club and was a founding member of the Mouse Investment Club. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s United Church. He served as town solicitor for many years and was a School Trustee during the consolidation of the country schools and the building of the new Souris School. In 2013 he received his 60-year membership pin from the Souris Legion. Highlights of each year for Harry were attending the Manitoba Curling Association Bonspiel in Winnipeg, the annual Souris bonspiel and later the Labor Day golf tournament in Minot. In later years annual winter vacations in Florida and later Palm Springs were much enjoyed with Souris friends. Harry took over as Police Magistrate from his father and later became a Provincial Court Judge. This judicial service began in 1946 and ended at his retirement from the Bench in 1992. On April 6, 2000, the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba presented him with a gold watch from the Law Society of Manitoba in recognition of his 50 years of legal practice in the province. On May 23, 1992, the community held a appreciation night to honour Harry’s ”many years of dedicated service”. Harry was born in a house on Dickson Street in Souris. In 1952, he and Agnes built their home on Dickson Street where he lived until April of 2013 when declining health required his move into the Souris Personal Care Home. Harry had a strong sense of community and the value of supporting activities and businesses in the Souris area. He enjoyed reading, especially history, finance and world affairs. His was a familiar figure on his daily walks across the Swinging Bridge. For the last eight months of his life, Harry received wonderful care in the Souris Personal Care Home in Souris, Manitoba. The celebration of Harry’s life will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM at St. Paul’s United Church in Souris, Manitoba. Cremation has taken place and internment will occur at a later date at the Souris and Glenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Harry’s memory may be made to the Souris and Glenwood Community Foundation.
GENUNG: Donald Murray, beloved husband of Marlene, passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2013 after a lengthy illness, at the age of 79. A Celebration of Murray’s life was held in the Minnedosa United Church on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 with Rev. Natasha Pearen officiating. Born on March 2nd, 1934 at the family home to Maurice and Olive (Dot) Genung in the R.M. of Blanshard. He attended White Bank Lee School and later Oak River School. He worked as an electrical technician for the Department of Defence. During this time he married the former Marlene Burt and together they raised four children in Oak River until 1974 when he was employed with the Rolling Rivers School Division and they moved to Minnedosa. In 1989 they moved out to Basswood where he enjoyed his garden. Murray was a quiet person and enjoyed singing and playing his guitar, if there was not too many around. He liked country western music and was good at yodeling. He always had time to help family and friends with their plumbing, electrical, painting and even farming. Murray will be remembered and sadly missed by many, especially his wife Marlene of 57 years; his son, Donald; daughters, Sherrie (Clark), Cathy (Chris), Maxene (Cam), 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is one sister Marjorie (Jack), and two brothers, Bob (Wilma) and Brian (Brenda). Murray was predeceased by brother William. He will also be missed by brothers-in-law, Jack (Wendy), Brian (Margaret), and sisters-in-law Mayvis (Jim), and Linda (Syl), and numerous nieces and nephews. Murray’s remains will be interred at a later date in the Basswood Cemetery.
HORNER: Harvey Winford Horner passed away peacefully on December 23, 2013 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home. Harvey will be greatly missed by his wife of 60 years, Mary, stepson Larry McCracken (Joy), stepdaughter Colleen Cowan (Wayne), son Alan, daughter Cindy Grant (Greg), grandchildren Shannon and Nicole McCracken, Lee and Ryan Cowan, Sean, Laura and Drew Horner and Robin and Laurel Grant, great-grandchildren Levi Lepird and Bo and Brenna Cowan, sisters-in-law Joyce, Lorna and Pat Horner, brother-in-law Archie Londry and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by parents Winford and Annie, his brothers Wilbert, David (Pete), Elliot and Alvin Horner, his sisters Eunice Thorkelson and Winona (Nonie) Londry, and his brother-in-law Bert Thorkelson. Harvey was born in Minnedosa, Manitoba on August 21, 1925, the fifth child of Winford and Annie Horner. He spent his early school years at McBride School and graduated from Minnedosa Collegiate in 1943. At 17, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, taking his pilot’s training in various centres across Canada, and receiving his wings in Dauphin. After the war ended, Harvey returned to Minnedosa to work on the Canadian Pacific Railroad. While walking back and forth to work, a neighbor, Mary McCracken, caught his attention. He learned that Mary, a young widow with two children, was a skilled seamstress, and so soon discovered that he had some pants that desperately needed hemming. It didn’t take too long for Harvey to realize that Mary, Larry and Colleen were meant to form a new family together. Mary and Harvey were married on June 19, 1953, in the United Church Manse, as Reverend Matchett`s first wedding in Minnedosa. Son, Alan, was born in August, 1954 and daughter Cindy arrived in March, 1958. Harvey always wanted to return to farming and in 1960 he and Mary sold their home in Minnedosa and bought a farm in the Havelock district, south of town. The drafty house was a bit of a shock to the family, but the classic red barn on the property was soon filled was beef cattle, milk cows and very briefly, a few pigs. Chickens, cats and a black lab completed the farmyard population. For the next several decades, Harvey worked full-time on the CPR while expanding the farming operation, with son Alan as his partner almost from the time he could walk. Harvey was always willing to try new farming innovations, being one of the first in the community to try anhydrous, continuous cropping, and no till. He was a true conservationist, and the health of the land and the wildlife on the farm were uppermost in his mind. Harvey was a school trustee for Havelock School until its closure in 1967. He was a leader in the Minnedosa 4-H beef club for many years. He served as president of the United Grain Growers in Minnedosa, representing the district at the national meetings. He was a lifetime member of the Minnedosa legion. He was an avid curler and golfer. Harvey worked for the CPR for nearly 40 years, beginning as a trainman and retiring as a conductor in 1985. He and Alan continued farming together, but with a bit more free time, Harvey and Mary were also able to travel. Mexico was a favorite destination, and they explored not only the beaches, but also many of the agricultural and historical areas throughout the country. They visited Hawaii, Europe, the Caribbean, many parts of the United States, and Mary’s family home in northern Scotland. In one year, they spent the first day of spring in Alaska and the first day of winter in Australia. Harvey found joy in many things. He loved music, poetry, hunting, fishing, golfing, and curling and managed to get a both hole in one in golf and a 29 hand in cribbage. He was always happy to spend time with his grandchildren, who all took turns eating porridge on grandpa’s lap over the years. Above all, he loved his years on the farm with Mary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or the Minnedosa Personal Care Home. Minnedosa Funeral Service in care of arrangements.
HUNT: William John, beloved husband of Irene Hunt, died in the Hartney Community Health Centre on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at the age of 80 years. A come and Go Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at the Hartney Centennial Centre, Hartney, Manitoba on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Casual attire requested. Interment at a later date. Flowers gratefully declined. In memory of Bill, donations may be made to a local charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris, in care of arrangements.
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KOPOCHINSKI: On Tuesday, December 31, 2013, Michael Robert Kopochinski, passed away in Winnipeg. Cremation has taken place. Family funeral service will be held at a later date LeClaire Brothers in are of arrangements 204-775-2220.
LACLEF: Lula Irene LaClef, beloved wife of the late Albert LaClef, passed into her Eternal Home at her residence, Dinsdale Personal Care Home, Brandon, on Monday, December 30, 2013 at the age of 108 years. A family celebration of Lula’s life will be held at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home with Major Sharon McDonough, Chaplain of Dinsdale Personal Care Home, officiating. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Lula to a charity of their choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
MacDONALD: Gerald Alexander MacDonald, beloved husband of Diana, loving father of Alyssa (Erik), Dallas and Dylan, Papa of Will and foster father of Zach and Camron Bollman, passed away suddenly at the farm on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at the age of 55 years. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 7th at 2:00 p.m. in the Oak Lake Community Hall, Oak Lake, Manitoba with Pastor Jason Hodson officiating. Interment will be at a later date. Family and friends may call at G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel on Sunday, January 5th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for the time of viewing. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Lenore Community Club in memory of Gerald.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel – Virden in care of arrangements.
McKIE: Sylvia Ella McKie passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Assiniboine Centre at the age of 89 years. Sylvia was predeceased by first husband Raymond, second husband William (Bill), parents Fritz and Gladys, sisters Annabel and Nettie, and brothers Melvin and Oliver. Left to cherish her memory is brother Russell (Edith), two children Russ (Donna) and Dale (Roy), three grandchildren Ray (Kim), Duane (Gina) and Tyler (Jessica), eight great grandchildren and several extended family members. Sylvia was born and raised in Bellhampton, Manitoba. She attended and graduated from Littles Business College in Dauphin, Manitoba in 1943. She married Raymond in 1947 and was employed in several jobs as her and Raymond’s careers had them moving several times. Raymond was killed in a car accident in 1964. A few years later, Sylvia purchased a summer motel on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota. While running the motel, she met Bill and they were later married. The motel was sold and their careers took them to Chicago, Minneapolis, Fort McMurray, Calgary and others. When it was time to retire, Silvia and Bill settled in Brandon. Sylvia took on the task of being the secretary for Labours for Christ, a program of the Lutheran Church of Canada where retired couples built and renovated churches throughout Canada. When she and Bill left the Labours for Christ program, they moved to Medicine Hat to enjoy the milder winters. As age was catching up to them, they again moved to Brandon to be closer with family where she spent her last days. Sylvia was a woman of great faith and was always willing to help someone in need. She stayed active with the church as long as she was able. She loved travelling through North America in one of their various camper vans and loved spending time with family and friends. Sylvia will be deeply missed for her caring heart, honesty and thoughtfulness. The funeral service was held at Grace Lutheran Church on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Edmund Mielke officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Active Pallbearers were Jim Langseth, Dixon Baker, Glen Andrews, Rene Fifi, Bill Woodland and Ivan Soloway. Donations in memory of Sylvia may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4A9 or to a charity of choice.
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