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BRYANT: It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, our foundation, our friend Muriel May Bryant on December 30, 2011 at the Hamiota District Palliative Care Unit at the age of 95. She will be remembered by her 2 sons Bob Bryant, Ron (Vicki) Bryant, her 3 daughter’s Eleanor (Raymond) Airey, Donna (George) Wilkins, Faye (Greg) Little and her 16 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren. She is survived by her brother Bud Barrett and sister Ethel Robinson. She was predeceased by her husband Reg in 1984; her daughter-in-law Gert Bryant in 2011 and grandson Calvin Bryant in 2010; parents William (Eleanor) (Lorraine) Barrett; sisters Mabel (Jack) Stewart, Evelyn (Gordon) Finlay, Elsie (Leonard) Bryant; sister in-law Joan Barrett; brother’s Bill (Evelyn) Barrett, Wilfred (Marie) Barrett; and brother in-law Warren Robinson. Muriel was born in Crandall, Manitoba in 1916. She spent most of her adolescent years in Rapid City, Manitoba then moved to Miniota where she met and married Reginald Clifford Bryant in 1938.They resided on a farm ? mile south of Miniota where she raised 5 children while enjoying gardening, baking, knitting and general family activities. She loved her grandchildren and made sure the cookie jar was always full. She played many games with the children that often included a good game of scrabble which she was rarely beaten at. She attended Miniota Anglican Church until January 6th, 2011 when she moved to Birch Lodge in Hamiota. On Christmas day 2011 she fell and broke her hip succumbing to her injury on December 30, 2011. The funeral service was held January 6, 2012 at the Miniota Anglican Church with officiate Nigel Packwood. Interment was at the Miniota cemetery. Pallbearers were: Grandchildren Jason Airey, Brad Wilkins, Dan Cameron, Randy Bryant, Devon Little and Great grandchild Lee Flannery. Eulogy was read by Grandchildren Kim Bryant-Flannery and Josie Simard. Bible readings were read by Grandchild Cindy Soder and Great Grandchild Crystal Cyrenne. A Poem was read by Grandchild Ronda Allen. The organist was Marg Taylor of Miniota. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota were entrusted with arrangements. Donations in Muriel’s memory can be made to the Hamiota District Palliative Care Suite, Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, Manitoba, ROM OTO. The love and faith you had mum will always be with us. As the grandchildren said in their eulogy “you may think we are talking of an angel and to us that is just what she was”. Mum you were the type of mother that people write story books about, and we are all so very blessed to have been part of your story.
You will be in our hearts forever.
~The Bryant Family
BROMLEY: Gretta Mae Bromley (Hogeland) aged 89, widow of the late Clifford Bromley, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 30, 2011 in Brandon Regional Health Centre. Gretta was born on the farm near McConnell, MB on December 8, 1922 to Horace M. Hogeland and Ida Mae Hogeland (Kidd). She had two younger brothers, Mel and Jack. Gretta moved with her parents to Brandon before she was of school age. She attended Alexandra School, Earl Oxford and Brandon Collegiate. Gretta attended Normal School in Brandon in 1941-42 and obtained her Teaching Certificate. After graduation, she taught at rural one room schools of Riverbank, Chesley and Harrow. Harrow was located in the community were she met her husband, Clifford Bromley. Gretta and Clifford were married on November 9th, 1946. They farmed in the Carnegie District in the RM of Daly, where they raised three children, Jim, Brian and Loretta. Brian and Loretta have raised five grandsons for her to enjoy: Scott Bromley, Brent Bromley, Clinton Waldon, Chris Bromley and Bryce Waldon. Gretta was actively involved in the community in WI, ACW, Hospital Aid, teaching 4H projects at both Poplar Hill and Forrest Clubs. She was always involved and interested in the activities of her children and grandchildren. She used her spare time creating a variety of beautiful handicrafts which are now treasured keepsakes to family and friends. Socially, Cliff and Gretta enjoyed many friendships playing cards, going to dances, bowling, curling, travelling and attending Harrow Community Club and Church functions. Cliff and Gretta retired to Rivers, MB in the fall of 2002, living in a life lease suite built by the Rivers Lion’s Club. A year later, Cliff passed away and Gretta was to adjust to living alone. Gretta enjoyed the arrival of great-grandchildren, Scott and Janine’s family of Thomas, Isaac and Bronwyn. A few more health problems began to develop and in the fall of 2008, Gretta moved to Brandon to an assisted living residence, Riverheights Terrace. At the time of Gretta’s death, she was waiting in the Assiniboine Centre to be well enough to move into Fairview Home. Gretta is survived by: her children Jim Bromley (Val Cousineau), Brian Bromley (Gwen) and Loretta (Don) Waldon; her grandsons Scott (Janine) Bromley, Brent (Miranda) Bromley, Chris (Kyleigh) Bromley, Clinton (Erin) Waldon and Bryce Waldon; her great-grandchildren Thomas, Isaac and Bronwyn; her sisters-in-law Irene Hogeland and Norma Andronick; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Gretta was predeceased by her parents Horace and Ida Hogeland; her loving husband Cliff Bromley; her great-granddaughter Evelyn Bromley; her two younger brothers: Mel and Jack Hogeland; and her in-laws from the Bromley family: Mary and Bill Frank, Muriel and Burt Taylor, Bill and Hazel Bromley, Ida and Idus Abney, Winifred and Roy Carter, Phyllis and Jim Williams and Margaret and Wesley Quinn. A Service of Remembrance was held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, Brandon on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 at 11:30am with The Venerable Paul Curtis and Reverend Nigel Packwood officiating. Urn Bearer was grandson Scott Bromley. Interment will take place at a later date in the Roseville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Gretta may be made to the St. James Anglican Church Memorial Fund, Box 279, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0 or a charity of choice.
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KOSZMAN: Mark David Andrew Koszman beloved son of Trudy Koszman and David Koszman entered into rest on January 9, 2012 at the age of 28 years. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, Neepawa, Manitoba with interment in the Nordalen Cemetery, Lake Alma, Saskatchewan. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Authority Foundation. White’s Funeral Home of Neepawa, Manitoba in care of arrangements 204-476-2848.
BERTHELETTE: Suddenly at home in Winnipeg, Sandra Elizabeth (nee Burnett) passed away January 2nd, 2012. Leaving to mourn her beloved family, Grant (Suzanne), Hailey and Emma; Kylia, Tyler and Leif; Melanie, Isabella; her parents Betty and Bill Burnett of Brandon. Siblings, Alistair (Hui Qing), Tanya and Arran (Christa), B.C;. Sheena (Ken) Calgary, Stewart (Cathy) Brandon; Robert & Rachel, Brandon; Gillian (Nick), Melfort; Gary (Kari), Brooklynn, Brandon. Also many nieces and nephews. Sandra was born in Fraserburgh, Scotland and came to Canada in 1973 with her parents and siblings, settled in Brandon until her move to Winnipeg in 2004 to be near her children and her grandchildren, whom she adored and were first in her life. Sandra will be sadly missed by all who knew her, friends and family. Cremation has taken place and her ashes will be taken home to Scotland as per her wishes. Celebration of Sandra’s life will be held on Saturday 28th January, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at East End Community Centre, following private family prayers. Donations can be made in Sandra’s name to the Autism Society of Manitoba.
KNIGHT: In loving memory Marilyn R. Knight beloved wife of Sam Knight. Marilyn died on January 9, 2012 at the Tri Lake Health Centre in Killarney, Manitoba at the age of 59. A funeral service will be held on Saturday January 14, 2012 at the Killarney Mennonite Church in Killarney, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Killarney Cemetery. Donations in memory of Marilyn may be made to Canada Family Action; 204, 4080 - 23rd St. NE Calgary, Alberta T2E 6W9, or to the Tri Lake Palliative Care Fund; Box 5000 Killarney, Manitoba R0K 1G0, or to a charity of own choice.
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Killarney & Boissevain Funeral Home Ltd. (204) 523-7791
YOUNG: Donald Hammond, 93 years, beloved husband of the late Margaret Young, father of Bob and Judy, passed away in the Souris Personal Care Home on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. Funeral service will be held at the Rivers United Church, Rivers, Manitoba on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Rivers Cemetery. In memory of Don, donations may be made to the Rivers Legion Branch # 75. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
SMITH: T. Delmar Smith, age 84, beloved husband of Isabelle Smith, died on January 9, 2012 at the Tri Lake Health Centre Killarney, Manitoba. Public Graveside Service will be held on Friday, January 13, 2012 at Killarney Cemetery, Killarney, Manitoba 2:00 p.m. A Funeral Luncheon will be held at the Wheatland Chapel Killarney, following the graveside service. Donations may be made to Tri Lake Palliative Care Fund; Box 5000 Killarney, Manitoba, R0K 1G0.
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ZARIWNEY: Dennis Zariwney of Souris passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at the age of 54 years. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Holy Ascension Ukrainian Catholic Church in Minnedosa. Interment will follow in Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Newdale. Father Emil Kardasinec will officiate. If friends so desire donations may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Newdale, Manitoba. Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of the arrangements. (204) 759-2160.
VANMACKELBERGH: Lorne VanMackelbergh, December 18, 1929 - January 7, 2012. Lorne was born on the family farm in the Bidford district near Deloraine, Manitoba. He is the eldest son of predeceased parents Octive and Harriett VanMackelbergh, twin to Sister Laura and eldest of 9 other siblings. A passion for farming was developed at an early age for Lorne at the family homestead, his love for farming continued while he resided with the Arnold family at the Harvey farm site. The desire to farm never left his heart. At the age of 16 Lorne moved to Flin Flon, Manitoba to work in the Forestry Industry and sent his wages back home to help out the family. Being a man of many trades Lorne continued on to Manitoba Hydro, Robinson Electrical and Television Repair and Installation, maintenance at the BranDelWin Lodge and caretaker of the DelWin Cemetery. In 1948 Lorne met Doris Johnson who had moved from Regent to Deloriane for employment. They were later married on April 9th, 1949 at the Boissevain United church in a double wedding with Dave & Enie Nickles. Later that year Lorne & Doris were blessed with one son, Wayne Lorne VanMackelbergh. Lorne had a passion for family, friends, golf, curling, hunting,fishing and a general love for the outdoors. Among many of his volunteer services he received acknowledgment from the Governor General for 25 years of service with the Deloraine Volunteer Fire Department, he continued on to 35 years of service with them. Some of the other volunteer commitments Lorne participated in included Boy Scouts Canada, Auxiliary member of the Royal Canadian Legion and Manitoba Wildlife Association. Lorne was pre-deceased by the love of his life for 51 years, Doris. Lorne leaves to mourn son Wayne & daughter-in-law Evelyn, grandchildren Ken & Kerri, great grandchildren Zane and Nova and step-grandson Greg. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the BrenDelWin Lodge or the Alzheimers Society. Graveside Service will be held Thursday, January 12, 2012 at the DelWin Cemetery, Deloraine, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Luncheon will follow at the Mountview Centre, Deloraine, Manitoba.Condolences may be made only at wheatlandfs@mts.netSmith Funeral home in care of arrangements.
THEXTON: Barbara, 79 years, beloved wife of the late John Thexton, died in the Souris Health Centre on Monday, January 9, 2012. Barb will be greatly missed by her sons: William Thexton and Derek (Jaycee) Thexton, and by her grandchildren: Rory, Zackery and Ava, her brother Robert (Gwen) Palmer of Swan River, Manitoba and her sister Margaret (Frank) Cox of North Vancouver, B.C. A private graveside funeral service will be held in the summer at the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Barbara, donations may be made to the Brandon Humane Society 2200 17th Street E. Brandon, Manitoba R7A 7M6 or to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
MOFFAT: The death of Ron Moffat of South Brandon, beloved husband of Mary and dear father to Greg and Dale occurred on Monday, January 9, 2012 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Celebration of Ron's Life will be held at Central United Church, 327 - 8th Street, Brandon on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood and Rev. Shannon McCarthy will officiate. A private family interment will be held at the Elgin Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Ron to the Brandon Regional Health Centre, Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information to follow.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
McLAREN: Gladys McLaren of Brandon passed away peacefully at her residence, Fairview Home, on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at the age of 80 years. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood of Central United Church officiating. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Gladys may be made to the CNIB, 354-10th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4G1.
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HART: The death of Dorothy Mabel Hart of Rivers, Manitoba occurred on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home. She was 91 years old. She was predeceased by her husband, Jack, in 2007; by brothers, Robert, Harry and Lloyd and sister Florence (Pettapiece). She is survived by sister Ida (Hopkins) of Penticton, and many nieces and nephews. Dorothy was born on 11 March 1920, the fourth in the family of Oliver and Drusilla (Hepburn) Harvey of Daly Municipality. By her late teens she was an accomplished pianist. She attended Normal School and then taught in Erickson, Neepawa and Mentmore districts. Dorothy married Jack Hart on 31 December 1942. Dorothy continued to teach, in Lothair, where her mother had taught, and then in Rivers. In 1945, Jack and Dorothy took over the Harvey family farm which they operated until about 2000. They moved into Rivers in 2005. Dorothy and Jack had no children of their own but there were seventeen nieces and nephews and many young people who spent summers working on the farm. All became an extended family. Dorothy provided many of them with both financial and moral support, as needs arose, with no thought of reward. She was concerned about social justice both in Canada and abroad with involvement in the WI and UCW and Inter Pares. However, Dorothy's greatest pleasure was singing and her involvement with the Brandon Barbershop Belles. She was a founding member and over the past 50 years was both choir leader and President. A Celebration of Dorothy's life will be held at Rivers United Church on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Glenna Beauchamp officiating. A special thanks to the staff at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home for their committed care and concern. Donations may be made to Inter Pares, to the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba or to a charity of your choice.
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COLLINS: Grant Wesley Collins passed away peacefully at Killarney Hospital, Thursday, January 5, 2011, aged 98 years and 9 days, beloved husband of Mary Collins (Highfield). He was born in Pilot Mound, MB on December 27, 1913, the eldest of seven sons born to Elizabeth Jane (Kemp) and William John Collins. Predeceased by his father (76), mother (61), brothers Arnold (07), Dwight (07), Lloyd (Red) (42), Elwin (02) and Raymond (Bluff) (07). He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Mary, born in 1910, Foxwarren, MB, residing at Bayside Personnel Care Home, Killarney, MB. R0K 1G0, Carolanne, Pilot Mound, MB., Dale (Lee), Birch Bay, WA., Gary (Sherry), Lake of the Woods, ON, and Connie, Innisfail, AB., 13 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren, his great friend and youngest brother Earl (Ez), also cousins George (Yvonne) and Ken Kemp, Margaret Cram, all of Pilot Mound, and Mary Crane, Manitou, MB. Grant had a very busy childhood being the eldest of seven brothers, and spent his younger years in school, painting houses and barns (he was the official roof-boy), and helping with the family farming and harvesting with his father and at the Kemp farm, where he had many wonderful memories working with his Uncle Clyde and all his cousins. While playing saxophone with the local orchestra “The Kings Men”, Grant met the love of his life, rural school teacher, Mary, and they were married in 1938. They settled in Pilot Mound, raised four children while Grant ran the local butcher shop, and later, Collins Transfer. Grant and Mary were very involved in the community, and especially the many musical events, Grant singing with the Male Voice Choir, and the quartet with Gordie Cohoe, Allan McKitrick and Roy Grassick. He also had a huge garden, and grew many beautiful flowers. Grant was a very avid hunter, loved fishing, golfing, curling and cribbage with all his friends, which resulted in many stories of their adventures. Grant won many awards with his flowers, and was one of the founders and the first President of the Pilot Mound Town and Country Golf Club in 1963. His greatest curling accomplishments were playing third on the curling team that represented Manitoba in the Canadian Seniors Championship in Hamilton, ON. in 1969. At age 56, he was the youngest player to participate at Hamilton. He and his Pilot Mound rink also won two events at the Annual British Councils in Winnipeg, MB. In 1950 the rink of Grant, Walter Maxwell, Barney Black and Bob Watson won the Ganone trophy and in 1956, with Bill Sharpe, Ken McCannell and Dwight Collins won the Black & Armstrong trophy. If you ever were able to beat him in a game of crib, it was quite an accomplishment. Grant was a 65 year, life-time member of the Masonic Lodge. In 1966, they moved to Winnipeg where Grant was a butcher for Tom Boy for three years, later being transferred to Boissevain and then Killarney, where he later retired. Grant and Mary loved to travel and explored Thailand, New Zealand, the Bahamas, Hawaii and other parts of the United States and Canada. As both their sons lived at the coast, they moved to Abbotsford in 1984 for seven years, but the prairies and their many friends beckoned them home and in 1991 they returned to live in Killarney, MB. In 2005, they moved to River Heights Terrace in Brandon for three years, and then, because of health concerns, moved to Westview Lodge in Boissevain. They had very recently moved to Bayside Personnel Care Home in Killarney, MB. Grant was a wonderful family man, and took great interest in his children, 13 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. He was also very proud of Mary’s accomplishments in her music career. Grant also had many adventures with his city nephews, nieces and grandchildren, introducing them to the wild side of fishing and hunting. We all have so many wonderful memories of Dad/Grampa, a wonderful, remarkable kind man. He will be missed by us all. The family would like to thank the Doctors, nurses and support staff at Deloraine, Boissevain and Killarney hospitals for their genuine concerns and compassionate care given to Dad. Thanks also to Graham’s Funeral Service for their professional and caring attention given to all the arrangements. A memorial service will be announced and held in Pilot Mound at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined, if friends so desire, a donation may be made to the Pilot Mound United Church.
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BUECHLER: Erna “Myrtle” Buechler (nee Grahn) of Brandon, Manitoba, formerly of Moosehorn, Manitoba, passed away on January 8, 2012 at the age of 103. Myrtle was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on January 17, 1908. She was raised in Moosehorn, Manitoba. She married Julius Buechler on November 14, 1929. Myrtle and Julius had two sons, Henry (1930) and Gerald (1941). Myrtle was predeceased by her parents William and Julianna, her husband Julius (1951), her sister Emilie, her brothers Harold, Albert, Robert, Elmer and her son Henry. Myrtle leaves to cherish fond memories her son Gerald (Eleanor) of Brandon and two grandchildren Lori (Eugene) Michaluk and great-granddaughter Jenna of Dauphin; Cindy (Regan) Wruth and great-granddaughter Rylee of Forrest, Manitoba. Also her brother Jack (Della) Grahn of Surrey, BC, sisters Edna Metner of Calgary, Alberta, Emma Metner of Moosehorn and Helen Klappart of Moosehorn. If friends or family so desire donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Peace Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 68, Moosehorn, Manitoba, R0C 2E0 or to a charity of your choice. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on January 14, 2012 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Moosehorn, Manitoba. Arnason Funeral Home, Ashern-Lundar in care of arrangements 204-768-2072, 1-866-323-3593.
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