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HILL: Margaret Hill (née Kosarchuk) of Brandon, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, August 26, 2013 at the age of 87 years. Born the youngest to Harry and Anne Kosarchuk on September 11, 1925; she was predeceased by her husband Edward in 2006, her parents, brother Nick and sister Nellie as well as their respective spouses LaVerne and John. She is survived by many nieces, nephews and other family members. A Celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne, officiating. Interment will be held in the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Margaret may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7 or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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HALL: Avery
(September 1995-August 2013). With great sadness, the family of Avery J. T. Hall, announce his untimely tragic death on Sunday, August 25, 2013. Avery is survived by his mother and father, Susan and Jon Hall; his brother Gavin; four grandparents; Uncles Shayne Burwell (Shalene Herron), Patrick Burwell (James Alberding); Aunts Joanna Hall McQueen, Melanie Ellert Hall; cousins Maclaren and Ridley Burwell, Zackery, Andrew and Abbie Dobson. Avery was born in Victoria, B.C. and attended Guthrie School in Lancaster Park in Edmonton and later Neelin High School when his father was posted to Shilo. Avery loved football, soccer and playing his guitar. He was accepted to attend Brandon University in September 2013. Avery was an exceptional young man to his family and will always be special in our memories. The service to honor Avery’s life will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. with Padre Stephen Neil officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Neelin Spartans Football Booster Club, c/o 3255 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7B 0H1.
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BRUGGER: John Richard “Dick” Brugger of Minnedosa, MB passed away on August 24, 2013 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home at the age of 90 years. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Minnedosa United Church. Interment will take place at the Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Minnedosa Personal Care Home, the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba, or a charity of your choice. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
HINTZ: Marion Edith, 85 years old, beloved wife of the late Rueben Hintz, mother of Robert Brown, passed away in the Souris Personal Care Home on Sunday, August 25, 2013. A funeral service will be held from Kowalchuk’s Funeral Chapel on Friday August 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Marion donations may be made to the Parkinson Society Manitoba or to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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GERRARD: Mildred Gerrard of Shoal Lake and formerly of Strathclair, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2013, at the age of 100 years. Mildred is survived by her daughter Sheila (Dick) Dauber; daughter-in-law, Audrey; grandchildren: Kevin (Yvonne), Lynne, Blaine and Lisa; great-grandchildren: Kristy (Ryan), Cory, Derek (Sara) and Sarah. The funeral service will take place on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Strathclair United Church with Dee McEachern officiating. Interment will follow at The Bend Cemetery, Strathclair. Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of the arrangements. (204)759-2160.
ELVES: Catherine Pearl Elves entered into rest August 21, 2013 at Country Meadows Personal Care Home, Neepawa, MB at the age of 99 years. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church, 416-1st Avenue, Neepawa, MB with interment at the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, MB. Prayers will be said on Thursday, August 29, 2013 in St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church at 7:30 p.m. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Canadian Red Cross, Manitoba/Nunavut, Box 2441, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 9Z9, Country Meadows Personal Care Home professional development or a charity of choice.
Be there a constant feeling Lord, For Thou knowst what is best. Take her in Thine arms, dear Lord, and ever let her be a messenger of love between our hearts and Thee.
White’s Funeral Home, Neepawa, MB in care of arrangements 204-476-2848.
BRUGGER: John Richard “Dick” Brugger of Minnedosa, MB passed away on August 24, 2013 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home at the age of 90 years. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Minnedosa United Church. Interment will take place at the Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Minnedosa Personal Care Home, the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba, or a charity of your choice. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
WINKLER: Cristine, beloved Aunt to Shirley (Bob) Thompson of Oak Island Resort, MB and Myrna (Sam) Lennon of Brandon, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. A Celebration of Cristine’s Life will be held at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 401-1st Street, Brandon, on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Sean Beahen officiating. Interment will take place at the Bennett Cemetery, Harmsworth, MB. Donations in memory of Cristine may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6, the Marquis Project, P. O. Box 50045, Brandon, MB, R7A 7E4, or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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Van mackelberg: It is with great sadness that the family of Maurice Rene Van mackelberg announce his passing at Evergreen Place Personal Care Home, Boissevain, Manitoba at the age of 88. As per Maurice's request a private service will be held at Del-Win Cemetery. Donations in memory of Maurice may be made to the Boissevain Health Centre Box 899 Boissevain, Manitoba R0K 0E0.
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Smith's Funeral Home, 204-747-2088.
SVISTOVSKI: With deep sorrow the family announces that Helen Svistovski passed away peacefully at Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, August 7, 2013. Helen was predeceased by her parents Michael and Maria Stadnik, her father- and mother-in-law Michael and Frances Svistovski, her brothers-in-law John Zielinski and Raymond Svistovski, her nephew Steven Zielinski, her son-in-law Robert Rae, and her dear husband Adolph. Mom was born December 13, 1924 to parents Michael and Maria Stadnik in the village of Wydrza, Poland. Younger brother Jan and stepbrother Marion completed the family. Mom often reminisced about her early years growing up in Poland picking blueberries and mushrooms, milking cows, helping her mother and later her stepmother care for her little brothers. Though even as a little girl she worked hard, it was an innocent and happy time. Until the storm clouds of war invaded her peaceful home. On the eve of her 18th birthday Mom was taken from her home and placed in a prisoner of war camp in Germany where she was forced to work in a munitions factory. Although the years she was interred were difficult with little food, cramped quarters, long hours full of fear and uncertainty, Mom never lost sight of the good in humankind. When the war ended, Mom had the chance for a new and better life and chose Canada, a land of hope and opportunity, as her new home. Mom arrived in Winnipeg in October 1947 where she was employed at the General Hospital. This was a wonderful time! Mom often spoke of her first experiences in her Canada - her first paycheck, her first ice-cream cone, her first dress that she purchased with her own earnings. It wasn't long before the Polish community in Winnipeg and her co-workers at the hospital introduced her to a handsome Polish-Canadian soldier who was recovering from minor injuries at Deer Lodge Hospital. Love blossomed and Mom and Dad were married in Brandon on June 25, 1950. They made their home on a farm south of Brandon in the Brandon Hills area of the Hayfield district. Five children were born and raised in this most idyllic setting with its hills, valleys, crocuses, tiger lilies, wild berries and a big brick house! Mom was a dedicated and hard working farm wife who was at Dad's side during seeding, haying and harvest times. Milking the cows and tending her huge garden was never ending work but she always managed to nurture her children and fill them with love. Many a sacrifice was made so her children could get the education that shebelieved was such a privilege in Canada. Mom was so proud of her children's achievements. Her dream of having all five of her children receiving a University Degree was fulfilled. When grandchildren started arriving Mom was overcome with joy. Eleven grandchildren were blessed to receive her love, her gift of time, her generosity, her funny stories and, of course, herdelicious perogies and cabbage rolls. Mom and Dad retired to Brandon in 1986. They spent their time gardening, helping their sons on their farms, babysitting their grandchildren and going to the Mall for coffee and visits with friends. Mom and Dad were certainly a familiar sight at the food court for many years. When her beloved husband Adolph passed away on May 11, 2001 Mom continued to tend to her home and garden on Neepawa Drive. In 2009, Mom made the move to live with her oldest daughter Barbara and son-in-law Howard. Mom enjoyed relaxing in their backyard and especially loved the tomatoes and the variety of flowers that flourished in the garden. She looked forward to daily telephone chats with her dear sister-in-law Adela. Watching her special shows on TV with her daughters in the winter evenings was a favourite pastime. Mom's four great-grandchildren and her youngest grandson made her life complete. These precious children - Cason, Serafina, Cohen, Alexander, and Lochlin - brought her happiness that knew no bounds. We often told Mom how much we loved her and that she was the Best Mom. Shewas also the Best Grandma and the Best Great-Grandma.
We will forever miss you, Mama, as we carry on your legacy.
Mama is survived by her brother Jan Stadnik (Jean). Her children Barbara Hoy (Howard), Mike Svistovski (Colleen), Rick Svistovski (Kathryn), Frank Svistovski (Suzanne), and Pamela Rae. Grandchildren Michael Hollender (Sandra), Ryan Hollender (Samantha Morris), Brenna Burton (Jay), Kaitlyn Svistovski, Rachel Prevost (Robert), Megan Svistovski (Justin Foster), Kelly Svistovski, Marise Svistovski, Annick Svistovski, France Svistovski, and Lochlin Rae. Great-grandchildren Cason Burton, Cohen Burton, Serafina Hollender, and Alexander Hollender. Also surviving are sisters-in-law Adela Svistovski and Stella Zielinski and numerous nieces and nephews. "Kochamy was Mama!"
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel &Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
SPEARMAN: Elwood James (Woody). Dr. E.J . "Woody" Spearman, beloved husband of Josie, of Brandon, MB, formerly of Killarney, MB passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at the age of 91 years. Woody leaves to mourn his passing his wife Josie (nee Trottier), of Brandon, MB, daughters Laurie (Gerald) Bartley of Killarney, MB, Joni Shaw (Jim MacAulay) of Cochrane, AB, son Dean (Maureen) of Winnipeg, MB, grandchildren Kristin (Geoff), Amanda (Bob), Tara, Jenna, Evan and Claire, and great-grandchildren Finlee, Preslie and Harlan. Also left to mourn Woody's passing are sister Doreen Trottier, brother -in-law Freddy (Karen) Trottier and stepchildren Joanne McCabe, Gloria (Kelly) Keeling, Terry (Susan) Gunnlaugson and Daneta (Hartley) Marr, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends. Woody was predeceased by his first wife, Marian (nee Lee), parents Herb and Edith (nee Vanderburgh), sisters Hazel (Gordon) Gardiner and Evelyn (Lyle) Robinson, brother Harold (Edith) and brother-in-law Albert Trottier. He grew up on the family farm, attended Goudney School, and took grades 2 through 12 at Crystal City. The 1930’s were a difficult time for farmers but there was always time for music in the Spearman home. Indeed, all of the family were musical. Woody played the guitar until a hand injury made this difficult and then he took up the saxophone. Together with his brother Harold he enjoyed playing for dances with the Crystal Ramblers and had many stories centered around getting to and from these dances in questionable cars, over even more questionable roads, with uncertain amounts of gas. In 1942 he joined the RCAF and served in England as an aero-engineer mechanic working on Lancaster bombers with the 405 Pathfinder Squadron. In addition, he helped to drop food packages over Holland and, with the end of the war in Europe, he volunteered to serve in the Pacific. The war ended while he was in Halifax enroute to the Pacific and he was discharged in 1945. After the war he spent time in Winnipeg upgrading his education. It was here he met Marian Lee, of Rivers, Manitoba. They were married on May 30, 1947. He was accepted to the College of Optometry in Toronto, Ontario. While he was studying Optometry they supported themselves with Woody taking on a succession of odd jobs including car washing, and pumping gas, and Marian making it possible to make ends meet with her income as a proof reader for the Toronto Star. Following graduation in 1949, Woody interned in Winnipeg for a year and then he and Marian moved to Killarney and set up practice where Marian assisted him as both receptionist and bookkeeper. He was joined in his practice by Dr. Keith Letts in 1970 and they practiced together until Woody retired in 1994. His daughter Laurie has worked in the practice as an Optometric Assistant since 1970. He retired from optometry in 1994. In the late 1970’s and 1980’s Marian and Woody enjoyed their time together with trips to Hawaii. After 44 loving years and a lengthy illness, Marian passed away in 1991. In 1993 Woody married Josie Gunnlaugson, and they enjoyed spending their winters in Mesa, Arizona. Family was always important and many family gatherings, reunions, birthdays and get togethers were an important part of his and Josie’s life. In 2000 they moved to the Lion’s Manor in Brandon, Manitoba and continued to spend time in Killarney with a trailer at Killarney Lake. He was very active in the profession of Optometry not only serving the needs of Killarney and area but also serving the profession. He was President of the Manitoba Optometric Society from 1963-64, and President of the Canadian Association of Optometrists from 1969-71. He served on the Canadian Association’s council from 1963-71 and was granted a Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometrists in 1969. During this period he and his close friend, Dr. Roy Brown of Virden, were involved in obtaining the Doctor title for optometrists practicing in Manitoba, and arranging for medicare coverage of optometric services. These accomplishments, and the offices noted above required a constant dedication to the effort and much time was spent away from home and out of the office. While his practice was founded upon the traditional optometric services he came to develop a special expertise in treating children with learning disabilities and dedicated a large part of his practice to provide these services beginning in the late sixties and continuing through to the nineteen eighties. He was honored by his fellow optometrists with the Optometrist of the Year award in 1977, the Canadian Association of Optometrists President’s Award in 1981, the Manitoba Department of Health Award in 1971, a Doctor of Optometry Degree from the University of Waterloo in 1987, and in 2009 an honorary life membership in the Manitoba Association of Optometrists. Woody also made many contributions to the community. He was an active member in the Masonic Lodge and the Killarney Legion. Together with Marian he acted as adult advisor to the Komet Teen Club during the 1950’s and 1960’s and maintained a connection with many former teen club members throughout his life. They were also volunteers with Child and Family services for many years. Woody served both as a board member and as chair of the Tri-Lake Health District for many years. This was the time when the aging hospital in Killarney was closed and the new Tri-Lake Hospital was constructed. Many days were spent in the company of the Administrator and other board members traveling to and from Winnipeg for meetings both lobbying for a new hospital, and providing input during the design and construction. Woody also served on the board of the Royal Manor Seniors Home during the planning and construction phases of the Manor and for a time afterwards. When Woody left for Toronto in the late 40‘s he set aside his saxophone and didn’t pick it up again until the late 1970‘s when the Crystal Ramblers reunited. This reawakened in him his love for music and he spent much of his free time from then on playing for dances and other events or just playing. In his retirement he took up the clarinet as a second instrument. Woody felt fortunate to have had a long retirement when he could enjoy the time spent with Josie, their extended families and grandchildren. He had many fond memories of family, of the depression years when times were hard, but he was still able to have fun playing the guitar and later the sax with the Ramblers, the Royal Canadians, the Syncopators and many other bands. Woody had a long, loving and fulfilling life. He made many contributions to his profession, to his patients, to his community, his country, and to his family. He has made the world better by his presence and will be greatly missed and remembered by many. A Celebration of Woody's life was held on Saturday, August 17, 2013 in the Killarney United Church, with Rev. Maria Szabo Berces officiating. Private family interment took place in Killarney Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Woody's memory to the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, 350 St. Mary Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J2.
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Jamieson's Funeral Service of Glenboro, MB in care of arrangements. (204)827-2480.
JAMIESON: H. Beth Jamieson of Hamiota, MB; beloved wife of the late Jamie Jamieson and mother of Allan (Gail) and Graham; passed away at Birch Lodge Personal Care Home, Hamiota, on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 89 years of age. A service to celebrate Beth’s life will be held at the Hamiota United Church, Hamiota on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 11:00am with interment following in the Hamiota Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Beth’s memory to the Birch Lodge PCH Activity Fund or Birch Lodge PCH, c/o Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0 or to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B-457 9th St, Brandon, MB, R7A 1K2. Messages of condolence and/or photos can be shared at Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
HAYWARD: Harley Glen. It is with profound sadness that Lillian Hayward announces Harley’s passing at the age of 91 years on July 10, 2013 at the Swift Current Care Centre. Harley was born to Harry and Teresa Hayward in Brandon, Manitoba in 1921. He had two sisters, Elva and Glena (both predeceased Harley). After graduating from Brandon Collegiate, he joined the army at the age of 18. He met Lillian Moffat after his discharge and they were married in 1945. Shortly after they were married they moved to Calgary and Harley joined the EECOL Electric as a Salesman, until his transfer to Swift Current as manager of the EECOL Electric Branch here. He retired at the age of 65. While in Swift Current he was an active member of the Elmwood Golf Club, holding many positions with the Club. He was presented with an Honorary Lifetime Membership in 2011. He was also a member of the Eagles, the Royal Canadian Legion #56, and the Elks. Harley’s life started with his first golf lesson from his dad at the age of 8. During his first game, his ball went into the rough and his dad told him to look for it and Harley would not go into the rough to look for the ball so his dad sent him walking home. That was his first golf lesson. Harley went on to score eight holes in one in his lifetime. Harley and Lil spent their retirement years in Mesa, Arizona, and golfing in Swift Current. In his memory, donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #56 in Swift Current. At Harley’s request, no service will be held.
BULL: Kenneth James suddenly passed away on Friday, August 2, 2013 at the age of 71. Born to Ed and Hazel Bull of Strathclair, MB on April 6, 1942, Ken was one of seven boys in his family. He grew up and attended school in the Strathclair area. Ken married MaryLou Creber in 1962. They moved to Rapid City, MB in 1964, where they farmed and raised their family. Over the years, Ken managed the Peavey Mart (National) store in Brandon, worked for Allied Farm Equipment, Robinson Alamo, Trans Continental Bolt Company (TCB), Trans-Canada Pipelines and Elton Agri-Sales. Ken especially enjoyed working on the farm doing mechanical repairs and welding. He learned his mechanical skills working with his father at Bull’s Garage and he gained his love of farming working for the neighbours, the Hogg family. Known as both “Ken” and “Jim”, he loved music and could often be heard humming a tune. Ken also loved people, especially children, and was an “adopted” uncle and grandpa to many children over the years. He had several interests, including music, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, camping, Stock Car racing in Rapid City, the Old Iron Club of Strathclair and visiting with family, friends and loved ones.Ken is survived by son Rob (Val) of Killarney, MB and grandchildren, Rick, Lisa and Erin of Brandon, MB; daughter Laurel (Charlie) Clark and grandson Mike and great grandchildren Colin and Emily, all of Brandon, MB; daughter Lorna (Brian) Kacsmar and grandchildren Bailey and Justin of Esterhazy, SK. He also leaves to mourn his brothers Larry, Don (Marg) and Bob (Marg), sister-in-law Pearl and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, MaryLou, his parents and his brothers Earl, Lloyd and Howard. A private family graveside service was held at Rapid City Cemetery on Monday, August 12, 2013. Pastor George Isaak officiated. Pallbearers were Rob Bull, Rick Bull, Charlie Clark, Mike Clark, Brian Kacsmar and Justin Kacsmar. A ceremony to celebrate Ken's life followed at Memories Chapel in Brandon. Tributes to Ken and his family were given by Jim Hillis, Simon LaPlante and Mavis Bull. Donations in memory of Ken may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Thank you to all of the family and friends for their support, cards, flowers and generous gifts of food.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
BOUCHER: Valerie Boucher May 2, 1959 – August 11, 2013. Valerie Boucher of Brandon, Manitoba, passed on at the Brandon Assiniboine Centre on Sunday morning, August 11, 2013 surrounded by her loved ones. She died at the age of 54 of cancer. Valerie was born on May 2, 1959 in Flin Flon, Manitoba to Clarence and Lil Carter. The family moved to Onanole in 1961. She grew up in Onanole with her parents Clarence and Lillian Carter and siblings: Kurtis, Grant and Cathy. She attended Onanole Elementary School and Erickson Collegiate Institute. She later attended Herzig Institute in Winnipeg and began working in the medical field. She married Edward Boucher in 1979. They moved to Thompson, MB where she worked with the Federal Government. While in Thompson, Valerie had her first child, Shawna Lee in May of 1984. Val and Ed moved to Winnipeg in 1987 where they bought their home on Jefferson Avnuee and had their second child, Troy Carter in September of 1988. In 2002 Val and children then moved to Prince George, B.C. where she continued to work for the Federal Government. After spending eight years in B.C Val and her children moved back to Brandon in 2002. Val’s love was her family, her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was always happy to open her doors to anyone who dropped in. She loved the family gatherings, holidays and would feed the neighborhood kids with a huge smile on her face. Her home was filled with family pictures, kids drawings and memorabilia. Truly a warm and comfortable place. Val had a passion for gardening, and was creative with her sewing. She was active in the community, volunteering for everything from Cub Scouts, Community gardens, Mental Health Society, Salvation Army and anything that her children were involved in. She met every opportunity with warmth and humor and met everyone with smiles and laughter. Val was afflicted with Huntington’s Chorea and joined in with the local support group to gain information, wrote many articles and spoke at conferences to further educate others. She joined the Huntington’s research team in Winnipeg and was a participant in new treatments. She was an inspiration and will be dearly missed by all who shared her life especially her daughter Shawna McCorquodale of Boissevain and her son Troy Boucher of Brandon. A memorial service will be held Monday September 2nd 2013 at 1:00pm in her home town of Onanole Manitoba at the recreation center.
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