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WIKSTROM: Ethel Irene passed away Saturday, December 3, 2011 in Nelson, B.C. with family by her side. She was predeceased by her husband Peter in 2010. She is survived by daughters Phyllis (Bob), and Beryl (Blake), son Terry (Debbie) and their families. A celebration of Ethel’s life is being planned for the Spring of 2012.
WEEDMARK: James K. "Jim" Weedmark, age 83, Died on December 10, 2011at the Bayside Personal Care Home, Killarney, Manitoba. Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday December 14, 2011 at the New Life Assembly Chruch Killarney, Manitoba 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Alzheimer Society, or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
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SHWALUK: Eleanor Kathleen Shwaluk (nee Riddle). It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Eleanor Kathleen Shwaluk (nee Riddle), on Friday, December 9, 2011 at the age of 66 years. She will be deeply missed by her husband, Ernie, her three sons Trevor (Maureen) and their daughters Kiera, Maddie, and Paige of Portage la Prairie; Trent (Maureen) and their son Max of Calgary; and Tyson of Winnipeg. She will also be remembered by brother Bob (Wilma) of Wawanesa, sister Gayle Francis of Saskatoon and numerous nieces and nephews. Eleanor was predeceased by her mother Gladys Annie Riddle (2010) and father Robert Jameson Riddle (1995). Eleanor was born on May 23, 1945 in Wheatland, Manitoba. She graduated from high school in Wawanesa. After attaining her teaching certificate from Brandon University, she taught grade 1 and 2 in Napinka, where she met her future husband, Ernie. Following their marriage in 1967, their teaching careers brought them to Portage la Prairie where they settled and raised their family. Eleanor will always be remembered for her generosity and selflessness. This same sense of giving carried over into her career and positively influenced the lives all those who entered her classroom. She balanced her teaching career with the responsibilities of raising three boys together with her loving and devoted husband. Family was everything to Eleanor. The time she spent with them was what she treasured most. She adored her grandchildren and after her retirement her life centered around their happiness. She touched the lives of many and she will be sadly missed by all those who had the good fortune of meeting her. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made in Eleanor’s memory to one of the following: North Memorial School Breakfast Program (cheques made out to North Memorial Trust Fund), Portage Community Foundation, or Trinity United Church. If anyone has a special photo of Eleanor that they would like to leave with the family, please bring it to the service. A memorial album will be available at the reception. A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity United Church in Portage la Prairie. Friends and family are also welcome to attend the viewing on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Omega Funeral Home. A tribute DVD in memory of Eleanor will be produced by the Omega Funeral Home, condolences may be sent to the family c/o Omega Funeral Home, 83 Royal Road South, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, R1N 1T8, 1-800-303-4621 or friends may leave a message of sympathy on our web site “Dedicated to those we serve”.
McINNIS: Gordon. It is with great sadness that the family would like to announce the passing of Thomas Gordon McInnis on Sunday, December 11, 2011. Obituary and funeral arrangements to follow.
RINN: Jim Rinn passed away at the Souris Health Centre on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at the age of 64 years. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. with Mr. Jamie Berry, Brockie Donovan Funeral Celebrant, officiating. Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Souris Health Centre, Box 10, Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0. Complete obituary information to follow.
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McCANN: Edith May McCann, beloved wife of the late Roy McCann, formerly of Carberry, Manitoba, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at the age of 91 years. Cremation has taken place and a private family graveside service will be held at the Carberry Plains Cemetery at a later date. Donations in memory of Edith may be made to the Carberry & District Health Centre, P.O. Box 2000, Carberry, Manitoba, R0K 0H0. Complete obituary information to follow.
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MANZUIK: On December 9, 2011, at her residence at Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home, Anne Manzuik (nee Shakotko), beloved wife of the late Joe Manzuik, passed peacefully on to her Heavenly Home with her family by her side. Anne was born at Lizard Lake, SK on February 24, 1916, to Reverend Eli and Anastasia Shakotko. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 57 years, Joe, her parents Reverend Eli and Anastasia Shakotko, brothers John, Jack, Steve, and Paul, and sisters-in-law Vera and Violette. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter Debbie (Bruce) Curtis; grandchildren: Jacquie (Paul) Bergman and Beckie (Steve) Cherewyk; and great-grandchildren; Nate and Silas Bergman and Amy and Ella Cherewyk. Her sisters Emma (Jack), Gillespie, Zeena (Peter) Naydiuk, Ruth (Steve) Maksymchuk, sisters-in-law Lena and Francis Shakotko and numerous nieces and nephews. Anne got her schooling at Roland Hills School at Cando, SK and moved with the family to Manitoba in 1938. Her early years were filled with hard work, fun, and some mischief. At an early age, she personally received Jesus as her savior and this relationship was very meaningful and evident. While working in Durban, MB, she met Joe Manzuik and they were married on November 1st, 1950. They had one daughter, Debbie and in 1969, this family made their home in Brandon. Anne was a wonderful homemaker who loved to cook, bake, knit, garden and can. Her cooking abilities got her jobs at the Sanitarium in Saskatoon, the hospital in Benito, Fairview Home in Brandon, 4-H Home Ec. and Madge Lake Bible Camp. Mom was a beautiful woman with a kind, gentle and quiet spirit. She was an extremely patient person and an incredible listener. She thought carefully before she spoke and shared her opinions if asked. She was a gracious and caring person who touched many people throughout her lifetime and had friends wherever they lived. Her special delight was her family and spending time with them, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Anne had a positive attitude that stayed with her right to the end. The family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the exceptional staff at Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home for the wonderful care, compassion, and kindness given to Mom throughout the past years and also extended to our family. We warmly acknowledge those who when they had time, would sit on Mom’s bed and “visit” with her, we’ve all been blessed by your compassion. The family of Anne Manzuik would like to thank Pastor Dan Pope, Pastor Darryl McAuley, and Pastor Earl & Mona Ricalton for their compassion and comfort shown to Mom and our family. Also, to Ken Gold from Brockie Donovan for the kindness and guidance. Thank-you to our family and friends for their ongoing support during this difficult time. A Celebration of Anne’s Life will be held at the McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church, 635 McDiarmid Drive, on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Dan Pope officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Anne may be made to The Gideons, P.O. Box 3619, Guelph, ON, N1H 7A2.
Those we hold most dear never truly leave us,They live on in the kindness they showed,The comfort they shared,And the love they brought into our lives.
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BIRCH: Irene Birch beloved wife of Ron Birch of Minnedosa, MB entered into rest on December 11, 2011 at the Minnedosa Health Centre at the age of 84 years. Funeral Service will take place on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Minnedosa United Church, Minnedosa, MB. Interment to follow in the Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations may be made to Minnedosa Handi Van, CNIB or Canadian Blood Services. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
ARMSTRONG: Roy (Spud) Armstrong. On Friday, December 9th Roy (Spud) Armstrong passed away peacefully at Bayside Care Home in Killarney at the age of 97. Spud was born on August 12th, 1914 in Brandon, Manitoba to George and Georgina ( Isaac) Armstrong and was one of three children. Roy grew up in Brandon and as a young man enjoyed playing hockey and baseball. In 1936 he started working at the Brandon Mental Hospital and was employed there until he retired in 1979 after 43 years of service. Spud also served during the second world war as a medic in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. In 1940 he married Aileen Muirhead, and they had four children, Evan, Gay, Al, and Shayne. Spud and Aileen enjoyed travelling during their 63 years of marriage. They visited Hawaii and Victoria, B.C. more than a dozen times each. They also spent their summers at their cabin in Killarney. He was predeceased by his brother Archibald, his father George, his mother Georgina, his brother Victor and his wife Aileen. Spud leaves to mourn his passing Evan (Karen) of Henderson, Nevada, Gay (Bob) of Killarney, Manitoba, Al (Karen) of Calgary, Alberta, and Shayne ( Dorothy) of Brandon, Manitoba. He also leaves 8 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to the charity of your choice. As per Spud’s wishes there will be no funeral service.Wheatland Funeral Service Killarney in care of arrangements.
GILBERT: Florence Gilbert of Fairview Home, passed away peacefully at her residence on Monday, December 12, 2011 at the age of 87 years. The Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Chris Arthur officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Florence may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824 – 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7. Complete obituary information to follow.
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DICKSON: D. Barry Dickson beloved husband of Lois, dad to Glenn, Janet, Dianne & Alison Ruth. Barry died on December 8, 2011 at the Boissevain Health Centre in Boissevain, Manitoba at the age of 88. A memorial service will be held on Saturday December 17, 2011 at the St. Paul’s Untied Church in Boissevain, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Due to severe allergies, please refrain from wearing any perfumes, colognes or scented products to the service. Interment will take place at the Boissevain Cemetery following the service. Donations in memory of Barry may be made to The Boissevain & Morton Foundation designated towards kids activities and interests; Box 1075 Boissevain, Manitoba, R0K 0E0.
Messages of condolence may be made online at & Boissevain Funeral Home LTD. (204) 523-7791
WELLS: The death of Donald Duncan Wells of Brandon occurred in the city on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. A time of visitation will be held at Memories Chapel on Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 7:00 pm. to 8:00 pm. The Funeral Ceremony will be held at Memories Chapel on Monday, December 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm. Rev. Chris Arthur will officiate. Interment will follow in the family plot in the Brandon Cemetery. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
ROBINSON: It is with great sadness that the family of Hamilton E. "Robbie" Robinson, age 78 years, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, December 2, 2011. Robbie will be lovingly remembered by his wife Bev of fourteen years, his children, grandchildren and sister. A private service will take place. Special thanks to Drs. Benning, Glenn and Egan for their care during Robbie's illness and to Bob and Pattie Simpson for their kindness and support. Donations in memory of Robbie may be made to Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Brandon RHA Cancer Services, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
PHILLIPS: Randall Wayne Phillips. “Randy” passed away at Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, November 25, 2011 at age 61, after a courageous fight with lung cancer. Randy faced his disease with determination and a quiet dignity, never complaining. Randy was born at Pipestone, Manitoba on March 25, 1950, the middle son of Sid and Joan Phillips. Randy grew up on the family farm in the Findlay area. He attended school from grades 1 to 9 at Maple Lake School and then Hartney Collegiate. Randy married Elaine Kohut on September 14, 1984 and from this union one daughter, Karen was born. Randy is survived by his wife Elaine and daughter Karen and her boyfriend Stacee Trout. Randy is also survived by his mother Joan; brother Terry (Mavis) and nephews Mark, Scott and Chris; brother-in-law Ken (Mailodys) and step-daughter Melissa; brother-in-law Tim (Joan) and nephew Evan; sister-in-law Shannon and children Joshua and Jessica. Randy was predeceased by his father Sid, brother Wade, father-in-law Harry, mother-in-law Joan and brother-in-law Glen. Randy enjoyed curling, fastball, fishing and visiting with friends and relatives. He enjoyed the company of his relatives Elaine and Dennis Berkowski, especially his fishing trips with Dennis. Randy truly loved cattle farming - especially seeing the new life in the spring when the calves were born. On the morning of his passing he fed the cattle - a farmer right to the end, doing what he truly loved. Memorial services were held Saturday, November 26, 2011 at St. Paul’s United Church in Souris, Manitoba with Reverend Mark Murray officiating. Urn bearer was nephew Scott Phillips. A time of fellowship followed in the Souris Legion. If friends so desire, they may donate to CancerCare Manitoba or the Souris Hospital Palliative Care Fund or to a charity of your choice in Randy’s memory.
McDONALD: Alexander James. September 27, 1914 – December 6, 2011. Alex (Bus) McDonald passed away peacefully at home in Calgary, surrounded by family, on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at the age of 97 years. Alex was born on the family farm near Rivers, Manitoba, the first of six sons of William and Katherine. The war took him west where he met the love of his life, Margaret, and settled in Alberta. Alex worked as a laborer until being hired by the City of Calgary, retiring in maintenance at City Hall. Alex’s passion was music. From when he was a young lad he loved to play his fiddle, guitar, mouth-organ and auto-harp at home, church, and dances. Alex is survived by his wife of 64 years, Margaret; sons Murray (Lily) and Tom; daughter Lori (David Little); granddaughters Shawna-Seah and Tamara; brothers Lloyd and Jack (Peggy), and sister-in-law, Bernie, all of Manitoba, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Alex was predeceased by his father, mother and brothers, Glen, Gus and Wally. Funeral Services will be held at Foothills United Church, 3803 – 69 Street NW, Calgary, AB, Monday, December 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm. If you so desire, donations in Alex’s name may be made to Foothills United Church 3803–69 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B 2J9 or charity of your choice.
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