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GILL: Howard Wesley, May 14, 1969 – January 21, 2016. Howard Wesley Gill passed away peacefully on January 21, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Brandon, MB and attended Forrest Elementary and Elton Collegiate. He had an amazing talent for selling, which led to his becoming sales manager at Ford dealerships in Thompson and Brandon at a very young age. In 2004 he moved to Okotoks, AB to pursue his ambition of self-employment. Not many years later he would come to be known as “the Christmas tree guy”, providing nearly 7,000 trees to lots all over Alberta. Howard was passionate about anything with an engine. His knowledge of values of used vehicles and equipment was extraordinary and he became the go-to person whenever family or friends needed to make a purchase. In addition, he could fix almost anything and all the neighborhood children would come to him whenever they had problems with their bicycles, scooters and skateboards. Howard was an avid outdoorsman and few other things were as enjoyable to him as camping and fishing with his grandson. Howard will be lovingly remembered by his mother Audrey, father Stan, wife Sherry, sister Carolyn, step-children Stacy & Tyler, and grandson Tanner. The family would like to thank the many caregivers through homecare, the palliative homecare unit, and Foothills Home Services for the gentle, compassionate care he received during his final days at home. A gathering for remembrance and farewell will be held at Snodgrass Funeral Home in Okotoks Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funereal Home, Okotoks.
HAY: Edith Margaret Hay passed away on January 23, 2016 after a courageous battle. Edith was born in Winnipeg on February 28, 1938 the second child of Nellie & Herman Kowlesky. She attended school at Oak Bluff before her family relocated to Austin.  Edith received her teaching certificate at Normal School in Winnipeg and taught for a short time at schools near Plumas & Bagot.  In 1959, Edith married her sweetheart Don Hay. They lived on the family farm near Austin until moving to Minnedosa in 1967.  They relocated to Brandon in 1979 then returned to Minnedosa in 1986.  Edith operated the concession at the Minnedosa Golf Club for two summers in the late 70's, worked at The Bay in Brandon and at the Minnedosa United Church office. Edith was a dedicated wife and mother.  She worked tirelessly, offering unconditional love and support to her family.  Family and friends were very important to Edith.  She loved having people over to her home where much laughter could be heard.  The Hay home was a gathering place and she always had room for one more at the table or to spend the night. Edith was very active in her community.  She was a longtime member of The Order of the Eastern Star where she served as secretary.  She also enjoyed the companionship she found in the Red Hat Society. She liked going down to the Minnedosa 50 + Activity Centre where she met friends to plays cards and visit. Edith was predeceased by husband Don in 2008. She is lovingly remembered by her children Donna Dowsett (Jim), Joan Hay (Neil), Darren Hay (Sandy); grandchildren  Lee-Anne Adams (Peter), Casey Smithson (Kyle), Amy Leonard (Lee), Melanie, Courtney & Rachael Hay; great- grandchildren Hazel, Wilder & Zachary. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Onyshko and all the staff at Minnedosa District Hospital for their excellent care and compassion. A celebration of her life will be held Jan. 28th, 2016 Minnedosa United Church 2:30 pm.  Rev. Natasha Pearen presiding.  Memorial donations may be made to the Minnedosa Health District Auxiliary, Box 1916 Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0 or Central Plains Cancer Care Services. 318 Saskatchewan Avenue East, Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 0K8. Minnedosa Funeral Service in care of arrangements. 1-204-867-3868.
"There is a link that death cannot sever, love and remembrance last forever"
PENNER: Katherine (Tena) passed away peacefully at the Valleyview Care Centre, Brandon on Friday, January 22, 2016. Complete obituary information will follow. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date (spring of 2016). G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden, in care of arrangements.
SHADLOCK: Nick Shadlock, age 97 years, beloved father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at his residence Hillcrest Place on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. The Ceremony to Celebrate Nick's Life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. with Lydia Glawson, Funeral Celebrant, officiating. Interment will follow in the Veterans' section of the Brandon Cemetery with a reception to follow at Memories Chapel. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Nick to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
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IRVINE: On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, James Irvine, age 65 years, of Rivers, beloved husband of Dora and father to Jamie and John, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Family and friends are invited to a time of visitation at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, Brandon, on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. The Ceremony to Celebrate James' Life will take place at the Rivers Royal Canadian Legion, 633 2nd Avenue, Rivers on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Fr. Philip Malayil officiating. Complete obituary information will follow.
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McCONNELL: The family of Marjorie Jean McConnell are very sad to announce that Jean passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2016. Jean was born in 1927, to parents Eveline and Albert Kelly, and was raised in Hamiota along with her three sisters Ethel, Norah, and Lillian. Jean developed an early love for music and education, and set out to teach as a Manitoba Permit Teacher during the war years. Her other early love was a handsome young man named Verne McConnell. Their romance began in High School and they promised to marry when Verne returned from over seas after the war. They were married in 1946 and set out to farm and raise a family. Jean & Verne had three children: Dave, Chris, and Marla. The lumber and hardware business gave them opportunity in Roland, Birtle, Reston and Thompson, with Jean going back into teaching in 1968. While Jean was teaching in Thompson she worked as well on completing her Bachelor of Education degree from Brandon University. Jean & Verne retired to Brandon in 1987. Over the years Jean took on many different volunteer jobs, working with several organizations: Brandon Hospital Auxiliary, Nearly New Shop, Ladie’s Auxiliary for the Commonwealth Air Museum, Retired Teachers Association, I.O.D.E., and the Eckhart -Gramatte’ Music Competition Committee. For several years Jean very proudly conducted the Brandon Senior Song Birds Choir , and had many fond memories of the Music Programs they rehearsed and performed in Brandon. Jean loved order and beauty in all she did with their homes, the yards and gardens, floral arrangements, knitting , sewing, and her tiny porcelain shoe collection. Jean was a talented musician, beloved teacher, caring mother, grandmother, and fabulous cook. Her family was extremely important to her, and she was always very dedicated to attending her children's, and grandchildren's games, performances, birthdays and graduations. Remaining to cherish Jean's memory are: her children Dave (Wendy) McConnell, Chris (Glenda) McConnell, Marla (Barry) Perkins; grandchildren: Scott McConnell, Kerry (Ryan) Canada, Rinautta (Laird Gullett) McConnell, Christina Perkins, Thomas Perkins, and great- granddaughter Everly Canada. Also surviving are sisters Ethel Armstrong, Norah Mathison; brothers and sisters-in-law Joe Belczewski, Eula Woods, Red (Ruth) McConnell, Mick (Lloyd) Little, Maureen McConnell, Marie McConnell, Kent (Maureen) McConnell, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Verne McConnell; parents Albert and Eveline Kelly; sister Lillian Belczewski; brothers and sisters-in-law Barry Armstrong, Jim Mathison, Mavis (Ron) Bray, Nelson Woods, Jim McConnell, Morley McConnell; niece and nephews Lauree Duncan, Danny McConnell, and Wendel McConnell. The Ceremony to Celebrate Jean's Life took place at Memories Chapel on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 with Arlene Robertson officiating. Urn bearer was Scott McConnell. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Special thanks to Dr. Deong and the Palliative Care Unit at the Assiniboine Center for your excellent care and compassion, much appreciated by Jean and family. Donations in memory of Jean may be made to Myeloma Canada, 1800 Le Corbusier Blvd, Suite 138, Laval, QC H7S 2K1.
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HEAMAN: Betty Heaman from Virden, Manitoba, born as Elizabeth Irene Hartley on June 7th, 1938, was the second child to Jim and Annie Hartley (nee Jones). She was raised on their farm six miles east of Elkhorn with older sister Lillian and younger brother Jim. Betty experienced illness and death early as her father died of appendicitis when she was only four years old. Managing on the farm was challenging for the young family, relying on good hired hands to help get the work done. However, there was always enough food to eat and the children had a horse to ride 2 1/2 miles to Victor School where Betty finished Grade 8. She lived in Elkhorn on weekdays to attend high school grades 9 and 10. When Betty was 16, her mother married John Halifax. Betty and Jim moved to Vancouver to live with them. Annie and John adopted another sister, Carol, completing their family. Betty found her way in the big city school to finish Grade 11 in 1955, then worked as a Telephone Operator. While growing up on the farm in the days of country schools, community picnics, concerts, school dances, and barn dances, Betty met Walter Heaman. During Christmas season 1955, Walter journeyed by bus to Vancouver and on Christmas Eve 1955, they became engaged. They were married in Elkhorn June 1956. In July 2015, Betty was diagnosed with colon cancer. The operation in August was not able to take out all of the cancer. She was able to be home on the farm where Walter looked after her, and palliative care nurses visited daily in December. She died in the morning on Wednesday, December 30th with her loving husband at her side and her family surrounding her. Betty and Walter worked together closely during their 59 years of marriage, to meet the challenges of operating their own farm. Betty helped in many areas for the farm to be self-sufficient, from milking cows, raising hens and turkeys and collecting eggs, to working in the garden to grow vegetables for meals. She provided for the meals by preserving some of the produce by freezing, canning, or turning into jam or jellies. Betty helped on the tractor, too, either to pull the hay rake to help put up hay or the grain wagon at harvest time. Farmwife duties included bookkeeper and secretary. Some of these duties expanded into the community as well where she was secretary of the Wallace Community Club for 40 years, organist for the Wallace United Church, and an executive member of UCT and The Square & Round Dancers. Although it looked like Betty worked all of the time, she did do some things for fun. Betty did needle work and sewing; she danced and travelled; and played cards. She prepared entries to display her wares in both Virden and Elkhorn Fairs. While growing the farm, Betty and Walter grew a family based on love! Betty gave birth to five children within the first seven years of marriage. They were grandparents before the age of 45, and have been great-grandparents for five years! Betty helped her family to grow up with good work ethics. This is just the way Betty was; she didn’t seem to work at it. She taught what she knew by showing how to do things and by encouraging others. As hosts for family members and for exchange students, she shared her values with other young people whom she accepted with loving arms. Betty always included others in whatever she was doing and took the time to explain why things were done that way. Betty was always very patient and nurturing.Betty was so proud of her family. Over the years her family has grown from five children, first adding spouses of her children, then twelve grandchildren, then spouses of her grandchildren, then seven great-grandchildren. Betty leaves a legacy in her family. What they have learned from her will be carried on. Betty is survived by her beloved husband, Walter, and their family, daughter Anne (Gordon) Smith & family, son Bill (Elizabeth) & family, son Doug (Linda) & family, son Bob (Cheryl) & family, son Ken (Kathy) & family. Also by her sister Lillian Heaman & family, sister Carol (Lyle) Hossie & family, and sister-in-law Emma Allison. Betty was predeceased by her father Jim Hartley, her mother and stepfather Annie & John Halifax, brother & sister-in-law Jim & Aade Hartley, and brothers-in-law Alvin Heaman, John Heaman, Cliff Heaman, and sister-in-law Lorna Rowan.
It is always the quiet ones who are the centre of the family, the glue that holds us together. They live their lives by example to show us wisdom and always, always, LOVE.
APLIN: Lindsay James. It’s with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Lindsay at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg on Thursday, January 21st, 2016. Lindsay was born March 11, 1965 in Flin Flon, MB, the second child and only son of Al and Ruth Aplin. The family moved to Brandon when Lindsay was only a toddler. He attended Valleyview Centennial School and Vincent Massey High School. Lindsay worked many different jobs over the years that were in the construction industry as he was a jack-of-all-trades and his many skills included carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and concrete work. Lindsay was able to use these skills to build two beautiful homes for his family – one on Creighton Boulevard and the other on Wolfdale Road near Carberry. He was very proud of his son Tanner this past summer when Tanner showed interest in learning some carpentry skills from him. Over the years, he was employed at Bay Builders, Sunrise Construction, Wolfdale Enterprises, Boersma Plumbing in Neepawa, and lastly in Trades with Government Services. He was an avid outdoorsman, and loved fishing and hunting, especially at Gunn Creek Ranch. One of his favorite memories was going fishing with his daughter, Sara. Another passion he shared with Tanner and Sara was his ’73 Barracuda. Lindsay will be sadly missed by his kids, Tanner and Sara Aplin; his sister, Val Smith and husband Brad, children Jessica and Michael; sister, Cheryl Kukurudz and husband Grant, children Mackenzie and Stella. He will also be missed by his aunt and uncle, Peggy and Glenn Chapman; step-mom Gerrie Aplin and numerous family and friends across the country. A Celebration of Lindsay’s Life will be held at St. George’s Anglican Church, 5th Street & Southern Avenue, on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Fr. Chad McCharles officiating. All in attendance are to be considered Honorary Pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Liver Foundation, 375 York Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3J3 or to the Manitoba Wildlife Federation, 70 Stevenson Road, Winnipeg, MB, R3H 0W7.
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HASLETT: Leona Haslett, age 65 years, passed away suddenly at her residence on Thursday, January 7, 2016. Leona leaves to mourn her son Andrew (Anne, grandson Archer) and her three sisters, Darlene (Ross) Williamson, Donna (Rick) Renard, and Pat (Glenn) Allen, as well as nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband Walter, son Ashley, daughter Melanie and parents Lorus and Marj Thordarson. Complete obituary information and service details will follow at a later date. Donations in memory of Leona may be made to the Sinclair Cemetery, Box 71, Sinclair, Manitoba, R0M 2A0.
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CRANG: Norma Joan Crang, beloved wife of Robert “Bob” and dear mother of Robert, Alan (deceased), Jeffrey (Crystal), and Susan, passed away peacefully, with her husband by her side, at the Assiniboine Centre on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the age of 73 years. A private graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery with Fr. Chad McCharles officiating. Donations in memory of Norma may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, A1-800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 6N5, or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8. Complete obituary information to follow.
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ALLEN: On Friday, January 15, 2016, John Leo Allen, of Brandon, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Born in Shattuck, Oklahoma on December 5, 1949, John lived in Fargo, Oklahoma until age 5 years, when his family moved to Altamont, Kansas. They operated a successful dairy farm, which he helped with everything. Graduating with honours, from Labette high school, and as class valedictorian, John then attended Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas. Moving to Canada in 1970, John lived in numerous places including Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Regina, Selkirk, and Brandon. He was very successful in long-term sales, working for McKenzie Seeds as well as Foss North America. When not singing in the choir, or playing trumpet in a band, John was an avid golfer, took great pride in his gardening skills, and enjoyed travel. He watched all sports, and his favourite team was the Kansas City Royals. Remaining to cherish John's memory are his son Christopher Allen; daughter Annie Allen (Tim North); granddaughters Lily and Lexi Allen-North (his pride and joy); father John Allen Sr; sister Janice Billups; nieces Nicole (Banner) Stovall, Jennifer Krusemark, Megan Billups; numerous great nieces and nephews and life-long friend Kirk Wyckoff. He was predeceased by his mother Violet Allen. A private graveside service will take place at a later date. Donations in memory of John may be made to a charity of choice.
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CRAWFORD: Jessie Isabelle Crawford, in her 98th year, passed away at her residence, Fairview Personal Care Home, on Saturday, January 16, 2016 with family by her side. She will be laid to rest with her late husband Robert James during a private family service to take place at a later date.
BASIUK: Thelma, 86 years, beloved wife of Frank Basiuk, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, January 15, 2016. Funeral service will be held at the Hartney Centennial Centre, Hartney, MB on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Private Interment in the Hartney Cemetery. In memory of Thelma, donations may be made to the Manitoba Kidney Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at .
ALLEN: The death of John Leo Allen, age 66 years, beloved father of Chris and Annie, occurred on Friday, January 15, 2016 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. A private graveside service will take place at a later date. Donations in memory of John may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
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