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BAKER: Larry James Baker, beloved father of Nancy (Kevin) Kowalchuk and Bill Baker, passed away suddenly at his residence on Friday, August 14, 2015 at the age of 67 years. A Celebration of Larry’s Life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, August 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne, officiating. Donations in memory of Larry may be made to the Khartum Shriners Transportation Fund, 1155 Wilkes Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 1B9. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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TURNER: The death of Jo-Ann Turner, beloved wife of Bob, dear mother of Trent, Brock and Karly, occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, August 14, 2015. The Funeral Ceremony will be held at Central United Church, 327 8th Street, on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Joe Ball, Hospital Chaplain, officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Jo-Ann may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9. Complete obituary information will follow.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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THOMAS: Norma Mae Thomas passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at the age of 87 years. Mom was born April 6, 1928 at the family farm near Waskada, MB to George Alexander Murray and Armilda (Mamie) May Murray (nee Howden). She often joked that the Easter Bunny had brought her - as her birthday fell on Good Friday that year. Mom grew up with and is survived by her sister Florence Cowan of Reston, MB, sister Audrey Maddess of Fairview Home, Brandon, previously from Medora, MB, brother Bill (Margaret) Murray of Calgary, AB, and sister Mildred (Terry) Hillis of Brandon, MB. Mom was predeceased by her parents George Murray (1989) and Mamie (1995), her husband Gerald in 1986, brother Glenn in 2008, brother-in-law Alex Cowan in 1987, nephew Wayne Hillis in 2005, brother-in-law Bill Thomas in 1995, father-in-law Gilbert Thomas in 1964 and mother-in-law Sadie Thomas in 1991. She is survived by her son Murray of Saskatoon and his wife Kathy Disiewich, their children Kaylon Disiewich, Alyssia Disiewich (Austin McGunigal) and their children Kashton and Kendrick; son David of Winnipeg and his wife Denise (Dee) and the boys Joey, Adam and Jordon. Also surviving are sister Florence Cowan’s children, Murray of Reston, MB and Marlene of Airdrie, AB, her sister Audrey Maddess’ children, Larry of Deloraine, MB, Keith of Shoal Lake, MB and Verna of Winnipeg, MB, her brother Bill and Margaret Murray and their children Garnet of Medicine Hat, AB and Debbie of Calgary, AB, her sister Mildred and Terry Hillis and their son Trevor. Mom and Dad were married July 5, 1958 at the old Central United Church in Brandon, MB. They resided briefly in and around Brandon until Dad convinced her to accompany him on an adventure in the bushes and lakes of Northern Manitoba. So began their life in Island Falls, SK, the hydro dam power plant facility known as Churchill River Power, supplying power to the smelter at Flin Flon, MB. Murray was born December 21, 1960 in Flin Flon and David was born January 30, 1963, also in Flin Flon. In 1967, Mom and Dad moved to Brandon, MB, with Dad taking a job at Simplot Fertilizer, so they could both be closer to their parents. They lived briefly in Brandon before moving north of Brandon to an acreage two miles west of Forrest, MB. They lived there until Dad passed away in June 1986, with Mom moving to Brandon and living independently on Ottawa Avenue until she moved to Fairview Home in 2008. There is a saying that everything in life happens for a reason. One of these happenings was fate delivering Mom and Marilyn McDonnell as neighbours when Mom moved to Ottawa Avenue. This led to a life-long friendship with Mom considering her a daughter and Marilyn calling her Mom. Also remaining a dear and special friend is Beatrice Storm of Brandon, MB. She enjoyed knitting and as a result, there are many legacy afghans, sweaters and mitts, some quietly donated to those less fortunate to keep tiny hands and heads warm during cold Brandon winters. Cherished memories shared with us by her grandsons as we reflect on Mom’s life include her “smartie” cookies, chocolate “haystack” macaroons and making pancakes with her great-grandson Kashton. Also, sharing her shortbread cookie recipe with Kathy at Christmas in Saskatoon. While still too young to verbalize, Kendrick always had a huge smile and hug for “Great-Grandma.” She truly loved her grand-puppies Frodo and Anamoosh and Winston and Cocoa. As her health would allow, she enjoyed her trips to Winnipeg and Saskatoon for Christmas Eves with family, and summer afternoons on the deck in Saskatoon with a cold glass of iced tea and a dog under each arm. She cherished her grandchildren, Joe, Adam and Jordon Thomas; Kaylon Disiewich, Alyssia Disiewich (Austin McGunigal). Mom also had a special place in her heart for great-grandsons Kashton and Kendrick. We would like to thank the staff at Fairview Home in Brandon for the care and attention they gave Mom in the years she was there. The small things we couldn’t do - like make her toast before she went to bed every night. We also need at this time to thank the angels on A3 Palliative Care at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon. Their compassion in Mom’s care and comfort during her last days made a difficult time in our lives and little easier. A graveside service was held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne officiating. Donations in memory of Mom may be made to a local Humane Society.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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STAMFORD: Helen Eileen of Miniota, MB. Born September 13, 1935, died Sunday, August 9, 2015 after a brief illness with cancer. She was the youngest of five born to Tom and Helen Steven. Eileen was raised on the family farm near Kenton and attended school until grade 11 there. She worked in the Royal Bank in Miniota after school, where she met Fred Stamford and married on June 18, 1960. They had three daughters, Dorinda, Brenda, Sharon, and one son, Barry. Eileen was a busy ‘farmhand’ and housewife. If she wasn’t dragging kids to the field to deliver lunch, milking cows, feeding chickens, or hauling grain, she was busy picking berries, canning fruit or making fresh buns. She kept the farm and the household going. Eileen was also active in maintaining the Wynona Community School with Fred and loved to be a part in the Wynona Ladies Club with monthly meetings and ‘Mystery Friends’. Fred and Eileen sold the family farm in 2002 and moved into Miniota. Eileen became a regular at the Drop-In Center where she would participate in the Shuffle Tournaments. She always had time for coffee with friends. She was predeceased by her husband Fred earlier this year; her parents Helen and Tom Steven; her mother and father in-law Mabel and Jim Stamford; sisters Edythe, Roberta; brother Lorne; brothers in-law Clare, Milburn, Fred, Ken, Bob, Ed, Ross; sisters-in-law Anne, Irene, Jessie, and one niece, Elaine. She is survived by daughters Dorinda Stamford, Brenda (Ron) Ryan, Sharon (Scott) Medd, and son Barry (Barb) Stamford; grandchildren Blaine, Amanda, Trevor, Lasha, Kristy, Chris, Kelly, Shane, Carmen, Matt, Scott, Alyssa, Shanisse, Carson, Shelby, Nic, Colby, Riley; great grandchildren Karyssa, Maliah, Lacey, Remmie, Riley, Hailey, Hudson and Kash; brother Earl (Anne) Steven; sisters in-law Lily Bowles, Mabel Boyce, Enid Lawrence; brother in-law Ted (Pat) Stamford and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to join the family at a reception at the Miniota Community Center, Miniota, MB on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 11:30am. A private family graveside service will take place at the Miniota Cemetery. Donations can be made in Eileen’s memory to the Virden Palliative Care Unit, c/o Virden Health Centre, Virden, MB, R0M 2C0; CancerCare Manitoba, PO Box 2248 Stn Main, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 9Z9; or to the Miniota Drop-In Centre, Miniota, MB, R0M 1M0. Messages of condolence and/or photos can be shared at www.campbellfuneralhome.ca. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are in care of the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
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PHILLIPS: Francis “Shorty” Phillips, June 8, 1926 - August 6, 2015. It is with sad hearts and fond memories that we announce the passing of Francis Phillips on Thursday, August 6, 2015, at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Shorty was born in Portage la Prairie, MB, in 1926 to Sarah and Frank Phillips.  After his father died young, Sarah moved her two sons, Roy and Francis, to the Cardale district.  Shorty went to school at Marney and completed high school at Cardale.  After high school he worked for John A. McTavish before he began farming on his own in 1951 at the age of 25.  He married his sweetheart, Elizabeth Smith, that year and they began a family the following year.  Shorty and Liz farmed until 1981 when they sold the farm and retired to Rivers. Shorty is survived by Elizabeth, daughters Bev (Richard) Dyer and Marie (Glen) Tait and sons Don (Stephanie), Doug (Shelly) and Fred (Barb), along with fifteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. Throughout his life, Shorty was fully engaged in his community, wherever it was.  He was coach or manager in Cardale baseball, hockey, curling, and Scouts; he served on the Manitoba Pool Elevator Board and the Cardale Rink Board and later volunteered with Rivers Legion Bingo. He loved fishing and bird hunting, especially ducks, and one of his greatest memories was an all-day, limit-out mid-October duck hunt with his three sons.  Of course, he loved and cherished his daughters too because, above all, Dad was dedicated to his family. He led and taught by example in all things at all times. As a husband, he showed respect, appreciation, and love for his life partner and best friend, Liz. As a father, he taught us to take pleasure in a job well done and in enjoying the company of others. He took pride in the achievements of his grandchildren and continued to be fully interested in the lives of his family as it grew to include great-grandchildren.  Shorty’s death is sad for so many and he is sorely missed; however, he had a long and a good life, with a relatively gentle passing at the end.  Like so much else in his life, he did that right, too. Cremation has taken place. A private interment will be in the Marney Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Rivers Legion Hall, 633 2nd Ave, Rivers, MB on Thursday, August 20, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Glenna Beauchamp officiating. Donations in memory of Francis Phillips may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Messages of condolence and/or photos can be shared at campbellfuneralhome.ca.
Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
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McDOUGALD: It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Mabel Barbara McDougald (nee MacDonald Johnson) of Brandon, Manitoba, flew away to her home in heaven on August 8, 2015 surrounded by loving family. Three of her granddaughters were singing 'Jesus Loves Me' (taught to them by their Grandma when they were little girls) when she drew her last breath.  Mabel was born in Mozart, Saskatchewan on July 24, 1921 to Charles and Mary Johnson. Her siblings included Willie, Flora, Katie, and Irene. She grew up on a farm in Mozart and met her future husband, Burton Ernest McDougald, when he came to their farm to work. Mabel attended the Regina Grey Nuns Hospital nurses training program from 1940-43 and continued to practice nursing as well as raise her family of seven children, until she retired at the age of 65. Burt and Mabel were married on October 12, 1946 and resided at Kisbey, Saskatchewan, Fairlight, Saskatchewan and Brandon, Manitoba. They moved to a farm south of Brandon in 1967 and she continued to live on the farm as long as her health would allow. It was her favorite place to be up until her death. Mabel was an active member of the Brandon Church of Christ from 1959 up until her death. Her strong faith, Christian values, and servant attitude were readily recognized by all who knew her. The family would like to thank Gloria Ferland and other members of her church family for all their love and support. Mabel was predeceased by her husband Burton in 1975; and her parents Charles and Mary Johnson, her siblings Willie, Flora, Katie, and Irene, and her daughter-in-law Doris McDougald. She is survived by 7 children and 15 grandchildren: Muriel (Terry) Harkness [Craig and Tara]; Ron (Kathy) McDougald [Laura, Julie & Erin]; Eldon (Lianne)  McDougald [Andrea and Mark]; Bruce McDougald [Jordan]; Elaine (Bruce) Hawkins [Stacy, Chris & Alison]; Heather (Ken) Heywood [Brittany and Nathan]; Neal (Laurie) McDougald [Scott and Bryan], as well as many precious great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brother-in-law Leslie Hess and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life was held at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, Brandon, Manitoba; a reception followed at the Prairie Oasis Senior Centre. Mabel was laid to rest next to her husband at the Minnewawa Cemetery.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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BULLION: Walter “Ed” Bullion passed away peacefully on July 9, 2015 after a brave fight with cancer. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the East End Community Centre, Brandon, MB from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
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GREINER: William Alfred (Bill) Greiner 1934 – 2015. Bill passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at his residence at the age of 80 years. He was predeceased by his wife Jean and is lovingly remembered by his children and grandchildren Shannon (Murray) Young and Liam; Donna Greiner (Nick Harries) and Elizabeth, Benjamin, and Spencer; Colleen Greiner and son Lewis Clancy; Allan Greiner (Cherie Bailey) and Cody and Dylan; and his sister Barb (Harold) Roulston. He will also be remembered by numerous extended family and many friends, business partners and acquaintances he made over the years. Bill was predeceased by his brother Gordon. A private family service is planned. Family and friends are invited to join us in a celebration of Bill and Jean’s lives on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Victoria Inn, 3550 Victoria Avenue. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Bill may be made to a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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BUCK: Surrounded by her family, Hilda Buck, age 62 years, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, August 8, 2015. The Ceremony to Celebrate Hilda's Life will take place at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North, on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Walter Gibbons officiating. Donations in memory of Hilda may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 17th Street East, Brandon, MB R7A 7M6.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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BOYKO: It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of John Boyko at the Brandon Hospital. After a very brief hospital stay (1 1/2 days), John passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. His entire life was blessed with good health. John is survived by his wife Bernice and daughter Karen. John was born on December 31, 1924, and raised in Brandon. He was the only child of Peter and Barbara Boyko. On November 26, 1966, John married Bernice Janush. John was a north-end boy and through his life he lived in three different houses on 6th Street North. He attended David Livingstone, B.C.I. and graduated Grade 12 from Earl Haig School. This was followed by a brief Army posting in B. C. Upon his Brandon return, he commenced his lifelong career spanning 42 years with the Canadian Pacific Railroad. He retired deliberately on April Fools Day, so he could remember the date. In retirement, John became a country boy. He bought an acreage south of Brandon, had a house moved onto it, and began the next phase of his life - country living. He enjoyed gardening, his pets, and being outdoors with nature. John was an avid newspaper reader and CBC radio talk show listener. He taught himself television, radio, vehicle, plumbing, and electrical repair. He was always willing to help with projects around the house, no matter how long it took, it was completed. John’s funeral was held on Monday, August 18th, 2014 at Memories Chapel. John was laid to rest at the Brandon Cemetery.
Always Remembered
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THOMPSON: Bernice Mae Thompson, September 17, 1926 -August 11, 2015. With family by her side, Bernice Mae Thompson (nee Nestibo), of Deloraine, widow of Gordon Thompson, passed away at the Reston Health Centre on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at the age of 88. A celebration of Bernice's life will be held on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm from the Harvest Community Church, 403 Mountain St. South, Deloraine, MB. Interment will take place at the Goodlands Cemetery. Donations in Bernice's memory may be given to the Meghan White Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Brown Accounting, Box 610 Melita, MB. R0M 1L0 or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home, Melita (204-522-3361). Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron - Funeral Directors.
To send condolences to the family, please visit: www.redpathfuneralhome.com
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McEACHERN: Anna Elaine McEachern (nee McLaren) May 24th 1935 – August 10th 2015. Peacefully with family by her side, mom passed away at Killarney hospital at the age of 80. Mom is survived by her kids; Sherri, Darren (Tanya and Nathan Aldred), Jeff, Carol and Yves (Caitlin), Jana and Chris (Raydan, Morgan, Samara), Mom’s partner Wayne Argue and his sons Terry and Kim (Riley, Jack and Ian), Dale and Fran (Brad and Jayson), Jamie and Diane (Josh, Jared and Joey), and great grandchildren; Sisters Doreen and Muriel (Zyg), Brother’s and Sister’s in law Eileen and Ray Baldock, Bryan McEachern, Bruce Daley and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Mom is pre-deceased by her parents Henry and Eva McLaren, her husband Wesley McEachern, her in-law’s Percy and Edith McEachern, Kay McEachern, Gordon Laird and Bette Daley. Mom had many interests, she loved to golf, curl and she really loved music. She spent hours on the piano playing for her grandkids and could be found rocking on the keyboard in the band Country Rain. She was also involved in Rebecca’s, Lioness and The Elks. Mom loved to bake for her grandkids and always loved to socialize with family and friends. A private family service will be held. The family wishes to thank Dr. Pio and the staff of the Killarney hospital and Dr. Turnley Wong ACF Medicine St. Boniface Hospital. We could not have asked for better care for mom. We would also like to thank the Killarney/Morris funeral homes for all of their help and great service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Palliative c/o Killarney Hospital and/or St. Boniface research c/o ACF Medicine. Arrangements entrusted to: Morris Funeral Home, 204-746-2451.
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DELEAU: Albert “AB”, 93 years, beloved husband of Claris Deleau, father of Al, Linda, Bob and Val, passed away in the Souris Personal Care Home on Thursday, August 6, 2015. The family invite all to a celebration of Ab’s life at the Deleau Park on Sunday August 16, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. for a time of sharing memories. Bring a lawn chair and ball gloves are optional. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Ab, donations may be made to the Souris Personal Care Home or to the Town of Souris Beautification Fund. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
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WILCOX: Ernest “Ernie” Wilcox of Brandon, beloved husband of Cathy, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, August 10, 2015 at the age of 95 years. A Celebration of Ernie’s Life will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Joe Ball officiating. To honour Ernie’s memory, feel free to wear your favourite golf shirt. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Acute Care,” 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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