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Alice Lorraine EvansMay 18, 1934 – June 17, 2015
EVANS:Surrounded by her family, Alice Evans (née Mazinke), beloved wife of Len Evans and dear mother of Brenda (Ron Bell), Janet (Chris Newton) and Randall (Cathy Rogers Evans), passed away at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon on June 17, 2015 at the age of 81 years. She is also survived by four grandsons - Jamie (Amy), Devon (Ashley), Andrew and Jeffrey and five great grandchildren - Spencer, Corbin, Reegan, Keira, and Griffin. Alice was born on a farm in the tiny hamlet of Sewell near Morris, Manitoba on May 18, 1934. Her early years on the farm were one of the happiest times of her life. When economic hardship struck and farming was no longer viable, her family moved to Transcona in 1944. There she met Len at the young age of 15 and was married three years later in 1953. They were blessed with a long and happy marriage and would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on June 27th. Alice always thought she would have a quiet life raising her children in the family home. However, following Len’s pursuits, Alice and the family ended up living in various parts of the country: Aylmer (Quebec), Ottawa, Winnipeg, Brandon and Vancouver. Despite the many moves, Alice always made long, lasting friendships with kindred spirits wherever she lived. Alice and Len also enjoyed travelling and took many winter holidays over the years. To celebrate Alice’s 80th birthday, a special family holiday to England was taken last summer to visit son, Randy. Alice had a lifelong interest in British royalty and had the privilege of meeting the Queen and others in the royal family on several occasions with her husband, Len, a member of the Manitoba Legislature for 30 years. A visit to Windsor Castle last summer was a highlight for her. A founding member of the Brandon East N.D.P. Women’s Association, she was an active participant for more than forty years. She considered the dear friends she made there her second family. Alice was also a member of the Unitarian Church of Winnipeg for many years and valued the numerous friendships she made there. She had a spiritual connection with nature and the prairies held a special place in her heart. She loved quiet, wild places. Birds Hill Park, her cottage at Sunset Beach and cabin on the Birdtail River were her refuges. Alice loved wildlife, especially birds. She spent hours watching various birds visiting her many birdfeeders. She was passionate about the environment and supported causes protecting parks and wilderness areas. Alice was a loving mother and raising her children was the most important thing in her life. She was proud that she was a stay-at-home mom and credited that with how well her three children turned out. She loved spending time with her grandsons as they grew up and more recently her great grandchildren brought her much joy. Alice’s nurturing instincts touched everyone she encountered. Gentle, kind, compassionate and generous, she never forgot a birthday and could always be counted on to give a hug. Alice: wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, friend, you will be missed.The family would like to thank Dr’s. Smith and Kaiser and the staff of the Brandon Regional Health Centre for the wonderful care Alice received during her illness. In keeping with Alice’s wishes, cremation took place and a private family gathering will be held. A memorial bench will be placed at the Riverbank Discovery Centre in Brandon and a reception will be held for friends and family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society, “C.P.A.W.S.” Manitoba Chapter, 3-303 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2B4.
Time for us to part now, I won't say goodbye;Look for me in rainbows, shining in the sky.Every waking moment, and all your whole life throughJust look for me and love me, as you know I loved you.
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STEPHENS: William (Bill) George Stephens, formerly from Wawanesa, passed away on June 10, 2015 in Winnipeg in his 74th year. He was predeceased by his parents, Howard and Celia Stephens, and his wife, Carol. Left to mourn his passing are his son Tim (Cara), and granddaughters Sara and Hannah, his sister Beverly (Norman) Kalinski, special friend, Airdrie Young, cousins Ed Rice, Pat (Pete) Mitchell, and Noreen Rice. Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Cancer Research Charity of your choice. A private service will take place at a later date.
SVISTOVSKI: Adela Svistovski, beloved mother of Frances St-Pierre, Romona Courtice, Randy Svistovski, Kathy Boles and the late Irene Perey, passed away peacefully at the Souris Personal Care Home on Monday, June 22, 2015 at the age of 87 years. A graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. with Fr. Patrick Neufeld of St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church as Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Adela may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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THOMAS: Joseph Arnold, beloved husband of the late Edna Viola Thomas, father of Terry, Sharon, Brent and Murray, passed away at the Hartney Community Health Centre on Monday, June 1, 2015 in his 100th year. Joe was born on October 24, 1915 in the RM of Cameron. Joe is lovingly remembered by his children Terry (Carol), Sharon, Brent (Karen), Murray (Vickie), 13 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, brother-in-law Adrian Whiteman and sister-in-law Laura Paulsen, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held at the Lauder United Church, Lauder, Manitoba on Friday, June 5, 2015 with Rev. Doug Craig officiating, pianist Ewen Mosby, soloist Leona Joseph, usher Don Clarke, Pallbearers, Frank Stanley, Bruce Evans, Dannie Clarke, Reg Atkinson, Allan Roper and Alvin Radcliffe. Private interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Hartney, Manitoba. Joe, our father, grandfather and great grandfather was a hard working simple man, who just wanted a few words mentioned and simply laid to rest, a rest so well deserved after nearly 100 years of toil. Respectfully written in memory of Joseph Arnold Thomas.
WOTTON: Ralph Wotton, age 87 years, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 22, 2015 at the Assiniboine Centre, surrounded by his family. Ralph was born on January 4, 1928 on his family farm in Glenboro, Manitoba. His childhood years were spent on the farm with his parents, Ernest and Florence Wotton; his two sisters Mabel and Nellie, and his brother George. He often told stories of the hardships living on the farm during the Great Depression and “Dirty 30’s”, but also recalled the memories of listening to the family radio or the conversations on the “party-line” phone. The family relocated to Brandon in 1935, first living on 20th Street, where he attended Fleming School for two years, before moving to 454 5th Street. He finished his schooling at Central School, Earl Haig and Brandon Collegiate Institute. It was also on 5th Street that he became friends with the Scott family children, including Irene, who went from childhood friend to lifelong soul mate and loving wife of 66 years. Ralph and Irene were married on November 19, 1949. Ralph’s early employment included working for the Bank of Montreal and Scott National, before finding his career with Melco Electric in 1949, which later became Federal Pioneer. He remained there until his retirement in August 1987. Work was never his main focus in life, it was his family. Winters were spent playing on the homemade rink in the backyard, or coaching and planning activities at Central Community Center. Summers meant family adventures camping and tenting, or renting a cottage at Sandy Lake, and later, travelling across the prairies in the trailer he designed and built. Later, when it was just Irene and him, they travelled in the 1974 van that he converted into a fully-equipped motor home. They enjoyed many long vacations to the mountains and west coast, the maritime provinces, or south to the badlands. Ralph enjoyed his retirement years working in his garden during the summer months, where he grew the best carrots and tomatoes, and in the colder months working in his woodshop. He loved working with wood, creating treasures with his lathe and fret saw. We all looked forward to Christmas when we would receive a gift designed and created with love by him. He enjoyed painting, listening to music, and playing various instruments he taught himself to play. He also enjoyed quiet times sitting in the veranda or in the backyard flower garden. Family pets were always a great part of his life, with many dogs to take on walks in the city or out to the country to run. He will be lovingly missed by his wife, Irene; his five children DuWayne (Nona), Karen, Brian, Brenda (Mark) and Val (Dan); eight grandchildren Lynne, Audrey, Jenn, Cory, Tami (Taso), Tara (Zach), Nicole and Janelle, and ten great-grandchildren Julian, Isabella, Thomas, Scott, Sean, Marlee, Myles, Louis, Lennon and Andreus. He will also be remembered by Irene’s brothers Jim (Liz) and Mo (Liz) and their families, by other members of Irene’s family, and by his family members in England. He was pre-deceased by his parents, brother, sisters, as well as brothers-in-law and sisters- in-law. Ralph’s life will be celebrated in a private family service at the Brandon Cemetery, as per his wishes. Flowers are gratefully declined. A donation in memory of Ralph may be made to a charity of choice.
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YEOMANS: Margaret Anne. Peacefully at the age of 80, on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, surrounded by the love of her family, Mum was called home by her Lord. Reunited with her loving husband Fred, family members and friends gone before her. Cherished and devoted mother to Mary Lee (Dave), Mark (Bonnie), and Janet. Lovingly remembered by eight grandchildren, Marley (Ian), Matthew, Stacy (Steve), Kaitlyn (Geoff), Bo, Erin (Shaun), Catherine (James), Nicholas. Dear sister of Helen (Ron Enns), Bill (Darlene Izzard) and devoted sister-in-law, Margaret Izzard. Mum also leaves a large group of nieces and nephews, who will miss her greatly. Mum was born in Terrance, MB to William and Viola Izzard on February 7, 1935, followed by Velma, Frances (Frank), William (Bill) and Helen. To this day they remain a close knit family. She lived and was educated primarily in Manitoba. Following a year’s teaching assignment, Mum married Fred Yeomans, July 10, 1954. Soon we "three" came along and Mum had her hands full raising children plus helping Dad run the farm. Retirement came 17 years ago with a move to Alexander. Mum was an active member of her community. Her strong faith led her to over 40 years of service as a member of the Alexander Church Board. Along with the board, she was an active member with the UCW, Eastern Star, and the Limoselles. Following Dad's death in 2000, to fill her time, Mum traveled and decided to attend Brandon University. As well, in 2003, she successfully campaigned and was elected as the first female representative to the Alexander Village Committee, which she only stepped down from eight months ago. Mum was most proud of her work with the Beautification Committee, establishing seating areas, flowers and greenery for all to enjoy in Alexander. Mary Lee, Mark and Janet have been truly inspired by her accomplishments as she dedicated her life to her family and her community. Mum left a legacy of unconditional love, indissoluble family bonds, incredible strength of character, friendship, razor-sharp intelligence, generosity and kindness, for which she will always be remembered and honoured. Special thanks to Dr. Sandra White, Dr. Joanne Maier, Dr. Moller (Cancer Care), the staff of BRHC and the Assiniboine Palliative Care ward for their loving care of Mum. A Celebration of Mum’s Life was held at Trinity United Church in Brandon on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Wayne Sanderson officiating. Donations in memory of Mum, may be made to Alexander United Church, General Delivery, Alexander, MB, ROK OAO, or the Alexander Beautification Committee, c/o the Municipality of Whitehead, Box 107, Alexander, MB, ROK OAO.
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WAITE: Patrick Allan Waite. It is with profound sadness and devastation that we mourn the passing of our father Patrick Waite. He died in Virden Hospital on 5 June 2015. His cancer returned to his remaining lung that was pressing on his windpipe making it difficult to breathe. Patrick Allan Waite was born on March 17, 1942 (73), Temagami, ON. He worked as a heavy duty diesel mechanic at INCO in Thompson for 30 years. He retired in 1992, then moved to the town of Oak Lake, MB. He enjoyed carpentry, electrical, plumbing, mechanics, and was most well known for his talent in machining. Many asked his assistance in making something for them, or fine tuning a piece. He also played the guitar, and wrote songs. Patrick is survived by his son Allan and his children, Dallas, April, Brandin, and Patrick’s great-grandson Kaiden. Also survived by his daughter Shelley and son-in-law Keith Ruenholl. He had two sisters and a brother: Doreen (Jones), Edna (Leblanc), Terrance (Mike); all living in Ontario. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Glennys (Mault), grandson Allan Waite Jr. (AJ), his mother Leona (Perry). A memorial service will be held 14 August 2015 at Oak Lake Berean Church in Oak Lake, MB at 7:00 pm with Pastor Matthew Enns officiating. Coffee, and dessert to follow. Patrick’s wishes were for cremation, and so have been fulfilled.
RABE: Marion Rabe. There will be a graveside memorial Saturday, June 27th, at 3:00 p.m. at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Please join our family Bob Rabe and Linda Overmann (Bruce), grandchildren Bob (Sarah), Lisa (Josh), Jackson, and great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Ethan, Addison, Aliana and Oliver.
WOTTON: The death of Ralph Wotton, beloved husband of Irene, age 87 years, occurred on Monday, June 22, 2015 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Cremation has taken place. A private family interment will be held at the Brandon Cemetery at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Ralph may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
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WIERER: Joyce Wierer of Birtle, MB passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at the Birtle Health Centre at the age of 87 years. Joyce is survived by her son Tim (Lindsay) Wierer of Isabella, 2 grandchildren Shawn Wierer, Samantha Wierer, sister Elsie Evenson of Gladstone, and sister-in-law Ann Laird of Brandon. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. from the Birtle United Church, Birtle with Linda Clark officiating. Interment will follow in the Isabella Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Birtle Foodbank or the Canadian Red Cross Society.
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Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell is in care of arrangements. (204) 773-2747.
EWASIUK: Peter Ewasiuk C.D., age 87 years, passed away with family at his side, on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Peter was born and raised in Sandy Lake, Manitoba. As a young man, Peter joined PPCLI, and became a paratrooper. His travels took him to the Belgian Congo, and Korea. Upon returning home, Peter met his wife of 55 years, Marion. Together they raised three children. Peter was employed at the Brandon Mental Health Centre until his retirement. Peter could be found hanging out at The Clay Pot, or Shilo, or other local hang outs about Brandon. As you know, Peter always had something to say. He enjoyed his time with his family and friends. Peter was also President of KVA. Peter was predeceased by his parents, one sister and one brother. Left to cherish Peter's memory are his wife Marion; children Terry, Heather (Kevin), Michael (Christine); grandchildren Anson, Erica, Trevor, Lance, Derek, and Jessica as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. The Funeral Service will take place at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North, on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Michael Tkachuk officiating and Tony Yuriy as Cantor. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Peter may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.
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McLARTY: Sarah Elizabeth McLarty. October 26, 1918 – June 20, 2015. Sarah McLarty passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at the age of 96 years. She was predeceased by her husband John (Jack), sister Violet Baker and brothers John and Elmer Black. Mom is survived by children Donald (Sandra), Murray (Debra) and Sharon (Garry) Dirr; grandchildren Ryan (Jolene), Corey (Jennifer), Shaun (Danielle), Colin (Lisa), Tasha (Tobin) and Jordan (Karly); great-grandchildren Theron, Kalan, Ryker, Cadence, Asher, Kaylee and Conner. Sarah is also survived by her brother Ernest (Verna) Black, sister Etta Tutthill, sister-in-law Hazel McLarty and many nieces and nephews. Mom was a very creative person doing crafts, sewing and quilting for many years. She enjoyed living at the Lions Manor for the past 15 years and took part in many activities there including the kitchen band, choir, quilting and playing cards. The Funeral Service will take place at Knox United Church, 451 18th Street, on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Craig Miller officiating. Due to construction, parking is available south of the church in the MTS parking lot. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Sarah may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3-824 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
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WHITE: Lance Hollis White Jr. “Petey” (Mato Najin – Standing Bear) of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at the age of 24 years. Traditional wake will be held at the Sioux Valley Veterans’ Hall on Thursday, June 25, 2015 commencing at 5:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Pratt Cemetery.
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THOMPSON: Earl C. Thompson, beloved husband of Phyllis Thompson of Miniota, Manitoba passed away at Virden Health Centre, Virden, Manitoba Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the age of 86 years. Earl's Family invites friends to join with them at Miniota Community Hall for a time of fellowship and refreshments, Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be in Miniota Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in memory of Earl may be made to Westman Dreams For Kids, 2 - 37 11th St. Brandon, MB, R7A 4J2.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
SMITH: Matt Smith of Foxwarren, Manitoba passed away at the Russell District Health Centre on Friday, June 19, 2015 at the age of 78 years. The funeral service will be held Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. from the Foxwarren Community Chapel. Interment will follow in the Foxwarren Cemetery. If friends so desire donations may be made to Russell Palliative Care, Russell Manitoba or to the B.C. Cancer Foundation.
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Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell, Manitoba (204) 773-2747 in care of arrangements.
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