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LELOND: Maud Ingil Lelond (nee McConnell) passed away September 18, 2015 at Morley House Personal Care Home. Maud was born November 22, 1915, in the farmhouse her father Duncan McConnell and mother Margaret (McKenzie) had homesteaded a few years earlier. She was the middle child having four siblings. After completing high school she worked out, as it was the beginning of the Great Depression. She eventually made it to Saskatoon where she completed a hairdressing course. In the fall of 1936, her future husband Douglas and a cousin of Maud’s were travelling across the prairies doing harvest work. They stopped at the McConnell farm and the rest is history. Maud travelled to Arrow River and found work. Douglas and Maud were married on October 8, 1939. They lived on the home farm at Arrow River with Douglas’s parents Jed and Louise Lelond sharing the house. In 1943 they got the entire house as parents moved to Miniota and family was growing. Maud had a brilliant mind, writing her Grade 9 when she was twelve, staying home for two years to look after her baby sister as their mother was ill. She completed her Grade 11 when she was 16 which included living in town, working for her room and board and missing 3 of the 10 month term. She was a lifelong learner – getting her Grade 12 after daughters Margaret and Elsie were away teaching. Later she would take University courses, taught herself how to play button accordion, violin, and piano. She said that she needed to play the piano for her kindergarten students, a position she had in Miniota for 5 years in the 60’s. In the 70’s she served on the Brandon University Board of Governors. She was a very hard worker and expected the same from her children, grandchildren and everyone else. She lived in an era where you had a large garden, your own fruit trees, raised your own chickens, laying hens and cured your own pork. When hydro came through in the late 40’s she was one of the first to have a deep freezer, electric washing machine, converted electric cream separator and electric sewing machine, great time saving devices. Her home, along with Douglas was a welcome haven for many. Maud always served a bountiful meal no matter how many sat down to enjoy it. Douglas and Maud retired to Miniota in 1990 where they continued entertaining family and friends, many bridge games played. Maud loved to write, having three books published, ‘Skits and Monologues’, ‘An Apple for the Teacher’ and her ‘Memoirs’ which were published at age 90, with help from granddaughters Rhonda and Elizabeth. Her ability to put words together and make them nonsense was a true gift. She will be forever remembered for that, so many concerts for which she wrote plays and poems. Her fun loving nature showed through, and she brought joy to so many with this talent. Her work in the United Church, UCW, Women’s Institute, 4-H leader for 40 years plus and her very active work in politics with the New Democratic Party will be forever remembered. She taught so many young people the art of public speaking, something they continue to talk about today, and the art of demonstrating. Maud had the innate ability to talk and think at the same time, a true gift. She believed women had a place in the home but outside the home as well. It could be said she never had an idle hand. She loved to sew, making new dresses and coats for her three girls at Christmas and Easter, in particular. She also made many quilts which were given away. She knit, but crocheting was her forte. Crocheted articles will be a legacy for years to come as family, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren received some article from Grandma Maud. Many nieces, nephews and their families also received some memento. Maud loved her family and would do without so they could have what she wanted them to have – education was very important to her. She wanted her family to serve their community and farther afield just as her and Douglas had done. Maud and Douglas celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 1999. Maud loved to celebrate special birthdays and anniversaries as they aged, milestones she called them. When Douglas passed away in 2002, their house was sold and Maud moved into Parkissimo Lodge. She thoroughly enjoyed living there, taking part in all activities, also the Drop-In Center and taking part in card competitions in surrounding area. Having a competitive nature she was not always an easy partner to play with. Maud is survived by her five children: Margaret (Marvin) Elder, Elsie Dickenson, Faye Campbell, Mac (Pat) Lelond, Edward (Beth) Lelond; 17 grandchildren; 39 great- grands and 17 great-great grands; sister Jean Brotzell, Redcliff, AB; brother-in-law Jim Beedie (Ina) of Brandon, MB; and many nieces, nephews and their families. They will all miss her spirit, love of life and smile. She was predeceased by her husband Douglas (2002); her son-in-law Ray Dickenson (2004); and her sisters Elsie (George) Oakley, Ina (Tom) Mitchell; brother Sid (Dorothy) McConnell; brothers-in-law Art Brotzell, Jack (Lee) Durrant, Wilfred (Edna) Lelond; sisters in-law Kathleen (Alfred) Gieb, Evelyn (Elymer Clark, Wes McKenzie); nephews Fred Gieb, Cliff Clark, Bill Clark, Morris Durrant, Arthur Brotzell; and niece Carolyn McConnell. The legacy this woman leaves is perfectly summed up in this poem.
The adventure of life is to learn.The purpose of life is to growThe nature of life is to change.The challenge of lifeis to overcome.The essence of life is to care.The opportunity of life is to serve.The secret of life is to dare.The spice of life is to befriend.The beauty of life is to give.
A service to celebrate Maud’s life was held at the Miniota United Church, Miniota, MB on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 2:00pm. Interment was held at 1:00pm at the Arrow River Cemetery prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Maud’s memory to the Miniota United Church Memorial Fund; Miniota Community Hall; or Miniota 4-H, Miniota, MB, R0M 1M0.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are in care of arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
KUSELA: It is with great sadness that the family of Norman John Kusela announce his passing at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at the age of 70 years. Norman was born on March 2, 1945 to his mother Elizabeth Kusela (nee Hackenschmidt) (1921-2009) and father John Kusela (1917-1995). He spent his childhood with his brother, David Albert Kusela (1942-1995) going on adventures and playing in and around his father’s homestead which is the area now known as the Corral Centre. Norman attended David Livingstone School, Vincent Massey and Composite High School (now Neelin). This is where he met his future wife, Andrea Lynn Kusela (nee Armstrong) and they were married July 6, 1968. Norman had two sons, Michael John Kusela (Jennifer) (nee Ferriss) and Martin Douglas Kusela, whom he took great pride in. He adored his two granddaughters Jolie and Aymie and was always there for comfort and a loving hug. Norman was a hard-working, reliable employee and a good friend to those he worked and shared time with. He worked at Pool Packers as well as Burns Meats for a very long time. After Burns Meats, Norman got a job managing the warehouse for Associated Beer Distributers (ABD). Many small town hotels can thank Norman for ensuring that their customers always had their favorite beer to drink on the weekends. After ABD closed its doors in Brandon, Norman worked with his wife at Christies Office Plus. This may have been his favorite job as he loved the people he worked with there. He was employed there for 15 years until his retirement in 2010. Norman loved 5-pin bowling and he spent many evenings and weekends perfecting his game. He was very proud of his collection of badges and trophies, and although he was not a man interested in fame, he did enjoy the comradery of the teams that he played on. “Scouter Norm” was also involved with Scouts at Redeemer Lutheran Church. It was here that he was able to pass on his skills he learned as a youth to a new generation of young men. Both of his sons and the other boys in the troop all received their Chief Scout Award under his teaching and patience. Norman made many friends in his lifetime and will be dearly missed by all. A Come & Go Tea will be held at the George Brockie Fellowship Centre, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Norman may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
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DUFILY: John Ernest Arthur "Jack" Jack was born August 30, 1933 in the RM of Cameron. He was the 6th of 7 children born to Arthur and Nellie Dufily. In 1934, the family moved north to Birch River to escape drought conditions of the prairies. Here they stayed for 12 years. They returned in 1946 to farm south of Oak Lake. In 1953 Jack worked on the original oil pipeline from Glenboro to Winkler. From 1954 - 57 he was a farm labourer in the Souris area. In 1958 he began in the dairy industry where he remained the rest of his working career, until his retirement in 1994. First as a cream truck driver picking up cream at the farms, later as a cream tester, butter maker and ice cream maker for the Souris Creamery. After the Souris creamery burned in 1968, Manco Dairies in Brandon was his employer. The Superior Cheese Plant opened in Souris in 1970 and Jack was hired as head cheese maker, later on becoming manager. In 1960, Jack and Joan Edmunds were married. They were blessed with 3 children Dwayne, Darcy and Brenda. Throughout his life Jack loved the outdoors. Deer hunting was always a special time to get together with the guys. In his earlier years playing softball with the Huntington team provided lots of commardadarie. He was also a member of a bowling league in "Patrick's Bowling Alley". Family time meant hockey rinks, camping, boating, water-skiing, ski-dooing, fishing and travelling. The family has wonderful memories of these events with Jack. Jack was a "Jack of all trades" enjoying carpentry, plumbing, electrical work as well as the many aspects of farming. So from remodelling to building, riding a tractor or baling, fixing or doing mechanical jobs he tried them all. Family members have various keepsakes from his wood working shop. Post retirement years allowed Jack and Joan to spend 18 wonderful winters in Arizona. Card games, shuffleboard, casino trips, watching TV (especially sports) became his pastimes. Jack was a member of the Souris Legion and a past member of Souris Game and Fish. Jack passed away on September 10, 2015 at the Souris Health Centre. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Joan of 55 years; son Dwayne (Shahneen), Zamaan and Zayden of Edmonton; daughter Brenda (Cam McGavin), Jill and Alex of Winnipeg; brother Ron (Elaine) of Beausejour; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Darcy; his parents Arthur and Nellie; brothers and sisters and their spouses Mervin (Judy), Joe, Irene (Stan Bates), Sam, Vivian (Reuben Denbow); sisters-in-law Gwyn Setter; brother-in-law Terry Binions. A private family graveside memorial was held on September 19 with Don Sellsted officiating. A celebration of life and lunch followed for family and friends in the Legion Clubroom. The family sincerely appreciates the many acts of kindness and the ways people have reached out to help us through our loss.
"Always in our hearts."
BARON: Sister Patricia Baron (Sister Mary St. Simon) passed away suddenly in Regina on September 22, 2015. She was 71 years old and had been a member of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions for 49 years. Sister Patricia was predeceased by her parents Charles Stanley Baron and Anne Simbalist Baron. She will be greatly missed by her twin sisters Jeanette (Ronald) Ediger of Brandon, MB and Jo-Anne (Dave) Westman of St. Andrews, MB; her nieces, and extended family as well as by her religious family, the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions. Sister Patricia exercised her skill as a primary teacher in Brandon, MB, Saskatoon, SK and Moose Jaw, SK. Her natural gift for music gave a special flavor to her teaching and the students under her care participated in choirs, and school concerts. After retiring from the formal classroom Sister was involved in youth ministry and catequetical work in the parishes. Throughout her career and until the end Sister was in demand for her lively impromptu sing-a-longs in senior residences and nursing homes as well as in informal gatherings of friends. A Celebration of Sister Patricia’s life will take place at Santa Maria, 4215 Regina Avenue, Regina, SK, on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Family and friends so wishing may make a donation in memory of Sister Patricia to the Sisters Mission Fund, 393 Gaboury Place, Winnipeg, MB, R2H 0L5.
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COULING: On Monday, September 21, 2015, Myrna Eva Couling, age 75 years, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Born and raised on the farm in Baldur, Manitoba, as a young adult, Myrna moved to Wawanesa. This is where she met the love of her life, Neil Couling. After moving to Dauphin for Neil's career, they started their family. Career opportunities also took them to Melville, Saskatchewan, Wawanesa, and lastly Brandon, where they resided for the past 46 years. Myrna worked various jobs including: Wawanesa Mutual, Chalet Restaurant, Redwood Motel, Elegant Lady, and she was owner and partner of Promises Bridal. Family was always her first priority. When not at work, Myrna could be found gardening, painting or crafting. Remaining to cherish Myrna's memory are her husband of 56 years, Neil; daughters Barbara (Morley) Jack, Faye Couling (Gary Quinn), Kerri (Peter) Metelski, Debbie Jo (Ron) Fontaine; grandchildren, Cherise (Robert), Lindsay (Ryan), Marlee, Rebecca (Nick), Tamara (Mike), Jessica, Caitlin, Jordan, Eric; and great-grandchildren Taylor, Damon, Isaiah. Also surviving are sisters Elaine Heirman, Greta (Gene) Melnychuk; mother-in -law Vera Munn; sister-in-law Myrna Scribner and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Jim and Edith Wilson, fathers -in-law Bill Couling and Dalton Munn; as well as brothers -in-law Herb Yeo, Julian Heirman, and Glen Couling. The Ceremony to Celebrate Myrna's Life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, Brandon on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Glenna Beauchamp officiating. A private interment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Myrna may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8; the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1-800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 6N5 or the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Unit 5B-457 9th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4A9.
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MISSINNE: Selvie “Sylvia” Missinne died September 22, 2015 at Bren Del Win Lodge, Deloraine, MB at the age of 95 years. Sylvia is survived by children Marshall, Larry and Adrienne Teetaert and predeceased by sons Maurice and CharlesTeetaert. Prayers will be held Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Antoninus Catholic Church, Deloraine, MB. Mass will be held Friday, September 25, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Antoninus Catholic Church, Deloraine, MB with interment to follow at the Deloraine Catholic Cemetery, Deloraine, MB. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Bren Del Win Lodge, Deloraine, MB, R0M 0M0.
Messages of condolences may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comSmith Funeral Home (204)747-2088.
MAGUIRE: Donald, 79 years, beloved son of the late Wesley and Laura Maguire, also predeceased by sisters and brothers Olive, Gilbert, Merle, Raymond, Gordon, Jean, Howard and twin sister Donna, passed away in his residence at the Boyne Lodge, Carman, Manitoba on Monday, September 21, 2015. Graveside service for family and friends will be held at the Elgin Cemetery on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments at the Elgin Community Hall. In memory of Don, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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CROWE: Phillip Crowe. December 15, 1947 – September 19, 2015. Phil passed away suddenly at the HSC on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the age of 67. Phil was born in Hartney, MB, where he lived until going to college. After receiving his Bachelor of Education at the U of M, he started his teaching career in Elm Creek. A few years later, he moved to Baldur, where he made his home and taught high school for over 30 years. There he met his wife, Val. They were married for 37 years. After retiring from teaching Phil did a lot of volunteer work. He loved working with kids of all ages. He was very involved with the Canadian Pony Club where he acted as the Treasurer for many years. He was also very involved with the Manitoba Horse Trials. Phil was predeceased by his mother and his father, Bud and Rollie Crowe. He is survived by his wife, Val, his younger brother Dave and sister -in-law Joan, his older brother Brian, his cousin Suzanne (Craig), as well as his 2 nephews, Jon and Geoff and his grandnephew Lind and his grandniece Cicelly. A celebration of Phil’s life will be held at the Thomson Funeral Home on Saturday, Sept. 26th at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Pony Club or the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway, Winnijpeg, MB R3C 0X4, 204-783-7211.
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DEVOS: It is with heavy hearts the family of George Rene Devos announce his passing on September 22, 2015 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 84. George was predeceased by his parents John & Marie, as well as Brother Camille. He is survived by family and friends. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the St. Marin of Tours Roman Catholic Church in Swan Lake, Manitoba at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Cemetery in Swan Lake. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of George may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association; 200-310 Broadway Winnipeg, MB R3C 0S6, or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation; 6 Donald St. Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6.
Messages of condolences may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service(204)825-2848
COULING: The death of Myrna Eva Couling, beloved wife of Neil and mother to Barbara, Faye, Kerri and Debbie, occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, September 21, 2015. The Ceremony to Celebrate Myrna's Life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, Brandon on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Glenna Beauchamp officiating. A private interment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Myrna may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8; the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1-800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 6N5 or the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Unit 5B-457 9th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4A9. Complete obituary information will follow.
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BARON: Sister Patricia Baron passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Funeral service will be held at Santa Maria, 4215 Regina Avenue, Regina, SK on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. A full obituary will be published at a later date.
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MOIR: We regret to announce the passing of Marion Margaret Elaine Moir at the St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, on Monday, September 21, 2015. Born January 6, 1936 in Hants County, Nova Scotia to Carl and Muriel (Lynch) Faulkner, Marion, with her brothers and sisters, was orphaned at a young age. After a few false starts, she was taken in by the Hatfield family to whom we will always be grateful. An extraordinarily caring person, it’s not surprising that Marion found her calling as a nurse. She trained at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax, where many lifelong friendships were formed, and eventually made her way to Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital for more training and then to the Brandon Mental Health Centre for even more training. She was always very proud to be a nurse and won many good memories and accomplishments over the years through this work. Marion was also committed to her community and causes, campaigning tirelessly for the Canadian Cancer Society after the loss of her sister Vivian. While training in Brandon, Marion met her husband-to-be, Stuart Moir. They were married for 54 years. Stuart predeceased Marion last year, in November. Marion had two sons – Kirk and Jeff. Kirk’s family lives in New Westminster, BC, and is made up of his wife Shammi and two boys, Mitchell and Russell. Jeff lives in Toronto with his wife Judy and two children, Gillian and Robert. Marion will be deeply missed. A family ceremony will take place in Minnedosa on Saturday, September 26, 2015. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Marion may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1- 800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 6N5.
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MacDONALD: Angus Neil MacDonald passed away on September 19, 2015 in his 91st year, at Rivers, MB. He is survived by his daughter, Gail Martin of Winnipeg, son John MacDonald of Rivers, brother Donald MacDonald (Linda) of Ninette, grandson Tyler, granddaughters Karla, Jennifer, Sarah, and Jessica, four great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, John and Mary, three brothers, Malcolm (Sally), Brian (Joyce), and Kevin (Connie), and his infant sister Annie. Angus farmed in Dunrea until 1959, when he moved to Brandon to work various jobs, his last being at Heartland Livestock. In his leisure time he enjoyed curling, hunting, playing cards, and spending time with his family. He will be sorely missed and forever loved and remembered by his family and friends. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 3 at 2:00 p.m. at Dunrea Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
HUTCHINS: Olive Mae Hutchins of Brandon, passed away peacefully at her residence, Fairview Home, on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the age of 100 years. Olive is survived by her sister Lillian McBain of Brandon and her brother Phil Bartlett of Vancouver. Special thanks to Dr. Egan and the staff at Fairview Home. As per Olive’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no formal service.
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