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REEVES: The death of Austin Neil Reeves occurred at Riverdale Health Centre, Rivers, Manitoba on Sunday, March 23, 2014. Austin was born and spent his childhood at Oak Lake where he attended Oakwood School, playing baseball and hockey (the team won provincials in 1955 - 56), working with his Dad, going to movies, working on the Taylor farms and helping at his sister's ranch in northern Saskatchewan. He took a meat cutting course and worked at Safeway. In 1963, Austin married Carole Gordon and moved to Rivers, Manitoba. In 1965, he gained employment with the Department of Highways which lasted for thirty-three years. Austin played baseball with the Rivers Comets (a team that was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012) and he later was a player/coach with the Rivers A's. Austin was a faithful member/volunteer of Rivers Curling Club and also the golf club. His competitive nature was evident in all sports but especially in curling. He curled in super leagues and was challenged in every game. In his senior years he played hockey with Rivers Gators and Cardale Cougars who went to tournaments in Saskatoon and Red Deer many times. Austin is survived by his wife Carole, as well as his sister-in-law Pat Gordon, nineteen nieces and nephews, forty great and twenty-five great, great nieces and nephews. Neil had an outgoing personality and was friendly to all. His surviving friends of various ages will miss him dearly. Neil was predeceased by his parents, John and Faith, his nephew Bill MacDonald, brothers Harold and Bob, sisters Gwen, Betty and their spouses, as well as in-laws Wilfred, Velma, and Ron Gordon. For those who wish to attend, a Graveside Ceremony will take place at Oak Lake Cemetery on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will follow at 2:00 pm at the Oak Lake United Church. Rev. Glenna Beauchamp and Rev. Don Sellsted will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Austin may be made to Rivers and Area Palliative Care Committee, c/o Riverdale Health Centre, Box 428, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0 or to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 0V9 or to a charity of choice.
Expressions of sympathymay be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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PARK: Leonard (Len) Park, beloved husband of Sonnia and loving father of Rick, Dana and Candace, of Virden, Manitoba passed away at Virden Health Centre on Monday; April 7, 2014 at the age of 67 years. Funeral Services will be held at Tundra Oil and Gas Place – Virden on Monday; April 14th at 2:00 p.m. with Father Don Bernhardt officiating. If friends so desire, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba in memory of Leonard.
E-mail messages of condolence or sign the online Book of Condolence at carscaddenfuneralchapel.com
G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel – Virden in care of arrangements.
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OSLUND: John Harry Oslund, beloved husband of Randy Oslund of Neepawa, MB entered into rest April 9, 2014 at the Neepawa Health Centre at the age of 84 years. Friends are invited to a memorial luncheon on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Neepawa Legion Hall, Neepawa, MB. Donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Air Cadets or the Neepawa Lions Club. White’s Funeral Home, Neepawa, MB in care of arrangements. 1-204- 476-2848.
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JONES: Donna Mae Jones passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at the age of 67 years. Donna was born on February 13, 1947 in Austin, Manitoba. She lived in both Bagot and MacGregor, MB, where she attended school. She also lived in Wainwright, Alberta for a brief period, before moving back to Bagot. She met Gerald in 1960, and they were married in 1964. They had three children, two boys and a girl. Donna worked in a number of nursing homes until she opened a Residential Care Home for mental health. She ran the home for 27 years, and had up to seven residents at a time. Donna was a member of Seniors for Seniors. She enjoyed her weekly supper out with Gerald, and going for coffee with her friends. Donna will be lovingly remembered by her husband Gerald, children David (Colleen), Vincent (Holly), Angela (Shawn) Berkshire, grandchildren Carrie, Ryan, Mitchell, Marisa, Beth, Dawn, Nicholas and numerous great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her mother, Evelyn in 1997 and grandson, Christopher in 2013. Funeral service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Thursday, April 10, 2014 with Captain Rhonda Smith of The Salvation Army officiating. Pallbearers were Ryan Jones, Mitchell Berkshire, Wayne Kopichanski and Shawn Berkshire. Donations in memory of Donna may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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HILLIS: Lionel Kelly Hillis passed away peacefully at his home in Port Elgin, ON on March 19, 2014, at age 81. He is the brother of Terry (Mildred) Hillis of Brandon. Thank you for the messages of condolence we have received.
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FINLAY: Milton Roy Finlay passed away peacefully at Souris Personal Care Home on March 7, 2014. He was born April 2, 1919 on his parents’ farm near Goodlands, Manitoba. He was predeceased by his wife Eleanor (Schmok) in 2008 and his birthday twin grandson Jason Hargreaves in 2009. Roy was survived by five children, Ted (Joyce), Susan, Walter (Debra), Nancy (Jim Hargreaves) and Valerie (Harold Renn), four grandchildren, Aaron (Nicole) Hargreaves, Danielle (Paul Klick), Annette (Gerard Tetrault), Steven (Eleanore) Renn, eight great grandchildren Austin, Kohen and Walker Hargreaves, Louis, Kaylie and Cole Tetrault, Olivia and James Renn, sister Helen Meggison, brother-in-law Martin Schmok, sisters-in-law Myrtle MacKenzie, Thelma, Agnes, and Mary Schmok as well as many nieces and nephews. Roy attended Croydon one-room school house prior to starting farming with his father. He met Eleanor when she was teaching at Croydon in 1940. Serving in the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada from 1942 to 1946, Roy travelled from Prince Rupert, BC to Halifax, NS before being sent overseas. He was posted to England and Holland but enjoyed leaves with extended family in Scotland. He has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for over 65 years. Roy and Eleanor were married in Vancouver in 1946. They farmed at Goodlands 1946-1968 and at Souris 1968-1997. Roy drove a school bus from Souris to Brandon for several years. He looked forward to auction sales, heavy horse shows and hunting season. Roy curled when he was younger, and continued to follow curling and baseball throughout his life. After they retired to Souris Roy loved going for coffee with the guys. Roy and Eleanor enjoyed touring North America, especially visiting family and friends, and spent a decade of winters in Texas. In 1995 the whole Finlay family (17 at the time!) went to Hawaii for Christmas holidays. Roy felt privileged to attend both the 50th and 60th anniversaries of the Liberation of the Netherlands. Roy spent his last years at Westview Lodge in Boissevain and Souris Personal Care Home. Roy’s life celebration was held at St. Paul’s United Church in Souris on March 29. In memory of Roy the family would appreciate donations to a charity of your choice.
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FIFI: Carol Fifi born October 2, 1955 in Belmont, MB; passed away, age 58, April 9, 2014 at Brandon Regional Health Centre. Carol grew up in Belmont, MB on the family farm, later moving to Brandon, MB where she married in 1979 to JD Bernier and had her daughter Donna in 1983. She remarried to her loving and caring husband who was the love of her life, Rene Fifi on August 26, 2000 in Brandon, MB. Carol was always known as the big hearted hard working woman. She was loved and respected by coworkers and friends everywhere she went. She spent many years doing dog sports with her daughter as that was a great passion they both shared. However, her true love was her grandchildren after being present for two of their births she was truly a woman of heart and love. She was a strong woman who was always there for her friends and family to help even if it was just an ear. After a long battle with arthritis, she is greatly missed by family and friends. Carol is predeceased by her parents Henry and Minnie Pryke, and first husband JD Bernier. Carol is survived and loved by her husband Rene Fifi; siblings Denis Pryke (Joyce Pryke), Bev McGill (Barrie McGill); daughter Donna Bernier (Derek Graham); step children Richard Laporte, Jason Bernier (Michelle Head), Blair Bernier (Melanie Thompson), Danny Fifi (Ange Vuignier), Robbie Fifi (Brittany Woodland ); her beloved grandchildren Alexa Bernier (10), Mikaela Devers (8), Aiden Meyers-Fifi (7), Lilly Meyers-Fifi (4), Alecia Brau-Fifi (15), Arianna Bernier, Spencer Bernier, Sydney Bernier, Randy Laporte, Travis Laporte, Jeremy Laporte; and several nieces and nephews. Service will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at Smitty’s Family Restaurant Banquet Room, 1790 Highland Avenue, Brandon, MB; close friends and family welcome. Interment to follow at a later date. Donations may be made in Carol’s memory to CancerCare Manitoba, P.O. Box 2248 Stn Main, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 9Z9.
Messages of condolence and/or photos can be shared at www.campbellfuneralhome.ca.
Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
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DUNCAN: Ola May Duncan, beloved wife of the late J.W. "Jim" Duncan and beloved mother of Larry, Bob, Judy and Murray passed away at WestMan Nursing Home, Virden, Manitoba Wednesday; April 9, 2014 in her 105th year. Funeral service will be held from St. Paul's United Church, Virden Wednesday; April 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Mrs. Joyce Marsh officiating. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Ola.
E-mail messages of condolenceor sign the on-line Book of Condolencescarscaddenfuneralchapel.com
G.R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
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BOUCHER: Ursel Karin Boucher (nee Bakus), April 16, 1952 – April 9, 2014. Ursel was called to her Lord and Saviour on April 9th after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. Ursel was born April 16, 1952 in Revenahe, West Germany and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1954 where they settled in Winnipeg. Ursel graduated from Daniel MacIntyre Collegiate, followed by a year at North American Baptist Bible College in Edmonton, AB. When she returned to Winnipeg she took an accounting course at Red River College. She then worked at the Bank of Montreal in the Great West Life building where she met Jim. Ursel and Jim were married in December of 1974. After moving to Binscarth in 1978, Jim and Ursel ran a successful insurance agency for many years and Ursel became heavily involved in the community. When the business was sold, Ursel found a second career in administration at the Russell Alliance Church, prior to working as a Customer Service Representative with the Vanguard Credit Union. She is survived by her husband Jim of 39 years, her son Joel, daughter Moni and son-in-law Allan Robertson, brother Kurt Bakus (Anneliese), sister Ingrid Bredin (Don), brother-in-law Rubin Spletzer and numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents Reinhold and Elise Bakus, sister Christel Spletzer, and niece Monika Spletzer. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to the Russell Palliative Care unit at the Russell Area Health Centre or to the Byrce Summers medical fund at any Vanguard Credit Union location c/o Laurissa Fleury. A memorial service will be held at the Binscarth Community Hall, 230 3rd Ave. on Monday, April 14th at 1:00 p.m. CST.
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BONNER: Robert (Bob) Whitfield Bonner; formerly of Miniota, MB; passed away at his residence in Brandon, MB on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 90 years of age. A graveside service will be held at the Miniota Cemetery, Miniota, MB on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 2:00pm. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Miniota Golf Club, Miniota, MB, R0M 1M0.
Messages of condolence and/or photos can be shared at www.campbellfuneralhome.ca.
Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
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BOLLEY: Hazel Marie Bolley, aged 89 years, beloved wife of the late Mervin H. Bolley and daughter of the late Clarence and Ella Branscombe, peacefully passed away at Fairview Personal Care Home on Friday, April 4, 2014. She was also predeceased by her brothers Ken Branscombe and Harold Branscombe; brothers-in-law William Hardcastle, Robert Bolley, Ken Bolley and Gordon Bolley; sisters-in-law Lucy Branscombe, Isabel Bolley and Marge Braun. Hazel was born in New Brunswick on March 27, 1925 and spent the first 20 years of her life in Moncton. She married the love of her life Merv in 1944 and moved west with him to settle in Saskatchewan and start their family. The couple and their four children moved to Brandon in 1967 where they made many lifelong friends and wonderful memories. In addition to being an accomplished homemaker, Hazel served for many years in Home and School Associations and in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #3. She enjoyed spending time with her family and making their house a warm and loving home. Her wonderful sense of humour brought much joy to those around her. She was a very kind and caring person whose strength sustained her as she bravely battled her illness. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend and she will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Sharon Furman, sons Bill (Kathy) and Don (Virginia), daughter Alanna (Paul) Murray. She dearly loved her grandchildren Larry (Patricia) Furman, Scott (Pat) Furman, Matthew Bolley, Samantha (Kendal) Boulet, Steve Murray and Laura Murray and her great grandchildren Katy, Andrew, Kirsten and Patrick Furman. Her dear friend and "daughter" Marg Chastko will surely miss their many talks and the laughs that they shared over coffee. She is survived by her sister Aileen Hardcastle; brothers Clarence (Dorothy) Branscombe and Warren Branscombe; sisters-in-law Jean Branscombe, Audrey (Jack) Ferries and June (Cecil) Coutts. She will be missed by many cherished friends, especially Denise Vermette and Helen Lagimodiere. The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff and residents of Fairview Home for their wonderful, compassionate care and friendship. They made her feel at home right from her first day. Many thanks also go to Dr. Kaufmann and his staff at Health Sciences Centre who undoubtedly extended her life with Gamma Knife surgery and gave everyone extra precious time with her. Much gratitude is extended to Shirley Durnin and the residents at Hobb’s Manor who made her time there very fulfilling and memorable. A special note of thanks must be given to Marg Chastko whose love and support made all the difference through this very difficult time. A beautiful Ceremony to Celebrate Hazel's Life was held at Memories Chapel on Friday, April 11, 2014 with Rev. Canon Joy Ruddock officiating. Private family interment followed at Brandon Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Hazel may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415 1st Street, Brandon Manitoba, R7A 2W8.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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BLAIR: It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of Herbert Lawrence Murray Blair on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Lawrence was born October 24, 1947 in Brandon to Bert and Pearl (Hall) Blair. His dads’ career with the railroad took them to many small communities across Southern Manitoba. Some of his favorite memories were from his years spent in Goodlands. In his early twenties Lawrence took a job with Inco and moved to Thompson. During his time there he met and married his first wife Gail and they would go on to have two sons and a daughter. While employed with Inco Lawrence entered the apprenticeship and earned his Millwright ticket. That Millwright ticket would take him all over the Western provinces to various job sites in various industries; Sask Power in Estevan SK being his favorite. His family has many fond memories of all the summers spent in Estevan. In the mid-seventies Lawrence moved to Hudson Bay, SK where he would meet and eventually marry the love of his life, Bonnie. Together they would go on to also have a daughter and two sons. During the eighties Lawrence and Bonnie would make their final move to Killarney where they would build a beautiful life and make many memories. Lawrence loved the countless hours he spent on the front street over the years solving the problems of the world with his neighbours. When he wasn’t chatting on the front street Lawrence loved to fish, hunt and just be outside; a love he would pass onto his children and in the later years his grandchildren. Lawrences’ life was an adventure from start to finish, no dirt road went untraveled, no idea too crazy, if you could draw it he could build it, if it was broke he could fix it. He will be forever missed by his wife Bonnie; his children Rusty, David, Nikki, Stacey (Nick), Keith (Trizzan) and Derek (Laura), his grandchildren Alexander, Abilynn, Ericka, Kate-Lyn, Ava & Jackson; his sisters Donna Legge (Gordon) and Jo-Anne Edwards (Dwight) and many extended family members including his sister in law Myrna Genereux (Pete) and nieces and nephews. In accordance with Lawrence’s wishes a private graveside was held at the Killarney Cemetery. Donations in memory of Lawrence may be made to the Tri Lake Health Centre Palliative Care Fund; Box 5000 Killarney, Manitoba R0K1G0, to the Killarney Parent Advisory Council (for new school playground) Box 815 Killarney, Manitoba R0K 1G0, to the Manitoba Wildlife Federation; 70 Stevenson RD St. James, MB, R3H 0W7.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.com.Wheatland Funeral Service(204) 523-7791 www.wheatlandfs.com
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BERGWALL: Marilyn Bergwall (nee Austin) aged 72 years, of Shoal Lake, Manitoba and formerly of Ninette, Manitoba, died peacefully in her sleep on April 5, 2014 at the Shoal Lake Strathclair Health Centre with her family by her side. Marilyn was born on January 11, 1942 in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. She is predeceased by her parents, Bob and Jean Austin and her husband Don Bergwall and her brother Harry Austin. Marilyn, also known as “Myrn” by her family and friends, spent her childhood in Melita where she later raised her family. She moved to Shoal Lake for a short time and then to The Pas, where she received her LPN degree. She worked as an LPN in The Pas as well as Virden. She finished her career working at the Personal Care Home in Virden. After retiring, she moved to Ninette and spent many years among family and friends. She spent the past year living in Shoal Lake. She enjoyed her family, dear friends, cooking for her family, entertaining, watching curling, playing cards, doing the daily crossword puzzles, her time at Ditch Lake, bird watching and gardening. Marilyn is survived by her sons: Brad (Sherry) Rookes of Shoal Lake and Scott (Angela) Rookes of Elkhorn; grandchildren and their families: Amber Dick (Bryan, Brennan, Easton, Knox) of Melbourne, Australia, Courtney Rookes (Rob, Kiera, Bailey Litvak) of Consort, Alberta; Cypress Hunder-Rookes of New Denver, B.C.; extended grandchildren: Jessica Jones (Cliff Banton) of Winnipeg, Melissa Knihnitski (Cory, Aiden, Daymian, Nikolas, Jaclyn) of Bradwell, Saskatchewan, Connor Carvey of Elkhorn; nieces: Deanna Jones and Corrine Austin, Aunty Del McKenzie and cousins on the Austin and McKenzie side, and many long time friends who were like family. Special thank you to Dr. Venter, Dr. Muller and all the staff and extended staff at the Shoal Lake Strathclair Health Centre as well as Dr. Hewett and staff at the Tri Lake Health Centre in Killarney. A private memorial celebration will be held in Ninette on April 17, 2014. Memorial donations may be made to the Shoal Lake Strathclair Health Centre Palliative Care Unit, P.O. Box 490, Shoal Lake, Manitoba R0J 1Z0. Rae’s Funeral Service was in care of the arrangements.
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BAYLISS: Marlene Eleanor Bayliss (Dubyts) passed away peacefully in her home on April 1, 2014 at the age of 62. Marlene was born on November 26, 1951 in Oakville, Ontario. Her childhood was spent growing up in the Belmont and Baldur area. Marlene moved to Brandon in 1969 and attended Neelin High School, Westbran Training Centre and Assiniboine Community College. In 1976, Marlene met Cecil Bayliss and in 1977, they were married. Through Cecil’s jobs they moved many times in the southwest Manitoba area. In 1985, Marlene and Cecil settled in Deloraine and in 1986 a dear daughter, Erica Dawn, was born. During their time in Deloraine, Marlene worked at various part time jobs including cleaning the Royal Bank, Chester Fried Chicken and at the Deloraine Collegiate as a noon hour supervisor and cook. Marlene and Cecil separated in 1998 and in 2005, Marlene ventured to Brandon. She entered the Assiniboine Community College Adult Learning Centre and obtained her Grade 12 which was an amazing feat for Marlene. She started working with Sobeys South End. Her duties varied from food tester, courtesy clerk, and in her final weeks she had been training in the floral department. Marlene enjoyed nature and exploring her artistic side. She was always bringing home rocks and new treasures she found. She enjoyed collecting shells and coins and anything unusual. Marlene always challenged herself to try new things including teaching herself calligraphy, plastic canvas, cross stitch and she was looking forward to learning Hardanger needlework. She enjoyed gardening and had a love hate relationship with the raspberries. She enjoyed cooking and baking, always encouraging someone to try a new recipe. Marlene is survived by her dearest treasure Erica and Erica’s partner, Shane Kelm and his son Rhys. She is also survived by her sisters: Linda (John) Dyck; Deanna (Allan) Main; Bev King (Ken Biegun) and her children Justin, Evan and Morgan; Patricia (Lorne) Parobec; Debora (Lavern) Arndt and their children Jordan and Devin. Marlene also leaves to mourn other very special people in her life - Auntie Gladys (Calvin) Darling, Uncle Morley (Lynne) Mabon and Auntie Lil Mabon. She also leaves behind her very special family at Sobeys South End, other relatives and her treasured friends she met throughout the years. She was predeceased by her mother, Eleanor Dubyts, her Uncles, Lorne and Ivan Mabon and her grandparents. A service to celebrate Marlene’s life was held at Central United Church on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne officiating. Donations in memory of Marlene may be made to a charity of choice. Marlene will be missed for her kind heart and generosity to everyone who knew her.
I love you Mommy. I will love you forever and always.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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