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WELLS-FISHER: Following a tough battle with cancer, Kathy Marie Wells-Fisher passed away at her home in Winnipeg on July 11th, 2015 at the age of 46 years. Kathy was born in Hamiota, MB, and grew up in Brandon, MB with her parents Barbara and Arvid Wells, and sisters Karen (Tim, AJ, Makeena), Cheryl (Jamie, Mike), and Lorraine (Richard, Jeff). She later moved to Winnipeg to pursue her career. Once established, she reunited with her old boyfriend, Gordon Fisher and they were married, having two daughters, Sheena (now 18) and Chelsea, (now 16). She opened a daycare out of her home so she could stay at home and take care of the kids. The daycare remained open for 15 years until Kathy was diagnosed with cancer. Kathy will be dearly missed by many. Her charm, wit and outgoing personality will never be forgotten. She leaves behind her friends, family and adored pets. Greeting her in heaven are her mom and dad (Barbara and Arvid), Tigger and close friend, Harley. A Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon, on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne officiating. It was Kathy’s wish that those attending her service wear their favourite sports T-shirt or team jersey. Interment will be held at the Brandon Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Harris, Gwen and nice nurse, Rhonda.
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BERRY: Larry Edison Berry passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on July 14, 2015 with family at his side. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM at the Reston Rec-Plex on July 18, 2015. Luncheon to follow. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
BEREZA:Andrew George Bereza July 02, 1939 – July 11, 2015. Andy Bereza passed July 11, 2015 at Valleyview Care Centre. He was an Electrical Engineer and taught Electrical Technology at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon from 1966 to 1993. Andy loved teaching! However, his career was cut short by a brain tumor. Andy lived life large, had a great sense of humor and loved his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Mickey, son Taras, grandson Andrew and sisters Marta and Larysa. A heartfelt thanks to our family and friends for all their love and support.
WELLS-FISHER: Surrounded by her family, Kathy Marie Wells-Fisher passed away peacefully at her residence in Winnipeg on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the age of 46 years. A Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon, on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne officiating. It was Kathy’s wish that those attending her service wear their favourite sports T-shirt or team jersey. Interment will be held at the Brandon Cemetery. Complete obituary information to follow.
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BRIDGES: Lois J. Bridges, beloved wife of Murray, died July 14, 2015 at Rock Lake Hospital in Crystal City, Manitoba at the age of 73 years. A memorial reception will be held Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Kin Hall in Pilot Mound, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Private interment will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Pilot Mound, Manitoba. Donations in memory of Lois may be made to the Pilot Mound Swimming Pool, the Pilot Mound Millenium Complex, or to the Pilot Mound and District Foundation.
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BICKNELL: Kenneth Oswald Bicknell of Brandon, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at the age of 87 years. Prayers will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Patrick Neufeld as Celebrant. Donations in memory of Ken may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information to follow.
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SIMMS:Margaret Skene Simms; beloved wife of the late Bob Simms; mother of Lyn (Gib) Bell and Bill (Laurie) Simms; passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 92 years of age. All are welcome to join the family in celebrating Margaret’s life on Friday, July 17, 2015. Interment at White Bank Lea Cemetery (1.5miles North of Highway #24 on Road 126W – east of Oak River, at 12:00pm. Service will be held at the Oak River United Church, Oak River, MB at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Margaret’s memory to the Oak River United Church Memorial Fund, Oak River, MB, R0K 1T0 or to CancerCare Manitoba, P.O. Box 2248 Stn Main, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 9Z9. Messages of condolence and/photos can be shared at Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
JEZZARD: Jean Jezzard, beloved wife of Frank Jezzard of Reston, Manitoba and loving mother of Carol, Terry and Murray passed away at Willowview Personal Care Home, Reston Sunday; July 12, 2015 at the age of 89 years. Funeral service will be held from Reston United Church, Reston Friday; July 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Joyce Marsh officiating. Interment will be in Reston Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Alzheimer Society in memory of Jean.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapels, Virden and Reston in care of arrangements.
WELLS-FISHER: Surrounded by her family, Kathy Marie Wells-Fisher passed away peacefully at her residence in Winnipeg on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the age of 46 years. A Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon, on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne officiating. It was Kathy’s wish that those attending her service wear their favourite sports T-shirt or team jersey. Interment will be held at the Brandon Cemetery. Complete obituary information to follow.
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McTAVISH: Robert Boyd McTavish, beloved husband of the late Audray McTavish and long time resident of Strathclair passed away peacefully June 25th, 2015 at the age of 95 at Morley House in Shoal Lake. Obituary and service details will follow at a later date.
LOANE: Beverly Alice Loane passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at the age of 71 years. Beloved wife of the late Gerald Loane Sr., Beverly is survived by her two sons Vincent (Elizabeth) Loane, Gerald (Sandra) Loane, her daughter Vanessa (Kevin) Patterson and her grandchildren Gerald, Kristen, Sullivan, Caiden, Kyle, Adam, Cheryl, Angela, Dakota, Beverly, as well as many great grandchildren. She also leaves behind her brothers Raymond (Lynda), Lee (Sheila), Frank (Gertrude), Wade (Darlene), Jack (Glenda), Winston, Brenton (Rose) and brother-in-law Aubrey. She was predeceased by her sister Jean and her sister-in-law Wanda. Beverly was born in Mill Cove, Nova Scotia in 1944. She met her husband Gerald Loane while he was harboured with the Navy in Halifax, NS. They were married in 1963 and had two sons. After many moves with the military, they settled in Brandon in 1992. She loved to cook and bake, and held a family supper every Saturday night with a surprise dessert. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be sadly missed. As per Beverly’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date.
God saw I was getting tired as he put his arms around meas he whispered come with me. There is a place for you in heaven Where there is no suffering and no pain All you have to do is look up to the sky and know that you will see meAs I am an angel in the stars what a great place to be I am an angel of God and a sparkle I shall be. 
Know that I'm watching over you Just look up and see I'm looking watching over you please don't be sad for me. 
I'm your angel in the stars where I am happy now You will see and one day you will be with me.
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CROSSMAN: Frank Crossman of Brandon and formerly of Pierson, passed away at the Brandon Health Centre on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the age of 86. A Funeral Service to celebrate Frank’s life will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. from the Pierson Community Hall, Pierson, MB., with rev. Heather Sandilands officiating. Interment will follow at the Lyleton Cemetery. Donations may be given to the Pierson Community Hall, G/D Pierson, MB. R0M 1S0 or to the Lyleton Cemetery Fund, Box 58 Lyleton, MB. R0M 1G0. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron Funeral Directors.
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SNEESBY: Elizabeth Susan Sneesby (nee Vatcher) passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at the Neepawa Hospital. Elizabeth was born September 10, 1930 at Plumas, Manitoba, the younger daughter of James William and Elizabeth Myrtle Vatcher (nee McKay). With her parents, sister Edythe, and brothers Howard and Les, she moved to Woodside in 1932. She attended Woodside schools for grades 1-10, taking grades 9 and 10 by correspondence. She continued her education at Canadian Union College in Alberta, and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute and Manitoba Normal School in Winnipeg. Elizabeth's teaching career included the rural schools of Mount Calm and Palestine before coming to teach at Neepawa. Elizabeth married Argyle Sneesby on August 24, 1955, in the Neepawa United Church. She taught at West Park School (later named Hazel M. Kellington School) for 32 years. During her teaching years she spent time working with the Curriculum Branch and the Canadian Red Cross. She cherished the years with her students and the Eager Beavers Junior Red Cross. In 1987, she received the Red Cross Distinguished Service Award. In 1990, Argyle persuaded Elizabeth to start their business, "Herbs for Health", and they worked together, trying to help people and making friends from near and far. They enjoyed many business trips to various parts of North America. It became a very important part of Elizabeth's life, especially after Argyle passed away in 2004. Elizabeth was predeceased by Argyle, her loving husband and best friend; parents James & Myrtle Vatcher; sister Edythe White; brothers Howard Vatcher and Les Vatcher; Uncle Leonard and Aunt Gean Vatcher in PEI; sister-in-law Norma Vatcher as well as other relatives and friends. She is survived by her "special family" Kerilyn & Kirk Pitaoulis of Terrace, BC, Janine & Kirt MacLean and Yvonne & John Bamlett of Calgary; brother-in-law William White of Abbottsford, BC; niece Bernice (Keith) Leavitt of Lacombe, AB; nephews Ray (Marilyn) Vatcher of Ladysmith, BC, Dayle (Linda) White of Victoria, BC and Ken (Ronda) White of Lillooet, BC and their families, extended family and many friends. Elizabeth enjoyed her "memory" trips to the country and quiet times in nature. She loved animals, especially dogs. Most of all, she treasured her many trips to Prince Edward Island. On her first trip to her "Island Home" she thrilled at climbing to the top of her Grandpa Vatcher's two lighthouses. She and Argyle spent many happy summers there enjoying family, friends and golfing on the beautiful P.E.I. golf courses. Interment took place at Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa on Monday, July 6. The Memorial Service followed at the Neepawa United Church with Lynne Sanderson, DLM officiating. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Elizabeth may be made to the Neepawa District Memorial Hospital, P.O. Box 1240, Neepawa, Manitoba R0J 1H0 or to the Westman Dreams for Kids, 37 11th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 4J2.
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SMITH: It is with loving thoughts and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, dad and grandfather Matt Smith on June 19th, 2015 at the age of 78 years. Matt was born March 7th, 1937 at North Battleford, Saskatchewan to Tom and Beatrice Smith, moving to the Foxwarren area in 1938. He will be forever remembered by wife Sophie of 53 years, son Jason and wife Andrea, grandson Joben and daughter Jennifer and husband Stephen, grandsons Ryland and Ashton. A sister Alice Barr of Kelowna, BC, brother-in-law Bill Kowaluk and wife Eileen, Birtle, MB and cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Tom & Beatrice Smith; brother-in-law Norman Barr; brothers-in-law Mike & Archie Kowaluk and parents-in-law Pete & Lena Kowaluk. Matt received his education in Foxwarren, joining the workforce at an early age but the occupation he loved the most was farming, looking forward to the planting in the spring, and the harvest in the fall, taking pride in producing a good crop. After 50 some years he had experienced the good times and the bad ones that come with farming. He never really retired as he refused to give up the operating of the combine, learned the GPS system, offered advice and provided a helping hand for the extra jobs. Matt enjoyed a game of pool; a game of cards and good times at the lake with friends with a game of golf and socializing. He curled for a good number of years enjoying the competition, companionship and friendship the sport offered. Hunting in the fall was also enjoyed for the companionship not necessarily the trophy of the big rack. Fishing and camping with good friends in the 60's and 70's was highlighted when he hooked and landed a 38 lb Lake Trout. Matt was especially proud of his children and what they had accomplished and didn't hesitate to tell people about them. Jennifer's employment with Adoption Options and Jason's farming and coaching skills to mention just a few. He looked forward to watching son Jason and grandsons Joben, Ryland and Ashton playing hockey and in the summer months he did not like to miss any of Joben's baseball games. Matt was involved in the Foxwarren community being a Board member of the Foxwarren Arena for 22 years; MAHA Yellowhead Regional Director; Councilor for the R.M. of Birtle for 12 years; and member of the Foxwarren Leisure Centre. Matt and Sophie spent the past 12 years during the winter months in Osoyoos, BC where they made many new friends, had many happy times, dancing and golfing. Matt played pool with new friends and looked forward to returning year after year to see familiar faces. A service to celebrate Matt's life was held on Thursday June 25th, 2015 with Elaine Dixon officiating. Children Jason and Jennifer delivered the Eulogy and Grandsons Joben, Ryland and Ashton were the URN Bearers. Pallbearers were Derry Moulson; Floyd McTavish; Nicky Young; Wayne Bonchuk; Scott Wotton and Mark Wotton. Interment took place at the Foxwarren Cemetery. Matt's final journey to his resting place was in the combine which was driven by Grandson Joben and accompanied by Grandsons Ryland and Ashton. He will be greatly missed, forever loved and always remembered. Braendle- Bruce Funeral Service of Russell, Manitoba in care of arrangements. (204) 773-2747.
ROUTHIER: Viviane Louise Marie Routhier (nee Roy) 1932 – 2015. Viviane L. Routhier of Morden, MB, passed away in her home surrounded by her family, on Wednesday July 8, 2015 at the age of 83 years. Viviane was born in Vonda, SK, daughter of the late Napoleon and Delia (Daignault) Roy. She moved with her parents to Sandy Bay, MB and received her education at Saint Charles Catholic School, in Winnipeg. Her first teaching job was in Ste. Amelie, MB. On October 6, 1956, she married Hector Routhier and so began their life together. Mom and Dad eventually settled in Crane River where they owned and operated Crane River Trading Post. Mom wore many different hats while living in Crane River. Busy was the norm in our household. Moms’ day started early each day when she woke up the children for school and made lunch and breakfast for everyone at 6:00 a.m. She worked in the general store and was the post mistress. She also enjoyed her late night walks to the barn to check on the new calves and lambs. It was not uncommon to awake in the morning and find new born lambs in our bathtub. Lastly, Mom was a diligent book keeper. Accounting was a passion for her and every cent had to be accounted for and recorded. As busy as Mom was she always found time to read and to record family history. She was predeceased by her husband, Hector Routhier (1988) and her parents, Napoleon and Delia Roy of Dauphin, MB. She is survived by her four sons, Albert Routhier and his wife, Susan (Liu) of Ottawa, ON, Dennis Routhier and his wife, Cheryl of Winnipegosis, MB, Maurice Routhier of Crane River, MB, Gerald Routhier and Karen (Kernot) of Winnipeg, MB, three daughters, Diane and her husband, Bill Wicks of Morden, MB, Michele Routhier and her husband, Alphonse Perreaux of Brandon, MB, Suzanne and her husband, Cameron Schulz of Morden, MB, three brothers, Louis Roy and his wife, Elizabeth of Brandon, MB, Paul Roy and his wife, Lillian of Christensen Beach, MB, Daniel Roy of Vernon, BC, three sisters, Lorielle and her husband, Earl Downey of Kelowna, BC, Angela and her husband, Ray Elke of Christensen Beach, MB, Sylvia and her husband, Jerry Secord of Okotoks, AB. Memere will be cherished and remembered by her 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. A Prayer service will be held on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wiebe Funeral Chapel, 1050 Thornhill St. in Morden, MB. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in Crane River at the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church with interment to follow at the Parish Cemetery. Donations may be made in Viviane’s memory to the charity of one’s choice. Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden in care of arrangements, 204-822-4755.
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