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McEWAN: Thomas Wallace Jannuary 9, 1929 – January 14, 2015. Passed away peacefully on January 14, 2015 at Peace Arch Hospital after a brief illness. Wally was born in Melfort, Saskatchewan. He spent his childhood at Hudson Bay Co. Fur Trading Post where his father was Chief Factor. He was predeceased by his wife Betty and son David. He leaves to mourn: daughters Megan (Ron), Jennifer (John), brothers Neil and Dale as well as the staff and his many dear friends at the Peninsula Retirement Home. He joined the Manitoba Telephone System in 1949 in Winnipeg, as a Service Tech. He transferred to the new mining town of Thompson on the opening of a telephone system in 1960. After 5 years he was transferred to Melita and maintained the various small telephone exchanges in the area. In 1971 he was appointed Manager of Long Distance switching systems for Western Manitoba. He later transferred to Winnipeg as Supervisor of Complaints and Repair Dept. for the city of Winnipeg. Wally retired in 1987 and moved to White Rock. Wally was an avid traveler, gardener, computer whiz, and master genealogical researcher. He enjoyed being Master Bingo Caller and Black Jack Dealer. He was also known as the joker, always providing a daily laugh for all his friends. A farewell tribute for Wally will be held at Royale Peninsula Retirement Home, 2088 – 152 Street, in Surrey, BC on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:30pm. A Cremation has taken place. Donations may be made to the S.P.C.A. or UNICEF or charity of your choice. Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre 604-536-6522.
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NAVID: Grace Navid (née Dibroski), 95, passed away at the Valleyview Personal Care Home on Monday, January 5th, 2015, with family by her side. Grace was born on May 27th, 1919 in Brandon, MB.  The next year, the family moved to begin farming near Hubbard, SK.  She received her elementary schooling at the nearby one room school. Grace was able to receive a high school education by leaving home and moving to Regina, SK. Here, she had to work for her room and board to support herself. Following school, Grace returned to Hubbard where she married Steve Navid on May 28th, 1939.  Grace and Steve moved to Carrot River, SK. where they farmed and had a family; sons Rudy and Harold and daughters Joyce and Karen.  The family relocated to Rounthwaite, MB in 1957, farming for another 11 years before retiring to Brandon.  In retirement, Grace and Steve enjoyed 8 years wintering in Texas with many of their friends from the Brandon area. Following Steve's passing on August 26th, 1986, Grace maintained an independent lifestyle facing life's challenges with strength and resiliency.  She enjoyed coffeeing with friends, playing bingo, going on the occasional casino trip, puzzles and reading.  Grace's greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her children; Rudy (Norma) Navid, Harold (Judy) Navid, Joyce (Ron) Thomas and Karen Falconer, as well as 11 grandchildren and her great grandchildren. Grace was predeceased by her parents, 10 siblings and her loving husband Steve. The Funeral Service to honour Grace’s memory was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Saturday, January 10, 2015 with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. For those who so wish, donations in memory of Grace may be made to the Valleyview “Recreation Fund,” 3015 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 2K2.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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POMEROY: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Wife, Mother, and Grandmother Florence Anna Pomeroy on December 23rd, 2014 at the Souris Hospital. Florence was born to parents John and Nellie Kunka on March 24th 1939 in Pine River, MB. She moved to the Souris area in 1944 with her family. She attended school at Lilly and Souris as well as business college in Brandon. Florence worked with the Royal Bank in Brandon and Souris. Florence married the love of her life Clifford Pomeroy on June 17th 1961. They lived on a farm northeast of Souris for many years. Sons were born, Blaine 1965 and Gary 1968. The family moved into Souris in 1979. Florence went back to work at the Souris Hospital until illness forced her to retire in the mid 90's. Next to the love of her family, a clean house, pristine flower and vegetable gardens were her passion. She was also a fabulous baker. She spent many hours in the early years hauling the boys to their ball, hockey, and school activities. Later she enjoyed attending her grandchildren's activities. Somehow she also had the time and energy to belong to the Souris Legion Ladies Aux, United Church UCW and the Souris & District Heritage Club.Florence was predeceased by her parents John and Nellie Kunka, brothers in- laws, Bert Malo, George Slifka, and sister in-law Amy Kunka. She is survived by her husband of 53 years Clifford Pomeroy, sons Blaine and Gary(Allison). She also leaves behind her cherished grandchildren Amber and Gavin. Also left to mourn Florence are her siblings, Tony, Mike(June),Jimmy, Lil, Mary, Elsie, Jean(Don), sister in-law Betty Clevett and their families. A private internment took place at the Souris Cemetery followed by the funeral service at St. Paul's United Church on Monday Dec. 29th. The family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the Doctors and staff at Souris Hospital for their excellent care of Florence during her time there. Also to Dexter Kowalchuk and Kowalchuk's Funeral home for their professional services. Rev. Wendy Ranken for the lovely service and St. Paul's United Church Ladies for providing the luncheon. Thank you so much to our friends and family for their love and support during this difficult time. Donations in memory of Florence may be made to The Plum c/o Souris and District Heritage Club Inc. Box 1305 Souris, MB R0K 2CO, or to any charity of choice, if so desired.
Forever in our hearts, always in our memories.
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ROBINSON: Evelyn Marie of Valleyview Care Home, Brandon, beloved wife of Wes, passed away peacefully after a brief illness at the age of 92 years. She is survived by daughters Janet (Ron) Krebs and Diane (Wayne) Ferguson; four grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Society, Suite 105 - 386 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3R6 or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements withMemories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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ROME: Eva Ida Rome, widow of the late Edward "Buster" Rome and dear mother to Muriel (Glenn) Dudding and Ruth (Don) McLean, passed away at her residence, Valleyview Care Centre, Brandon on Sunday, January 4, 2015. Eva was born on January 6, 1915 at Treesbank, Manitoba. Her early life was spent on her parent's, Charles and Harriet (nee Howard) Smith, farm as her father's helper. Eva took her schooling in Treesbank and Methven, Manitoba. She went to work away from her home at an early age working for several families in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. In 1934, Eva married Edward "Buster" Rome. They worked together both on the farm and with their real estate company, Rome Realty. Eva was a member of the Nesbitt UCW, the Chesley UCW and the IODE in both Wawanesa and Brandon. She spent many years volunteering at Fairview Personal Care Home and was always a willing worker wherever she was needed. Eva's main interest was her family, especially her grandsons. Baking cinnamon buns and pancakes for them was her specialty. From her large gardens she made delicious meals for family and friends year round. Eva and Buster's home was always open to everyone no matter what the occasion or season may be. Eva and Buster travelled for many winters to Phoenix and Hawaii and by herself to Paris, Hawaii, Northwest Territories and numerous trips to Lloydminster, Alberta to visit and to babysit. Eva is survived by her daughters Muriel (Glenn) Dudding and Ruth (Don) McLean; grandsons Guy (Rochelle) Dudding and Gavyn (Nicole) Dudding; great-grandchildren Jenna, Josh and Kadyn Dudding; four step great grandchildren Tyler Stobbs and Liam, Callum and Lachlan McGinnis. She also leaves behind sisters-in-law Irene Smith and Lucy Smith and brother-in-law Erwin "Dave" Davis. Having lived 100 years less two days, Eva had many members of her family predeceased her: husband Edward "Buster" Rome in 1978; sisters and spouses Milly (Charles) Heaman, Grace (Dave) Nicole, Midge (Don) McNish and Ross (Murray) Linner; brothers Charles "Wag" Smith and Henry "Bud" Smith; cousins Roy (Dianna) Deacon and Kelly (Jessie) Deacon; sisters-in-law and their spouses Kathleen (Bert) Larway, Romie (Garnet) Cooper and Edna (Lynne) Dawson; brother-in-law JB (Jenny and Inez) Rome. The Funeral Ceremony was held at Memories Chapel, Brandon on Thursday, January 8, 2015. Rev. Harvey Hurren officiated. Pallbearers were Glenn, Guy, Gavyn and Josh Dudding, Don McLean and friend Alan Hook. The interment took place at the Brandon Cemetery prior to the ceremony. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Mrs. Rome to a charity of choice. Eva was a "Classy Lady". Her clothes were always well coloured coordinated right up to six days before her 100th birthday!!! Her sense of humour and common sense will remain with us always. Thank you to each of you for thinking of us.
Expressions of sympathy may be made atwww.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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USICK: Adam Usick passed away at the Minnedosa Care Home on January 13, 2015 at the age of 91. Adam is survived by his wife Florence, his children Debbie (Bill Andruniak), Donna (Brock Alexander), Brenda (Ron Belisle) and Brent and his wife Mishell. He will be missed by his grandchildren, Sean and Colin Andruniak, Samantha Bourdeau, Ryan Alexander, Chantale, Colette, and Joel Belisle, and Sydney and Dalton Usick. He is also survived by great grandchildren Mia, Gunnar, Colin, Maya, Bridget, Zachary and Cara Madeline, his brother Lawrence Usick and sister Eleanor Mosher as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his twin brother Steve Usick. Adam was born on the family farm north of Basswood on April 16th, 1923 to Mike Usick and Helen Lewandowski. His dad died when Adam and Steve were just 16, so he farmed with his brothers, and cousin Frank for many years. He married Florence Bachewich on October 18th, 1947 when he was 24, and they raised their family on the farm. Adam was always very politically active and was a councillor for the RM of Harrison from 1963 to 1966 and Reeve from 1970-1977. Adam was also active in the Conservative party. In 1976, Adam and Florence left the family farm and built and opened Leisure Inn Hotel in Newdale, which they ran until 1996. At that time, they moved to Minnedosa, and Adam continued his daily treks to the farm to check the crops, mow the grass, work on his many projects and inventions, and check his trapline in the winter. Adam loved the peace and tranquility of the farm. Adam was also very proud of his family, and made many trips to Calgary, Winnipeg, Manitouwadge and Fort McMurray to help out and spend time with his children and grandchildren. The funeral service is at 11:00 am Tuesday, January 20th at the Minnedosa Funeral Chapel, with a luncheon to follow at the Ukrainian Hall. Internment is at 2:30 at the St. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Newdale. Pallbearers are Brock Alexander, Ron Belisle, Bill Andruniak, Wes Usick, Morley Usick and Lyle Usick. The family is grateful to the staff of the Minnedosa Personal Care Home and Dr. Onyshko for the care Adam received. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Sandy Lake Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Museum, Cancer Care Manitoba or a charity of your choosing.
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WILL: Charles MacDonald (Chick), beloved husband of Alys (Sammy), passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Souris Personal Care Home. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, 47-5th Avenue West, Souris, MB on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Don Sellsted officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Chick may be made to the Souris Personal Care Home, Box 10, Souris, MB, R0K 2C0 or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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BELCHER: Wendy passed away after a short but valiant fight with cancer in Calgary, AB on January 10, 2015 at the age of 55 years. She will be lovingly missed by Robert, her high school sweetheart, the love of her life and her husband of 33 years. Wendy will also be dearly remembered by her father Melvin McManes, sisters Dorothy Bradford and Patricia (Mike) Ryan, brother Donald (Carol) McManes, sister in laws Karen (Doug) Northam, Diane (Jim) Kuculym, Lisa (Glen) Kingdon and brother in laws Bruce and Eric (Sue) and all of their many children. She will also be dearly missed by her dear friends, Larry and Sue Garnet and family. Wendy also leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her mother Margery (Barnes), brother Glen, brother in law Jim Bradford, mother and father in laws Bella and Jack Belcher. Wendy loved life and touched many, many lives. She was born and raised in Alexander, Manitoba and attended Brandon University and Olds College and then remained in Calgary where she had a few jobs before her career at the Canadian Gelbvieh Cattle Association. Wendy loved camping with horses and ATV’s in the scenic mountains of Alberta where she could take pictures of wildlife, flowers and scenery. A Celebration of Wendy’s Life will be held at Trinity United Church, 1515 6 Street, Brandon, MB on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Tom Baker Centre 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, A.B. T2N 4N2.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website www.fostersgardenchapel.ca.
Foster’s Garden Chapel Funeral Home and Crematorium. Telephone: 403-297-0888.
Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial
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DELMAGE: Albert (Bert) Edward Delmage of Brandon, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, January 9, 2015 at the age of 90 years. Bert was born in Minnedosa on April 2, 1924 to parents Simon and Alice Delmage.  He grew up on a farm one and a half miles east of Cameron School with his parents and six siblings. His early education took place in that one room school house. He later joined the Royal Canadian Air Force where he served as an aircraft rigger during WWII. After the war, Bert moved to Winnipeg to continue his education at the Manitoba Technical College where he studied to be an electrician. After graduation, he returned to Minnedosa where he completed his apprenticeship. While working in Minnedosa, he met Doreen Petrick of Brandon and they were married on July 22, 1950.  After living in Brandon for a short period, Bert and Doreen moved to Shilo where Bert completed a 34 year career as an Electrical Supervisor with the Department of National Defence at Camp Shilo. After five years of living in Shilo, he made a decision to move back to Brandon.  Alongside 13 other veteran families, as part of the Veterans’ Land Act, he constructed the home where he raised his children and lived for 56 years.  This very special house on Richmond Avenue remains in the family today. Bert had many interests including golf, curling, travel, nature, astronomy and was always up for a game of chess or cribbage. Bert was a member of Central United Church. He also took part in the Westman Stroke Support Group. He was an active volunteer at the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum where he was a lifetime member. He also was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Bert is survived by his loving wife of almost 65 years, Doreen, his two sons Mark and Mickey, his daughter Heather (Bela) and granddaughter Olivia. He was predeceased by his daughter-in-law Doris, parents Simon and Alice, siblings Ernest, Everett, Raymond, Frederick, Kenneth and Eleanor. Bert will be remembered for his love of life, love of his family, and time spent with his many friends. A service to celebrate Bert’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. A private family urn placement will take place at the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bert may be made to a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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BROWN: Alice M., beloved wife of the late Ray (Bud) Brown, mother of Vonda, Verly, Ken, Linda and Larry, passed away at the Souris Health Centre on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at the age of 90 years. Funeral mass will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, Brandon, Manitoba on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Prayer service will be held at St. Augustine’s Church on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Interment in the Brandon Cemetery at a later date. In memory of Alice, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundations. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
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ANSLEY: Maude Catherine Ansley, beloved mother of Shawn and Sharon (David) Vail, passed away at her residence, Dinsdale Personal Care Home on Monday, January 12, 2015. A memorial service will be held at St. Mary's Anglican Church, 401-1st Street on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Fr. Sean Beahen will officiate. Interment will be in the Brandon cemetery at a later date. Complete obituary information will follow. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Maude to the St. Mary's Anglican Church, 401-1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8; to Dinsdale Personal Care Home, 510-6th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 3N9 or to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 17th Street East, Brandon, MB R7A 5Y4.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel &Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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ALEXANDER: Constance (Connie) Bernice Alexander (nee Carter) of Minnedosa, MB, beloved mother of Shelley and Brock passed away on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home at the age of 93 years. Funeral service will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Minnedosa United Church. Interment will take place at the Minnedosa Cemetery. Rev. Natasha Pearen will officiate. Donations may be made to the Minnedosa United Church or the Minnedosa Community Foundation. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
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SNYDAL-GREGOIRE: On Sunday, January 4, 2015, Helen Hazel Snydal-Gregoire passed away at the age of 82 years at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Helen is survived by daughters JoAnn Slifka, Kathy (Bill) Collins and Shelly (Darren) Penney; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Helen was predeceased by her first husband, Hafstein "Steini" Snydal and by her second husband, Real Gregoire. Prayers will be said at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, 327 4th Street, on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Fr. Patrick Neufeld as Celebrant. Donations in memory of Helen may be made to the Manitoba Brain Injury Association Inc., 204-825 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 1M5.
Expressions of sympathy may be made atwww.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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ROSENMAN: Dorothy Rosenman passed away peacefully in White Rock , BC on Monday, January 5, 2015. Dorothy was born in Melita, Manitoba on June 29, 1919 to George and Nellie Carr. Along with sister Geraldine and brother Glenn, the Carr family moved to a homestead farm at Pipestone, Manitoba. After high school Dorothy graduated with top honors in hairdressing and manicuring at the Beautician College in Brandon, Manitoba she met her husband Victor of sixty-three years. During the wartime years their son Simon was born and the young family was stationed at RCAF bases at Gimli, Manitoba, and Moncton, New Brunswick, returning to Brandon for over forty years in various business enterprises where they were very supportive and active in community service organizations including the Brandon Chapter of the IODE. As one of the first female pilot graduates at the Brandon Flying Club, Dorothy worked with the Amelia Earhart Ninety-Nines International organization of Women pilots in creating the first Manitoba chapter for women aviators. Dorothy was a talented artist and supporter of the Allied Arts Center studying oils and watercolor with a number of noted mentors. Several trophies attest to her success and many friendships through curling and golf over the years in Brandon and later at Hazelmere in Surrey. Upon retirement in 1983, Victor and Dorothy moved to White Rock, BC to be closer to their grandchildren. They lived at Englesea Place until Victor’s passing in 2004 when Dorothy moved to the Peninsula Senior Retirement Residence where she was an active participant in many of its activities. After a recent brief illness Dorothy lived at Whitecliff Care Unit in White Rock. Dorothy is fondly remembered and survived by her three children, Simon (Marsoe) of Aldergrove, BC; Wayne (Joan) of Toronto, Ontario; and Terri-Lee (Allen) Wells of Langley, BC and  her three grandchildren, Taisha (Bill) Purper, Lindsey Wells, and Michael (Amanda) Wells and 4 great granddaughters. Private interment at Victory Memorial Park, Surrey, BC. A celebration of life will be arranged at later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation to the White Rock Hospice Society, 15510 Russell Avenue, White Rock, B.C., V4B 2R3 or the Brandon Area Community Foundation http://bacf.ca/about-bacf/history, Box 22096, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 6Y9 would be appreciated.
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