Classifieds / Obituaries
McCALLUM: The death of Hanna Leona Sylvia McCallum (nee Askin), occurred at Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, January 17, 2011. Hanna grew up on the family farm south of Justice, Manitoba back in the days of the one room school house. She loved farm life and maintaining the family farm is her legacy. Hanna moved to Brandon as a young adult and was employed with the Singer Co. and became the first female Singer Sewing Machine Repair Person. While working in Brandon, she met Donald McCallum and they were married June 23, 1951. She worked alongside Don in his construction company and later in life returned to work the family farm they both loved. Hanna had many talents and her various jobs through life included; selling real-estate, surveying for research purposes, running the canteen and managing the Riverview Curling Club. Hanna enjoyed family and always made time to see the grandchildren and great grandchildren that she cherished. Hanna was an active community volunteer dedicating her free time to events and organizations that were near to her heart. Hanna was a Charter Member of Riverview Curling Club Inc., Charter Member of the Ladies Auxiliary Royal Canadian Legion #247, Honorary Life Member of the Riverview Curling Club Inc. and was an Honorary Life Member of the Riverview Ladies Curling Club. Hanna received numerous awards and honors for the volunteer work she did for the special events that were hosted in Brandon. The game of Curling was a passion. In her younger years, she curled in various leagues and then later in life Hanna travelled coast to coast, and to Scotland, to attend Curling events. She also travelled Mexico, Dominican Republic and within Canada visiting family. Hanna was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Sylvia Askin; and her husband, Donald McCallum. Hanna is survived by her son, Murray (Heather) and granddaughter, Kellie; son, Dennis (Betty) and grandsons, Jeffrey (Carolyn), Dustin (Raelene), Jayson (Tamara,) and families; daughter, Noreen; step grandsons, David (Tina) and Kevin Solomon and families; sister, Isabel Vermeersch; sisters- in-law, Joan Thompson and Isobel Hicks. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. The Ceremony to Celebrate Hanna's life was held at Memories Chapel, on Thursday, January 20, 2011. Rev. Chris Arthur officiated. Private family Interment will take place at a later date in the Sparling Cemetery. Hanna made one last trip to the Riverview Curling Club where family and friends gathered for a reception in her honor. Donations in memory of Hanna may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be made atwww.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
LOWE: Terry. Unexpectedly in Vancouver on January 24, 2011 after a brief illness, aged 53. The second of four sons, Terry was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba. He settled in Vancouver where he graduated from the Fine Arts program at Langara Community College and a publishing program at Simon Fraser. Since then he worked for several companies as graphic artist and later designing and programming websites. At the time of his death he was the lead programmer for Solocks.com Training. An avid cyclist, Terry was an active member of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition and acted as the editor for Momentum Magazine's Vancouver edition for several years. Terry leaves behind his parents Steve and Anne Lowe of Brandon and three brothers: Al in Brandon, Brian in Winnipeg, and Mike in Calgary, along with sister-in-law Trudy and two nephews, Connor and Evan. Arrangements are pending with services being planned for Vancouver and Brandon. Funeral arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, Brandon, Manitoba,727-0330.For further details and to leave messages of sympathy and remembrance, please visit www.memorieschapel.com.
HOPKINS: Bev (previously of Brandon, Manitoba) passed away peacefully in Powell River, British Columbia December 26, 2010 at the age of 70. Bev leaves to mourn daughter Cathy Brydges (Jamie), son Jim (Brenda); granddaughter Stacy (Ryan) great-grandson Damien and granddaughter Amanda. She will be sadly missed by brothers Bill, Laverne and Doug Roman; sisters Vel Conley, Mabel Martin and families.
HARKNESS: (Brad) Stanley. Feb. 1, 1955 - Feb. 1, 2011. Born in Brandon, Manitoba, 56 years of age passed away peacefully in his home, Sudbury, Ontario after a courageous battle with, cancer. Brad is survived by his wife Josette, his mother Agnes (Jim Harkness deceased 1989), Hazel, Ron (Val) Harkness, Candice (Jim) as well as their families. Brad was the loving father of Brady Harkness (Kristy), Shanda Ferguson (Scott), Jamey Cronshaw (Tom), Kara Harkness (Greg), Krista Harkness. Brad has 14 grandchildren (predeceased by Jeremy Harkness). Brad also has six step-children and grandchildren. Brad was a friendly man with a big heart and a great sense of humor and always there to help someone in need. A celebration of his life was held in Sudbury, Ontario on February 3. Celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Manitoba. The lessons he has taught each and every one of us will be remembered for ever. Donations can be made to the Cancer Society.
GREEN: Florence Megan (Micki) Green passed away January 20, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, after suffering a short illness. Micki, as mom was known to all, was born in Miniota, Manitoba on February 10, 1934 the only child of Tom and Florence Stretton. She attended school in Miniota and Beulah, and at the tender age of seventeen, married John Edward (Ed) Green. Micki and Eddie made their home at Beulah, Cardale, Douglas and Sprucewoods. From their union, came ten children; Delaine (Russ) Manary of Winnipeg, Eddie (Sylvia) of Airdrie, Ralph (Debbie) of Calgary, Reece of Calgary, Darci (Larry) Semeschuk of Brandon/Souris, Corey of Brandon, Noah (Steve) Burns of Sherwood Park, Dusty Diment, Lance and Layne all of Brandon; twenty-six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. When Micki and Ed were living, working and hobby farming at Sprucewoods, Ed suffered from a severe Multiple Sclerosis attack and from that day forward was unable to work. Micki was forced into becoming the sole supporter for her husband and ten children, the youngest being only one year old at the time. Times were much different in 1967, and there was not the support available that there is today. Micki worked up to three jobs at a time, just to be able to put food on the table, clothe the children and look after Eds medical expenses. She first worked at Burns meat packers in Brandon, from there she went on to work as a nurses aide at Sunset Haven Nursing Home. She worked night shifts there, and during the day and evening shifts, she worked in Shilo at the General Strange Hall, where she supervised the swimming pool change rooms. It was there that she became like a second mom to many of Shilos young women. To earn additional funds, mom worked as a personal caregiver to a Brandon family. Through it all she never failed her children and ensured that the family remained together. Once there were just five children left at home, mom relocated to Brandon and secured a job with the Royal Canadian Legion that would last twenty-five years, until her retirement at age sixty-five. Mom loved animals and always had a dog or two wherever she lived. They were her passion and she maintained, right up to her death, that she loved her dogs as much as her children, sometimes more! As a teenager, her first dog was a black lab named Nellie, whom she never forgot. There were many in between, but her last dog was also a black lab named Nellie, and she is now living with Reece in Calgary. Micki was predeceased by her mother, father and husband. At moms request, her ashes will be buried with her beloved parents, in Beulah Cemetery later this year. The family expresses their sincere gratitude to the doctors and nurses at the Brandon Regional Health Centre for their care of mom over the two weeks that she was a patient there. A Celebration of Mickis Life was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, on Monday, January 24, 2011 with Lawrence McInnes officiating. Donations if individuals so desire, may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 17th Street East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7M6.
FALLIS: Myrtle, 90 years, beloved wife of the late Alex Fallis, mother of Garry, Joan and Blaine, died in the Souris Health Centre on Tuesday, February 1, 2011. Funeral Service will be held at St. Pauls United Church, Souris, on Monday, February 7, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery at a later date. In memory of Myrt, donations may be made to the Souris & Glenwood Foundation Box 518 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0. Kowalchuks Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DUNN: Kathleen (Kaye) Dunn, May 31, 1926 January 30, 2011. It is with great sadness that Kayes family announces her sudden passing on January 30, 2011 in Brandon at the age of 84 years. Kaye was predeceased by her husband, Clarence Albert Dunn; her first son, Guy Barry Dunn; her brothers Peter and Wally Warnick and sisters Ann Warnick and Mary Slobodian. Kaye Warnick was born in Kemnay, Manitoba on May 31, 1926 and moved to Brandon in her late teens, where she worked at Kennedys Music Store, and played piano in a band. Kaye will be lovingly remembered and missed by her five children; Beverley Binkley of Vancouver, Barbara Dart (Bill) of Edmonton, Gregory Dunn of Toronto, Craig Dunn (Claudette) of Portage La Prairie and Sherri Ferguson (Bryan) of Brandon; her sister Helen Prost of Winnipeg and her brothers Bill Warnick (Phyllis) of Brandon, Steve Warnick(Helen) of Calgary and her many friends. She will be greatly missed by her precious 12 grandchildren; Kristen Binkley (David Neufeld) and Kara Binkley (Chuck Greig) of Vancouver, Parker and Taylor McDougall of Edmonton, Jodi Dunn and Aimee Hatcher (Kevin)of Brandon, Tyler, Stefanie and Marshall Dunn of Portage La Prairie and Spencer, Cassie and Renee Ferguson of Brandon; and her five great grandchildren, Mickey Daly of Brandon, Luke and Ruby Hatcher of Brandon, Jessika and Sophia Greigof Vancouver. She was very proud of the many accomplishments of her grandchildren and she loved nothing better than spending time with them.WhenKays husband died in 1976, she took over the family business of Imperial Taxi Ltd. and ran it until it was sold a few years later. She then worked at Reesors Jewellery Store in the Brandon Mall until she retired in 1991. Kay took up curling and golfing late in life and loved both sports. She had a hole in one and broke a 100 at the Clear Lake golf course,she saw these as great accomplishments of her golf career. She spent her summers at Clear Lake at 290 WasagamingDrive (the little red house) and she leaves behind many friends there. She loved the annual Tamarack Golf Tournament and when she could no longer play, she followed her childrens and grandchildrens progress in the tournament throughout the week-long event. Kaye will also be remembered by friends and family for her rousing piano playing, as well as her great love of cooking. Kaye was a courageous woman and truly an inspiration to everyone who knew her. She lived every day of her life as though it was a special gift. The family wishes to thank the staff at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home for their caring assistance in this difficult time. . A service of remembrance was held to honour Kayes memory at Brockie Donovan Chapel, on Thursday February 3,2011 with interment at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Kaye may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8 or the CNIB, 354 Tenth Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G1.
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DILLABOUGH: Merv Dillabough of Brandon, Manitoba, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at the age of 73 years. Donald (Merv) Dillabough was born in Minnedosa, Manitoba on November 6, 1937, eldest son of Sam and Bessie Dillabough. He was raised and educated in his home town, and after completing his schooling went to work for the CPR in 1955. It was in the following year that he joined the staff of J.A. Burgess and Sons, taking up the trade as a meat cutter. 1957 found Ken Burgess bringing Merv to Brandon with him to open Burgess Solo Store on 6th Street. It was here that Merv met Gloria (Arbuthnott) and in July of 1961 their marriage began and lasted almost 50 years. They were blessed with three children - Marci, Rhonda and Allan, who have brought much love and joy to them throughout the years. In 1960, to further his career, Merv joined the staff of Canada Safeway. He spent 17 years with the company working his way through the management ranks to a final position as District Manager. While with Safeway, Merv and his family lived in several locations including Dryden, Ontario, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Merv left Canada Safeway in the fall of 1977, taking a food consulting position with Westfair Foods (Loblaws). He spent 1 ? years with the company and it was at this time that they put together the Super Valu Store concept now known as Superstore. Merv opened Westfair Foods first Super Valu store in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Inspired by former Brandonite Laddie Hutchison, Merv became an Associated Dealer with Canadian Tire, and purchased his first store in Deep River, Ontario in May of 1980. Three years later, Merv and family moved to St. John's, NL where he opened a brand new store. It was during this time that daughter Rhonda found her Craig, and son Allan found his Darlene and first grandson Greg was born to Marci and Vince. In 1988, Merv was offered the opportunity to move "Home" to Brandon after being gone for 24 years. Merv played and enjoyed most sports with his favourites being golf, baseball and curling. He umpired minor ball in the Brandon City Leagues during 1958-1959, then started Manitoba SeniorBall in the spring of 1960. Between 1960-1965, he did most of home plate umpiring for both the Brandon Cloverleafs and the Riverside Blues. Merv curled on the Club Champions Team of both the Old Wheat City Curling Club 1959 and the Brandon Club of 1962. Their team won the 1959 Eatons Event, losing the Grand Aggregate to the Jim Williamson rink. Merv loved each community in which he lived, and always wanted to give back by becoming involved in various organizations. After returning home to Brandon he served on the Brandon Economic Development Board, the Brandon Area Foundation Board, became Chairman of the Brandon Kiwanis Club, and was chairperson for 5 years on the Helping Hands Board, along with being Vice-President of the Canadian Tire Dealers Association Board. Merv was a loyal supporter of the YMCA and was very honoured in 2002 to be presented with the YMCA Peace Metal. Perhaps his greatest achievement came in 2004 when he was recognized by Canadian Tire with the Award of Excellence, given annually to the top store in each of the company's three Canadian divisions. The award signified a dealer who operated a store at the highest level. Merv felt very honoured when presented with a life membership, from the Brandon Chamber of Commerce and equally pleased with the Base Commanders Commendation from the Canadian Forces Base Shilo. Any recognition of service to the community brought Merv great happiness, including being chosen as the Business Person of the Year in 1995 by the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, and recognized in 1999 with the Volunteer Award for Manitoba Business for outstanding Promotion of Volunteerism. In 2003, he proudly and humbly accepted recognition of his years of Dedicated Service to the Impoverished and Needy of Westman by the Board of Directors of Helping Hands Centre of Brandon. Merv lived life to the fullest, especially enjoying time spent at the Clear Lake cottage, or on the golf course with his good friends. Many a laugh was shared wherever Merv was found, often over coffee at "Timmies" or at the Town Centre after a morning workout in the fitness centre. Merv thoroughly enjoyed his seven years of retirement, and always found time to visit at Canadian Tire just to see how things were going, and to have a chat with staff and customers. He also looked forward to the winter months when he was among the first to pick up his season tickets for the Wheat King games. Kelly surely realized that he had another assistant coach shouting from section 19. Merv also looked forward, with great anticipation, to the week of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, where he found great pleasure mingling with fairgoers, participants and Board members. The highlight of the week was the Thursday night Heavy Horse Event when he proudly rode atop the wagon of the winning team for a victory lap. Merv was predeceased by his parents Sam and Bessie Dillabough, and by in-laws Bob and Anne Arbuthnott. He leaves with many wonderful and treasured memories his wife Gloria, daughters Marci (Vince), Rhonda (Craig), son Allan (Darlene), and grandchildren Greg, Lindsay, Brad, Taylor, Jordyn, Robyn and little Jayden. A private interment was held at the Rosewood Memorial Gardens Cemetery, followed by a Service of Remembrance at Central United Church on January 26, 2011. Active Pallbearers were Craig and Brad Pardy, Vince and Greg Crisanti, Shawn de Delley and Stuart Cruse.Merv's life was definitely a "SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY"!
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DEMANSKI: Isabelle Margaret "Sheila" (nee McCurdy) passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, January 21, 2011. Sheila was the youngest child and only daughter of William and Dora McCurdy. In 1944 she married the love of her life, Walter Demanski. They were married for almost 65 years until Walter's passing in August 2009. Together they owned and operated a dairy farm south of Brandon where they raised two sons, Gary and Murray. After almost 30 years of working side by side, morning 'til night, they sold the farm and moved to Brandon. After moving to town they spent every summer working on their beautiful yard which was their pride and joy. They enjoyed going for drives through the country side and going to Saturday night dances at the Legion. After Walter's death, Sheila moved to Victoria Landing where she continued to enjoy all the musical entertainment that was provided. She missed her husband deeply and her one enjoyment and pastime was her afternoon coffee at Tim Horton's. She was treated like family by the staff and loved seeing her old friends and meeting new ones. She often said that this was better than any medicine for her. Sheila was predeceased by her mother and father, Dora and William; her three brothers: William, Robert and Maurice; and by her loving husband, Walter. She leaves to mourn her passing: her sons, Gary (Jean), Murray (Lynda); grandchildren: Janelle (Dave), Jason (Karen), Terry (Lou), Stacey (Adam), Ryan (Shelby); six great grandchildren; four sisters-in-law: Nellie, Lorraine, Jessie and Dorothy; numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life was held on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at Memories Chapel, Brandon Rev. Shannon McCarthy officiating. A private family interment followed in the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Sheila may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2B7.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
BISHOP: In the last hours of January 27, 2011, George Bishop of Brandon, Manitoba, formerly of Erickson, Manitoba, succumbed to rest after a battle with cancer at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. George was born in Neepawa, Manitoba on May 26, 1932 to Nellie and Walter Bishop. They later moved to Kelwood, Manitoba. After a brief education, George went to work for numerous farmers and then the Good Roads at Riding Mountain, Manitoba. On March 12, 1955 George married the love of his life, Madeline (Birch). They were blessed with one daughter,Hazel, born February 16, 1956. George went to work at BA Texaco on Brandon North Hill for a couple of years. From there he worked at CCIL before moving to Erickson in 1967 finding employment with different garages. His final employment was at Riding Mountain National Park Compound as a Heavy Duty Mechanic; employed there until his retirement in 1992. George took a fancy to livestock where he built a herd of cattle for a few years. Due to health issues, George and Madeline moved to Brandon in 2006. Then a couple of years ago George bought a Miniature Horse Team (Buddy and Chip) with his daughter. He started driving them as a team and took them in a couple of parades, even winning the Best Agricultural Float in Rivers. He was so proud of his team. George and family were avid campers making a tour of Alaska in 2000 and many points in Manitoba. He was also a skunked fisherman as well as a hunter. George leaves to mourn his passing his soul mate and loving wife Madeline of 55 years; one daughter, Hazel (Vern) Moyer; grandsons, Jason and Justin (Pauline); granddaughter, Jodi (Darwin) Odowichuk; seven great-grandchildren; Daysha, Ian, Alannah, Cohen, Karson, Kohan and Kyrna. George leaves one sister, Kathleen and her family; sisters-in-law, Betty Birch, Margaret (Gordon) Pearce, and Judy (Jim) Menzies, and many special nieces and nephews. All children were special to George. George was predeceased by his parents Nellie and Walter Bishop; brothers Don and Frank; niece Linda; in-laws Sid and Etta Birch; and sister-in-law Phyllis. The Ceremony to Celebrate George's life was held at Memories Chapel, 330 - 18th Street North, Brandon on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Jim Brown officiated. Private family interment took place at the Brandon Cemetery. Friends who desire may make a donation in memory of George to Cancer Care MB or to Manitoba Miniature Horse Club, Box 802, Boissevain, R0K 0E0.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
AUSTIN: Albert Bert Morton Austin of Minnedosa, Manitoba passed away on February 4, 2011 at the Minnedosa Health Centre at the age of 85 years. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Minnedosa United Church. Interment will take place at the Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
BENNETT: Jennie Bennett, beloved wife of the late Jack Bennett, passed away on January 29, 2011 at the age of 91 years. She leaves to mourn daughters; Joan (Harry Airey) and family, Christine (Harold Whittingham), and son; Steven (Virginia) and family. She also leaves to mourn niece, Eileen (James) and nephew, Wesley of England. She was born in the Parish of West Cornforth, in the County of Durham, England on December 21, 1919. On February 24, 1941, while Jack was on a 48 hour leave, mom and dad were married. She became a War Bride and the next day he was shipped out. On February 17, 1942, Jack was taken prisoner at the fall of Singapore and they were not reunited until August of 1945. Jack and Jennie came to Canada in 1946, on the Ile de France and resided in the Coulter area, where they farmed until 1960. Mom learned how to the drive the tractor and the combine, as well as how to haul the grain. In 1961, the family moved to Wheatlands and then in 1965 they moved on to Brandon. For many years, they travelled back to England to visit relatives. They also visited many other foreign destinations, such as Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal and more. Mom loved going to antique sales, as well as yard sales, to find that great treasure! She spent many peaceful hours in her beautiful flower garden, at their home on First Street. For many years she volunteered with The Red Cross, the Diabetes Association and as well the Summer Games. A memorial service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, on Friday, February 4, 2011 with Rev. John Dolloff of St. Marys Anglican Church officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Jennie may be made to a charity of your choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
She will be greatly missed by her family.
MITCHELL: Robert A. (Ray) Mitchell, beloved husband of the late Gladys Mitchell, father of Heather (Brian) and Blaine (Diane) and grandfather of Ashlee, Rob and Lindsay passed away at his home in Virden, Manitoba Tuesday; February 1, 2011 in his 91st year. Funeral service will be held from G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden Saturday; February 5, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Janice Van Aertselaer officiating. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Ray. E-mail messages of condolence or sign the on-line Book of Condolences at www.carscaddenfuneralchapel.comG. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
FORSTER: George A. Forster. George was born in the Carman area on May 18, 1924. He died on January 31, 2011 at the Trilake Health Center, Killarney, Manitoba. George is survived by his wife Angele nee DeMey, son Alex (Irene) Forster, grandchildren Kimberly and Kevin, son Robert Forster (Gaylene Greenfield) grandchildren Lana and Michelle, daughter Leisa Forster (Ken Down). In accordance with George's wishes, a private service will be held at a later date. Private interment at Ninette Cemetery, Ninette, Manitoba. If friends so desire, donations may be made to Trilake Health Center Palliative Care Unit, Killarney, Manitoba, R0K 1G0.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlnd.comKillarney Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.
REDLICK: Gustave. On December 20, 2010 Gustave Redlick passed away at the age of 92, at the Kipnes Centre. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at Evergreen Funeral Chapel 16204 Fort Rd., Edmonton. Donations in his memory may be made to the Kipnes Centre for Veterans, 4470 McRae Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5E 6M8 or to the Alzheimer Society, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5H 4K1. Evergreen Funeral Chapel & Reception Centre, Cemetery &Cremation Centre, 780-472-9019.
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