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McLEAN: The death of Edith Jessie McLean, widow of Gerald, mother of Don and Lawrie occurred in Brandon on Monday, September 26, 2011. Edith Jessie McLean was born at home on December 3, 1910. She attended Lily School and took music lessons at Brandon College. She married Gerald McLean in 1936 and they farmed in the Regent and Fairfax districts. While in Fairfax area she was organist for the United Church and helped in all community organizations. Edith and Gerald moved to Brandon in 1963. After Gerald's death, Edith worked at Beltone Hearing Centre and Western Medical Clinic. For many years she played the piano at the Assiniboine Centre. Rideau Park Personal Care Home became her residence in 2003. Edith was predeceased by her husband, Gerald, parents Jessie and Thomas Jones, brothers and sister-in-laws Wes and Laura and George and Della, her sister and husband Viola and Bill Groves and daughter-in-law Gwen. She is survived by her sons Don (Ruth) and Lawrie. A private graveside service was held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Memorial Service was held at Memories Chapel on Friday, September 30, 2011. Rev. Shannon McCarthy officiated. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Edith to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Unit 4B - 457 9th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 1K2 or a charity of choice.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
SEAFOOT: Kenneth Carl Seafoot of Brandon, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at the age of 86 years. Ken is survived by his loving wife Eleanor (Patterson); sons Sheldon (Judy) of Brandon, and Carl (Jennifer) of Strathmore, AB; grandchildren Dan (Melissa Schmeichel) of Winnipeg, Dale (Erin Garden) of Nesbitt, Manitoba, Sean of Strathmore, Alberta, and Shannon of Strathmore, Alberta; and great-grandson Mardigan Garden. Also surviving are brother Garth (Wilma) of Carroll; sister Dorothy Metcalfe of Winnipeg; sister-in-law Doreen Seafoot of Nesbitt, and Eva Gooden of Brandon; brothers-in-law Earl (Doreen) Patterson of Boissevain, and Murray (Yvonne) Patterson of Brandon. Ken was born on June 14, 1925, to Fred and Gertie Seafoot of Carroll, Manitoba. Ken was a radar operator on a Corvette in the RC Navy in WWII. After the war, Ken returned to his father’s farm at Carroll during the summer, to work and play ball. Ken sharpened his cooking skills through the winters of 1945 – 1948 by working at Salisbury House in Winnipeg, where on the dance floor he met a Normal School student, Eleanor Patterson. In 1949, he bought a farm and married Eleanor on October 22. After gaining some car sales experience at Canadian Motors, a Ford-Mercury car dealership was bought in Virden in 1962. In 1972, Ken became the Supervisor of Transportation and Maintenance for Forte la Bosse School Division until his retirement in 1986. Baseball, curling, hunting, fishing, the Royal Canadian Legion, and the Lions Club were big parts of Ken’s life. There were many stories told about playing baseball with the Riverside team, starting up the Virden Oilers team, his rise to umpire-in-chief of the MSBL, and umpiring at the Canadian National baseball championship. Ken was president of the Virden Legion. Ken was a Lions member for more than two decades and talked often about cooking at the fair booth they operated. Baseball was his true love, watching teams each spring in Phoenix, and watching his beloved Blue Jays, right up to his last few days. Funeral Services were held at Central United Church on Thursday, September 29, 2011. Interment followed at Carroll Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or to a charity of your choice. Thank-you to Brockie Donovan, Rev. Laird Russell- Yearwood and the staff at Central United Church, and Rev. Harvey Hurren for officiating at the interment at the Carroll Cemetery.
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MURRAY: Blair. It is with great sadness that the family of Blair Marshal Murray announce his sudden passing on Monday, September 26, 2011, one day after his 53rd birthday. Blair was born September 25, 1958 in Souris, Manitoba to Florence and Ewart Murray. His elementary school years were spent in Souris before the family moved to Brandon, Manitoba when his father purchased Brandon Automobiles. Blair graduated from Vincent Massey High School and then completed a degree at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan in Business and a Teachers and General Studies degree at Brandon University. Blair spent 23 years as a teacher, counsellor and coach - touching thousands of young lives across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Teaching took him to Teulon, Manitoba, Brandon, Manitoba, Brooks, Alberta, Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, Sundale, Alberta, Airdrie, Alberta, Calgary, Alberta, Wetaskawin, Alberta and finally to Red Deer, Alberta and Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School where he was teaching and coaching at the time of his passing. To say that sports was a big part of his life would be an understatement. Growing up in a family that was passionate about sports, Blair played baseball, football and hockey at a very competitive level. He played both college baseball and football at Northwood University in the United States. He continued to play baseball at a very high level in Manitoba for many years in the highly respected Manitoba Senior Baseball League with most of those years spent with the Brandon Cloverleafs. As a player and then coach, he was fortunate enough to be involved with various all-star and provincial teams. He played a baseball game only a few days before his passing with his police team friends. It is in coaching at the middle school and high school levels that he truly made an impact. He was a tireless worker and coached virtually every sport during his career from badminton, track and field, volleyball, basketball, to baseball and football. A number of times he coached more than one sport at once because he never said “no” and wanted to please and help everybody. It would be hard to imagine anybody with a busier schedule than Blair. One of his greatest joys in life was to see his student athletes succeed not only in competition but in developing into solid citizens. As busy as he was, he found time to develop great friendships with staff members at the Calgary Remand Center as a correctional officer. Something he did on free weekends from coaching and in the summer months. Blair had friends everywhere and could be counted on to assist any of his friends who needed help. He would do anything for you. Besides all of his friends and relatives, Blair will be sadly missed by sister Vivian (Paul McCarthy), brother Warren (Marlee) and brother Andy (Ruth) and families, as well as special friend Jeannie Halmo. Blair was predeceased by his mother Florence, father Ewart and sister Marilyn. Funeral service will be held on Monday, October 3rd, 1:00 p.m. at the Souris United Church. Kowalchuk Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
HAWKINS – Ivy Kathleen (nee Hughes). Ivy passed away peacefully in the Souris Personal Care Home on Tuesday September 20, 2011. She leaves to mourn: her husband Harold Hawkins; daughters Kathy (Jack) Welsh and May Menkema; son George (Linda) Pringle; grandchildren Butch Menkema, Lee (Trish) Menkema, Allan Sampson, Chad, Scott and Jacquie Pringle; great-grandchildren Jesse, Merrik and Maddox Menkema. Ivy was born November 14, 1927 in the Brandon area to Clarence and Elsie Hughes. In 1948 she married George Thomas Pringle and together they farmed at Rounthwaite, later moving to Margaret in 1962 where they farmed and raised sheep. In 1971 George passed away. Later she married Don McKenzie and they live in Ninette. Don Passed away in 1977. Ivy led a full life working on the farm, at the Ninette Sanitarium and later at the Pelican Lake Training Center until she retired. She did volunteer work in her community, canvassed for the Canadian Cancer Society and was a member of the Legion. In 2000 she married Harold and they lived at Nesbitt where they had a huge garden. Together they canned, made preserves, juices, and froze vegetables and fruit. They enjoyed camping, bingo, legion meat draws and a favorite annual pastime was attending and volunteering at the Threshermen’s Reunion in Austin. Ivy enjoyed gentle teasing, baking cookies, embroidery, flowers and she was a very generous person. Funeral service was held at the Brandon Hills United Church on Saturday, September 24, 2011 with Rev. Carolyn Rushton officiating. Interment was at the Brandon Hills Cemetery. In Memory of Ivy, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris were in care of arrangements,
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HANOWSKI: Elvin “Al” Sebastian Hanowski. On Wednesday, September 28, 2011 we said good-bye to a husband, father, grandfather and friend. Al Hanowski passed away with his family by his side. Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Lyla, his children Kim (Maurice), Daryl (Cindy) and Marla, his grandchildren Melanie (Cliff), Corey, Jordan, Kylee (Jamie) and Shawna. He was also blessed with three great-grandchildren, Zach, Zoe and Ethan. A brother Eddie and sisters Tillie and Freda, along with numerous nieces and nephews. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327 – 4th Street, with Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. The family of Al would like to thank the staff on the 3rd floor and the ICU of the Brandon Regional Health Centre for the kind and compassionate care they gave to him, and his family, during this difficult time. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8.
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CUNNINGHAM: Merlin Frederick. It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend, Merlin Cunningham, on September 3, 2011, at 69 years of age. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Avis Place, 24-6th Street, Brandon, Manitoba. Refreshments to follow.
CAMPBELL: It is with sadness the family of Lee-Anne Campbell, beloved wife of Bill, announce her passing on Thursday, September 29, 2011. Funeral arrangements are pending. Announcement of service details will follow.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
BAWTINHIMER: Katherine Georgina “Georgie” Bawtinhimer passed away peacefully on September 26, 2011 in her 92nd year at The Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre, Winnipeg Manitoba, leaving a legacy of love. Born in Goodlands, Manitoba on June 25, 1920, Georgie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Ken Dando, three grand-daughters and their husbands, Sarah and Robert Gagné, Adrienne and Michael Penner, Katherine and Martin Hylland great-grandchildren, Lucy and Charlie Gagné and Anna Penner, sister and brother-in-law Dorothy and Clive Lewis, brother and sister-in-law, Murray and Margaret Stewart. Georgie valued her relationships with the many nieces, nephews and cousins of the Bawtinhimer and Stewart families. She was predeceased by her parents, Russell and May Stewart and husband Russell Howard “Joe” in 1991. Georgina was raised on the family farm and attended school in Medora, Manitoba. Prior to her marriage, Georgie worked at Henry Brother’s store in Medora. She married “Joe” Bawtinhimer on December 1, 1943. Georgie worked side by side with Joe during their years on the farm, enjoying farming life and being part of the Goodlands community. Joe and Georgie retired to Deloraine in 1978, where they continued to be involved in social and community activities. During their 48 year marriage, Georgie and Joe demonstrated their strong commitment to each other. They embraced new experiences and shared celebrations with family and friends. As a mother, Georgie was always supportive, nurturing and fun loving. Her close relationship with her sister, Dorothy, remained loving and unwavering even through her struggles with her memory loss. In 2004, due to health concerns, Georgie moved to Winnipeg to be closer to her daughter Linda and her family. Georgie enjoyed knitting, sewing, curling, golfing, her art work and being an active member of the UCW and Royal Purple. She was known for her “Green Thumb” and liked nothing better than to work in her garden. A bouquet of garden flowers was a constant on the kitchen table. Georgie also enjoyed baking and decorating everything from cookies to wedding cakes. She looked forward to visits from her grandchildren; exposing them to new experiences. Georgie saw excitement and pleasure in ordinary day to day events. Her adventurous spirit was evident in her openness to try new things, the many trips that she and Joe shared with others and her outings with dear friends, Evelyn and Doreen. Georgie was the consummate visitor, interested in everyone’s stories, empathetic and willing to offer a helping hand. A special thank you to the North first floor staff at The Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre for their compassion and caring of Georgie over the past five years. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on October 1, at Deloraine United Church, Deloraine, Manitoba. Interment at Goodlands Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made in Georgie’s memory to The Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre, 1 Falcon Ridge Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba or the charity of your choice.
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STURBY: Mike. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mike Sturby on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at WestMan Nursing Home, Virden, Manitoba with his family by his side. Mike was in his 96th year. He was predeceased by Mary, his beloved wife of 63 years, in December, 2006. He will be missed by his three children, Sharron (Victoria), Eugene (Edmonton) and Ruth (Golden); three grandchildren, Tracy Obsniuk (Victoria), Mark Obsniuk (Vancouver) and Dave Sturby (Brandon) and one great- granddaughter, 1 year old Saskia Obsniuk (Vancouver). He is survived by two brothers, Merlin and Metro (Winnipeg) and two sisters, Vange Nagy (Preeceville, Saskatchewan) and Rose Guspodarchuk (Snow Lake, Manitoba). Mike farmed south of Cromer before moving to Virden in 1986. The funeral service will take place Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Virden, Manitoba. Father Don Bernhardt will officiate. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial donations in memory of Mike may be made to Virden & Area Palliative Care P.O. Box 400 Virden, Manitoba, R0M 2C0.
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G.R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
MURRAY: We are sad to announce the sudden passing of Blair Marshal Murray, in Calgary, on Monday, September 26, 2011. Services will be held in Calgary, on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. at East Side Memorial Chapel, located at 5388 Memorial Drive. A Manitoba Service will be held In Souris at the Souris & Glenwood Community Centre, 30-3rd Avenue West, Monday October 3, at 1:00 p.m. Full obituary to follow. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Service, Souris in care of arrangements.
LELOND: Rowena M. Lelond (Parker), beloved mother of Dianna Harrison, Jo-Ann Reid and Glen Parker, and stepmother of Vince Lelond, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at the age of 85 years. A Celebration of Rowena’s Life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Westman Dreams for Kids Foundation, Unit 2-37-11th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4J2. Complete obituary information to follow.
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ANDRONICK: The death of Henry Andronick, beloved husband of Norma and dear father of Shannon, Jan, Patti, Jody and Steve, occurred at Rideau Park Personal Care Home on Wednesday, September 28, 2011. The funeral service will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 - 18th Street North, on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Interment at Brandon Cemetery. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
DRAKE: It is with heartfelt sadness we announce the passing of Amelia (Millie) Drake, widow of Ed Drake, in Brandon on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 80 years of age. Remaining to forever cherish Millie’s memory is her sister, Lil Sklar of Brandon. She is lovingly remembered by her extended family members, many nieces and nephews and many friends. Millie and Ed enjoyed many memorable years with family and friends at their cottage at Pelican Lake, where a glass of wine and pleasurable company was always waiting for anyone who stopped by. They also loved to travel to many vacation spots in Mexico and Southern USA. Millie will be remembered for her thoughtfulness, generosity and devotion to her family and friends. Her labours of love, included beautiful knitted afghans and creating baking items for all to enjoy. She was blessed with a long and happy life and will be deeply missed. Millie was predeceased by her devoted husband, Ed Drake, parents Nicholas and Rose, sisters Ann, Mary, Sophie, Kay and brothers Stanley, Jack and Walter. A graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Millie can be made to any charitable organization of choice.
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VAN DAMME: Cecile Van Damme (nee Hutlet). Peacefully at the Rideau Park Personal Care Home on Friday, September 23, 2011, Mrs. Cecile Van Damme of Brandon, Manitoba passed away at the age of 94 years. Cecile leaves to mourn her passing five children: Harvey (Bev Tosh), Dorothy (Gerard Sanders), Dennis (Betty- Anne Van De Kerckhove), Roger (Jean Halliday) and Ivan (Paulette Desrochers); 11 grandchildren: Shelley (Jerry Crampain), Darren Van Damme, Eileen Sanders, Tricia (Steve Trembecki), Ian (Joanne Swanson) Sanders, Connie (Derek Donais), Crystal (David Todd), Lisa (Jaret Rowan), Clayton Van Damme, Sherry Van Damme, Darcy Van Damme (Danielle Fouillard) and numerous great-grandchildren. Cecile was predeceased by her husband Leon Julienne Van Damme in 1970 and by their three children: Joseph, Rita and Doris. Funeral Services will be held in the St. Alphonse Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, September 29, 2011. Prayers at 1:30, Funeral Mass at 2 p.m. followed by a private family interment in the Parish Cemetery, with Father Francis Eworo officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to charity of your choice. Adam’s Funeral Home of Notre Dame, Manitoba in care of arrangements. Phone 248-2201 or 1-888- 400-2326.
SEAFOOT: Kenneth Carl Seafoot of Brandon, beloved husband of Eleanor and father of Sheldon and Carl, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the age of 86 years. A funeral service will be held at Central United Church, 327 – 8th Street, Brandon, on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Carroll Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or a charity of your choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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