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BELL: Mabel Elizabeth Bell, beloved wife of Earl, passed away Saturday, December 31st, 2011 at the Tri-Lake Health Centre at the age of 94.  A memorial service in her honour will be held Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 at 2:00 pm in the Killarney United Church, Killarney, Manitoba.  Interment to follow at the Killarney Cemetery Killarney, Manitoba. Donations in memory of Mabel can be made to Elks Purple Cross Fund #100-2629 29th Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 2N9 or to the Killarney Foundation Killarney, Manitoba. Messages of condolence can be made at  
Killarney Boissevain Funeral Home Ltd. (204)-523-7791
BROMLEY: Gretta Mae Bromley, beloved wife of the late Cliff Bromley, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, December 30, 2011 at the age of 89 years. A Service of Remembrance will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. Interment will take place at a later date in the Roseville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Gretta may be made to the St. James Anglican Church Memorial Fund, Box 279, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0. Complete obituary information to follow.
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WILL: Reginald John Will, beloved husband of Margerie Will, of Elkhorn, Manitoba, passed away at Elkwood Manor on Friday, December 23, 2011 at the age of 84 years. Funeral services will be held from Trinity United Church - Elkhorn at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 2, 2012 with Marianne Olfrey officiating. Interment will be in Elkhorn Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Elkwood Manor Auxiliary Remembrance Fund in memory of Reg.Email messages of condolence or sign the online Book of Condolence at carscaddenfuneralchapel.comG. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
WILKINSON: Dorothy Jean (nee Parker). April 25, 1933 - December 25, 2011. After a brief illness, Dorothy peacefully went to be with her Lord in Heaven on December 25, 2011. She is survived, deeply loved and missed by her five children, daughters Kathy (Larry) Heffernan of Airdrie, AB, Carole (Ken) Saviak of Calgary, AB, and Marleen (Dan) Meier of Tisdale, SK, and sons David of Brooks, and Sean of Medicine Hat. She is also loved and remembered fondly by her nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Dorothy was predeceased by her beloved husband of 50 years, Henry Wilkinson in 2002, her mother Eleanor and her father Clarence. Born April 25, 1933 in Welwyn, SK and raised in Moosomin, SK. Dorothy was the third oldest in the Parker family of thirteen siblings. Her greatest passion in life was in caring for babies and children, and she served as a Foster Parent for the Province of Alberta for nearly 30 years, and also as a babysitter and Nana for many other children. Her wide collection of fine porcelain and vinyl dolls was a great source of enjoyment and pride for her, paying testament to her love of little ones. In respect to her personal wishes, a private family service will be held at a later date. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Dorothy Wilkinson, or you may visit and leave a message of condolence. Arrangements are by the Pattison Funeral Home And Crematorium, 540 South Railway St. S.E, Medicine Hat, T1A 2V6. Please call 1-866-526-2214 for further information.
WHITE: Janet “Marlene” White. In Winnipeg, December 27th, 2011. Marlene was the beloved wife of Drury who predeceased her in 1997 and loving mother of son Allen and partner Simonne, and daughter Vicky and husband Peter. She leaves to cherish her memory six grandchildren, Tricia, Tara, Danielle, Alain, Randy, and Drury; two great-grandchildren Hailey and Cameron; brother Barrie and partner Hazel; and many, many, wonderful friends with whom she shared her love and her life both in Manitoba where she was born and raised and in Sacramento, California where she lived and worked for many years. Spunk –toughness, boldness, guts - with passion. ‘Spunky’ is the one word that has been used to describe Marlene repeatedly and with good reason. She lived a spirited life with determination, courage and braveness in everything she undertook and every challenge she faced. From her meager beginnings in general retail after raising her children to accomplished gemologist of the highest regard, there was nothing that she could not accomplish once she set her mind to it. Marlene was never just interested in something, she immersed herself (and sometimes Drury too) in it. From New Orleans Jazz music where they would go every year to the Sacramento Jazz Festival to not only enjoy the music but volunteer, or losing her voice from cheering on the Sacramento Kings basketball team, or taking courses as a part of the commitment to being a (volunteer) condominium board director, or knowing every detail of a collector T-Bird or Corvette on the Barrett Jackson auction, nothing was ever half-baked. Although there were many, it was not so much the accomplishments that people admired, but the resolve, dedication, and enthusiastic style that was uniquely, Marlene. One dear friend said, “I want to be thought of as Marlene White is thought of…. and conduct myself in her manner”. I’m sure of all her successes, this honour would be the most cherished, and something that she taught us all to strive for. Special thanks to Linda Davidson and Dr. Marshall Pitz at Cancer Care Manitoba for their compassionate care and friendship. Consider yourselves ‘danced’. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation or Cancer Care Manitoba. Private family interment will be held January 3rd at Chapel Lawn. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn. www.chapellawn.mb.ca204-885-9715.
TEGG: Beatrice. Bea passed away at Fairview Home on Tuesday, December 27, 2011, age 89 years. She is survived by her daughter Delores (Pat) Barnes, granddaughter Nancy; son Eric (Julie) Tegg, grandchildren Kristi and Jeffrey (Jennifer); her dear sisters Isabelle Humeston and Joyce Stewart; numerous relatives and friends. She was predeceased by Walter, her husband of 54 years. Mum was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Anglican Church, and took much comfort from her faith. A graveside service will be held in the Spring, notification to follow at a later date. Thank you to her many caregivers over the last few months of her life. A very Special Thank You to her dear friend Glenda Lee Hanslip, who helped Mum in so many ways. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary's Anglican Church 401 - 1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 2W8.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
LAPKO: Tiiu N. Lapko July 22,1936 - December 23, 2011. Tiiu was born in Estonia and came to Canada as a young girl after WW2. Her wartime experiences affected her deeply. Tiiu did not trudge along doing what other people told her to do. She was not a cog in the wheel, but looked at life, and lived it, on her own terms. Determined and stubborn, she would persevere until she got her way. In an interview with the Brandon Sun in 2005 Tiiu described success as: ”Being able to do what I want to do, when I want to do it, and to manage to be independent. Independence is very dear to my heart.” Shy and quiet, with a sense of humour, she was a walker well known in Brandon, a lover of nature and animals, and of her family. Tiiu had a rich private life. She pursued her interests with a passion and volunteered for a number of charitable organizations. She tirelessly served her community and her church. In 2005, she was a recipient of the Mayor’s Volunteer Award for Community Service. She was creative and artistic as demonstrated by her intricate needlepoint and knitting. She was liberal in her views and spoke up readily against racism and prejudice. She loved all things Estonian and was very proud of her heritage. She was kind to her niece and nephews and always brought them thoughtful indulgences. Her many blood donations inspired her nephew, Troy, to give blood on a regular basis. She taught her nephew Scott, how to needlepoint and also gave him his first cigarette! Her niece, Rebecca, described her as someone who loved the innocents of the world; she understood children and animals like no other adult. Our gratitude goes out to the staff on the 5th floor at Fairview Home for their care, compassion and kindness to Tiiu in her final years. A special thank you to Marsha Kontzie, who maintained a bedside vigil until Tiiu’s family was able to drive across the prairies to say good-bye. She leaves to mourn Alexander, Alexandra, Katrin, Linda, Peter and families. A memorial service will be held in the summer of 2012.
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GIBBONS: Gregory Brian, (January 19, 1953 – December 25, 2011). Greg left this earth for heaven on Christmas Night after a wonderful time with friends and having spent time on the phone visiting with his family in New Brunswick and the Yukon. Christmas was Greg’s favorite day of the year, so how fitting it is that God opened the gates to heaven for Greg on Christmas Night. A celebration of Greg’s life will take place on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, 332 – 8th Street, Brandon, Manitoba. A gathering will follow in the Brockie Donovan Reception room where friends and people Greg enjoyed, appreciated and whom he touched in many different ways, can share some of his stories, poems and life experiences. For all that knew Greg, he was quite a character and he so enjoyed and appreciated people in a very warm and special way. If friends desire, donations in memory of Greg may be made to Canadian Mental Health Association, Manitoba, Westman Region, 23-12th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A, 4L6. (204) 727-5425, Email:
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HAMILTON: It is with great sadness that the family of William “Billy” Arthur Hamilton announce his sudden passing on Friday, December 16, 2011 at age 40 years. Billy will be dearly missed by his beloved fiancé, Stacie Clark, his children Hayden and Payton Hamilton and Emily and Spencer Kraft, his parents Bill and Marg Hamilton, his sisters Nancy Dane (Brent), Colleen Funk (Ron), Barb Howe (Brian) and Karen Bouverat (Bob), his father-in-law and mother-in-law Dwight and Marilyn Clark, his sister-in-law Katie Wood (Derek), brother-in-law Troy Clark (Michelle) and many nieces and nephews. Billy was born on May 11, 1971, was raised in Brandon and was truly a Brandon boy at heart. Following in his father's footsteps, he trained as a welder and founded Hamilton Iron, working side by side with his Dad. Billy loved to golf, play and coach youth hockey and was a loyal ChicagoBlackhawks fan. Deeply proud of his Irish heritage, a highlight of his life was a trip to Ireland with his Dad and sister Barb a few years ago. Billy was a loving, committed father to his children. His fiancé, Stacie Clark, brought joy and love to his life and he was looking forward to their future together. Billy was a loyal son, devoted brother, favorite uncle and was the centre of our family. Billy's circle of friends was wide, and his legendary sense of humor brought joy and laughter to all who knew him. Simply said, to know Billy was to love him. We rejoice in the fact that Billy is with his Father in heaven now, as his faith was strong and his trust was steadfast in the Lord. The Hamilton and Clark/Kraft families wish to thank all of ourfamily and friends for the love and support shown to us at the passing of our beloved Billy. Your kindness and thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated. Thank you to those strangers present who stepped forward and tried to help us and assist Billy-we will be forever grateful for your courage. A service to celebrate Billy's life was held on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church. For friends who wish, donations may be made in Billy's memory to Kidsport, Sport Manitoba, #146 340 9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 6C2.
May the road rise to meet youMay the wind be always at your backMay the sun shine warm upon your faceAnd rains fall soft upon your fieldsAnd until we meet again BillyMay God hold you in the palm of His hand.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
BAKER: Ivy May, 101 years, beloved wife of the late Cecil Baker, died in Souris, Manitoba on Thursday, December 29, 2011. Memorial service will be held at the Fellowship Club, 21 Crescent Avenue W. Souris, Manitoba on Monday, January 2, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be held in Victoria, B.C. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, in memory of Ivy, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
DICK: Norman Cowan - Norm passed away peacefully at the Moira Place Long Term Care Facility in Tweed, Ontario, on Dec. 26, 2011, at the age of 95. The beloved husband of the late Florence Muriel (Brem) Dick (nee Bremner), Norman will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by daughters Barbara Dick, Belleville, and Brenda (Rick) Courneya, Tweed, grandsons Burton Courneya and Taolana Dick Chakela, many nieces, nephews and friends. Norm was predeceased by his sisters Beth Sinclair and Norah Beattie and his brother David. Norm was born in Teeswater, Ontario on March 23, 1916. The family moved to Brandon, Manitoba, where he spent his youth and completed an apprenticeship as a linotype operator at the Brandon Sun newspaper. In 1942 Norm joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served on convoy duty in the North Atlantic until the war ended in 1945. He married Brem in Vancouver on January 10, 1946. The following years were spent on a newspaper career that took them from the Vancouver News-Herald, to the Estevan Mercury and the Alameda Dispatch in Saskatchewan, to the Brandon Sun and finally in 1952 to the Atikokan Progress. There, Norm published the weekly paper with his partner Bob Clarke for 35 years. In Atikokan, Norm belonged to the Lions Club (charter member) and the Legion. He was an avid curler and golfer, and was instrumental in developing a golf course for the community. In 1987, Norm and Brem moved to Thunder Bay and subsequently to Napanee and Belleville to be closer to family. At Norman’s request there will be no service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Wartman Funeral Home, "Napanee Chapel" (613-354-3722). The family extends grateful thanks to Dr. Mustard and the wonderful staff at Moira Place.
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DERKSEN: Abbigail Lauren Derksen, daughter of Steve and Tobi, was born Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 12:22 a.m. at Brandon Regional Health Centre. She stayed long enough to touch our hearts before she passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2011. A private family service will take place at Brockie Donovan Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. and interment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In memory of Abbigail, donations may be made to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation in support of neonatal care, 1660 Vimont Court, Orleans, ON, K4A 4J4.
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BENNETT: Mary Josephine Bennett (nee Kavanagh). Peacefully, after a brief confinement in the Misericordia Hospital in Caen, France, Mary Bennett died on Christmas Day. Mary was born in 1931 in Brandon, Manitoba. There she graduated from St. Michael’s Academy in 1949 and subsequently obtained degrees from St. Mary’s College and from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Social Work. By her many friends Mary was seen as a compassionate and brave person. These admirable characteristics did not prevent her from being a frivolous and sparkling freshie queen in 1950 nor from parenting g her five sons with a limitless sense of humor. Mary was that special kind of person who, as a teenager, would face down a school yard bully, or as a young adult quit her job to spend time with her mother in her final months. As a wife she supported unreservedly the formation of her husband’s academic career from early days at Brandon College and subsequently at Middlebury College, Vermont; The University of Saskatchewan at Regina; St. Paul’s College in Winnipeg. Their journey ended with his Doctoral Studies at the University of Caen, France where Robert ultimately taught for many years. In those years Mary became a special friend to Canadian Veterans and their families who came to visit the nearby beaches of the D. Day Invasion and the Environs of Caen where so many of our soldiers fought to liberate France. Mary was predeceased by her husband Robert. She is survived by her sons Charles (Isabelle), Robert (Caroline), Paul (Catherine), Daniel and Richard; her grandchildren Pierre, Olivier, Marion, Louise, Melanie, Mathilde, Marina, Thomas, Theo and Clara, and her brother Kevin Kavanagh of Winnipeg. A Mass celebrating Mary’s life was said at 3:00 p.m. in the village of Authie, Normandy on Thursday, December 29th. Donations may be made in Mary's memory to St. Mary’s Academy, 550 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
BENSON: Marianne Florence passed away in Brandon on December 26, 2011. Marianne (nee Curtis) was born to Stanley and Florence Curtis in 1963 in Flin Flon, Manitoba. After completing her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatoon Marianne spent several years teaching in small communities before she came to Brandon to find her passion as an elementary music teacher at George Fitton Elementary School. In 2000, Marianne moved from Music to Reading Recovery. Reading Recovery was a program developed to help grade one students who were having problems with literacy. During her career Marianne helped many students open their doors to the beauty of music and the love of reading. Marianne is survived by her sons; Curtis and Chace, her parents; Stanley and Florence and her siblings; Roger, Barb and Kenneth. Marianne was a loving mother, a faithful daughter and dedicated teacher. A service will be held in her home town of Flin Flon in July of 2012.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
FARLEY: Donna Mae. 1945 -2011. It is with sadness we announce the sudden passing of Donna Mae Farley on December 25th, 2011 in Calgary, Alberta. In accordance with Donna’s wishes cremation will take place, with a family service at a later date. Complete obituary to follow.
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