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PHILLIPS: John Johnston Phillips of Brandon passed away peacefully at his residence, Valleyview Personal Care Centre, on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the age of 91 years. John was born on May 23, 1920 at home. He went to school at Gourlay, one of the many one room schools in the area. At 14 years of age, he left school to help out on the family farm. He married Audrey Brownridge on July 14, 1943 and they were married for almost 69 years. John farmed with his brother Dave. He was also a Lot Attendant at Brandon Automobiles for 10 winters (1965-1975). John lived in Elton until 1990 when he moved to Brandon. In 2006 John moved to Valleyview Care Centre. John loved to watch baseball and curling (he even went to a few Briers). He especially liked competitive curling. He enjoyed playing cards and games until three years ago. John is survived by his wife Audrey, son Brian (Betty) Phillips, daughter Marilyn (George) Curtis. There are four grandchildren: Sean (Jackie) Phillips, Trisha (Dave) Paddock, Tracey (Daryl) Drozda and Sheri (Chris) Bryant. John had eight great grandchildren: Brayden and Rhiannan Phillips, Brett and Darrys Paddock, DJ and Darci Drozda, and Haylie and Alyssa Bryant. John was predeceased by his brother, Elmer, at two and a half years, parents George and Christian, brothers Louis (Nell), Horace (Annie) and Dave (Vera). A funeral service was held on April 25, 2012 at the Brockie Donovan Chapel with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. Dave Hillis, a family friend was the soloist. The pallbearers were: Louis Phillips, Sean Phillips, Dave Paddock, Daryl Drozda, Chris Bryant, and George Curtis. Everyone in attendance was considered honorary pallbearers. A private family burial took place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John may be made to a charity of choice.
Just a Farmer“Just a farmer,” you saidAnd I laughed cause I knewAll the things that farmersmust be able to do.
They must study the land,then watch the skyAnd figure just whenis the right time and why.
To sow and to plantto buy and to sellTo go to the marketwith cattle and well
You know the booksthat farmers must keepTo pay all those taxesand be able to sleep.
And you know the fixin’that farmers must doWhen machines like madmonsters break a gasket or two.
I guess when God needed folks to care for His earthHe chose “just farmers” cause He knew their true worth.
OBEDNIAK: Tom. It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear husband, father and grandfather, Tom Obedniak of Russell, Manitoba. He passed away at the Russell Personal Care Home on March 31, 2012 at the age of 94, with loving family members by his side. Dad was born on September 27, 1917 in the R.M. of Rossburn to Andrew and Anastasia (Kostiuk) Obedniak. On Novemeber 18, 1948 he married Sylvia Maydaniuk. Together they lived and raised their children on the family farm in the Glen Elmo district until 1983 when Dad and Mom moved to Russell for their retirement. Farming was Dad’s love and passion, a passion that was instilled at a very young age. This passion remained strong throughout his life. He spent many hours working in the fields, from springtime sowing to autumn harvest. The winters were spent tending to the livestock. While Dad and Mom resided in Russell, they made countless road trips to the farm until 1996. It was at that time that they decided to sell the farm. During his time in Russell, Dad made many new friends in his new community. He spent his days in his workshop working on a variety of projects and hobbies. Every morning in winter he would stoke up the fire box to keep his geraniums growing for spring planting. His workshop was his haven where friends would often meet to socialize. Summers were spent in the garden and tending to the flowers. Often on summer evenings, Dad and Mom would sit on their garaden swing and enjoy the beauty of their yard. Dad was predeceased by his father Andrew in 1943 and his mother Anastasia in 1969. He was also predeceased by his brother Nick, sisters Anne and Mary, father-in-law Stanley Maydaniuk and special son-in-law, Bruce Austin in 2004. Dad is survived by his loving wife and partner of 63 years, Sylvia. He has four daughters, Malveen Austin, Darlene Tanasychuk (Bob), Connie Speirs (Ted) and Evelyn Obedniak-Mauro (Renato). A great joy to Dad were his grandchildren, Jennifer Seitz (Andrew), Kevin Austin (Hayli), Jillian Austin, Kirk Austin, Kelly Tanasychuk (Peter) and bonus grandson, Sean Speirs (Andrea and Ethan). Dad was overjoyed at the arrival of his first great-grandson, Tommy Seitz in December, 2008. Also mourning his passing are his sisters, Irene Kozack and Evelyn Kozun (Eugene) and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Russell on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Father Mykhaylo Khomitskyy and Father Micheal Tkachuk officiated. Interment followed at the Russell Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were: Kevin Austin, Kirk Austin, Ted Speirs, Andrew Seitz, Dennis Kozack and Terry Kozack. Crossbearer was Sean Speirs. Everyone in attendance was considered Honorary Pallbearers. Donations may be made to the Russell Personal Care Home or Russell Palliative Care Service. Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service was in care of arrangements.
MURRAY: Eunice Monica Murray passed away April 4, 2012, peacefully at the Minnedosa Hospital, with her family at her side, at the age of 75 years. Eunice was born May 22, 1936 in the Calmar, Alberta area where her parents farmed until her father passed away at the age of 42, they then moved into Calmar, Alberta. Left to cherish her memory is her husband Clayton Murray. Eunice and Clayton were married October 19, 1963, while he was working in the oil siemic business. In the spring of 1966 they moved to Newdale, Manitoba to farm, they put a new home on the farm and lived their until 2003 when they sold the farm and retired to Minnedosa. She is survived by her husband Clayton, sons Curtis (grandchildren Tyler and MacKenzie), Duncan (Charla), (grandchildren Sydney and Cole), sisters Geraldine Hagmann, Donna (George) Ekstrom, brothers Donald (Barbra) Sarnechi, Brian Sarnechi, Ronald Sarnechi and many nieces and nephews. Eunice loved to play cards and bingo, as well as many crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed making perogies for family and friends. We also shared in driving the school bus for 14 years while our boys were going to school. A private family service was held at the Newdale North Cemetery with a service held at the United Church in Newdale on April 10, 2012, with Rev. Tim Crouch officiating.
MILLER: Timothy Richard Miller. Tim passed away on April 9, 2012 at Boissevain Health Centre with his family by his side. He lost a battle against cancer at the age of 47. Tim was born November 26, 1964 at Glenboro hospital. He grew up in Fairfax, Minto area, attending Minto school and Boissevain High School. He spent most of his life in Brandon, working various jobs in construction, eavestroughing and Maple Leaf Meat Plant. It was during this time he met many of his special friends and co-workers. Tim loved the great outdoors – enjoying camping and fishing. Tim was predeceased by his grandparents Allan and Olive Miller (Fairfax MB) and William and Kathleen Acorn (Belmont MB), Aunt Wilma Brown of Killarney, Uncles: Ken Manning, Irving Myers of Belmont, Howard Miller of Treherne and Ron Walker of Boissevain and cousin Dale Myers of Belmont. Tim is survived by his parents Bill and Pat Miller of Boissevain, MB, brother Troy (Jamie) of Camrose AB, brother Trevor (Carrie) and family Ethan, Paige and Connor and special friend Julia Williamson of Miniota MB, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins. A public graveside service was held April 13, 2012 at Boissevain Cemetery with Rev. Brian Nelmes officiating. Donations in memory of Tim may be made to Boissevain Health Centre – Palliative Care or Nurse Recruitment Fund.
McMANUS: Barbara Jean McManus nee Gordon of Minnedosa, MB passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on May 2, 2012 at the Neepawa Health Centre at the age of 60 years. A celebration of Barb’s life will be held on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in the Minnedosa United Church Hall, Minnedosa, MB. Donations may be made to Minnedosa 4-H Club or the Neepawa Health Centre Chemotherapy Unit. Messages of condolences may be sent to Minnedosa Funeral Service in care of arrangements. (204) 867-3868.
LEYS: It is with great sorrow the family of Garth William Leys announce his sudden passing on Friday, April 27, 2012 at his home in Rapid City, Manitoba. Garth was born July 29, 1962. He is survived by his loving wife Telayne, daughters Brianne (Trevor) and Brooke, mother Lila and her husband Dennis Baker. Sisters Candis Arksey (Gerald) Carol Dresler (Ron), Dana Munro (Scott), brothers Ken Leys (Kathy) and Donnie Leys (Sandra), father-in-law Jim Clark, and brothers-in-law Shaun Clark (Karen) and Kevin Clark (Naomi), and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins aunts, and uncles. Garth was predeceased by his father William Leys, his grandparents and mother-in-law Doreen Clark. A celebration of Garth's life will take place on May 19, 2012 at the Rapid City Legion Hall from 2-4. Any memories or stories of Garth you would like to share would be greatly welcomed. Donations can be made in Garth’s memory to the Rapid City Legion or a charity of choice.
KNUDSEN: Esther Knudsen passed away peacefully with her daughter Linda at her side on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at the age of 91 years. Esther was the daughter of Alfred and Marie (Christiansen) Tasker of Redvers Saskatchewan. Her early years were spent on the farm helping her parents. During W.W. 2 Esther and her sisters did war work in Hamilton during the winter, then returning to help on the farm in the spring. She married Ejner Knudsen in 1948 and together they raised four children. Moving to Brandon in 1962. She worked over 20 years at the Brandon Mental Health Center as a cook. Esther and Ejner loved to dance, play cards and entertain family and friends. Esther enjoyed the simpler things in life, family, cooking, gardening (to a point) and traveling. Esther and her sisters, May and Edna really enjoyed going to England to visit relatives. Ejner and Esther visited Hawaii and made several trips west to visit family. After retiring she started volunteering at Central Community Center and entertaining at nursing homes with the Golden Swingers. After being married more than fifty years Ejner passed away in November 1998. Esther spent a few years enjoying her family and grandchildren until she met a special friend, Vern Parker and moved to Portage. They enjoyed traveling for a few years until Vern passed away. She came back to Brandon and moved into Parkview Seniors Residence. She really enjoyed living there and taking part in the activities until she had to move to Valleyview personal Care Home in 2009. Esther is survived by daughter Linda (Ivan) Baker; Their daughter Jennifer (Ning) Chen and their boys Brady, Tyler and Kolby. Their son Brian (Raquelle); children Tyler and Camryn. Daughter Heather (John) Boucher their son Steven and daughter Nicole and her son Dade. Son Donald Knudsen of Sparwood B.C. his daughter Karen and her daughter Gerica, his son Kevin and his children and youngest daughter Angie and her children. Daughter Colleen Knudsen (Don Motheral) and her sons Derrick and Greg Carson. Esther is survived by a sister May Redmond of Watford Ontario and a Sister in law Mary Tasker of Redvers Saskatchewan. There are also numerous nieces and nephews and several great grand children She was predeceased by her father and mother and brothers Harry and Walter and sisters Alice and Edna. A graveside service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens on Monday May 14, 2012 at 2.00 p.m. with Pastor Jason Zinko of Redeemer Lutheran Church officiating. Urn bearers will be great grandchildren Kolby Chen and Camryn Baker. Donations may be made to Valleyview Sunshine fund c/o Valleyview Care Center, 3015 Victoria Ave, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 2K2.
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EARL: It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our dear husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather Murray Ivan Harvey Earl on April 29th, 2012 at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon at the age of 88 years old. Murray was born July 15, 1923 on the home farm in Justice. He was the third eldest of five children born to Margaret and Harry Earl. Murray was predeceased by his mother, father and sisters Evelyn and Edna. He is survived by his loving wife Eileen, daughters Brenda (Bill) Crossman and Marj (Owen) Dickie, grandchildren Julie (Barry), Kylie (Mark), Ambra (Karel), Dora (Gord), Blake and great grandchildren Mason, Ava, Katie, Nate, Zoe, and Zach. He grew up on the family farm and started his schooling at Justice school. He then went to Orange Hall school until grade 8 but that became the end of his formal education. When he was 16 he bought his first model T truck and when he was 18 he bought a 1932 Chevy both of which he was very proud of. In 1943-1945 he traveled out to Red Deer and worked there for two winters working in a garage and also doing some plumbing but returned each summer to farm the quarter section he had rented. When his father Harry quit farming in 1943, Murray took over the family farm and farmed it until 1951. Murray and Eileen met in 1948 when Eileen came to teach at the school in Justice. On July 16, 1949 Murray and Eileen were married and they moved a small house onto their land at Justice and lived there until 1951 when they decided to move to Brandon. They bought their first house at 1361- 6th street and lived there for 22 years. In 1951 Murray started working at Brandon Automobiles because he loved fixing cars and worked there for 5 years. He worked hard and went to night school and got his mechanics papers ,proving that he had found the career he loved. He then went to the Co-op and worked as a mechanic for 32 years before retiring in 1988 at the age of 65 years old. Murray had a great love for baseball and even though he had two girls he coached boys little league baseball for 15 wonderful years. After baseball days he took up curling and golfing. He enjoyed golfing out at Glen Lea in the mens and mixed leagues, and every year enjoyed golfing in the Tamarack golf tournament at Clear Lake along with all his family. Murray’s favorite pass-time was reading which he acquired from his father. He also enjoyed countless hours working out in his garage fixing all his friends, former clients and families vehicles. He loved tinkering with every kind of motor he could get his hands on and could fix anything because he was so handy. Brenda will never forget all the life lessons he taught her along with patiently teaching her carpentry, welding, plumbing and electrical, which she will use forever. Marj will always remember Sunday mornings, with her dad relaxing and listening to records of his favorite music. Dad saved one special thing to do in his retirement and that was the countless hours of enjoyment he had in restoring his 1947 Packard. Dad was the best husband, parent, grandparent and great grandparent that we could have ever asked for. He was his kids and grandchildren’s biggest fan at all their activities, including Xmas concerts, organ recitals, swimming lessons, soccer, baseball, brownies, scouts, dance recitals, ringette, hockey and golf. As kids we will remember the trips we had to Victoria, Blackhills and all the Sunday picnics we had with family and friends. Dad always treasured all the times they had with their wonderful friends, the Saturday night parties,costume Grey cup parties, their yearly Hecla golf weekend and all the many golf games they shared with all their golfing friends. They also enjoyed their trips they took to Florida, Phoenix and to the Maritimes. Their summers were spent at their cabin at Clear Lake where he enjoyed countless hours at the cook shack, making his famous wood cart, running every morning, having his ritual cinnamon bun every weekend and treasuring his time spent with all his family. The loves of his life were his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He attended all five of his grandchildren’s graduations and was able to attend three of his grandchildren’s weddings. They moved to 36 Garwood Cres. in 1974 and lived there till 2007 when they moved to Lion`s Manor till his passing. The family would like to thank Dr. Butler , the staff on 400 at Brandon General Hospital and the staff on A200 at the Assiniboine Centre for their care and loving support. The celebration of Murray’s life was held at Trinity United Church on Thursday May 3, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. with Joe Ball officiating. A family interment was held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Murray may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Love does not make the world go round But makes the ride worth while!!Kylie Chubey
DURNIN: Robert Jory Durnin beloved husband of Shirley and loving father to Kim (Kyle) Jones and Lindsay (Lance) Monych and "Papa" to Kohen Jones passed away in the arms of his family on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012. Bob was bornin Brandon on August 24th, 1951, second son of the late Stan and Florence Durnin. He grew up on a farm just north of Brandon with his brother Jack. Bob and Shirley (nee Warren) were married on November 18, 1972 and from this union two adoring daughters were born. His girls and his puppies were everything to him. Bob started his own construction business in 1978 after purchasing his first loader and tandem truck and learning the ropes from his father. He purchased a gravel pit off of Grand Valley Road and eventually built a shop for all of his belongings that he was so proud of. Due to his health he sold his business in 2001 and then went on to work a couple of years with Sundance Enterprises. Bob's interests included travelling, camping, fishing and reading history, he was always interested in current affairs. He supported and loved watching his daughters in any sport activities with the highlight being the softball days. Travelling andmeeting new friends and acquaintances was also at the top of his list. Some of the simplest things especially family Sunday dinners were a real delight for him. Bob was diagnosed in 1978 with diabetes, which in turn led to kidney failure in 2004. The compassion and care received from Dr. Riche and the Dialysis Staff for eight years was impeccable and for that we are very grateful. As Bob would say they were his "A-TEAM". The Service to Celebrate Bob's Life was held on Wednesday April 18, 2012, at Central United Church with The Ven. Noah Njegovan officiating. Cremation has taken place with interment at a later date in the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium. Donations in memory of Bob may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Manitoba Branch, 42 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B2 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, B - 727 10th St. Brandon, MB, R7A 4G7.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
BOURASSA: The death of Rod Bourassa, beloved husband of Susie occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Funeral Ceremony will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Saturday, May 5, 2012 (today) at 1:30 p.m. Mr. Bernie Mullins will officiate. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Friends who desire may make a donation in memory of Rod to the Westman Dreams For Kids, Unit 202, 37 - 11th Street, Brandon MB, R7A 4J2. Complete obituary will follow.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
WALKER: Amy Jane (Onens) passed away peacefully at Valleyview Care Centre on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 with her family by her side. She was born in London, England on August 25, 1919. She was quite proud of being a “true Cockney”, having been born “within the sound of Bowbells.” She grew up in London and served as a nursing assistant in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. She met her husband, Tony Walker of Brandon, Manitoba when he was stationed at Brighton Air Force Base. They married in London on December 26, 1942. She came to Canada as a “war bride” in 1946. She and Tony raised their family of four in Brandon. Tony predeceased her on March 8, 1992. Amy was known for her knitting skills and her family was the fortunate recipients of many beautifully made items over the years. These will be cherished for years and generations to come. She was also an excellent cook and baker and loved to make everyone’s favorite “dainties” at Christmas. Everyone always left after the holidays with a box of baking that she had done “just for them” After Amy and Tony retired, they enjoyed travelling and visiting family. A highlight was a trip to England and Wales, to visit her relatives back home, with her daughter Gloria in 1992. She always had a warm welcome for family, especially her grandchildren. Even the family pets were welcomed, as she had a great love for animals, especially dogs. Amy is survived by her children Gloria (Clifford) Free of Winnipeg, Diane and Tom of Brandon and Mike (Lynne) of Calgary. Also left to cherish her memory are three grandchildren Karen (Stan) Free-Gajek of Winnipeg, Chris (Renea) Free of Ottawa and Andrew Walker of Calgary. Amy was blessed with three great grandchildren Simon and Nigel Free and Keegan Gajek. In accordance with Amy’s wishes, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Amy may be made to a charity of choice.
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COOK: Michael Cook, beloved husband of Donna, of Pipestone, Manitoba passed away at Virden Health Centre on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the age of 64 years. Funeral services will be held from Pipestone Community Hall at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5th with Reverend Dwight Rutherford officiating. Viewing will be held at Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden on Friday, May 4th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and at the Hall prior to the service. Interment will be in Pipestone Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made to Pipestone Cemetery or Pipestone United Church in memory of Michael.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
DENBOW: Reuben, 93 years, beloved husband of the late Vivian Denbow, father of Marjorie Logeot, Art Denbow and Jane Agnew, passed away at the Souris Personal Care Home on Friday, April 27, 2012. Funeral service will be held at the Oak Lake United Church, Oak Lake, Manitoba on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Interment in the Oak Lake Cemetery. In memory of Reuben, donations may be made to the Souris Personal Care Home c/o ARHA Box 10 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
TAYLOR: The death of Herb Taylor, beloved husband of the late Gloria Taylor and father of Pat, Gary, Val and Rick, occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. A private family service will take place. Donations in memory of Herb may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
ROLLINS: Joanne Rollins of Brandon, formerly of Sandy Lake, Manitoba, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at the age of 61 years. A graveside service to honor Joanne’s memory will be held at the Rapid City Cemetery on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joanne may be made to the Canadian Liver Foundation, 210-275 York Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3J3.
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