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RENWICK: Marguerite Isabel Renwick, of Brandon, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, April 8, 2013. Marguerite was born on March 13, 1919 and raised at Mair, Saskatchewan. She married Thomas Renwick in 1940 and they farmed at Ryerson, Saskatchewan for 20 years, moving to Brandon in 1960. They had four children, the first deceased at child birth. She was a mother and homemaker and was employed for a few years at Sears in Brandon where she made many good friends. Thomas and Marguerite enjoyed many holidays at Kenosee Lake, Saskatchewan where the highlights were fishing and Hoff family “gatherings”. She was a great cook, especially those famous fish fries. Mom and Dad loved travelling and took many bus tours, train trips and automobile trips throughout Canada and the USA. Mom was always very interested and supportive of all her family’s activities and achievements, wanting to watch them participate whenever possible. As she spent more time at home, Marguerite became a faithful follower of Blue Jays baseball and competitive curling on television. She also enjoyed playing cribbage at the Sokol Hall and ANAF and playing tile rummy with her friends from Hobb’s Manor. She looked forward to Sunday morning Mass followed by breakfast with her family. Marguerite is survived by her three children: Lynn (Ron) Bohrn of Medicine Hat, AB, Joan (Al) Merko of Brandon, and Jim (Bev) Renwick of Brandon; eight grandchildren: Darlene (Mike) Fernetti, Janette (Chad) Stahl, Blaine Bohrn, Brian (Kate) Bohrn, Brent (Laura) Bohrn, all of Medicine Hat, AB, Steve (Carla) Merko of Edmonton, AB, Dave Merko (fiancée, Natasha Bradley) of Saskatoon, SK and Krista Renwick (Shane Levesque) of Winnipeg, MB; ten great grandchildren and one great great grandson as well as brothers Dave (Margaret) Hoff of Weyburn, SK, Danny (Alice) Hoff of Lethbridge, AB and sisters-in-law Pauline Hoff of Weyburn, SK and Mary Berry-Hill of Penticton, BC. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas Renwick; infant daughter; brothers Harry Hoff and Bob Hoff as well as sisters Dorothy Thompson and Bernie Silvius. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church on Friday, April 12, 2013. Rev. Fr. Kevin Smith was Celebrant. Her grandchildren served as pallbearers and scripture readers. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Marguerite to a charity of choice.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
NUNNS: Ellen Nunns of Brandon passed away as a result of a heart attack on Friday, April 5, 2013. Ellen was born in Regent, Manitoba and was raised in Antler, SK. Her father, David Hean (Ida), was an elevator agent for many years before moving into Brandon. Ellen moved to the city when she finished school, and worked as a hairdresser. She married Kenneth Nunns in 1945 and they had three children before the marriage ended ten years later. She raised the children alone and when all were in high school went to work for Federal Pioneer Electric on the assembly line. She worked there until she retired at age 65. She was a member of the St. Augustine’s Church congregation for more than seventy years and was involved with the Catholic Women’s League. She was an avid curler and fan, and still bowled weekly. She always had a funny story to tell, usually about something she had done, and spread the laughter generously. She learned to drive when all her children moved west and made many trips to visit her family. Ellen is survived by her son Carl (Barb) from Coquitlam, BC, her daughter Iris from Didsbury, AB, and her son Garry (Barb) from Fort McMurray, AB, one grandson Geoffrey (Jennifer) and four granddaughters, Melanie (Adriano) Iozzo, Tracy Stillwell, Jennifer (Greg) Ross and Amanda Nunns and seven great grandchildren. Ellen was predeceased by her infant son Earl, her sister Kathleen Peloquin and brother Charles Hean. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery with her late son, Earl. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ellen may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 327- 4th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 3E5.
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NILES: It is with deep sadness that the family of Jack Karl Niles announces his passing on March 3, 2013 at the age of 95. Jack was born on May 1, 1917 the second eldest son of Karl and Anna Niles. It was a large family of 4 sons and 4 daughters. He spent most of his childhood on the farm in Eatonia, Saskatchewan. As a young adult he enlisted in the army and served in the Signal Corp for 4 years. Dad would refer to these years as the best and the worst years of his life. He was very proud of his service, as we were of him. When dad returned from overseas he found work with CPR trucking for a time. Later he was hired on with the City Transit and worked there till his retirement. He had a great love of music and dancing, so it was no surprise that he would meet his future wife Lorraine Windover at a local dance. They had two daughters, Jacqueline born in 1947 and Bonnie born in 1952. Later came the grandchildren which were the center of his world. He would do anything for them whether it was warming bottles or changing diapers and later preparing lunches and just being there for them. He would do it all! He spent many hours with his granddaughters helping them with their horses and especially loved to help them with their showings at the fairs. Later came the grandsons and he passed on his love of ice fishing to them, even building them a large ice shack which they enjoyed every winter. He purchased a small motorhome so he could take his family on fishing trips in the summer as well. Passing on his love of music to his grandchildren, Dad could never be found without a musical instrument in his house and if you stopped by in the afternoon you would often find him plunking away on the organ, the violin or even the accordion. Although a private person, Dad loved folks to stop in for a visit. I am sure he will be remembered by many on his block as the Candy Man as he would always have treats for the children who would stop by on their way to school. Dad was a strong union man and was president of the Transit Union for a time. He was a loyal Legion member and also a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was predeceased by his parents and Lorraine, daughter Jacquie, sisters Ruth Brown and Carol Keeble, brothers Adnel and Ed. And great-grandson Alex. He is survived by daughter Bonnie (Randy), granddaughters Misty (Glen) and Pamela (Darin). Grandsons Rob (Robin) and Owen (Melissa). Eight great-grandchildren survive Christopher, Josh, Danny, Caley, Genevieve, Abby, Ethan and Aaliyah. He is also survived by sisters Freda Ridgen and Loreen Niles, brother Lou and sister-in-law Jean Niles. Many nieces and nephews survive as well. In keeping with Dad’s wishes a private graveside service was held at the Veterans section of the Brandon Cemetery.
LEE: Faye Lee of Birtle, Manitoba passed away at the Birtle Health Centre on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the age of 68 years. Faye is survived by her husband John, daughter Tracey McManus of Deloraine, sons: Blair Lee of Birtle, Brian (Sheila) Lee of Deloraine, 10 grandchildren, and brother Tom (Shirley) Campbell of Foxwarren. A graveside service will be held at a later date. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Birtle Palliative Care.
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Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell is in care of arrangements.
JOHNS: Kathrine “Kay” Johns. Kay peacefully passed away on April 4, 2013, at the age of 77 years. Kay was born in Plum Coulee, Manitoba, to parents Helena and Daniel Penner. She was the youngest of eight children, and was raised in Gretna, Manitoba, before moving to Winnipeg as a young adult. In Winnipeg, she met Mansur Johns, and together they had daughters Michele and Candice. After having children, Kay worked for 28 years as a Nurses Aid at the St. Amant Centre. In her retirement, Kay continued her devotion to caring for others, and continued as a nanny to several families until her illness in fall of 2012. Though no longer married, Kay and Manny remained close, and frequently travelled together to visit their daughters and grandchildren. Kay is survived by her sister Ruth of Virden, Manitoba, daughters Michele (Glen) Daniel living in Toronto, and Candice (Derek) Cullen, living in Brandon. Kay was a proud grandmother to her four grandchildren, Mackenzie, Reece, Alexa and Ava. Kay had a flair for style and crafts, and always looked her best. She loved to decorate and keep up her condo in style. She loved to spoil her grandchildren, knitting for them or showering them with love and gifts. Kay was a great cook and loved to entertain family at home, always ready with baking or a treat for the kids. Unfortunately, Kay was stricken by brain cancer in fall of 2012, but she never complained, and maintained her sense of humor, positive outlook and brave face for family throughout. She spent her last months living with family in Brandon, until moving to palliative care. She passed away peacefully, with both daughters at her side. The family was grateful for the care and support of the tremendous and caring staff on the Palliative Care Unit at the Assiniboine Center in Brandon, and would like to thank Drs.Visser, Kaiser and Butler for their care for Kay, and their friendship along the way. Kay is interred at Thomson In The Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1291 McGillivary Blvd, Winnipeg. At Kay’s request, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
HARVEY: Gordon Harvey, beloved husband of Maxine, dear father of Chris and Becky, grandfather of Mason and Charlee, and well-known downtown Purolator friend, passed away peacefully at the Assinboine Centre on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the age of 52 years. Funeral arrangements are pending with Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, 204-727-0694.
BOORMAN: Isabel, 85 years old, beloved wife of the late Fred Boorman, mother of Helen, Linda, Bill and the late Marnie, died in the Souris Health Centre on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Graveside funeral service for family and friends will be held at the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery, Souris, Manitoba on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments at the Souris Legion Club Room. In memory of Isabel, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris, in care of arrangements.
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CALLEWAERT: Peacefully at the Baldur Transitional Care Centre on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, Christine Callewaert of Holland, Manitoba passed away at the age of 43 years. Chris leaves to mourn her parents Robert and Yvonne (nee Lecoq); one brother Darrell (Kim) Callewaert and their children Brennan, Alyssa and Kaylee. She also leaves to mourn numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the St. John Berchman’s Roman Catholic Church in Holland, MB on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 10 a.m. with Father John McKenzie officiating. Music and eulogy will be held prior to the Mass. A private family interment will follow in the Holland Parish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Baldur Transitional Care Centre, Box 128, Baldur, MB R0K 0B0. Adam’s Funeral Home of Notre Dame, Manitoba in care of arrangements. Phone 204-248-2201 or 1-888-400-2326.
HESSE: It is with great sadness that the family of Carman Hesse, beloved husband of Marian, said goodbye to him on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at the age of 74 years. Carman lived courageously for the past few years with ALS. The family would like to thank everyone who offered their support and assistance to Carman during his illness. Friends and family are invited to remember Carman at a Come and Go Luncheon at the Prairie Oasis Centre, 241-8th Street, on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Carman may be made to the ALS Society of Manitoba, 493 Madison Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3J 1J2 or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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MEADOWS: Wayne Lorne Meadows of Minnedosa, Manitoba passed away on April 9, 2013 at the age of 64 years. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Minnedosa Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Minnedosa Legion. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
WILEY: Shirley Mae Wiley (nee Bedard); passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 77 years of age. Shirley will be lovingly remembered by her husband James; daughter Heather (Ron) Dale; son Scott (Caroline) Wiley; grandchildren Travis (Amber), Natasha (Mitch), Stephanie, Braeden, and Madison. Shirley was predeceased by her parents Alfred and Florence Bedard and her brother Wayne Bedard. A service to celebrate Shirley’s life will be held at Campbell Funeral Chapel, Hamiota, MB on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 1:00pm. A private family interment will take place at a later date at the Minnedosa Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Shirley’s memory to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 – 17th St E, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6, or to Funds for Furry Friends, 208 – 740 Rosser Ave, Brandon, MB, R7A 0K9,
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
MASON: It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of a truly grand lady. Gertie Mason passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at the Melita P.C.H. where she had been a resident for the past 4 years. Gertie is lovingly remembered by her son Barrie; daughter -in-law Irene and daughter Barb (Kim Rach). Also surviving are 7 grandchildren who all adored their grandma - Duane Mason (Colleen Wright), Sherri Murray, Dean Mason, Lisa Mason (Ross Donahue), Shanna Mason (Jay Williams) Jaclyn Etchevery (Josh) and Ashley Rach. There are also 5 great grandchildren - Justin and Matt Feenstra, Morgan and Brett Murray and Brayden Wright. She is also survived by nieces and nephews from the Mason, Underhill and Roblin families. She was predeceased by her son Sam (1977), husband Harry (1995) as well as her 3 siblings: Wes, Pearl Smith and Ethel Done. Mum was born on February 15, 1908 to Rueben and Eva Underhill at the family farm north east of Melita. After completing her education at Bernice School, she spent some years in Winnipeg and Winsor, ON. before moving back to Melita where she married her long time love interest Harry Mason in 1939. Gertie was always involved in the farm community which included the Elva W.I. and the Elva 4-H Club that she was instrumental in forming. Music always featured prominently in her life, from playing the organ at Bernice church, to playing for the annual Christmas concerts at Belfry School and at the personal care home for sing-a-longs and church services. Mum and Dad, along with the boys, also played for the Friday night dances that were held at the Elva Hall and Browns School. After retiring to Melita in 1971, Mum became involved with the Melita Drop-In Centre where she served as president for many years. She enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels and helping the Kinsmen Club with their annual Christmas dinner for the seniors of the town as well as actively participating at Victoria United Church U.C.W. (Unit 3). She also took up painting and continued with her life-long interest in quilting and continued to quilt well into her 90’s. Both Mum and Dad loved to gather with friends and neighbours for an evening of cards (500 and euchre). Mum had a great sense of adventure and was always up to trying something new. Going on a sea-do when she was around 90 provided lots of laughs and memories, as did her trampoline debut around the same time. Mum was a fabulous cook and a superb pie maker and it was not uncommon for her to make 3 or 4 different kinds of pie so that everyone could have a piece of their favourite(s) when we had a family gathering. She provided sustenance for many of the residents at the Melita Lodge where Mum lived for some years after Dad passed away. She always made sure homemade soups, stews, cookies, muffins and biscuits were delivered to anyone who was under the weather. The family would like to acknowledge the many people who were involved in the last 6-7 years, to the home care staff (her pill girls) who provided support while she lived at the lodge and to the exceptional staff at the Melita Personal Care Home. Your compassion and many acts of kindness were appreciated by Gertie and will not soon be forgotten by her family. Special thanks to Dr. Dizon who was always so kind and thoughtful. Although her failing eyesight, hearing and mobility changed how she lived her life, her sense of humour and her cheerful and positive attitude remained intact. The funeral service will be held from the Victoria United Church, Melita, MB. on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Allan Gairns officiating. Interment at the Melita Cemetery will take place at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations to the Melita Palliative Care Fund, Box 459, Melita, MB. R0M 1L0 or to a favourite charity would be appreciated. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home, Melita, Manitoba. (204-522-3361), Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron - Funeral Directors.
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HUTSAL: Evelyn Hutsal (Nee Gushe) Born July 27, 1923 - Died April 7, 2013. Evelyn Hutsal died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday April 7, 2013 at West Park Manor. Evelyn was predeceased by her husband Edward in 1998, her father Leonard, mother Mary, brother Daniel, and sister Irene. She is survived by her children and grandchildren Michael and Gisele Hutsal, Frances, and Mark; Gregory and Valerie Hutsal, Carmen and Alexa; Ted Hutsal, Jocelyn and Brent VanKoughnet, Joel and Katie; Janice and Brent Young, Brandon and Steven. She is also survived by her sister Margaret Ciekiewicz, and sister in law Ethyle (Gushe) Lamb. Evelyn was born in Winnipeg, and spent her formative years in the North End on Stella and St. John’s Avenue. Evelyn was a good student and graduated from St Mary’s Academy and was the recipient of a full scholarship to university, however the financial circumstances of the time forced her to pass up that opportunity. Instead following grade 12 she went to Success Business College and later worked at Dickson Electric until she married the love of her life Edward. Following their marriage in 1951, Ed and Ev resided in Winnipeg. Mom especially loved their house on Sandra Bay in Fort Garry, and while living there the 3 boys were born. In 1958 the family moved to Brandon, shortly after they began their long association with Feed-Rite. The family expanded with two daughters, and Evelyn was often alone raising the 5 children while Ed was on the road. Ev was a talented artist. When she could find time, she studied drawing, painting and sculpting, through the Allied Arts Center in Brandon, and she treasured her friends in the artistic community. Her creative side was evident at home, with her eclectic choice of furnishings and art that her children now appreciate, but admittedly thought was “sorta weird” at the time. Through her daughters’ skating years, she was especially involved with the Brandon Figure Skating Club, designing logos and sets for ice shows and major competitions. You can take the woman out of the North End, but you can`t take the North End out of the woman. Mom was always in search of a bargain, and had her favourite places in Brandon, and Winnipeg. She was a voracious reader, and eventually had enough books to fill a good sized public library. In her later years her garden became another creative outlet. Above all, Evelyn was devoted to her family. She loved us, warts and all, and we loved her back. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer`s Society of Manitoba, or West Park Manor. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website.
FORD: The death of Helen Christine Ford, of Brandon, occurred on Monday, April 8, 2013 at the Assiniboine Centre with her family by her side. Born at Warren’s Landing, Manitoba, Helen was predeceased by her husband Roy; sisters Mildred and Irene; brothers Hubert, Gordon and Pat; parents Peter and Isabel and special nephew Cameron McIvor. She is survived by her sister Yvonne Arthurson; sister-in-law Ila Mowat, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. Interment will be held at Balmertown Cemetery, Balmertown, Ontario at a later date. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Helen may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 8-940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 0P6.
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Arrangements withMemories Chapel &Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
USUNIER: Roland (Rollie) Usunier, beloved husband of Leona and father of Bob and Maurice, passed away at WestMan Nursing Home – Virden, Manitoba on Friday; April 5, 2013 in his 94th year. Funeral Mass will be held from Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church – Virden at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday; April 10th with Fr. Geoffrey Angeles officiating. Interment will be in St. Jean Cemetery – Grande Clairiere, Manitoba. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Grande Clairiere Cemetery or the charity of your choice in memory of Rollie.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
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