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GASH: Gary William Gash passed away on February 14, 2012 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, with his sisters by his side. Born June 2, 1940, the second child of William and Margaret (Downey) Gash, Gary was raised on the family farm near Cordova, Manitoba. He attended a one-room school, Glenburney, for Grades One to Nine, then moved on to High School at Moore Park. Gary began farming at an early age seeding his first crop at age fifteen, while still in school. He worked hard, and eventually took over the farm from his parents. His keen business skills and carefully thought-out decisions served him well in being a lifelong grain farmer. He lived on the home quarter that his Grandfather, Thomas East Gash, had purchased from the North West Land Company in 1888, upon arriving from England at the age of nineteen. To earn extra money as a youngster Gary trapped. Later, he spent off-seasons away from the farm, working first at the Nickel Mines in Thompson, MB and afterwards at Oil Wells in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He then bought his first John Deere tractor, a “3020”. Gary took courses in Technical and Business Management through the Manitoba Department of Agriculture, obtaining a Farm Management Certificate in April, 1969. While studying these courses in Brandon, he made lasting friends with other farmers. Growing up, Gary enjoyed the usual country pastimes - horseback riding, skating on sloughs, sledding in a horse- drawn toboggan which he and his brother had made. His marksmanship was evident during hunting season. Although he was quiet by nature, Gary was a sociable person who enjoyed dancing, curling, snowmobiling, and visiting with friends and neighbours at fairs, parades, horse races, auction sales, or just over coffee. Some of his happiest times were when family visited and worked with him. Nieces and nephews have fond memories of the fun things they did with Uncle Gary. He was caring and generous. Gary was predeceased by his father, William, in 1971, and his mother Margaret in 2000. He is survived by sister Audrey (Finlay) McPherson, Lethbridge, AB; brother Dwight (Arnie) Okanagan Falls, BC; sister Janet (Brian) Lettley, Brandon, MB; nieces and nephews, Averill (Fab) McPherson Purpura, Calgary; Kirsty (Tim) Marritt (nee Gash), California; Michael (Sara) Gash and their children Olivia and Charlie, Williams Lake; Kristopher (Jan) Lettley and their children Ethan Lettley and Austin Humphreys, Brookdale; Brock (Lisa) McPherson, Calgary; Todd Lettley, Winnipeg; Curtis Lettley, Calgary. The funeral service to celebrate Gary's life was officiated by Rev. Natasha Pearen in Minnedosa United Church on February 22, 2012. Interment followed in the Minnedosa Cemetery. Arrangements were in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, Brandon.
FOSTER: Jason Patrick (Squeak). Suddenly and tragically at the age of 27, Jason was taken from us on February 15, 2012 at Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Jason was born June 1, 1984 in Lahr, Germany. For seven of Jason’s 27 years he lived in Lahr, Germany. As a young boy Jason was able to visit many places and countries in Europe. Jason attended nursery school in Starbuck, Manitoba where he lived for two years. In 1989 Jason and his family moved back to Lahr, Germany. Jason started Kindergarten at the Gutenberg school. He completed grade 1 and grade 2 as well. He then attended G. H. Dawe school in Red Deer, Alberta from grade 3 to grade 7. In 1997 Jason moved to Rivers, Manitoba and started grade 8 and in 2002 graduated from grade 12. After graduation Jason worked at Maple Leaf Foods for one year in Brandon, Manitoba. In the fall of 2003 Jason completed several courses in The Natural Resources Program at The University College of the North in The Pas, Manitoba. During this time at college Jason made the decision to enroll in the course of Computer Programer Analyst. So in the fall of 2004 Jason started the course at The University College of the North in The Pas, Manitoba, and in May of 2006 Jason graduated. As a young boy Jason was very happy always had a smile for everyone and was so easy going and easy to please. Those wonderful qualities carried right through as he became a young man. Jason was also known to his many friends as SQUEAK. He was a faithful and trustworthy friend. You could always count on Jason. Jason had a love for animals also. His kind and gentle way attracted all animals especially cats and dogs to his side. Jason loved all kinds of sports. As a youngster he played, T-Ball, baseball and soccer. He attended a Blue Jay’s game in Toronto, Ontario with his dad in 1996. He had a love for volleyball, badminton and golfing, at the age of 13 Jason found his passion for the game of curling. He was a member of the Rivers Curling Club and the Brandon Curling Club. In 2002 Jason and his teammates competed at the Target Junior Men’s Provincials in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. In 2006 Jason and his good friend Jason St. Pierre moved to Fort St. John, B.C. to seek employment. Jason had several jobs in the Oil Field Industry. Then in January 2008 Jason landed the job as CAD/Network Operator at McElhanney Land Surveys Ltd. in Fort St. John, B.C. Jason was a valued team member and a member of the McElhanney Family. Jason had a passion for gaming and he established a gaming on line family. While living in Fort St. John, Jason had many friends and when going out the girls could always count on Jason dancing with them. Jason loved to dance. In November 2011, Jason and his family traveled to Nanaimo, B.C. to meet his Grandfather for the first time. It was a joyful family reunion. The same weekend he attended The Grey Cup in Vancouver, B.C. with his cousin Mike and cousin Justin and his wife Heather. They were true Blue Bombers Fans. Jason is survived by his loving mother Vicky Foster of Rivers, Manitoba and his father David Foster of Florida. He will be deeply missed by his Aunt Ethel Boyd of Woodstock, Ontario. Also missing Jason will be his Aunt Linda, Uncle Hughie and cousins Michelle and Mike of Fort St. John, B.C. His Uncle Kevin of Kamloops, B.C. and cousins Amber, Olin, Cierra-Lee and Katie. His Aunt Roberta and Uncle Louie of Rivers, Manitoba, cousins Leah, Emma, Bailee, Jenna and Josie and his best friend and cousin Justin Paddock and his wife Heather of Winnipeg, Manitoba. His Aunt Reema and Uncle Dave and cousin Aaron of Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Many friends from school, the curling community and friends and co-workers from Fort St. John, B.C. and one of his best friends Corey Brownfield also from Fort St. John, B.C. His Grandfather Roy Harris and his wife Lourdes of Nanaimo, B.C. Jason was predeceased by his step-brother Chris Foster. Grandpa and Grandma Foster and his Granny Aggie Harris. A celebration of Jason’s life took place on February 24, 2012 with Glenna Beauchamp officiating in Rivers, Manitoba. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Jason to Rivers Recreation Facilities Review Committee, Box 220, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0.
“A SON”Thinking about the boy he wasmakes you feela littleSentimental...
Thinking about the manhe’s becomemakes you feelmore than a littleProud.
DE GOBEO: The death of Lt. Col. (Ret.) R.P.L. "Roger" de Gobeo occurred at his residence in Kelowna, B.C. on Monday, March 5, 2012. The Ceremony to Celebrate Roger's life will be held at Memories Chapel on Saturday, March 17 at 1:00 p.m. Padre Chris Arthur will officiate. Interment will follow in theVeterans' section of the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Roger may be made to the Westman Dreams for Kids Foundation, Unit 202-37 11th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4J2. Complete obituary information to follow.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
CUMMING: Whilamina Margaret “Mina” Cumming (nee Baldrow) 1921-2012. On Wednesday, March 6, 2012 at the Maple Villa Care Home, Burlington, Ontario. Mina Cumming, aged 91 years, formerly of Rossburn and Brandon, Manitoba, went to her eternal rest. She leaves to mourn her passing three sons, Bill and Anna of Jarvis, Ontario, Dale and Kathleen of Burlington, Ontario and Ronald her caregiver for many years, her home, Oakville, Ontario, two sisters Sadie Morrison, Fairview Personal Care Home, Brandon, Manitoba, Juanita and Don Neighbour of Rossburn, Manitoba, as well as four grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Jim Cumming August 6, 1996, three sisters, two brothers, four brothers- in-law and one sister-in-law. Family graveside service and Mina’s ashes will be interred in the spring at the Rossburn Community Cemetery, in the Baldrow family plot, Rossburn, Manitoba.
With tender loveand deepest regret,We who love you will never forget.
ANDRUSKI: Stanley “Stan” James Andruski, surrounded by his family, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2012 at the age of 79 years in Brandon Regional Health Centre. Stan was born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba on June 13, 1932, second eldest son of four children. After working and living in Saskatchewan for 2 years, Stan moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1961 where he met his future wife Gilberte (Bouchard). In May of 1963, their marriage began and lasted almost 49 wonderful years. They were blessed with three children, Jamie, Jacquie and Cher, who have brought much love and joy to them throughout the years. Stan received his Manitoba Land Surveyor Commission in 1970 and after 32 years of committed service, he retired in 2002. Stan loved nature and the outdoors. He was an enthusiastic fisherman and hunter and was a member of the Manitoba Wildlife Association for many years. Stan was also a proud member of the Manitoba Agricultural Museum. Along with hunting and fishing, Stan enjoyed trapping, fiddling, old time music, camping, surveying, farming, collecting antiques and going to garage sales. Stan could always find a bargain or a good deal. He could and would bargain with the best of them. Honest, hardworking, dependable, loyal and friendly, Stan blessed his family and friends with his unconditional love. His kind heart and loving smile will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Stan will also be deeply missed by his loving wife Gilberte, his children Jamie (Tammy), Jacquie (Mike), Cher (Tom), his grandchildren Braydon, Bryan, Tanner, Rachael, Halen, Sabrina and Rainey, his sisters Anne Curtis and Stella (Ed) Torrez, his sisters-in-law Shirley (Gordon) Andruski, Claire Cadieux, Gisele (Ben) Comeault, Carmelle Daneault, Muriel (Nick) Schrader, and all of his extended family. Stan was predeceased by his parents Dmytro and Maria Andruski, brother Joseph Andruski, father and mother-in-law Megilde and Lea Bouchard, brothers-in-law Ben Torrez, Bill Curtis, Mousse Dionne, Aime Cadieux, Jos Daneault, Richard “Butch” Bouchard, sisters-in-law Leda Bouchard, Rollie Dionne, Uncle Dan (Maggie) Smyzak, special niece Louise Boutet and special nephew Gerald Dionne. Prayers were held at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home on Thursday, March 8, 2012. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church on Friday, March 9, 2012 with Fr. James Ahaneku as Celebrant. Interment has taken place at Brandon Cemetery. The family wishes to thank Dr. Groves and the Brandon Clinic staff, the nurses and staff at the Brandon Regional Health Centre and the Assiniboine Centre for the care and compassion they gave to Stan, the entire Brockie Donovan staff for all their guidance and support, the organist, choir, readers, pallbearers and the CWL members who prepared all the food and refreshments following the funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society.
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POLVI: Joyce Polvi of Brandon, beloved wife of Rod and loving mother of Kim (Shane) and Chris (Heather), grandmother of Aaron, Nicole, Madisen and Memphis, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at the age of 71 years. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Joe Ball officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information to follow.
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McMORRIS: John Carson, 93 years, beloved husband of the late Martha McMorris, died in the Souris Health Centre on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Private graveside funeral service will be held at the Del-Win Cemetery Deloraine, Manitoba at a later date. In memory of John, donations may be made to the Souris Hospital Special Equipment Fund c/o ARHA Box 10 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0 or to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
GARROW GRANT: Dian J. Garrow Grant, age 69, beloved wife of Bill Grant, died on March 5, 2012 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon, Manitoba. Memorial Service wil be held on Monday, March 12, 2012 at the St. Paul's United Church Boissevain, Manitoba 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Dian may be made to the Cancer Care or the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Family interment at the Boissevain Cemetery
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Killarney & Boissevain Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.
DODD: Jack, 87 years, beloved husband of Norma Dodd and the late Hazel Dodd, father of Sue, Reg, Diane and Gail, stepfather of Bob, Caroline and Brent, died in the Souris Health Centre on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris, Manitoba on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Jack, donations may be made to the Souris Beautification Fund or to the Souris Town Bell Fund both donations may be made to the Town of Souris, Box 518, Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
PUGH: Florence May Pugh, age 85, beloved wife of the late Albert Pugh, died at the Brandon Regaional Health Centre, Brandon, Manitoba on March 4, 2012. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2012 2:00 p.m. at Boissevain Mennonite Brethern Church, Boissevain, Manitoba. Interment Ninga Cemetery Ninga, Manitoba. Donations may be made to the Ninga Cemetery in care of the Boissevain Morton Foundation Box 1075 Boissevain, Manitoba, R0K 0E0.
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Killarney & Boissevain Funeral Homes entrusted with arranagments.
PETRYCIA: Anne Petrycia 1923 – 2012. With family at her side, Anne Petrycia passed away on Friday, March 2, 2012 at Rideau Park Personal Care Home. Anne was born April 4, 1923 in Futory, Western Ukraine to Nikolaus and Anna Hrymak. From 1942 to 1945, she was forced to labour in Germany after German armies advanced across Ukraine. At war’s end, she met and married John Petrycia in 1946 in Muhldorf, Germany and came to Canada with their first two children in January 1949. They lived in various parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba and moved to Brandon in 1962. Anne devoted her life to making a home and providing for her family. She was a loving, doting grandmother and especially warm and sensitive to babies and small children. Anne and John provided support to their families in Ukraine for many years and she saw her and her husband’s families in Ukraine for the first time after the war when she visited in 1984 and again in 1992. Anne will be remembered for her busy hands and many talents. She was a superb seamstress and knit many pairs of mitts and sweaters. She needlepointed four poppy tapestries, decorated countless Ukrainian Easter eggs and embroidered numerous items. She baked the most ornate paska. Every spring and summer morning, she went to work in her flower and vegetable gardens before breakfast. While her health allowed, Anne was an active member of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, serving on the executive of the local branch of the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League. She was employed at the Brandon Mental Health Centre for 13 years as a dietary aide. Anne was predeceased by her husband in 1982, her son-in-law, Bill Urichen, in 2001, and her sisters Stefanie and Mary and her brothers John and Nikolaus. She leaves in mourning her children, Lil (Luba) Urichen, Mary (Ed Langevin), Borden, Irene (Jake Kosior), and Alice, grandchildren Greg Urichen (Jennifer), Stefan Kosior and Kathleen Kosior, and great grandson Garrett Urichen. Also surviving are her brother Michael and his wife Maria in Ukraine. Prayers will be said at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at Brockie-Donovan Funeral Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 8, 2012 at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 927 Assiniboine Avenue, Brandon. Anne will be laid to rest next to her husband at Brandon Cemetery following the Liturgy.Pallbearers will be Greg Urichen, Jake Kosior, Stefan Kosior, Brian Hominick, Myron Velykopolskyy and Mykhaylo Melnytskyy. The family is grateful to the staff on the West Wing of Rideau Park for the excellent care provided to Anne for the two years she resided there. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund, 2118-A Bloor Street West, Second Floor, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M63 1M8 or Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko, 456 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 1B6.
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MERCREDI: Timothy Alan Mercredi, beloved husband of Katharine, died peacefully in Brandon on Saturday, March 3, 2012. A celebration of Tim's life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 - 18th Street North, on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Tim to the S.C.I. - Cole Plaseski Memorial Scholarship Fund, Sunrise School Division, Box 1206 Beausejour, MB, R0E 0L0. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
MILLER: Ann, beloved wife of the late Charlie Miller of Pipestone, Manitoba, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre in Brandon on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at the age of 82 years. It was with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mother, Stepmother, Grandma and Great-Grandma. Mom was born on the family farm to George Thomas Forke and Adelade Forke (Hall). Mom was born on December 5, 1929. Mom is survived by her daughter Pat Single and son Gordon Motz, both of Brandon. Grandchildren Sharon (Dallas) Lemaire and Tricia Single (John) of Brandon and Great-grandchildren Anita, Eric and Jennifer Lemaire of Brandon. She is also survived by brothers Gordon Forke (Ruth) of Pipestone and Tom and Pat McCrindle of the USA, Sister-in-law Lil Forke, Saskatoon. Mom is also survived by her step-daughters, Alana East and Donna Smith (Clint) of Winnipeg. Grandchildren Jeff East in Alberta and Jenny East in Ontario, Brad Smith (Jenn), Brian Smith and Lisa Smith all of Winnipeg. Great-grandchildren Josh Smith of Winnipeg and Ella East in Alberta. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins. Mom was predeceased by her husband, Charlie Miller, son-in-law, Al Single, sisters, Ethel Forke and Verna Fairbairn of Pipestone, Shirley Millhouse of USA and a brother George Forke. Mom liked to help in the community any way that she could and enjoyed every minute. Mom belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary and to the Legion. She enjoyed all the meetings and had fun at the Xmas parties and bake sales. She also took over as reporter for The Reston Recorder from Jessie Gloor for many years. Mom liked to do many hobbies. She loved to knit, crafts, flowers and gardening. Both Mom and Charlie loved their pets. Bailey (dog), KC (bird), fish and even fed all of the birds outside. Mom also took pride and loved all of her Grand and Great-grandchildren very much. If she could not get to see them, she would always ask about them. Mom enjoyed life to the fullest. Both Mom and Charlie loved to have company. Every day there would be someone there. On Saturday morning, sometimes the house would be full of friends and relatives. Mom would serve tea and coffee in the house or on the patio, depending on the weather and Charlie would be telling jokes. Plenty of good times. Funeral services were held in Pipestone, Manitoba on February 22, 2012 at the Pipestone Community Hall. Interment was in the Pipestone Cemetery. Bailey, their beloved little dog was buried with Mom. The Guild served the lunch and it was very delicious. Carscadden Funeral Chapel was in care of arrangements. Donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Kidney Foundation or a charity of your choice.
No more suffering and painYou have earned your wings,You have been reunited withAll of your loved ones up there.Rest in peace Mom
Love Pat Single and Gordon Motz and all of my families, Donna and Alana and all of their families.
LYON: Shirley Ann Lyon, May 12, 1934 – March 1, 2012. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and stepmother, Shirley Lyon on Thursday, March 1st, 2012. Left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband Michael Blanar, her son Frazer Lyon (Kelly), daughter Karen Kozyra (Keith); two sisters and one brother in England - Su Cain, Judy Wilson (Graham), and Ian Rutherford; her five grandsons Devon, Dylan, Kai, Luke and Tim; and her stepsons Michael A. ( Julie), Christopher and Martin Blanar. Shirley came to Canada in 1957 with her first husband Jack Lyon, choosing Winnipeg as their destination because “it was in the middle of the map”. Shirley worked for many years as a physiotherapist and began her university education with night courses, eventually obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) from the University of Winnipeg and her Master’s Degree (Ag. Econ.) from the University of Manitoba, much to the pride of her family. She accepted the post of Executive Director, Inter-Universities North, in the 1970s and was located in Thompson, Manitoba. Her dedication to education and northerners, duly recognized by the University of Manitoba, very definitely laid the foundation for the present University College of the North. Some of her most fond memories were of spending time with loved ones at Setting Lake, south of Thompson. Shirley and Michael found a very special little corner of the world when they moved to Elgin, Manitoba, in the early 80s. The beauty of the prairies, the community of Elgin, and Shirley’s stunning garden brought her many smiles and happiness as she and Michael made Elgin their home for 20 years. All five grandsons enjoyed playing in the Elgin yard, racing up and down the stairs in the house and helping their Granny in her garden, usually while munching something delicious from her kitchen. Over the past 10 years, Shirley and Michael have been living in Winnipeg, closer to Frazer and Karen and their families, and the services the city has to offer. Shirley’s gardening skills continued to shine in the yard of her Winnipeg home and she was always making plans for the next growing season. The family would like to give special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Grace Hospital ICU for their care and compassion. Shirley believed in celebrating life as you live it rather than mourning a life lost, and would ask that those who cared for her do the same. To that end, she would be delighted to know that you had planted a plant, helped someone to smile, or donated to a charity of your choice in her memory. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Shirley’s life will take place on Friday March 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street.
de GOBEO: The death of Lt. Col. (Ret.) R.P.L. "Roger" de Gobeo occurred at his residence Kelowna, B.C. on Monday, March 5, 2012. Funeral arrangements are pending with Memories Chapel.
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