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ESPEY: Arthur (Art) James Espey; beloved husband of Doreen and father of Terry, Maureen (Wayne) Fisher, Karen (Larry) Taylor, Kim (Tim) Ward, Bruce; passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, Manitoba on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 84 years of age. A service to celebrate Arts life will be held at the Oak River United Church, Oak River, Manitoba, on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with interment following in the Oak River Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Arts memory to the Lung Association of Manitoba, 8-940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0P6 or to a charity of ones choice.
Messages of condolence can be sent to the family at www.campbellfuneralhome.caComplete obituary to follow. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota, are in care of arrangements. (866) 620-2744
KOPEECHUK: Nettie Nastasia Kopeechuk (Babiuk) entered into her Heavenly home October 22, 2010 in Minnedosa Health Centre at the age of 93 years. Nettie was born May 3, 1917 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to parents Samuel and Pearl Babiuk. In the early years of 1920s the small family moved to the vicinity of Miniota, Manitoba where Nettie attended school with her older sister Ann and two younger brothers Joe (Ernie) and Michael Babiuk. There she received her education, in the few years allotted to her. Due to the passing of her father in 1935 and being one of the older children, that meant finding a job to help her mother with support and keep the family together. This was during the depression years of the 1930s. Wages per month were $5.00 to $7.00. At the time Nettie was employed at various places of work and through these positions, her knowledge increased. Her favorite career was cooking wherever she was employed, from Erickson, Winnipeg and then to Minnedosa. On June 17th 1937 she married Michael Ervin Kopeechuk, moving back to Scandinavia district for a short period of time until they rented and purchased the Fred Ostrom farm at Hilltop, Manitoba. They raised their family of five children and adopting Marci Anna, their first foster baby to make the family complete of six children. Netties compassion for the less fortunate children brought three more foster children into her care. Her ambitions were that her children learn and accept the love of the Lord and to this end she worked. She taught Sunday School at Hilltop Baptist Church and took part in her community there, all the while being a help mate in the work on the farm. Gardening also was her love and asset as it provided an abundance of food for family and those in need. Her joy in beautifying her surroundings by planting and landscaping has left beautiful landmarks. Thirty-six years were spent on the farm in the Hilltop neighborhood. Her faith in Christian fellowship followed her wherever she went. Nettie also was a member of the New Testament Baptist Church in St. Catherines, Ontario. Due to her husbands poor health, the farm was sold in 1971 and they moved to Minnedosa, but retirement was not yet. Nettie again took up cooking, retiring in 1982. She continued to be active in mission work and fellowship in the Baptist Church whenever she could and in Minnedosa. She kept in touch with her children down east - Toronto, Belton, New Market and Innisfield. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her much joy. It was only a short walk to attend the Covenant Church to fellowship with her Lord when she could; and meet with her many friends and neighbors in Minnedosa. Nettie was a devoted Wife and Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. Due to her husband Ervins passing on December 17, 2004, Nettie made her home in Brandon to be near and with all her children and grandchildren that she greatly loved and admired at home in Manitoba and in the Province of Ontario - in Newmarket, Belton, Toronto and St. Catherines - and lastly, with her loving daughter Marci (McPherson) in Riding Mountain, Manitoba. All her Babiuk family preceded her; except for Pauline Henderson of Miniota, Manitoba; and Mary Cunningham of London, Ontario. Left to mourn her passing are her sons and daughters: Lillian Joyce Roshka, Edward Kopeechuk, Eleanor Jensons, Ray Kopeechuk, Dean Kopeechuk, Marci (Kopeechuk) McPherson and foster son (Jimmy) Solomon McKay; by 19 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one great- great-grandchild and many friends that she made in her lifes journey. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Minnedosa Funeral Service Chapel. Interment will take place at Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the MS Society. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
HALUK: Mr. Michael Haluk of Sprucewoods, Shilo, beloved husband of Marian and dear father of Wendy, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, October 22, 2010 at the age of 78 years. A Service of Remembrance will be held to honor Mikes Life at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. with Arlene Robertson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mike may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, "Cancer Services", 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information to follow.
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DRAYSON: Marj Drayson beloved wife of Mervin Drayson mother of Ellen Walker, Ray Drayson, Terry Drayson, Karen Richardson and Rhonda Stanski entered into rest October 23, 2010 in the Neepawa Health Center at the age of 83 years. A funeral service will take place on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Neepawa United Church, Neepawa, Manitoba. Interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery Neepawa, Manitoba. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Country Meadows Personal Care Home Neepawa, Manitoba or a charity of ones choice. Whites Funeral Home Neepawa, Manitoba in care of arrangements 204-476-2848.
PHILLIPS: Dad left us on the tenth day of this month after courageously battling diabetes and kidney disease. When it became obvious that the Lord wanted him, Dad in typical fashion told us he was prepared to go. Gordon Albert Phillips was born in Toronto on November 8, 1921. He was the youngest of four boys born to Violet and Charles Phillips - a family that could trace their origins to the United Empire Loyalists. He grew up in Toronto, becoming a popular student and athlete and at the age of sixteen met the first love of his life, Agnes McMahon. Four years later Gordon would marry Agnes and set off to serve his country with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Gordon served with distinction in the Mediterranean theatre, flying Wellington bombers in North Africa and during the tumultuous siege of the Malta. He was saved from deployment to the Asian theatre by Truman's decision to drop the Atomic bomb and ended his military career with rank of Flight Lieutenant. Back in Canada, Gordon would complete an agronomist course and in 1946 set off for Brandon to become a seed analyst and commercial salesman for McKenzie Seeds -a position he would hold until 1966 when he changed careers to become an insurance agent and broker. He remained an active broker at Phillips Insurance agency right up until his final illness in August 2010. It was in 1965 that Gordon began his long association with the Kiwanis Club of Brandon, which for 45 years proved to be a great source of companionship and community spirit. Dad was a tremendous athlete playing semipro lacrosse in the 1930's and excelling in basketball when he became an active member of the Brandon YMCA. He joined the Badminton club and was a vigorous player well into his sixties. In his latter years, he became an active golfer, a game that he especially enjoyed for the companionship, which he found with his fellow players. He also remained a devoted fan of the Toronto Blue Jays. Dad lost his beloved Agnes, the mother of his three sons, on February 28, 1974. Dad was not prepared to accept a bachelors life and entered a second wonderful marriage to Dawna Kelleher, which lasted until her premature death in 2000. During their time together, Gordon and Dawna travelled throughout the globe. Memories of these travels gave Dad a great sense of fulfillment in his final years. Dad will be remembered fondly by his three sons; Larry of Fort Frances, ON, Brian of Sussex, NB, and Don of Brandon; his daughter- in-law Elizabeth; his cherished grandchildren, Joseph, Patrick, Colin, Michael and Mary Kate; as well as all surviving members of the Phillips, Kelleher, McMahon families and special niece, Elizabeth Brand and her children. Dad's remarkable personality and love of people left a great impression on his clients and inspired his devoted staff. The good humour and companionship that he found in his work carried Dad throughout his tremendously long business career. The sense of good will created at his workplace along with the love of his family and faith in his church ensured that Gordon Phillips passed away confident that he lived a good and full life. Cremation has taken place. A service was held at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church on October 15, 2010. We ask that any donations be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B-10th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4G7 or to a charity of your choice.
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OLIVER: Mary Ethel Elizabeth Beth (nee Lorimer) peacefully passed away in her home on October 13th, 2010 surrounded by her family. Beth was born on July 14th, 1928 to Herb and Mamie Lorimer of Pope, Manitoba. She was educated at Kenton and Crandall then the Grace Hospital, Winnipeg earning her Nursing RN diploma in 1949. In 1951 she married Lloyd Oliver of Miniota. Beth was well respected for her work in Hamiota, Elkhorn and Birtle hospitals. She retired in 1993 then enjoyed golfing, gardening, and bridge. She was a dedicated member of the Miniota United Church, the Parkissimo Lodge board, and the Miniota welcoming committee. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and community member. Family and friends gathered on October 16th at the Miniota United Church in celebration of a life well lived. Pallbearers were her beloved grandchildren. Interment followed at the Miniota Cemetery and a reception followed at the Miniota hall. Beth is survived by her husband Lloyd, sons Dennis (Beth), Brian (Mary-Jean), Darcy, daughters, Julia (Bryan) Schettler, Betty (Paul) Croft, sister Marg Brown, brother Colin Lorimer and numerous grandchildren. Beth was predeceased by her parents, Herb and Mamie Lorimer, her sister Patsy Lorimer, sons Ted Oliver and Paul Oliver and grandson Tyler Oliver. The Oliver family extend thanks to the Hamiota District Health Centre for their excellent care. The Miniota UCW for the delicious funeral lunch; the Miniota community, friends for the visits; donations of food and cards. Donations in Beths memory may be sent to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415 1st St. Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8 or the Miniota and Area Foundation, Box 70, Miniota, Manitoba, R0M1M0 or ones charity of choice.
NEILSON: Agnes. With great sadness we wish to inform you of the passing of Agnes Neilson on October 13, 2010, a long time resident of Brandon, Manitoba. Our Aunt Agnes was born in Glasgow, Scotland and lived there until she immigrated with her widowed mother whose husband and Agnes's father had been killed in the battle of Arras in France, on 23rd April, 1917 during the First World War. Along with her siblings, brothers Norman and Robert and sister Minnie, the family arrived in Canada at Halifax. One of the first things to greet her was Canadian children celebrating Halloween; she was terrified and tried to hide in her mother's skirts. From the East Coast the little family headed west where Agnes and her family eventually ended up in Brandon, Manitoba. Things were tough for the young family, living on a small British war widow's pension. My aunt Agnes told me that when she was young she did not feel that she was poor and that she did not realized it until she was much older. She went to school and did the normal things children do growing up. As soon as the older children, Norman and Minnie, became old enough they got jobs even though jobs were hard to find. Agnes got part time work as a student in one of the local theatres and aunt Minnie got her a job working at McKenzie Seeds. She wanted to better herself so she went to business college. When the war in 1939 broke out there were more job opportunities. Agnes went to work as a civilian at #12 Air Training Base out where the Brandon Airport is now. All four children contributed to the running of the family. After the war Agnes got a job as a secretary working for the CNR in Brandon. She loved this job and often told me she was the only female in the office and the bosses and men treated her like royalty. It was a sad day when she retired. Agnes loved sports, was an avid golfer, curler and loved to play bridge. At one time she had season tickets to the Brandon Junior Wheat King games. She was a staunch churchgoer and belonged to the United Church in Brandon. Another passion my aunt Agnes had was the Eastern Star. She loved meeting and working with other people in this order. She would go on to be the Worthy Grand Matron and travel all over North America in this capacity, and told me it was a lot of work but she loved every minute of it. Agnes was fun to be with and always had a ready smile and could joke and kid around with everyone. She enjoyed life to its fullest and will be sadly missed by all her friends and many relatives, nephews and nieces, great nephews and nieces and great-great nephews and nieces. Agnes was predeceased by her father Jarvie, her mother Jean, her brothers Norman and Robert and her sister Wilhelmina (Minnie) Hotson, her sisters- in-law Helen and Margaret Neilson and brother-in-law Bert Hotson. The family would like to thank all the wonderful staff at Fairview Home in Brandon and a thank you to Ruth Davies and the Golden Girls Services. Everything was so much appreciated by the family. As to aunt Agnes' wishes she has been cremated. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
MITCHELL: The death of Margaret Ina Mitchell (nee McConnell) of Brandon occurred at the Valley View Care Centre on Thursday, October 14, 2010. Ina was born, raised and received her education near Brock, Saskatchewan. Her formative years coincided with the hard years in southern Saskatchewan of the Great Depression. From those years she liked to recall riding her horse to school, the dust clouds that turned the sky around Brock black, and her victories in speech and singing contests. Ina left home as a teenager to move to Arrow River, Manitoba. During World War II she worked as a waitress in the Officer's Mess at the RCAF Commonwealth Air Training base in Virden. She fondly recalled her experiences from those days and friends made. In 1946, Ina married Tommy Mitchell, just returned from five years overseas. They settled in Brandon. Two children, Lynda and Tom, followed. There were family visits to Arrow River and fishing trips to Sandy Lake. She loved coaching Tom on his poem, and Lynda on her song for the Police Departments' annual Christmas concert. Ina combined the challenges of raising a family with an award winning career as an Avon representative. In 1965, she returned to work as a dining room waitress. Following the death of her husband in 1973, Ina enjoyed three decades of companionship, mutual supportand shared interest in music and travel, with Jim Beedie. In those years, she also became an accomplished quilt maker and embroiderer. She won many red ribbons for her work. She will be remembered for her sly wit and good humour. Ina Mitchell is survived by her daughter Lynda Haroldson (Graham) of Medicine Hat, son Tom (Bonnie) of Brandon, sisters Maude Lelond of Miniota and Jean Brotzell (Art) of Redcliff, granddaughter Jennifer Marchant (Edward), grandson Drew Mitchell (Cynthia), two great grandchildren, Rhett and Brody Marchant all of Winnipeg, as well as many nieces and nephews: She was predeceased by her husband Thomas Mitchell, parents Duncan and Margaret McConnell, a sister Elsie Oakley and a brother Sid McConnell. The family would like to express appreciation for the care provided Ina by staff at the Valley View Care Centre. Friends who wish to make a donation in memory of Ina may do so to the charity of their choice. The Ceremony to Celebrate Ina's Life was held at Memories Chapel on Wednesday, October 20, 2010. Rev. Shannon McCarthy officiated. Honourary Pallbearers were all those in attendance. Interment followed in Brandon Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made atwww.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
KLAEHN: Jack Earl Klaehn peacefully entered into rest on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at Fairview Home, Brandon. Jack was born July 12, 1920 in Kitchener, Ontario to parents Otto and Edie Klaehn. He was the second of four sons: Walter, Jack, Gordon and Leroy. He enlisted in the Canadian army, was accepted into the medic section, stationed in Halifax and serviced until his discharge in 1945. He met and courted Reba, while they were both employed at the same company. They eventually married and raised three daughters whom they were quite proud of. Jack's younger years were spent working at a variety of jobs and he always provided for his family. He worked at Robin Hood flour mills in Port Colborne until a fire destroyed the elevator and the company decided not to rebuild. He searched for awhile, and then became a Fuller Brush dealer. He often took his kids along when he delivered his wares. Jack and Reba made the difficult decision to move the family to northern Manitoba. Jack started with Inco in December 1961 and moved the family up in 1962, where they resided for the next 27 years. Once they moved to Thompson, it didn't take long to make it home as the family was once again whole. Jack was employed at Inco as a labourer, he moved up to the furnaces and the drags in the smelter, then became a roaster operator and finally into the tool crib. He was known to many as "yappy Jack" as he would talk to anyone about anything, anywhere. He was a member of the Army & Navy Veterans in Thompson as well as the Royal Canadian Legion and transferred to the Oak Lake Branch when he retired. Upon retiring from Inco in 1988, Jack and Reba made the move to Griswold for a year or so. They found a house they liked in Oak Lake where they lived for a number of years making many friends and acquaintances'. Jack moved into Brandon to Sokol Manor and then into Fairview Home where he received excellent care from all who were his caregivers. Jack is survived by his three daughters Jackie (Ralph) Matz of Griswold, Manitoba, Cathy (Frank) Epp of Orillia, Ontario, and Sandi Klaehn of Austin, Manitoba. His grandchildren Stuart (Patricia) Matz of Brandon, J.J. (Delvene) Langan of Steinbach, Manitoba, Patrick (Nicole) Langan of St. Pierre Jolys, Manitoba, Joanna Klaehn of Brandon, Manitoba, Wesley (Joann Lanoie) Hokkinen of Winnipeg, Manitoba, David (Dorothy Roberts) Hokkinen ofWinnipeg, Manitoba. Also 14 great grandchildren: Jonathon Matz, Braden Langan, Kaeleigh Langan, Danica Langan, Jalen Langan, Zachary Miller, Kay-lynn Miller, Mikayla Lanoie, Alexis Lanoie, Hunter Lanoie, Ashley Roberts, Cody Cohen, Madison Roberts, Megan Roberts. He is also survived by a sister-in-law Bernice Klaehn of Kitchener, Ontario and many cousins, nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents Otto and Edie Klaehn; three brothers: Walter, Gordon and Leroy; niece Brenda Lee Klaehn in 1964; granddaughter Brenda Ann Matz in 1990 and his wife Reba in 1996. The Ceremony to Celebrate Jack's Life was held at Griswold United Church, Griswold, Manitoba, on Wednesday, October 13, 2010. Rev. Craig Miller officiated. A Private Interment followed at the Griswold Cemetery. Donations in memory of Jack may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
KILLE: The death of Mabel Jeanette Kille (nee Blythe) occurred on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at Valleyview Care Home. Formerly of Rapid City, Jeanette was born on April 2nd, 1928 to George and Mary Blythe. She lived on the Blythe homestead in the municipality of Elton most of her life attending Turriff and Mount Vernon schools in Forrest. She cared for her aging parents and grandparents until their deaths. For a short time later in her life she worked in the kitchen at the Brandon General Hospital. Jeanette married Stewart Kille in 1988 and enjoyed their companionship until his death in 2001. She loved the family farm, music and travelling. She played the piano for the residents at Central Park Lodge (now known as Valleyview Care Home). She sang with her three sisters in the group, "The Blythe Sisters" on the Co-op Jamboree in the 1960s. She loved to travel by car and tour Canada with Stewart. Jeanette was an excellent cook, well known for her home made angel food cakes and pies. She is survived by her only living sister Anne Chesney of Morden; brother-in-law Alvin Franklin of Brandon; nieces Vonnie Hemminger of Morden and Valerie Stephens of Headingley; nephews Doug Franklin of Kelowna, BC, Donald Franklin (Joe) of Brandon, Kevin Chesney of Abbotsford and Kelly Chesney of Singapore. Jeanette was delighted to have ten great nieces and nephews and two great-great nieces. She was predeceased by her husband Stewart in May 2001; sisters Marie Franklin in June 2009; Betty Carnahan in 1995 and her niece Darlene Fuhr in March 2010. Jeanette moved into Valleyview Care Centre in January 2010. Her family would like to thank the caregivers at Valleyview Centre for the wonderful care and comfort given to Jeanette this past year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Valleyview Sunshine Club at Valleyview Care Centre, 3015 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 2K2. A private Celebration of Jeanette's life will be held at a later date.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
HARDY: Doris Eileen Hardy passed away on October 7, 2010 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 75. She was predeceased by her parents Bertha and Russell Coukell. She leaves behind her beloved husband Andy; her loving children Don (Barb), Karen Marynuk (Chris), Ken (Mary); 8 grandchildren, Theresa, Bev, Wesley, Christopher, Heather, Lauren, Thomas, Shauna and 7 great-grandchildren; her sister Phyllis McKinnon; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, sisters and brothers-in-law. Doris and Andy spent 23 years at Oak Lake Resort. The Lakers as they called themselves, spent many hours enjoying campfires and golfing. In Brandon she belonged to the Arthritis Society. She and her dear friend Elva would attend Curves together 3 times a week, meeting with the other Curvers for coffee after. She spent countless hours of friendship with her special group called The Golden Girls for birthday lunches and vacations. But most of all, she cherished the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Doris will be dearly missed by her family and friends. A celebration of Doris life was held at Brandon Central United Church October 12, 2010.
HAMILTON: Passed away at the Glenboro Personal Care Home on Friday October 22, 2010 at the age of 88 years, Margaret Soutar Hamilton (nee Pattullo) of Glenboro,Manitoba. Margaret leaves to mourn her passing her four daughters Barbara (Gary) Watt of Reston, Gail (Terry) Chrisp of Reston, Darlene (Ross) Dowd of Glenboro & Judy (Ken) Dalgliesh of Neepawa as well as numerous relatives & friends. Margaret was predeceased by her husband Ross in 1999. A Private Family Service will be held in the Willmor Chapel at a later date. Interment will take place in the Glenboro Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memoriams may be made in Margarets memory to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Unit 1 613-10th St. Brandon, Manitoba R7A 4G6.For online condolences, visit www.willmorchapel.com. Jamiesons Funeral Services of Glenboro in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.
GRIGG: Hilda Maud (née Hale) Grigg passed away on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at the Valleyview Care Centre. Hilda was born in the Souris District to Henry and Ellen Hale on April 4, 1920; their first born. She grew up in Souris and attended school there until grade seven, then had to stay home and help with the younger children. She met Wallace (Wally) Grigg and they were married in 1939. Wally went overseas shortly there after. Over the next twenty years they were blessed with six children: Joan, Mona, Garry, Heather, Denise and Lance. Hilda was predeceased by husband Wally, son Lance, son-in-law Wayne Boles, son-in-law Duane Carter-Squire, brothers, Harold, Lorry and Gordon. Hilda is survived by and leaves to mourn her passing, daughters Joan, Mona, Heather (Wayne La Fournie), Denise (Craig Freeman) and son Garry (Pat); also nine grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren; two sisters Pearl and Dorothy and two brothers Bill and Walter. A private graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery with Mona Franklin officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Valleyview Care Centre, 3015 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 2K2.
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BERRY: Elsie Margaret Berry (nee McCutcheon). Peacefully, on October 15, 2010, at Rideau Park Personal Care Home in Brandon, Manitoba, Elsie Margaret Berry passed away at the age of 95. She is survived by her daughter Diane (Fred) McCarthy, grandchildren Barry (Robyn), great-grandchildren Joey and Matthew and Carla (Kevin Nolt), grandchild Damian; daughter Pat (Stan) Cochrane, grandchildren Kyle (Erin), great-grandchildren Brooklynn and Courtney, Darby (Kelly) and great-grandchildren Chase and Rose; as well as sisters-in-law Viola McCutcheon and Mollie Berry. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Elsie was predeceased by her beloved husband Arthur, her mother Hannah, father Joseph, sisters Hazel, Mabel, and her brothers Elwood, Bill, Art and Russell. Elsie was born March 18, 1915, to Joseph and Hannah McCutcheon who were pioneers in the Strathclair Municipality. She played hockey, baseball, danced and learned to play cards at an early age. In 1941 at 26 years of age, Elsie moved to Birtle to work in the T.E. Morris General Store and later for Leroy Dutton in the Drug Store. Elsie met Arthur Wilson Berry when she was working in the grocery store. She told him when they started dating that if he did not learn to dance and play cards; she would not go with him. He learned to do both very well. They married on April 5, 1944 at the farm at Strathclair and took over the farm North of Birtle from Arts parents, Ernest and Minnie Berry who were moving to BC. Diane was born in 1947 and Pat in 1949. The family remained on the farm until 1959 when they moved into Birtle. Elsie worked for John Kines in The Macleods Store from 1959 to 1972. Art began full time carpentry. As Pat and Diane were growing up, Elsie was a leader in their activities, 4-H, Sunday School, and C.G.I.T. She was a member of the Womens Institute for 50 years. She was instrumental in reviving the Birtle fair while she was the secretary of the Agriculture Society. When Art found work as a civilian carpenter at Shilo Armed Forces Base in 1972, they built a home at 15 Elviss Crescent in Brandon. Elsie worked at Kmart for 5 12 yearsin ladies wear. She took great pride in being honest with the customers and loved working retail. After retirement in 1978, Elsie and Art took bus trips, lawn bowled, floor shuffled, golfed and played cards at the Senior Centers. Elsie made many beautiful needlework pictures and quilts for the family. They had showy flowerbeds and a large garden. Summer weekends were spent at their cabin at Sandy Lake, called The Berry Patch. Lions Manor became home in June, 1996 where they enjoyed all the social activities. Elsie continued her quilt making donating many quilt tops to the Manor for quilting. Sadly, Art passed away on January 5, 2002, at the age of 88. Ten years later on February 11, 2006, because of failing memory she moved into Rideau Park Personal Care Home where she enjoyed the staff and the meals. A very special thanks to all the dedicated staff in every department for the kindness shown to Mom, Diane and Pat during her stay. Cremation has taken place. A Graveside Ceremony will be held at Tarbolton Cemetery on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. (today). Donations in Elsies memory may be made to Birtle Agriculture Society, Oak Lake Arena, Griswold United Church, Rideau Park Personal Care Home or your charity of choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements are withMemories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
FLEURY: Flora Fleury, dear Mother of Deana, Clara, Rita, Rene, Therese, Betty, Lorraine and Norman, passed away peacefully at her residence, Rideau Park Personal Care Home, on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at the age of 108 years. Prayers will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, October 22, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the St. Lazare Catholic Church on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. with viewing prior to the service. Interment will follow at the St. Lazare Cemetery. Donations in memory of Flora may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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