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HOPKINS: Hayward Charles Hopkins passed away on May 5, 2011 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home at the age of 91 years. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in Minnedosa Funeral Service Chapel, Minnedosa, MB with Elgin Hall officiating. Interment will take place at All Saints Cemetery, Clanwilliam, MB. Donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Chemo and Radiation Residence. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements. (204) 867-3868.
FORSYTH: On Thursday March 24, 2011 Jack Forsyth from Hartney, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon. Left to mourn his absence are his wife of 46 years Phyllis, his son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Debbie of Boissevain, and his daughter and son-in-law, Kristin and Dale Stinson of West Fargo, North Dakota. Most importantly to Jack, he leaves his grandchildren, Natalie and Jennie Forsyth, and Jack and Sarah Stinson. Jack was born John Guthrie Forsyth in Reston, Manitoba on November 7, 1941. His parents Mora and John Forsyth also gave birth to Jack’s younger siblings, sister Fonda who married Dale Smeltz who now live in Winnipeg and brother Jim Forsyth and sister-in-law Carol from Oak River. Jack grew up in Reston and spent his spare time playing baseball and hockey. He was a sports enthusiast which would mould his future. He graduated from Reston Collegiate in 1959, spent a year a Teacher’s College in Winnipeg, then started his teaching career in Virden in 1960. In 1961 he moved to Shoal Lake where he met his Phyllis. After marrying on July 6, 1963 they moved and spent eight years in Sanford as the Principal of the elementary school there. Keith and Kristin were born in Winnipeg in 1966 and 1969 respectively and in 1971, the family moved back to southwestern Manitoba and called Hartney their home until present day. Jack was involved in many groups outside his job as Principal in Hartney which he held until 1992. He played, officiated, coached and acted as an administrator of various levels of minor hockey. He was one of the founding fathers of the Manitoba AAA Midget League and was the only commissioner the league knew until his recent passing. He served 23 years on the Canadian Orienteering Federation’s Board of Directors including 9 years as President – both records. He was the the President of the South West Hockey League for over 20 years, and the Secretary of the Southwest Minor Hockey League for nearly as long. He served on the Boar of Directors of Hockey Manitoba for nine years, including three as President. He served for six years (2001 - 07) on the Board of Directors of Hockey Canada, the final three, as the National Chair of Minor Hockey. In 2008 he was awarded the Hockey Canada Order of Merit which is presented to association members who have made outstanding contributions to amateur hockey in Canada. He was a councillor for the Town of Hartney, was an active member of the local golf clubs and the Hartney chapter of the Royal Canadian Legion, serving his time as president of both. Jack was a deeply proud man, and very proud of his family. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, and almost never missed a basketball, volleyball, fastball game, a wrestling match, a dance recital. Whatever it was, involving his grandkids, it was very important for Jack to be there, and he made a point of seeing as much as he possibly could. Jack will be missed by many people from many walks of life. He was an excellent father and husband, a loyal friend and an extremely hard working individual, who left no stone unturned when it came to getting the job done. He will be missed by a wide number of people.
FERGUSON: It is with heavy hearts, we announce the sudden passing of our mother, grandmother and great grandmother Bernadette "Bea" Ferguson on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Bea was born July 4, 1935 in Brandon and was the only daughter to Albert and Ann Crane. She received her schooling in Brandon and starting working at age fourteen as a taxi dispatcher after school when her father became ill. She worked for various retail stores before she completed a vocational course which led to working for Dilley's Florists, Lloyd Realty and McDonalds Restaurants. She also worked for the Kidney Foundation, Canadian Mental Health and the MS Society before retiring in 2001. She was a member and on the boards for Manitoba Light Horse, Brandon Gymkhana and Rodeo Association and the Brandon Light Horse and Pony Society. She was especially proud of the 25th anniversary of the Westman Charity Horse Show, of which she was involved with from its inception. Bea was an animal lover and always had a dog or two in the house. She competed with her dogs travelling many miles to Obedience Trials and was a Canadian Kennel Club member as well. She is deeply missed by her sheltie dog and best friend "Tori". Racehorses were another interest and in 2001 she fulfilled a lifelong dream travelling to Kentucky to see Churchill Downs and Keenland, as well as Kentucky Horsepark. She could hardly believe she was standing in the winners circle! Mom loved her garden and flower beds, filled with many different varieties of lilies and irises and was always looking for a new variety to try. Mom was a good friend to many people and never forgot a birthday or anniversary. Mom loved any kind of music and sang with St. Michael's Glee Club, St. Augustine's Church Choir, Brandon Barbershop Belles and after retiring, Prairie Oasis Singers. Mom had a strong character and never complained even though she faced many challenges in her life. She raised four children on her own, survived breast cancer, kidney dialysis for seven years three times a week and was getting ready to fight cancer again with dignity and strength. Mom was truly an inspiration to us all. She is survived by daughters Terry (Tim) McLeod of Lorette, Manitoba and Angela (Billy) Burrus of Mt. Juliet, TN and sons Rick (Val) Ferguson of Carroll, Manitoba and Gerald (Sherry) Ferguson of Parksville, B.C. She was Grandma to Rhianna Fitzpatrick, Cody and Carter Ferguson, Michelle Allison and Levi Ferguson, Tyler Burrus, Dustin and Capri Carter and great grandma to Isabella and Brennen Fitzpatrick. She was predeceased by an infant brother Bernard in 1934, her father Albert in 1953 and mother Ann in 1993. A celebration of Bea's life was held on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at Memories Chapel with interment at Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Bea may be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada, 42 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B2 or to a charity of choice.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
EKHOLM: Helen Ekholm of Brandon, beloved wife of Carl Ekholm and mother of Marnie (Jerry) Hemmings and grandmother of Jordan and Ashley Hemmings, passed away peacefully at Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the age of 84 years. Arrangements are pending with Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services (204) 727-0694.
DUCE: Eleanor Duce of Wawanesa, formerly of Rounthwaite, passed away peacefully at the Glenboro Health Centre on Monday, May 2, 2011 at the age of 97 years. The Funeral Service to honour Eleanor’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood of Central United Church officiating; viewing will be held prior to the service starting at 1:30 p.m. Pallbearers will be Bill Duce, Bob Duce, Bud Logel, Pete Griemann, Ken Stevenson and Jack Stevenson. Interment will follow at the Rounthwaite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Eleanor may be made to the Rounthwaite Cemetery, c/o Brian Granger, Box 11, RR #1, Nesbitt, Manitoba, R0K 1P0.
COLLINS: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Leo Collins at the age of 46 years. Leo died peacefully surrounded by the love of his family and friends on May 2nd, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Beloved husband and best friend of Mary-Lou. Devoted father of John, Steven and Robert. He was predeceased by his father, David Collins and father-in-law, Orlando Caruso. He will be sadly missed by his mother, Mary Grace, mother-in-law, Ida Caruso, and step-mother Joan Collins, who he deeply cared for. He was an influential brother to Kevin (Maria) Collins and Joe Collins with whom he loved to share entertaining stories of their childhood. His family circle grew to include brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law when he married Mary-Lou in 1989. He loved to spend hours around the dinner table with Scott and Emily Thibeault, John and Brenda Caruso, and Mark and Jaclyn Caruso enjoying each other’s company and sharing much laughter. He will also be missed by nephews Kyle Collins, Kyle Thibeault, Bradley and Gregory Caruso, Tyler and Landon Caruso and his favourite niece, Jennifer Thibeault. Leo could often be found getting into mischief with the kids and enjoying it to the fullest. His career with Maple Leaf Foods began in Dundas, Ontario. In 2005, he moved the family from Brantford, ON to Brandon, MB to assume his newly appointed position as Plant Manager of the Brandon Pork Processing Plant, Maple Leaf’s largest facility. Leo’s career took him to many places and over the years he formed special friendships. Every year they travelled hundreds of miles to meet for golf, fishing and football trips. He loved life and embraced everything it had to offer. Leo was very community minded and enjoyed working on many committees and fundraisers. In 2010, he was proud to be a member of the Olympic Torch Relay Team in Brandon. Leo will be sadly missed by his family and friends, but leaves behind a legacy of wonderful memories to comfort our hearts. Prayers will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., with a time of visitation to follow. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 9, 2011 at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327 – 4th Street, at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. A graveside service will be held at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, People’s Road, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Leo’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7 or a charity of choice
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CLARK: Louisa Blanche "Lue" Clark passed away peacefully, with family at her side, the evening of March 10, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, at the age of 87. A memorial ceremony celebrating Lue's life will take place at St. Mary's Anglican Church, 401 1st Street on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. The Rev. John Dolloff will officiate. A private interment will be held at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in Lue's memory may be made to St. Mary's Anglican Church Renovation Fund, 401 - 1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
BRIGGS:Mervin (Bud), 88 years, beloved husband of Myra Briggs, father of Eddie, Debbie, Sandra, Robert and Heather, died in the Souris Health Centre on Thursday, April 28, 2011. Funeral service will be held at the Centennial Centre, Hartney, Manitoba on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Riverside Cemetery, Hartney. In memory of Bud, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
SCHWALM: Garry Harold Schwalm of Virden, Manitoba beloved husband of Doreen Schwalm and father of Brad, Mark and Leann passed away at WestMan Nursing Home, Virden Tuesday; May 3, 2011 at the age of 76 years. Funeral Service will be held from G.R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden Saturday; May 7, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Janice Van Aertselaer officiating. Inurnment will be in Virden Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba in memory of Garry.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
SOULIERE: Hester "Iris" On May 3, 2011, Iris Souliere of Sherwood Park passed away peacefully at the age of 87 years. Iris will be forever remembered by her loving children, Madeline, Michael (Dawn), Patrick (Delie), Mark (Leisa), and Leonard Jr. (Mary); 13 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 3 brothers, Ken (Vivian), Ted (Mary Ann) and Terry (Judy); and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. Iris was predeceased by her husband, Len; parents, Oswald and Madge Bicknell; and 4 sisters Marguerite, Noreen, Joan and Madeleine. A Prayer Service will take place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 13 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Reverend Wilf Murchland, CSC will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Interment to follow at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery. In memory of Iris, donations may be made to OLPH Parish, 13 Brower Dr., Sherwood Park, Alberta, T8H 1Y7.
To send condolences visit: www.connelly-mckinley.comConnelly-McKinley Sherwood Park-Millwoods Funeral Home, 4820 Meridian St., Edmonton, 780-468-2222
WISMER: Isabel Wismer ( Moffat) passed peacefully at Dinsdale Personal Care Home with family at her side on May 2, 2011. Isabel was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Wilfred (Bill) and her son William (Billy). Isabel was born in Strathaven, Scotland, Nov. 19,1921 to Richard and Jeanie Moffat. She was the youngest of 10 children, married Bill in Scotland while he served in WW11 in Canadian Armed Forces. Russell was born in Scotland and traveled by ship with Isabel to Brandon in July 1945. Isabel is survived by her children, Russell (Brenda), June Charbonneau (Bob), Norman, Glenn (Irene), Linda Gordon (Rick), Jeannie MacLean (Dwight), sister, Margaret Syme in Scotland, 26 grandchildren and 23 great -grandchildren. Isabel's first job was as a conductress on the buses in England. Between raising her own children, she was a caregiver to many children through Social Services. She also babysat for Dr. Kandambi and Dr. Knowle-Smith. Isabel worked at the Brandon General Hospital and Dinsdale, Eventide Home as a cook, when Bill had the boarding stables, she would help out by watering, horses. She was a long time member of the war Brides Association Isabel great loves were her family, dogs, bingo and yard sales. Services at Salvation Army on Friday May 6, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. with lunch to follow.
RAMSEY: It is with great sadness the family of Lyle Alexander Ramsey, loving husband of Helen, father of Lisa (Carl) Bodkin, grandfather of Carlee and Alli and step-grandfather of Chelsey announce his passing on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Graveside Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Family and friends are invited to share their memories at a come and go reception at Memories Chapel, 330 - 18th Street North, between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2011. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Lyle may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3, 824 - 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7. Expressions of sympathy may be made Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
MORGAN CLARKE: Rose Morgan Clarke passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre in her 90th year. Rose was born at Horod, Manitoba on November 5, 1921 to Theodora and John Buternowsky. She would become one of fifteen siblings. Her family remained important to her throughout her life. At fourteen years of age, Rose left the farm to work as a hired girl. She gained a reputation as being dependable and a hard worker. In her late teens she moved to Brandon and became employed at the Princess Café. Rose missed the farm life and returned to work as a hired girl meeting Walter Morgan, the hired man, who became her husband in December of 1941. Rose and Walter resided in the southwest Manitoba communities of Cromer, Griswold and Virden. Walter was employed as a section man. Rose efficiently ran her home, becoming an accomplished cook, gardener, painter, seamstress and needle-worker. Meanwhile, she and Walter were raising their four children: Mervyn, Barry, Maxine and Rick. The family moved to Virden in 1964. Rose decided to return to work and was employed for many years at Larry’s Café. Several years later she changed occupations becoming employed in the kitchen at the Sherwood Personal Care Home. In December of 1976, Rose left the Sherwood to care for Walter full time until his passing of lung cancer in May of 1977. Rose returned to work until she was 67 at the Westman Nursing Home in the kitchen. She was a member of the United Church and the Virden Al-Anon Group. Rose played softball with the Cromer Ladies Ball Club and enjoyed curling in Griswold, Cromer and Virden. Rose spent her retirement enjoying her yard and garden. She did a bit of traveling. Her grandchildren were lucky to have her close. In 1999, Rose married Bruce Clarke of Virden. They were married for nine years when Bruce passed away in May of 2008. Rose continued to live in Virden until October of 2009 when she moved to Victoria Landing in Brandon. She was happy to be residing in the same facility as her sisters: Stella, Sadie and Sadie’s husband Cliff. Failing health dictated a move into Dinsdale Personal Care Home in November, 2010. Rose quickly felt at home and rarely could be found in her room. Rose remained fiercely independent until her passing. Her family and friends are left with memories of the high value Rose placed on hard work, a good education, the pleasure in gardening, the joy of family, and her belief a good cup of tea might not solve every problem but it was a great place to start. “Mom we will miss you.” Rose is survived by daughter Maxine Morgan (Brent Fitzpatrick), son Rick (Susan) Morgan, daughter- in-law Dianne Morgan and daughter-in-law Nancy Morgan, ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters: Sadie Munro, Marjorie Charney, Stella Handzuk and brother Tom (Tena) Buternowsky, as well as many nieces, nephews and their children. She was predeceased by both husbands, sons Kenneth Lee, Barry and Mervyn as well as son-in-law Allan Taylor andeleven siblings. The Ceremony to Celebrate Rose’s Life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 – 18th Street North on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Shannon McCarthy will officiate. Interment will be in the Virden Cemetery, Virden, Manitoba. Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends who wish may make a donation in Rose’s memory to the Virden Hospital Auxiliary, Box 400, Virden, Manitoba, R0M 2C0 or the Westman Dreams for Kids Foundation, Unit 202, 37 –11th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4J2.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
KERR: Florence Alfrieda (Frieda) Kerr; beloved wife of Ken Sr.; mother of Denise (Bryan), Ken (Janice), Allan (Natalka); grandmother of 10; great grandmother of 5; passed away at Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, Manitoba, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 79 years of age. A service to celebrate her life will be held at the Hamiota Community Centre, Hamiota, Manitoba on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. followed by reception. Interment will take place at Hamiota Cemetery at a later date. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Frieda’s memory to a charity of one’s choice.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
COLLINS: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Leo Collins, at the age of 46 years. Leo died peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family and friends on May 2nd, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Prayers will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., with a time of visitation to follow. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 9, 2011 at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327 – 4th Street, at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. Complete obituary information to follow.
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