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KLAEHN: Jack Klaehn, formerly of Oak Lake, Manitoba, peacefully entered into rest on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at Fairview Home, Brandon. The Ceremony to Celebrate Jack's Life will be held at Griswold United Church, Griswold, Manitoba, on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm. Rev. Craig Miller will officiate. A Private Interment will follow at the Griswold Cemetery. Donations in memory of Jack may be made to a charity of one's choice. Complete obituary information will follow.Expressions of sympathymay be made atwww.memorieschapel.comArrangements are withMemories Chapel &Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
HARDY: Doris Eileen, age 75 years, beloved wife of Andy Hardy, mother of Don, Karen and Ken, died in the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, October 7, 2010. Funeral service will be held at Central United Church 327 – 8th Street, Brandon, Manitoba on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Interment in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Brandon. In memory of Doris, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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WOODMAN: Dr. Kenneth Woodman, beloved husband of Norma Woodman, passed away peacefully at Fairview Home, on Friday, October 8th, 2010. A Funeral Service will be held at St. Matthews Cathedral, 403-13th Street, Brandon, Manitoba on Wednesday, October 13th at 2:00 p.m. with The Very Rev. Robin Walker officiating. In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations can be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Western Manitoba Cancer Care Project” 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information to follow.
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THOMPSON: Doreen Thompson passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Dinsdale Personal Care Home October 1, 2010 at the age of 83. Doreen was born April 27, 1927 in Estevan, Saskatchewan. She met and married Charles Thompson when he was stationed with the Air Force in Estevan and moved to his home in Neepawa. She moved to Brandon in 1995 and during the last years resided at Dinsdale Personal Care Home. She was predeceased by her husband of many years, Charles; their son Robert in infancy, son Ken Thompson at the age of 29 years and son Neil at the age of 51 years. She is left to mourn by her children Grace Denis (Robert), Louise Kilborn (Brian), Rick Thompson (Elaine) and John Thompson (Anna-Lynn). Her grandchildren Ken Denis (Debbie), Shelley Doan (Chris), Trevor Denis (Jackie), Christine Kilborn/Pulver, Neil Kilborn, Gary Thompson, Darin Thompson, Brennan Thompson, Evan Thompson, Nolan Thompson and Laurel-Lynne Thompson. Her Great Grandchildren Jenna Denis, Patrick Denis, Keenan Denis, Callie Denis, Joel Pulver and Brent Pulver. The funeral for Doreen was held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church on October 6, 2010 with Fr. Dominic Yuen officiating. A private burial was held in Neepawa where she was laid to rest with her husband Charles. Donations in memory of Doreen may be made to St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, “Society of St. Vincent de Paul”, 327 – 4th Street, Brandon, R7A 3H1.
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SMITH, W. Murray. October 23, 1930 – October 1, 2010. Murray’s journey in this world ended peacefully on October 1, 2010 at Agapé Hospice after a two-year tussle with cancer.  He was just shy of his 80th birthday.  Murray leaves seven children/stepchildren: Jodee, Marla, Blake, Cathie, Paul, Guyle, and Tara; six grandchildren, one sister (Elizabeth Phillips), a brother (Jack), and a host of friends who will long tell stories about the master story-teller that he was.  At Murray’s request, there will be a Private Family Memorial and Celebration of his life on October 23, 2010 followed by an Open House Gathering at Evan J. Strong Commemorative Services (5502-2nd Street SW / one block east of Macleod Trail on 53rd Avenue SW), from 1:30 to 3:30 pm with Tributes at 2:30 pm.  All are welcome. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Murray’s site at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Agapé Hospice (1302 - 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8) - in Murray’s words … “A Wonderful Place”.  Arrangements in care of Evan J. Strong Commemorative Services. (403) 265-1199. Calgary Family Owned.
MEADOWS: It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Douglas Norman Meadows on Sunday September 19, 2010 at home and surrounded by his loving family. Doug was born on June 23, 1927 in Minnedosa, Manitoba to Reginald and Florence Meadows. He was one of 10 children and was raised on a farm in the Odanah Municipality. He attended Roseneath School and along with his family were active members of St. Saviour’s Church. Although Doug left the farm in 1954, no one could ever question the love he had for agriculture. He joined the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba 52 years prior, chaired and was actively involved in several of the events such as the Fiddler’s Contest and the Western Breakfast. Throughout those years Doug received several awards such as the Jim Figol Memorial Award, the Lieutenant Governor’s ‘Make a Difference Community Award’, which was presented to Doug in 2006 by the Honorable John Harvard, Lieutenant Governor and in February 2010 he was presented with an Honorary Directors Award for the 52 years of dedication to the Provincial Exhibition. Another love of Doug’s was the Kiwanis Club of Brandon of which he was a devoted member for 40 years attending not only the weekly meetings but also assisting with the annual Kar Derby and Bike Auction as well as organizing the annual Hands Across the Border Peace Garden Dinner. Doug began his police career of 38 years on June 1, 1954. To many he was known as the “Motorcycle Cop” and took great pride in the Harley Davidson where he had the honor and privilege to escort PM John Diefenbaker, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, Princess Anne as well as many other dignitaries. On September 1, 1958 he was promoted to Corporal of Traffic and in April 1, 1963 he was promoted to Sergeant IC of Traffic, hence the handle he became known and respected as “Sarge”. Along with fellow officers Doug started the Brandon City Police Mounted Patrol where he and his horse Nicki attended many parades throughout Manitoba representing the force and bringing community awareness to the City of Brandon. Sergeant Meadows was also a name many remember as being responsible for the Brandon School Program where he spent countless hours speaking with children about traffic safety. Doug retired with great pride from the Brandon City Police Force on April 16, 1992. Doug’s biggest passion and devotion in life was his family. One of Wanda’s main attractions to him was his love of children. This love and respect was a mutual feeling his family held for him. No family could be more proud to call him, a husband, a dad, a brother, a grandfather, a great grandfather, or an uncle. As Doug’s health failed his most recent hobby was latch hooking where he has left a legacy to each of his family members. Doug is survived by Wanda, his loving wife of 61 years, son Garry Meadows (Maxine), Carol Snow (Jim), Sherri Black (Doug); grandchildren Marcie, Angela, Ryan, Scott, Brady, as well as 7 great grandchildren. He also leaves to mourn his passing his sisters, Devona, Marjorie and Muriel and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, brothers Reginald, Arthur and infant brother Clifford, sisters Olive, Florence, infant sister Evelyn and grandson Gregory Grant Snow. A service to celebrate and honor Doug’s life was held with Rt. Rev. James Njegovan officiating on September 25, 2010 at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. Memorable tributes were shared by Insp. Ian Grant of BPS, Neil Thomson of Provincial Ex. and Peter Lonstrup of the Kiwanis Club of Brandon, with the heart-warming eulogy given by Sherri Black daughter of Doug and Wanda. The interment followed in the Cathedral Columbarium with a ten member Brandon Police Service Honor Guard in attendance and grandson Scott Snow as urn bearer. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Doug to the St. Matthew’s Cathedral, 403-13th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4P9, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7, or to a charity of one’s choice.
I’m Free
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free;I’m following the path God laid for me.I took His hand when I heard Him call,I turned my back and I left it all.I could not stay another dayTo laugh, to love, to work or play.Tasks left undone must stay that way.I found that place at the mid of day.If my parting has left a void,Then fill it with remembered joy.A friendship shared, a laugh, a kissAh yes, these things, I too, will miss.Be not burdened with times of sorrow;I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.My life’s been full; I savored muchGood friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.Lift up your heart and share with meGod wanted me now; He set me free.
Author Unknown
MANSON: The death of Mary Elizabeth Manson (nee Steel) occurred Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at Brandon Regional Health Centre. Mary was predecease by her husband Alexander (Sandy) Manson; her parents Andy and Minnie Steel; her brothers, Andrew, Wesley and Barry; and her brother-in-law Lloyd Burgess. She leaves to mourn her passing: Her children, Karen Colbourn, Hugh, Andrew, Arlene and Linda; her granddaughters Susie and Sarah Colbourn; and her sister Ellen Burgess. Mary was born on June 23, 1929 at Holland, Manitoba the eldest of five children of Andy and Minnie Steel. She was raised on the family farm. Her world was altered with the death of her mother in December of 1943. She stayed at home and helped on the farm. Later she moved to Winnipeg where she lived and worked for several years. During her time in Winnipeg, she worked at St. John’s Ravenscourt School for Boys for a few years in the kitchen. In 1958, she moved to Brandon to be with her husband Sandy. Together they had five children: Karen, Hugh, Andrew, Arlene and Linda before Sandy’s passing in May of 1971. Life for Mary was not always comfortable because she dealt with mental illness issues in a world which is still learning to access solutions. Family considers the last five years of her life to have been the most comfortable and joyful in the security of Rideau Park Personal Care Home where she was given dignity and stability. The family appreciates so very much this happy contentment their care provided for her. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Mary can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association B-727-10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba. A memorial service will be held in the spring, when family can be together.
LUKIANCHUK: Anne Lukianchuk of Erickson, Manitoba passed away on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at the Erickson District Health Centre at the age of 93 years. Anne is survived by her sons: Rudy (Margaret) Lukianchuk of Benito, Harry (Diana) Lukianchuk of Erickson, daughters: Phyllis (Bill) Baraniuk of Prince George, B.C., Stella (Bill) Rempel of Edmonton, Alberta, Sylvia Wonsul of Erickson, Carol (Ken) Beatty of Erickson, Victoria Petrun of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, eleven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, sisters: Rose Pilipchuk of Sandy Lake and Stella (Jack) Mudrey of Winnipeg. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. from the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church, Erickson with interment in the parish cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday evening from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Rae’s Funeral Chapel, Erickson. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Erickson District Health Centre, Tub Fund.
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Rae’s Funeral Service of Erickson is in care of arrangements. (204) 636-7727.
KLAEHN: The death of Jack Earl Klaehn, formerly of Oak Lake, Manitoba, occurred at Fairview Home on Thursday, October 7, 2010. Arrangements are pending with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
KOWALCHUK: John Harry Kowalchuk passed away on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, at Souris District Hospital. John, son of Harry and Catherine Kowalchuk, was born on February 20, 1921, in the village of Rozdaliw, Western Ukraine. He immigrated to Canada with his family in 1928 and settled at Whitkow, Saskatchewan. John left school at the age of 15 to help out on the family farm. He farmed there for ten years, breaking prairie sod with three horses and a sulky plow. On August 11, 1945, John married a neighbour’s daughter, Olga Kindrachuk. In 1946, they sold the farm and moved to Souris, Manitoba, where they were partners in the Souris Dry Cleaners. In order to operate the high pressure steam boiler there, John obtained a Power Engineer Certificate. John was the Truant Officer for the Souris Valley School Division for 25 years. He was also a rural mail carrier for many years. John and Olga sold the dry cleaning business in 1980 and retired to their home on the banks of the Souris River. Never one to be idle, John took on a summer job as caretaker of Souris and Glenwood Cemetery, a position which he held for seven years. In his younger years, John was very active in the Souris community. He served as a volunteer fire fighter and ambulance driver, as a Town Councillor, and as a member of the Kiwanis Service Club. He and Olga were also staunch supporters of the St. Luke’s Anglican Church. John enjoyed hunting, fishing, yard work, curling, and golfing. He played his last round of golf a week prior to his passing. After retirement, John and Olga took a number of trips to Mexico and points in the United States. During their 55 years together, they prevailed over fire and flood, and often commented that they “had been through hell and high water and wondered what was coming next”. After Olga’s death in 2001, John continued to live in his home on the Souris River, cared for by his son and daughter-in-law, Don and Joyce. His needs were simple, and he made no demands. He was active with the Souris Fellowship Club and enjoyed shuffling and cribbage night. His love for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was unconditional and constant. John had recently marked his 38th year of sobriety. His faith in God was deep and abiding. John is lovingly remembered by sons Don (Joyce) of Souris and Greg (Dianne) of Rivers. He was a wonderful Dido to Raymond (Kelly) and Andrew (Jessica) of Toronto and to Melody Stewart (Charles) of Rivers, Candace of Brandon, and Amanda of Rivers. He was Great Dido to four: Emily, Ethan, Nicolas, and Nathan. John will also be missed by his brother Eugene Kowalchuk of Souris and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, wife Olga, brother Bill, and sisters Anne and Mary. A service to celebrate the life of John Kowalchuk was held at St.Paul’s United Church, Souris, on Saturday, October 2, 2010. Rev. Mark Murray officiated. Grandson Andrew gave a very fitting eulogy. At John’s request, granddaughter Melody and her mother Dianne sang How Great Thou Art. Pallbearers were grandsons Ray and Andy, grandson-in-law Charles Stewart, great nephews Kent and Kelvin Kowalchuk, and family friend Tom Gonsalves. Interment was in Souris and Glenwood Cemetery. Donations in John’s memory may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements were with Kowalchuk Funeral Services, Souris.
JORDENS: Margaret. With heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Margaret Ethel Jordens of Rivers, Man. She passed away on October 5, 2010 at Brandon Regional Hospital two days after celebrating her 75th birthday. She is survived by John, her loving husband of 52 years. She also leaves to cherish her memory daughters Debbie and Phyllis and grand-daughters Kylie and Kim. Also surviving is her sister Marion (Toots) Wylie of Portage and brother-in-law Jack Ewasiuk of Moosomin, John's siblings Innis (Gerry), Diane (Ferd), Tom (Aleida), Pat (Lorne), Louise (John), Richard (Kathy), Sheila, Aunt Margaret Skinner and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, John's parents, beloved son David in 1971, special son-in-law Dave in 2009, sister Audrey, brothers Gerry, Jack, Garth and Dwayne, brothers-in-law Arnold and Billy, niece Linda and nephew Kenny. Margaret was born on October 3, 1935 in the Bethany District to Joe and Elsie Little. She grew up and went to school there and in 1952 the family moved to farm in the Amaranth district. Margaret came to Rivers in 1956 to help her sister Audrey with her young family. Across the road a young man from Saskatchewan was living with his aunt and uncle and working different jobs in the area. They met and were married in 1958 and have called Rivers home ever since. She was a busy, loving mom helping John with his plumbing business for over 40 years. For fun she enjoyed curling, bonspieling, golfing, camping, fishing, her garden and flowers and all of nature's little creatures. Due to the busy business, they didn't get away too much but did enjoy a few fun trips to the Briers and Las Vegas. After retirement they finally got to enjoy a couple of hot holidays with good friends and a great family trip to Disney World. Marg and John have a multitude of treasured friends and neighbours that come from living in a great community for so long. She was a kind, caring person who will be missed by so many.
A ceremony to celebrate her life is being held Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Rivers United Church with Rev. Glenna Beauchamp officiating. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Margaret may be made to Rivers and Area Community Foundation, Box 714, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
HILDEBRANDT: The death of Walter Hildebrandt occurred suddenly on the 24th of September, 2010 at his home in Rivers, Manitoba. Walter was born in Lanigan, Saskatchewan. He was the son of the late Matilda and Archie Hildebrandt of Surrey, B.C. and Wheatland, Manitoba. Walter was a veteran of WWII, he served with the combined RECCE Group, British Second Army, Polar Division. He worked for the Department of National Defence in Cold Lake, Alberta. Walter enjoyed many sports but his favorite by far was hockey and Stompin Tom Connors' "The Hockey Song". Walter is survived by six children: Ron of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Larry of Kelowna, B.C., Glenn of Hampton, NB, Marlene of Whitehorse, YT, Danny of Edmonton, Alberta and Terri of Edmonton, Alberta and their mother Minnie Hildebrandt of Grand Centre, Alberta. Phillipine Hildebrandt of Montmarte, Saskatchewan, sister Alma and brothers: Albert, C arlie, Irvin and Leonard, all of B.C. He also leaves to mourn grandchildren: Chad, Yvette Hildebrandt, Michael, Cheryl Hildebrandt, Brandie Chetcuti, Michael Fuder, Karly, Kelsey, Lindsay Hildebrandt, Dayton Pederson, Darrell Hildebrandt; great- grandchildren: Tanner, Sydney, Daniel Bourque, Braeden, Tyler, Cole Hildebrandt, Julianne Chetcuti, Kala Hildebrandt. A Veteran's Graveside Funeral was held Friday, September 24, 2010 at Rivers Cemetery, Rivers, Manitoba. Rev. Glenna Beauchamp Legion Padre officiated. The honour guard were members of the Rivers Legion providing the Last Post Ceremony, with representation from the Rivers Police Force. A Reception was held following the Service at the Rivers Legion Hall. Many thanks from the family to all who attended, for their fine participation and the ladies of the Auxiliary for the lunch they provided. The family has requested any donations be made to the Salvation Army, 9 Princess Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 1R8.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
HARDY: Doris Eileen, age 75 years, beloved wife of Andy Hardy, mother of Don, Karen and Ken, died in the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, October 7, 2010. Funeral service will be held at Central United Church 327 – 8th Street, Brandon, Manitoba on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Interment in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Brandon. In memory of Doris, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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BURGESS: The reception to celebrate the life of James Keith Burgess will be held at The Victoria Inn, 3550 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, on Saturday October 16, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. For additional information, please contact Ty Burgess at 604-986–3536 or email
HALL: Helen Hall (nee McMillan) passed away peacefully on September 1, 2010 with her daughter Judy by her side at Neepawa Hospital. Helen was born on December 31, 1922 in Dauphin, Manitoba. After high school she went to Normal School in Winnipeg. She taught school at Glenholm and Erickson. On May 17, 1946 she married her husband, Earle, and they had three children: Paul, Billie and Judy. After marriage, Helen was a stay-at-home mother and the children appreciated her being there for them. When her children became more independent she followed her passion for oil painting and painted until only a couple of months ago. A retirement highlight was a 3 month trip with Earle to England. She battled a weak heart all her life, cancer on numerous occasions and lost a son to cystic fibrosis but she carried on, enjoying life and her family. When Earle entered Assiniboine Centre due to emphysema in 1993 she visited him daily until the day he died, almost 7 years later. After Earle’s passing, she left Brandon to be with Judy and her growing family in Neepawa. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Earle (2000), her son Billie (1956), and her sisters Dorothy (George) and Margaret (Archie). Surviving are son Paul (Janice), daughter Judy (Brian) Elgert, and precious grandchildren Daryl (Liz) Hall and David, Vicky and Dale Elgert. Also surviving are her brother Bill (Loreen), sister-in-law Margie Hall and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held September 7, 2010 at Bethel Lutheran Church with Elgin Hall officiating. Her daughter Judy gave a memorable tribute. Interment followed in Danvers Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Cliff McArthur, Royce Quesnel, Murray Parrott, Steven Strelczik, Mervin Hall and Allan Hall. White’s Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements.
When I'm Gone
When I come to the end of my journeyAnd I travel my last weary mileJust forget if you can, that I ever frownedAnd remember only the smile.Forget unkind words I have spokenRemember some good I have doneForget that I ever had heartacheAnd remember I've had loads of fun.Forget that I've stumbled and blunderedAnd sometimes fell by the wayRemember I have fought some hard battles and won, ere the close of the day.Then forget to grieve for my goingI would not have you sad for a dayBut in summer just gather some flowersAnd remember the place where I lay.And come in the shade of eveningWhen the sun paints the sky in the westStand for a few moments beside meAnd remember only my best.
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