Classifieds / Obituaries
REID: Our beautiful daughter Kristen Deanne Reid is now at peace. She was born on January 15, 1979 in Brandon, Manitoba and left us on August 22, 2010. Kristen traveled the world. She was a passionate music lover and writer with many that followed her work. She was an animal lover and a loyal friend who was always willing to take on a cause that she believed in. Kristen was truly happy on the ski hill, at the skateboard park and at her family cottage on Minnedosa Lake. Kristen knew she was loved and we knew she loved us; she just could not find the strength to carry on. We hope she now finds light in all her days. She leaves to mourn her passing her mom and dad, Barb and Darrell Reid, her sister Marlo (Kelly) and precious nieces Kate and Gracie, grandparents Boyd and Amy Grant, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. A time to gather to honour Kristens life will take place on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. at the Reids Cabin at Brandosa Beach, Minnedosa, MB. A private family interment will take place in the Minnedosa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Elizabeth Fry Society (www.elizabethfry.ca) or Brandon Humane Society (wwwbrandonhumanesociety.ca) would be greatly appreciated. Whites Funeral Home, Neepawa, in care of arrangements. (204) 476-2848.
TINGEY: Richard Dick passed away at the Melita Health Centre on Monday, August 23, 2010 at the age of 77 years. Dick was predeceased by his parents Robert and Olive (Fletcher) Tingey and brother Charlie Tingey. Dick is survived by his wife Renie of Lyleton, MB; son Bob (Sandy) of Elva, MB, and daughter Alice (Earl) Bugg of Napinka, MB; 14 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 1 sister and 4 brothers as well as numerous nieces and nephews. As per Dick's wishes cremation will take place and a formal funeral service will not be held. Family and friends are invited to help celebrate Dick's life at a time of fellowship and conversation at the Lyleton Community Hall, Lyleton, MB, on Friday, August 27, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Donations may be given to the Canadian Cancer Society 415-1st Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8, or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home - Melita (522-3361), Neil Redpath and Kurt Ardron Directors.
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MITCHELL: Beatrice Bea Jean Mitchell, beloved wife of the late Joseph Mitchell, passed away at the Riverdale Personal Care Home in Rivers, MB on Monday, August 23, 2010 at the age of 92 years. A Memorial Service will be held at the Rivers United Church, 339 Main Street, Rivers, MB on Friday, August 27, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Glenna Beauchamp officiating. A reception will follow at the Church and a private family interment will take place later at the Rivers Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bea may be made to the Rivers United Church, Box 444, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0 or to the Riverdale Personal Care Home, Box 428, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0. Complete obituary information to follow.
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SUNDELL: Vera Marjorie Adelaide Sundell (nee Vigar) December 20, 1921 August 23. 2010. Surrounded by family, Vera Sundell of Holland, MB passed away at the Tiger Hills Personal Care Home in Treherne, MB at the age of 88 years. Left to mourn her passing & to cherish her loving memory are her sons Alex (Irene), Barry (Beth), Ronald (Kelly), James (Linda) and her daughter Dawn-Marie (Jerry), grandchildren Collin (Darlene), Pam (Vince), Kim, Kris (Joy), Cory (Jewel), Cam (Kris), Jamie, Terry (Candice), her great-grandchildren, Samantha, Michelle, Bailey, Mykayla, Payton, Keagan, Bella, & Jonathan as well as her sisters-in-law and brothers in-law Audrey & Tom Sundell and Joan & Hayden Tolton and numerous nieces & nephews. Vera was predeceased by her husband Clarence, his parents Alex & Minnie Sundell, her parents Vernon & Marjorie Vigar, her infant son Donald, daughters-in-law Gloria & Evelyne Sundell, her sister Freda Moffat and brother-in-law Rob Moffat, brother Bob Vigar & sister-in-law Marion Vigar, sisters-in law Norah Mayhew, Vivian, Helen, Marion & Girlie Sundell, and brothers-in-law Harvey & Les Sundell & Jack Mayhew. Interment will take place at Brookdale Cemetery, Holland, MB at 1:00p.m. Thursday, August 26th, 2010, with Funeral Services to follow at 2:00p.m. in the Holland Community Centre, Holland, MB. Friends that so desire, donations may be made in Veras memory to the Holland Friendship Centre Box 292 Holland, MB R0G 0X0 or Holland United Church Box 191 Holland, MB R0G 0X0. Online condolences may be made at www.budz.ca or www.willmorchapel.com Budz Funeral Service of Holland, MB in care of arrangements. (204)526-2380 or (204)827-2480.
BARWICK: Frances (Fran) Barwick, age 77, beloved wife of Bert, died on August 19th, 2010 at her residence Boissevain, Manitoba. Graveside Service will be held Tuesday, August 24, 2010, at Boissevain Cemetery, Boissevain, Manitoba, 2:00 p.m. Donations may be made to the Boissevain Health Centre Palliative Care Unit.
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HAGGSTROM: The death of Tammy Lynne Haggstrom, beloved wife of Gordon and mother to Brandi and Trina, occurred in the city on Wednesday, August 18, 2010. The Funeral Ceremony will be held at Memories Chapel on Monday, August 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm. The Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church will officiate. Interment will follow in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Friendswho wish, may make a donation in memory of Tammy to the Westman Dreams For Kids Foundation, Unit 202, 37 - 11th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4J2.Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
HILL: Alvin James Hill (1922-2010). Alvin James Al Hill. Beloved husband, father, and grandfather. Born on August 18, 1922 in Kenton, Manitoba, Al was the youngest of three children born to Mary Elizabeth (English) and John Thomas Hill. In his early life, he began a life-long passion for the violin and helped out on his parents farm, four miles from Kenton. Always one with a sharp mind and a desire to learn, Al received his early schooling in Harding and Kenton later training as a radio operator at the Radio College of Canada in Toronto. A veteran of the Second World War, he served the first half of the war with the Merchant Navy and later transferred to the Royal Air Force Ferry Command. During these years, he acted as a radio operator assisting in the movement of war supplies across great distances. A wonderful storyteller who rarely forgot the name of a person or details of an event, he often talked about his time at his posting in Nassau, the Bahamas, and the perilous trips he made to England, Egypt, and Asia while moving food supplies, munitions, artillery pieces, tanks, crated war planes and soldiers. Following his service in the war, he returned to the family farm but then left to attend the University of Manitoba, where he graduated with a commerce degree. He and his wife Dorothy Jean (Dodds) of Virden, whom he married on January 25, 1943, then spent time in Montreal and Toronto before Al attended Brandon University to obtain his teaching certification. After teaching in the village of Margaret (1956-1960), he began a 21-year career as an educator at Killarney Collegiate where he taught a number of subjects including history and math. Al was an administrator as well as a teacher and acted as vice-principal from 1962-1975. Respected and remembered by many students and parents, he was known for his intelligence, patience, kindness, and dry sense of humour. His retirement in 1983 was spent in Killarney with his wife Dorothy who died on October 25, 1996. It was one of Als greatest wishes to remain in Killarney, his little-bit-of-heaven-on- earth, where he spent many happy years with his wife Mary after their marriage on December 14, 1997 at the Waskada United Church. He and Mary, however, relocated in 2008 to Victoria Landing in Brandon for health reasons. Their move to Victoria Landing began a new chapter in Als life and he and Mary were fortunate to forge many new friendships during this time. A member of the Killarney United Church, Al enjoyed quiet pastimes including reading and gardening. He continued to practice the violin later in his life and took great pleasure in dancing and traveling with his wife Mary. A family man, he also enjoyed following the lives and hockey careers of his grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents, first wife Dorothy, brother Arnold, sister Ellen Gould, brother-in-law Stanley Gould, and sister-in-law Isabelle Hill, he is survived by his second wife Mary, two children Elizabeth Beth and James Jim, son-in-law Bine Ramsden, daughter-in-law Theresa OBrien, and four grandchildren: Luke Hill and Triston, Sarah, and Jesse Ramsden. On July 6, 2010, he died peacefully at Brandon Regional Health Centre. A private funeral was later held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens on July 15, 2010 with his nephew Earl Gould officiating and his eldest grandchild Triston Ramsden acting as urn bearer. The family would like to thank Brockie Donovan Funeral Directors for assisting with the funeral arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Manitoba, Unit 5B, 457-9th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4A9.
LEARMONTH: George Edward, beloved husband of the Late Ellen Marie, dear father of Anthony (Christine), and the Late Linda and her husband, Ed Koshowski, loved Grandpa to Carolyn (Mo) and Ross also grandfather of Andrew (Tracy) Riegel and great grandfather of Ashleigh and Connor, passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre, on Friday, August 6, 2010. George was born on July 10, 1925, at the Brandon General Hospital, to Scottish immigrants, Tony and Bella Learmonth. When he was three days old, he was brought home to the farm north-west of Brandon. He attended Hunter School, and after grade seven, he began working on the farm with his father. The family owned and showed Clydesdale horses for many years, and George, at the age of eight, began showing his own horse and winning many ribbons. In June, 1949, George married Ellen Marie Jackson, a young teacher whom he met at a dance. They purchased the Art Hunter farm across the road from where George grew up. This was to become his home for the next 61 years. George continued to farm with his father and then with Anthony until his health deteriorated and he was forced to retire in 2001. George had purchased two Clydesdale mares which he bred. He was thrilled when two colts were born. Again, George became involved in showing horses as he and his daughter, Linda, travelled to fairs and horse shows all over Manitoba. Georges love of heavy horses continued when he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Provincial Exhibition, becoming the Chairman of the Heavy Horse Committee and the Ringmaster at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair for many years. In 1987, Georges life changed when Linda was diagnosed with cancer. Over the next eight years, until her death, he and Ellen spent their time taking care of, and supporting their daughter in every way possible. Another love was his flower gardens where George spent many hours planting, weeding and trimming. The horse bug came from his father and the gardening bug came from his mother. Another change came when Ellen, the love of his life predeceased him in June, 2006. In May, 2010, after spending almost 85 years on the farm, George moved into a suite in Brandon, to be closer to his doctor, and the medical facilities on which he had become dependant. Over the past six months, the care and comfort George received from Dr N. Butler and the nurses who cared for him in the Palliative Care Unit have been so much appreciated. As well as his immediate family, George is survived by his brother-in-law, Robert (Cory) Jackson and their family, several other nieces and nephews, other extended family and many good friends. He was also predeceased by his parents and his sister, Dorothy and her husband, Bill Eyre, Winnipeg. A private family service was held at the Brandon Cemetery on Monday, August 16, 2010 when Georges cremated remains were interred beside his beloved Ellen. If friends desire, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3, 824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7. Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre.
PLAISIER: Doreen May (Allum) passed away suddenly at her home in Brandon on Sunday, August 15, 2010 at the age of 73 years. She was born September 23, 1936 in Oak Lake, Manitoba. Doreen was the youngest of a very large family and attended school in Oak Lake. Upon graduation, she began work as a switchboard operator with MTS. She worked for a few years until her marriage to Gaston Plaisier on April 22, 1956. She spent the next few years following Dad's work until purchasing a home in 1964 in Brandon in Green Acres. With a family of three children, Mom was the CEO of Home Based Activities for many years. She then went to work for a period of time at the Brandon Sun and greatly enjoyed her employment there. In the early years in Brandon, she could be found in a ski-doo suit watching her children play hockey outdoors at Green Acres Community Center. Later she attended many hockey tournaments all over Canada greatly enjoying those times and those individuals around her. Many strong and lasting friendships were formed on those numerous trips over the years. Her passions in life were family, immediate and extended, her extensive network of friends, her many travels and her garden/flowers. All played an extremely important role in her life. She spent much time caring for her mother, her brothers and lastly Dad, while age and disease made it impossible for those to care for themselves. She was extremely gifted in the area of care and was also extremely dedicated to those she cared for. She was a regular at Brandon Care Homes for many years and always took the time to lend an ear or provide help to any resident that approached her. Mom suffered a heart attack about 5 years ago, but that only slowed her pace temporarily. She made the most out of her time and greatly enjoyed the many outings with her special friends here in Brandon. I do not believe that Mom ever had any acquaintances, rather anyone she met and spent a bit of time with, was considered by her a true friend. To our family she was the Pillar and the Teacher of Life. She loved us dearly and consistently showed that in her actions. She is extremely proud of her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. She instilled in us manners, determination and drive. She never allowed any of us to lie down and give up no matter how difficult the situation seemed at the time. Her hand was always there to help us back to our feet. In thinking back, Mom's approach in life was extremely simple "Listen more than you talk." Doreen is survived by son Doug (Branka), granddaughter Tina, great granddaughter Mae, Deborah (Brandt), great granddaughter Ashley, son Cam (Vicki) and grandchildren Dillen, Sydney and Carson, and by her brothers George and Cecil. Doreen was predeceased by her husband Gaston, her parents Thomas and Florence; brothers Harry and Henry and by her granddaughter Christina. As you will notice we have reposted Dad's obituary below. Mom's wish was that her and Dad's life would be celebrated together and that they be interred together upon her passing. The service to celebrate both Doreen and Gaston's life will be held at Memories Chapel on Wednesday August 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm. Interment to follow at Brandon Cemetery. The family would like to thank Mom's very special neighbours for their valued friendship and assistance to both her and dad over the many years. This is greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten. We would also like to thank her many special friends like Donna Quinn, June Fleury, Georgina Joynt and many others not mentioned here, for the terrific companionship you provided mom over the years. She truly loved you all very much. Expressions of sympathy may be made atwww.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
PLAISIER: The family regretfully announce the passing of Gaston Joseph Plaisier on the morning of Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at Rideau Personal Care Home, in his 84th year. Gaston was born March 28, 1924 in the R.M. of Sifton, Oak Lake. Much of his childhood was spent sharing numerous farm chores with his seven siblings. There were many hardships encountered and conquered throughout those depression era years. Those struggles clearly formed his foundation of work ethic and willingness to always lend a helping hand to others. He purchased the home farm in the Sandhurst district in 1945. In 1953 he rented out his land while he worked various jobs until he started with the Department of Highways in 1956. Gaston's career spanned 32 years retiring in 1988. Gaston greatly enjoyed sports and was one of the original founders of Green Acres Community Centre. He was proud to have all three children active at the ice rink and we all traveled many miles during hockey season. Throughout those years many valued friendships were made and have continued. Gaston was predeceased by his parents, Constant and Maria-Louise, siblings Magdalena, Alice, Beatrice, Theresa, Yvonne, Richard, August and Rene. He also was predeceased by his granddaughter Christina. He is survived by Doreen, his wife of 51 years, son Douglas (Branka), daughter Deborah (Brandt), great granddaughter Ashley, son Cameron (Vicki), and grandchildren Dillen, Sydney and Carson. The family would like to thank the staff at Rideau Personal Care Home for their unbelievable care that they all provided during his stay and in his final days. We all felt truly blessed to be surrounded by such caring people. We would also like to thank Dr. Norman, Dr. Hoy, friends and relatives for their support. The service to celebrate both Doreen and Gaston's life will be held at Memories Chapel on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm. Interment to follow at Brandon Cemetery.
GOOD-BYE FOR NOWMany fortunate soulscame to know this manSome laughed from his jokes,Some smile all they can.They saw a loyal husband,father, grandpa and brother,Toiling unselfishly forthe sake of all other.His friends, his family,can attest to his goodnessOutsiders, strangers, wereblessed by his kindness.Gaston was a inspiration tomany a soul.His determination to succeedkept the cup full.His persona will belonged for many a dayBut the bridge over this voidis built of fond memory.In our heart dwells his spiritof patient serenity.One day we will reunite,We hope and we pray.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
SALMON: Brian William Salmon of Birtle, Manitoba, passed away with his family by his side, Wednesday July 21st at Russell district hospital at the age of 64 years, following a courageous 10 month battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Born May 2, 1946, Brian was the third son of George and Wilhemenia (Stewart) Salmon. Brian grew up and attended school in Birtle. A brief career with Gulf oil was followed by his first trucking job with Em Williams. His love of the road and driving truck led to the purchase of his own, and many years of gravelling, hauling salt for Kleysens, and driving for Trans-X followed. On August 30, 1969 Brian married Gail Bolter. Together they welcomed two daughters, Deanna (1975) and Michelle (1978). Brians girls were his number one priority, and coming off the road to spend more time with his family was a must. He began working for the Town of Birtle in 1991 and was Town Maintenance Foreman for 15 years before his retirement in 2006. His love for trucking took over and he was back behind the wheel driving for Kestirke Trucking until his diagnosis. He also enjoyed doing yard care for his many clients in Birtle which he continued even after his diagnosis. His strong work ethic and willingness to help all made him an exceptional asset to the community. Brian had a zest for life like no other always the life of the party, he was known for his crazy antics from the dance floor to the hockey ice. He was a proud member of the Birtle Fire Department for over 20 years, and a founding member of the Birtle Old Puckers Hockey Team. He enjoyed many years of camping at Aspen Grove Campground (Cactus Hills), Biking including participating in the Riding Mountain Bike Challenge with daughter Michelle, Snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hunting, marathon running, and fishing trips including one final trip to Flin Flon the weekend before his passing with son in law Jerry and friend Glenn Hodgson. No father was more proud of his daughters. He was their biggest supporter, fiercest protector and loved them like no other. He was also proud when he welcomed son in laws Jerry Lovas and Randy Bryant into the family saying he couldnt have picked them better himself. His grandchildren were also his pride and joy - Amy (10), Abby (7), Monelle (5) and Baker (2) will miss him dearly. September 15, 2009 Brian was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. He faced his diagnosis with the same strength, courage and dignity he lived his life. He was determined to have as much time with the family he so loved and vowed to do whatever it took. He faced surgery, chemotherapy and radiation with the sense of humor, stubbornness and strength we all admired in him. We are better people for having him in our lives. Brian was predeceased by parents George and Winnie, and brothers Morris, and Bruce. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 40 years Gail, daughter Deanna (Jerry) Lovas of Brandon and their daughters Amy and Abby. Daughter Michelle (Randy) Bryant of Miniota, and their children Monelle and Baker; Mother in law Alice Bolter of Birtle, Brother Ken Salmon of Winnipeg, and brother-in-law Jack (Judy) Bolter of Calgary. Brian also leaves to mourn many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral Service was held Saturday July 24th from the Birtle Community Hall with Rev. Heather Robbins of the Birtle United Church officiating. Daughters Deanna and Michelle gave the eulogy a fitting tribute titled Life Lessons Interment followed in Birtle Cemetary. Honor Guard was members of the The Birtle Fire Department. Donations may be made in memory to CancerCare Manitoba. Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell was in care of arrangements.
HARDER: The death of Helene Harder occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, on Wednesday, August 18, 2010. A graveside service will be held at Sparling Cemetery, Justice, Manitoba on Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
STRACHAN: Calvin James Strachan, of Hamiota, Manitoba, beloved husband of Evie (nee Cowling); father of Whitney and Morgan; son of Harold and Florence Strachan; passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, Manitoba on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 51 years of age. A service to celebrate Calvins life will be held at the Hamiota District Sports Complex Curling Arena; on Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM followed by a time of fellowship and refreshment. A private interment will take place in the Hamiota Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Calvins memory to the Hamiota Golf Course, Hamiota, Manitoba, R0M 0T0; or to the Hamiota Aquatic Centre, Hamiota, Manitoba, R0M 0T0 or to the Hamiota District Sports Complex, Hamiota, Manitoba, R0M 0T0. Messages of condolence to the family can be sent at www.campbellfuneralhome.ca Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota in care of arrangements. (866) 620-2744
FLEURY: Muriel Jean Fleury, born November 16, 1945 in Virden, Manitoba, to Gerald and Christine Haskett, passed away at BRHC on August 11, 2010. She was raised on a farm in the Springvale district, where she attended school at Springvale until she went to Virden Collegiate. It was in high school that she met and began dating her husband Leonard Fleury. They married on June 1st, 1963. They had three children, Shiela, Myles and Chad, all reside in Brandon where they have lived for the past 47 years. Muriels favorite hobby was her flowers, where she spent hours and hours all summer caring for them. She did home care for elderly people and whoever else wanted her. She cared for family members whenever someone got ill. Her family was most important to her. She is survived by her husband Leonard, daughter Shiela (Gerry), sons Myles (Renee), and Chad (Crystal). Five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Predeceased by one grand daughter Haley. Also surviving are one brother Bill Haskett and sister Fran. Interment at Brandon Cemetery.
JOHNSTON: Jessie May Johnston of Brandon, passed away at her residence Fairview Home on Monday, August 16, 2010 at the age of 95 years. Jessie was the daughter of the late Joseph and May Fletcher. Mom was born October 29, 1914 in the county of Bradford, sub district of Horton and raised in the small community of Otley, England. Immigrating to Canada shortly after WWII, Jessie found employment at the Brandon General Hospital and through mutual friends found her lifes soul mate of 59 years, Donald James Johnston. Predeceased by her husband Don, Jessie is survived by her son George (Susan), Lower Sackville, NS and daughter Diane (Peter) Boychuk, Elliot Lake, ON; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Mom will be lovingly remembered for her determination to overcome lifes hardships, her devotion to her family and her love for her husband Don. We love you Mom. Special thanks to Carol Vogt and her crew at Fairview they all provided Mom with outstanding care. A time of visitation will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street on Friday, August 20, 2010 between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Brandon Cemetery, section 53 (far east side of cemetery) on Monday, August 23, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiating. Family flowers only, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fairview Home Foundation, 1351 13th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4S6. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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