Classifieds / Obituaries
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.
SMITH: Kelvin William Smith passed away in Lloydminster, Alberta on Sunday, August 15, 2010 at the age of 52 years. Kelvin will be sadly missed by his loving wife Shaunda Smith; children: Carissa Smith, Geoff and Tobi Smith; grandmother: Ella Elliott; parents: Ken and Kay Smith; siblings: Kathy and Laurie Smitzniuk, Kim and Mike Rey, Kevin and Monica Smith; father & mother-in-law: Cliff and Gloria Sholdice; brothers and sisters-in-law: Teressa and Jason Krueckl, Ken and Patsy Sholdice, Trevor and Liza Sholdice as well as many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. The funeral service will be conducted from the Southridge Community Church, 5701-41 Street, Lloydminster, Alberta on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Kelvin may be made to the Alberta Lung Association. McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta will be administering the funeral arrangements.
DANDRIDGE: Deborah Ann Dandridge. On May 31, 2010 Deb passed away peacefully at Russell and District Hospital with family at her side after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Deb was born March 14, 1949 in Crystal City to Lawrence and Clarissa Clarke. The family moved to Oak Lake and then Hartney where Deb received her education. Deb worked in Melita and Deloraine as a telephone operator. In 1970 Deb married Ralph Warwick and had two children, Cliff and Kerri. Deb moved to Birtle in 1976 and worked many different jobs, as waitress in Birtle Pub, the post office, and Home Care. In 1986 Deb married Orville Dandridge and they had two children, Clayton and Clarke. Deb enjoyed camping and fishing and holidays in Alberta with family. Many happy hours were spent playing cards with friends and family where Debs competitive nature really came through. Deb was always there to support her family and friends in any of their endeavors. Deb accepted her fate with dignity and courage. She never complained and never gave up. Deb was predeceased by her parents Lawrence and Clarissa Clarke, brothers Rick, Fran, and Chris Clarke and an infant niece Jasmine Clarke. Left to mourn her passing are her husband Orville, children Cliff (Susan), Kerri, Clayton (Whitney), Clarke (Denise), her siblings Linda (Barry), Shirley, Cathy (Randy), Jackie (Mark), Wally, and Rob. If friends so desire donations to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation may be made in Debs memory.
GIBBONS: Lottie Gibbons formerly of Neepawa, Manitoba entered into rest at the Portage District General Hospital on August 15, 2010 at the age of 89 years. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 20, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Neepawa United Church, Neepawa, Manitoba. Interment to follow in the Riverside Cemetery. Officiating clergy will be Rev. Mark Satterly. Donations may be made to the Portage District General Hospital Foundation. Whites Funeral Home Neepawa in care of arrangements. 204-476-2848.
PLAISIER: The death of Doreen May Plaisier occurred in Brandon on Sunday, August 15, 2010. Announcement of Funeral Service details will follow. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
SOROKA: Dr. Morrell Soroka (1930 2010). Dr. Soroka passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at the age of 80 years. He was born in Lampman, Saskatchewan where he received his elementary and secondary education before entering medical school at the University of Manitoba. He graduated in 1956 and set up in general practice in Estevan, Saskatchewan. In 1959, he married Lois Entwistle of Estevan and their sons Peter and Gregg and daughter Laurie were all born in Estevan. After 12 years of practice, Dr. Soroka returned to the University of Manitoba to achieve his specialist degree in general surgery. In 1973, he and his family moved to Brandon, Manitoba and he joined the Brandon Clinic where he remained until his retirement in 1991. Morrell and Lois spent much of their retirement travelling, including a ten-month stay in Europe and numerous winters in Arizona. The grandchildren were very much a focus in Morrells life until he died. They were the centre of his attention and he looked forward to time spent with them. Dr. Soroka was predeceased by his father Peter (1960) and his mother Polly (1994). He is survived by his wife Lois and his three children: Peter (Sarah) Soroka, Nicholas, Alyssia, Tom and Serena of London, England; Gregg (Jessie) Soroka, Tamire, Thelma and Gabriel of Kelowna, B.C.; Laurie (Peter) Tauriainen, Mekko and Matti of Wichita Falls, Texas. Brother Alex (Leona) Soroka, Vancouver, B.C.; sister Olga Lafrentz, Estevan, Saskatchewan; sister-in-law Cheryl Entwistle (Kerry), Vancouver, B.C. Prayers will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Augustines Roman Catholic Church, 327 4th Street, on Friday, August 20, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Cannington Manor Historical Park, Saskatchewan at 3:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. Saskatchewan time). In memory of Dr. Soroka, donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, Western Manitoba CancerCare Project 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
HEDLEY: Beverly Sharon Hedley passed away at the Minnedosa Hospital on August 14, 2010, with her family at her side. A Memorial Reception will be held at the Rapid City Legion Hall, Rapid City, Manitoba on Tuesday, August 17 at 2:00 p.m. The family welcomes anyone who knew Bev to attend and visit. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Bev to the Minnedosa District Hospital for Palliative Care, Minnedosa, Manitoba, R0J 1E0. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
HOWELL: Frederick Donald (Don) Howell, May 30, 1930 - August 15, 2010. With his family's love and support, Don passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 15, 2010 at St. Boniface Hospital. Remaining to forever cherish Dons memory are his children Debra (Howard), Sharon (Al), David (Jodi) and Barbara (Doug); grandchildren Chris (Kathy), Jennifer (RJ), Michael, Rebecca (Matt), Stephanie, William, Jacob and Iain; great grandchildren Allyson, Danika, Reid and Amy; brothers Art, Jim (Anne); sisters Joyce and Ruth, sisters-in-law Norma and Betty; brothers-in-law Wes (Eunice), Bud (Louise), as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Norma in 2001; parents Wilfred and Cecilia; brothers George and Russ; mother and father in-law Myrtle and Harry Sherris; brothers-in-law Clifford and Lionel. A Tea in Dons memory will be held on Friday, August 20, 2010 from 2:30 4:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Memories in Wojciks Funeral Chapel, 1020 Main Street @ Manitoba Avenue. Don will be laid to rest with Norma in Odanah at a later date. If anyone should wish to honor Don's life, the family asks that donations be made to a charity of their choice in Don's name. Wojciks Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 1020 Main Street, 204-586 - 8668. www.wojciksfuneralchapel.com
REID: Kenneth John of Brandon, Manitoba, passed away peacefully in the Assiniboine Centre on August 6, 2010. He will be missed by son John (Melissa) Reid, Justin, Deserie and Farmer Celeste; son Clayt Royce (Cindy) Reid, Alex, Jayden, Kytrina and Brendan; daughter Carrie Joyce Reid, Michael and Fry Cassandra; brother Bruce (Sheila) Reid and family; sister Donna Bonneau and family. Ken was predeceased by his brother Bev Reid. A private family service was held at the Methven Cemetery on Wednesday, August 11, 2010.
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