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MITCHLER: The death of Wilhelmina (Minnie) Mitchler occurred at Rideau Park Personal Care Home on Saturday, November 12, 2011, Brandon, MB at the age of 92 years. Minnie was born on July 16, 1919 at Waldersee, MB. She married Henry Mitchler on May 23, 1943. Together they farmed for many years in Kelwood and Glenella Districts, before moving to Brandon in 1965. She took on babysitting jobs, as she had a passion for children. Minnie is survived by her children; Lorraine (Frank) Skinner, Alice (Terry) Polnik, Clarence (Terri), Norman (Mary); grandchildren Todd Davies, Reid Davies, Ryan (Kristin) Polnik, Kassie (Dallas) Polnik, Cara (Chris) Lake, Chad Mitchler, Shawn Mitchler; great-grandchildren Hayley Easton, Tyson Polnik, Cadence and Sienna Lake. Minnie is also survived by her sister Dorothy (Frank) Quiring and brother Walter (Dorothy) Mauthe and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Henry, daughter Florence, parents Fred and Martha, sisters Helen and Katie, brothers Bill and Robert. A funeral service will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 114 Ashgrove Blvd., on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Jason Zinko officiating. Interment will follow at Brandon Cemetery. If friends desire, memorial donations can be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 14 Ashgrove Blvd., Brandon, MB, R7B 1E1 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
NADLER: Myrtle Anne Nadler, 1922-2011. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Myrtle Nadler (Dixon), mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother, on November 7, 2011 in Ottawa, ON. Born in Swift Current, SK, she moved to Brandon, MB in 1938. She met the love of her life, Peter, and they were married for 65 years. Both shared a love of music and dancing. She also became a devoted mother and made many friends. In 1988, Myrtle and Peter retired to Ottawa, ON. Myrtle is predeceased by her parents, George and Annie Dixon (Chesters); brothers, Ralph Dixon (Louise) and Howard Dixon (Babs); sister, Gladys Anderson (Ken); husband, Peter; and daughter, Patricia Voullaire (Patrick). Myrtle will be greatly missed by her daughter, Marie Popplewell (Harris); son, Mark Nadler (Lynn); daughter, Kathleen Nadler (Dave Schmidt); son-in-law, Patrick Voullaire (Annie); granddaughter, Jennifer Howard (Tara); grandsons, Peter Popplewell (Vicki), Brett Popplewell (Corina), Kyle Nadler, and Desmond Voullaire; and great-grandchildren, Luke and Alice Popplewell, and Harry Peel. The family wishes to thank the staffs of Barrhaven Manor, Ottawa Queensway Carelton Hospital, and the Carleton Lodge Long Term Care Home, who cared for Myrtle during her lengthy illness. A memorial service will be held for both Myrtle and Peter in Brandon, MB during the spring of 2012. The date is to be announced. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
TAYLOR (HOFFMAN): It is with great sadness that the family of Audrey Phyllis Taylor (Hoffman) announces her passing on November 14, 2011 at the Assiniboine Center in Brandon, MB. Predeceased by her parents, Emil and Edna Hoffman, she leaves to mourn her husband (of 52 years) Kelly, daughter Shelley (Ray) Drysdale of Brookdale, MB, son Robin (Ida) of Norway, son Joe (Venesa) of Calgary, AB, son Michael (Wendy) of Oak Lake, MB, and grandchildren Jocelyn, Teryl, Eirik, Tomas, Jillian, William, Alex, Georgia, Sara, and Amie. Also cherishing Audrey's memory are sisters Geri (Max) Colter of Regina, SK, Shirley Hamilton of Winnipeg, MB, Kim (John) Kelly of Winnipeg, MB, and Sandra Tait of Grande Prairie, AB; sister-in-law Corinne (Jack) Manson of Winnipeg, MB, brother-in-law Ted (Sharon) Taylor of Oak Lake, MB, along with many nieces and nephews. Audrey was born in Medicine Hat, AB on April 19, 1941. She began school at the age of six in a one-room school house in Blackfoot, AB. Her family moved and relocated many times within Alberta and Saskatchewan during her childhood years. Their final move found them in Virden, MB, where she completed high school in 1958, and obtained employment at Martin's Pharmacy. This would be where she met her lifetime partner, Kelly. Their relation grew as they enjoyed school dances, social functions, and most of all, sharing their passion for playing baseball and curling. On October 20, 1959, Audrey and Kelly were married in Virden, MB. They moved to the Taylor family farm in the beautiful Assiniboine Valley, where they raised their four children. Audrey was a wonderful cook and homemaker, and took great pride in her loving family. Audrey was an active member of the Oak Lake United Church, where she sang in the choir and helped with the United Church Women's group. Being very community minded, she volunteered her time on many boards, including Oak Lake Town Council, Economic Development Board, and the Oak Lake and Area Foundation Board. Time was also spent as a 4-H leader, garden club, figure skating club, and many years as typist and assembling of the Oak Lake Town and Country Newspaper. Her love of sports allowed her to cheer loudly in rinks and ball diamonds all across Manitoba. One of her most impressive talents was her artistic ability, both with crafts and painting. A highlight for her was owning her "Where It's At" craft shop in Oak Lake from 1996 to 2010. She felt joy from being able to teach both young and old, the finer points of painting ceramics. Her greatest achievement was being a magnificent wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, to all that knew and loved her. The Funeral Service will be held at the Oak Lake Community Hall on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Craig Miller and Reverend Harvey Hurren officiating. The family has requested that in lieu of cards and flowers, donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for cancer services at the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre, 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 in memory of Audrey.
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G.R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden, in care of arrangements.
ZIEMIANSKI: Mark Ziemianski of Oakburn passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the Morley House Personal Care Home in Shoal Lake at the age of 99 years. Mark was predeceased by his wife Frances (nee Wasilka). The funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Oakburn. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Father Mykhaylo Khomitskyy will officiate. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Morley House Personal Care Home, Shoal Lake. Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of the arrangements. (204)759-2160.
ARASON: Skapti (Skip) Arason. June 9, 1919-November 9, 2011. On November 9, 2011, Skip Arason passed away peacefully with the love of his life, his wife of 66 years, Edith, at his side. He had a long and wonderful life, as he said many times to his family who were with him continuously during his last few difficult days. Skip was born on June 9, 1919 on the Arason family farm near Glenboro, Manitoba where his grandfather, Skafti Arason, had homesteaded in 1880. He is survived by his wife, Edith, son Greg Arason (Margie), daughter Eileen Beamish (Daryl), and daughter Nancy Arason (Ray Dudar). He is also survived by five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Colin Arason; Cade Arason (May), Ava, Hayden, Xavier; Carrie Styczen (Mike), Matthew, Lauren; Cathi Tilley (Kent); Jeremy Thornborough (Megan), Brady, Jane. He was predeceased by his parents, Oli and Olga Arason, and his sister, Esther Ingaldson. He grew up on the farm and after graduating from Glenboro High School, enrolled in the U of M faculty of Agriculture. He left university to join the RCAF in 1942, trained as a pilot and after receiving his wings in January 1943 was posted to England. He returned home in 1945 and on May 23, 1945 Skip married the girl of his dreams, Edith Avery, and they took over the family farm where they lived until 1983 when they retired and moved to their new home in Glenboro. In 2010 they moved into Winnipeg to their new home in the Seine River Retirement Residence where they made many new friends. Skip loved the farm and loved being a farmer which he believed was the best job in the world in spite of the many challenges associated with farming. He was active in the community, a life-long member of the Lutheran Church, a loyal member of Manitoba Pool Elevators, and served on numerous community committees and boards including chairing the Glenboro Centennial Celebrations. He loved curling and playing golf and was an honorary life member of the Glenboro Curling Club, receiving the Bill Lumsden Award in 2001 for his life-time contribution to curling in Manitoba. Dad loved life and some of the things he loved most were: being with his best friend, Edith, who was always by his side; supporting his family in all their activities and being their biggest fan; being a pilot; helping neighbours and friends; being an Icelander; newborn calves; riding his pony to the pasture; seeding a straight line; putting a clean crop in the bin; creating a “farmer’s fix” when nothing else worked; singing; playing the trumpet; dancing; hearing Eileen and Nancy sing or play the piano; telling stories; playing bridge; curling; golfing; being a Manitoba Pool Delegate; cross-country skiing; making new friends; coffee time in the field; watching hockey and baseball; duck hunting with Greg and Bob; driving his car; checking out crops; dogs (especially Toby); gladiolas; being Grandpa and Great-Grandpa Skip; meeting old friends. A celebration of Skip’s life was held in Glenboro on November 14, 2011 with interment in the Glenboro Cemetery.
We love you – Rest in peace”
GUDZ: Mrs. Connie Gudz of Brandon passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at the age of 70 years. Prayers will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, Brandon, on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial to honour Connie’s life will be held at St. Augustine’s Church on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. Interment to follow at a later date. Donations in memory of Connie may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, (Westman District), 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8. Complete obituary information to follow.
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HAMMOND: Melvin Lyle of Brandon, beloved husband of Edna Hammond, and father of Karen Masterman (Bruce), Keith Hammond (Barb), and Gwenda Gauley, passed away at Fairview Home on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at the age of 89 years. A funeral service will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood of Central United Church officiating. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens, highway 1A west of Brandon. In lieu of flowers, if friends wish, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8. Complete obituary information to follow.
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SOKOLOWSKI: Charlie Sokolowski passed away on November 12, 2011 at Brandon Regional Health Centre surrounded by his loving family at the age of 66 years. Charlie was born on October 2, 1945 in Brandon, Manitoba, the youngest child of Walter and Alexandria Sokolowski, and remained in Brandon for the majority of his life. In addition to spending quality time with family he valued spending his free time taking advantage of his natural mechanical talent and tinkering around the house and yard. He always looked forward to packing up his motor home in spring and summer for various road trips across Canada. Charlie was predeceased by his parents, brothers Bernie, John, Ludy and sister Marian (Dean) and father-in-law Art Moore. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Pat (nee Moore), children: Chuck of Winnipeg, Nadena of Fort McMurray Alberta, Jasmeen of Alexander, MB, Sheldon of Brandon, sisters: Bea Batke of BC and Anne Onufryk of Ontario and the grandchildren he loved so dearly: Justin, Makaja, Jadene, Steven, Avery, Sammy, Josh and Andrew as well as numerous nieces, nephews and mother-in-law Dorothy Moore. He will always be loved and within us all. As per Charlie's request no service will be held. If friends so desire a donation in memory of Charlie may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Brandon RHA Cancer Services, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
ROBERTSON: Garnet Austin Robertson of Brandon, passed away on November 12, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre – Assiniboine Centre. Garnet was born June 12, 1925 in Winnipeg, MB, but spent his growing up years in Isabella. He was the son of Jack and Eva Robertson. He was predeceased by his parents, wife Della, baby daughter Marsha Lynn, brother Ross and sister-in-law Yvonne. A Celebration of Garnet’s life will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Interment will take place at the Brandon Cemetery.
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GUDBRANSON: L. Sarah Gudbranson, beloved daughter of the late John and Lily Gudbrandson, mother of the late Gordon Gudbranson, sister of Alma Cave, Mable Mason, Emma Duthie, the late: Jack Gudbranson, May Stadnick, Thelma Gudbranson, and Gilbert Gudbranson, passed away at the Riverdale District Health Centre, Rivers, MB on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 81 years of age. A graveside service will be held at the Ancrum Cemetery, RM of Daly, MB on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Sarah’s memory to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Unit 1 – 452 Dovercourt Dr, Winnipeg, MB, R37 1G4.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
GRIFFITHS: Mary Elizabeth (Watters), 92, occurred Sunday, November 13, 2011 at Hillcrest Place, Brandon, MB. Graveside service will be held on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Arrow River Cemetery. A luncheon will be held in the Arrow River hall following the graveside service. Mary was born in Arrow River, MB on January 28, 1919. She was predeceased by her parents, Patrick and Ellen; her husband Samuel in 1956; three brothers (William, Richard and Francis); three sisters (May, Eileen and Mildred). Mary is survived by her son, Kenneth (Wendy) of Brandon; daughter, Margaret (Robert) of Winnipeg; sister-in-law Mae Watters of Arrow River and many nieces and nephews. She has three granddaughters (Marilyn, Tracy and Wendy) and two grandsons (Darrell and Brent) and also three great-grandsons (Michael, Jordon and Cameron). Grandson Brent Griffiths will be urn bearer and granddaughter Tracy McDonald will read her eulogy at the luncheon. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations can be made in her memory to a charity of your choice.
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Campbell Funeral Home of Hamiota are in care of the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
ELLIOTT: Ray Elliott of Napinka, passed away at the Deloraine Health Centre on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at the age of 83. He was predeceased by his parents Joe & Edna (Tufts) Elliott; brother Reg Elliott; daughter Jocelyn Brigden; son Vernon Elliott; grandchildren Kendall Bloomer and Mark Miner. Ray is survived by his wife of 64 years Corinne; children: Rod of Fort Worth, TX., Vicki (Doug) Miner of Pierson, Teena (Jack) Bloomer of Melita, and Dean (Patty) of Melita; fifteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren; also numerous nieces and nephews. You are invited to a time of fellowship and remembering with the Elliott family at the Napinka Drop-In, Napinka, MB. on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. Donations may be given to the Napinka Cemetery Fund Box 75 Napinka, MB. R0M 1N0 or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron Funeral Directors.
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TAIT: It is with sadness that the family announce the passing of Robert Joseph Tait (February 14, 1921 - November 10, 2011). Bob was born and educated in Brandon. He served his country in the second World War as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was employed by Canadian Pacific Railway from 1947 until 1988. He is survived by his son Sean, daughter-in-law Cheryl and grandchildren Jordan and Courtney all of Kelowna, B.C. as well as stepdaughters Diane (Hank) Weenink and Heather (Glen) Shelton. In keeping with Bob's wishes, no funeral service will take place. We ask that your memories of Bob serve as your last respects to him.Expressions of sympathymay be made are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
HOLLYOAKE: Rowland William, 1918 - 2011. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rowland (Roly) William Hollyoake at the Brandon Assiniboine Centre unit on November 11, 2011 at the age of 93. Roly was born March 20, 1918 in Stony Stratford, England.  He emigrated with his family from England to Canada when he was 11 years old.  The family settled in Mannville Alberta on a farm, which was not Roly's cup of tea and as soon as he was able, he joined the Air Force in 1942. After training in Ontario he was posted to Dauphin Paulson Airport as an aircraft mechanic.  He spent his entire air force life at Paulson Airport and freelanced as the base projectionist to entertain the troops with movies. After his honorable discharge from the war (1945), he met his future wife Louise Musgrave in Dauphin. He decided to hitchhike to Hollywood where he would meet Bob Hope & Mary Pickford and stay with Roddy McDowall.  His story of this trip was told over and over again. After returning from Hollywood, Roly & Louise were married on June 25, 1946.  They had five children, 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In 1949, Roly Joined the Dauphin Lions Club.  This was the beginning of a 60 year relationship with Lions and in 1984 he was elected District Governor of 5M12; this was to be his "other" family as we knew it; his Lion's family.  He was a devoted Lions member and served right up until his stroke.  Because of his devotion to Lions, he received many prestigious Lion's awards, was the first Lion elected into the 5M13 Hall of Fame, and helped to organize 17 Lion’s clubs during his term as governor. Before retiring to Souris in 1986, Roly enjoyed many years in the hotel business in Dauphin and Souris, as well as many other business endeavors. In 2007 Roly moved from Souris to Brandon where he resided at Victoria Landing.  He soon became an important part of that family and served as their bartender twice a week - his claim to fame "the oldest bartender in North America", which made the newspapers across the country and aired on CBC news radio. He will be lovingly remembered by his five children, Gary, David (Barb), Doug (Charlene), Janice (Ed Neufeld) and Mark (Marlene), also his 12 grandchildren Greg, Kevin & Corrine, Chris & Jeff (Lori), Megan & Alyssa, Blake, Jill & Katie Neufeld, Shane & Savanna, great grandchildren Brittany & Alex and Tayler, his brother's Reg & Dennis and sister Margaret. Roly was pre-deceased by his wife Louise in 2002. He was loved and respected by all who knew him and will be sorely missed. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at St. Paul’s United Church in Souris, Manitoba on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. followed by fellowship and refreshments in the church auditorium. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris is in care of the arrangements. The family would like to express our sincere thanks to the Brandon General Hospital and the Assiniboine Centre for the care dad received. The family wishes to thank all those that who helped in our time of need. A private family service will also be held at Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Roly's memory to the Lions Foundation of Canada Guide Dog program or the Lions Foundation of Manitoba & N. W. Ontario.
Because of you,our own small worldwill never be the same,and all our hearts arefilled with love when people speak your name.But though your facemay not be seenamong us here today,your heart is feltin all the heartsyou changed along the way.
BROCKEST: Jack Edward Brockest, beloved husband of the late Shirley Brockest and dear father of Cathie (Nelson “Roger”) Strong, and Bob (Doris), passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at the age of 84 years. A Celebration of Jack’s life will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, Brandon, on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy officiating. Interment will take place at a later date. Arrangements are in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, Brandon, (204) 727-0694.
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