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KRIPKY: Frances Kripky of Brandon, formerly of Portage la Prairie, beloved wife of Peter and dear mom of Gayle (Brent) White and baba to Courtney and Madison, passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre on Friday, November 27th, 2009 at the age of 80 years. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustines Roman Catholic Church, 327 4th Street, on Friday, December 4, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Frances may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, Cancer Services, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7. Complete obituary information to follow.
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FUNNELL: The death of Mary Funnell, beloved mother of Linda, Gary and Donna, occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, November 29, 2009. The Funeral Service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 3101 Victoria Avenue, on Friday, December 4, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Edmund Mielke will officiate. Interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Mary may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7 or to the Canadian Diabetes Association, B-727-10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G7. Complete obituary information will follow. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
DEMPSEY-ALI: Shawna Rae Dempsey-Ali, age 26 and her unborn baby, a son, Kenyen Marley passed away suddenly on November 23, 2009 at Lethbridge, Alberta. Shawna was predeceased by grandparents, Lionel and Edith Dane of Brandon. She is survived by husband, Musa Ali, parents, John and Trudy (nee Dane) Dempsey, sister Dayna (Tom) Webb, nephew Braeden and niece Araeannah, all of Lethbridge, and a large extended family. A service of remembrance was held November 26, 2009 at Lethbridge.
BIRD: Darlene Bird of Brandon passed away on Friday, November 27, 2009 at the age of 56. She was predeceased by her mother Kay (Nicholls) McMillan; gramma Emma Ried and uncle Mervin Nicholls. Darlene is survived by her son Cory (Dawn) and children Cody & Jaycee all of Fort St. John, B.C; daughter Tracy Bird (Garry Jones) and children Christopher and Abigail all of Rapid City, Manitoba; sister Shirley (Victor) Martens of Regina; nephew Derek (Rachelle) Morphy and children Elise, Claire & Tessa all of Regina; niece Andrea Morphy (Morgan Young) of Winnipeg; 2 sisters-in-law Wendy (Jim) Anderson of Tilston, MB. and Laurie (John) Cole of Gainsborough, SK; (Cory & Tracys father) Gene Bird of Elkhorn, MB; aunt Mae Nicholls and family of Pierson, MB; special friend of (gramma Mickey) Alex Tweed of Melita; loyal companion and best friend her dog, Kia. A service to celebrate Darlene's life will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 2:00 pm from the Redpath Funeral Home, Melita, Manitoba with Reverend Jeri Bjornson officiating with private family interment to follow at the Medora Cemetery. Donations may be given to the Anxiety Disorder of Manitoba (Brandon Branch) 1004 Fort Street Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 1C4, Addictions Foundation of Manitoba 510 Fredrick St. Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 6Z4, or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361.
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SOWTIS (nee Boulton): Violet Lillian, passed away at the age of 91 on November 22, 2009 at Lady Minto Hospital Extended Care, Salt Spring Island, B.C. Born in 1918, Violet grew up on her familys farm near Reston, Manitoba. She attended school at Kinloss and Reston. Those years were some of the happiest of her life. Toward the end she would often ask if there was any news from home, referring to her Manitoba roots. Violet also lived in Winnipeg, Gods Lake and then Brandon, Manitoba after she was married. Violet was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Edward, on November 19, 2006. They were married on Valentines Day in 1942. Violet and Joe lived in Victoria during WW 11 and returned there in 1987 for their retirement years. Violet was a devoted wife and mother and her family always came first. She took great pride in her children and kept an orderly household. She did beautiful needlepoint and always offered a helping hand to friends and extended family when needed. Over the years she purposefully kept in touch with all her sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and their families as well as many friends. She always sent a card or letter, often with gifts, for birthdays and other events or just to say hello. She will be missed by many. Violet is survived by her daughter, Sharon Farquharson, Salt Spring Island, B.C.; son, Robert Sowtis, Calgary, Alberta; grandsons Craig Farquharson and Ryan Sowtis; granddaughters Heather Farquharson and Jennifer Sowtis; great granddaughters Hannah and Katie Durst and a soon to arrive great grandson, Conner Farquharson. She is also survived by her sisters Mary (Bev) Milliken, Jean (Charles) Elliott, her brother Frank Boulton and many nieces and nephews. Memorial Service and interment to be arranged by Brockie Donovan, Brandon Manitoba. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the Lady Minto Hospital, Salt Spring Island, B.C.
SOBOL: Phyllis Florence Sobol of Brandon, Manitoba passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2009 at Valleyview Care Centre at the age of 92 years. Phyllis is survived by and will be greatly missed by her three daughters Loretta (David) Seymour of Brandon; Sandra (Robert) Jackson of Ancaster, Ontario; and Georgina (John) Myers of Savannah, Georgia; and her two grandchildren Traci Ann and William Seymour of Winnipeg. Phyllis was predeceased by her husband William Sobol and by her parents John and Anne Budinski. The second of twelve children Phyllis spent her entire life in Brandon. As a young woman, she married William and began raising a family. Because of her husband's absences with his career as a locomotive engineer, Phyllis made the choice to stay home and care for her children. Phyllis was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother who found great joy in her family. A private service will be held by immediate family members. The family would like to express sincere thanks to the nurses and staff at Valleyview Care Centre for their kindness and care during Phyllis's stay.
Her Journey's Just BegunDon't think of her as gone away,her journey's just begun,Life holds so many facets,this earth is only one.Just think of her as resting,from the sorrows and the tears,In a place of warmth and comfort,where there are no days or years.Think how she must be wishing,that we could know today,How nothing but our sadness,can really pass away,And think of her as living,in the hearts of those she touched,For nothing loved is ever lost,and she was loved so much.Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
SMITH: Douglas Allan, the son of Wilfred and Lillian (Tolton) Smith, born March 22, 1922, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2009 at the age of 87. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 64 years, Shirley (Thompson) and four children Gerald (Lynne), Janice (Len), Jo-Anne (Merv), and Sally (Ian). One of the highlights of his life were his ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Dad was born and raised on the family farm north of Oak Lake, Manitoba, along with sisters, Bessie and Dorothy and brother, Maurice. He attended Hagyard School and once completing his schooling joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. Upon returning to the farm he began a lifelong, rewarding career in agriculture. To diversify Dad became a Registered Swine Breeder and a member of the Seed Growers Association. Dads passion for farming spilled over into the community as he served as a member of the Oak Lake and Manitoba Agricultural Societies. In 2003 he was inducted into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame in recognition for his contributions to agriculture. For many years he was an active member of the St. Davids and Oak Lake United Churches. Dad was proud to be a life member of the Oak Lake Legion. After his retirement Doug took pleasure in traveling, fishing, gardening, golfing and reading. As a couple, Doug and Shirl enjoyed socializing and dancing with their many friends. Music was always a passion they shared. He loved to tell a good joke or respond with his quick wit. During his hospitalization, Doug appreciated visits from friends and family. Sincere thanks go to Dr. Groves and the staff and new friends he made in the ICU and on A2 and A3 in the Assiniboine Centre. He referred to you as his life support. Funeral service was held at the Oak Lake United Church on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 followed by interment at the Johnston Cemetery. Charitable donations can be made in Dougs memory to the Oak Lake and Area Foundation, Box 133, Oak Lake, Manitoba, R0M 1P0. G. R. Carscadden Funeral Services of Virden was in charge of arrangements.
McKIBBIN:Irene (Affectionately known as Billy) (nee Bilkoski), August 20, 1932 November 24, 2009. Irene passed away at the Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg in the late evening of Tuesday, November 24, 2009, with her good friend Dorothy Gauer at her side. Remaining to forever cherish Irene Billys memory are her sister Eunice; brother Dave (Linda); Three sisters-in -law June, Marcia, and Gladys; son Derek (Leslie); grandchildren Mikela, Kellan, Justin and Kyla; nieces Carla, Coral, Tannis, Margo, Teri, Christine and Lori; nephews Ron, Michael, Marshall, Darrin, Rick and Calin, as well as many great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father Michael; mother Mary; sisters Martha (at infancy) and Laura; and brothers John, Max, and Donald. Billy left the family farm in Brookdale at the young age of 17, and moved to Brandon where she worked for MTS (Manitoba Telephone System). After moving to Winnipeg, she pursued a career in hairdressing, obtained her license, taught hairdressing at Red River Community College, and became a barber and hairdressing licensing director for the Province of Manitoba. She loved to golf, was a member of the Southwood Golf and Country Club for many years, and loved to play bridge with her many friends. In compliance with Irene Billys wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will take place in the Brandon Cemetery with her mother Mary and father Michael. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Irene Billys memory may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 6 Donald Street, Suite 200, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L 0K6 or CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 0V9. Wojciks Funeral Home & Crematorium, Beausejour, Manitoba. 1 - 866 - 424 - 6271 ~ 1 - 204 - 268 - 2263. wojciksfuneralchapel.com
LEFORTE: Allan Andrew Leforte, beloved husband of Jackie and dear dad of Jeff (Jacqueline), Colin (Faye) and grandfather of Madison and Kelton, passed away suddenly at his home in Rivers, on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at the age of 59 years. A celebration of Als life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Barry Schoonbaert officiating. A private family interment will take place later at the Napkina Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Al may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7M6 or to the United Way, 201 1011 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0L5. Complete obituary information to follow. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
KEHLER: Beverly Ann Your memory,Sparkling like aDiamondIn my hand, will Always shine Among the Brightest starsIn the HeavensAnd will forever beTucked away In my HeartRemembering you with loving and fondest memories dearest cousin, Bev, one year later, November 25, 2009. Beverly Ann Kehler (Johnson) lost her valiant battle with ovarian cancer, Nov. 25, 2008. Bev was born at Souris, Manitoba March 21, 1949 only child of Victor and Jean Johnson (Fedorowich). Bevs earlier years were spent living at Baldur, Brandon, and then Winnipeg, where Bev completed High School. Bev was then employed by MTS until her marriage to Abraham Kehler, March 1, 1969. Shortly after marriage Bev and Abe moved to Calgary until 1975 at which time they purchased there business Active Muffler. While living in Calgary, they were blessed with two sons, Lane Abraham, born Dec. 27, 1970 and Jarett Douglas May 24, 1973. Bev took an active role along side Abe, managing their business. Bev was equally committed to her church, Mennonite Brethren Church, spending tireless and numerable hours, volunteering her time and diverse talents in every aspect. Bevs happiest times involved entertaining both family and friends, inevitably preparing and cooking in quantity for hosts of people. Bevs tenacious, persevering, spirit was unfailing as she dealt with her 6 year illness. Truly a remarkable inspiration to all who became part of her journey. Bevs unwavering faith in God was most evident throughout her illness creating a person, renowned for her relentless inspiration, always encouraging other cancer patients, medical staff, family and friends. This ever present, positive attitude and sunny, caring, disposition, prevailed in every respect till Bevs life on earth was complete. Bev was predeceased by parents, Victor in 1972 and Jean in 1987, and the profound loss of eldest son, Lane in March 2007. The service to celebrate Bevs life was held Nov. 29 at Mennonite Brethren Church with pastor David Enns officiating. Interment was held at Baldur Cemetery, July 25, 2009. Left to forever cherish Bevs memory and legacy are husband Abe, son Jarett and Cindy, and daughter in law Tammy, grand children, Jordan, Kiana, Taryn, Mckenzie, Maya, Tiffany, Brooklyn, and Kristy, honorary grand mother, Lois Carkener, and Sis cousin, Bonnie.
A Life Well Lived
KEELER: Lorne Hugh Keeler. On Tuesday, November 24, 2009, Lorne peacefully passed away at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon at the age of 102. Lorne was predeceased by his wife Aileen and infant daughter Janice Mary. He is survived by son Jeffrey, daughter-in-law Debbie, grandsons Bradley and James, sister Doris Veit of Minneapolis, and many nieces and nephews and their families. On October 16, 1907, Lorne and identical twin Cecil were born on the family farm near Lauder, Manitoba, the second oldest of ten children. He attended school in Truro and Melgund up to grade 8, and later took some agricultural classes at the U of M. He married Aileen Robbins on November 15, 1944 and together they farmed the original homestead raising crops, a variety of stock, and chickens. They retired to Brandon on 1981, living on Silver Birch until 1999, when they moved to Lions Manor. Dad was very musical. As a youngster he played saxophone in the Keeler family band, and formed a barber shop quartette with brothers Ralph, Cecil and Arthur. He sang in the church choirs in Melgund and Brandon, and was very active in the choirs of Lions Manor. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, golf, playing cards and teaching his grandsons to play pool. Cremation has taken place with a private family interment. A memorial service will be held in Brandon on Friday, December 4, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, with a reception to follow at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, at 1:30 p.m. Honorary Pallbearers will be grandchildren Bradley and James, Robert, Bryan, Keri-lynne and Kenneth Keeler. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
HALLATT: Kenneth Herbert "Ken" Hallatt beloved husband of Ida and dear father of David and Reid passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, November 17, 2009. Ken was born on December 5, 1945 in Brandon, Manitoba, the third child of Arthur and Nora Hallatt. Ken's early education was completed in Brandon. Afterwards he studied at UND in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Upon completion of his formal education, Ken secured employment with the Manitoba Telephone System. Ken worked for MTS for many years in several areas including Winnipeg, Dauphin, Swan River and Brandon and in various capacities before retiring from the Engineering Department in Brandon in 1997. Following his retirement at MTS, Ken embarked on a second career as a school bus driver for the Brandon School Division. Due to health issues he was forced to retire in December, 2008. Throughout his lifetime, Ken belonged to many organizations such as the Lions Club, the Masons, the Grey Owl Estates Board of Directors and the Brandon Gun Club. Ken enjoyed downhill skiing, hunting, golfing, reading and history. Ken is survived by his wife Ida; son David (Heather Christianson) of Winnipeg; son Reid (Sophie Tremblay) of Ottawa; brother Douglas (Margaret) Hallatt of Naples, Florida; sister Noreen McLauchlan of Portage la Prairie; sister Barbara (Barry) Lindsay of Sherwood Park, Alberta; foster sisters Pat Pritschau and Shirley (Jack) Hutton, both of Brandon; sister- in-law Doreen (Bill) Trott of Minnedosa; sister-in-law Leona (Bill) Peters of Ottawa; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family members. He was predeceased by his parents Arthur and Nora Hallatt; his father and mother- in-law Colin and Margaret Campbell, and his brother- in-law Henry McLauchlan. The funeral service was held at Memories Chapel in Brandon, Manitoba on Saturday, November 21, 2009 with Pastor Wil Warkentin officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Brian Burton, Archie Campbell, Tab Dudley, Bob Johnson, RayStanley and Doug Wark. Urn bearer was David Hallatt. Donations in memory of Ken may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7M6, or to a charity of choice. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
GERRARD: Gordon Harold Gerrard of Brandon, age 93, formerly of Thunder Bay, Ontario passed away at the Assiniboine Centre on Novemeber 25, 2009 surrounded by his family. Gordon will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years, Yvonne; daughters Suzanne (Marny Tsai) and Patty (Terry Gryschuk); and grandchildren Shamus Pridy, and Dustin and Lauren Gryschuk; as well as many relatives, and friends. Gord was proud of his 42 year career with the TD Bank. During these many years he worked in Sudbury, London, Fort William, Toronto, Chatham, and Winnipeg. After retirement in 1979, Gord and Yvonne moved to Victoria, BC and then Thunder Bay in 1981. Last year Gord and Yvonne moved to Brandon to be near family. Gords banking career was interrupted by World War II. He joined the R.C.A.F. (1942 1946) and served overseas as a radar technician with the R.A.F. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #6 for many years. Gordon was predeceased by his infant son; parents; and siblings, Alex, Jim, Bill, Laurie, Margaret, Chris, Barbara Hartwell, and Lenore Lee. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Thunder Bay. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Gord may be made to a charity of choice. The family wishes to thank Dr. Mikhail, the staff at the Assiniboine Centre, and the Home Care attendants for the excellent care they provided and the love they bestowed on him. A special thank you to the wonderful nurses in the palliative unit. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
FOSTER: Desmond RalphBorn August 1, 1931, passed away at Royal Columbian Hospital on November 8, 2009 at 78 years of age. Born in Carberry, MB, the second son of Albert and Dorothy, living in several small towns in Southern Manitoba, moving to Alberta in 1959, and finally to Coquitlam, British Columbia in 1965 where he worked at Royal Columbian Hospital, Eatons, and Canadian Freightways. Left to mourn his loss are his beloved wife of 53 years, Isobel; daughters Patti (Bill) Hanley, Sherry (Win) Aust; grandchildren Kyle and Nick Kortegaard and Lindy and Carlee Aust; sisters Connie Oakes of Vancouver, British Columbia, Betty (Frank) Southern of Penticton, British Columbia, Eileen (Ron) Schott of Kenora, Ontario; and brother Ron (Penny) of Brandon, Manitoba. Des was a longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Ulster Association. He loved cars, beer, country music and was so very proud of his family. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12th at Burquitlam Funeral Home, 625 North Road, Coquitlam.
DIXON: It is with deep sorrow, we mourn the passing of our beloved sister, sister-in-law, Aunt and friend, Fay Alexandra Dixon at Fairview Personal Care Home. She succumbed peacefully to the final stage of Parkinsons on November 23, 2009 with members of her family and Fairview staff at her bedside. Fay was in her 78th year, having been born on January 28, 1931 at Oak Lake, Manitoba. She was predeceased by her father, Truman Dixon in 1979 and her mother Thelma (nee Olive) in 1991. Surviving are her brother, Doug Dixon (Deane) of Brandon, nephew Trevor (his children Ryan, Brandon, Matthew, Mark and their mother Rose) of Burlington, Ontario. Nieces, Diane (Laurie Andrew) of Hamilton, Ontario and Sandra (her children Kyle, Bronte and Bryce) of Burlington, Ontario, also her sister-in-law, Jill Dixon of Burlington, Ontario. Fay excelled at school, taking grades one and two at Oak Lake and after the family moved to Brandon in 1939 she took her grades three and four at King George. In 1942 the family moved to Nesbitt, Manitoba where she completed with honours her grades five to 11. She finished high school at St. Michaels Academy in Brandon in 1949 and then went on to Normal School in Winnipeg where she attained her Teachers Degree in 1950. She began her teaching career at Centreville Country School near Holland, Manitoba and taught there for two years. She then transferred to Cypress River and taught there for three years. In the fall of 1955 she decided that teaching was not her forte and began a new career with MTS at Glenboro, as a telephone operator. She became Chief Operator while there; however in1963 she decided to transfer to Brandon to be with her parents. In Brandon she worked through the ranks with MTS and became Assistant Manager of Operating Services prior to her retirement in 1986. While there she gained many lifetime friends. Prior to and after retirement, Fay upgraded her skills with Toastmistress training, typing skills, ITC correspondence training and Wheat City College Business courses. Fay enjoyed travelling with family and friends, making extensive trips throughout Canada and the USA. She made a trip to the United Kingdom, Hawaii and a cruise through the Panama Canal. There were also the yearly trips to Saskatchewan and Ontario to visit family for the holidays. Fay was a very benevolent person; never forgetting her family and friends on holidays or birthdays; always sending cards and gifts. She provided support and assistance to her aging parents, grandmother and uncles during their last years. Fay donated yearly to many different charities and volunteered with the YMCA, the Thrift Store and the East End Community Centre. Fays loving and generous nature will be cherished and memories of her will never be forgotten by her family. We would like to thank the staff on the 4th floor of Fairview Home for the excellent care they provided and the love they bestowed on her. She had many happy days there. Cremation has taken place and the Service of Remembrance will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, November 30th, 2009 at 11:00 am with Rev. David Cathcart of Knox United Church officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery and a reception will be held at Brockie Donovan after the interment. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fays memory can be made to the Parkinson Society of Manitoba, 7 - 414 Westmount Dr., Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2J 1P2, or to the Fairview Home Trust, 1351 - 13th St., Brandon Manitoba, R7A 4S6.
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