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MINARY: Donna Christina, December 26, 1936-March 1, 2013. Donna passed away peacefully in Brandon at Fairview Personal Care Home at the age of 76. Donna grew up in Ninette Manitoba. She was the eldest of four children and was predeceased by her parents Nicholas (1973) and Julia (1994) Andon and brother Wayne Andon. Her sisters are Penny (Reginald) Pirchford of Winnipeg and Nancy (Bruce) Stemken of Winnipeg. Donna spent her youth in Ninette working at the restaurant which her parents ran for many years. She had a great love of life and had many friends throughout her entire life. She truly enjoyed the company of others. Donna married Robert Wilfred (Wilf) Minary on April 16, 1959 at the Burbank Church near Nesbitt, Manitoba. Donna and Wilf had three children and nine grandchildren. Mom will be dearly missed by eldest son Darwyn and Cindy (Jared, Adam, Cody and Kendra) of Souris, daughter Darla and Steve Shillington (Brandon and Brianna) of Carnduff, Saskatchewan, and youngest son Bradley and Lana (Brett, Reid and Kyle) of Gillam, Manitoba. The family would like to thank the many family, friends who have shown their support during this trying time. Special thanks to the staff of Fairview Personal Care Home who cared so much for Donna. A memorial service will take place in the spring, announcements will precede the service.
MINARY: Robert Wilfred, June 22 1934-February 26, 2013. Wilf passed away peacefully in Souris at the Personal Care Home at the age of 78 years. Dad will be dearly missed by his three children and nine grandchildren. Eldest son Darwyn and Cindy (Jared, Adam, Cody and Kendra) of Souris, daughter Darla and Steve Shillington (Brandon and Brianna) of Carnduff, Saskatchewan, and youngest son Bradley and Lana (Brett, Reid and Kyle) of Gillam, Manitoba. Wilf was the youngest of five children and was predeceased by his parents William Bruce (1967) and Blanche (1976) Minary. His siblings are; brothers Allison (Doreen) and Bruce (Marg) Minary of Brandon; sisters Nadine Hayes of Souris and Joy Reid of Brandon. Wilf grew up on the family farm in the Nesbitt area and like most of the young men of that area he played baseball and hockey. His most treasured time was playing ball with his brothers and the other younger men in that area for the Riverside and Oakland baseball teams. It was during that time that he met and married Donna Andon from Ninette, Manitoba. Wilf and Donna were married April 16, 1959 at the Burbank Church near Nesbitt, Manitoba. It was during that time that Wilf left the farming occupation and became a baker. He lived, baked, and raised his family in Ninette, Killarney and Souris. For nearly thirty-five years Wilf baked throughout southwestern Manitoba eventually retiring in Souris. Although Wilf lived off the farm most of his adult life he still maintained a great love of nature and animals. He was an avid gardener and truly enjoyed the company of pets. The family would like to thank the many family, friends who have shown their support during this trying time. Special thanks to the staff of the Souris Hospital and Personal Care Home who cared so much for Wilf. On March 1st, 2013 family and friends gathered at Darwyn and Cindy’s in Souris to honor Wilf. A graveside memorial service will take place at Minnewawa Cemetery in the spring.
PARKER: Viola Doris Parker (née Anderson). Vi Parker passed away peacefully in her home at Fairview Home in Brandon, Friday, March 8, 2013 at the age of 77, with her family by her side. Dearly loved and supported by family, she never forgot those she loved. Born in South Indian Lake, MB in 1936, she was the second oldest of nine children. She is predeceased by her brother Bill, sisters Harriet and Alice, son Jackie and her husband Corky. At the age of 15, she moved to The Pas to go to school where she also worked until she met and married her husband, Corky Parker at the age of 18. She lived most of her married life in The Pas and later lived in Brandon until her passing. She had six children – Edith Coutu (David), Kathleen Bruederlin (Bruno), Kim Parker (Kathy), Jackie (deceased), Kelly Parker, and Arla Parker (Guy). Her pride and joy were her six grandchildren Claire and Aimee Coutu, Heather and Sarah Bruederlin, Caitlin Parker, and Devon Lipscombe. She lived a full life with the people she loved, the things she liked to do, as well as her travelling. She never sat still for long and was always busy with something. She was generous with her time and caring. She loved nothing more than having her friends and family stop in for a visit. Right until the end she made everyone feel like they counted despite her own limitations. She loved to travel to Argentina, Venezuela, Hawaii, all across Northern Canada and Western Canada to name just a few places. It was the north that she loved best of all though, spending many summers travelling throughout. She was deeply loved by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her and will be sadly missed. A lovely service celebrating her life was held at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home in Brandon with Reverend Craig Miller presiding on March 14, 2013 and interment was held at South Indian Lake on March 16, 2013. We would like to give a generous thank you to all the staff at Fairview Home, her doctors, as well, as the staff at the hospital for their many kindnesses. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 1K2.
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SEDGWICK: Jean Irene Sedgwick (nee Tkachuk), beloved wife of Milton, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, March 7, 2013. Jean and Milton were married in their home in 1973. The family consists of Jean’s son Sheldon Kokorudz, and Milt and Jean’s children; daughter Michelle and son Raymond and step daughters Heather, Denise and Dawn. Jean became a great cook in many restaurants and her own home. She worked as a cook at the Brandon Mental Hospital and the Brandon Regional Hospital. She looked after out-patients in her own home for 24 years. Jean also worked with the community options where she thought the world of her clients. She loved her card games, but most of all she loved the time she had with her grandchildren. Jean got sick in 1992 with a heart condition, but it seemed to not stop her. She was a very strong person. Jean leaves to mourn her loving husband Milton; son Sheldon Kokorudz (Heather Oliver); daughter Michelle (Cory) Sedgwick; son Raymond (Laurie) Segdwick; step-daughters Heather Sedgwick (Lyle), Denise (Carlo) Chiminello and Dawn Sedgwick; grandchildren: Cody, Josh, Bailey, Logan; step-grandchildren: Chad, Thomas and Marissa and many friends and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents Annie Tkachuk in 1979 and Peter Tkachuk in 1981. The Funeral Ceremony took place at Memories Chapel on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Rev. Fr. Michael Tkachuk officiated. Cantor was Stella Fedeniuk. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Jean may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 17th Street East, Brandon, MB R7A 7M6.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
SHOTBOLT: After a courageous battle with cancer, Hope Elaine Shotbolt (née Bilowus), loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and aunt, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, March 9th, 2013. Hope was born on December 24, 1955 in Swan River, MB to Ruth and the late John Bilowus. During her school years, Hope was very fond of participating in school choirs and plays and she enjoyed sports - gymnastics, figure skating, volleyball, curling and softball. Bowling was one of her favourite sports, taking many memorable trips to tournaments with the “Youth” & “Pepsi” bowlers, coached by her late Dad, John Bilowus. She carried on her bowling into her later years. She was an avid fan for her favourite football team - the Saskatchewan Roughriders. In her youth, she joined St. Andrew’s United Church in Swan River and later transferred to Trinity United Church in Brandon. She took part in the youth groups of the church and also a 4-H sewing club. Hope worked after school and summers in her dad’s stationary shop. Hope received her education in Swan River-Class of ’75 and continued at Red River Community College. Upon completion there, she worked for Cartwright Stationers in Winnipeg. Later on, settling in Brandon, she worked at Eaton’s Department store in Ladies’ Wear until the store closed. The most important things in Hope’s life were her family and her home. Hope is survived by her husband Gary, her son Nicholas, her son and daughter-in-law Chris and Samantha Wiebe and two granddaughters, Emma and Rylee Wiebe, her step-son Ray (Ange) Shotbolt and step-granddaughters Anessa, Rianna and Jenaya Shotbolt, all of Brandon. Step-daughter Jacqueline Shotbolt of Fort McMurray. Her sister Debra (Doug) Swanson and niece Brittany of Thunder Bay. Her mother, Ruth Bilowus (Belton) of Brandon. Her mother -in-law, Frankie Shotbolt of Winnipeg. Sisters-in-law Leslie Owens and Linda (Al) Jorgenson and families of Winnipeg. Also many cousins and treasured friends. Hope was predeceased by her maternal grandparents Charlie and Ella Belton, her father John Bilowus and father-in-law Ray Shotbolt. Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date. If one wishes, memorial donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Brandon RHA Cancer Services,” 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
When I come to the end of the roadAnd the sun has set for me,I want no rites in a gloom filled roomWhy cry for a soul set free?Miss me a little, but not too long,And not with your head bowed low.Remember the love that we once shared.Miss me, but let me go.For this is a journey we all must takeAnd each must go alone.It’s all a part of the Master’s plan,A step on the road to Home.So when you are lonely and sick at heart,Go to the friends we know,And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds,Miss me, but let me go.
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WILSON: Betty Wilson of Brandon, formerly of Erickson, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Erickson Health Centre at the age of 75 years. Betty is survived by her daughter Myrna (Bob) Smith of Nipawin, SK, son Murray Erickson of Austin, TX, grandchildren: Becky Verishine, Sacha (Marc) Johnson, Shane (Kate Ney) Smith, Austin Erickson, three great grandchildren, brother Barry (Audrey) Cutter of Nanton, AB, sisters: May Scott of Chilliwack, BC, and Wilma Braun of Erickson, MB. At Betty’s request there will be no formal funeral service. A family graveside service will be held in Erickson in the spring followed by a public reception for fellowship and sharing of memories in Brandon. Date and time will be announced at a later date.
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Betty often said “Take time to smell the roses”. Betty’s request was that you give a rose to a loved one in memory of her. Rae’s Funeral Service of Erickson is in care of arrangements.
MINK: Terrence Leroy. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved son Terrence. Terrence passed away in Brandon on March 11, 2013. Terrence was born on September 2, 1994 at the Brandon General Hospital. Terrence will be remembered as a loving person to all who knew him. Terrence spent most of most of his life in Brandon. He attended Betty Gibson Riverview, Riverheights and Neelin High School. Terrence enjoyed spending time with his cousins, playing video games and just hanging out. Terrence was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Joshua, Sarah Mink. His aunt Harriet, George and Maggie Mink. His paternal grandfather Riley Easter, his uncles, Jackie Easter, Leslie Easter, Elmer Easter and his cousin Trevor Easter. Terrence leaves behind his parents Winni Mink and Chester Easter. His sisters Charmaine, Tannis and his brother Ozzie, his nephews, Bronson, Jade, Jace and Jacoby. His paternal grandmother Vivian Easter and many aunts, uncles, cousins, too numerous to mention. Pallbearers will be Tyler, Brandon, Tyrel, Bronson, Elmer, Mathew, Dean, and Jordon. All in attendance will be honorary pallbearers. Funeral services will be held at Brockie Donovan, 332 8th St. on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Viewing will begin at 10:00 a.m. Services will begin at 1:00 p.m. by Rev. Joy Ruddock. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery.
HARRIS: Anne Margaret Harris (nee Vergonet). August 1, 1919- March 12, 2013. Anne, a 93 year old WWII veteran, passed peacefully in her sleep at Mountain View Manor in Ladner, BC. where she had resided since July 2009. Dearly loved and supported by her husband Darrel Leroy, son Darrel Raymond, daughters Margaret and Lyndamae, granddaughter Lee Anne, daughter-in-law Jean, friends Anke, Gloria and Donna, Anne survived 10 years with dementia…but never forgot the names and faces of those she loved so unconditionally. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1919, Anne was the eldest of 8 children. She was predeceased by her brother John, and sisters Lynne, Margaret and Cornelia. Sisters Trudy, Frances and Joan live in BC. Anne enlisted in the army in 1941 and worked in the pay office. While there she made two discoveries. The first being that it was more fun to give the orders than to receive them. The second was meeting Darrel Leroy Harris who fell in love with her at first sight. They were married in 1943 and had 3 children by 1952. The family moved back and forth between Manitoba and Alberta living in Winnipeg, Magrath, Binscarth, Rivers, Taber and back to Rivers. In 1997 Anne and Darrel moved to Ladner B.C. While her children were at home, Anne continued her own music training on piano and organ and taught hundreds of students on both instruments until she was 77. For over 20 years she was the organist for the United Church. When the family nest was empty, Anne taught music at Brooks School then turned her passion for reading into a mammoth project - starting a library in the Town of Rivers. Doors to the Prairie Crocus Regional Library first opened on 1971 and have remained open ever since. Anne’s other passions were canning and craft work. The cold cupboard was always gleaming with colourful jars of preserves, fruits and soups. Many lovely embroidered pictures were framed, hundreds upon hundreds of mittens were knitted and sent to needy families, prize-winning quilts were stitched by hand, rugs and cushions hooked, aprons, pot holders and furniture covers were sewn, rag dolls were crocheted and on and on. Her hands remained steady and sure; she continued knitting until 4 weeks before her death. Some of her other claims to fame include riding an elephant in Thailand when she was 70, riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle on her 80th birthday and winning the heart of her husband several times over. Anne’s family would like to express heartfelt thanks to Dr. Ken Lai as well as to the many caring and compassionate staff at Heritage House, Kinsmen and Mountain View Manor. In lieu of sending flowers please consider making a donation to a charity of your choice.
LASCHYN: Jean Marie Laschyn (Ferguson), born June 7, 1949 Brandon, MB, passed away March 11, 2013 after a lengthy battle with A Parkins disease. Jean had a variety of residences in her journey which included Edmonton, Flesherton and Oakville, ON, Garden Grove CA and Brandon before settling in Winnipeg. Upon her return to Brandon Jean started at the old A&W then moved over to Shopper’s Drug Mart and was with them for 29 years with her final location at Regent St. store. She is survived by her son Cody (Jody) grandson Preston; mother Rita; brother Jim (Linda), Rob (Gaby), Jimmie (Katya); and sister Anne (John), John (Kristin), Jaime (Michele), plus great-nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her father Doug. Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 16 at Cropo's Funeral Home, 1442 Main St., Winnipeg, MB.
GREGGOR: Alvin Greggor September 4, 1930 - February 27, 2013. Alvin passed away peacefully with his family by his side on February 27, 2013 at the age of 82. Alvin was born in Goodeve, Saskatchewan. He spent his early years farming in the Woodnorth/Cromer area in Manitoba. The family moved into Brandon in 1967 where he held jobs with MacArthur Trucking and Macy Foods. Alvin and Shirley moved to the Salmon Arm area in 1981 where he worked for Paul and Lil Sherba (Clean Care Services) until his retirement. Alvin loved farming and from this came his love of nature. He loved nothing better than puttering in his yard resulting in a beautiful gathering place for family. He also loved fishing. He had many fishing days in Manitoba and on the Shuswap with his brother, Ian, where they would sit for hours swapping stories. His grandchildren heard lots of stories about the good old days and these will be missed by all. He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Shirley, his children: Darla (Rick) Wilkinson, Darcy Greggor, Dean Greggor, Shari (Bruce) Ball and Bradley Greggor. Also grandchildren Troy, Trevor, Tysen, Brodie, Dustin, Jared, Ashlee, Malcolm, Madyson, Jaicee and Jaiden and great grandchildren Brooke and Aiden. Alvin was predeceased by his parents, Joe & Jean Greggor, his brother and sister, Ian and Josephine and his daughter Kimberley. Alvin always referred to the Prairies as home and he will be returning to the old Homestead this summer. A celebration of Alvin’s life will be held at the Reston United Church with a date as yet undetermined. The family wishes to thank Dr. Kirkman and the wonderful staff at Shuswap Lake General Hospital and Bastion Place for their compassionate care of Alvin in his final days. Those who wish to do so may make a donation in the name of Alvin to Palliative Care - Shuswap Lake General Hopsital (2270 Trans Canada HWY, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 2S6).
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Cremation arrangements entrusted to Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services®, Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866.
DYCK: Peter David Dyck, age 83, beloved partner of Ruth M.L. Dickson died on March 10, 2013 at Evergreen Place Personal Care Home, Boissevain, Manitoba. A private memorial service will take place Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Dyck Family Farm Cemetery. A Public Memorial Reception will follow in the lower hall of the United Church. More information to follow closer to the date. Donations in memory of Peter may be made to the Cancer Society; 415- 1st St. Brandon, Manitoba R7A 2W8 or to a charity of own choice.
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Killarney Boissevain Funeral Home 204-523-7791.
SIMS: Christopher Douglas Sims of Brandon, beloved brother of Sheila, Carol and Joyce, passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at the age of 64 years. A Celebration to Honour Chris’ Life will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, Brandon, on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy officiating. A private urn placement will follow at the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Chris may be made to the Funds for Furry Friends, #208-740 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 0K9. Complete obituary information to follow.
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SHOTBOLT: Hope Elaine Shotbolt (née Bilowus) of Brandon, beloved wife of Gary, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the age of 57 years. Complete obituary information to follow.
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SHILOFF: The death of Fred Shiloff occurred peacefully, on Friday, March 8, 2013 at Rideau Park Personal Care Home. Funeral service will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North, on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm. A private family interment will be held at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Fred may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3 – 824 – 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
PARKER: Sally Zophia Parker; beloved wife of the late Bruce Parker; passed away at the Shoal Lake-Strathclair Health Centre, Shoal Lake, MB on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 90 years of age. Sally will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Carol (Brian) Midwinter, grandson Parker Midwinter, sister Bernice Drennan, and numerous nieces and nephews. A service to celebrate Sally’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sally’s memory to a charity of one’s choice. Messages of condolence and/or photos can be shared at Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
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