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TOMPSETT: Robert Dennis Tompsett, beloved husband of Dawna, died January 10, 2013, at his residence, Deloraine, MB, A graveside service will be held Monday, January 14, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Goodlands Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Deloraine Junior Rifle Club. Arrangements with Smith Funeral Home, Deloraine,
STEVENSON: The death of Henry “Harry” Stevenson, beloved husband of the late Jean Stevenson, loving father to Connie (Tim) Rey and Kim (Kevin) Shamanski and grandfather to Nathan, Carli, Madison and Piper, occurred on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home. Funeral Arrangements are pending with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
MUZYLOWSKI: John Muzylowski, husband of Lorraine Muzylowski, of Shoal Lake, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at the Morley House Personal Care Home at the age of 91 years. The funeral service will be held on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church, Shoal Lake. Interment will follow at the Shoal Lake Cemetery. Prayers will be held on Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Father Rene Digba and Rev. Deacon Conrad Plante will officiate. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a local charity of one’s choice.
Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to raesfs@mymts. net
Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson in care of the arrangements. (204) 759-2160.
MONK: Marvin Monk. With great sadness, the family announces the peaceful passing of Marvin on Monday, January 7, 2013 at Riverview Health Centre.Marvin is survived by his wife Marg; daughters Karen, Patti (Rick); granddaughter Ashley; great granddaughter Rain ("My Little Buddy"); brothers Lloyd (Shirley), Glen (Shirley); and sister-in-law Teresa. He was predeceased by his parents Mary and John; sister-in-law Vickie and adopted brother Ray. On April 25, 1941 Marvin was born in Ninette. The family moved to Brandon in 1952. He trained as a barber, later worked in the automotive industry and then his own sales business. A great fondness of Marvin's was 'old-time' music and his years spent with CFRY. The family spent many enjoyable summers at their cabin at Pleasant Valley on Pelican Lake. A Celebration of Marvin’s Life will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Niakwa Country Club, 620 Niakwa Road. Interment will be held in the Brandon Cemetery at a later date. Donations in Marvin’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Wojcik’s Funeral Chapel & Crematorium in care of arrangements. 2157 Portage avenue, 204-897-4665.
McCOMB: Gene Ellen. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Ellen McComb (Matt), who passed away in the Souris Health Centre on January 6, 2013. Ellen was born on January 9, 1936 in Armstrong, British Columbia and later moved to Bield, Manitoba where she marries William Harold Dron. The couple moved to Guelph, Ontario where son, Charles William (November 4, 1955) was born. Ellen later moved to Beresford, Manitoba with Charles to become a housekeeper for Victor Page for several years. She then married Wilmott Frank McComb (1974). She enjoyed many years of gardening, raising livestock and sewing. As the family grew with grandchildren, Ellen became known as “Granny”. Ellen later retired to Souris, Manitoba, where she enjoyed spending her time playing cards, gardening and many other activities. Ellen was predeceased by her parents Duncan Russel and Eliza Jean Spear, husband Wilmott McComb, and brother- in-law Gordie Sigurdson. She is survived by son Charles and Doris (Bourgeois) Dron, grandchildren; Charlotte (Tim) Garlinski, Lisa Dron, William Dron (Niclole Kattler), Charlie Dron (Nicole Miller). Great-grandchildren; Erica, Halie, Devon, Albert, Abby, Mason, Tanner and Brock. Brothers: Rod (Ester) Spear, Ben (Peg) Spear, sister: Alta Sigurdson, as well as many nieces and nephews. Ellen will be missed by family and friends. A funeral service was held at the Souris Gospel Chapel on Thursday, January 10, 2013 with a private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Ellen, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris in care of arrangements. Messages of condolence can be made at
LEHMAN: Leonard Wilfred beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather died peacefully on November 29, 2012 at Deloraine Health Centre surrounded by family. Len was born in Grenfell, Saskatchewan March 19, 1935 to Martha and Leopold Lehman who had earlier immigrated from Poland to make a better life for their family. This is where Len developed a lasting, strong work ethic. At a young age he worked for different area farmers and then went to work in the oil patch. While working on the oil rigs around Hartney, he met and married Merle Jasper. They were blessed with three sons, Terry, Roy, and Alan. Len was predeceased by his son Roy, his parents, sister Ella, brother Dennis and his in-laws Harriet and Gordon Jasper. He is survived by his wife Merle, sons Terry (Janet), Alan (Pam), grandchildren Melissa (Murray), Ryan, Jacob, Greg (Sam), Tyson (Sarah), Zane (Annie), Josie (Eric), great-grandchildren Bella, La Kai, Ryder, Kinsley, brothers Arnold, Gus, Ron (Irene), sister Marlene (Keith). Brothers-in -law Noel (Verda), Bill (Evelyn), sister-in-law Shirley (Reg) and many nieces and nephews. Len loved the outdoors both summer and winter whether it be hunting, fishing, trapping, cutting firewood, gardening, swathing or doing field work for a farmer friend. He never lost his love for the farm. He always enjoyed whatever he was doing. Even when life was difficult, because of declining health, and its many challenges, he had made a decision to enjoy life one day at a time. One of the greatest blessings in his life were the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He so enjoyed each and every one of them and followed many of their sports activities, mainly hockey and baseball. Funeral service took place December 3, 2012 from Hartney Centennial Hall with Pastor Linda Tribble and Rev. Barb Alston officiating. Private interment Riverside Cemetery. Active pallbearers were all grandsons, Ryan Lehman, Jacob Lehman, Greg Lehman, Tyson Lehman, Zane Lehman, Murray Smith. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. Len will be greatly missed but forever remembered for his amazing strength, courage and determination to enjoy each new day he’d been given a true picture of God’s amazing grace. We all have our own precious memories and we can have peace knowing Len is now at rest!!!
KING: Cam King, beloved husband of the late Mildred King, died January 10, 2013, at Westview Lodge, Boissevain, MB. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at the Deloraine Community Hall. Interment will be held at Lauder Cemetery. Donations in memory of Cam may be made to Cancer Society or a charity of choice. Smith Funeral Home, Deloraine in care of arrangements, 204-747-2088.
JONES: Robert Joseph William Bruce (formerly of Brandon) born in Montreal passed away peacefully at home in Edmonton on a sunny December 30, 2012 at the age of 76 after 3 1/2 years of battling cancer. He was a man of many talents father, grandfather, Executive Chef, teacher, handyman, and all around good friend. He will be sadly missed. He started his career with CN/CP hotels taking his apprenticeships in kitchens from Halifax, NS to Victoria, BC. He settled in Brandon in 1954 where he met his wife Bernice and started working at Manitoba Telephone System as a groundman. He worked his way up in MTS until 1972 when he decided to return to his love of cooking by purchasing the 4-Way Motel in Carberry. He was the Commanding Officer of the Stan Hawitt Navy League cadets for several years where he introduced many young men to the special ways of cadets. In 1974-75 he was the Executive Chef at the Red Oak Inn and prepared special meals for Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden when they made their visit across Canada. He retired in 2001 after 20 years of teaching at NAIT in Edmonton where he touched many students' lives. He is survived by wife Bernice (Bunny), daughter Linda (Florian) grandchildren Marissa, Dante, son Bradley (Lori) grandchildren Kirsten, Brittany, Kalon, Casey,brothers Normand and Jacques, and sister Claudette. We ask for donations to the Autism Society of Edmonton and Area or Canadian Diabetes Association. Condolences and memories may be sent to 104-9820-165 Street Edmonton, T5P 0N3 or
Even as we mourn, we celebrate a long life that was so well lived.
DODD: William Reginald (Bill) Dodd passed away on Jan. 3, 2013 at the Souris Personal Care Home with his family by his side. Bill was born on Feb. 2, 1923 in Spy Hill, Saskatchewan then moved to Souris with his family in 1924. He was an industrious man who held many jobs including farm laborer, MTS linesman, and taxi driver, even while still in school. His true passions were his cattle, his land and his carpentry, all of which he tended to with great care and detail. On October 3, 1942 he joined the Canadian Army. He trained with the26th Field Regiment in Shilo Manitoba and later in Petawawa Ontario where he joined the 19th Field Regiment which was leaving for overseas. He served in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany as a tank driver. One member of his crew told us that he was “the best tank driver he had ever served with”. On D-Day they landed on the beach at Berniere-sur-Mere along with troops from Britain. Bill sailed home on the Queen Mary and was discharged at Fort Osborn on January 29th, 1945 as a decorated veteran. Bill received 7 medals including 1939 – 1945 Star, France & Germany Star, King George Defence Medal, 1939 – 1945 Voluntary Service Medal and Clasp, 1939 – 1945 WWII Medal, D-Day Medal, and the Dutch Liberation Medal. Bill was very proud to be a Veteran and spent countless years participating in the Remembrance Day services at Souris School and Souris Community Hall. After returning from the war, Bill worked with his father at Dodd’s Sheet Metal, Plumbing and Heating in Souris. On October 12, 1946 Bill married Roberta Strath. Together they raised their family of four children consisting of 2 sons and 2 daughters. In 1958 Bill and Roberta purchased a Dairy farm in the RM of Glenwood, Hebron District (Hayfield, MB). Together with their family, they ran a successful Dairy/Grain farm for 20 years. Shirelane Ayrshires was not only a well known farm name but a herd well known by many at the local fairs where Bill and his family showed their prized cattle and received awards to numerous to mention. In 1978, Bill & Roberta sold the Dairy and purchased a home in Souris and claimed they had retired. However, Bill never got the memo! Bill was able to remain at home until 6 weeks prior to his death. Bill was an active volunteer within his community. He donated countless hours of his time to the Souris Fair Board (since 1959), Souris Volunteer Fire Brigade and Souris Elks (B.P.O.E). He was a 4H Diary Club Leader, Milk Control Board Member, and both a President & Secretary for the Manitoba Aryshire Association just to name a few. Bill was predeceased by his parents Reginald & Nellie Dodd, his brother Jack Dodd, brothers- in-law Geordie, Russell & James Strath, son-in-law Brian Lee, sisters-in-law Hazel Dodd & Delsey Strath. Bill is survived by his wife of 66 years Roberta, as well as his children Doug (Linda) Dodd of Calgary, Allan (Doreen) Dodd of Souris, Bev Lee and Linda Dodd both of Okotoks. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren & 23 great grandchildren, as well as numerous in-laws, nieces & nephews. A memorial reception in honour of Bill will be held on January 12, 2013 from 2-4pm at the Royal Canadian Legion in Souris. A private family interment will be held at a later date. In Memory of Bill, may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba, 1160-675 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris MB in care of arrangements.
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“No greater man has ever lived, you are our hero”
DALTON: May Mackay Dalton, beloved wife of the late Jim Dalton entered into rest on January 9, 2013 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home at the age of 87 years. A private family service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Minnedosa Food Bank or a charity of choice. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
CAMPBELL: David Campbell, QC. Deceased: North Sydney, Nova Scotia, October 26, 2012. Born July 17, 1943, Dave grew up in Florence, Nova Scotia. He graduated from Sydney Mines High School and initially entered teaching as a career. He soon realized, however, that teaching was not his niche and in 1965, enrolled in St. Francis Xavier University. From May to August, 1966, Dave worked as a student minister in Birch River, Manitoba. That fall he started at United College, Winnipeg, became Senior Stick, and graduated in 1967 with a B.A. He then entered the faculty of law at Dalhousie, but transferred back to the U of M for his last two years. Dave articled with the Attorney General’s Department in Winnipeg, then moved to their office in Regina. After being told by a good friend of an opening in Brandon, he entered into private practice in 1975, where he excelled as a defence attorney. Mr. Justice Peter Morse commented, after a trial, that Dave’s cross-examination was the most brilliant he had witnessed over the course of his lengthy judicial career. Dave was awarded the honour of Queen’s Counsel in 1983. An avid reader of history and biographies, Dave somehow gained special privileges at the Winnipeg Public Library. This allowed him to borrow dozens of books at a time. That, in turn, led to two excursions to the south eastern United States in order to visit Civil War battlefields. As a result of his outward nature and wonderful sense of humour, Dave developed a wealth of close friends wherever he went. A man of many interests and talents, he was in constant demand as a dinner guest. His caricatures were a delight, as he possessed an uncanny ability to capture people’s hidden quirks. He joined Brandon’s Masonic Lodge and became a base drummer in the Shriner’s Pipes and Drums. He was also active in the Officers Mess where he loved playing Liars Dice. After running unsuccessfully for the Liberal Party in two federal elections, Dave was asked by a TV commentator why he thought he had lost. He grinned, immediately quipped, “Not enough people voted for me!”, then burst into uproarious laughter. Upon his return to Nova Scotia in 1991, Dave continued in private practice for some years, then worked for Legal Aid Nova Scotia. Mourning his loss are many, many friends and colleagues here in the west. He was one of a kind.
Fondly remembered,Garry and Colleen Miller
ARMSTRONG: Barrie “Barney” Armstrong of Hamiota, formerly of Cardale, Manitoba passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at his residence in Weslaco, Texas at the age of 78 years. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time. Remembrances and condolences can be emailed to raesfs@mts.netRae's Funeral Service of Shoal Lake are in care of arrangements (204) 759-2160.
WHITTINGTON: Margaret Elizabeth (Beth) died at the Brandon Regional Health centre on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the age of 93 years. Born November 2, 1919, at home on Douglas Street in Brandon, Manitoba, Beth was the fourth of five siblings born to Leonard and Margaret Ann Harriet Rous (Connolly). She attended King George School, Earl Haig Junior High and Brandon Collegiate where she met her future partner and best friend James Melville Whittington. Mel joined the RCAF in 1940 and was stationed at Trenton. Beth traveled to Toronto to meet him and they were married in a little Anglican church in 1941 with Mel’s family present and Beth’s eldest Brother, Ben, there to give her away. They moved to Brandon where Mel was stationed at the Commonwealth Air Training Base and worked as an airplane mechanic. Melissa was born in 1943 and so began Beth’s long career as homemaker and Mom. Their son, Jerry, didn’t arrive until March of 1951. With the addition of one dog, their family was now complete. Although Beth’s focus was primarily on her home and family, she did work outside the home for a while as a nursing assistant at the old Assiniboine Hospital and in home as the office assistant for Mel’s Oil and Gas service business which they ran out of their home on Douglas Street. They were active members of the Legion in Carberry when Mel worked for Plains Western Gas. Beth had the mind of an artist and a lifelong interest in fashion. She seldom ever left home looking less than well put together. Her other passions were fishing, having received a master Angler’s award, and golf. She enjoyed modelling clothes in fashion shows, painting, sewing and various arts and crafts as well as travel. She and Mel spent many winters in Texas after retiring and in 2010 she was privileged to cruise through the Panama Canal. In 2011, she saw the beautiful Hawaiian Islands and after having been wheeled to the beach at Waikiki, she climbed into an outrigger canoe and had the thrill of riding the surf. As a family we spent many happy hours at a lake water skiing, fishing, camping and just having fun. If there was one activity she loved the most, it had to be dancing and Mel was her perfect partner. Watching them glide across the floor was pure joy for us. Beth loved her family and had a special connection with her little ones. She regretted not having met some of her great grandbabies although through Facebook, she was able to see them all, knew their names. This was the way she got to know her granddaughters-in-law as well. Beth is survived by her daughter, Melissa Kusela; granddaughters Teresa Gibbons(husband Scott and their girls, Elora and Clara), Susan Lepp (husband Donald and their children Nicole and Russell), and Son, Gerald Whittington (Wife Kathy and their 6 children, Todd(Stacey and their daughters Allison, Mara and Emily), Andrew and son Kaleb, Joshua (Stacey), Brandon (Ashley and son Robbie), Devon Buske (husband Kyle and son, Logan) and Daughter Brittany. she was predeceased by her husband, Mel and all her siblings. The Ceremony to Celebrate Beth’s life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Saturday, January 12, 2013 (TODAY) at 1:30 p.m. Joe Ball, Hospital Chaplain will officiate. Interment will follow in the Brandon cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Beth to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1, 800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 6N5.
Expressions of sympathy may be made
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330
WOOD: On January 1, 2013 Helen J. Wood our beloved mother passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Helen was born September 11, 1906 in Winnipeg, the eldest daughter of Mary and Joseph Palmer. She attended school in Winnipeg and New Haven Connecticut. Mom's first employment was with the T. Eaton Co at age 14 and worked for many years for local area residents in both Winnipeg and Brandon. Mom married Albert Edwin (Bert) Wood in Winnipeg where they resided until after the birth of their first son. In 1928 Mom and Dad moved to Brandon where they completed their family of nine children. Mom was predeceased by her husband in 1986. After her family had grown Mom became active in many volunteer and community activities. She attended McDiramid Drive Alliance Church for many years, belonged to Barbershop Belles, Toastmistress Club and many others, including Pastime Bowling League and Baptist League and hung up her shoes 42 years later. Mom enjoyed many years with the Boy Scouts working with the Cubs as a leader, trainer, crafts, camping and being a role model for for many young scouters. The Silver Acorn was awarded to her by the Boy Scouts Org for distinguished service and her contribution to scouting, and was and honourary member of the 11th BP Guild. Mom loved to travel and went on many trips with her daughter Barbara to the west coast several times and other Canadian points along with trips to Hawaii. Gardening and the outdoors and her love for walking were always special to her. Mom is surved by her nine children, Donald(Alice) Wetaskiwin Ab, Kenneth of Hope BC, Richard of Langley BC, Ella Mamillan of Brandon, Catherine(Ernie)Wilcox of Brandon, Barbara of Brandon, Emily Sutherland of Maple Ridge BC. Brenda Wood of Brandon, Patricia(Gary) Wheeler of Sherwood Park AB, also 25 Grandchildren, 42 Great Grandchildren and several Great Great Grandchildren also nieces and nephews. Mom lived her 106 years of life to the fullest. She experienced so many changes in her lifetime by was never discouraged or daunted by them - she embraced them. Her positive attitude, kindness and legacy of being loving, courteous, respectful and forgiving will always be cherished.
She will be greatly missed and always remembered.
A celebration to honour Mom's life took place on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at McDiarmid Drive Church.
There's a place I've never seen beyond this world we know,A place I've only heard of but someday hope to go - It's not on any map, there are no roads to take me there, But it's a place of perfect peace where hearts are free from care. And though I understand some may be saddened when I leave,One day we'll meet again - that's what I believe... So now's my time to travel there, I think I'll wear a smile, I'll say goodbye to those I love, but only for a while.Knowing there are others who have traveled there alone, Who cannot wait to greet me and whisper "welcome home.
YABLONSKI: Sylvia Clemantine Yablonski passed away at the Kildonan Personal Care Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. The Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon, on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) with Fr. Jerzy Urbanski of St. Joseph’s Polish National Catholic Church officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Sylvia may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7M6. Complete obituary information to follow.
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