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GEORGISON: Halynna (Helene) ‘Lo’ Georgison (née Moniatowicz) November 7, 1914 – October 8, 2011. Apologies in advance, this tribute to our Baba, ‘Lo’ Georgison, will be almost as long as her wonderful life! She lived to see almost a century of change, even after telling anyone who would listen over the last 50 years, that “I’m not long for this world, kid”. She was a wonderful, kind friend, mother, sister and aunt – and to us, she was the best grandmother ever. People were naturally drawn to her - she had a magnetic personality, and made friends wherever she went. And, she was not your typical grandmother – she hated to cook, was a strict atheist, carried a back seat driver’s license, and story-time for us was full of graphic and colourful stories that one wouldn’t typically find in any children’s books. She was an ‘unconscious’ comedian, who could hold court with her wit and wisdom that made everyone laugh “Why make that donkey rich and me poor?”. Baba was born in an immigrant holding centre in Liverpool, England in 1914. That year, her father, Peter Moniatowicz, a Polish-Austrian immigrant, sent her expectant mother, Antonina Moniatowicz (née Koscielska), back home to her family in ‘old country’, as he was unable to find work as a labourer in Brandon to support his burgeoning family. But the ship only made it to Liverpool when Great War broke out - leaving Antonina, stranded there, while she awaited passage back to Canada. She gave birth to her daughter, and they were placed on the SS Virginian, and sent home. When they arrived back in Brandon, Baba’s mother suggested they call their baby Virginia, as a lovely tribute to the ship they sailed on. To which her husband replied “No child of mine is going to be named after a boat!”. So Halynna it was. (Although her teenage nickname, ‘Lo’ stuck, after she was seen on the arm of a boy named ‘Hi’). Soon after Baba, came 4 more children, 2 sisters who died at a young age, then Stan and Alice. The family grew up in the north end of Brandon – the Flats. Home to the poorest of poor immigrants – a mixture of Germans, Poles, Jews, Austrians and Ukrainians, etc. – but to hear Baba tell it, it was the most wonderful place on earth. Baba was a born storyteller, and we grew up on her vivid accounts of life on ‘the Flats’. Tales that held us positively spellbound – told over and over again for forty-plus years, until they became legendary to us kids. Stories of the floods, the poverty, the mysteries, the happy times, and of course the dances at the many local halls. Baba moved to Souris when she was 18, and took a job at the Candlan House general store by the train station. It was there that she met her best friend, Inez Georgison, and Inez’s brother Ted, a mechanic, who was to be her future husband. She and Ted married in March, 1936, and had their son, Teddy on Christmas Day the same year. They spent 10 years in Souris, where Ted worked 3 jobs. After the war, they moved to Brandon, where they set up shop with Inez and her husband, Doke Korkie, in the auto parts business. In the early 50s, Baba and our dad, Teddy, went to Vancouver to stay with her sister Alice while our grampa, Ted, stayed in Brandon to build Wheat City Auto Wrecking and a house for them to live in, on 18th Street. Together with their son, Teddy, they expanded the business to add a car dealership, Georgison Auto Mart, in the mid-60s. They then transformed the property into a hotel, restaurant, bar and beer vendor in 1972. From the time the 3 of us came along in the 60s, Baba and Grampa were omnipresent in our lives. We spent every weekend, every school holiday, and the better part of every summer with them up at Clear Lake. My brothers and I often refer to this time as the golden years. Baba was pre-deceased by her father in 1966, her mother in 1979, her brother Stan in 1980, her son, Teddy in 1988, her husband, Ted in 1993, and her sister Alice in 2002. But, she never complained – she always considered herself lucky and fortunate. She’s gone “Off to happy hunting ground” now, but she’s left us with a rich legacy that will ensure she lives on. A celebration of her life will occur on Saturday May 19, 2012 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at Kin Village, 1511 Rosser Avenue, Brandon MB, in the coffee room. Tea, coffee and light snacks will be served.
HUNT: Brian David, 60 years, beloved brother of Bob, Bill, Bert Hunt, and Doreen Logeot, died in the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre on Monday, January 30, 2012. Graveside funeral service will be held at the Riverside Cemetery, Hartney, Manitoba on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception at the Hartney Centennial Centre. In memory of Brian, donations may be made to the Hartney Community Health Centre or to the Manitoba Lung Association. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at dkowalchuk@mts.net.
KNUDSEN: Esther Knudsen passed away peacefully with her daughter Linda by her side on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at the age of 91 years. Beloved wife of the late Ejner Knudsen and dear mother of Linda (Ivan) Baker, Heather (John) Boucher, Don Knudsen and Colleen Carson. Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens on Monday May 14, 2012 at 2.00 p.m. with Pastor Jason Zinko of Redeemer Lutheran Church officiating. Urn bearers will be great grandchildren Kolby Chen and Camryn Baker. Donations may be made to Valleyview Sunshine fund c/o Valleyview Care Center, 3015 Victoria Ave, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 2K2.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
MARTENS: Passed away at the Baldur Health Centre on Wednesday May 9, 2012 at the age of 92 years, August Antoine Martens of Baldur, MB. August leaves to mourn his passing his three sons Henry (Edith) Martens, Leon (Angela) Martens, & Rene (Melody) Martens all of Baldur, two daughters Betty (Dennis) Turner of Killarney & Linda (Kevin) McGill of Killarney, 19 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins & friends. He is also survived by a brother Gerry (Antoinette) Martens of Brandon, sisters-in-law Tina Meuller, Simona DeBoes & Leona DeBoes and by a brother-in-law Leon (Mary Jane) DeBoes, all of Brantford Ont. August was predeceased by his wife Anna (nee DeBoes), parents Henri & Sylvia, sisters Maria Wytinck, Clara DeSmet & Madeleine DeVlieger, brother Maurice & an infant brother Rene and by an infant brother-in-law Leon. Prayers will be held on Sunday May 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm in the Willmor Chapel, Glenboro, MB. Mass of the Christian Burial will take place on Monday May 14, 2012 at 11:00 am in the St. James Catholic Church, Baldur MB, with Father Phillip Malayil as Celebrant. Interment to follow in the Baldur Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in August’s memory to a charity of choice.
On line condolences can be sent to
jamiesonsfuneralser@mts.net. Jamieson’s Funeral Services of Baldur-Glenboro in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.
McMANUS: Barbara Jean McManus, nee Gordon passed away peacefully at the age of 60 in the Neepawa hospital on May 2, 2012. Barb was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 19, 1951. She was the eldest daughter of Beth and Earle Gordon. In her early years, Barb was very involved in the Minnedosa United church junior and senior choirs and the CGIT (Canadian Girls in Training). She was a farm girl at heart. Barb had her horse, Beauty, who she loved to ride and also to hang out at Wes Ferguson's farm. Following her education in Minnedosa, Barb moved to Winnipeg where she began her career in the financial world at the Winnipeg Stock Exchange and then on to the TD Bank where she would spend the next 34 years, both in Winnipeg and Brandon. During her time at the TD bank, Barb spent many long hours studying to become a certified financial planner. After retiring from TD, she took a joint position with the Neepawa and Minnedosa Credit Union. Barb had a great love for music, old movies, cooking, wine, family, the three little grandsons and friends. You could always count on a great meal and an abundance of food and laughter around Barb's table. Her battle with cancer was fought with dignity and courage. Barb never complained as she always had a smile on her face. She was so blessed to have Raymond, her family and such good friends at her side. Left to continue the journey are, Barb's soul mate, Raymond McManus, Raymond's children, Jayme, Boyd and wife Raechell, three grandchildren, Hudson, Linken and Cooper. Siblings, Doug Gordon and wife Evelyn, Ruth Spencer and husband Bob, John Gordon and wife Norma. Nieces and nephew, Shauna husband Andrew, Kenneth wife DawnDena, Nicole, Jennifer and Tayler. Great niece, Mackenzie. Numerous cousins from far a near and a lifetime of good friends. Barb was predeceased by her parents Beth and Earle Gordon and is now a special guardian angel to great niece Keeva Helen Gordon who passed away recently.
"It is not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years."
Service to celebrate Barb's life was held Monday, May 7, 2012 at the United Church in Minnedosa. Minnedosa Funeral Service in care of arrangements.
PERRIN: Inez P. Perrin of Virden, Manitoba passed away at WestMan Nursing Home, Virden Tuesday; May 8, 2012 at the age of 91 years. Funeral service will be held from St. Paul's United Church, Virden Monday; May 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Lydia Glawson officiating. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to WestMan Nursing Home Remembrance Fund, Virden Health Auxiliary Remembrance Fund or to the charity of your choice in memory of Inez.
E-mail messages of condolenceor sign the on-line Book of Condolences at carscaddenfuneralchapel.com
G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
RATZ: Gordon Leslie: October 3, 1927 - May 4, 2012. Gordon peacefully passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre Palliative Care Unit on Friday, May 4, 2012 after a brief but courageous battle with leukemia with his family by his side. Born on the Ratz family farm four miles south west of Margaret, Manitoba to Edward and Sophia (Prueter) Ratz, Gordon was the second youngest child. Predeceased by his father in 1950, first wife Eileen in 1974 and mother in 1975 as well as brothers Harvey, John, Ken and sisters Betty and Dorothy; Gordon is survived by his present wife Evelyn, sister Ethel Clark, six stepchildren and their extended families. Gordon spent his childhood years on the family farm where he attended Alcester, Riverside and Daly Union Schools until he was age sixteen. It was at that time that he farmed at home with his dad and brothers until 1968 when he left to work away from home. Over Gordon's working years he had several jobs that included driving fuel trucks, working at the feed plant and in various wood working related businesses, spending his last twelve years as maintenance personnel for the provincial government where he retired at age 65. Gordon was married to his first wife Eileen until her time of passing and later went on to marry Evelyn (Gratton) in 1979 where the two of them spent many happy years in Brandon. Gord took on the huge undertaking of building his own home with the help of a few close friends and he lovingly referred to it as the "Ratz nest." In their retirement years Gordon and Evelyn enjoyed two trips to Hawaii, one to Ontario and many trips to Alberta and B.C. to visit family and friends. Gord loved his fishing, lakeside cottage life, curling and the odd golf game. He loved to watch a game of baseball or curling on T.V. and was an armchair professional at both. Gordon was very famous amongst his family and friends for his prime rib roast of beef - no one will ever be able to match it! Gordon loved to spend many hours in his garden and when it came to growing tomatoes Gordie took the prize! He was a quiet spoken, loving and dedicated man but if there was a topic to debate he could hold up his end with a respected opinion. Gordon belonged to the Royal Canadian Legion and the Army and Navy Clubs where he had many great friends over the years. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him and never forgotten. The Funeral Service was held at Memories Chapel on Friday, May 11, 2012. Rev. Glenna Beauchamp officiated. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Gordon may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation - Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
ROSS: We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Allan Craig Ross of Brandon.  After an extremely courageous battle against cancer, Allan passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 10, 2012  at the age of 63. Allan leaves to celebrate his life his wife Sally; his three sons: Mark, Jeff (Jen), and Jordan (Kath); five grandchildren: Haidyn, Caleb, Morgan, Dawson, and Micah; two brothers: Doug (Joan) of Spruce Grove, AB. and twin brother Murray (Jackie) of Vancouver, BC.; brother-in-law Ed Turner (Melanie) of Kelowna and sister-in-law Susan Widing of Winfield, B.C.; also many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, extended families, and friends. He was predeceased by many family members and friends but would like to mention his father Lloyd in 1951, his mother Enid in 2006, and brother-in-law Juha Widing in 1984. Allan’s life was always full of adventure, surprises, accomplishments, challenges and rewards. He defined family, love, strength and courage. His passion for life, sense of humor, and his unwavering ability to enjoy each and every day as a gift inspired so many, especially over the last few years. Allan shared his journey through cancer with his family and friends with a positive attitude and overwhelming braveness. Allan's greatest joy was his family. He was very proud of his three sons and five grandchildren. Allan enjoyed this life’s journey and would not have changed a thing.  Even though his life was short he was very grateful for the opportunities he had, and for the people that he met in his life. He truly lived by his words of wisdom:  Live One Day At A Time, Stay Healthy, Smile and Give Someone A Hug Today! The Funeral Service to celebrate Allan’s life will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. from Central United Church, 327 8th Street, Brandon. A reception will follow at the Victoria Inn Grand Salon, 3550 Victoria Ave. West. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Palliative Care Unit”, or “Sense of Home Building Campaign” 150 McTavish Ave. Brandon, MB. R7A 2B3. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home, Melita (522-3361). Kurt Ardron & Neil Redpath - Funeral Directors.
To send condolencesor special memoriesto the family, please visit: www.redpathfuneralhome.com
Nobody can go back and start a New Beginning........But anyone can start today and make a new ending....... Maria Robinson
SCLATER:Mary Marjorie Sclater (nee Johnston), 83, passed away quietly with her son and daughter by her side in the Assiniboine Health Centre, Brandon on April 2, 2012. Mary was born September 26, 1928 in Ninga, Manitoba. She grew up in her beloved village enjoying all things little girls loved to do ~ going to school, playing softball and summer visits at her cousin's farm. When Mary left home, she ventured north to her first job as store clerk in the Rapid City grocery store. It was here that she met Albert Sclater. In June 1949, they were married and after honeymooning in Niagara Falls, they lived on the Sclater farm at Pettapiece. In 1950 Tommy was born, and a year later they moved to Floors Siding, six miles west of Pettapiece. Mary and Ab raised Tom, Ron and Aeleen at Floors, moving to their new home in Rivers in 2002. Through the years Mary and Albert enjoyed being with friends, dancing, curling, golfing, card games, camping and travelling local and afar including Scotland, England, Alaska and New York. The place they loved best was their own yard where they watched the birds and wildlife throughout the seasons. Mary took great pride in her home, yard, garden and appearance ~ never a hair out of place! She worked tirelessly and after the work was completed to her satisfaction, the reward was relaxation with Ab on the patio surrounded by her beautiful flowers, bbq'ing and enjoying a cold beer. Even though Mary was particular and proper with everything 'just so', she so enjoyed a good laugh. Coffee with the neighbouring "Tea Bags" was definitely a joy she looked forward to their last years at Floors. Birthday lunches with Barbara and Marianne were special times for her. Mary valued community and participated in many groups in Pettapiece, Oak River and Rivers. Her dedication and commitment to committee work, as well as strong organizational skills fulfilled a great part of her life. She was particularly active in all levels of the 4-H program; from local, to provincial, to national taking her on travels to all parts of the country. She was extremely proud of the 4-H Ambassadors. Mary enthusiastically chaired the RM Blanshard Centennial Committee in 1984. She took part in many roles of the Rivers Legion Auxiliary, thoroughly enjoying the camaraderie of members near and far, especially the many car trips with Shirley. Mary's beautiful soprano voice made her a valued member of church choirs through the years. She had great faith and supported her church loyally. Mom loved her children and grandchildren so much and supported them in all their endeavours. She dedicated her life to making a good home for her family in every aspect. There was nothing as good as a family Sunday supper at Mom's. Much of what was served had been grown in her garden, canned and preserved. Mary was predeceased by her husband Albert; son Ronald; parents Homer and Annie Johnston; Albert's parents Ronald and Jessie Sclater; brother Ken (Grace); sister Aeleen (Mac Fritzley); brother Kelly (Bertha); brother-in-law Jack Bird; niece Darlene (Johnston) Chapman; great niece Dainah (Johnston) Draper; sister- in-law Lillian (Bob Kennell); and sister-in-law Mina (Jack Treleaven). Surviving are Mary's sister Norma Bird; son Tom (Lynda); daughter Aeleen (Murray Kernaghan); grandchildren Susan, Sarah, Bryna (Frank), Matthew (Raeanna), John, Jesse; great grandson Samuel; nieces, nephews; great nieces and nephews; the Dunns; and many dear friends.Mary strived to live as long as she possibly could as she didn't want to miss a thing. She was little but mighty. She was able to remain in her own home, as to her wishes, thanks to her neighbour Lois, her 'angel on earth'; her family, friends and the many caregivers and services in the community. In the last few years in her home, Mary loved to sit and watch the birds; enjoyed visits from whomever popped in; family get togethers and many television programs. Mary's celebration of life was held Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at Rivers United Church with Rev. Glenna Beauchamp officiating. Granddaughter Bryna Sclater spoke about "little Grandma" on behalf of the grandchildren with a parting message that Grandma will never miss a future family gathering because she will always be there in our hearts. Mary's son Tom was urn bearer at the church and daughter Aeleen at graveside. Mary was laid to rest next to her husband in Pettapiece Cemetery. Donations in memory of Mary may be made to the Rivers United Church, P.O. Box 444, Rivers, MB R0K 1X0 or to the Manitoba 4-H Endowment Fund Foundation, c/o Dawn Krinke, 1129 Queens Crescent, Brandon, MB, R7A 1L9 or to a charity of choice. Expressions of sympathy may be made atwww.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Center, 727-0330.
STANSALL: David Wayne. Wayne passed away on April 27, 2012 at the Souris Health Centre. Wayne was born April 12, 1959 in Deloraine and was raised and attended school in Hartney. He was considered an entrepreneur from a very young age, starting with a paper route, carpentry and then the passion of his life, agriculture sales. He worked for Co-op Implements in both Hartney and Portage then moving on to Tweeds, Bourgault as a product specialist, then to Atkinson Implements for many years and most recently at Miller Farm Equipment. Wayne was a Legion and Elks member and actively involved in his community. He loved the great outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and trips on his motorcycle. Wayne was predeceased by his parents John and Marion Stansall, and infant daughter Joselyn and nephew Jon. Wayne is survived by his wife Geri, Son Andrew (Natasha) grandchildren Madison, Peyton, India and Jackson, sons Greg, Danny and Scorr. Sister Marion (Keith) and Jason, mother-in-law Alice, brother- in-law Randy (Linda), sister-in-law Lillian (Marty), brother-in-law Boxer, (Maureen), sister-in-law Monica (Conrad) and numerous nieces and nephews. A service was held May 3, 2012 at the Hartney Centennial Centre at 2:00 pm followed by interment at the Riverside Cemetery and lunch at the Centennial Centre. Donations in memory of Wayne may be made to the Hartney Legion or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
BARRIT: Carolyn Barrit, beloved Mother of Shawn and Michelle, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the age of 57 years. The Funeral Service will be held at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Ghost, 59-11th Street North, on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with the Very Reverend Father Michael Skrumeda officiating. Interment will take place at the Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin, Manitoba. Donations in memory of Carolyn may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
HOPKINS: Parry Blair Hopkins passed away on May 8, 2012 at the age of 40 years. Funeral service will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Minnedosa, MB. Interment will take place in the Clanwilliam Lutheran Cemetery. Donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
BRADY: Joshua Jordan Brady, beloved son of Darcy and Natalie, brother of Ryan, Natasha, Melinda and Melissa, grandson of Murielle and Ted Brady, Marie and Peter and great- grandson of Evelyn Brady, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the age of 21 years. Prayers will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. Donations in memory of Joshua may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
BOURDEAU D'HUI: The death of George Gustaf Bourdeau D'Hui, beloved husband of Josephine occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, May 7, 2012. A private family graveside ceremony will be held at the Brandon Cemetery at a later date. Complete obituary to follow.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
MELBOURNE: Alice Martha Melbourne (nee Harkness) 1917 - 2012. On Monday May 7, 2012 at Tabor Home in Morden, MB Alice Melbourne aged 95 years went to her eternal rest. She leaves to mourn her passing her son, Ross and his wife, Lucinda Melbourne and her granddaughter, Kathryn. She was predeceased by her husband, Russell Melbourne. Funeral service will be held on Saturday May 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.at Wiebe Funeral Chapel 1050 Thornhill St. in Morden with interment at the Darlingford Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Alice’s memory to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. Wiebe Funeral Chapel, MordenIn care of arrangements, 822-4755. www.wiebefuneralhomes.com
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