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POLVI: Isabelle “Joyce” passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on March 6, 2012 at the age of 71. Joyce was born in Minitonas, Manitoba on the 27th of May, 1940. She was the firstborn to Virgil and Isabel Flanders. She was followed by her brother, Edwin. Virgil moved the family to Brandon when he got work at the Brandon Mental Hospital as a Male Nurse. Joyce was married to Ernie Dooley from 1962 to 1985. They had two children, Kim and Chris. During their marriage, there were lots of family holidays. Every summer they would spend their time at Lot 4 in Curran Park. The family holiday would last two weeks and go in any direction. Ernie and Joyce were on a 5-pin bowling league for many years and they also coached Kim’s Softball team for several years. Joyce met Rod Polvi and they were married in 1990 on the back deck at their home. Their life consisted of many dogs. Joyce would fall in love with any puppy and would beg Rod to let her have them. She was maxed out at two at a time. For 35 years, she worked at MTS. Initially she was a telephone operator working shift work, however, in time she moved into a clerical position were she was able to work day shifts only. She was very active in the Telephone Pioneers. Joyce really enjoyed the work and the social aspects that were part of life at MTS. She also welcomed the regular rewards that came with years of service as she acquired quite a set of rings signifying years of service while at MTS. Joyce started working at the neighbourhood 7-11 during the last few years of her working at MTS. Again, she enjoyed the social aspect and quickly became “Grandma” to so many of the neighbourhood kids. She made 7-11 a full time job there for another two – three years. Of course, she was always about the jewellery; she received a watch for her five years of service before retiring.Rod always said that he came in third in her heart – grandkids and her dogs above him. Rod and Joyce supplied unlimited support to her grandchildren. She was known for her version of Poutine which she called Poutinni. She will always be remembered by Shane for her “Fluffy Salad” that she made every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Joyce was famous for her keen, if somewhat barbed, sense of humour. You knew she loved you when she called you by some portion of your anatomy rather than your name. Joyce had many hobbies, which included knitting and crocheting, reading novels and she adapted quickly to the technology of computers. She was on Facebook keeping in constant contact with many family and friends. Her favourite time of the year was when curling started. In fact, prior to her passing away, she insisted on having a TV so she could watch The Brier. Joyce was a caregiver not only to her grandchildren, but also to her parents. When they moved into Fairview, she would visit daily and would always take care of their laundry. Joyce enjoyed her robust health until 2010 when she was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. She had a successful surgery. The follow-up chemotherapy left Joyce with a terrible reaction to the treatment. Thankfully, she recovered and came home. Rod set aside so much in order to take care of Joyce. He was truly her rock. Joyce needed that support as she never completely recovered from the ordeal with the cancer. In mid-February, she was admitted back to the hospital with acute pain and underwent another surgery. This time infection set in. Joyce fought for about three weeks before succumbing on Tuesday the 6th of March. Her son Chris was able to fly in to see her during her stay in ICU. Rod, Kim and her fiancé Shane were at her bedside holding her hands at the end. She was pre-deceased by her brother Edwin Flanders in 1972, father Virgil Flanders in 2001 and mother Isabel followed only six months later. Her puppies Chancy, Brandy and Tyche. She has left behind a loving husband, Rod Polvi, daughter Kim (Shane), son Chris (Heather) and four grandchildren Aaron, Nicole, Madisen and Memphis. Joyce will also be missed by her beloved puppies, Charleigh and Maggie and by her colleagues from MTS as well her extended family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3.
God looked around his gardenAnd found an empty spaceThen He looked down uponThis earth to see your tired faceHe put his arms around youAnd lifted you to restGod’s garden must be beautifulHe only takes the best.
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McPHAIL: Shirley Jean (nee Dowker). A Celebration of Shirley’s Life will be held at Central United Church, 327 8th Street on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Shirley passed away Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon. Shirley was born March 13, 1931 at the Boissevain hospital to parents Goldie and Annie Dowker. She grew up on the family farm just north of Waskada, Manitoba. After her schooling she moved to Brandon for work and met Archie, they were married December 27, 1958. Shirley is survived by her husband Archie, son Alex, daughter-in-law Sylvia and their children Caroline and Katie, daughter Darlene, son-in-law George McPherson and their children Mitchell and Nicola, sister Helen Hannah, sisters-in-law Donna Agnew and Edith McPhail, as well as extended family members. She was predeceased by her parents, Goldie and Annie Dowker, sister Margaret Ross, brother Clinton Dowker, brothers-in-law Ron McPhail, Mac McPhail, Dick Ross, Doug Hannah, Hinds Agnew and Archie’s parents Alex and Effie McPhail. A private interment was held at Humesville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends who desire may make a donation in memory of Shirley to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation “A Sense of Home”, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or to Humesville Cemetery, R.M. of Elton, Forrest, MB, R0K 0W0.
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McDONALD: Gwen, beloved wife of Richard and loving mother of Delea, passed away peacefully with family by her side on March 27, 2012. Gwen was born to Walter and Hedwick Kihn in Wynyard, SK on August 27, 1944. She spent her childhood in Jansen, SK. After completing high school, she obtained her teaching certificate and taught in many small towns in Saskatchewan. She met the love of her life, Richard, in Swift Current and they were married on July 18, 1970. They welcomed their daughter Delea on July 18, 1975. Through the years, they lived in several small towns across the prairies until they settled in Brandon in 1986. Gwen had retired from teaching to raise Delea. Once in Brandon, Gwen worked for home care for 25 years before retiring in 2010. Throughout her lifetime, Gwen was active in many sports and clubs such as the Lions and Kinettes. During the summer, you could always find her outside puttering in one of her many flowerbeds. She and Richard enjoyed travelling across Canada, and other countries seeking new experiences and adventures with friends and family. She was predeceased by her father, Walter Kihn, her father and mother-in-law Hector and Macey McDonald. She is survived by her husband Richard, daughter Delea (Alden) Moreau, her mother Hedwick Kihn, brothers Tom (Laurie) Kihn, Wally (Beryl) Kihn, sister-in-law Roberta (Roger) Desautels, step granddaughter Kristie (Wade) Harvey, step great grandchildren Lincoln and Sofia Harvey. She will be sadly missed by her best friend and soul sister Adele (Wayne) Warren and nephew David Warren, along with several other brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Out of respect for Gwen’s wishes, cremation has taken place with no service to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gwen’s memory may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Palliative Care,” 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Room ON1160, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9.
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MANSFIELD: William “Bill” Frederick Mansfield of Forrest, Manitoba passed away on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012, in Donna, Texas at the age of 65 years. His wife Pat was by his side. A Celebration of Bill’s Life and service will be held when they return home. Full obituary to follow.
LEECH: Eva Patricia (Pat) Leech, passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre on March 30, 2012. Arrangements are pending with Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services (204) 727-0694.
LUMSDEN: Helen (Hoath) Lumsden, age 87, passed away March 29, 2012. Funeral will be held on Saturday, March 31, at 2:00 p.m. at Neepawa United Church, Neepawa, MB.
LACQUEMENT: Ina Belle Lacquement, beloved wife of the late Edmond Lacquement and dear mother of Doreen (Richard) Bruce, Liz (Bruce) Batt, Gordon “Red” Lacquement (deceased) and daughter-in-law, Marion Lacquement, passed away peacefully at her residence, Fairview Home, on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the age of 93 years. A Celebration of Ina’s Life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with Mr. Lawrence McInnes, Funeral Celebrant, officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery in the Veterans’ Section. Donations in memory of Ina may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 1K2 or to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Manitoba Branch, Unit 1-452 Dovercourt Dr., Winnipeg, MB, R3Y 1G4. Complete obituary information to follow.
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KRISTALOVICH: Phinnette Kristalovich of Sandy Lake, MB passed away at the Minnedosa Health Centre on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at the age of 80 years. Phinnette is survived by daughters Donna (Dr. Ed) Connors of Orillia, Ont., Rose (Barry) Gray of Brandon, MB, sons: Barry of Sandy Lake, MB, Ken (Holly) of Strathmore, AB, son-in-law Jim (Terry) McKerchar of Richer, MB, daughter-in-law Julie Mildenberger of Shoal Lake, MB, twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Phinnette was predeceased by her husband Zenon, son Leonard and daughter Edith McKerchar. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church, Sandy Lake with Fr. Emil Kardasinec officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Prayers will be said Monday, April 2, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. from the church. If friends do desire, donations may be made to the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church, Sandy Lake.
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Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of arrangements. (204) 759-2160.
HUNT: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother Olive May Hunt (Brown). Mom left us peacefully at her residence in Birch Personal Care Home on Monday, March 12/2012 with family by her side. She was the eldest daughter born to Chris and Alma Brown on November 14, 1919 in Oakner, MB. Mom was raised along side her 7 siblings on the home farm by Oakner. She had to quit school at the age of 15 after her father had taken ill. Being the oldest she was needed to help run the family farm until her younger brother Gordon was old enough to take over. Mom worked for several families in the Kenton and Oakner area and even spent some time in Winnipeg. From caring for children, housekeeping and helping during harvest she helped out and found work wherever she could. She married our father, Stanley Hunt, on April 18th, 1942 at Kenton. They farmed for five years. Then in 1947, they moved into Kenton where they lived above the café until they moved the Kinsmore School into town and remodeled it for their home where they lived for the next 45 years. Mom and Dad had 6 children. Mom spent much of her time raising her family and keeping boarders. She enjoyed curling, was a part of the Pythian Sisters, UCW, and the Kenton Leisure Club. She was a 4-H sewing leader for 5 years and helped out with the different sporting organizations that her children were involved in. She loved gardening, which led her to work for Stan and Ellen Gould in their greenhouse for a few years and then at Ivey’s Greenhouse in Virden for a couple more years. In February of 1992, Mom and Dad moved to Lilac Residence in Hamiota. In April of that year they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary then in July of 1992 our father passed away. After Dad’s passing Mom remained in Lilac where she helped deliver mail, enjoyed playing cards and bingo, participated in the “Buddy Program” with Grade 3 students from the Hamiota School and volunteered at the hospital Diabetic Clinic. In August, 2009 Mom moved into Birch Personal Care Home. The Doctors and staff at Birch took very good care of Mom. They always said she was a gem to look after. Never complaining and always had a sense of humor right up to the end. She was predeceased by her husband Stan, infant daughter Beverly, parents Chris and Alma Brown, brothers Reginald and Jim Brown, sister Flora Brown, sister-in-law Noreen Brown and bother-in-law Dooley Dryden. She is survived by her children and their spouses - Richard, Ken (Barb), Chris (Elaine), Charlene Schafer (Bill), Gwenda Skayman (Kelvin Tiller) – her 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren and by her brothers Gordon (Mary), Cecil, Wilf (Georgina) and sister Lottie Dryden, as well as brother-in-law Roy Brown, sister-in-law Donna Brown and by the surviving Hunt family members. Her sense of humor and laughter never left her. She taught us all life lessons and filled our lives with happiness. She lived a long and happy life, full of family and friends. Mom, you are loved, you are greatly missed and will be forever in our hearts. A celebration of Mom’s life was held at Hamiota United Church on Monday, March 19, 2012 conducted by Rev. Rachel Robinson. The interment took place at Hamiota Cemetery prior to the service. Donations in Mom’s memory can be made to: Birch Personal Care Home, Hamiota, Manitoba, R0M 0T0. Funeral arrangements were with Campbell Funeral Home in Hamiota.
DARVILL: Leonard George Darvill better known to those who loved him most as Len, Dad, Gramps, and Uncle Len passed away peacefully on March 18th, 2012. Born in Brandon Manitoba on May 21st, 1931 Len worked the better part of his life for Canadian Pacific Transportation. In 1965 he moved his family to the coast and settled in Vancouver. Predeceased by his wife Fay (July 1998) Len is survived by his daughter Kathy, his son Don, grandsons Peter and Steve (Kathleen) and great grand daughter Jillian. A devoted family man, Len was one of those guys that everyone took an instant liking to. He enjoyed a good hockey game and had a life long love of the game of cribbage actively competing in two different leagues. For the past decade Len travelled back to his home town of Brandon to spend the summer with his sister Joan and her husband, his best friend Murray. It was a trip he looked forward to making every year. He will be sadly missed by his entire family and his friends. A quiet man in life, his actions spoke volumes. His kindness and generosity were his trademark and for that he will never be forgotten.
Rest in peace Dad. We love you.
COUTTS: George Lount Coutts (1916-2012) is at a well-earned rest. In his 96th year, George passed away peacefully on Monday, March 19, 2012 with the last check mark placed beside his considerable list of ‘things to do’. His service took place Thursday, March 22, 2012 at the Melita Legion Hall and he is interred at the Melita Cemetery. George served his country with pride. With the Winnipeg Grenadiers, he was taken prisoner at the doomed defense of Hong Kong during World War II. He was honoured by King and Country for “gallant and distinguished service” during four years in prison camp – credited with saving the lives of many of his comrades during those terrible years. He served whichever community he lived in when duty called for municipal council, school board, hospital board, and many other such committees – willing and able to help make the difficult decisions demanded of local leadership. He served his family best of all by providing an example of how a man should live his life. And his family grew as the years passed, as he became father and grandfather to the extended community who knew him as “a man to love and respect”. He was a loving husband to Margaret and Mona for a total of 68 years. He was a loving father to Larry, Resby, Francis, and Bruce – providing guidance by his words but more often by his actions. He was a loving grandfather and great- grandfather (directly) to 20 – but to many, many more than that when he extended his love and affection to every child in his acquaintance.
And now he is at rest!
Tribute donations to the memory of George L. Coutts can be made to The War Amps of Canada, 2827 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON. K1A 0C4; Melita Palliative Care Fund, Box 459, Melita, MB. R0M 1L0; Curling For Life Endowment Fund, c/o The Winnipeg Foundation, 1350-One Lombard Place, Winnipeg, MB. R3B 0X3 or to any charity which has significance for you. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home - Melita (522-3361) Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron - Directors.
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CANTELO: Harold Raymond of Brandon, Manitoba, beloved husband of Eva Jean and beloved father of Laura Furnival (Lindsay), Donna Chacun (Henry), Carol Nagorski (Ken), John Cantelo and daughter-in-law Diane Cantelo. Grandchildren, Shawna, Michelle, Tyea, Tegan, Nadège and Jolene. Great grandchildren, Danna, Larz and Aurick. Harold was predeceased by his son-in-law Allan Furnival, daughter Mary Cantelo, son Clarence Cantelo and grandchildren Christopher and Christine Cantelo. Harold passed away peacefully at his residence Rideau Park Personal Care Home on March 26, 2012 at the age of 86 years. Cremation has taken place and burial will take place at a later date.
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COCHRANE: Elva Jean (McKenzie) Cochrane. Peacefully, with birds singing outside her window, Elva Jean (McKenzie) Cochrane passed away at Fairview Home in Brandon, Manitoba on March 3, 2012. Born in Portage la Prairie, on September 23, 1936, to Frederick and Elva McKenzie of High Bluff, Manitoba. Jean was raised in their Portage la Prairie home, built by her father, while he worked on the McKenzie family farm in High Bluff. Her McKenzie Scottish roots were a proud part of her life which she later passed onto her children. As a young child, Jean also developed a love and appreciation of dolls which followed her throughout her life. Educated in Portage la Prairie, she then moved to Winnipeg to work at Atomic Transfer as a receptionist. She met her future husband Neil Cochrane in Portage la Prairie while he was stationed at the base. They married June 16, 1956 in Portage la Prairie. As Neil followed opportunities in his welding trade, they lived in Winnipeg for a short time before moving to Glenboro, Carberry and lastly Brandon where they raised their family of three children Laurie, Fred and Ken. Neil worked at Behlen, Simplot and lastly as welding instructor at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School while Jean stayed at home to take care of their growing family. Family summer vacations were enjoyed camping at Blue Lakes when they were not at a rural auction somewhere in Manitoba. As her children grew up and started their own lives, she was employed at the Royal Oak Inn gift shop, and the Green Leaf as she was so interested in plants and cacti. They both enjoyed collecting antique lamps and othercollectables. But Mom's primary interest was in jewellery, glassware, and her longstanding love of dolls. These interests fostered the beginning of some of the best friendships she so enjoyed until the last years of her life. She was well respected for her vast knowledge of antiques which was put to use when she worked at Donogh Antiques Gallery for many years. Jean made friends quickly and people admired her for her honesty and integrity. Over the years, the many visits from family and friends was often proudly spoken of. Her home, especially her backyard, was the place she enjoyed the most. Here her passion for birds, squirrels and gardening was reflected proudly in her roses and cacti. She could not resist a new and unusual plant, especially if it was purple, or a new rose without buying it for her garden. She shared this garden time with her many dogs and her pet birds especially her dog Bonnie. Jean is survived by her children, Laurie (Ron) Ball, Fred Cochrane, Ken (Claudette) McKenzie-Cochrane; her grandchildren Scott (Nadia) Ball, Angie (Mike) Glover, Neale and Jessica Cochrane, Katlyn, Amber and Mia McKenzie-Cochrane; as well as her great- grandchildren Elizabeth, Chase and Jett Ball, Kayden and Asher Glover. She was pre-deceased by her parents Fred and Elva, as well as her loving husband Neil Cochrane. A special note of thanks to her special friends and caring staff who became friends, at the Fairview Home. Your kind words, conversations and exceptional care for Jean will always be remembered by her family. A Memorial Reception was held in her honor at Memories Chapel on Saturday, March 10, 2012. Many friends and family reminisced the fond times they shared with her. Jean's family wishes to thank everyone for the many cards, beautiful flowers, care packages and condolences sent to us. Your thoughtfulness will always be remembered and appreciated. Donations in Jean's honor may be made to the Humane Society, 2200 17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6. A private interment will be held at the McKenzie Family Cemetery in High Bluff Manitoba at a later date. She will forever restpeacefully... finally at home at High Bluff.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
BYERS: The death of Anna (Ann) Byers occurred in Brandon on March 25, 2012. Anna was born on December 9, 1910. In 1933, Anna married Mike Byers. Anna and Mike loved to travel and spent winters in Arizona. She also enjoyed fishing, the outdoors, shuffleboard, gardening, knitting and crocheting. Anna was predeceased by her husband Mike on October 21, 1997, her parents John and Tillie Serwonka, brothers Walter, Stanley, Joe and sister Catherine Poets. Left to mourn her passing are numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, on Friday, March 30, 2012 with Rev. Jim Brown of St. George’s Anglican Church officiating. Interment followed in the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Anna may be made to a charity of choice.
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HAINSWORTH: In Loving Memory of Bruce G. Hainsworth, age 85, beloved husband of the late Hazel Hainsworth, died March 28, 2012, Deloraine Health Centre, Deloraine, Manitoba. Funeral Service Saturday, March 31, 2012. Deloraine United ChurchDeloraine, Manitoba, 2:00 p.m. Interment Del-Win Cemetery, Deloraine, Manitoba. Donations in memory of Bruce may be made to Senior`s Outreach Service in Deloraine, Manitoba.Messages of condolence may be made at www.wheatlandfs.comSmith Funeral Home Ltd., (204) 747-2088.
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