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GRADIDGE: William Harry Robert Bob of Brandon, beloved husband of the late Winona and father of Kelvin and Maxine, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the age of 86 years. A graveside service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with reception to follow at the George Brockie Fellowship Centre, 332-8th Street, Brandon.
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GAMBLE: It is with sadness that the family of Lexie Gamble, beloved wife of Don Gamble, announce her passing on Monday, October 8, 2012 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. A come and go reception will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A private family graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery with Rev. Craig Miller of Knox United Church officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined, donations in memory of Lexie may be made to a charity of one's choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements withMemories Chapel &Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
EGGLETON: Charles Roy Chuck of Brandon, beloved husband of Margaret, passed away peacefully at the Valleyview Care Centre on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the age of 102 years. A private graveside service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens on Thursday, October 11, 2012.
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BELL: Earl James Bell age 89, beloved husband of the late Mabel Bell died October 6, 2012 at Trilake Health Centre, Killarney, Manitoba. A Memorial Service will be held in his honour at Killarney United Church on Wednesday October 10 at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Earl may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation; 824 18th St. Unit 3 Brandon, Manitoba R7A 5B7 or the Killarney Foundation Killarney, Manitoba R0K 1G0 On-line condolences can be made at www.wheatlandfs.com
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WALDNER: Jacob Waldner . July 27, 1952 October 3, 2012 On the wings of his welcoming angels Dad passed from our physical world into heavens waiting arms at the Tri-lake Health Center in Killarney. Dad grew up in rural Manitoba at the Elm River Colony with his 4 sisters and 5 brothers. Here inherited the nickname Jinx at a young age and it stuck even into adulthood. Dad followed 4 of his brothers in his late teen years, leaving Rainbow Colony for the bright lights of Wpg. He married our Mom in 1978 and together raised us, Lori and Mark, in Niverville. Here he was active in the community, as a ringette coach, volunteer firefighter and friend to whomever needed a hand. Camping in Debonair campground brings back many good memories while at the lake, watching him play horseshoes, and enjoying good food with friends and family. In May 2004 Dad accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour and a new journey began for him. Going to church and learning more about his new faith was very important to him. He met Linda in October 2004 and they got married on August 13, 2005. He and his wife enjoyed spending time with their children, grandchildren and extended family, camping at Miller Campground, going to church, and visiting with friends over coffee. Dad loved the laughter he and his Grandkids shared. Dad was predeceased by his parents Zach and Margaret Waldner and brother-in law Harry Gross. He leaves to mourn his wife Linda, his children Lori (Paul) and Mark (Amy), his stepchildren James (Carrie), Jennifer (Jeremy), Steven (Carleen), Jonathan (Amanda), his grandchildren Ethan, Ivy and Sylas, his step-grandchildren Keira, Kasey, Anna Lee, Josiah, Jaxon, Ariah, his former wife Louise, brothers Zack (Maureen), Harry (Sarah), Henry (Betty), John (Heather), Leonard (Margie) and sisters Susie, Maggie (Ben), Lena (Pete) and Cathy (Mike). Our family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Tri-lake Health center for the compassionate care provided to Dad during his illness. A wake will be held on October 8th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Wheatland Funeral Home in Killarney, MB. A family graveside service will be held at the Boissevain/Morton Cemetery at 12:30 on October 9th, with a memorial service to follow at 2:00 at the Lakeview Community Church in Killarney. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jakes memory may be made to Cancer Care MB. WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH DAD XOXOXOXO Wheatland Funeral Service
THOMSON: Marilyn Laura Thomson passed away peacefully in her Brandon home on September 20, 2012. Marilyn leaves behind her loving husband Glen; children Don (Jennifer), Cheryl (John), and Garth (Deanna) and grandchildren Josh, Mary, Paige, Jossa and Jacob. Marilyn was born on December 14, 1937, in Portage la Prairie to Roger and Hazel Fox. She was pre-deceased by her mother, father and older brother James Bernard. Marilyn was raised in the Orangeville District where she attended Orangeville School and Austin High School. Marilyn then moved to Winnipeg where she was employed by the Canadian Imperial Bank after completing her high school studies. She met her husband of 54 years, Glen Thomson, during their time at Austin High School. They were engaged in Winnipeg and moved to Brandon following their wedding on June 14th, 1958, in Austin, Manitoba. They purchased their Brandon home on Queens Avenue in 1960 which remained their home to present. Marilyn and Glen developed their respective careers while building valued friendships in their new community. Marilyn relished the opportunities to host parties at their new home as well as returning to her rural communities of Austin and MacGregor to dances, curling bonspiels, and to visit family. She continued to work at Imperial Bank, eventually becoming manager of current accounts. Marilyn chose to put her professional career on hold while staying home in Brandon and raising their three children. She made the house a home built on the foundation of love, respect, and kindness, always adhering to the Golden Rule. Marilyn loved making a big deal during the special days throughout the year. Christmas was her favorite holiday. It was tradition for her to wake up the house to see what was under the tree, a trend that continued with her grandchildren to this day. Christmas traditions were never forgotten and special attention to all details of the day were certainly not overlooked. Marilyn was an avid cook and enjoyed baking for loved ones and neighbors alike. Like her Mother, she preferred creativity as opposed to following the recipe by the book. Her popcorn balls at Halloween and Nuts and Bolts any time of year were legendary throughout the community. Marilyn loved to sew and create outfits for her and the children. She prided herself on making something special to wear for herself or the family when it couldn't be found at the local stores. Marilyn supported many of Glens passions over their years together including the creation of Glen-Mar Farms in Austin that they began in 1970. Weekends usually involved loading up the family and helping out with whatever was needed at the time. This support and sacrifice was a constant reminder to all of the family members that we are in this together right up to present day. In the early 1970's, Marilyn began working outside of the home by selling Fuller Brush products door to door in the Green Acres community. She also began to work part-time in the food and beverage services at the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba grounds which would later become the Keystone Centre. Her strong work ethic and exceptional interpersonal skills saw her promoted through the ranks to the position of Food and Beverage Manager in the Keystone Centre. She was extremely proud of managing a large team of part time staff which grew with the expansions of the centre. During her tenure, the Keystone Centre successfully hosted the 1993 Brier, the 1995 World Curling Championships, and the 1997 Canada Summer Games as well the annual Royal Manitoba Winter Fair and Summer Fair and Exhibition. She was remembered by employees for her fairness, attention to detail and that Marilyn worked alongside her employees rather than feeling like they just worked for her. After leaving the Keystone Centre in 1998 she relished being a Grandmother to her five grandchildren in Brandon. She provided loving care on school sick days and busy sporting weekends. Marilyn enjoyed baking unique treats for each that made them feel special when they visited. She traveled the province with Glen supporting her family at the gym, rink and field where her presence was always appreciated. Marilyn often beamed with pride when talking about her grandchildren's, children's and husband's accomplishments. Marilyn was an active retiree who became an early morning fixture at the Curves Gym where she just recently was acknowledged for having over 1,600 workouts. This was a true indication of her commitment and dedication to the goals that she set and how she attained them. She enjoyed her Tuesday morning coffee and lunch group where she shared many stories and laughter with old and new friends alike. Marilyn and her husband enjoyed traveling to visit friends and relatives. A winter highlight was always their extended winter trip to Texas and Florida to enjoy the warmth, sunshine and family. Marilyn's interment service was held at the Austin Cemetery on September 26th. A celebration of her life took place at the Central United Church in Brandon on the same day. Rev. Shannon McCarthy presided over each service and eloquently spoke to many of the endearing qualities of Marilyn. Her two sons, Don and Garth, gave a warm, loving and descriptive picture of her life while Bill Stadnyk, long time neighbor and friend, spoke of the many memories and recollections they had with Marilyn. Marilyn will be lovingly missed by all, the one who laid the foundation for a strong family, remembered all special days, and loved her family and friends dearly.
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SMELTZ: Fredrick Gordon Smeltz, 1911 - 2012. Gordon passed away suddenly in the Brandon Regional Hospital on Saturday, September 29th with his daughter Karen by his side. Gordon was the fourth of eight children born to the late George and Bella Schmeltz on the family farm near Cromer, Manitoba. Gordon married Irene (Ayers) on November 27, 1936, they were together for 63 wonderful years when Irene passed away April 29, 1999. Gordon will be remembered and missed by Karen and Glen McKinnon of Virden, family, Corleen and Rod Sanderson, Regan and Mack, Neepawa; Richelle and Mark Osborne, Olivia and Kennedy, Victoria, BC; Lindsey and Brad McGrath, Brynn and Reed , Virden; Dale and Fonda Winnipeg, family, Deanna and Jamil Nazarali, Mila and Jemma, Summit, NJ; Clayton and Trudy, Joshua, Ryan and Cameron, Niverville, MB, his brothers-in-law Neil McLeish, Calgary and Stan Biram, Saskatoon. Gordon was pre- deceased by his wife and parents, by his brother Harvey (Mae), sisters Myrtle (Henry) Johnston; Rose (George) Boudreau, Grace (Doug) Watt, Irene (Les) Lazenby, Lillian (Neil)Watt, Vera (Neil) McLeish and many nieces and nephews. Gordon took his early schooling at Elm Valley, attended high school in Virden until he was needed on the farm. Gordon was a successful grain and livestock farmer, known as a good neighbour always ready to lend a hand. He was considered a modern thinker, one of the first to transition from horses to tractors, threshers to combines, to consolidate his grain bins in the yard, and he was the first in the district to install a television. Gordon was a loving husband and father, always very supportive of his children and five grandchildren. Gordon served his community as a long time President and member of the Board of Directors of the Cromer Pool Elevator Association, instrumental in building the Cromer Seed Plant, he was a 4-H Leader, awarded a Life Membership in the Manitoba Agriculture Society for his work as a member of the Pipestone Agriculture Society, a member of the Reston Lions Club, served on the Boards of the Alstone Lodge and Reston Drop In, the Hillview and Reston United Churches and member of the Reston United Church Choir. Gordon and Irene moved to Reston in 1979 where they continued to live an active life, enjoying curling, cards, fishing and entertaining. Gordon spent a few years as the manager of the Alstone Lodge. Gordon and Irene travelled extensively through Western Canada, Arizona, California, Hawaii and spent a few winters at Victoria, B.C. Gordon remained in his home in Reston until 2009 when he moved to the Alstone Lodge, he played bridge almost every morning until February of this year, for the last four or five years, his favourite activity was touring the oil fields, the old farm, either driving his own car or just recently, riding along with others. The family would like to thank our Dads many relatives and friends of Reston and district who were always so kind and caring of him the last few years. A celebration of Gordons life will be held at Reston United Church on Friday October 5th,2012, at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, if desirous, please contribute to a charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden and Reston. carscaddenfuneralchapel.com
SCOTT: Elizabeth (Bette) Mildred Scott (Nee Caldwell) 1924 - 2012. Peacefully, after a lengthy illness on the morning of Monday, October 1, 2012 with Diane at her side, Bette passed away with one last breath and love in her heart! Bette leaves behind her daughter-in-law Luanne (Skip); Granddaughter Corrine; Great- Grandson Jaxson; sons Dick (Merrilynn), and Dan (Betty); Grandsons Andrew and Jeff; Daughter Diane; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Bev (1995) and oldest son Skip (2009). Born in Morse, Saskatchewan in 1924, Bette spent her early years growing up in Beausejour, Manitoba where she loved chumming with her pals, going to dances at Grand Beach and swimming at Hobans Park. In her mid teens she and her family moved to 18th Street in Brandon where she finished school, worked and met Pop! They married in 1943 and started their family, 3 boys back to back to back, made for great times, busy schedules and lots of stories! In September of 1961 the family moved from Brandon to Winnipeg, new friends, new schools and new neighborhood meant all sorts of wonderful changes and opportunities. In September of 1964 when the boys were all in high school Bette and Bev added a girl to the family! Bette would often remark with her wonderful wit, thats the last New Years Eve party Ill ever go to! All in fun, she absolutely unconditionally loved her kids every single day! She was so proud of each of their accomplishments always boasting to her friends, just like every proud mother! Mom and Pop had a great partnership; they supported each other and made it work. Bette missed Pop a great deal when he passed but always the strong soul she carried on! Bette loved to cook and she was darn good at it, all those family dinners were grand! She loved to make her fancy sandwiches for church teas and showers, her baking was legendary (the girls at the bank may attest to that), always humble she would just say its the pastry! She loved a night out at bingo, telling a story the first time or the tenth, always loved going for a coffee just to chat, but her passion outside of her kids was bridge! She enjoyed her bridge nights the most, loved the pageantry, the game and the friendships! Mom (and Pop) worked hard gave much and expected little. She was extremely loyal and caring, she believed in good manners, being grateful, putting in a good days work and that a solid handshake was a very important skill to have. She kept a neat and tidy house, always dressed up and had her hair done once a week regardless! Bette enjoyed her journey and handled the challenges with grace and poise. She was appreciative, patient and frank, but never complained. She lived by her mantra; By the grace of God go I and she did just that! She will be missed, Love you Mom! As per Bettes request there will only be a casual reception on Monday, October 15, 2012 at the Assiniboia Golf Club from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. to allow friends and family to come together and celebrate her life! She would also love it if a few of her friends would play a round or two of bridge; tables and cards will be provided. Thank you to; The nurses and staff at the Golden West Centennial Lodge, Victoria General Hospital, Rosewood Retirement Community and the Metropolitan Kiwanis; Bette appreciated the support and kindness. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Alzheimers Society of Manitoba. Wojciks Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.
LEWTHWAITE: Laura Christina Lewthwaite, age 97, died on October 4, 2012 at the Delwynda Court Personal Care Home Deloraine, Manitoba. Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, Deloraine United Church, Deloraine, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Laura may be made to the SouthWest Regional Foundation, Box 338, Deloraine, Manitoba R0M 0M0 or Mission and Service Fund of the United Church, c/o Pat Whiteside, Deloraine, Manitoba R0M 0M0. Smith Funeral Home, Deloraine, entrusted with arrangements. Messages of condolence
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KARAI-JONES: Khorshed, May 12, 1926 - September 26, 2012. Dr. Khorshed Karai-Jones formerly of Brandon, passed away in Ancaster, Ontario on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at the age of 86 years. She is lovingly remembered by daughter Ura Jones and son Allen Jones. Khorshed Karai- Jones was born Khorshed Karai in Calcutta, India in 1926. Khorshed was privately a devout Zoroastrian, the tenets of the religion being good thoughts, good words, good deeds. Zoroastrians worship the fire as a sign of purity, and fire is often seen alongside a portrait of their prophet, Zoroaster (sometimes spelled Zarathustra). Khorsheds older brother Godrej (Godi) was born in December 1922 and apparently a cold breeze was blowing through a window, and their mother Aimai refused to have another child in the hospital. So Khorshed was born at home four years later. Khorshed attended a Girls School run by a Methodist missionary, Miss Collins, who became a lifelong mentor to Khorshed. She graduated Grade 12 in 1942, at age 16, and enrolled at Scottish Church College, preferring arts to science, and with no interest in being a doctor. However, she suffered from malaria at age 17 and this prompted her decision to become a doctor. She entered Calcutta Medical College at age 19. There were 100 spots for men, and 10 spots for women. Nine of the ten spots for women were for Hindus and Muslims, the remaining one spot for Zoroastrians and Jews. Miss Collins fought tooth and nail (Khorshed was fond of saying this) to get her that single spot. In 1953, at the age of 27, Khorshed was a passenger aboard the RMS Mooltan of the Peninsular & Orient Lines, for a 14-day journey from Bombay to Aden, through the Suez Canal, brief stop in Cairo (where she was sold a shirt with only the front by a crafty merchant), then to Marseille, through the Strait of Gibraltar, landing at the Tilbury docks near London, England. This was the start of her enduring love of travel. She was greeted by Godi who was training to become a cardiac surgeon. Khorshed began her surgical training at West Middlesex Hospital in 1953. That same year was the coronation of Queen Elizabeth and Khorshed and friends often walked to Buckingham Palace. As well, Sir Edmund Hilary climbed Mount Everest that year. It was still the heyday of the British Empire. At 28, Khorshed met her future husband Richard Jones. Both were living at Academy House, a residence for foreign students. He phoned her shortly after they met, pretending to be a police constable, asking her for a character reference for one Richard Jones, who was being questioned for a minor incident. Khorshed apparently gave a favorable description. Khorshed then moved to Edinburgh, where she did obstetrics at Elsie Inglis Hospital. She got good at breech deliveries and forceps deliveries. Richard would drive up from London on his scooter. Khorshed and Richard were married in 1963. Daughter Ura was born in London in 1964. In 1966, the three of them moved to Nairobi, Kenya, where Khorshed worked as an Obstetrician-Gynecologist and Richard as a bookkeeper for the East African Railways. Son Allen was born shortly after, in Nairobi. In 1969, the family moved to Canada, where there were more opportunities for a female doctor. Khorsheds brother, meanwhile, trained in cardiac surgery; he frequently worked alongside Mother Theresa, performing heart operations in her orphanage. He was a gentle soul, like Khorshed. Their mutual regret was the enormous geographic distance between them. In 1975, Khorshed began work as an O/G at Brandon General Hospital and the Western Medical Clinic, where she would work until age 77 out of love for her job, not of necessity. (Ours was probably one of the few households in Canada that had a life-size model of a female pelvis in the rec room.) Khorshed was tireless and delivered approximately 15,000 babies during her 45 years as an obstetrician. She seemed to know everyone and had an immense capacity to care for her patients. Khorshed would routinely work a 12-hour day and come home to quickly prepare a traditional Indian dish of kheema (ground beef, onions, lots of spices), or acouri (scrambled eggs and potatoes). Then shed settle on the sofa with Lloyd Robertson on TV, and intermittently sleep through reruns of Canon, Columbo, or Streets of San Francisco. The family dog, Tumbler, would get walked somewhere in there, and during these little excursions on Cherry Crescent, Khorshed was fond of locating the three stars in the belt of Orion. Many a Sunday was spent in the kitchen of Dr. Aidun or Dr. Davloor, of whom Khorshed was so very fond. Khorshed was also very fond of Dr. Sivisankar and she kept the poem, Salutation to the Dawn, by the Sanskrit poet Kalidasa, on her fridge after Sivis funeral. Any entertaining at 11 Cherry Crescent was accompanied by mint tea, the leaves of which grew in the garden. Khorshed would happily declare, Lets have a cuppa. Khorshed was an inveterate traveler, somewhat religiously attending the meetings of FIGO (Federation International Gynecology & Obstetrics). Some of her well-remembered conferences were in Mexico City, Tokyo, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, and Washington. Other travels included Singapore, Shanghai, Australia, Samoa, Cairo, Santorini, Paris, Zurich, Dubai, and St. Kitts. She and Richard would often have slide shows following these trips. One of Khorsheds favorite photos was of her and Richard kneeling in front of seals in the Galapagos Islands. During the slide show, Khorshed, ever the obstetrician, pointed out an obscure placenta in the background. Seals get pregnant, too. One of Khorsheds last trips was to Iran, specifically to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Persepolis where there are ancient Zoroastrian ruins. The flight was due to leave Bombay and Khorshed was without proper visas for India or Iran. She told the immigration officer, Navsari is my land and I am a born Indian, why would I need a visa to enter India? And I am on my way to Iran to see my ancestral land. On a less biographic note, we shall forever miss our mothers hands. Her rough fingers were capable of both tenderness and great strength. Even as her Alzheimers progressed inexorably during her 80s, her strong grip never waned. She was ever full of vigor in her best years, with a quiet kind of fortitude always concealed by her smile. She called all the hospital nurses, Lassie, a term of endearment she acquired during her time in Scotland. When our dog was in decline, she fed him by hand, literally. And when Tumbler stopped drinking, she said, with softness and equanimity, Its time. She, too, in her final days, stopped drinking water, and peacefully said her goodbyes. What we will share eternally is The Daffodils, the poem by William Wordsworth
When all at once I saw a crowd, A host of dancing Daffodils; Along the Lake, beneath the trees, Ten thousand dancing in the breeze. **Goodbye Mama Bandur, Love Toto. Goodbye and God Bless, Love your Ura. **Khorshed is survived by daughter Ura Jones of Vancouver, and son Dr. Allen Jones of Hamilton. If you wish to make donations, please forward them to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3. The service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
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GREGOIRE: Patricia Lauree Gregoire, (nee English) born July 29, 1961, passed away peacefully on September 29, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life will be held on October 10, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in Fort Saskatchewan. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. in St. Matthews Ancrum Cemetery, 1 1/2 miles north and 1 mile east of Bradwardine, on Highway 259 with a time of fellowship following in the Rivers Legion Hall. A complete obituary to follow.
HEBERT: Hilda Beatrice Hebert (Matikka), (nee Teeple), a long-time resident of Brandon, passed away peacefully Saturday, September 29th 2012, at Valleyview Care Centre. Hilda was born on April 8, 1923 in Renfrew, Ontario to the late Irvin and Beatrice Teeple. She moved to the Rainy River District of Ontario with her family in 1931. On July 23, 1943, she married Viljo (Willie) Alec Matikka of Finland, Ontario. Hilda worked at various jobs and lived in a number of places during her life. Two places she held near and dear were Vancouver Island and Atikokan, Ontario. Hilda is survived by her son Garry (Darlene Irving-Matikka) of Nova Scotia, brother Bert Teeple (Sue) (Thunder Bay), sister Nelly McGovern (Thunder Bay), daughter-in-law Jess Matikka. She is also survived by her three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, all of whom Hilda cherished and loved dearly. She is also survived by six stepchildren of George Heberts family. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Viljo (Willie) Alec Matikka, son Donald William Matikka, brother Ellard and wife Helen Teeple, second husband George Hebert of Brandon. Hilda will be lovingly missed and happily remembered by her family and all who knew and loved her.
May you rest in peace MomA memorial service will be held in the Chapel at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. In accordance with her wishes Cremation has taken place and Hilda will be interned at a private service on a later date, beside her loving husband Willie Matikka, at the Brandon Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, Unit 3, 824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7.
DONOGH: On a beautiful September morning, as the sun was rising, comfortably, peacefully, our beloved Mum left us to join Daddy in Heaven. Alice Wilma Donogh (Archibald) was born in Plumas, MB on March 30, 1921, passed away at the Souris Personal Care Home on September 23rd 2012. She was the second youngest of eight children born to Harry Vernon and Elsie Alice Archibald (Peters). Wilma received her education at Plumas then went to Normal School and trained to be a teacher. Her first year of teaching was in a one room country school called Huntingdon where she met Jack Donogh. On July 12, 1944 they were married and then settled on their farm at Terence. For the next fourteen years they farmed and proceeded to raise their family. In the fall of 1959 Wilma took up full time teaching at Strathclair, with weekends and summers at the farm. She taught there until 1970 when she retired. In the fall of 1990 she and Jack moved to Souris. Until his passing in 1993 she devoted her time and energy to his care. In later years she enjoyed being busy walking with her friends, helping at the Thrift shop, bingo, crib, and lots of time with grand and great- grandchildren. Left to cherish her memory are her six children, Rae (Ken) McBurney; Sharon (Peter) Handley; Linda Dereniwski; Ross (Darlene); Darlene (Norm) Bourgeois; and John (Darcie); thirteen grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren. She is also survived by brother-in-law Stew Buckler and numerous nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by husband Jack, grandson Jaydon, great grand-daughter Sydney McKinny, her parents, sisters Phyllis, Roma, Neta and Ruby, and brothers William, Eric and Roy. A service to celebrate Wilmas life was held at St. Pauls United Church, Souris on Thursday September 27th. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Wilma may be made to the Souris Personal Care Home Chapel Fund, or to Parkinson Society of Manitoba. Kowalchuks Funeral Home, Souris, in charge of arrangements.
BOYARSKI: Bernice Bunny passed peacefully in her sleep at the Kelowna Hospice House on September 29, 2012. Survived by her loving family, three children Jolie Boyarski, Rick (Heather) Boyarski both of Kelowna, Marianne (Ed) Spitula of Winnipeg, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Sadly predeceased by her husband Joe in 1977. Joe and Bunny owned and operated the Beacon Lunch on 9th Street in Brandon for 35 years. A private family service will be held in Kelowna. In memory of Bunny, please plant a red geranium in the spring.
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BIRMINGHAM: With heavy hearts but wonderful memories our mother, grandmother, great grandmother, Florence Birmingham (nee Gratton), went home to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon at the age of 94 with her family by her side. She leaves to cherish her memories, Daughters Lorraine Lenton (Russ), Beverley Abey (George), Joyce Peters (Eric); Son Melvin Birmingham (Kathy); Son-In-Law Henry Sawatsky; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; sisters Ethel, Hazel, Irene; sister- in-law Evelyn as well as nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Lawrence 1997; daughter Gwen Sawatsky 2011; sons-in law Dale McIntyre 1980 and John Baraniuk 1983; grandsons Chadwick Abey 1980 and Grant Baraniuk 2006, and her 3 brothers Austin, Leslie, and Bill. Florence was born April 2, 1918 and grew up in Brandon, MB along with her six siblings. She attended Earl Oxford School. She met the love of her life Lawrence and they were married October 22, 1936 and farmed in the Elton District for 54 years before retiring to Brandon. Mother's career was a homemaker and she was excellent at cooking and baking, sewing, knitting, playing the piano, planting a vegetable garden and making the best carrot pickles. She extended extraordinary hospitality to others with tea and her famous shortbread cookies. Mother also enjoyed driving the tractor or riding on the combine up to age 94. She was a member of the Sparling Ladies' Group. She made it a priority in her life to be part of Bethel Christian Assembly since the age of 16. Mother will be sadly missed by her family and friends. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Dr. E Moller, Dr. G. Edward and the staff of Palliative Care at the Assiniboine Centre. Funeral Service to be held at Bethel Christian Assembly, 440 Richmond Avenue on Saturday, October 6, 2012 (TODAY) at 1:00 p.m. with viewing prior to the service. Pastor Len Smith will officiate. Interment will be held at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Florence may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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