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KOLESAR: Dale Thomas Kolesar, born November 21st, 1954 in Neepawa, Manitoba, died July 15th, 2011 in Brandon, Manitoba. We, the Kolesar family sadly announce the death of our dear brother Dale. Dale grew up in Springhill with his first years of school in the 1 room school house, moving onto Neepawa and finishing high school in Brandon. Dale's love of carpentry started soon after mastering his jack of all trades and to us Master of all, beginning in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. Dale returned to Brandon and some time in real estate, his true calling saw him return to carpentry. Dale's hands have graced many homes in Brandon with his touch. Dale's illness became apparent very abruptly, his first thoughts.. I am not sick I have a house to finish...this was not to be. From that day forward friends from far and wide rushed to Dale's side..there were hockey games, ice fishing to our final booze cruise in the convertible. Dale so loved by family and friends. Dale was predeceased by Mom, Marguerite, Dad, Bernard and great-niece Kiara. Dale is survived by brothers Terry and Russell, sisters Kathy, Carolyn, Colleen and their families. Service: Graveside at Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, Manitoba. Thursday, July 21st., 2011 at 1:00 p.m. White's Funeral Home is charge of arrangements.
BERRY: The world is a quieter place. Harvey Everett Berry, age 97, passed away at Fairview Home, Brandon on July 16, 2011. The next time we hear thunder, we will know that it is Harvey telling God how he wants things to be done! Harvey was the last of twelve children born to Joe and Mary Berry at Gilbert Plains. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude (née Paynter), his daughters and their families; Noreen (David Maguire), sons Wade (Dinh), their daughter Sophie, and Shane (Gayle), their daughter Lennon; Beryl (Larry Maguire), son Tim (Barb), their children Colton, Ashton, Emily, Shamus, daughter Laura (Devin) their children Oscar and baby due in September; Bonnie (Randy), their children Paul (Lily) and Elan (Jeff). One sister-in-law, Noreen Cass, nieces, nephews and cousins remain to remember him. After working on the Bull Gang, underground, pipefitting on the surface, Harvey’s job in Flin Flon was patrolling and repairing the wooden water line from the mining company to Cliff Lake, six miles a day on foot or on snowshoes. When he became head pumpman, he and Gertrude lived at Cliff Lake. He retired to Souris, then Brandon. Harvey enjoyed gardening, camping, curling, horseshoes, pool, crib, music, baseball, hockey and games with his family. He loved nature and had dogs, cats and geese as pets. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 66 years. He was stationed at several places during the war with the RCAF. The most memorable was Goose Bay. Special thanks to Chuck Bailey for the many years of playing crib and lately bingo with Harvey. Thanks to Murray’s Dealership for being Harvey’s drop in place. Brandon City Police, you may relax now! He won’t be pushing his walker on Richmond Avenue. We sincerely appreciate the staff at Fairview Home for their kindness, patience, and humor in caring for Harvey. A funeral service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Chris Arthur officiating. Interment will follow in Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rick Hansen Foundation, 300-3820 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC V7B 0A2 or online at
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“Rest In Peace, Dad!”
TEASDALE: Stanley Vernon Teasdale; of Miniota, MB; beloved husband of Ruth Teasdale and father of Lesli (Bill) Burke and Laurie (Raymond) Sheane; passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, Manitoba on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 81 years of age. A service to celebrate Stanley’s life will be held at the Isabella Community Hall, Isabella, Manitoba on Monday, July 18, 2011 at 2:00 PM. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Stanley’s memory to the Miniota Fire Department, Miniota, Manitoba, R0M 1M0 or to a charity of one’s choice. Messages of condolence can be sent through the obituary at Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
STONEHOUSE: The family of Margaret Stonehouse (Taylor) will intern her ashes in Elgin Cemetery at 2pm, July 27th, 2011, with lunch to follow at the Elgin Hall.
POLLOCK: In loving memory of Jimmy Pollock who passed away June 21, 2011 in Brooks, Alberta. Jimmy was born to Jean and James Pollock October 24, 1920 in Regina, Saskatchewan. He was predeceased by his loving wife Peggy in 1986, who he met in Belfast Northern Ireland while serving with the Royal Canadian Navy during WW11. Jimmy was also predeceased by his one sibling, sister June Robbins in Brandon, Manitoba. He worked many years at the Brandon Mental Hospital and the Department of National Defence in Victoria, B.C. Never one to sit still Jimmy was always building or working on his next project. He was an avid reader and an excellent boat builder, he will be remembered for his kindness and generosity. Jimmy lived his life to the fullest. He is survived by his daughters Margaret, Mission, B.C., Valerie (Karl) Surrey, B.C., Gloria, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Heather (Dale), Stettler, Alberta, June, (Calgary), Noreen (Brian), Alberta. Sons Lt. Col. Joseph Pollock (Bev) Spruce Grove, Alberta, Manitoba, MWO Shane Pollock (Joanne), Winnipeg, Manitoba, 20 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Nora Armstrong in Beragh, Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland. Jimmy is survived by his wife Mary Pollock, Don, Paula, Joann, John O"Neill of Ballymena, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland. He is survived by nephew Don (Dianne) Robbins and family in Canada and many more nieces and nephews in N. Ireland, Scotland and England. Interment with his wife Peggy in Broadview, Saskatchewan.
O’SULLIVAN: Sir Patrick Joseph O’Sullivan, KCSG, 1920 – 2011. On Saturday, July 9, 2011 Patrick was called to join his dear wife, Edith in new life with his Creator. Pat was born on March 28, 1920 to Patrick and Marie Louise (Poirier) O’Sullivan and grew up on Percy Street. His Baptism was the beginning of a lifelong commitment to St. Augustine’s Church. He attended St. Augustine’s School and BCI. He was a Reservist and worked at the Armories, but due to health issues he was unable to enlist. Patrick’s entire career was at the CNR, where he was a loyal and respected employee. He married Edith Dorning in 1952 and they lived happily on Russell Street for over half a century. In recognition of his commitment to St. Augustine’s he was Knighted in 1970, by Pope Paul VI, as a Knight Commander in the Order of St. Gregory. Pat was active in the St. Vincent de Paul, Knights of Columbus and Serra Club. For all of his life, he was associated with the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions whom he admired for their dedication to the people of Brandon. He counted among his closest friends the many Priests who served at St. Augustine’s over the years. In 2009, Pat moved to Rideau Park where he was truly happy thanks to his wonderful caregivers. Pat was predeceased by Edith; siblings Margaret, Mary (Peter) Sharkey, John, Gerard (Bernice), Anne (Michael) Hanniman and the Honorable Joseph O’Sullivan. He is survived by his sisters; Rita O’Sullivan of Brandon and Teresa Egan of Winnipeg; sister-in-law Adele O’Sullivan, fifteen nieces and nephews and their families. Also surviving from Edith’s family are Margret (Ray) Brayshaw, Bernice Fagan and their families. Everyone turned to Pat for his wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, fortitude, piety and awe of the Lord. The family is grateful to all of Pat’s friends who enriched his life and to the staff of Rideau Park. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Augustine’s with Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. He was joined on the altar by Msgr Jamieson, Vicar General, Msgrs Jaworski & McCloskey, Frs Ahaneku, Burwell, SJ, Fernandes, Kwiatkowski, Seaman, and Deacon MacKenzie. Family and friends gathered from near and far, especially James O'Sullivan representing Pat's Irish cousins, John Hong from New York, and many of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be very much appreciated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. Augustine’s Church, which aids the poor of Brandon, or St. Augustine’s Church, 327-4th Street. Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 3H1.
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McCALLUM: Yvonne (Bonnie) Norma passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2011. Bonnie was born July 19, 1934 in Sidney, Manitoba to Stanley and Lena Head. She attended school in Sidney and later moved to Melita, Manitoba where she met Hugh McCallum. They were married in 1957 and were blessed with four children. Bonnie worked for Manitoba Telephone System as a switchboardoperator in Melita until 1976. She then moved to Brandon to further her education, attending Assiniboine Community College after which she was employed by Brandon General Hospital as a switchboard receptionist until her retirement in 1997. In 2007, Bonnie suffered a stroke and moved to Fairview Personal Care Home where she received wonderful care by the First Floor staff. We remember Mom as a fun loving, independent person with a greatsense of humour that stayed with her till the end. Mom enjoyed travelling, playing games, golfing, bowling, curling, cooking, sewing, knitting, music and watching baseball. Bonnie was a very caring person, always concerned about the welfare of family and friends and ready to lend a hand when needed. Bonnie was predeceased by her husband Hugh in 1982. She leaves to mourn her children Laurie (Phil) Symmans of Vernon, BC, Barb (George) Neudorf of Brandon, Doug of Brandon and Georgina (Tom Panelli) of Coquitlam, B.C.; grandchildren Gavin Symmans and Boyd Symmans of Vernon, BC, Carly (Andrew) Hofer and Kaitlin Neudorf of Brandon; sisters Doreen Stewart of Brandon and Maxine (Gordon) Weiler of Lethbridge, Alberta. Mom will be greatly missed, but we take comfort knowing she has gone home to be with her Lord and Saviour. The Funeral Service was held at Calvary Temple on Thursday, June 23, 2011. Pastor Gary Jennings officiated. Pallbearers were Gavin Symmans, Boyd Symmans, Devon McDougall, Brogan McDougall, Ryan Flannery and Wade Flannery. Interment was in the Sidney Cemetery. Donations in memory of Bonnie may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3 - 824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
MARTINOOK: Marjorie (neé Sopchuk), widow of the late Paul Martinook, passed away on June 28, 2011 at Valleyview Care Centre. Marjorie was born on January 17, 1917 in Brandon to parents Peter and Mary Sopchuk. She was the second oldest in a family of nine. In 1930, the Sopchuk family moved onto a farm west of Brandon. Marjorie completed her education at Roseland School and moved back to Brandon where she worked until her marriage to Paul on June 17, 1944. Their daughter, Margaret Anne, was born in 1945. Paul and Marjorie farmed in the Whitehead municipality until his passing on August 6, 1970. Marjorie remained on the farm and in 1986, she moved into Brandon. Family was very important to Marjorie. She enjoyed homemaking, gardening, sewing, crocheting and knitting for her two granddaughters, as well as a good game of bingo. In June 2009, Marjorie moved into personal care and resided there until her passing. She was predeceased by her parents, husband, three brothers and four sisters. Marjorie is survived by her daughter Margaret, son-in-law (Ray Navid) and two granddaughters, Heather and Erin. She is also survived by her brother Walter (Mannia) of Calgary and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Service was held at Brockie Donovan on July 7, 2011. Officiating the service was Mr. Lawrence McInnes and pallbearers included: Richard Martinook, Ken Martinook, Jay Martinook, Jym Hominick, Gordon Hansen and Ken Black. Private family interment was held at Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Marjorie can be made to a charity of your choice.
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LOEWEN: Susan Loewen (nee Dyck), beloved wife of William (Bill) Loewen, of the Moore Park district passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Center on July 5, 2011, shortly after being diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 69. Susan was born on March 28, 1942, in Altona, Manitoba, the second daughter of George D. and Lena (nee Kehler) Dyck. The family lived in the Rosenfeld area and moved to Boissevain when she was 14. At the age of 9 she gave her heart to Jesus. She attended the Winkler Bible School for 2 years. On June 10, 1961, she married her sweetheart, William Loewen. They made their home on the farm. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, baking, cooking, combining, and raising their 5 children. She was an accomplished, self-taught seamstress, being able to design and sew any special occasion gowns and outfits. She was a 4-H leader for 12 years teaching sewing, cooking, and handicrafts. Bill and Susan attended the Justice MB Church where she took part in the Ladies’ Aid, taught Sunday School and was the head of the Food Committee for many years. She was involved with the Gospel Light Bible Camp, cooking, purchasing groceries, and planning menus. For the past 21 years she worked in the children’s ministry in Grand Valley Community Church. She was a genuine, kind, compassionate lady. She was involved in many communities, including farming, school, church, and the farmer’s market. She was loved by all who came in contact with her. Her love for children gave her the patience to take care of 21 foster children over the years. She took part in the Brandon Farmer’s Market for the past 12 years. She was well known for her excellent quality of baking, canning and produce.Susan was predeceased by her parents, George D. and Lena Dyck, sister Tena, and brother Donald. Susan is survived by her husband, William (Bill) of 50 years and their 5 children, Brenda (Glen) Newton, children Kristin (Dustin) Hack, Jason (Natasha), Brad; Reg (Sharon) Loewen, children Sarah Heppner, Vance (Nicki) and great-grandchildren Kyara and Hayden, Trent and special friend Jeannie; Rhonda (Dave) Koslowsky, children Justin and Terra; daughter Jeanette (Mike) Ens, children Billy, Abby, Greg, and Daniel; Nancy (Barry) Reimer, children Eric, Paul and Luke. She is also survived by sisters, Nettie (Art) Brown, and Gertie (Ken) Hyde, brother John (Betty) Dyck, and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. Pallbearers were 6 of her grandsons - Brad Newton, Vance Loewen, Trent Loewen, Justin Koslowsky, Billy Ens and Eric Reimer. Viewing was held at Memories Chapel on Sunday, July 10, 2011. Interment was in Moore Park Cemetery. A Memorial Service took place at Richmond Park MB Church July 11, 2011, with Pastor Gerry Harms officiating. Because of her love for children donations may be made to Westman Dreams for Kids Foundation, Unit 202, 37-11th St, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4J2. Mom’s Christian faith was very real and strong. She knew that one day she would be with her Lord and Savior. In John 3:16 it says “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not die, but have eternal life.”As a family, this is very reassuring because God’s promise of eternal life means that we will see her again in heaven. She will be greatly missed by us all.
JOHNSTON:Carlyle Fraser Johnston; of Hamiota, MB; beloved husband of the late Catherine Johnston and father of Arlene, Cameron, Lyndon (Frank); passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 84 years of age. A service to celebrate Carlyle’s life will be announced at a later date. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Carlyle’s memory to the Hamiota District Sports Complex, Box 100, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0. Messages of condolence can be sent through the obituary at Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
JOHNSTON: Sheila Johnston, January 1, 1933 – July 14, 2011. Sheila passed away after a brief illness at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina, SKat the age of 78 years. Sheila was born in Brandon and received her education at St. Michael’s Academy. In 1959, Sheila moved with her husband Allan to Regina, where she resided until the time of her death. Sheila was the second daughter of Tom & QueenieHagan. She was predeceased by her parents in 1976 and 1998 respectively; and her sisters Mary Earl & Eileen Jones in 2010. Sheila will lovingly be remembered by her husband of 55 years, Allan; sister Patricia Hagan; as well as her many nieces, nephews, & friends. A Service to celebrate Sheila’s life will be held at a later date in Carberry, MB. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sheila’s memory can be made to Palliative Care Unit at the PasquaHospital. Arrangements are in the care of Lee Funeral Home, Regina, Saskatchewan. (306)757-8645
HICKS: On July 12, 2011 in her 90th year, Mary Eugene Clarkson Hicks (née Rospad) passed away peacefully at Dinsdale Personal Care Home in Brandon, Manitoba. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Bernadette and son-in-law the Rt. Rev'd. Jim Njegovan; her grandchildren; the Venerable Noah Njegovan of Brandon and Jessica Gaines of Streetsville, Mississauga and their family. As well, she is survived by her sister Christine McDonald of Surrey, B.C. and numerous nieces and nephews throughout Canada and Minnesota. Mary was predeceased by her infant son Barry; her husband Bernard Clarkson in 1956; her husband Harold Hicks; her daughter Angela; her parents Anna and Joseph Rospad, her sisters Elizabeth, Antoinette, and Tillie, and her brothers Harold and Lorne. Mary was a graduate Registered Nurse of St. Joseph's Hospital, Winnipeg. She was recognized as a lead OR nurse at St. Boniface Hospital, working on innovative heart surgeries in the early 60's. Due to allergies to surgical gloves she switched to private duty. These years prepared her for the care she would later give to her second husband and her daughter, Angela for years at home. With her passing her family wishes it revealed that Mary was an original founder of Cancer Care Manitoba. As well, she was a start-up member of "Roses" a support group for those caring for terminally ill family members, out of St. Ignatius parish, Winnipeg. Mary's social passions were golf, bowling, and bridge and she deeply valued her friends. Mass of the Resurrection has taken place at St. Augustine's parish, Brandon and interment in St. Boniface Cemetery, Winnipeg. The family would like to extend their love and appreciation to the "living saints" - the complete staff of Dinsdale Care Home, the Clergy and pastoral care teams of St. Augustine's for their weekly visits while Mom was in hospital and resident in Dinsdale. In honor of Mary please consider making a visit to someone who is in hospital, a care home, or shut-in.
"Well done good and faithful servant"...Peacefully resting at last.
GUTHRIE: Jack Guthrie passed away peacefully at Virden Hospital on June 28, 2011 in his 87th year. He was the son of Edward John and Ethel Guthrie and was the third generation to operate Guthrie Farms business. He is predeceased by his parents and sisters…Mora Forsyth and Margaret Bulloch. He married Muriel Kay in 1944 and is survived by her after 67 years of marriage. Jack enlisted in the Air Force and was trained as a navigator in 1942. After the war he farmed and was involved in community life. He was on the school board, the Agriculture Society, the United Church board and coached ball and hockey. He was municipal councilor for 10 years and Reeve of the R.M. of Pipestone for 15 years. In 1992 he was awarded the Governor Generals 125 Medal for community service. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 65 years. We will all miss Dad, his knowledge, his patience, the twinkle in his eye when he told a story. His love of life and his will to live kept him going when his health began to fail. He never gave up. His strength will remain with us forever….until we meet again. Forever remembered by Muriel, Kay and Bonnie Guthrie, John and Jackie, Ethan and Ella Guthrie, Sheldon and Andrea Guthrie, Nicholas and Nichole, Madison and Elizabeth Guthrie, Gaylyn and Linda Guthrie, Jen Guthrie, Becky and Alexa Santos, Jacquie and Richard George, Craig and Monique George, Jason and Ashley, Corey and Laurie, Peyton and Kara George, Steven and Heather, Jack and Chloe George, Jonathan George.
GRAY: Eileen Catherine Gray (nee Eamer) aged 82 years, after a long illness passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 22, 2011 while surrounded by loving family in the ICU of Brandon Regional Health Centre. She spent most of her adult life in and around Brandon, Manitoba except for some years when she resided in Kamloops B.C. The past 20 years she lived in Lions Manor and formed several lifelong friendships. She is survived by her six children: Barbara (Jacob) Krahn, Kenneth (Janet) Gray, Barry (Rose) Gray, Heather (Michael) Bewza, Leslie Gray, Murray Gray; her grandchildren: Dean Gibson, Allison Sherdahl, Robbie Gray, Shannon Gray, Jaret Gray, Crystal Bewza, Amber Bewza, Kara Chatwood, Scott, Lindsay and Joshua Gray and several great grandchildren. Predeceased by her mother and father George and Etta Eamer, her sister Edith McDonell, brother Alvin Eamer and grandson Jeffrey Gibson. She loved and lived life to her full capacity, enjoying time with family the most, always happy when someone would just pop in for tea. She will be sadly missed, but leaves many fond memories with us her family, and all her friends. The ceremony to celebrate Eileen's life was held at Memories Chapel on Monday, June 27, 2011. Rev. Shannon McCarthy officiated. Intermentfollowed in the Carroll Cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Eileen to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada, Box 21047, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 3W8 or to a charity of choice.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
When the golden sun is setting,And my face you no longer see,Remember I am with you,Wherever you may be.
EDE: Robina Gertrude was born August 22, 1923 to William Levi Ede and Margaret(Sutherland) Ede at Levine (CN railway) Station, Manitoba. She passed away June 26, 2011. Gert recalled some of her fondest memories growing up in Levine along with sisters Margaret "Daisy" (Brown), Elizabeth "Bess" (Serwonka), Jessie (Bradley), Mary (Allen) and brother Bill, where they enjoyed lots of fresh air and play and a good 2-mile walk to school. Gert started her paid employment as a waitress in Rivers and later moved to Brandon where she worked primarily at Eaton's Dept. Store. In Brandon she lived with sister Bess's family and had many joyful times with nieces and nephew, returning in the 1970s to care for her mother in Rivers. While the Rivers family home and stove were relatively small in size, that was no deterrent to welcoming big family gatherings to celebrate the holidays, where she was the unofficial photographer. A sweet taste was always left in the mouth by Gertie's delicious butter tarts. Gert enjoyed highland dancing and country music. She was a talented gardener indoors and out, where her plants thrived beautifully. She also had a special touch with crocheting and knitting ~ especially memorable was her talent for knitting afghan blankets with broomsticks. Gert enjoyed talking about current events and politics, loved to share a laugh and a game or two of rummy. Upon discovering their beloved dog, Lucky, was allergic to smoke, Gert and her brother Bill gave up smoking 'cold turkey'. Gert was able to fulfill her wish of remaining in her Rivers home, until just a few days before her passing on June 26th with family by her side at the Brandon General Hospital following surgery. A graveside funeral was held on July 6th at Rivers Cemetary with a heartfelt service by Reverend Paul Curtis (retired) of the Anglican Church and Amazing Grace sung by great nieces Erin Brown and Amanda Kloos. Left to mourn and fondly remember Gert are sisters Margaret "Daisy" Brown of Oak River and Jessie Bradley (& husband Charlie) of Virden; along with nieces and nephews from the Allen family (Bill, Shirley, Linda, Ken, Gary, Jim, Tom), the Bradley family (Donald, Albert), Brown Family (Sandra, Dale), and the Serwonka family (John, Deb, Pat, Dianne, Karen), as well as many great nieces and nephews. Anyone wishing to make a donation in honour of Gert, may do so to an organization/charity of your choice.
Rest in peace, dear Gertie.
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