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KINASH: Walter Kinash of Brandon, passed away at his residence on Friday, April 29, 2011 at the age of 83 years. A private family graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery.
WOOD: Tony (Herbert Pullan) Wood: May 1, 1940-April 21, 2011. Suddenly and peacefully after a short, but valiant battle, Tony succumbed to a recurrence of cancer, after having been cancer free for five years. Tony was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. He survived WWII, when as an infant he was cushioned from the relentless bombing of London by being placed in a basket of tripe (a story never forgotten). His early years, found him living between the world of the wealthy (where he came to appreciate education and books) and a world of challenge. He shared stories of collecting coal off the streets and making deliveries of 150 plus papers to help his mother manage. These experiences fed his constant quest for literature, and his adeptness at being able to do just about anything. Always a challenging personality to his tutors, he ultimately became well accomplished in the field of medicine, becoming a Medical Specialist. This allowed him to practice advanced medical skills in remote areas. With hands his size you wouldn’t have pegged him as someone who could do such delicate stitch work. As a Medical Specialist, Tony worked in far off places like Saudi Arabia, where he contributed to the training of Doctors. While in Saudi he and other Brits there took on the Americans at “their game” of baseball, and showed them what real football was (rugby). He later travelled to Russia, doing truly front line work and giving talks to the Docs on the first hour of trauma treatment. He treated the locals in remote areas of Russia, handing out antibiotics and gladly receiving Russian food and of course, vodka given by grateful Russians who wouldn’t take no for an answer! He landed in Manitoba, after he was recruited by the Manitoba Developmental Center in Portage la Prairie to head up a diagnostic unit. In his last years of employment he worked for Conaco as a Medic/Health and Safety Officer on North Sea Oil rigs, where he contributed to the design of the medical units and kept everyone on their toes. He was recently recognized for being one of the founders of a Helicopter Medical Emergency Rescue Service in the UK. It was while working at the Developmental Centre in Portage la Prairie that he met Noreen, though it was 25 years later that they reconnected and married. Once in Brandon he coped with winter by mastering computers (knew much more than most folks) and by trying his hand at ice/snow sculpturing (his Manitoba Buffalo was spectacular). The summers were all about golf and the folks at Glen Lea will, I am sure, fondly miss his presence and his antics. An avid learner throughout his life, he regretted not being up to travelling in the last few years, there was so much of the world he still wanted to experience. An ox of a man, with a strong heart and personality, he had a soft soul that few saw. Tony is survived by his wife Noreen Ek(Wood); his sons Jason and Guy; their wives and step-grandchildren all residing in England; daughter Nissa (née Ek) Esler and grandsons Jacob Elwood and Samuel Pullan Esler of Brandon. A celebration of Tony’s life will be held with family and friends in the near future. He had the deepest appreciation for Dr Lawrence Tan, Thoracic Surgeon at the Health Sciences Centre and Dr Andrew Maksymiuk of CancerCare, who together, gave him the last five years of his life. Memorial donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Room ON1160, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 0V9.
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WEBSTER: Doreen Margaret Webster, beloved wife of P.J. "Jack" Webster, dear mother of Pat and Cathy, grandmother to Allea, Deanna, passed away in Brandon on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. The Ceremony to Celebrate Doreen's Life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North, on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm. Rev. David Cathcart of Knox United Church will officiate. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Doreen may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, Western Manitoba Cancer Care Project, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary will follow.
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WATKINS: Andrew Charles Neal Watkins, October 1, 1985 – April 22, 2011. Andrew was born in Killarney, MB, the first child of Charles and Wanda Watkins, followed 20 months later by twin brothers Leigh and Lane. He was raised in Clearwater, MB. Andrew spent most of his time playing outdoors with his brothers and friends, building elaborate forts, riding his bike, visiting Grandpa and Grandma next door and playing with his dog. Andrew was an avid fisherman, but autumn was his favorite time of year. He would go duck hunting, goose hunting and deer hunting with his Dad, brothers, and friends. Andrew loved airplanes as a child. His interest in aviation grew as he got older which led him to join the Morden Air Cadets. As a cadet, he was able to experience flights in various aircraft while making alot of new friends. Andrew attended school in Clearwater, Crystal City and Pilot Mound, graduating in 2003. He worked at various jobs, including his family water well drilling business, until moving to Westlock, AB. While he was living there, his daughter Chloe was born April 27, 2007 – the happiest day of his life. Andrew earned his Private and Commercial Pilot licenses through the Brandon Flying Club. After completing his multi-engine commercial rating at Perimeter Aviation, he went to work for Transwest Air in LaRonge, SK. Andrew was immensely proud of his brother Lane, who was deployed to Afghanistan with the Canadian Forces in February, 2007. Andrew and his partner chose to name their daughter Chloe Colleen Lane because of Andrew's admiration for Lane and the work he was doing. Andrew was devastated when Lane was killed in action in July, 2007. Andrew is survived by his daughter, Chloe of Westlock, AB; his parents Charles and Wanda Watkins; and brother Leigh of Clearwater, MB. He was predeceased by his brother Lane in 2007. A private family service was held on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the Clearwater Cemetery concluding with an honorary fly-by, provided by his friends and colleagues of the Brandon Flying Club. A time of refreshment and fellowship followed at the Clearwater Memorial Hall. A trust account has been established for Andrew's daughter Chloe. If you so desire, a memorial donation can be made payable to: C. Watkins(Chloe's trust account), c/o TD Canada Trust, P.O. Box 328, Pilot Mound, MB, R0G 1P0.
SENCHUK: Irene Victoria (née White) Senchuk at the age of 79 years, passed away quietly at home in Brandon, MB on Sunday, April 24, 2011 surrounded by her husband, Jack and children, Gregg, Barbara, Andrea, Carole and David. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Andrea Lynn and Brennan, sister Lil (Jim) and brothers, Fred (Del) and Doug. Irene was born January 1, 1932 in The Pas, MB, to father Percy White and mother Clarisse (née Nabess) Her father, who fondly nicknamed her “Coke,” spent most of WWII as a guard at a prisoner of war camp in Canada. During these years, she and her siblings were raised mainly by her mother. She struck out for the big city of Winnipeg when she was 17, and her boyfriend Jack soon followed. Three years later, they were married, in June of 1952. She raised her first two children while Jack worked at night and attended the University of Manitoba full time during the day. They had little time to see each other during those years, but they persevered, settling in Brandon in 1962, and the family grew. She was a walker…..oh, how she loved to walk with Jack. Miles and miles! In the winter, they would drive to the mall early in the morning and walk the empty corridors to get their exercise. She also loved to travel, especially to England, where her father was born. One of her English highlights was a 100 mile backpack trek with Jack through the Cotswolds in their mid-60’s. She and Jack toured Europe, Russia, Ukraine and Israel and spent many a camping trip travelling throughout the U.S.A. and Canada, sometimes with five children in tow. She loved her little escape from the Manitoba winters. Many a March, when the flowers and cherry trees were blooming, she visited old friends and one of her sons on the West Coast. This gave her inspiration for her own gardening desires, as she waited with anticipation for the season to change and she could tend to her gardens with great enthusiasm. Her home was her castle and that’s where she gladly chose to spend her remaining days. Her faith in God stood tall, in good times and bad, as did her sense of humour. When she was first diagnosed with brain cancer she remarked that “God will take me soon and where I’m headed it’s going to be one big party.” She was devoted to her Christian faith and the Mennonite Brethren Church, where she was an active member, doing much volunteer work over the years. She celebrated life with her cheery, optimistic outlook, generous soul, kind heart and always saw the good in people. The Senchuk family would like to say, thank you very much to the We Care girls and the Home Care nurses who tenderly cared for her at home. Special thanks to Dr. du Plooy, whose sense of humour made her laugh, whose piano playing made her cry, and whose house calls were greatly appreciated. Finally, to all the friends who visited her in the hospital and at home, she loved you dearly. In her memory, Irene would like people to buy a friend a flower, pick up the phone and call each other or, as she loved to do, write a letter to someone close. A time of visitation was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. A funeral service was held at Richmond Park Mennonite Brethren Church, on Thursday, April 28, 2011 with Pastor Ben Kramer officiating. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7.
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ROLLINS: Mary Elizabeth “Molly” Rollins (Malinowski) died peacefully with family by her side at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, April 22, 2011. Mary was born on April 5, 1926 in Bury, Lancashire, England. Hermother, Elizabeth Edwards was a maid and married the butler, her father Herbert Edwards. Her childhood was very happy. She adored her older siblings Jack and Joan who both predeceased her. She went on many family outings either by bicycle or train. She loved to dance and performed for the troops with her Highland dance group. Ironically, she met our Dad, Kazimer John Malinowski, a Canadian soldier serving in England at a dance. As a youngbride, she crossed the Atlantic to make her new home on the farm in Saskatchewan and just like her war bride sisters, got quite a shock. From running water and bathrooms (or water-closets as they were called) she managed with outhouses and water pails. It was a big adjustment, but mom always said she would never change a thing. After a few years, Christine and twin brother Kenneth were born. Kenneth died at birth. She began her life as a mother. Three years later, Barry was born. She loved being a mom and supported Barry and Chris in every way possible. After farming and living in small town Saskatchewan, our dad re-enlisted in the Army. Off to Winnipeg we went where mom made lifelong friends. Three years later, we were transferredto Germany, which enabled mom to visit family in England often and to travel Europe. It was a wonderful time. Our next move was to Camp Gagetown with the Army homes being in Oromocto, New Brunswick. Mom, Dad and I (Chris) all joined the United Church there and Mom began a life of dedication and devotion to the church. Dad’s last posting was Shilo, with us moving to Brandon, where mom joined the U.C.W. She held many positions in her unit. It was a joke when something was being baked, “Oh it must be for the church”. Mom enjoyed bowling in the Five Pin Thursday afternoon league for many years with Bob’s mom Stella and friends. Mom, along with her friend Helen Taylor, was one of the first volunteers to cook for Meals on Wheels. She volunteered at Prairie Oasis. Even after being confined to her wheelchair, she volunteered by collecting the money for the meals Prairie Oasis provided at Lions Manor each Wednesday. She always did as much as she could. After thirty four plus years of marriage, Mom lost Kaz becoming a very young widow, but with her personal motto of Faith, Family and Friends, she carried on, always trying to keep that wonderful smile. She travelled both with Chris, Bob and family, Barry and Karen and Club 77. She enjoyed trips to England, Disneyland, New Brunswick and a Caribbean cruise. She also had her grandchildren Rob and Ryan and a few years later Andrea to help occupy her time. She loved them immensely and took part in many of their activities. After church on Sunday, at lunch with some Club 77 friends, Rev. Lovering introduced her to Don Rollins. After ten years as a widow, she and Don married and enjoyed almost eight years of travelling, going to England, Niagara Falls and wintering in Victoria. They both loved spring, looking for crocuses and exploring Sprucewoods. In 1992, the first of her surgeries for vascular disease took place. Even after losing her legs, she retained her class, dignity and fashion sense. Her little house on Princess then became unsuitable and she and Don moved to Lion’s Manor. They both made many new friends and enjoyed all the Manor activities. After nearly 20 years together, Don passed away. We are so grateful for his love, care and compassion for our mom. Mom was able, much to the surprise of many, to remain at Lion’s Manor, with help from Chris, Bob and family and many visits from Barry on his bike. She remained independent except for help with Saturday baths. Finally after Christmas one year ago, she accepted help from Home Care to dress each morning. That gave her sixteen more months to be with her Manor family and War-bride sisters, the best place to live in Brandon she always said. The birth of her great-grandchildren Mollie, Matthew, Meagan, Kate and Sean gave her the extra will and fight to get through the tough times. Sue, coming into Barry’s life, made her very happy and she loved her. Mom’s beautiful smile and never complaining, is an inspiration to a lot of us. Rob her eldest grandson called her his “Hero”. We would like to thank Mary Kay for her friendship to Mom and taking her on many summer outings. Thank you to Karen (Andrea’s mother) for your visits and often bringing supper. Thanks also to Merv (Don’s son) for all the visits and treats. You were special to her. Also thank you to Erin and Karen for making her grandson’s lives so happy. She loved you so much. We are going to miss you Mom, Grandma, Nana but know you are at peace and have no pain wrapped in the arms of our Lord. We will always love you. Molly is survived by Chris (Bob) Jaska, Barry (Sue) Malinowski: her grandchildren and great grandchildren; Rob, Erin, Meagan, Kate and Sean Jaska, Ryan, Karen, Mollie and Matthew Jaska, Andrea Malinowski and fiancée Warren Butt; by Don’s family and special family, forever friends Ken and Dianne Turner, Ron and Val Panchuk, nieces and nephews. She also leaves many friends especially Renee and her war-bride sisters. The Ceremony to Celebrate Molly’s Life was held on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at Central United Church. Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood and Rev. Shannon McCarthy officiated. Private interment was held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens prior to the ceremony. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Molly to the Central United Church BuildingFund, 327-8th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 3X5 or to a charity of choice.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
ROESLER: Walter Joe of Brandon, beloved husband of Audrey passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 77 years. In keeping with Walter's wish, cremation will take place, followed by a private family service.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
KAUK: Adeline Kauk (Matthes). It is with deep sorrow the family announces the passing of Adeline Kauk on April 20, 2011. "Adie" leaves to mourn her sons: Rick (Pat) of Saskatoon, Doug (Barb) and Jim (Shirley) of Brandon; grandchildren: Richelle, Karissa (Scott Beattie) and Derrick of Saskatoon, Kevin and Bryan Kauk, Jill (Derrick Stewart) and Marty Kauk of Brandon. Also left to mourn are: sister Connie Klowak, brother Clayton (Shirley) Matthes, brother- in-law Wally (Del) Kauk, sisters-in-law Lee (Art) Kowk, Shirley Kauk and numerous nieces and nephews. Mom was born March 3, 1926 and raised in Winnipeg. Adie and George were married July 23, 1949, and moved to Brandon in 1966, when George transferred with CN Rail. Mom was a homemaker, always caring for her family. Adeline and George were active members of GraceLutheran Church, where she was very involved in LWML. Mom and Dad enjoyed many summers at Oak Lake Beach. She enjoyed bowling, crafts and gardening, and loved suppers with family. Adie loved coffee out with her dear friend Kay. Mom was always very proud of her grandchildren, and loved spending time with her family. A celebration of Adie's life was held Monday, April 25, 2011 at Grace Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Adeline may be made to Grace English Church ROOF Fund, 3101 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 3P3. Special thanks to Dr. J. Maier for the wonderful care over the years and to the staff at BRHA, 4th floor. Thanks also to Pastor Edmund Mielke, George Malmstrom, and LWML at Grace Lutheran Church.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
"Remembering you is easy.We will do it every day.Missing you is the hard partThat never goes away."
"We love you Gramma!"
INGRAM: Dorothy Ada Mary Ingram of Brandon, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 4, 20ll at Winnipeg’s Concordia Hospital at the age of 98 years. She was born in Winnipeg on July 20, 1912, and as a young girl lived for a time in Regina, Moose Jaw, England and Brandon with her family. Dorothy worked for seven years as a stenographer at the Department of Defence in Ottawa. She then returned to Brandon to help support her parents, and began working at Air Command in Rivers. After the Base closure she worked at the Brandon Research Station, until her retirement in 1974. Dorothy was a devoted, active member of St. Matthew’s Anglican Cathedral in Brandon, and was church secretary for a number of years after retirement. She was a member of the ACW until her death. She loved to travel and treasured her visits to England over the years, where she visited family. She was always interested in her family history, and also loved following the lives of the Royal Family. As part of her interest in history she volunteered for many years at the Daly House Museum in Brandon. She invested in Hobb’s Manor when it was still just a hole in the ground and lived there independently, in the same apartment for 30 years. At the 25-year mark, Dorothy and five other original residents were honoured by the Manor with a celebratory tea. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Griffin (Richard) of Mississauga, Ontario, four nieces and two nephews, and their families.A memorial service will be held at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, 403-13th Street, on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with the Very Rev. Robin Walker officiating. A private graveside service for family will follow at Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a donation in Dorothy’s memory to a charity of their choice.
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HAY: Vivian Bernice Hay (Smith). With the same quiet dignity and serenity that she had shown throughout her life, Vivian Bernice Hay (Smith), with family beside her, passed away on April 25th, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer. Bernice was predeceased by her parents Ralph and Beatrice and her sister Doreen Toder. Left to survive her is her loving husband Bob, her son Michael (Kathryn), her daughter Tracy Klassen (Dana) and grandchildren Naomi, Emma and Zachery Klassen and Brendan Hay. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law and sisters- in-law Cliff Toder, Gerald and Betty Hay, Garth Hay and Ron and Maxine Hay as well as numerous nephews and nieces. Bernice was born and raised on the family farm near Oak Lake, Manitoba. Along with her sister Doreen and cousin Carlyle, they attended the local rural schools travelling on a horse drawn sleigh in the winter and school bus carriage in the summer. Upon graduating from Oak Lake High School, Bernice pursued a career in teaching--starting in one room schools and then primary grades in larger schools. In 1968 she left the schools on the prairies for a teaching position in Flin Flon. It was there she met her future husband, Bob whom she married in 1970. After a brief interlude in the south where Bob upgraded his education, they moved to Thompson and then Cranberry Portage. It was here that for the next 35 years Bernice and Bob would raise their family, be a part of Grace Church and the community of Cranberry and establish many close friendships that would last a lifetime. One of the gifts that Bernice shared throughout her life was her talent and love for music: As a young person she participated in local festivals for voice and piano and later played the lead role in Guys and Dolls for the Flin Flon Glee Club. She was the accompanist at her church, played for weddings and funerals in the community and led worship at church and at Kids Club which she loved being part of. Bernice was also accomplished at telling and writing stories for kids. As a gifted teacher she knew there was no better way of imparting a lesson than through a story and she used the sights, sounds and animals of the north to make her stories come to life. For many students at Frontier Collegiate, Bernice and Bob's home was “a home away from home” and Bernice loved laughing and listening to the kids who came “for tea” and on occasion would cook up some caribou or moose meat that kids would bring from their distant homes. The friendships that she developed with the kids, with folks from her church and community and the walks and coffee times she had with her girlfriends were so special to Bernice. In all endeavours that Bernice undertook; raising her family, teaching, establishing community and friendships, her actions were guided by her strong and devoted Christian faith. It was her faith that guided her life and was her source of strength and her anchor as she lived out her final days. Throughout her illness, Bernice and Bob have been overwhelmed by the expressions of love and support that have come from their community, their church, their former colleagues at Frontier School Division and from their many friends and extended family. Bob, Tracy and Michael want to extend a special thank you to Drs. Krahn and Hiebert and the staff at the Palliative Care Unit of the St. Boniface Hospital for their tender and compassionate care during Bernice's stay there. An evening of prayer and praise will be held on Tuesday May 3rd at 7:00 pm at the Grace Church in Cranberry Portage. A service to celebrate the life of Bernice will be held at the Frontier Collegiate gymnasium at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, May 4th. Internment to follow. Donations in her memory can be made to: Simonhouse Bible Camp, Box 250, Cranberry Portage, Manitoba, ROB OHO.
HARVEY: Stella Harvey of Strathclair passed away in Brandon on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at the age of 73 years. Stella is survived by her husband Gordon Harvey of Strathclair, sons: Jim of Strathclair and Peter Harvey (Tracy Danielson) of Brandon; 3 grandchildren: Dustin, Angela and Willow. Also surviving is brother: Ed (Elaine) Kotyk of Shoal Lake, sisters: Mary (Stan) Fiel of Shoal Lake and Rouga Swereda of Esterhazy, Saskatchewan. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at The Bend Theatre, Strathclair. Rev. Tim Crouch will officiate. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada or the Canadian Diabetes Association.
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Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of the funeral arrangements. 759-2160.
HAMES: Larry Gordon Hames 1951 – 2011. On Thursday, April 21, 2011 Mr. Larry Hames passed away at the Swan Valley Health Centre in Swan River, Manitoba at the age of 60 years. Larry Gordon Hames was born in Brandon, MB on March 29, 1951 to Gordon and Phyllis. His childhood years were spent in Kenton, ManitobaAfter graduating from high school in Hamiota, Manitoba. Larry continued his education at Red River Community College where he graduated with a degree in Business. Shortly after, Larry began his career with the TD Bank. His career took him to various places over the last 38 years, including Carmen, MB, Marathon, Ontario, and finally to Swan River where he spent the last 22 years. During his early career he was also starting a family with his first wife Elaine (McConnell); they raised three children, Melanie, Claire and Michael. Larry was very proud of his children and the success they found in their own lives. Larry enjoyed fishing, camping, hiking and gardening. He loved to be outdoors in the company of his four dogs, Sadie, Eddy, Frodo, and Zeus. He spent many hours in his boat and looked forward to his annual fishing trips with “the boys”. Larry volunteered for numerous local organizations and was willing to help wherever it was needed. Those close to Larry knew the depth of his heart and generosity. His actions were unselfish; he just did, never expecting anything in return. Larry leaves many laughter filled memories for the many, many people he touched in his life. He never lost his sense of humour. Larry was predeceased by his father Gordon, mother Phyllis, half- brother Keith, and Sister Wendy. Left to mourn his much too early passing are his loving fiancée Valerie Sinclair, daughter Melanie (Dave) Lane, daughter Claire (Steve) Gould, and son Michael (Sasha Brown) Hames, grand-daughter Brett, and three grandsons Lukas, Jacob and Logan. He also leaves behind numerous aunts and uncles and his two nieces, and one nephew and their families.“In the huge mysteries of time and space I feel your love surround me and I am not afraid.”Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Larry’s life will take place at a later date which will be announced at that time. Should friends so desire, donations in Larry’s memory may be made to the CancerCare Foundation of Manitoba or to the Swan Valley Animal Protection League. Memorial envelopes are available at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Jim Webster of Swan Valley Funeral Services Ltd. 363 Kelsey Trail (Hwy 10 North) Swan River, Manitoba. 734-5775.
DOOLE: David George Doole, known as George, passed away peacefully at the Valley View Care Home on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. George was born on April 5, 1922 to parents Robert and Elizabeth Doole at the home farm in Two Creeks, Manitoba George married Dorothy Hamilton, and together they had one son, Barry and two daughters, Tannis and Rhonda, four grandchildren; Kent, Sheldon, Joshua and Danielle and one great-granddaughter, Kazmira. George was predeceased by Tannis at the young age of six years. After 32 years, George and Dorothy divorced and two years later he married Jean Jennings. This gave him more children, Leslie (Ken) and Tom (Debbie), and grandchildren, Alissa, Braden, Cherie (Rob), Alana (Mike) and great grandchildren, Lucas and Laurel. George grew up in a typical farming area, where family and community were an important part of life. He was a councillor in Ward 5 of the R.M. of Wallace from 1974–1981 and like everything he did, this was a job he took great pride in. While farming, George spent many hours preparing equipment, tagging cattle, riding horses and always had a dog tagging along beside him. As well as doing these things he also loved to share them as well. It gave him great pride when one of his kids or grandkids accomplished something he was teaching them, be it farming, curling, shooting or just learning to drive. George loved to travel and together with Jean they had many wonderful adventures. Their first was to Hawaii and after that came Arizona, Texas, California as well as a tropical holiday to Jamaica. The top ranking trip though was when they fulfilled one of George’s biggest dreams and travelled to Ireland. This was his parent’s homeland, as well as where his father was buried and George was able to visit his dad’s gravesite for the first time. George is survived by wife Jean, son Barry and daughter Rhonda, grandchildren Kent, Sheldon, Joshua and Danielle and great granddaughter, Kazmira and many extended family. He was predeceased by parents Robert and Elizabeth, daughter Tannis; brothers Bob, Bill, Jim and sister, Molly. A service to celebrate George’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with Mr. Jamie Berry officiating. Placement of urn will follow at Brandon Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of George may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 1K2 or Valleyview Care Centre Foundation 3015 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B-2K2.
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DAWE: Helen (Nell) Dawe of Brandon passed away peacefully with family at her side at Fairview Personal Care Home on April 14, 2011. Helen was born May 18, 1914 in Brandon. She was predeceased by her mother and father, first husband Louis Phillips in 1938 and second husband Fred Dawe in 1983, son Don Phillips, brothers Andrew (Bud), Archie, Murray and Alex, sisters Annie Phillips and Isobel. Nell leaves to mourn her daughter Shirley (Ron) Miller, daughter-in-law Florence Phillips, grandchildren Louis (Brenda) Phillips, Neil (Brenda) Miller, Charlene (Cliff) Clisby, and great grandchildren Teri Phillips, Justin and Ryan Miller, Gareth and Krista Clisby, sister Marj Young, brother Jack (Margaret) Boyd, sister-in-law Ella Boyd and many nieces and nephews. She farmed and raised her two small children on her own until 1953 when she married Fred Dawe. The family moved to Brandon in 1957 and Nell worked the Kresges Store for 22 years, retiring in 1979. She volunteered at Fairview Home for over 25 years. She enjoyed curling, crafts, knitting, crocheting, volunteering for the Salvation Army and visiting seniors. Mom had many friends and enjoyed helping people, she also took great pride in her grandchildren. A celebration of Helen’s life was held at Bethel Christian Assembly, on Thursday, April 21, 2011. A private family interment took place at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Helen may be made to Fairview Home, 2nd Floor, 1351 – 13th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4S6.
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CIMERMAN: Luba (Brandzin) Cimerman passed away peacefully April 12, 2011, at the age of 86, in the Neepawa Health Centre with her family at her side. Luba, born April 7, 1925 in a small town by the Sea of Azov in the Ukraine, was named Vera Nadia Maria Luba Minyalo. A short, robust, feisty and determined woman, Luba’s life was riddled with tragedy and blessings. At only 2 years old, her first tragedy struck. She lost her mother, and left Luba and her baby sister motherless and a mean-spirited step-mother took charge. Luba was taken prisoner by German occupation forces at age sixteen. Rounded up she and young people from her town were transported by box car to Germany. She was confined to concentration and work camps. From there, she worked in a munitions factory that was later bombed by the Allied forces, leaving her with shrapnel wounds on her legs and back, barely escaping death. She was nursed back to health by a caring German family. Luba worked as a nurse in a German hospital after the war and dreamed of coming to Canada. After several months of scrimping and saving, and waiting for her application to be approved, Luba arrived in Manitoba in 1948. Luba wanted to be Canadian, and wanted to work in a place where she could learn English; Immigration services placed her on a farm near Mentmore, Manitoba, under the care of Kitty Murray, who, became her mentor and taught her the Canadian way. Luba taught herself to read and write English. Luba was ‘noticed’ by a young Polish fellow, Joseph Brandzin, who was working on a farm not far away. Like her, he had immigrated to Canada and in October, 1949, she married “Joe”. It was the happiest time of her life, even though they had nothing, they were blessed with such great love. Life became very busy for them and within 12 years, they had 5 daughters. These early times were filled with much laughter. Tragedy, however, would come again. In 1964, “Joe” suffered a cerebral aneurysm and died within 6 weeks. With 5 young children to provide for, ages 2 to 14, Luba went to work full time at Murray’s garage in Neepawa. For the next 25 years she worked hard, reconditioning and polishing cars until they looked like new; perfect to pass Luba’s high standards. She worked alongside several men; mechanics and salesmen alike had a great respect for her opinion. It was Luba’s sheer determination that got her through life. Eventually, Luba married Bill Cimerman, who later got a job at Murray’s, and together they worked reconditioning cars until retirement. Just before Bill died, in 1993, they moved from the country into “town”. Her garden was her life, at times almost an Olympic competition with the weather. Luba’s determination, to beat the weather by trying to get a head start on her garden, was something to see. Again in competition with the weather, at the age of 80, she climbed a ladder to shovel the heavy snow off her roof. In fact, right until November of 2010, she still shoveled her own driveway, often starting before it had even finished falling. Luba also loved to cook and bake. She would make dozens of perogies and cabbage rolls at a time, freeze them, and have them ready to give them to family when they visited. Only 2 weeks before her death, Luba fell off a chair attempting to get baking pans from a shelf to make Easter bread for her “kids”. She didn’t tell anyone about the fall for a couple days, in the end, this likely hastened her death. The weekend before Luba died, her family celebrated her 86th birthday with her. Her children, grand-children and great-grandchildren, gathered in the boardroom of the Neepawa Health Centre with birthday cake and a song to say goodbye knowing it would be her last birthday. The next day she shared that what she “would miss most is seeing those little kids grow up”. Predeceased by both of her husbands, Luba is survived by 5 daughters: Mary (Ron) Daeninck, Josephine (Lawrence) Verstraete, Barbara Brandzin, Vera (Steve Warrington) Brandzin and Teresa Manaigre; 8 grandchildren: Jason (Jenny) Chambers, Eric (Tara) Daeninck, James (Angie) Chambers, Mark (Gail) Daeninck, Stephen (Kristina Eye) Verstraete, Ashley (Nick) Malzahn, Kristina Manaigre, Cody Manaigre; 6 great-grandchildren: Brandon, Andy, Zachary, Isaac, Olivia and Sam. As would be expected, Luba never accepted the diagnosis of cancer. “It is the Manitoba flu” she said repeatedly. She was a challenge for the medical profession; non-compliant was how one person described her. Dr. Poettcker, who stick-handled around her thorny refusal to follow directions this past year, would probably agree. The family would like to thank Dr. Poettcker, the team of nurses who visited her at home in the last months – Sharon, Charity, Sandra, Lori and Ginny – and the staff at the Neepawa Health Centre and Palliative Care Service, for their care. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church, Neepawa, Manitoba on April 18, 2011. Celebrant was Fr. David Kowalski. Pallbearers were her six grandsons: Jason, Eric, James, Mark, Stephen, and Cody. Interment was at the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, Manitoba. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Neepawa and District Palliative Care Service. Funeral arrangements were made by White’s Funeral Home, Neepawa, Manitoba.
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