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MITCHELL: After 99 years of a wonderful life, Jean Mitchell passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the Assiniboine Centre, in Brandon. Jean was born on September 11, 1913 to Joseph and Charlotte Warren in Rivers, Manitoba. This was the same year Rivers was incorporated as a town. She was so looking forward to the 100 year celebrations. Jean was the youngest of five children. The family moved to Blackpool, England in 1914, where her father enlisted in the British Army. After the war, the family returned to Rivers and took up residence on Fifth Avenue. She attended school in Rivers. On September 15, 1936, Jean married her best friend and the love of her life, Roy Mitchell. They resided in Rivers until 1963 when they moved to Winnipeg and later Brandon. She was an active member in St. James Women’s Auxiliary while in Rivers and later in St. George’s in Brandon. She was also a member of Rivers Rebekah Lodge. While in Rivers she curled at the Rivers Curling Club and in later years never missed a curling game on television. The joys of Jean’s life were her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren and she loved them all dearly. She could tell you all their names from the oldest to the youngest. She had a passion for knitting and until her eyesight started to fail her, she loved to knit sweaters for them all. Mom and Dad loved to travel and after Dad retired they took trips to New Zealand, Australia, Scotland and England to visit several relatives. They had also enjoyed trips to the east and west coasts of Canada visiting all the family. Jean is survived by son Bob (Gwen) of Kingston, Ontario; daughter Lorna Simmons of Brandon, and son Glen (Helen) of Brandon; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren, all living across Canada from Nova Scotia to British Columbia, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband Roy; her parents; step mother; two sisters and two brothers. A private burial service will take place at the Rivers Cemetery with a memorial service held at a later date. A special thanks to all the staff at Sokol Supportive Housing, Dr. Large and staff of the Western Medical Centre, and the third floor nursing staff at the Brandon Assiniboine Centre for all their kindness and care they gave to Mum. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jean may be made to the CNIB, 354 10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 4G1 or a charity of choice.
Always in Our Hearts.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
Mother and daughter Geraldine (Dean) Wilkins (nee Stevenson), died at home Trevartha Farm, U.K. April 25, 2012, age 60.Marjorie Polo/Stevenson (nee Horner), died at home Brandon, MB December 1, 2012, age 88.
Loved and missed.
NYKOLIATION: Jerry Nykoliation of Brandon passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the Assiniboine Centre at the age of 77. Jerry was born November 20, 1935 at the Shoal Lake Hospital. He lived with his family in the Seech area until 1948 when their house burned down and then they relocated to the Kelloe area. Jerry married Jeanette Franko in 1977 and then in 1979 they were blessed with a son Jeffrey. Jerry enjoyed farming and curling in his earlier years. There was always a holiday every year to different destinations in Canada and the United States, which also included a cruise to the Mexican Riviera in 2005. Jerry retired from farming in 2003 and then in 2007 moved to Brandon. Jerry was predeceased by his parents John and Sophie and niece Beverley Lecuyer. He is survived by his wife Jeanette; son Jeffrey; sisters Lesia (Leonard) Michalchuk and Helen (Percy) Ewanation both of Winnipeg. The family would like to thank the staff at CGP and 3A and a special thank you to his nurse Mike. The funeral service will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, Brandon on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Very Rev. Fr. Michael Skrumeda will officiate. Pallbearers are Dennis Franko, Paul Sorochynski, John Malchuk, Dallas Malchuk, Randy Kozak and Brian Nykoliation. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Jerry may be made to the Manitoba Neurofibromatosis Support Group, Box 2025, Minnedosa, Manitoba R0J 1E0.
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REID: Ann Reid of Shoal Lake passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2013, at the Shoal Lake-Strathclair Health Centre at the age of 76 years. Ann is survived by her husband Robert and her children: Dean, Terry, Tammy, Marnie and Trudie and their families. The funeral service will be held on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Westminster United Church, Shoal Lake with Jamie Bradshaw officiating. Interment will follow in the Shoal Lake Cemetery. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Shoal Lake-Strathclair Health Centre, Palliative Care or to a charity of their choice. Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of the arrangements.
RUNIONS: Raymond Leonard, 74 years old, died suddenly at his residence in Souris, Manitoba on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Ray will be remembered by his children, grandchildren, great grand- children, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be held at Kowalchuk’s Funeral Chapel, Souris, Manitoba on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at3:00 p.m. Private interment in the Elkhorn Cemetery at a later date. In memory of Ray, donation may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris, in care of arrangements.
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SUROVY: It is with great sadness the family of Walter Carl Surovy announce his peaceful passing at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, January 28, 2013 at the age of 84 years, after a lengthy hard-fought battle of failing health. Walter was predeceased by parents Felix and Mary Surovy. He will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of 57 years Emily; his son Leonard (Roxine), children Ashley and April (Brad) and great-grandchildren Chantelle and Katerina; his daughter Leona (Brett), children Brittany (Devon) and Fallon and great-granddaughter Deirdre. Walter will also be missed by his twin brother Joe (Cathy), brother Paul (Sharon), brother Johnny (Sharon) and their families as well as brothers and sisters-in-law and their families. Walter and his twin brother Joe were born in Sardaky, Czechoslovakia on March 9, 1928. When they were eleven months old, with their Mom, they sailed across the ocean to join their Dad who was working on a farm in Saskatchewan. They eventually homesteaded near Rackham, Manitoba and Walter spent his early years on the family farm. He attended Rackham School and belonged to the Jackfish St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church. Walter left the farm in his early 20’s and worked for the Railroad in Winnipeg. It was there where he met Emily and they were married in Winnipeg on September 17, 1955. They moved back to the family farm, and soon after Leonard and Leona were born. Although farm life was modest, it was very rich in family values and traditions with lots of love and laughter. If Walter couldn’t afford to buy something, he would make it – his most memorable was a ski-doo made from an auger motor. It seemed there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix or build. There were many family outings – Sunday drives, fishing and swimming, visiting with friends and neighbors, watching hockey and curling and regularly attending church, fall suppers and dances. Wherever there was music, Walter wanted to be there. Walter would dance all night long but always his first and last dance was with his wife, Emily. Like many farmers, Walter picked up extra work where he could. For several summers he was a groundsman at the Clear Lake Cadet Camp and later worked as a security guard at Clear Lake. In the winter, he would have a trapline and cut firewood. Walter spent many enjoyable hours ski-dooing, not only checking his trapline, but also entering Poker Derby’s, going ice fishing or to town to watch hockey or curling. Walter was an avid hunter and fisherman. The freezer was always full of fish and venison. Walter enjoyed curling, belonging to a Men’s League and entering many weekend bonspiels. Watching local hockey was another winter pastime and Walter even gave the Old-timer’s League a try for one winter. Another passion of Walter’s was snooker. Every chance he had he’d be down at the local pool hall in hopes to find someone for a game. In 1976, Walter and Emily moved to Brandon and purchased their first home on 7th Street, where they resided until recently moving to Odd Fellows Corner. Walter worked as a Security Guard and on road construction for awhile but soon found there was a demand for his handyman talents. Before he knew it, he was working long hours doing renovations and repairs in Brandon and surrounding area. Walter continued this work well into his 70’s. He was never an idle man. He dabbled in furniture refinishing and woodcrafting. One of his first projects were jewelry boxes for all the girls in the family and one of his last were cremation urns for the entire family. He entered some of his projects in the 55 Plus Games and was fortunate to receive a couple of bronze medals. Walter’s love and respect for nature and the outdoors never waned. He continued to hunt and fish and eventually bought a camper. He and Emily went on numerous fishing trips and annually took in the Austin Thresherman’s Reunion. His love for snooker also continued. He belonged to the Velvet Rail Pool League and won a silver medal at the 55 Plus Games in Winnipeg. Dad always enjoyed his garden and flowers and planted way more than they could use but took great pleasure in giving it away. He became an avid birdwatcher spending many hours on the deck watching the birds at his feeder. His favourites were the bluejays. There was nothing Walter enjoyed more than celebrations and family gatherings. He cherished visits from his children and grandchildren as well as his brothers and in-laws. He was especially close with his twin brother Joe. When Walter and Emily moved to Odd Fellows Corner, he dearly missed his beloved birds and his BBQ. He loved to BBQ all year round. But it wasn’t long before he made new friends, played cards and bingo and attended pot lucks and catered suppers. Walter had a regular daily routine – over to Tim Horton’s to have coffee with the guys, he and Emily would go out for supper, he’d take her to Bingo, try his luck at the VLT’s on his way home, play cards, pick up Emily from Bingo and then off they went to Timmy’s again for a night cup. Like clockwork. Walter’s final couple of years consisted of frequent hospitalizations and he eventually moved to Rideau Park Personal Care Home in June 2012. Throughout, Walter amazed his family with recovery after recovery always being optimistic and determined to remain as independent as possible. While in Rideau Park, Walter enjoyed cards, bingo, watching TV and church, but looked most forward to his daily visits from Emily and visits from other family and friends. Walter was a true inspiration to his family teaching them so much and being the ultimate role model. He was a kind and gentle man who demonstrated great integrity, patience, generosity and a genuine appreciation for even the simplest things in life. Walter is now finally free from pain and suffering and resting in peace. We’ll miss him, but cherish the memories. A celebration and tribute of Walter’s life was held at Memories Chapel on Saturday, February 2, 2013 with Rev. Fr. Jorge Mante officiating. The eulogy was presented by his daughter Leona and urn bearer was his granddaughter April. Honorary bearers were all in attendance. Cremation has taken place and interment will take place at a later date at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Walter may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 17th Street East, Brandon, MB R7A 7M6.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre,204-727-0330.
STUDER: Ellen Mary Elizabeth (Bessie) Studer passed away peacefully in Saskatoon, SK surrounded by loved ones on February 13, 2013. She was 96 years old, but according to her she was "almost 97"! She was predeceased by her first husband, Lawrence Harper (1947), her second husband, Lorne Studer (1972), her son, Benne Harper (2000), and her son-in-law, Arthur Budd (2009). She is survived by her son Alfred (Martina) Harper and children; Cat (Jordan) Walker and children, Dawson, Rowan, and Ashton; Joy Harper and children, Taylor and Jessica; and Jason Harper; her daughter Alayne Budd and children; Marrian (Ted) Moore and children, Rob (Carrie) Moore, Barb, and Megan; Sheryl Budd (Ryan Ray) and children, Seth, Ebony and Rayn; Debby (Dave) Block and children, Theo, Anna, Aidan, and Sharaya; Dan (Lori) Budd and children, Jolayne, Naomi, George and Emily; her daughter-in-law Jan Harper (Peter Mitchell) and son John (Tammy) Harper and children, Alex and Cameron; and her son Bob (Jennifer) Studer and children, Sarah (David) Lewis and children, Joseph and Jonathan; and Barnabus Studer. Ellen was born at home near Waldeck, SK April 14, 1916 to proud parents, James and Ellen Wightman. Tragically, her mother passed away 2 days later. She was raised by her Wightman grandparents in Nesbitt, MB until she was 4 years old when her father remarried and she rejoined her new family. After blending families Ellen was the third of ten children; Alfred, Violet, Ellen (Bessie), Margaret, Harry, Gordon, Phyllis, Louis, Leslie, and Joyce. Joyce is now the only remaining sibling .Ellen became a school teacher and taught for several years. While teaching at the Hayfield School she met Lawrence Harper. They were married on January 1, 1940. Over the next few years they had three children. Lawrence was killed in a farm accident in 1947. Ellen moved the family to Brandon, MB that year and married Lorne Studer on September 26, 1953. After Lorne's death in 1972 she remained in Brandon until 2002 when she moved to Saskatoon to live with her daughter Alayne and her husband Art. Ellen spent that last 11 years of her fulfilling life living with family, enjoying and being enjoyed by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The Memorial Service will be held on Monday, February 18, 2013 1:00 p.m. at Evangelical Free Church, 3102 Laurier Drive, Saskatoon, SK. Arrangements in care of Dalmeny Funeral Home (306-254-2022).
SPENCEPENTECOST In loving memory of
Darren Spence, age 37, beloved son of Lorna and Edward. Gage Spence, age 10 and Logan Spence, age 9, beloved sons of Michelle and Darren. Dawson Pentecost, age 9, beloved son of Crystal and David. Died accidently near Waskada, Manitoba on February 10, 2013. A celebration of life will be held on Monday, February 18, 2013 at Jolly Construction on Part St. South Waskada, Manitoba 2:00 p.m. Donations may be made to the Gage, Logan & Dawson Scholarship Fund Waskada Athletic Club, Waskada MB, c/o Sunrise Credit Union. Donations in memory of Darren, may be made to a trust fund for his daughter Kaylie. Private Interment will take place at the Waskada Cemetery.
Messages of condolence may be made online at
Smith Funeral Home, (204) 747-2088.
PETRIE: William John Petrie. Peacefully, Bill passed away on February 12, 2013 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Predeceased by his parents Freda and John Petrie. Bill is survived by his son Timothy, and Tim’s mother Deborah, sisters Susie (Brian) and Carol, step-father Roger (Pauline). Thank you the staff on A3 for their excellent care.
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Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
NYKOLIATION: Jerry Nykoliation of Brandon passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the Assiniboine Centre at the age of 77 years. Funeral Service will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Fr. Michael Skrumeda will officiate. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Jerry may be made to the Manitoba Neurofibromatosis Support Group, Box 2025, Minnedosa, Manitoba R0J 1E0. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre,204-727-0330.
DUNSMORE: Gloria Elizabeth Dunsmore beloved sister of Mae Cotter, James Kelleher, Jack (Marion) Kelleher, Patrick (Joan) Kelleher and Twyla (Alan) Wawaruk, passed away peacefully into the arms of her Lord on February 12, 2013. She was predeceased by her loving son Michael Guy Pawlyshyn and her sister Dawna Phillips. Funeral arrangements are pending with Brockie Donovan. Full obituary to follow.
BATES: David Ernest Grenville Bates, June 20, 1954 – February 12, 2013. David was born in Brandon, Manitoba and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. He worked in private practice in Brandon until 1990 and, for the last 20 years, with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. David brought joy and laughter to so many people including family, friends and his colleagues at the CFIA. His pranks were legendary. David loved sailing and sunsets at Clearwater Bay and Gabriola Island. Who would have thought that a prairie farm boy would end up being so passionate about canoeing and being on the water! His love for life was contagious. David was truly a teddy bear on the inside and could pull everyone in with his warmth and bear hugs.
We will miss your stories, humour, and love of flowers and nature. You were our sunshine and you made us happy when skies were grey.You knew how much your family and friends loved you.We will never let the memory of your sunshine fade away.
David is survived by his wife Lynn, daughters Jennifer (Brent) and Catherine (Daniel), grandson Colton, father Grenville, sisters Diane (Richard) and Alys-Lynne (Steve). A memorial service will be held Friday, February 15, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at Green Acres Funeral Home and Cemetery, Highway #1 East and Navin Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. Special thanks to staff of CancerCare (Victoria Hospital) and the Riverview Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit 3E. Green Acres Funeral Home and Cemetery, (204) 222-3241.
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SHWALUK: Anne passed away peacefully at Hillcrest Place on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the age of 94. She was predeceased by her first husband Bill Peech in 1987 and her step-son John Shwaluk in 2012. Left to mourn is her husband Matt Shwaluk, step- daughter Diane (Bill) Salyn and their children and grandchildren. Also left to mourn her loss are several sisters-in-law, brother-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews. Divine Liturgy will be held at the Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Oakburn, Manitoba on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Mykhaylo Khomitskyy officiating. Rae's Funeral Home of Shoal Lake in care of arrangements. A very special thank-you to the management and staff of Hillcrest Place for the wonderful care and compassion that they provided for Anne for the past ten years.
GUGIN: Robert J. “Bob” Gugin passed away on February 11, 2013 at the Minnedosa Health Centre at the age of 90 years. A private family service will take place at a later date with the interment in the Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of MB. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
ROSS-HARMS: Carol, 60 years old, loving partner of Nelson Ross-Harms, mother of Cris Harms, Shawn Ross-Harms and Wade Harms, died in the Souris Health Centre on Sunday, February 10, 2013. Funeral Service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris, Manitoba on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, in memory of Carol, donation may be made to the Souris Hospital, the Souris Arts Council or to the Souris Multicultural Association. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris, in care of arrangements.
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