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SEFTON: Barbara Sefton of Brandon, beloved mother of Mark, Nancy, Karen and Eric, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at the age of 78 years. A Celebration of Barb’s Life will be held at the Knox United Church, 451-18th Street, on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. David Cathcart officiating. A private family interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Barb may be made to a charity of choice or to the Gordon and Barbara Sefton Memorial Scholarship Fund, 167 Daly Crescent, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 6V9. Complete obituary information to follow.Messages of condolence may be placed at
BOS: In Loving Memory of Karin Bos, beloved Mom of Nic and Ben, age 41, died September 9, 2010 at Boissevain Health Centre, Boissevain, Manitoba. Funeral Service will be held Monday, September 13, 2010 at the Minto Community Hall in Minto, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Viewing will be held Monday 10:30-12:30 at Minto United Church. Donations may be made to a trust fund for Nic and Ben in care of Sunrise Credit Union in Minto or Boissevain, Manitoba.
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Killarney & Boissevain Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.
BURGESS: The family wishes to convey the passing of James Keith Burgess, who died on Saturday August 28th at the Nanaimo General Hospital at the age of 83. Keith was born in Sintaluta, SK on Jan. 16th 1927 and grew up in Lauder and Brandon, MB. In his 20s, he was an avid baseball player and played in the longest game in Canadian history (26 innings!) in 1950. His first job was delivering bread by horse drawn wagon with McGavin’s Bakery in Brandon during the 1940s. In 1952 he took a job with Anglo Canadian Oil, which later became Royalite Oiland then Gulf Oil. He went on to become a Western Canadian Manager, and he remained with the company for 33 years until his retirement in 1985. His happiest days were with his friends at Gulf, and he truly loved his job. In 1985, he opened Encore Video with his sons David & Tyler in Richmond BC, which they ran until 1998. His later years were spent bowling, cheering for his Canucks, and enjoying his children, grandchildren anddogs. He loved the water and would often walk the dogs by the river, smoking his favorite cigar. He battled diabetes, and after a heart attack, underwent a quintuple bypass in 2004. The bullets kept coming, and he kept dodging, but the hospital visits became more frequent and his health was failing. Through it all, he never lost his sense of humor, nor the mischievousglint in his eye. He was a remarkably likeable man, friendly and generous to a fault and loved dearly by his friends. His family meant the world to him and the mountains of love he leaves behind are his true legacy. With his ex-wife Eunice, he raised four children - David, Mark, Tyler (Stacey), and Michelle (Ted). He also cherished his grand-daughters Brittany, Kaelyn and Asia. His best friend Barbara deserves special mention for all the loving care and attention she gave him over the past 32 years. A celebration of his life will take place on Thursday Sept. 16th at 1:00 p.m. at the Brechin United Church in Nanaimo. There will also be a reception in Brandon, Manitoba on Saturday, October 16th at 1:00 p.m. at The Victoria Inn. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Keith’s name to the Canucks Place Hospice for Sick Kids. Please contact Ty Burgess for more information 604-986–3536 or
GOUDREAU: Amber Dawn (nee Brugger) went home to be with her Lord suddenly on August 6th, 2010. A brief 27 year journey along life’s road began on July 7 th , 1983, when Amber Dawn first touched and graced the lives of many individuals. Throughout her early years, she enjoyed Sunday school, Pioneer Girls Club, summer church camps, volleyball camps, and vacations to B.C. Amber attended Kirkcaldy Heights Elementary School and later graduated from Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School in Brandon. Following high school, she received her Pharmacy Assistant Certificate while she worked in pharmaceuticals. Amber continued to study and obtain special courses for her most recent position at Brandon Total Eye Care Centre. She thoroughly enjoyed working there with all the staff and serving many special clients. With sparkling eyes and an infectious smile, Amber immediately captivated the hearts of everyone around her. She loved to give rather than receive and unselfishly put others ahead of herself. Compliments directed to her were humbly diverted to others. God blessed Amber with gifts of artistic talents and abilities. Everything she touched with her hands creatively transformed into something beautiful. One of her greatest attributes was her compassion towards family and friends. Opportunities to get together with loved ones, joke around, laugh, and just enjoy each other’s company were deeply cherished. Above all else, her husband and their children were her first priority. This was evident as she lived her life as a dedicated wife and an incredible mommy to their two sons. They meant the world to her. Amber’s extraordinary character, humour, inner and outer beauty, as well as her zeal for life will live on as her legacy. Amber is survived by her loving husband Jason and their two children Dawson and Paxton; parents, Brian and Marni Brugger; brother, Joel (fiancée Michelle); sister, Breanne (son Austin); grandparents, Dennis and Cheryl Brugger. She is also missed by her in-laws, Mickey and Sandra Kreidl and brother-in-law, Richard. Amber D will be deeply missed by many uncles, aunts, and cousins. The Celebration of Amber’s life took place on Thursday, August 12 th , 2010 at Calvary Temple in Brandon, Manitoba with Pastor Dan Pope of McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church officiating. Special music was provided by Cheryl Cramer, Robyn Brugger, and Karrie Smyth. A touching and inspirational tribute was shared by her father, Brian Brugger. Pallbearers included: Joel Brugger, Jordan Brugger, Mitchell Whittington, Cameron Brugger, Braydon Whittington, and Richard Kreidl. Interment took place at the Smoland Cemetery, Minnedosa, Manitoba with Pastor Dan Pearson officiating. Arrangements were in care of Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre in Brandon. Anyone wishing to donate towards a trust fund for Dawson and Paxton Goudreau, in memory of Amber, may do so at the Sunrise Credit Union, Unit B-824 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7.
We will cherish you in our hearts and memories forever.
Love you, bye for now, and see you someday in Heaven dear Amber.
KRUK: Frederick Nicholas, age 78 years, beloved husband of Elsie Kruk, father of Elaine, Paul, Gary, Arlene, and Sharron, died in the Souris Health Center, Souris, Manitoba on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Souris, Manitoba on Monday, September 13, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Souris and Glenwood Cemetery. Prayer service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Sunday September 12, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Donations, in memory of Fred, may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba, or to the Souris Health Centre Palliative Care Unit. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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NORRIE: Archibald (Archie) Cecil Norrie died Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010, at the Reston Health Centre at the age of 82, following a long illness with congestive heart failure. Archie was the beloved husband of Jean and loving father to Joanne, Janice and Denise. Born on a farm near Decker, Manitoba, on October 30th, 1927, Archie was the seventh child in a family of ten born to John and Helen Norrie. In 1942, the family moved to a farm near Isabella, Manitoba, where Archie, at age fourteen, took over the management with the help of his younger brothers, Cyril and Gordon. Their father’s suffering from the after-effects of World War I was the reason for his prolonged absences from the farm, as he would often need to stay in the Deere Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg because of his ill health.In 1947, Archie worked as a farmhand around Midnapore, AB. In 1950, he returned to Manitoba and worked on the Alexander farm near Decker and on a farm near Isabella for Jack Finkbeiner and his son, Johnny.On November 14th, 1953, Archie married Jean Harrison of Isabella and together they raised three daughters. His love of farming lead to the purchase of the farm homesteaded by Jean’s maternal grandparents, Charles and Jane Craig, where he lived with Jean until 2005 when they moved to Virden, MB. Archie was predeceased by his parents John and Helen, brothers George (killed in World War II), Bill (Lois), Gordon, Charlie (Phyllis and Eunice) and sisters Thelma (Don) Carnegie, Eleanor (Mel) Begg, Cora (Ted) Shier and nephew Don Norrie. He was also predeceased by Jean’s parents Harry and Mary, brothers Jim, Doug, Charlie (Verna and Isobel), sister Margaret (Allan) Dickie, Jean’s niece Lynne Harrison Dunitz and great-niece Cathy-Jo Harrison. Archie is survived by his wife Jean of fifty-six years and their daughters Joanne (Ron) Huberdeau of Isabella, Janice Norrie of Medicine Hat, Alberta, and Denise (Bernard) Simard of St. Lazare, Manitoba. Also left to mourn are his grandchildren and their families: Leigh (Margaret), Bree- Anne, Jodan, Aanick Huberdeau of Rainbow Lake, AB; Joel Huberdeau (Barb Kowalzik) of Airdrie, Alberta; Daniel (Sylvia), Jonah, Jaicee, Jax Huberdeau of Winnipeg; Jamie (Tana) and Acadia Huberdeau of Isabella; Andrea Klassen of Nelson, B.C.; Brian and Jared Simard of Brandon, Manitoba and Jenna Simard of St. Lazare. He is also survived by brothers Frank (Ruth) Norrie of Surrey, B.C., Cyril (Doreen) Norrie of Isabella and sisters-in-law Gloria Norrie of High River, Alberta, and Jeannine Harrison of Hamiota, Manitoba, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The celebration of Archie’s life was held in the Isabella Community Church with Reverend Heather Robbins officiating on Saturday, August 7th. His six grandsons were pallbearers and the organist was friend Linda Clark. His grandchildren Daniel and Andrea gave the eulogy which captured Archie’s unique sense of humour. The choir consisted of friends from surrounding communities. The internment was in the Isabella cemetery followed by a reception in the Isabella Hall served by the ladies of the community. Braendle- Bruce Funeral Services of Russell, Manitoba, was in care of arrangements.
ROBINSON: On September 9, 2010 at the Lion's Prairie Manor, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Stella (Sczesny) Robinson passed away at the age of 95 years.  Stella was born in Portage la Prairie on July 9, 1915 and received her education at North Ward, Central and Victoria Schools, The Convent, and Portage Collegiate.  In 1932 Stella, along with her brother John and sister Annie, moved to a farm in the Rossendale area. Here she met Alvin Robinson and they were married on November 31, 1936 in Winnipeg, Man.  Stella and Alvin farmed in the Ferriss District at Rossendale until 1959 at which time they took up residency in Portage.  After moving to Portage, Stella worked for the Campbell Soup Company for fifteen years retiring in 1976. Alvin passed away in 1998. Stella's interests were her home and garden, her church, the Catholic Women's League, the Women's Institute and quilting with her friends - Georgina, Roberta and Hazel.  One of the happiest events in her life was planning her 90th birthday party in 2005. In 2007 Stella moved into Victoria Landing in Brandon and two months ago returned to her beloved Portage la Prairie and the Lion's Prairie Manor. Stella is survived by her four daughters - Joan (Hugh) MacKay of Brandon, Manitoba, Donna (Colin) Stout of Chilliwack B.C., Marilyn (Neil) Downey of Red Deer, Alberta, and Linda Peterat of Vernon, B.C.  Seven grandchildren - Shannon Stewart; Allan MacKay; Cameron and Graeme Stout; Andrew, Charla, and Nathan Downey.  Four great-grandchildren - Randelle Stewart; Logan, Mia and Norah Downey. The family wishes to thank Stella's caregivers in her final years at the following locations - Victoria Landing in Brandon, Brandon Assiniboine Centre and Lion's Prairie Manor in Portage.  A huge thank you to all her church members and friends for their loving concern and care. Prayers will take place at McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel, Portage la Prairie, MB on Tuesday, September, 14 2010 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral Service will be held at Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church, Portage la Prairie, MB on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm led by Father Eric Giddins. Private family Interment is to follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. As expressions of sympathy, if friends so wish, donations may be made in Stella’s memory to Portage la Prairie Heritage Inc. (CP Station), 251 – 3rd Street NE, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, R1N 1L1. A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel 857-402. A message can be left in the on-line guest book at
ROWAND: Henry Oliver Rowand of Virden, Manitoba and formerly of Kola, Manitoba, beloved husband of Irene Rowand and father of Larry, Faye and Donna passed away at WestMan Nursing Home, Virden Thursday; September 9, 2010 in his 89th year. Funeral service will be held from St. Mary's Anglican Church, Virden Monday; September 13, 2010 at 1:00 p.m with Father Don Bernhardt officiating. Interment will be in Woodville Cemetery, Kola, Manitoba. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Virden Health Auxiliary Remembrance Fund or Woodville Cemetery or to the charity of your choice in memory of Henry. E-mail messages of condolence or sign the on-line Book of Condolences at G.R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
SEFTON: Barbara Sefton of Brandon, beloved mother of Mark, Nancy, Karen and Eric, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at the age of 78 years. A Celebration of Barb’s Life will be held at the Knox United Church, 451-18th Street, on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. David Cathcart officiating. A private family interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Barb may be made to a charity of choice or to the Gordon and Barbara Sefton Memorial Scholarship Fund, 167 Daly Crescent, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 6V9. Complete obituary information to follow.Messages of condolence may be placed at
SMITH: Maria Philippina (née van Oordt), beloved mother of Dawna (Dick) Green and Gord Smith (Theresa), passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre on Thursday, September 09, 2010. Maria was born at Vlaardingen, the Netherlands and she came to Canada as a War Bride, marrying James (Jim) Smith of Belmont, MB. They lived for a short time in Salmon Arm, B.C., then Belmont, Manitoba and soon made their home in Douglas, Manitoba for many years. Maria later moved to Brandon and was employed at the Brandon Mental Health Centre for several years. Maria enjoyed riding her bicycle and looked forward to the dances at the Royal Canadian Legion where she was a devoted member. She took great pride in her appearance and was always dressed in the latest European fashions. Her quick wit and feisty spirit will be missed by all. She was predeceased by her husband Jim and by her two brothers and one sister in the Netherlands and South Africa. Maria will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Dawna (Dick) Green, son Gord Smith (Theresa), granddaughter Lisa (Dean) Hammond, grandson Dustin Smith (Michelle), great-grandchildren Ben, Matthew, Gavin and Chloe. Maria will also be greatly missed by Don Gardiner and by her extended family in the Netherlands. In keeping with Maria’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held. Donations in memory of Maria may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Palliative Care,” 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to Dr. Smith and the staff at the Assiniboine Centre for their compassionate care.
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SOLKOSKI: Don Kenneth Solkoski, beloved husband of Thelma and dear father of Paul (Jayme) Solkoski, Cathy (Brent) Solkoski and Mary (Kevin) Robinson, passed away at the Assiniboine Centre on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at the age of 59 years. Prayers will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Don may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8 or to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Palliative Care,” 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Messages of condolence may be placed at
STRACHAN: Calvin James Strachan of Hamiota passed away August 17, 2010 at the Hamiota District Health Centre after a brief illness. Calvin was born Feb. 17, 1959, to Harold and Florence Strachan of Decker, Manitoba. He attended school in Decker, Crandall, Hamiota and after graduation, ACC in Brandon. In 1978, he began working for the CNR as a trackman and later as a machine operator. After 19 years, he left CNR to be closer to home. He began raising cattle and farming, while working for Gregory Sand and Gravel and Cattlex. In 2007 he left farming and began working for the Dept. of Transportation and Infrastructure in Birtle and Shoal Lake. On November 30, 1985, he married Evie Cowling of Crandall. Together, they raised two daughters; Whitney born 1992, and Morgan born 1995. Calvin’s greatest joy was watching his girls participate in their many activities and sports. In his younger years, Calvin enjoyed hockey and water skiing, and later golf. Many weekends were spent at the family cabin with family and friends. His competitive spirit was always evident whether on the hockey ice or the golf course. However, his reward was time spent with great friends and great teammates. Calvin is survived by his wife, Evie, and daughters Whitney and Morgan. He is also survived by his parents, Harold and Florence Strachan; brother Murray(Caroline) Strachan; sisters Linda (Bob) Wickens, Judy(Greg) Rahn; brothers in law Bruce(Sandra) Cowling, Art Cowling, Bob Cowling; sisters in law Maureen Cowling, Betty Cowling (Jim Odo); and many nieces and nephews. For those wishing to make a donation in Calvin’s memory may do so to the Hamiota Golf Club, Hamiota Aquatic Centre, or the Hamiota District Sports Complex.
Thank You
We wish to thank the following: Hamiota Health Centre for their care and support throughout this difficult journey; the group of friends and volunteers who prepared the rink for the funeral service; Barbara Rediker for taking time from her vacation to help a friend; Dwayne Campbell and staff for their part in a great service; all those who sent food, flowers and baking to our homes. We are so fortunate to live in such a caring and supportive community. Thank YouEvie, Whitney, Morgan and the Cowling and Strachan families.
LEE: Evelyn Gertrude Lee, beloved wife of the late Lyle Lee passed away Sept. 7th, 2010 at the age of 95 at Deloraine Health Centre, Deloraine, Manitoba Funeral Service will be held Saturday, Sept. 11th, 2010 at Waskada United Church in Waskada, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m If friends so desire, donations may be made to Waskada United Church Memorial Fund or Waskada Cemetery Fund. Interment Waskada Cemetery.
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Smith Funeral Home, Deloraine Manitoba.
KAYLA Rae McLean beloved daughter of Randy and Dorothy McLean entered into rest on September 5, 2010 at the age of 20 years. Viewing will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2010 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Minnedosa Funeral Chapel, Minnedosa, Manitoba. Funeral service will be held on Friday, September 10, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, Minnedosa, Manitoba with Father James deBeer officiating. Interment will take place in the Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Brandon Humane Society. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868
READ: Bernice Loreen (nee Daniel). Known by many as Bea, was born July 18, 1926 in Virden, Manitoba to Mary McLeod (Daniel) and Nelson Daniel. She passed away peacefully on September 7, 2010 at Northumberland Hills Hospital after a short re-occurring battle with cancer. She was the youngest of 5 children; her sister Myrtle Daniel (Hayhurst) and brothers Wesley Daniel, Norman Daniel, and Doug Daniel. She was raised by her oldest sister Myrtle as a part of her family, due to the untimely death of her mother. Bea was loved like a daughter and was raised as such. Within this family there was Jean Madison, Howard Hayhurst (Margaret), Gordon Hayhurst (Betty), Neil Hayhurst (deceased), and Freda May (deceased). She will be forever loved and remembered by her husband Major Angus Vaughan Read, her children Marilyn - deceased (Rob), Loreen (Jim), and Brian (Kym), and her grandchildren Nicole, Tim, Graham, Kate and Cassidy. Anyone who knew Bernice personally, knew of her caring nature and drive to help those in need. Not only supporting her family, especially her grandchildren in sports and school, Bea was always putting her own needs second, as she touched the lives of many people through her career in nursing and her generous volunteerism. Bea had two nursing lives, one with the Military and the other as a civic nurse. The military took her places such as Winnipeg (Marilyn born 1952), Regina (Loreen born 1955), Edmonton, Shilo, and Fort Churchill. It also took her around the world to places such as Germany, (Brian born 1957). As a civic nurse she was involved with the Saint John’s Ambulance and was awarded the Officer of the Order Saint John – 1985, Presented by the Governor General. With the Victorian Order of Nurses she was inducted as an Honorary Life Member – 2009. With the Canadian Cancer Society she was awarded the Service Award for 20 years of service in 2010. She was a Past President of the Lioness Club - 1978, and a Past President of the Inner Wheel – 1991 to 1992. She was continually involved at St Peter’s Church as the 1st Chair of the Health and Healing Committee, Friends at 10, and many other roles within the local Church. Bea was a wonderful storyteller and loved to reminisce about growing up in Manitoba, her earlier times in Cobourg, and her nursing career (Graduated Virden Collegiate Institute (1945), Graduated Brandon General Hospital (1948) – RN, Graduated University of Alberta (1965) – Diploma in Public Health). Her passing is a sad time for friends and family but also a time to celebrate her full and well-lived life. The family would like to thank everyone who has supported them through this trying time. Visitations will be held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King Street East, Cobourg, on Friday, September 10th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. A celebration of her life will be held at St. Peter’s Church, King Street East, Cobourg on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 1:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Bernice Read Nursing Scholarship, Canadian Cancer Society, St. Peter’s Anglican Church, or Saint John’s Ambulance will be gratefully accepted. Condolences received at
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