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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.
BROWN: Following a lengthy illness and long hospitalization, Raymond Dale Brown passed away at the Assiniboine Hospital on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Dale was born in Brandon, Manitoba on August 30, 1962. He attended George Fitton, McLaren and Harrison High Schools. He will always be remembered for his sense of humour, kindness, and love for his family. Dale was a very gentle, unassuming and giving person. He was very proud of his children’s accomplishments and talked of them often. He loved fishing and was a great Winnipeg Blue Bomber fan. Dale was predeceased by his father, James Owen Brown and will be sadly missed by his children, Geoffrey and Corinna of Calgary, Alberta. He also leaves to mourn his mother, Audrey Brown; brothers Jim (Del), Ron (Kathy), Doug(Darcy), Larry (Jane) and his sisters; Judy Latcham (Bob), Joan Leathem (Bill), Nancy Nickle (Pat) and Debbie, plus his many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Canadian Diabetes Foundation, 727B-10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G7.
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BRIGGS: Mervin (Bud), 88 years, beloved husband of Myra Briggs, father of Eddie, Debbie, Sandra, Robert and Heather, died in the Souris Health Centre on Thursday, April 28, 2011. Funeral service will be held later in May 2011. Notices will be made closer to date of service. In memory of Bud, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
KINLEY: In loving memory of Paul Brain Kinley, of Cartwright, Manitoba. Paul is lovingly remembered by his wife Bonnie, and children Shawna, Curt (Misty), and Aaron. He was predeceased by his son Todd. Paul died on April 26th 2011 at his home; SW 17-2-14 R.M. of Roblin at the age of 58. A memorial service will be held at the Cartwright Centennial Hall in Cartwright, Manitoba on Saturday April 30, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. with a private interment following at the Cartwright Cemetery. Donations in memory of Paul may be made to the Cartwright Community Independent School; Box 131, Cartwright, Manitoba or to the Cartwright & Area Foundation; Box 396 Cartwright, Manitoba.
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SCHEIRLINCK: In loving memory of Brian G. Scheirlinck of Killarney. Beloved wife of Lisa, dad to Jason, Krista and Jaret. Age 57 died April 26, 2011 Killarney, MB A private service will be held on Friday April 29, 2011. Private interment Killarney Cemetery, Killarney, Manitoba donations may be made to the charity of own choice.
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HICKS: Mary Hicks (Highfield). Mary passed away peacefully at home in Gilbert Plains on April 25, 2011. Funeral service will be held on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sneath-Stilchuk Funeral home in Dauphin. Donations may be made to the charity of ones choice.
HENDZEL: Margaret Rose Hendzel, beloved wife of the late Joseph Hendzel, formerly of Brandon, passed away at Seven Oaks Hospital, Winnipeg on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at the age of 72 years. Funeral Mass will be held from St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, Brandon at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 2, with Fr. James Ahaneku officiating. Interment will be in Brandon City Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Manitoba lung Association in memory of Margaret Rose. Email messages of condolence or sign the online Book of Condolence at G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
BJARNASON: Mary Edna Winifred Bjarnason. It is with great sadness the family of Edna Bjarnason announces her passing in Victoria, B.C. on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011. Her warmth, humour and humanity gave great joy to friends and family. She was born a farm girl near Bannerman, Manitoba on December 10, 1917, and grew up in virtually a pioneering community where electricity and paved roads were strangers and ingenuity was so commonplace that local citizens built their own schools and hired their own teachers. She loved children and as a young woman was destined to follow a road to teaching. She was a talented athlete and as a school girl won a Kodak box camera which started a love of photography that never left her. As a teenager, Edna sold her pony to get money to enable her to attend teacher training college in Brandon, Manitoba and she then taught school in the Turtle Mountain area. Also at the teaching college a young Carl Bjarnason had become best friends of Ray Spafford, Edna's brother, and in October 1941 married Ray's pretty young sister. Edna was interested in the world and travelled widely in the US and Europe. She loved reading and eagerly devoured books on history and murder mysteries. Her love of travel was exceeded only by her love of playing bridge, at which she was a crackerjack, For a gentle women, she took no prisoners at the bridge table. Edna had a keen interest in world affairs. She would have been a fine journalist and was editor of the newspaper in her senior citizens home, The Victorian, where she lived during the late 2000s. Edna loved gardening, and flowers: the more the better; and the more colourful, the better yet. Even in her last days was seen admiring the flowers that grew just outside her bedroom window. Edna was predeceased by her parents Frances and Alva and by her brothers Carl and Ray. She leaves many friends in Brandon, Winnipeg and Victoria. She is survived by her husband Carl, of Victoria, BC; sons and daughters-in-law Dan and Nance of Toronto; David and Linda of Brandon, Manitoba, and grandson Jeff, of Brandon. A memorial celebration will be held in Victoria at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers donations could be made to Cancer or Alzheimer associations of your choice.“Under the wide and starry sky,Live your life as the world goes by. Glad did I live and gladly go, As I laid me down with a will, This will be the verse you engrave for me: Here she lies where she longed to be: Home is the sailor home from the sea. And the hunter home from the hill.”Adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson.
BICKNELL: Noreen Anne Bicknell, died April 26, 2011 at Fairview Personal Care Home. Prayers will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327– 4th Street, on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Noreen was born to Ozzie and Madge Bicknell in Bruno, Saskatchewan on April 5, 19_ _. To her family she will always be 19 and half years old. She moved to Brandon with her family at a young age. With the exception of summer jobs at Banff Springs Hotel, she lived, attended St. Mike’s Academy and worked in Brandon all her life. She is survived by her daughter Cathie Ounsted of Victoria B.C. and her sister Iris Souliere; brothers Ken (Vivianne), Terry (Judy), Ted (Mary Ann) and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters, Marquerite, Madeleine and Joan James. Noreen had a varied working career, beginning during her high school years at the Oak Theatre. Full time employment began at Brown’s Drugstore. She became manager of Sally Shops when they located on Rosser Avenue., later moving to the Shopper’s Mall with the store. In 1975, she and her sister-in-law Vivianne purchased the Specialty Shop, a fashionable ladies dress shop. She was a member of the Quota Club and the Catholic Women’s League, but she will best be remembered as Brown Owl to many Brownies. Noreen was much loved by all her nieces and nephews. Her devotion to them and to all her family members was unfailing. She enjoyed a lifetime of friendship with former school mates, skating and dancing partners and the many people she met through her cliental. The family wishes to thank Dr. Egan and the staff of Fairview Personal Care Home for the loving, tender care that they gave to Noreen. If so desired, donations in memory of Noreen may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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MARTIN: With much sorrow, the family of Edna Christina (nee Earl) Martin announce her passing on April 20, 2011 in Victoria, B.C. She was surrounded by family and passed away peacefully at her home in Selkirk Pl. following a year of medical challenges which she faced with dignity and grace. Edna was born in Brandon January 9, 1925 and grew up in Justice, Manitoba. She spent most of her adult years living in Victoria but returned to Brandon often to see her Manitoba family and friends. She was predeceased by parents Margaret and Harry Earl, sister Evelyn Smith of Brandon and her husband of 57 years, Eldon (Curly) Martin. She is survived by brothers Elmer Earl (Mae), Murray Earl (Eileen), Morris Earl (Denise) and brother- in-law Howard Smith all of Brandon and her five children, Sandra Johnson (Butch), Linda Mylie (Doug), Bobbi Sheridan, Maureen Martin, Andy Martin (Ali) as well as 8 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends thoughout the world. A celebration of Edna's life will be held May 18, 2011 in Victoria at the Chief and P O's Club. All are welcome. Flowers are gratefully declined but a donation to a charity of your choice in Mom's memory would be appreciated.
DOOLE: George Doole of Brandon, beloved husband of Jean and dear father of Barry and Rhonda, passed away peacefully at the Valleyview Care Centre on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at the age of 89 years. 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. Complete obituary information to follow. Messages of condolence may be placed at
CAMERON: Edith Margaret Cameron, formerly of Douglas, Manitoba passed away peacefully Sunday, April 24, 2011 at the age of 85. Edith is survived by her family: Victor (Ella), Stewart (Kathy), Faye (Bob), Fern (Peter), Donald (Vicky), and Amy (Glenn). She has 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Edith was predeceased by her husband John and daughter, Shirley. A graveside service will be held at Roblin Cemetery 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011.
CAIRNS: Linda Joy Cairns (née McEachern) passed away peacefully at the Carberry Health Centre on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, surrounded by her family. A celebration of her life will be held on Friday April 29, 2011 from 12 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Royal Oak Inn, 3130 Victoria Avenue, Brandon. Interment will follow at the Oak Lake Cemetery. Messages of condolence may be placed at
BICKNELL: Noreen Anne Bicknell of Brandon, passed away at Fairview Personal Care Home on April 26, 2011. Prayers will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327–4th Street, on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 10:00 a. m. with Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Brandon Cemetery. Complete obituary information to follow.
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AUNE: Bruce Alvin Aune of Brandon, passed away at his residence on Sunday, April 24, 2011 at the age of 63 years. Bruce was born in Winnipeg on May 23, 1947 and grew up in Elm Creek, Manitoba. He is survived by beloved companion and best friend, Arlene Stebeleski and her family; daughter Amber (Ryan) Lobert, granddaughter Amie, and son Cody; Bruce's daughters Teresa (Robert) Grain and Sharon (Todd) Cashin; and grandsons Derek, Mark, Will, Andrew and Finn. He was predeceased by his father Arne, and is survived by his mother Ruth, sister Helen (Don) Woods, and brothers John (Diana) and Eric, along with numerous nephews and nieces. Bruce loved to golf, curl and play poker. He was very skilled with his hands and was involved in many construction projects. He was most proud of his workmanship at the Brandon General Hospital, Keystone Centre, RCMP Heritage Centre in Regina and of course Houston's, where he loved to dance. A memorial service will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 1:00 p.m with Mr. Jamie Berry officiating. A reception will follow at the Brandon Army Navy & Air Force Unit No. 10, 31-14th Street. Interment will take place at the Elm Creek Cemetery at a later date. Friends that so desire, may make donations in Bruce’s memory to either the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7 or World Vision Canada, One World Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5T 2Y4.
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