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LOEWEN: Helen Loewen of Brandon passed away on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Justice Mennonite BrethrenChurch, Justice, Manitoba. Pastor Gerry Harms will officiate. The Graveside Service will take place prior to the Funeral Service at 12:45 p.m. at Sparling Cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Helen to an orphanage in Uganda, c/o Heather Penner, 1310 4th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 3J9. Complete obituary will follow. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
LEWANDOSKI: Rose Lewandoski (nee Millenchuk) May 22, 1916 October 27, 2009. May 1, 1916, WW 1 is raging in Europe. May 11, 1916 a young scientist named Albert Einstein presents The Theory of General Relativity to the scientific community. May 20, 1916, the Saturday Evening Post features a painting on its cover by an artist named Norman Rockwell. May 22, 1916, on a homestead southwest of Sandy Lake, Manitoba, overlooking the Little Saskatchewan River Valley, Sophie & Prokop Millenchuk celebrate the arrival of their first child. A beautiful daughter named Rose. And so began a 93 year journey that concludes not far from where it all began. Rose would not be an only child on that farm for long. Eight more children rounded out the Millenchuk clan. As the oldest child, Rose was expected to assume adult responsibilities at a young age gardening, cooking, cleaning and farm work. Rose was 11 years old when a school inspector stopped by the farm one afternoon to explain to her Dad that she must attend school or he would have to pay a fine. After that day, Rose attended Montcalm rural school, but only for four years. What she learned during that short time were lessons that paved the way for the rest of her hard-working life. Following her short schooling, Rose worked for her grandfather, Wasyl Shewchuk, as a housekeeper at the family homestead. Her next stop would be the Newdale Hotel and then to Minnedosa where she worked at the Patricia Café with her pal Lena Melcosky. At the age of 16, Rose was employed at the Sandy Lake Co-op store, earning a monthly salary of $5.00. The money went back to help her family survive. Being fluent in Ukrainian and English made Rose a valuable asset to the town shoppers. It was while working there, Rose met a curly haired farm boy from north Sandy Lake by the name of Steve Lewandoski. They were married on October 14, 1943 at the Sandy Lake Ukrainian Catholic Parish where Rose was a life-long member. Rose settled into farm life with a vengeance. Flowers, flowers and more flowers! A huge yard, a giant garden, and a barn full of cows. Oh and lets not forget, six children as well Robert, Raymond, Richard, Sharon, Gloria and Dennis. When Steve and Rose bought their first car, a 1953 Ford Mercury, it also doubled as a school bus but only when the sign was flipped up. Rose filled in as a school bus driver, driving her children to Coldwell School, even on the coldest winter morning. And she always managed to avoid the ditch. She was a leader in the 4-H Club. Because Rose milked and cared for so many cows, Robert, Raymond and later Richard were introduced to the 4-H Beef Club. Rose also hilled way too many potatoes, which led her and Dennis to become active members of the 4-H Garden Club. As her girls grew, Rose became a member of the Sandy Lake Ladies Curling Club with them. She milked too many cows to count and fed chickens just to harvest them annually with her faithful dog Junior standing along her side. Because she learned to prepare food at such a young age, Rose had a gift for organizing the preparation of large amounts of food in a very short amount of time. And in some cases, with very unique cooking arrangements. She was the head cook one winter for the ice gang as they headed out to fill the ice house contracts. A gang consisted of about 16 men. She had to turn out 16 loaves of bread a day from a box car kitchen! As if caring for the men wasnt enough, she also fed every animal that was lucky enough to find the back door, even the odd raccoon and skunk! Life always gravitated around Rose. Years after her children had grown and married, the two story farmhouse, that everyone grew to love decorated with scattered green falling leaves became the headquarters for an impromptu trailer park. Luckily by this time she had plenty of experience cooking for a crowd. So the population of the trailer park that overtook her yard was no challenge at all. Rose was active with the Sandy Lake Drop-In-Centre, Sandy Lake Ladies Auxiliary #184, and for over 50 years the Ukrainian Catholic Womens League. Over the years Rose was the ultimate volunteer. Who knows how many lives she saved by donating blood. It would have been more but at the time, the Red Cross felt 65 years of age was too old to donate; Rose didnt like that decision. She had a generous spirit, donating to many local charities. She loved and believed in the community. The farm was her world, a highlight of her lifetime was being there to witness it celebrate 100 years. Rose loved to travel. It didnt matter if it was to the neighbours place or halfway across the country. It was the adventure getting there not the destination. Rose has now embarked on another adventure. She has left behind many loved ones including her children, Robert (Linda), Raymond (Lucille), Richard (Bonnie), Gloria Campbell, Dennis (Laverne) and son-in-law Red Liebing; twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; her sisters, Jean (Bernie Roth) of Victoria, Kansas, and Marika (Jim MacDonald) of Calgary, Alberta; sisters-in-law Shirley and Mary Millenchuk and brother-in-law Peter Soltys.Now she is reunited with her husband of 52 years, Steve, her daughter Sharon Liebing, sisters Lena Norosky, Anne Soltys and Pearl Polson, brothers Steve, John and Paul Millenchuk, for an eternity of peace in heaven. For all her family and friends she has left the gift of her legacy that will continue to grow because of her independent and pioneer spirit. Funeral service was held on October 31, 2009 at the Ukrainian Catholic Holy Ghost Church in Sandy Lake, Manitoba, with internment at the Parish Cemetery. Pall bearers and honorary pall bearers were her 12 grandchildren. As per Roses wish, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sandy Lake Endowment Fund. Vichnaya Pomyat
In tears we saw you sinking, We watched you fade away.Our hearts were almost broken, You fought so hard to stay.
But when we saw you sleeping, So peacefully free from pain.We could not wish you back, To suffer that again.
LEARMONTH: John Reid Learmonth of Brandon, formerly of Medora, Manitoba passed away at his residence, Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home, on Sunday, October 25, 2009. His death occurred on the day that would have been his and Dorothy's 59th Wedding Anniversary and one hour before the time they were married. John was born July 24, 1923 at Medora, Manitoba and lived in Medora until moving to the farm with his parents in 1935. In 1950, he took over the land from his Dad and at this time he married Dorothy and they continued to farm until 1984. They moved to Brandon and lived in the custombuilt home that was especially designed for Dorothy. This is where John lived until being admitted to the hospital on March 9, 2009. John loved people, music and socializing. John spent his life farming but he was also a mechanic, carpenter, tradesmen and a faithful committed husband and father. He is survived by his daughters: Donna (Ben) Harper, Barbara (Sandy) Bruce and Beverly (Doug) Walker. There are five grandchildren and one great grandchild. John was predeceased by his wife Dorothy in 1986, mother and father William Reid and Jane Learmonth, brothers Wilfred "Scotty", Marcus "Mike" and Ralph. The Funeral Service was held at Memories Chapel on Saturday, October 31, 2009. Rev. Glen Whetter officiated. Pallbearers were Tyler Harper, Andrew and Aaron Bruce, Dave Reid, Ben Harper and Doug Walker. A Graveside Service followed at the Medora Cemetery, Medora, Manitoba. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of John may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Unit 203 - 1570 - 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5C5 or to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 0V9. Special thanks to the staff on the 4th floor of the Assiniboine Centre and to the staff on the 2nd floor ofHillcrest Place for the care they gave Dad these last months. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements were withMemories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
KLASSEN: Mary Klassen (née Peters) of Brandon, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, October 30, 2009 at the age of 87 years. She was predeceased by her husband Jake (Jacob) and brother Bill Peters. She is survived by her children Henry (Judy), Harold (Catherine), Joyce (Raymond), Dorothy (William), Kenneth (Christine) and her grandchildren Laura (Kristjan), April (Brad), Bradley, Danielle, Eric, Brianna, Tegan and Nicholas. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters Helen Doell, Katie Klassen, Betty Aimoe, Eva (George) Giesbrecht, Susie (Peter) Thiessen, Peter (Elizabeth) Peters, Jake (Mary) Peters and sister-in-law Betty Peters. She was born June 1, 1922 near Aberdeen, Saskatchewan and grew up on a farm near Swan Plain, SK, where she met and married Jake Klassen. They were married July 12, 1942 and moved to Manitoba eventually ending up in Brandon. After a life of working hard at various jobs, Mary spent her retirement with Jake enjoying her grandchildren, visiting relatives, walking and playing Bingo on Monday nights. A celebration of her life was held at the Central United Church on Monday, November 2, 2009. Interment was at the Sommerfelder Cemetery in Austin, MB beside her dear husband, Jake. Mary's family would like to thank the staff on units 200, 300, A3, Dr. Du Plooy, Dr. Carpenter, Dr. Tamayo at the BRHC and Tracy from Homecare for their loving and compassionate care. Donations may be made in Mary's memory to Prairie Oasis Senior Centre, 241- 8th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 3X2.
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JACKSON: The death of Joyce Jackson, aged 78 years, of Brandon, occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, October 29, 2009. Joyce was born March 15, 1931 at Montemartre, Saskatchewan to Harold and Helen Harlton. She spent her early years growing up on the farm at Montemartre moving with her parents to Underhill, Manitoba and then to Brandon in 1952. She attended school in the Underhill Hartney District. After moving to Brandon, Joyce was employed as a waitress for a number of years. She married Clarence and together they raised their family; three sons and one daughter. Joyce worked at K-Mart, leaving after 20 years due to back problems. Joyce enjoyed curling, crafts, scrapbooking, spending time at the cabin at Clear Lake, bird watching and classifying various types and of course, Bingo. Joyce loved spending time with her grandchildren especially family events such as Christmas and birthdays. Joyce is survived by her husband Clarence; sons Brian (Charlene), Terry (Teresa), Kevin (Cathy), and daughter Sharon Fayant (Leon); eight grandchildren: Robin, Tara (Nathan) Holton, Kyle, Kristi, Curtis, Christopher, Nicole and Adam. She was predeceased by her parents. The Ceremony to celebrate Joyce's life was held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Wednesday, November 4, 2009. Mona Franklin officiated. Urn Bearer was son Terry Jackson. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joyce can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3-824 - 18th St. Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7. Expressions of sympathy may be made atwww.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
HALLIDAY: June 23, 1918 October 25, 2009. Jean Elizabeth Halliday (Shaw) passed away peacefully at the Valleyview Care Centre, October 25, 2009 at the age of 91. Following an early career at McKenzie Seeds and Eatons, Jean married John Halliday on May 31, 1948 and had three children. She supported many boarders and foster children over the years until her health started to deteriorate. Her hobbies included scrapbooking, photography, crocheting, plants and blue jay birds. Jean was very active in Knox United Church activities with leadership roles in Explorers, CGIT, and UCW. Through church-related outreach programs, she became a vocal advocate and long-time supporter of the Brandon Indian Friendship Centre. She was one of the founding members of the first Brandon Friendship Centre as recorded in the Three Mere Housewives article in the Journal of the Manitoba Historical Society, Oct/07. Predeceased by her husband, John, son Doug, sisters Olive and Florence, mother Anna Shaw (Connon), father Edward Shaw, brother Raymond, and niece Lynda Gregory. She is survived by daughter Lianne (Eldon), son Bruce (Neelie), foster daughter Ida (Emerson), daughter- in-law Joanne (Ben), sister Verna Nelson, brother- in-law Henry (Mary) Hlady. Grandchildren Terry (Grace), Joy (Ernie), Adam, Tim, Karla (Phill), Melissa (Brian), Lara (Ryan), Ira, Andrea (Scott) and Mark and great grandchildren, Aidan, Luca, Emma and Jonathan along with several nieces and nephews. Following a private interment, a Celebration of Jeans life will be on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon. Rev. David Cathcart of Knox United Church will officiate. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Unit #1, 613-10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G6 or to the Arthritis Society of Manitoba, 105-386 Broadway, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 3R6. The family wishes to thank the staff on the 3rd floor of Valleyview Care Centre for making Moms stay there enjoyable and comfortable.
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FINLAYSON: Colin Donald Alexander. After a long and courageous battle withcancer, Colin passed away with his family by his side at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. He was born in Brandon July 25, 1946 and died on October 31, 2009. He is predeceased by his parents Charles and Stella, and sister Charlotte. He leaves to cherish his memory daughter Stacy, son Troy (Joanne), grandchildren; Karisten, Brandon & Tye, brothers; Lloyd, Orville, Dwight and Lionel, sisters; Katie and Donna, numerous nieces and nephews and their families as well as special niece Connie who spent time with dad during his final months. In accordance with Colin's wishes cremation has taken place and a private family ceremony will take place on Monday, November 9, 2009 in the Brandon Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
FERGUSON: Isabelle Jane Ferguson (née Stanley) passed away at Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home on November 2, 2009 at the age of 92. Isabelle leaves to mourn her passing her son Ron (Bev) of Abbotsford, B.C., grandchildren Cathy (Ron) Stanbra and Jennifer (Phil) McEwan; daughter Carole (Phil) Hall of Brandon, grandchildren Dave (Lisa) Hall, Trista (Mike) Godfrey, and Rob (Joanne) Hall as well as five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sister Jean Ritch of Victoria, B.C. and brothers Clarence and Ken Stanley of Brandon. Isabelle was predeceased by her husband of over 70 years, Bob, in June of this year, her parents Frederick and Edith Stanley and siblings Luella, Harold, Gordon, Percy, Albert, and Irene. A memorial service to celebrate Isabelles life will be held in the spring. Friends who so desire can make donations to Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home (Recreation Department) or the Taurus Junior Golf Leagues, c/o Dave Scinocca, Northern Pines Taurus Golf Centre, 1127 Braecrest Drive, Brandon, Manitoba, R7C 1B1. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
ENGLISH: Nell (nee Hutton), 1921 2009. Mom passed away peacefully on Wednesday October 21, 2009 at River Park Gardens. She leaves to mourn her daughter Beverley (David) McLellan, granddaughters Meghan and Ashleigh as well as many nieces and nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Erven in 1979, her brother-in-law, Jim English (2007) and sister-in-law, Frances English (2009). Mom was the last surviving member of her family. Born in Clanwilliam, Manitoba, she grew up on the family farm with her three brothers; George, Charles (King), John and two sisters; Agnes and May. Mom and Dad were married n 1947. Early years of marriage were spent in Brandon, MB where many life-long friendships were established. In 1959 they moved to Winnipeg and lived on Wallasey Street where they enjoyed many good times with wonderful neighbours. Winter holidays with her late friend, Georgie Thompson and summers spent at her cabin at Clear Lake brought her such enjoyment. Mom will best be remembered for her excellent cooking, her love of decorating her home, for welcoming friends and family when they would visit, and for her wonderful sense of humour. Mom's greatest source of pride and joy were her granddaughters. "Gramme" played an important role in their lives. Mom was fortunate to have many good friends, and in particular, her dear friend May Johnston. May's care, support and devotion to mom will always be cherished by family. We would like to thank the staff at River Park Gardens who took wonderful care of mom over the past two years. A private family service has been held. We hope all who knew her will cherish the many wonderful memories you have of her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
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DANE: Lionel Edward. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Lionel at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon, MB on November 4, 2009. Lionel was born at Fairfax, MB on December 8, 1932 to William and May Dane, he was the youngest of nine: Eunice, Leonard, Lawrence, Catherine, George, Allen, Ileen, Keith, Lionel. Lionel grew up in Souris, Manitoba. After graduating from Souris Collegiate he went to work at the Land Titles office in Boissevain, Manitoba. It was here that he met and married the Love of his Life, Edith Dougall on September 22, 1953. Together they had four children Wes (Kerry) Dane of Brandon, Manitoba; Trudy (John) Dempsey of Lethbridge, Alberta; Sandra (Gary) Keeble of Brandon, MB; Dennis (Katherine) Dane of Winnipeg, Manitoba. They also had nine grandchildren and step-grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. There are numerous nieces and nephews that over the years enjoyed visits with Uncle Lionel and Aunt Edith. He had many brother and sister-in-laws who were thought of as siblings. Over the years Lionel and Edith lived in Langruth, Hartney, Souris and retired to Brandon to be closer to family. Lionel worked 30 years in Souris as the Secretary Treasurer of the town and municipality. His strong work ethic and quiet demeanor were qualities that everyone admired in him. Community and family were very important to Lionel. He was a member of the Elks and was a strong supporter of community businesses. After retirement he enjoyed winters in Texas with Edith. Woodworking and carving were two of his passions that he excelled at. Card games with friends and family were always looked forward to. His great sense of humor and wit were enjoyed by all who knew him. Funeral service will be held at St. Pauls United Church, Souris, Manitoba, November 7, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. Private internment in the Souris and Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Lionel donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Kowalchuks Funeral Home, Souris in care of arrangements.
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CURRIE: Ewart Vincent. Ewart passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Bayside Personal Care Home on Thursday, November 5, 2009, at the age of 84 years. Ewart was born June 11, 1925 to Dan and Anna Currie. He grew up on the family farm with siblings, Jim, Gordon, Art, Connie (Wilford), Bernice (Meredith), Marie (Garrison), and Enid (Burnett). Ewart left school at an early age to help his ailing father on the farm. He joined the Air Force in 1944 being stationed in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He returned home to resume farming in 1946. On October 20, 1949, he married Susan Fleming. Together they raised a family of 6 children. They had just celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. Ewart and Susan farmed together until 1992 when they retired to Killarney. He took great pride in his cattle and grain farm. He sold off the cattle in 1990 at which time he converted part of the pasture into a mini-golf course since he had received a set of golf clubs for his 65th birthday.Ewart and Susan took many trips to Raduim, B.C. to attend the annual Currie Family Reunion, of which golf was a big part. He was even on the winning team one year. They also had a Maritime tour in the fall of 1995 and a British Isles tour in June 1996. He was a shy, quiet man, who took great pride in his family and lifestyle. Ewart is survived by his loving wife Susan, of 60 years, Children Evelyn (Les) Mein of Killarney, Doug of Belmont, Carolyn Phillips (friend Lawrence Murray) of Brandon, Leslie (Sandy) of Brandon, Robert (Carla) of Belmont, and Larry (Arlene) of Victoria, B.C. There are 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters Connie (Dennis) Wilford of Taber, Alberta, Marie (Bruce) Garrison of Victoria B.C, Bernice Meredith of Bemidji Minn., and Enid Burnett of Victoria, B.C. Brothers Gordon of Calgary, and Arthur (Onagh) of Red Deer, Alberta. Also surviving is brother in-law Rick (Sharon) Fleming of Belmont, Irene Fleming of Belmont, Janet (Ken) Bird of Thorsby, Alberta, Cathy Fleming of Balmoral, and daughter in-law Wanda Currie. Also many nieces, nephews, cousins and sister in-law Ruth Currie of Sault St. Marie, Ont. Ewart was predeceased by his parents Dan and Anna Currie, mother and father in-law Dave and Teenie Fleming, brother Jim, sisters-in-law Rose Currie, Teenie Malzensky, Grace Kowalyck, brothers in-law Dave and Peter Fleming, Bill Meredith and Brian Burnett. A Celebration of Ewarts life will be held at Knox United Church, Belmont, Manitoba, on Tuesday November 10, 2009at 2:00 pm with Elizabeth Goodson officiating. Interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his four sons Doug, Leslie, Robert, and Larry, as well as sons in-lawLes Mein and Lawrence Murray. Following the interment, a reception will be held in the Belmont Community Hall. All are welcome. Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in Ewarts memory to the Alzheimers Society of Manitoba, 437-9th St. Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4A9On line condolences can be sent
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COLLINSON: Allan Chester Collinson (March 01, 1937 to November 2, 2009). It is with sadness we announce the passing of Al Collinson of Souris, Manitoba at age 72 of complications related to bone cancer. Al is survived by his wife Gale of Souris. He also leaves to mourn his passing his children: Robert (Violet) Collinson; and Beth Collinson of Yellowknife; and Kelly (Terry) Webster of Hay River as well as his grandchildren: Graeme and Taylor Reid; Alexander and Adam Collins; Danna and Abby Webster; and Cassidy Collinson. He is also survived by Mabel, of Yellowknife, the mother of his children and his sisters: Barbara Janz of Souris, Manitoba, and Maddie Fulford of Vancouver, B.C. and numerous nieces and nephews. Also mourning Grandpa Al is Gales children: Greg (Sherrie) Wiebe; Debbie Wiebe (Richard Kelly); and April Wiebe (Brian Chaboyer) and grandchildren: Kayla and Leigh Wiebe; Charis (Emmet Schaen), Avis, Brenna, Holly and Sage Kelly; Brianna and Austin Chaboyer; and great granddaughter: Olivea Schaen. Al was predeceased by his parents Robert and Vera, his brothers Glen, Robert and Jack and his sister Buddy. Al spent the majority of his life between Souris, Nipawin, SK and Yellowknife, NT with a few stops in between. He worked in printing and newspapers before coming north in 1968 and enjoying 20 plus years working for the GNWT. After retirement, he lived in Osoyoos BC shortly and then returned to his home town of Souris. He was an avid golfer and curler. He was also deeply involved in the communities with the Elks and Legion as well as coaching minor sports in his younger years. The Family would like to thank Dr. Cram and recognize the awesome care provided by the nurses at the Souris Glenwood Regional Hospital since Al was diagnosed with Cancer. At Als request there will be no funeral or memorial services. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuks Funeral Home Souris, Manitoba in care of arrangements.
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CARTER-SQUIRE: June (Cooke) Carter-Squire passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Health Centre on Friday, October 23, 2009. She was born at Bannerman, Manitoba in her grandmothers' hotel, on June 8, 1920. Growing up during the depression, she learned many useful skills like cooking, cleaning, canning that she could put to good use the rest of her life. After her mother Vera and stepfather Oscar moved to Wakapaw, Manitoba, she attended Henderson School until she had to leave to help support the family. On the farm she had many pets, cows, pigs, but her favourites were always the dogs. June loved music and dancing. She learned these from her mother, who played piano for dances and concerts all over southern Manitoba. It was at one of these functions that she met Jack Carter-Squire. He would sing and her mother would play. These were the good times that they enjoyed for the rest of their lives. Soon they were married and the family began. After the war, they bought a farm just north of Killarney, Manitoba where they stayed until moving to Brandon in 1955. They struggled for many years, but there was always food, clothes and shelter. She always enjoyed parties and good times with family and friends. Her husband, Jack, passed away in 1999 after 58 years of marriage. She continued to do the things she enjoyed most, cards, crocheting and family. June moved to Hobbs Manor in 1996 on probably the coldest day of that year. Her pleasant personality soon made her many new friends. It was her home and she involved herself in as many aspects of the happenings at Hobbs as she was able. In the last few years, June managed to do many things that she'd never had a chance to do previously. She rode a Ferris wheel, drove a go-cart, Calgary Stampeded and tossed cow chips, and took a holiday in Mexico. June's family gave her the most joy. She clipped every article from the paper, and went to every play or concert they were in if she was able. She leaves to morn her eldest son's widow Mona, daughter Judy, sons Joe (Helene), Rick (Terry), Barry (Alison), daughter Cindy (Robert), grandchildren John (Kim), Dan, Jeff, Lee, Michael, Darrell, Ryan, Alex, Aaron, Sydney, and many great-grandchildren. The Ceremony to Celebrate June's Life was held at Memories Chapel on Monday, November 2, 2009. Rev. Joy Ruddock officiated. Interment followed in the Brandon Cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of June to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3, 824 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7. The family would like to thank the staff of the 3rd Floor Assiniboine Centre and Dr.Fourie for the great and gentle care they gave to June. Also, an enormous thank you to Rev. Joy Ruddock for officiating at the service and the many friends and staff at Hobbs Manor. Expressions of sympathy may be made atwww.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
BELECKI: Walter. December 5, 1912 - November 3, 2009. Peacefully on November 3, 2009 Walter passed away at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg at the age of 96. He was pre-deceased by Amelia, his beloved wife of over 61 years; his parents Konstanty (John) and Mary; his sisters Anne and Adele and brothers Frank, Joe and Bill. He leaves to mourn his passing his children Blaine (Dinie), Gary (Samantha) and Barbara (Geoffrey); his grandchildren Shawn (Annie), Jennifer (Arfan) and Brent (Keri); and great- grandchildren Brynn, Brook, Reegan, Bo, Eve and Tayton. Walter was born and educated in Brandon. He had an active boyhood, enjoying many outdoor activities and participating in a variety of sports. After some part-time jobs, Walter began full-time employment as a nurse at the Brandon Mental Hospital in 1937 and spent the remainder of his work life there. He retired in 1977 from his last position as Bursar. Walter met Amelia while working at the Hospital and they were married in 1940. They had three children whom they raised and nurtured with loving care and took enormous pride in. Walter continued his love of sports throughout his adult life, coaching baseball and participating in his greatest passion, curling, into his eighties. When he was no longer able to participate, he enjoyed watching televised games from the comfort of his easy chair and was delighted when the St. Louis Cardinals (the team of his hero Stan Musial) recently won the World Series. Walter was a man of abiding faith and was an active member of St. Augustine's Church in Brandon for many years. Latterly, he attended Holy Rosary Church in Winnipeg where he especially enjoyed the ministry of Father Sam Argenziano. Walter and Amelia moved to Winnipeg in 1992 to be closer to their daughter Barbara. He was soon a fixture in the Osborne Village area where he made his rounds with his trademark white cap and bow tie. He loved spending summer days on his apartment balcony, admiring his red and white geraniums and begonias (to match his proudly displayed Canadian flag) and nurturing his tomato plants. God blessed Walter with an exceptionally long and healthy life. He lived independently with extraordinary mobility right up to his hospitalization. His vitality, charm and wit were an inspiration to all who knew and loved him. He was an exemplary father, loyal friend and true gentleman. Walter will be greatly missed. The family extends its thanks to Drs. McDiarmid and Thille and the respective staffs of 5B and 4E at St. Boniface Hospital for their compassionate care. They are also grateful for the help received from his home care workers Sylvia and Peggy; and Wilmot Estate building managers Marilyn and Rick. Donations can be made in Walter's memory to the St. Boniface Hospital & Research Foundation. A private family service was held on Friday, November 6, followed by interment at Brandon Cemetery.
BAKER: Winnifred Isabell (née Watt) was born February 26, 1936 in the Rounthwaite District. Winnie passed away October 23, 2009 at the Assiniboine Centre after a courageous battle with cancer. Winnie grew up on the family farm and attended Delton School. As school was not her forte, she left to enter the workforce in Brandon where she worked as a housekeeper and later went on to waitressing. In 1951, she met her husband to be, Ronald Baker, and the two were married August 29, 1953. Together they raised six children (three sons and three daughters). Winnie was a stay at home Mom until November 1978 when she began working in the housekeeping department at the Victoria Inn, later becoming the Seamstress for the Victoria Inn as well as the Royal Oak Inn. She retired after twenty-one years due to her health. Ron and Winnie lived in Brandon for 35 years prior to moving just west of Kemnay in 1988 (fulfilling a dream of owning their own property). Family was very important and she always looked forward to visits, especially when the "whole crew" would get together. She enjoyed following her grandchildren's activities by attending events as often as she could as well as keeping a scrapbook of newspaper clippings of their achievements. She also enjoyed getting together with friends to bowl, play Bingo or over a cup of coffee. Winnie enjoyed activities such as sewing, crocheting, knitting and quilting (many gifts we treasure). She also did a lot of canning and freezing in the fall. Over the last few years as her health deteriorated, she could be seen scooting around the yard in a golf cart painted John Deere colours checking on the garden or seeing what the guys were doing. Winnie is survived by her husband Ronald of 56 years, son Bob (Angie Pacholek), grandchildren Shanna (Kyle) Lawrence and great-granddaughter Denai; Allan, Morgan, Abby and Sadie; daughter Beth (Garry) Lowdon, grandsons Chris and Rob Palfenier (Lindsey Randall) and great-grandchildren Tianni, Luke, Kaylee and Ethan; son Danny (Deb), granddaughters Kellie and Jodie; son Bruce; daughter Joan Creighton (Jeff Murray), grandchildren Ashley and Chad; daughter Laurie (Dave) Higgs, grandchildren Matthew and Jordyn and her beloved Siamese cat Mickey. Winnie is also survived by many extended family members and long dear friend, Margaret Shelvey and close neighbours and friends, Donna and Jim Mosson. She was predeceased by her parents Bill and Florence Watt, brother George, daughter- in-law Charlene Baker, four brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law. A celebration of Winnie's life was held on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at Brockie Donovan Funeral Chapel with Mona Franklin officiating. Son-in-law Dave Higgs gave a heartfelt eulogy followed by granddaughter Jordyn Higgs playing "Somewhere over the Rainbow" on the organ. Pallbearers were six of her grandchildren: Chris and Rob Palfenier, Allan Baker, Ashley and Chad Creighton and Kellie Baker. A private interment at Rosewood Memorial Gardens was followed by a reception held at Central United Church with family and friends. For those who desire, donations in memory of Winnie may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8.
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