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WILCOX: Gary William John Wilcox passed away at Brandon Regional Health Centre June 1, 2012 with his soulmate and life partner Faye holding his hand. Gary was born June 11, 1941 in Brandon, Manitoba the eldest son of William and Cecilia Wilcox (Jackson). Early in Gary’s life he and his family moved to Oak Lake where he lived until 1959 at which time he moved back to Brandon. 1960 Gary married Faye Jordan and their marriage was blessed with three sons and one daughter. In 1967 Gary entered the electrical trade. During this time he worked for IBW on the building of the hydro dams in Northern Manitoba. Gary did not enjoy being separated from his family and decided to come home and start his own business in 1975. He became the proud owner operator of Gary Wilcox Electric which he continued to operate until shortly before his death. Gary loved to read and try new things and because of this he was able to pass on his knowledge and skills to his children and grandchildren. Gary loved his family and enjoyed family gatherings and many years of camping at Oak Lake Island Resort. In his younger years he was an avid fisherman and hunter until he traded his rifle for photography and hunted his deer through the lens of his camera. Gary was predeceased by the pride of his life his daughter Tammy Lynne Haggstrom, his parents William and Cecilia Wilcox, brother Douglas Wayne Wilcox. Gary will be missed by his family: Loving wife Faye, Sons Kenneth (Joanne), Dennis (Beth), Timothy (Krista) and their children and grandchildren, Son-in-law Gordon Haggstrom and his children and grandchildren. Service of Celebration of Gary’s life was held at Memories Chapel on June 5, 2012. Officiated by Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood of Central United Church. Urn Bearer was Dustin Wilcox (Eldest Grandson). Gary believed Life was to be lived as we learn and life was to be celebrated. He also believed death is a new journey and just the beginning of something more beautiful than we can ever imagine. So dear may you rest in peace until we meet you again. I know you will be waiting for us. God Bless. Donations may be made to charity of choice.
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VERMEULEN: (nee Ferris) Janet Elizabeth died peacefully on June 1, 2012 at Victoria Hospital at the age of 65. Jan leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Harry, son Kevin Lepp, brothers Lewis Ferris (Nicole Dion) and Donald Ferris (Jeanne), sister Norina Martin, David and Gail Vermeulen and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Jan was predeceased by her mom and dad, Tom and Mary Ferris, and her husband’s parents Cory and Mavis Vermeulen. Jan worked at MTS for 29 years and volunteered extensively at Lion’s Manor. She married her beloved Harry in 1994. She loved to read, do crossword puzzles and be with her friends and family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Funeral service was held on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the Bardal Funeral Home, 843 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg.
SMITH: James “Alex” Smith formerly of Swan River, MB passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Center on May 30th, 2012 at the age of 84. Alex was born in Swan River on the family farm near Lidstone, April 23rd, 1928 to Guildford and Vella Smith. He moved away from the farm at the age of 18 and began a series of jobs that included carpentry, logging, dairy farming and working on construction projects in the far north. He married Vivian Servant at the age of 20 and they had two children, Ken and Charyle. Later, in 1956, Alex married Ellenora Wells with her daughter Cindy and they moved to Swan River where they had three more children, Curtis, Barb and Harley. They raised all six children together and were married for 38 year until Ellenora’s passing in 1995. Alex later married Ruth Aagard and together ran Smith’s (Aagard’s) market garden east of Brandon. After Ruth’s passing, Alex met his current wife, Marguerite Martin, in 2005. They travelled and lived happily together in Brandon until his passing. Alex loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping and fishing and hunting. He also loved woodworking and carpentry and even built the family home in Swan River. In 1962, Alex had a major life changing accident and lost all the fingers of his right hand and nearly his life. Alex recovered and went back to school and completed teachers college in 1964. Alex taught at Duncan school in Swan River and Swan Valley Junior High for 23 years before retiring. He was also very fond of gardening and several sports such as hockey, baseball, curling and golf. He coached several young sports teams and helped to organize the Manitoba Senior Olympics. Alex was an active member of the Elks lodge in Swan River for many years and served on the church council at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Brandon. During Swan Rivers 125th he was recognized by the Lieutenant Governor General for his volunteer work. Alex’s favorite sport was curling and was proud of the fact that even into his 84th winter he was able to get down in the hack and curl without a stick. Alex was loved by many friends and family. He is dearly missed but he lives on in the memories of all that loved him. Alex is survived by his Children Charyle (Garry) Holland and children Rita, Lloyd and Lisa and their families; Cindy (Bob) Harrison and children Selena and Kaylie; Curtis Smith and children Alyshia, Sherefa and Vallon; Barb (Les) Sikala and children Jarod and Chris and their families; Harley (Susan) Smith and children Brayden and Jaucelyn; Wife Marguerite Martin; Sisters Nina Wallace and Sheila Breland as well as many nieces and nephews and friends that Alex held dear. Alex is predeceased by his parents Guildford and Vella Smith, son Ken Smith, wife Ellenora Smith, wife Ruth Smith and sister Irene Turton. Alex was laid to rest in Birchwood Cemetery in Swan River, MB on June 9th, 2012.
SIMPSON: Sandria May Simpson (née Jefford), was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba June 28th, 1941. She passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre with family and friends at her side on June 13, 2012. In 1958, Sandy moved to Brandon, Manitoba. This is where she went on a blind date and met and married the man of her dreams, Raymond Simpson, on December 17, 1960. When the children were younger, Sandy enjoyed being a housewife and Mother. Upon the children going to school full-time, Mom decided that a part-time job was in order and she worked for the Bee Cleaning Company. In 1976, The Brandon University became Mom’s place of employment and she enjoyed it immensely. Mom treasured the people and students she met and conversed with. She loved to visit and keep up with the comings and goings of friends and family. She retired from the University in 2002. Mom loved going camping and enjoyed the lake where they had a seasonal site for twelve years in Killarney, Manitoba. She loved when people came out for a visit, especially the grandchildren. Mom was the first one to offer you a coffee and loved for you to take a load off and visit for a while. She loved to tease and give her favorite son-in-law a hard time and was always trying to one up him, how we will miss those funny moments. Mom enjoyed her retirement. She loved being home in her later years, not venturing too far. The coffee however, was always on, in the evenings it was tea for her favorite son and special friend, Patty. Mom loved to converse on the phone, making long distance calls to catch up on everyone’s comings and goings. She loved when her brother Ronnie phoned and talked about his trips and her nephews Zak and Jeff. Sandy is survived by her husband of 51 years, Raymond, her children, daughter Debbie and husband Gordon Holditch, her son Robert Simpson (Patty Stachowich); her grandchildren Stewart and wife Aimee Holditch; Karlee and husband Graham Batchelor. Also surviving are her brother Ronald Parkes and his family along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother; Florence (Flo) Parkes and father; Albert Jefford. A memorial service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place at the Shoal Lake Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, any donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8. Sandy’s family wishes to express their deep appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Assiniboine Centre for their compassion and care given to Mom.
We love you Mom and will miss you, rest in peace…………..till we meet again.
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SHERRIS: Marley George Sherris of Minnedosa, MB passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on June 13, 2012. A graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Joe Ball officiating. Donations in memory of Marley may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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SCOTT: Peggie (Margaret Welsh) July 29, 1919 - April 14, 2012. A come and go tea in Celebration of Peggie's Life will be held in the activity room at Riverheights Terrace, 4525 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, on June 28th from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
ROST: Fred W. and Verna V. Rost. Fred passed away December 14, 2011, 3 months short of his 95th birthday. Verna passed away March 19, 2012 just days from her 94th birthday. They were both born and raised in Winnipeg. Fred and Verna married in 1940 and spent over 71 years together. Fred served in Europe during WW II and was a manager at Perth’s Drycleaners in Brandon for 23 years. Verna was involved in numerous charity groups, enjoyed playing bridge and gardening. Many enjoyable weekends with family and friends were spent at their cottage on the peaceful North Shore of Clear Lake. They retired to Salmon Arm, BC in 1977, then moved to White Rock, BC in 1988. They are survived by daughters Carolyn Gregory (David), Judith Donaldson (Bob), son Fred (Mary Ann), five grandchildren Christy, Paul, Karen, Lisa and Matthew, and four great grandchildren Madison, Isaac, Joshua and Gracie. Mom and Dad had long, healthy and happy lives together. It is comforting to know that after three short months apart they are reunited once again.
NORTHCUT: Robert Daryl, November 7, 1958 - May 31, 2012. Daryl was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up in Brandon, Manitoba. He worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway for 25 years, which he enjoyed immensely. Daryl truly missed the railroad when he was forced to retire due to health reasons. He traveled extensively throughout his life and dearly loved South East Asia. Daryl is predeceased by his parents, Garnet and Martha Northcut and is survived by his brother, Ford (Wendy) Northcut, niece Amy Jean (Eric) Skidmore, nephew Jonathan, sister Luana (Wayne) Hiebert, nephew Dane, niece Daryl Anne, sister Annadee Northcut, niece Deanna White. Private service was held June 4, 2012. The family would like to thank the Health Science Centre for the wonderful care they gave Daryl.
MENZIES: Margaret Annie Menzies (née Black) passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, June 9, 2012 after a long illness. Margaret was born on the family farm in Shoal Lake Municipality, first daughter, and second child to John Duncan Black and Annie Ethel Black (née) Fisher. Her early school days were spent in Oakburn and Shoal Lake. She grew up on the family farm and enjoyed the local dances, clubs and sporting events. She spoke proudly of barn dances and moonlight trips from home to town in the family sleigh or cutter. She married a wonderful man from the Oakburn area on June 4, 1941, Donald Joseph “Joe” Menzies. Initially farmers, Joe enlisted in the armed forces and was transferred to Italy where he was wounded in the battle of the Liri Valley. He returned home and they began to build a life and family together. Their first two children, John and Mavis, were born in Winnipeg while her husband studied at the University of Manitoba. In 1950, after Joe’s graduation, they moved to Brandon where her second daughter, Glennis, was born. Several other moves occurred, all in southern Manitoba, but in 1959, the family moved back to Brandon to a new house on 12th Street East where she lived the rest of her life. Her second son, Robert, was born in Brandon in 1960. Margaret’s passion for family and community was remarkable. Although her first priority was always the welfare of her family, she still found time to contribute to community life. She was an active member of Toastmistress Club (ITC), Consumers’ Association of Canada, Seniors for Seniors, The Liberal Party of Canada and was a long time member of Central United Church. Mom always believed in the value of education, and although unable to graduate high school during the great depression, she returned to adult education in her late years obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandon University at the age of 70. Our mother was the gentlest, most gracious person imaginable. Her warmth and kindness shone in everything she did and with everyone she met. She was predeceased by her husband of 39 years in 1980, and by her brother Douglas and sister Mary. Margaret will be lovingly remembered by four children John (Leslie), Mavis Menzies, Glennis Hodgson, Robert (Natalie), ten grandchildren Dylan Hodgson (Jennifer), Jordan Menzies (Holly), Adam Menzies, Ryan Hodgson, Hayden Menzies, Adrian Menzies, Alex Menzies, Tyler Menzies, Bobby Menzies and Kael Cardinal, six great grandchildren, four sisters Shirley LeBlanc, Phyllis McIntyre, Ruth MacIntosh, Zetta Berg and two daughters-in-law. Thanks to all of Mom’s friends and neighbours who over the years have come to her aid when she needed them. A special thanks to Doctors. J. Vlok and M. Turabian who called her the “miracle woman,” and whom our mother held in the highest esteem. Special thanks also go to Dr. Weinberg and the wonderful and caring staff at the Brandon Hospital Intensive Care Unit who allowed her to die in as close to a family setting as possible. Funeral service was held at Central United Church on Thursday, June 14, 2012. Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood officiated. Interment took place at Argyle Cemetery.
“A mother’s death is the first sorrow wept without her”
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McFARLAND: Irene McFarland of Brandon passed away at the Assiniboine Centre on Friday June 1, 2012 at the age of 79 years. She was born February 5, 1933 to parents, Bill and Edith Cooper of Tilston, Manitoba where she grew up and completed her schooling. Irene was the eldest of four girls, and was proud of her small town heritage. In 1950, she began her teaching career as a permit teacher, after which she attended Normal School in Winnipeg. She taught first at Douglas School then soon after with Brandon School Division where she worked as an elementary teacher at J.R. Reid, then as Librarian at George Fitton until her retirement in 1990. In 1955, she married Bob Bullee of Douglas. They moved to Brandon and raised two children, Scott and Pam. Bob died tragically in a car accident in 1965. Irene remained a widow for many years as she continued to further her education at Brandon University completing her B.Ed and M.Ed degrees while raising her children. She continued to love teaching and was always enthusiastic about her students’ success and her friendships with fellow teachers. Irene was an accomplished artist, working in oils, acrylics and watercolors. Her artwork has been on display at many venues, most recently in the “80 - Up and Rising” exhibit at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. She also created many craft items for exhibit and sale at numerous shows and craft sales. In 1982, she married Willard McFarland of Carroll. Within the next few years their blended families brought them many grandchildren. Irene and Willard loved to square dance and they had many friends through this association, dancing in numerous communities in southern Manitoba, as well as Arizona and Texas with their Snowbird friends. In the 1990’s, they moved to their acreage south of Brandon. Together they grew flowers, vegetables and orchard fruit. She was a Marriage Commissioner and performed numerous weddings with many of the ceremonies taking place in their scenic yard. Sadly, Willard passed away in 2003 and Irene returned to Brandon. She continued to stay busy with her artwork and enjoyed the company and friendship of fellow residents at River Heights Terrace, playing cards, teaching art lessons, or doing puzzles. Irene relished being a grandma and took an interest in whatever her grandchildren were doing, including attending sports events, music recitals and taking trips with them. She was interested in any happenings in the lives of her nieces and nephews, near and far and loved to get phone calls or visits to chat and catch up on their news. Irene loved to travel and made a point of seeing many places, taking many trips with her husband Willard, as well as with her sisters and friends. She was a real “people person”, always looking forward to the next family event or social gathering.Irene volunteered with a number of Brandon organizations including Westman Immigration Services, teaching English to new Canadians and she did work for Seniors for Seniors, including volunteering to read to the blind. Irene is survived by her son Scott Bullee (Bev), grandchildren Kelly and Brad; daughter Pam Dueck (Leo), grandson Kevin; step-son Scott McFarland (Lori), granddaughters Ashley, Amber and Lisa; great grandson Christian; step-son Brent McFarland, grandchildren Chad, Janessa, Brook and Teal; her sisters Catherine, Ann and Willie; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service to celebrate Irene’s life was held at Brockie Donovan Chapel on June 8, 2012 with Rev. Joe Ball officiating. Private burial followed at Tilston Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tilston Cemetery Fund, Box 54, Tilston, MB R0M 2B0 or the Canadian Liver Foundation 210-375 York Avenue, Winnipeg MB R3C 3G3.
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MAXWELL: Dorothy Roberta Maxwell (nee Anderson). A graveside service was held at the Boissevain Cemetery on May 5/12 at 1:00 p.m. to remember Dorothy. Family and friends met at the Parrish Hall following the service conducted by Rev. Peter Vanderleelie. Dorothy died peacefully at Evergreen Place on April 16th, 2012, after 3 years of striving to keep mobile despite mounting health challenges. She was pre-deceased by her husband Earle August 1, 2010, an infant daughter, and her parents. She leaves to mourn her passing, son Tom (Kim) of Alexander, Mb, daughter Karen McFayden (Brian) of Mission, BC and 3 grandchildren, Braeden, Dylan and Jayne. She is also survived by her sisters Doris Denney (Alsask, Sk) and Marjorie Buchan (Bill) of Victoria B.C. , 3 sister in laws and many nieces and nephews. Dorothy was born March 11th, 1929 the middle daughter to Robert and Lily Anderson. She was educated and lived most of her life in Boissevain. On May 27, 1949 Dorothy and Earle were married, and in 1958 moved from Ninette to Boissevain, purchasing what became known to many as “Maxwell Bakery.” She had many interests, which included playing the piano, curling, reading, knitting, sewing and baking goodies for the grandchildren. Dorothy was also a caregiver, looking after both of her parents and then her husband Earle. She was cared for by so many compassionate and loving people in the Boissevain community over the last 2 years upon moving to Westview, Hospital and Evergreen - we are truly thankful. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society or Boissevain Hospital.
LEE: William “Bill” Lee, (June 25, 1932 - June 9, 2012). Bill was born June 25, 1932 in Pierson and grew up on the farm E 1/2 30-2-28. He passed away quietly at the Gainsborough Health Centre on Saturday, June 9, 2012 in his 80th year. He met and married Eleanor (Toots) Fisher, the only child of Ken and Florence Fisher of Storthoaks, Saskatchewan. They married at the United Church on January 15, 1955. They met at and enjoyed dances at the Gainsborough Rink. They moved to the Cuthbert farm, NW 12-3-29 north of Pierson when they married, and purchased it in 1962. Bill loved to farm and became very progressive increasing land and cows, bringing exotic cross breeding of Maine Anjou into his herd in the 1970’s. When he was a boy, for many winters, together with his siblings and Mom they would move to town. This allowed for regular school attendance and endless access to the skating rink fueling what became a lifetime passion for hockey. He wore Number 4, and played left wing for the Pierson Bruins during their glory years of the 1950’s and early 60’s winning the scoring title once. He coached his sons in minor hockey for many years and went back to playing with the Ruin’d Bruins until 69 years of age. Bill was a quiet man, family first and loved each addition as they arrived. He was a wonderful singer and filled our home with music. Patient and gentle, always interested, idolized by his grandchildren. He was always up for a ball game in the yard and often put off going back to the field to spend time playing with the kids. He was involved with the community serving on various boards, acting as a leader in 4-H Beef and lending a hand whenever needed. He is survived by his wife Eleanor (Toots); three children: Rick (Gloria) and their children Jana (Les), Lyndsey (Gary), Meagan (Brent), Kyla (Mike) and great-grandchildren Kaeden, Haleigh, Damian (Jana), Addy and Aavril (Kyla); Bob (Jill) and their children Katie (Derek) and Amy; Candie (Greg) and children Leea (Adam), Thomas (Kalina), Elly and Julie; two sisters: Winnie Drier and Betty Kereliuk; sister-in-law Vivian Lee and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents Henry and Janet Lee; in-laws Ken and Florence Fisher; three brothers Murray, Mac, Bert; brothers-in-law Stan Kereliuk and Jerry Drier; sisters-in-law Doreen Lee and Beryl Lee. The funeral service was held from the Pierson United Church, Pierson, MB, on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with (reverend) Heather Sandilands officiating. Interment followed at the Pierson Cemetery. Donations in memory of Bill may be given to the Pierson Rink Committee, Pierson Hall Committee, Pierson Fire Hall, Pierson Cemetery Fund, or to the Heritage Restaurant Committee, Box 100, Pierson, MB, R0M 1S0.
MACK: Sadly, following a lengthy fight with cancer, Raymond Constant Mack, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, passed away on May 10, 2012 at St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 64 years. Raymond was born on June 14, 1947, in Crystal City, son of Norman and Yvonne Mack. He started his life on the family farm at Snowflake where he later attended Star Mound (a one-room school). Later the family moved to Manitou for a year. After 1959 they moved to Kenton to farm once again. Throughout his youth Ray was active in Sunday School, Cubs, Scouts, newspaper route, 4-H beef club, Cadets and stamp collecting. Later in life he traveled his way around the country working at various jobs including baker, cook, construction worker and video store owner. In 1969 Ray married Harriet Corbey from Oak River. They had two sons: Gerald and Michael. Raymond was predeceased by his parents. Surviving are: His sons Gerald (Bobbie) Mack of Winnipeg and Michael (Laura) Lamb of Minnedosa; his five grandsons, Jesse and Jacob Mack and Victor, Zachary and Travis Lamb; his two sisters Marilyn (Bill) Tockar of Brandon and Diane (Rev. Colin) Grambo of Killarney; his two nieces Sonia (Kevin) Morrice and daughter Carly of Brandon and Kimberly Kaschor and daughters Iliyana and Serena of Winnipeg; his nephew Anthony (Mijin) Kaschor of Seoul, South Korea; and two aunts, Mrs. Eileen Law of Manitou and Mrs. Mitteke Joris of Belgium, as well as many other family members. Following earlier cremation there was interment and a private graveside service on June 9, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in Greenwood Cemetery (Harding, MB). Rev. Colin Grambo officiated. A time of family fellowship followed.
HEPPNER: Kathleen Delores Heppner, beloved mother of Cheryl, Myrna and Joanne (John Townsend), passed away peacefully at her residence, Fairview Home, on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the age of 82 years. A time of viewing and visitation will be held at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, 332-8th Street, Brandon, on Monday, June 18, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The graveside service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. followed by the memorial service at the Brockie Donovan Chapel at 2:30 p.m. Pastor Ben Kramer of Richmond Park Mennonite Brethren will officiate. Donations in memory of Kathleen may be made to The Gideons International in Canada, P.O. Box 3619, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 7A2 or to a charity of one’s choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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GILMOUR:  Robert (Bob) Gilmour. Peacefully after a full and wonderful life, Bob Gilmour passed away June 10,2012 at St. Boniface Hospital. Bob was predeceased by his first wife Catharine (Kay) Levins of 37 years and his mother Jean Wright and stepfather Alexander Wright. His father Hugh Gilmour passed away when he was an infant. He was born in the Foxwarren area on November 20, 1927. He lived there for 65 wonderful years. He built, owned and operated the Esso Service Station and Cafe and later became the Imperial Oil Agent. After selling this business in 1974, he took over the family farm. He was very involved within the community participating in curling and hockey events. He was an acting mayor of Foxwarren and Honorary Member of the Masonic Lodge. In 1990 he married Marie Tester and retired to Lac Du Bonnet and later Beausejour. He enjoyed his retirement to the fullest. Bob will be greatly missed by his wife Marie and his twin daughters Marilyn (Ken) Braun, Carolyn (Steve) Hillier and stepchildren Shawn Tester (Anthony) Kost, Kim (John) Mueller, Michele (Joel) Semchuk and Brett Tester (Lisa) Bryce. He also has 17 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A celebration of Bob's life will be held in the Foxwarren Community Chapel, Foxwarren, MB on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. with Elaine Dixon officiating. Interment will follow in the Foxwarren Cemetery. A special thank you to the Dr. Nason and staff on 7AS at St. Boniface Hospital for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the CancerCare Manitoba or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to bbfs@mymts.netBraendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell is in care of arrangements. (204) 773-2747.
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