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MacKAY: Gayle Patricia MacKay, widow of the late James Arthur MacKay, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Born April 30, 1938 in Brandon, 25 minutes prior to her twin sister Gloria, Gayle was raised at 813-5th Street and attended McLaren School, Earl Haig Jr. High School, Brandon Collegiate Institute, Wheat City Business College. Gayle was a Military wife for thirty-one years starting with her marriage to Jim in 1960 in Brandon and ending with his retirement in 1991 at CFB Shilo. She managed family moves to Germany on two separate occasions, once from 1965-68 and again from 1974-78. Other postings included Calgary from 1978-80, Ottawa 1985-87 and CFB Shilo 1960-65, 1968-74. Her working years included; The Mutual Life of Canada Life as a secretary, CFB Shilo as a clerk, Ministry of Mines and Natural Resources in Calgary and receptionist for Dr. Gerald Dressler, Optometrist until her retirement. Gayle was involved with various organizations including; Shilo Ladies Luncheon Club, Stanley Park Lawn Bowling, St. Augustine’s Volunteer for Fairview Nursing Home Masses. She enjoyed golfing at Northern Pines with her friends and assisting the St. Augustine’s Catholic Women’s’ League with Funeral luncheon preparation. Gayle is survived by her only son, James; twin sister Gloria Joy; brother-in-law Paul Parkolub; Sisters-in-law Evelyn MacKay, Rosaria Roverro; brother-in-law Frank MacKay; nieces Dawn, Joanne, Leslee (husband Robert Lavin); nephews Kevin, Scott, Robbie, and Randy MacKay, Jimmie and Johnnie Hatfield and her special little flower, great niece Alyssa Lavin. She was predeceased by her husband Jim in 2004. Prayers will be said at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327 - 4th Street, on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Jorge Mante as celebrant. Pallbearers will be: Cameron Ballance, Ray Bourassa, Gordon Brooks, Robert Lavin, Paul Parkolub and James MacKay. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Gayle may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8 or to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o 327-4th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 3H1.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel &Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
KULBACKI: Joseph Larion Kulbacki passed away January 31, 2013, at the age of 63, at Neepawa Hospital after a short battle with cancer. Joe was born September 6, 1949, to Joseph Stanley and Charlotte Virginia (Kasprick) at his grandparent’s home in Polonia, Manitoba. Joe grew up in Eden, Manitoba, where he attended Eden Consolidated School. Joe married Sandra (Bayes) in 1986 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their daughter Jillian was born in 1988. The most important things in Joe’s life were his family, and his love and commitment to them will be greatly missed. Joe was predeceased by his mother Charlotte, mother in-law Doreen Bayes, and brother in-law Ron Zolinski. Joe is survived by his wife Sandra, daughter Jillian, his father Joe, sisters Joanne Stewart (Jim) and Robyn Swark (Kelly), Brother Jack Kulbacki (Brenda) and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. There was only one Joe. As a husband, father, son, brother, uncle, in-law, and friend Joe will always be missed. Funeral services were held at St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church in Neepawa, Manitoba on Feb 5th Father Michael. In lieu of flowers Donations may be made to Neepawa Hospital Equipment fund.
GORDON: Mr. Richard "Rick" Gordon of Newdale, MB., formerly of Brandon, MB., passed away suddenly at the Minnedosa Health Centre, Minnedosa, MB., on Thursday, January 24, 2013 after a short illness at the age of 83. Rick was born in Dryden, ON. and spent most of his childhood there until his family moved to Winnipeg, MB. He attended school in Winnipeg and later moved to British Columbia to work in the lumber mills. In 1955, he found a job that he loved and it became his passion to work in the cemetery industry. In 1960, he moved back to Winnipeg and became involved with Green Acres Memorial Gardens as a funeral director and sales manager. His dream was to own and operate a funeral home. This dream came true in May of 1967 when he became owner of Rosewood Memorial Chapel and Rosewood Memorial Gardens in Brandon, MB. He left Rosewood in 1976 but stayed in the cemetery business, being employed by Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens in Winnipeg until 1981. Rick met Jackie Ross and they loved to travel together, from their summer home at Diefenbaker Lake to their winter getaway in Mesa, Arizona, then settling in Newdale, MB. He is survived by Jackie Ross and her children: Brenda (Mark) Yankee, Susan (Luke) Quiring, RJ (Shelly) Bobowski, and 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Rick is also survived by his five children: Don (Gisele), Rick (Linda), Randy Gordon, Della (Georges) Forest, and Linda Koniuck (Guiseppe Crudo), along with 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, and long-time friend Cam Ballance and family. Rick was predeceased by his father Milton, his mother Myrtle, his two brothers Lorne and Gordon, and sister Joyce. Rick was a man that loved and had the ability to organize and manage everything he did, from his shed with every item placed perfectly, to his desk where everything had a place. He would never miss anyone's birthday and always sent a card. He loved his family with all his heart and was so proud of what each of them had accomplished. In keeping with Rick's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal funeral service. A private family service will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff at the Minnedosa Health Centre for their care and compassion while looking after him. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Rick's memory. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home of Melita, MB. (204) 522-3361, Neil Redpath and Kurt Ardron - Funeral Directors.
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FROESE: Evelyn Froese, age 77, of 3178 Vivian Line, Stratford, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at her residence. Born in Margaret, Manitoba she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Laura (Mogk) Black. Evelyn received her education in Manitoba, graduating with a degree in teaching. Her teaching career included teaching kindergarten to grade six, in Manitoba. She was an avid historian, and was a Gold medalist in the Shilo, Manitoba Army Base sharpshooting championship. She was married to John Froese August 30, 1958 in Margaret, Manitoba. She had a love for the sport of curling, and had an opportunity to compete in the Ontario Tankard. Evelyn and John farmed for many years in North Easthope Township. Dear mother of Carol Froese and husband John Riley of Toronto, Elizabeth Bridgman of Windsor and Robert Froese and wife Shannon of Michigan. She was a beloved grandmother to Sonia, Jordan, Darwin and Orion. Evelyn was a great- grandmother to Chance and Dallas. Evelyn is survived by sister Myrna and husband Ferguson Hall of Manitoba. She was predeceased by son-in-law Jim Bouchat. The funeral service will be held at the James A. Rutherford Funeral Home, 156 Albert St., Stratford on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 1p.m. Rev. Nancy Mann will officiate. The family would like to express its gratitude to the Victorian Order of Nurses. Memorial donations may be made to the Victorian Order of Nurses or a charity of one’s choice.
FLAY: The family of Jeanne Flay sadly announces her passing in Penticton, BC on January 21, 2013 at the age of 94 years. A celebration of Jeanne’s life will occur at a date to be announced. Complete obituary information to follow.
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FRIESEN: It is with sadness the family of Leonard Friesen, of Brandon, announce that his death occurred on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Born February 14, 1936 at Riverside, Manitoba, Leonard was one of eleven children born to Cornelius and Mary Friesen. Leonard knew the meaning of hard work and he exemplified it his entire life starting at a young age. When he was sixteen he moved to Winnipeg where he worked at various jobs: Eaton’s, sugar factory and then later worked on the pipeline in Ontario. After a few years, he came back to Riverside and started grain farming with his brothers Art and Elmer, and with his Dad. In the winter of 1958, he met the love of his life at a skating rink and married Bertha Rempel on October 5, 1958. They had two daughters, Julia and Muriel, while living at Riverside. Then an opportunity came up close to Wawanesa for Leonard and Bertha to buy a farm there. So they moved from family and friends and started their own farm in 1966. Leonard tried his hand at different things such as raising pigs and cattle. “On the side” to make ends meet he worked at Simplot and then later at the “Duck Barns”. By 1982 the cows were sold and by 1992 all the grain land was sold. He was full time into the trucking business, as Leonard had a knack for mechanic work and could fix just about anything. At the time of his death, Leonard still owned his business “L & B Friesen Limited”. He always said “his work was his hobby”. Leonard used to love going downhill skiing with his family. Every spring break he would take his family and head to the mountains for a few days of skiing. He also loved curling and it was with much regret he had to give up both those sports when his arthritis got to the point where it limited his ability to be physically active. He replaced those sports with attending Wheat Kings Hockey games with his wife Bertha. They had seasons tickets and they never missed a game unless there was a “family” commitment elsewhere where they needed to be or they were away on a holiday. Leonard and his wife Bertha enjoyed many holidays together, they drove (not flew) to Mexico, Palm Springs, Florida and Montreal. One of the best words used to describe Leonard was “generous”. He was generous in the good times and bad times. Whether his business was struggling or whether it was profitable, Len would give and give some more. Along with generosity, he was also a loyal man and lived a life of integrity and faith. His integrity shone through the way he did business and the way he treated everyone around him. As proud as Leonard was of his business, nothing made him more proud than his family and his church. His love for God was evident in everything he did. He was never shy to share his faith and would tell anyone who would listen about his love for Jesus. Leonard was a strong man but only because of his faith and his lifelong companion who truly was his “helpmate”. Leonard will be lovingly remembered by his wife Bertha; daughters Julia (Bruce) Ellergodt, Muriel (Ray) Hildebrandt; grandchildren Michael (Amber) Ellergodt, Jeremy (Carley) Ellergodt, Kyle Ellergodt, Jennifer Hildebrandt and Amber Hildebrandt. The Funeral Service took place at McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church on Thursday, January 31, 2013. Pastor Dan Pope officiated. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Leonard may be made to CSSM Ministries, 189 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg, MB R2L 1L7 or Christian and Missionary Alliance Global Advanced Fund, available at the church.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
ENGLISH: Verla Marie English, beloved wife of Jim, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 following a lengthy, courageous battle with cancer. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements withMemories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre,204-727-0330.
CHAMBERS: Benjamin “Garth” Chambers, age 84, beloved husband of Donna, father to Lana (Wes Morningstar) and Lauren (Greg Hiltner) died on February 4, 2013 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre in Brandon, Manitoba. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Boissevain, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Donations may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association 629 McDermot Ave. Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 1P6.
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Killarney & Boissevain Funeral Home Ltd. (204) 523-7791
COWAN: Cecile Emily, beloved wife of Donald Cowan and mother of Tonia (Dennis) Sparks , Tony (Donna) Kotylak , Kim (Lisa) Cowan, Michelle (Jim) Duncan and Tina (Rob) Creller, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, at Virden Health Centre on January 27, 2013 at the age of 69 years. A service to celebrate Cecile’s life will be held at G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden, Manitoba on Monday, February 11 at 1:00 p.m. The interment will be in McAuley Cemetery following a time of fellowship and refreshments in the Virden Legion Hall. If friends so desire, donations may be made to Virden and Area Palliative Care in memory of Cecile.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
ROMANIK: Peter Romanik of Brandon passed away peacefully on February 6, 2013 with his family at his side at the age of 86 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Emily; his children Gloria (Darryl) Rumsey of Winnipeg and Steve (Bev) Romanik of Brandon. His grandchildren Adam and Myles Rumsey, Mike (Robin) Romanik, Jennifer (Paul) McBeth, Jon (Sarah) Romanik; great grandchildren Jayden, Josh, Chloe and Cora. Peter was born on August 22, 1926, the youngest of five children to Rose and William Romanik in Brandon, Manitoba. He grew up in Brandon graduating from Brandon Collegiate Institute with a grade 11 education. He married the love of his life, Emily Simbalist on November 20, 1948 and they shared 65 wonderful years together. Peter began his career with the Manitoba Hydro in 1948 starting out as a meter reader in Brandon. In 1962, Peter and his family moved to Portage La Prairie where he became the Commercial Representative. In 1967, Peter was transferred to Winnipeg becoming the Commercial Supervisor for the Suburban East area and eventually transferred to the Marketing Department in 1968. With regionalization in 1972, Peter moved back to Brandon as Business Manager for the Western Region, the position he eventually retired from after 37 years of service. Peter was very active in St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church becoming a full-time Cantor in his retirement where he shared many hours in spiritual activities, the Men’s Club, and other social events. Dad was an avid reader and was well known at the Brandon Public Library. He enjoyed watching sports on TV including hockey, football, curling, golf and baseball. Dad also enjoyed dabbling in real estate and was always on the look-out for a great deal on a car. Dad was most happy hosting the weekly family Saturday lunches and many family get-togethers. Peter was pre-deceased by his parents, one sister and three brothers. He lived a full dedicated life touching the lives of many. Dad was a devoted father, husband and amazing Gigi who imparted his wisdom and guidance on us helping us to become who we are today. For that we are forever grateful. The family would like to thank Dr. Butler and the staff on 400 West for the care Dad received while he was in the hospital. Divine Liturgy will be held at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 927 Assiniboine Avenue, on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Michael Tkachuk officiating. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7, would be appreciated.
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SCRIBNER: Jean Elizabeth passed away suddenly on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 with family by her side. Jean was born in Brandon on September 3, 1959, the youngest child of Bill and Georgina (Dennis) Scribner. Jean will be missed by her brothers Jack (Myrna), Don (Helen) and Dennis (Debby); nieces Trina Carey and Tishia (Lyle) Wright; nephews Zachary and Gregory Scribner; Aunts Muriel and Audrey Dennis. Also left to cherish Jean’s memory are her Westman House family – Jane, Shelagh, Ron, Shirley and Patti whom she has lived with for over 30 years. She will be remembered by very special caregivers Wendy Kennedy and Chelsey Schmitz as well as all the staff of Westman Opportunities. Jean was predeceased by her parents, Auntie Kay Dennis and Uncles Rob and Jack Dennis. Jean spent over 30 years working at COR Enterprises only recently being semi-retired. She enjoyed participating in the Special Olympics and was fortunate to be able to go on many vacations with her Westman family. Jean was a very special person and was loved by all who knew her. She loved shopping, colouring, diet coke and spending time with both her families. Jean always kept us on our toes!! She will be missed dearly. A Celebration of Jean’s Life took place on Monday, February 4th with Pastor Paul Stade of First Baptist Church officiating. Urn bearer was Helen Scribner. Donations can be made to Canadian Diabetes, A1-800 Rosser Ave., Brandon, MB R7A 6N5 or Westman Opportunities Inc. 1544 – 10th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4H7.
Rest in Peace Little Sister
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SIMPSON: The death of Ronald Francis Simpson, beloved husband of Bernice, occurred on Friday, February 8, 2013 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Funeral arrangements are pending.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
STEPHENSON: It is with great sadness we announce the death of Cecil Victor Stephenson at the Bayside Personal Care Home on February 6th, 2013, the last surviving member of his family. Cecil was born to Russell and Belle (nee Currie) on February 27, 1921 on the Stephenson family farm in the RM of Strathcona NE 22-4-15. He farmed all of his life except for a short time while serving the Royal Canadian Artillery during World War II. Next to his family, farming was his greatest love. He continued to help his sons on the farm during seeding and harvest until his 80th birthday. Cecil was predeceased by one son, Morley Dean, five brothers and one sister. He leaves to mourn his loving wife of 69 years, E. Gwen (nee Dalgliesh), five sons: Hugh (Bev), Dean (Barb), Don (Shelley), Robert (Jo-Anne), Tom (Kathy) and three daughters: Miriam (Ron) Nichol, Cathy (Brent) Dickey, Anne (Laurie) Laird, 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, three sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. The family wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Bayside Personal Care Home for their compassionate care. At Cecil’s request, a family memorial service will be held at a later date. If so desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palliative Care Program at the Tri Lake Health Centre, Killarney, Manitoba, R0K 1G0.
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We love you, rest in peace.
Killarney & Boissevain Funeral Home Ltd. (204) 523-7791.
STEVENSON: Henry “Harry” Stevenson. Harry passed away quietly and joined his loving wife Jean on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 77 years of age. Harry is survived by his daughters; Connie (Tim) Rey and Kim (Kevin) Shamanski, as well as his cherished grandchildren; Nathan and Carli Rey, Madison and Piper Shamanski whom he loved very much. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his brother Jack (Gretta), numerous nieces, nephews, many “adopted” nieces and nephews, and other family and friends. Harry was born December 12, 1935 in Portadown, Northern Ireland to parents Grace and John Stevenson. He started his horticultural career at the age of 14 working for McGredys Nursery. When Harry was 20 years old he left Portadown for Canada, landing in Morden where he worked as a lifeguard and at the Experimental Farm. He met many wonderful people during his early years in Canada – many who became lifelong friends. He spoke of them often, with a mischievous twinkle in his eye, and he always cherished time spent with them. Harry went back to Ireland when he was 24 with the intent to steal away the girl of his dreams and asked Jean to marry him. Jean later followed Harry to Canada and they were married for 48 years. Harry and Jean loved socializing with their friends, going to the Legion, house parties, social functions and dancing - they loved to dance – jiving being their specialty. It wasn’t unusual for people to stop and watch them jive and twist. Harry worked for the City of Brandon for 35 years, initially in the greenhouses - ending his career with the City of Brandon as the Manager for Parks & Recreation. Harry loved plants and flowers and always had a house full of plants and a beautiful, meticulously cared for yard - a yard which was always the envy of the block. He spent many hours outside in his flower gardens – weeding and watering – just enjoying being outside. He also loved to go hunting and spending time at Clear Lake with Jean and his children, sharing meals at the cook shack, fishing, swimming, going for walks with the dog and kids in tow, card games with family and friends, as well as sneaking away from Jean for a wee nip. Harry and Jean made several trips over the years back to Ireland to visit family and friends, taking their children a couple of times for family weddings. Harry was a devoted husband and father, caring grandfather and friend who had a wonderful way with children – always enjoying spending his work lunch hour at home with Jean’s day care children. He is predeceased by his loving wife Jean; mother Grace; father John and sister Minnie. A Come and Go Reception to celebrate Harry’s life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. Private Family Interment will be held in the Brandon Cemetery with Rev. Shannon McCarthy officiating. The urn bearer will be Carli Rey (granddaughter). The family would like to extend a special thank you to all those special friends and family who spent time with dad whether it was just to talk and visit, drop off some baking, or play a game of shuffleboard. Donations made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation-Murray House Cancer Treatment Centre, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3 would be greatly appreciated.
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Arrangements withMemories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
TSCHETTER: Jeannine Tschetter. Jeannine was the second of eight children born to Joe and Gertie Watson of Killarney. After completing her schooling, Jeannine took training to be a Nurse’s Aid at Killarney Hospital. She won the hearts of all her patients with her caring and efficient manner. It was during this time when she met her future husband George Tschcetter. Following their marriage, they moved to a farm north of Holmfield. Jeannine channelled all her energies into becoming a home maintenance engineer. Her talent for baking, cooking and cleaning was a force to be reckoned with. Many a family member enjoyed her fresh baked bread and buns. She loved the physical part of farming and could match her husband chore for chore. Another of Jeannine`s dreams were realized when she became a mother to three sons Ron, Barry and Blake. When George bought a tent trailer, they would spend their leisure time camping with the boys. One of her most favourite trips was when they travelled through the Rockies on their way to Vancouver. It was the first time she had seen the majesty of the mountains and she was enthralled with the adventure. Jeannine had a devout faith and spent numerous hours volunteering and helping with church programs. It was that faith that she drew on when she lost her first-born son, Ron, in a tragic farm accident. Years later Jeannine re-entered the workforce and was employed to work with special needs adults in Boissevain. She derived a lot of pleasure from that job. She loved the clients and they loved her. In later years, Jeannine battled with health issues, the main one being Diabetes. It took toll on her kidneys and she was forced to go on dialysis. That led to her and George leaving the farm to move to Brandon so she could receive her treatments. Many times she was at death’s door but her faith and her indomitable spirit pulled her through. When she lost her second son Barry to cancer last year, she was devastated. She drew immense comfort from the declaration of faith that Barry made several months before he passed. He told her he would be seeing his big brother soon and he has. With Jeannine’s passing, there will be rejoicing in Heaven as she reunites with her two sons. Left to mourn her passing is her husband of 57 years, George and her youngest son Blake. Also her siblings, Guille, Patricia, Blake, Vic, Ron, Bette and their families. She is predeceased by her parents, her two sons, a nephew and her youngest brother Jack.
Our loss, Heaven’s gain.
Wheatland Funeral Service entrusted with arrangements.
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