Classifieds / Obituaries
GERRARD: Gordon Harold Gerrard of Brandon, age 93, formerly of Thunder Bay, Ontario passed away at the Assiniboine Centre on Novemeber 25, 2009 surrounded by his family. Gordon will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years, Yvonne; daughters Suzanne (Marny Tsai) and Patty (Terry Gryschuk); and grandchildren Shamus Pridy, and Dustin and Lauren Gryschuk; as well as many relatives, and friends. Gord was proud of his 42 year career with the TD Bank. During these many years he worked in Sudbury, London, Fort William, Toronto, Chatham, and Winnipeg. After retirement in 1979, Gord and Yvonne moved to Victoria, BC and then Thunder Bay in 1981. Last year Gord and Yvonne moved to Brandon to be near family. Gords banking career was interrupted by World War II. He joined the R.C.A.F. (1942 1946) and served overseas as a radar technician with the R.A.F. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #6 for many years. Gordon was predeceased by his infant son; parents; and siblings, Alex, Jim, Bill, Laurie, Margaret, Chris, Barbara Hartwell, and Lenore Lee. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Thunder Bay. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Gord may be made to a charity of choice. The family wishes to thank Dr. Mikhail, the staff at the Assiniboine Centre, and the Home Care attendants for the excellent care they provided and the love they bestowed on him. A special thank you to the wonderful nurses in the palliative unit. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
FOSTER: Desmond RalphBorn August 1, 1931, passed away at Royal Columbian Hospital on November 8, 2009 at 78 years of age. Born in Carberry, MB, the second son of Albert and Dorothy, living in several small towns in Southern Manitoba, moving to Alberta in 1959, and finally to Coquitlam, British Columbia in 1965 where he worked at Royal Columbian Hospital, Eatons, and Canadian Freightways. Left to mourn his loss are his beloved wife of 53 years, Isobel; daughters Patti (Bill) Hanley, Sherry (Win) Aust; grandchildren Kyle and Nick Kortegaard and Lindy and Carlee Aust; sisters Connie Oakes of Vancouver, British Columbia, Betty (Frank) Southern of Penticton, British Columbia, Eileen (Ron) Schott of Kenora, Ontario; and brother Ron (Penny) of Brandon, Manitoba. Des was a longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Ulster Association. He loved cars, beer, country music and was so very proud of his family. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12th at Burquitlam Funeral Home, 625 North Road, Coquitlam.
DIXON: It is with deep sorrow, we mourn the passing of our beloved sister, sister-in-law, Aunt and friend, Fay Alexandra Dixon at Fairview Personal Care Home. She succumbed peacefully to the final stage of Parkinsons on November 23, 2009 with members of her family and Fairview staff at her bedside. Fay was in her 78th year, having been born on January 28, 1931 at Oak Lake, Manitoba. She was predeceased by her father, Truman Dixon in 1979 and her mother Thelma (nee Olive) in 1991. Surviving are her brother, Doug Dixon (Deane) of Brandon, nephew Trevor (his children Ryan, Brandon, Matthew, Mark and their mother Rose) of Burlington, Ontario. Nieces, Diane (Laurie Andrew) of Hamilton, Ontario and Sandra (her children Kyle, Bronte and Bryce) of Burlington, Ontario, also her sister-in-law, Jill Dixon of Burlington, Ontario. Fay excelled at school, taking grades one and two at Oak Lake and after the family moved to Brandon in 1939 she took her grades three and four at King George. In 1942 the family moved to Nesbitt, Manitoba where she completed with honours her grades five to 11. She finished high school at St. Michaels Academy in Brandon in 1949 and then went on to Normal School in Winnipeg where she attained her Teachers Degree in 1950. She began her teaching career at Centreville Country School near Holland, Manitoba and taught there for two years. She then transferred to Cypress River and taught there for three years. In the fall of 1955 she decided that teaching was not her forte and began a new career with MTS at Glenboro, as a telephone operator. She became Chief Operator while there; however in1963 she decided to transfer to Brandon to be with her parents. In Brandon she worked through the ranks with MTS and became Assistant Manager of Operating Services prior to her retirement in 1986. While there she gained many lifetime friends. Prior to and after retirement, Fay upgraded her skills with Toastmistress training, typing skills, ITC correspondence training and Wheat City College Business courses. Fay enjoyed travelling with family and friends, making extensive trips throughout Canada and the USA. She made a trip to the United Kingdom, Hawaii and a cruise through the Panama Canal. There were also the yearly trips to Saskatchewan and Ontario to visit family for the holidays. Fay was a very benevolent person; never forgetting her family and friends on holidays or birthdays; always sending cards and gifts. She provided support and assistance to her aging parents, grandmother and uncles during their last years. Fay donated yearly to many different charities and volunteered with the YMCA, the Thrift Store and the East End Community Centre. Fays loving and generous nature will be cherished and memories of her will never be forgotten by her family. We would like to thank the staff on the 4th floor of Fairview Home for the excellent care they provided and the love they bestowed on her. She had many happy days there. Cremation has taken place and the Service of Remembrance will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, November 30th, 2009 at 11:00 am with Rev. David Cathcart of Knox United Church officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery and a reception will be held at Brockie Donovan after the interment. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fays memory can be made to the Parkinson Society of Manitoba, 7 - 414 Westmount Dr., Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2J 1P2, or to the Fairview Home Trust, 1351 - 13th St., Brandon Manitoba, R7A 4S6.
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DIEHL: Les Diehl, age 80, beloved husband of Anna Grace died on November 26, 2009, at his residence, Boissevain, Manitoba. United Church Funeral Service will be held on Monday, November 30, 2009 Whitewater Mennonite Church, Boissevain, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the St. Paul's United Church, Boissevain, Manitoba or Habitat for Humanity, Winnipeg. 60 Archibald Street Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2J 0V8 or online at www.habitat.mb.ca
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlnd.comKillarney & Boissevain Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.
CAMPBELL: It is with great sadness that the family of Jim Campbell announce his passing at Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, November 26, 2009 at the age of 78 years. Viewing will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 -18th Street North on Saturday, November 28, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A service to celebrate Jim's life will be held at Central United Church, 327- 8th Street, on Monday, November 30, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Edmund Mielke will officiate. Interment will follow in Brandon Cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Jim to The Kristopher Campbell Memorial Skateboard Plaza, c/o Town Centre, 800 Rosser Ave. Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 6N5. Complete obituary to follow. Expressions of sympathy may be made atwww.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
ANDREWS: The death of Marion Doreen Andrews, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, occurred November 20th, 2009. Doreen was born August 11th, 1929, eldest daughter of Frank and Dora Wolfe of Douglas, Manitoba. They lived on a farm and Doreen loved country life. She inherited her father's Irish blue eyes. Dewitt Mitchell always called her "bright eyes". Sister Helen born 1933 and brother Mel 1937. She attended Elton School until Grade 9, when the school closed and took Grade 10 and 11 at Douglas High School, followed by a business course at Wheat City Business College. She took piano lessons from Alma Boles, Olive Hooke and Emma J. Muirhead. She also was a member of the Douglas Junior Choir, lead by Mrs. Muirhead. She was a member of the Douglas United Church. Alice Willmott was her Sunday School teacher. She and Mona Mitchell were best friends through childhood and for the rest of their adult lives. Her first attempt at baking was a chocolate cake when she was nine. The compliments she received encouraged her to enjoy cooking all her life, but her first biscuits were something else. She loved helping her Dad by driving the tractor and shovelling grain in harvest time, but helped her Mom with cleaning and gardening, which led to her love of gardening later on. When she was 14, she met Mona's cousin Bud Andrews (youngest son of Albert and Abbie Andrews), and was smitten. After business college she worked for a short time for Sears Order Office and Oakland Hatcheries. When she was 18, she and Bud were married September 29th, 1947 in the old Knox United Church, Brandon, exactly 6 years after his twin sister Lois was married to Milton Jacks in the same church. Bud and Doreen spent much of 1948 in West Summerland, British Columbia where Bud worked in his Aunt's cannery and where their first son Neil Douglas was born. In December, they returned to Manitoba and took up farming. During the next eleven years three more children were born to them - Darryl William in 1951, Laurie Albert in 1954, and Karyn Doreen in 1958. Doreen always had a big garden for fresh veggies in summer and canned or frozen for winter. She loved picking wild fruit to make jellies and jams. Doreen was a stay at home Mom who drove her kids to school, music lessons, swimming lessons, ball games, school activities and curling. She encouraged them in any endeavor they undertook. She iced and decorated wedding cakes. At age 40, being terrified of water, she joined the YMCA swimming and received her beginners star. She volunteered in many organizations, Women's Auxiliary, Women's Missionary Society and Douglas Community Hall & Community Rink. She was a member of Douglas Women's Institute for over 50 years. While belonging to Elton Campbell Community Group, she took an active roll in the erecting of cairns to commemorate Elton School which she had attended and Campbell School which Bud had attended. It was interesting that her teacher, Nora (Fraser) Kirk and Bud's teacher, Mary (Highfield) Collins were the only living teachers, and they dedicated the cairns. In 1977 Doreen took a position of Unit Clerk at Brandon General Hospital and retired with the "magic 80" in 1993. In 1995 Bud and Doreen left the farm, partly because of health, she had asthma and worried about snow blocked roads in winter. They moved to 10 Imperial Place in Brandon. She will always be remembered by her sons for burning their baseball cards, when no one knew their value. Doreen was predeceased by Bud's parents, her parents, her sister Helen Caithness, Bud's sisters, Ruth Watson, Lois Reid and Grace Ackney and their husbands, and Bud's brother Ernest. In February 2007, Bud and Doreen lost their beloved son Neil to a horrific fatal brain disease. Left to mourn is her loving husband Bud, married 62 years. Her children, son Darryl (Barb) of Brandon, and their son Ryan of Winnipeg. Son Laurie (Mary Jamison) of St. Albert, Alberta, son Jeff of Burnaby, British Columbia. Her daughter Karyn (Len) Kondro, and their sons Jay and Devin of St. Alberta, Alberta. Neil's wife, Heather Andrews, son Nathan (Kristin) and their children Parker and Taylor, all of Brandon, and daughter Tara of Calgary, Alberta. One brother Mel (Kay) Wolfe of Brandon and brother-in-law Les Reid of Brandon. Also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A memorial service for family and friends was held at the Douglas United Church, Douglas, Manitoba on Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. Interment in the Madford Cemetery will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations in memory of Doreen may be made to the Westman Dreams for Kids Foundation, 203 - 37 11th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4J2 or a charity of choice. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
SOWTIS (nee Boulton): Violet Lillian, passed away at the age of 91 on November 22, 2009 at Lady Minto Hospital Extended Care, Salt Spring Island, B.C. Born in 1918, Violet grew up on her familys farm near Reston, Manitoba. She attended school at Kinloss and Reston. Those years were some of the happiest of her life. Toward the end she would often ask if there was any news from home, referring to her Manitoba roots. Violet also lived in Winnipeg, Gods Lake and then Brandon, Manitoba after she was married. Violet was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Edward, on November 19, 2006. They were married on Valentines Day in 1942. Violet and Joe lived in Victoria during WW 11 and returned there in 1987 for their retirement years. Violet was a devoted wife and mother and her family always came first. She took great pride in her children and kept an orderly household. She did beautiful needlepoint and always offered a helping hand to friends and extended family when needed. Over the years she purposefully kept in touch with all her sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and their families as well as many friends. She always sent a card or letter, often with gifts, for birthdays and other events or just to say hello. She will be missed by many. Violet is survived by her daughter, Sharon Farquharson, Salt Spring Island, B.C.; son, Robert Sowtis, Calgary, Alberta; grandsons Craig Farquharson and Ryan Sowtis; granddaughters Heather Farquharson and Jennifer Sowtis; great granddaughters Hannah and Katie Durst and a soon to arrive great grandson, Conner Farquharson. She is also survived by her sisters Mary (Bev) Milliken, Jean (Charles) Elliott, her brother Frank Boulton and many nieces and nephews. Memorial Service and interment to be arranged by Brockie Donovan, Brandon Manitoba. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the Lady Minto Hospital, Salt Spring Island, B.C.
CLELLAND: Violet "Vi" Clelland, age 89, beloved wife of the late Ed Clelland died on November 25, 2009 at Bren Del Win Lodge, Deloraine, Manitoba. Funeral Service will be held Monday, November 30, 2009 at Smith Funeral Home Deloraine, Manitoba 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Royal Candian Legion Branch #83 Legion Auxilary, Deloriane, Manitoba. Interment Del Win Cemetery, Deloraine, Manitoba.
Messages of condolence may be made at www.wheatlnd.comSmith Funeral Home, Deloraine, Manitoba 747-2088.
McKIBBON: Irene Billy McKibbin (nee Bilkoski). Peacefully, on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 in the late evening, Irene passed away at the Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg at the age of 77 years. A longer obituary notice will follow. Wojciks Funeral Home & Crematorium Beausejour, Manitoba1 - 866-424- 6271 ~ 1 - 204 - 268 - 2263.
STEMMER: Gerhard Gus Stemmer, owner of the Green Pepper Pizzaria in Neepawa, Manitoba, passed away on November 24, 2009 at the Minnedosa Health Centre at the age of 66 years. At Gerhards request, a private family service will take place at a later date. Donations may be made to a charity of ones choice. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
GARTSHORE:John Douglas, April 28, 1932 Nov. 21, 2009. Jack grew up in Toronto and proved himself both creative and intelligent, with a love for people, animals, and funny puns. He also learned to love the Creator, Jehovah and wanted to help others to do the same, so he dedicated his life to him in 1954. He worked various jobs after graduation from an industrial course in chemistry in 1952, but he especially enjoyed reaching out to people to teach them the wonderful things he had learned in the Bible. He met his wife Bernice in Ottawa in 1957 and they married June 28, 1958. Their sons, Stephen and James, were born in Toronto. In 1968 they moved to Smithers, B.C. and in 1973 they relocated to Souris. They moved to Brandon, Saskatoon, Creston, and then returned to Brandon in 1989. Jack was predeceased by his son Jim and his parents, Curtis and Evelyn Gartshore. He leaves his dear wife Bernice, his son Stephen (Karlene) Gartshore, his daughter-in-law Donna Gartshore of Regina, two granddaughters, Kristina (Tim) Moseley of Midwest City, OK and Sara Gartshore of Regina, and one great-grandson, Brenden Moseley; his brother, Jim (Joyce) Gartshore of Trenton, Ontario, his brother- and sister-in-law, Marcel and Vera Ramseyer and many nieces, nephews and friends. A Memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses, 3434 Park Avenue at two oclock Saturday November 28, 2009. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brandon Congregation of Jehovahs Witnesses or the Humane Society.
McKENZIE: Irene McKenzie of Souris, formerly of Brandon, beloved mother of Donna Robins and Elaine McLean, passed away peacefully at the Souris Hospital on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at the age of 95 years. A service of remembrance will be held at St. Marys Anglican Church, 401 1st Street, Brandon on Friday, November 27, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. John Dolloff officiating. A private family interment will take place prior to the church service. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Irene may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B 10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 4G7 or Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7. Complete obituary information to follow. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
CLEGG: On November 22, 2009, God gently took Gladys Eliza Jane Clegg, at the age of 97, to be with him. Gladys left the world as peacefully as she had lived. She will be greatly missed by her: Husband Rollie, after being married 73 years ago in Binscarth. Daughter Faye (George) Brown; son Jim (Norma) Clegg; grandchildren: Leanne (Craig) Peel, Jana (Terry) Joseph, Brenda (Greg) Sturko, Belinda (Cliff) CarterSquire, Brad Clegg; great grandchildren: Lyndsi and Colin Peel, Teagan, Brady and Taryn Joseph, Aisha and James Sturko, Loretta and Gino CarterSquire, Conor and Larissa Clegg. Gladys lived her life at peace with the world. She was given the sense of humour that enabled her to laugh with everyone, often at herself, and never at others. She was always ready to become involved in community affairs and activities in the 57 years that she and Rollie lived on the farm at Arrow River. She enjoyed numerous trips with her husband through the years, but always seemed more excited when returning than when leaving. Time spent with her family and grandchildren seemed precious to her, always ready for a picnic, wiener roast or just a smudge in the evening. Cooking and making people feel welcome in her home was another of her gifts. No one ever left her house at meal time without having been well fed. After school lunches and scrambled egg sandwiches were a specialty. She took pleasure in many activities, but seemed to enjoy writing poetry, quilting, sewing, and knitting the most. Involvement with the Clegg Museum provided a lot of social activity both away and at home. She was a gracious host to all visitors. Her family were so very fortunate to have been blessed with such a loving and caring wife, mother, and grandmother. Gladys will be lovingly remembered by all whose lives she touched. In lieu of flowers or cards, donations would be gratefully accepted by The Arrow River Cemetery Fund, Arrow River, Manitoba, R0M 2H0 or the Birch Lodge PCH Activity Fund, Hamiota, Manitoba, R0M 0T0. A memorial service and interment will be held at a later date.
Messages of condolence can be sent atcampbellfuneralhome.ca. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota in care of arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
BUCHANAN: Mrs. Gladys Caroline Buchanan (née Smith) of Brandon, formerly of Rathwell and Glenboro, beloved wife of the late Duncan Buchanan, passed away at her residence, Fairview Home, Brandon, on Sunday, November 22, 2009 at the age of 94 years. A graveside service will be held at the Holy Trinity Cemetery in Headingley, Manitoba on Monday, November 30, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Paul Sakasov of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Brandon officiating. Donations in memory of Gladys may be made to a charity of choice. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
WATSON: Doreen, age 73 years, beloved wife of Art Watson, mother of Sandra and Wade, died in the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, November 22, 2009. Funeral service will be held at St. Pauls United Church, Souris, Manitoba, on Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Doreen, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Kowalchuks Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at email@example.com
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