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PEARSALL: Leroy (Casey) Pearsall (1914 - 2012). Peacefully on Saturday, June 9th, 2012 at the Valleyview Care Centre in Brandon, Manitoba, Casey Pearsall passed away in his 98th year. Casey was born on September 27, 1914 in Loverna, SK to Raymond and Edna Pearsall. At the death of his mother in 1917, Casey was brought to Elkhorn, MB to live with his Grandmother, Mrs. J.A. Niven (sister of George and Peter Lidster, owners of the local butcher shop in Elkhorn). It was here that he spent his childhood, received his schooling and in 1932, entered the butcher shop of his Uncle George and together with George's son, Ken, was taught the trade of a butcher. To quote Casey "Many were the good times we had in learning our profession and we were fortunate in having as our teacher the very best and finest, my Uncle George Lidster.” Casey left Elkhorn in 1940 to join the services in Winnipeg but was not accepted due to a medical condition. He worked in Winnipeg for a spell and in 1943, married Miss Jean Lund, a school teacher from Elkhorn. They purchased the butcher shop in Oak Lake in 1944, operated it until 1954 at which time the business was sold and they moved to Virden and operated a shop there until 1962. The Pearsalls then moved to Brandon in retirement. Jean passed away in 1968. Casey married Gladys Duncan of Brandon in 1971 and they spent 30 wonderful years together until Gladys' death in 2001. Casey and Gladys spent many years travelling the world and still found time to spend their winters in Mesa, Arizona. They both enjoyed music and attended many dances with their "Snowbird" friends in Mesa. Casey was very proud of his Gladys and was always the gentleman in escorting her about for 30 years. Golf was a passion of Casey's and he enjoyed the game most of his life right up to the age of 88. Casey is survived by his stepsons Bruce (Linda) Duncan and their children Jodi, Kristi and Tim and their families; and Barry (Carol) Duncan and their children Ian, Patrick and Kathy and their families. He is also survived by a special niece and nephew Jeanette and Rudy Stritz and their families. The family would like to thank the staff at Valleyview Care Centre and Victoria Landing for the wonderful care and treatment of Casey in his later years and also a big thank you to Rudy and Jeannette Stritz, Norm and Gail Popein, Tom and Fran Perrin and Nicole and Sherry of Transitions for their many acts of kindness throughout the years. As per Casey's wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. A private family service and interment will occur at the Elkhorn Cemetery and will be officiated by Mr. Jamie Berry. In lieu of flowers, donations to Valleyview Care Centre, 3015 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7B 2K2 would be appreciated.
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MURRAY: Mr. John Murray of Lyleton, passed away at the Virden Health Centre on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife Joan of Lyleton; daughter Brenda (Greg) Riddell of Pierson; son Norman (Linda) Murray of Virden; six grandsons: Daniel (Becky) & Peyton Riddell, David Riddell (Tiffany Vilcu), Garrett Riddell (Brittany Vanbeselaere), Brent Murray (Nicole Davidson), Shane Murray (Veronique Lagace), and Blair Murray; seven sisters- in-law: Mona Murray of Melita, Toots Turnbull of Napa, AB., Mary (Rodney) Cairns of Oak Lake, Bonnie (Ed) Bartlett of Brandon, Sandra (Don) Higgins of Lyleton, Sue (Phil) Lesy of Deloraine, and Joan Shears of Ft. St. John, BC.; two brothers-in-law: Ken (Pat) Shears of Hudson Hope, BC., and Jack (Elaine) Shears of Ft. St. John, BC.; niece Diane (Darryl) Elliott of Cromer; three nephews: Gary (Wynne) Murray of Melita, Barry (Trudy) Murray of Melita, and Rick (Connie) Murray of Brandon; also numerous nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his parents Vern & Lu Murray, brother Dave Murray and two brothers-in-law: Jim Shears and Lloyd Turnbull. The Funeral Service will be held at the Lyleton United Church, Lyleton, MB. on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm. (Reverend) Heather Sandilands will officiate. Interment will follow at the Lyleton Cemetery. Donations may be given to the The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba CE501, 840 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB. R3A 1S1, Sense of Home —Murray House- Brandon, BRHC Foundation—Sense of Home Campaign 150 McTavish Ave. E. Brandon, MB. R7A 2B3, or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron Funeral Directors.
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McKINNON: Rixon McKinnon, beloved husband of Jane of Minnedosa, MB entered into rest on June 9, 2012 at the Minnedosa Health Centre at the age of 79 years. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Minnedosa Community Conference Centre, Minnedosa, MB. Interment will take place in the Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Minnedosa Heritage Village. Messages of condolences may be sent to minnfs@mts.netMinnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
MENZIES: Margaret Annie Menzies passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the age of 91 years. A funeral service will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Margaret may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7 or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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MAYES: Mrs. Leona Mayes formerly of Pierson, MB., passed away at the Bren Del Win Lodge, Deloraine, MB. on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the age of 80. She is survived by her two daughters: Wendy (Ron) White of Lyleton and Vicki (Carlon) Wells of Brandon; five grandchildren: Myles (Claudia Romero) & Makayla & Noah White of Winnipeg, Brooks (Jen) and Sawyer White of Pierson, April (Neal) vanSteenis of Calgary, Tyler (Alissa) and Taya & Kalina McKinna of Regina, and Lance McKinna (Jen Blahy) of Brandon; sister Devona Treffry of Portage and brother Foster Fournie of Melita. Leona was predeceased by her husband Elwyn Mayes, parents Gordon & Eleanor Fournie. A Private Family Graveside will take place at the Pierson Cemetery, Pierson, MB. on Friday, June 15, 2012. (reverend) Heather Sandilands will officiate. Donations may be given to the Pierson Cemetery Fund Box 100 Pierson, MB. R0M 1S0. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron Funeral Directors.
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HUSKA: Edward Alexander Huska passed away on Friday June 8, 2012 at Rideau Park Personal Care Home. Edward is survived by his loving wife Lillian, son Harold and daughter Heather Nelson. Ed was born on September 20, 1930 in Pine River, Manitoba. In accordance with his wishes a family graveside service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rideau Park Personal Care Home, 525 Victoria Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 6S9.
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HAYWARD: The peaceful passing of Gwenneth "Gwen" Hayward occurred at her residence Rideau Park Personal Care Home on Monday, June 11, 2012. Funeral arrangements are pending with Memories Chapel, 727-0330.
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BAILEY: Esther Bailey (née Wray) of Brandon, beloved mother of Lorrie (Colin) Snelgrove and Darlene (Del) Duncan, passed away peacefully at her residence, Fairview Home, on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at the age of 97 years. The Funeral Service to celebrate Esther’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. A private family interment will be held prior to the service. Rev. Harvey Hurren will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Esther may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B-10th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4G7 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7. Complete obituary information to follow.
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WEBB: The death of Marguerite "Fay" Webb, beloved wife of Jack occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Fay was born September 30, 1935 in the Rural Municipality of Wallace, the youngest daughter of eight children born to James and Helena Boyce. She was employed for many years as a seamstress for Yeager's Furs. Spending time entertaining family and friends both at home and out at the cottage were both loved by Fay. She is survived by her husband Jack of 56 years; daughters Cindy (Clarence) Mott, Penny (Bruce) Kenney, Tamie (Jeff) Taylor; grandchildren Teri and Joshua Braun, Stephen and John Kenney, Lacey (Aaron) Douglas, Tricia Bone; great-grandchildren Mia Braun and Ayden Bone-Amann; sister Winn Elliott; brother Garry Boyce and families. She was predeceased by her parents; sister Loretta Berry; brothers Ken, Ron, Alan and Ross. A private family graveside ceremony will be held at the Rosewood Memorial Gardens at a later date. Donations in memory of Fay may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon R7A 2B3 or to a charity of one's choice.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel &Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
WEIR: Wilbert Dennis Weir, February 2, 1960-May 27, 2012 Suddenly, with his “3 girls” by his side, Wil passed from this life on Sunday, May 27. He was born February 2 in Russell, MB. He was the third of five children born to Harold and Edna (Nernberg) Weir of Inglis, MB. His first year of schooling took place at a one room rural school called Freefield near Inglis, MB. He attended school in Inglis for the remainder of his elementary education followed by Russell for high school. Upon graduation, he began employment with Clements Ltd. in the accounting department in Russell. From there, he commenced his career with the Royal Bank. First in Russell and then in various other Manitoba locations. He served RBC in the far north at Churchill and in the south at Melita and many other rural towns in between. He started the new century by moving to Virden and serving as Loans Officer in the Virden Credit Union. He held the position of Manager of Lending Services at Sunrise Credit Union, Virden Branch at the time of his passing. He was very involved with the community. He served on the Aud Theatre Board. He was very involved in High School Rodeo, helped coach baseball, and served on the Virden Employment Skills board. He lent his talents to the St. Paul’s United Church finance and planned gift committees. He shared his rich bass voice with The Heard – a male choir from Oak Lake, and the St. Paul’s Choir. He very much enjoyed being part of St. Paul’s candlelight service at the Christmas season. He married Denise Trott of Minnedosa on July 24, 1993. Daughter Chelsey joined the family in 1995 and Nicole in 1997. He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Edna Weir, brother Garhart, and nephew Peter Weir. He is survived and deeply missed by his wife Denise, daughters Chelsey and Nicole of Virden, brother Clifford (Pat) Weir of Kimberley, BC, sisters, Lorraine Weir of Winnipeg, Karen (Michael) Trush of Dauphin, father and mother-in-law, Bill and Doreen Trott of Minnedosa, brother-in-law Claire Trott of Minnedosa, sister-in-law Eileen Trott of Brandon, nephew Bradley Weir, as well as aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins. The funeral service was conducted from the Rec. Centre in Virden on Thursday, May 31. Rev. Janice Van Aertselaer officiated assisted by Paster Jason Zinko. Pallbearers were Garry Williamson, Darius Bomback, Gene Pielechaty, Brad Nernberg, Ross Coombs, and Glen Grieve. Ushers were Mark Wilton, Mark Birch, Tim Penner, and Jade Cabel. Music was provided by Sherridan Reimer and Shelby Rampton. Choir leaders were Dianne Leifson and Karyn Morrow-Penner. The choir was composed of members from the choirs of Oak Lake (Notable Women and The Heard), St. Paul’s United Church, and Virden Collegiate Institute. G.R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel of Virden were in charge of arrangements.
We hear your voice as the leaves sigh.We see your smile in the sunset sky.
SMITH: Herbert Joseph (Joe) passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, surrounded by family, on May 26, 2012. He was born in 1929 in Boissevain, MB to Herbert and Eva Smith, the eldest of 11 children. His family moved to Brandon when he was very young where he started working in the construction industry at age 14. Joe spent many years with E.C. Higgens & Sons, and eventually became self-employed, operating under the name H.J. Smith & Sons, with his two sons. He took pride in having a very strong work ethic all his life and continued to work for family and friends in spite of declining health even after retirement. Joe married Grace Udey of Carberry in 1947 and cherished the memories of helping on the Udey family farm. Joe and Grace lived mostly in the East End of Brandon, where together they raised six children and cared for many others as foster parents. Grace passed away in 1980 and Joe married Loraine (Kooting) Porterfield in 1981. They enjoyed travelling and visiting friends and relatives and somehow found time to do some fishing and gardening. They made many trips to the West Coast before Loraine’s passing in 2011. Joe was predeceased by his parents; first wife Grace; wife Loraine; sister Margaret Yarmiy; brother Lloyd; and sister-in-law Judy Smith. Joe will be lovingly remembered by his children: Joy (Ted) Asham; Betty (Harold) Nelson; Donald (Wendy) Smith; Richard (Rose) Smith; Kimberley Byczkowski; Wendy (Terry) Smith; and Loraine’s children Doug Porterfield and Patricia Raviolas. Joe was a very special Grandpa to 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He will also be dearly missed by his sisters: Elsie (Morris) Blocka; Kay (Angus) Jaska; Jean (Charlie) Farrow; Dottie (Danny) Gayowsky; Marie (Barry) Millwater; and brothers: Donald; Murray (Nettie); Bob (Sharon); brother-in-law Jack Yarmiy; sister-in-law Dot Smith and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe is survived by many extended family members in the Udey and Kooting families. Joe had a large family and held a special place in the heart of each and every one. A graveside memorial service was held at the Brandon Cemetery on May 31, 2012 with Pastor Craig Gibbs officiating.
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SHEWCHUK: Pearl Shewchuk of Sandy Lake passed away on Monday, June 4, 2012, the Sandy Lake Personal Care Home at the age of 94 years. Pearl was predeceased by her husband Michael Shewchuk. She is survived by her son Wes (Liz) Shewchuk of Brandon and daughter Bev (Dennis) Duncan of Winnipeg. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Ozerna. Prayers will be said at the church Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Fr. Emil Kardasinec will officiate. If friends so desire donations may be made to Sandy Lake Personal Care Home, Palliative Care, St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Ozerna or to a charity of one’s choice.
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Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of the arrangements. 759-2160
HERNDON: Terry – February 14, 1943 – June 2, 2012. After a brief but strong and courageous battle with Cancer, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Terry at Riverdale Health Services on June 2, 2012 with his family at his side. Terry was born in Winnipeg, MB. As a youth, his deep love of nature took him to Minaki, ON where he enjoyed many hours of hunting and fishing, as well as working as a fishing guide. After graduation, Terry began his career with the Canadian National Railway and it was shortly after this that he met and married the love of his life, Sharon. Terry’s life proudly focused on the love of his family, friends, and many interests such as music, golf, amateur radio, and photography. He was a Charter member of the Rivers & District Lions Club, President of the Rivers Golf & Country Club for a 2 year term, a member of the Rivers Legion for over 35 years, as well as a member of the Brandon Amateur Radio Club. After a few years into their retirement, Terry and Sharon decided to leave the winters behind and travel to the warmth of Arizona, finally settling in their own vacation home in Donna, TX where many fond memories were formed. Terry is survived by his wife Sharon of 49 years, his daughter Renee (Rick), grandchildren Aaron, Kyle, Brendan and Elizabeth, sister Victoria (Vaughn) in Harrow, Ontario, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Terry was predeceased by his daughter Leslee in July 2010, his parents Victor and Theresa, in-laws John and Emma, and nephews Paul and Todd. We will never forget the miraculous love and support that Terry and his family received from the “angels” at the Riverdale Palliative Care Unit, and the overwhelming support from our dearest and closest friends. To everyone, we thank you for not just what you did which was wonderful, but for the warmth and caring that you put into it. You’re all very special people. We would also like to extend a sincere thank you to Rev. Glenna Beauchamp for her comforting words and concern. Terry was dearly loved by his family and friends, and will be missed very much. His sense of humor and love for life will always be remembered. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Riverdale Palliative Care Unit, Box 428, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0 or a charity of one’s choice. A family graveside service and celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
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COX: Hazel Mary Cox, age 94, passed away peacefully at the Souris and District Personal Care Home on May 19, 2012. Hazel was born October 24, 1917 to Jack and Maggie Gillespie in the Glenvale District. She received Grade 1-9 at the Glenvale School. At the age of 16 she went out to work as a helper in private homes. She married James Venning (Bud) Philp on May 27, 1937 in Souris and they farmed together in the Beresford District until his death in April 1970. She married George Cox March 20, 1976 and they farmed until they retired to Souris. Hazel was a hard worker, inside, outside and in the community. She was an avid curler and took an active role in all community events; worked with the Sunday School as secretary-treasurer, served on the local school board and was a lifetime member of the U.C.W. She is survived by her daughter Frances (Lorne) Radcliffe, son Dennis (Betty) Philp and daughter Sharon (Ray) White as well as grandchildren Terry (Melanie) Radcliffe, Wendy (Bruce Kingdon) Radcliffe, Twyla (Jodi) Anderson, Jason (Leonie) Philp, Tim (Arloe Scott) Philp ; Ross (Annelore) White, Brian (Jewel) White and great grandchildren Connor, Tegan, Alison, Bryton, William, Jodi Jr., Madison, Hannah and Coral. Also step grandchildren Susan, Erin, Steven and their families; nephews Ivan Stewart, Donald (Kim) Gillespie, Gordon (Donna) Gillespie and nieces Cheryl Weisner and Joanne (Rick) Rinholm. Hazel was predeceased by her husbands Bud (1970) and George (2008); an infant son John Kenneth (1947) and her parents Jack and Maggie Gillespie, her sisters Irene Wright, Edna (Tom) Stewart, Edith Gillespie and her brother, William (Esther) Gillespie, daughter-in-law Shirley Philp, nephews Gordon Stewart and Barry Philp and nieces Maureen Wright and Karen Philp. She will be missed by all of us but she has left us all with a legacy to live up to each day. Funeral services were held on Friday, May 25 in St. Paul’s United Church in Souris wit Rev. W. Rankin officiating, followed by internment at the SourisGlenwood Cemetery. Kowalchuk's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
COMMER: Julie Commer found her peace on June 4, 2012 at her home at Fairview Personal Care Home. Julie was born November 14, 1921 in Brandon, MB to Annie and Andrew Kopochinski. Julie was educated at Fleming School and Earl Oxford School where she quickly made several close friends. While on walks in her neighbourhood, Julie caught the eye of a special man, whom she would go onto marry. On January 25, 1945, Julie married her true love, Felix (Hap). Hap and Julie enjoyed many activities together including bowling, card parties, travelling, and dancing. Julie loved nothing more than getting dressed up to go dancing or just a night out on the town. Julie often spoke of her time working at Perth's Cleaners, along with doing housekeeping duties for family and friends. Her strong attention to detail was shown in her immaculate house, even with her five rambunctious children running through, along with their equally rowdy friends. Everyone was welcome at the Commer home. As Julie's children grew older, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It was always a good time at Grandma's house, whether it was playing with toys in her basement or outside, helping her in the garden, watering her peonies, listening to her records, helping her bake, playing Chinese Checkers and cards, or just sitting down to visit. Each of her grandchildren knew and loved the words to "You are My Sunshine" as she frequently sang it to each one of them. "Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete" (Marcy DeMaree). Everyone knew when going to visit Julie, to go hungry. As soon as you arrived, there would be plates of cheezies, candy, cookies, cheese, crackers, and pickles. And of course, it was all "good for you"! Julie was loved by many family and friends. To everyone she met, she was described as the "sweet" lady, as well as the lady who looked 20 years younger than her real age. Julie goes on to meet again her parents Annie and Andrew; brothers John and Joe; and sister Mary Grandis. Sisters Jean Mazier, Helen Cornett, and Rose Kozoriz will remember all the great and loving times. Her unconditional love will live on through daughters Carol (Larry)Grudinski, Sandy Commer, Mary-Ann (Doug) Baron; sons Richard (Marg) and Tom (Darlene). Grandchildren who adored and loved her are Stacey Commer, Michelle (Jason) Lloyd, Carrie Baron, Jennifer Baron, Geoff (Teresa Keach) Grudinski, Angela (Shaun) Cameron, Belinda (Scott Carpenter) Commer, and Tony (Ashley) Commer. A special place in her heart was held for her great-grandchildren, McKenna and Jacy Lloyd, Bree-Anna and Nathan Henderson, Riley Cameron, Andrew Grudinski, and Aiden Commer. Several nieces and nephews will also miss their Aunt Julie. Prayers were said at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, June 7, 2012 led by Deacon John MacKenzie. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, June 8, 2012 also at the Church with Rev. Fr. James Ahaneku celebrant. Committal followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scott Carpenter, Shaun Cameron, Dan Mazier, David Mazier, Les Loewen, and Dave Sukaroff. Iffriends so desire, donations in memory of Julie may be made to Fairview Home, 1351 - 13th Street, Brandon MB, R7A 4S6. Julie's family would like to thank the Brandon General Hospital and Fairview Personal Care Home for all their support and care.
No longer can we hold your hand,Or see your smile so true.We'll miss your hugs, your kiss, your laugh,And the funny things you'd do.You shared your affection, your love,You adoringly shared your life,As a loving mother, a sister,A dear grandmother, and devoted wife.Although today we have heavy hearts,And our mournful tears will flow,We smile grandly on the insideFor the special woman we know.So though you're no longer with us,We will only say 'take care',For just as you, we'll earn our wings,Then hold your hand up there."You always had a smile to shareTime to give and time to care.A loving nature, kind and true,Is the way we'll remember you."
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
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