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Even as we mourn, we celebrate a long life that was so well lived.
DODD: William Reginald (Bill) Dodd passed away on Jan. 3, 2013 at the Souris Personal Care Home with his family by his side. Bill was born on Feb. 2, 1923 in Spy Hill, Saskatchewan then moved to Souris with his family in 1924. He was an industrious man who held many jobs including farm laborer, MTS linesman, and taxi driver, even while still in school. His true passions were his cattle, his land and his carpentry, all of which he tended to with great care and detail. On October 3, 1942 he joined the Canadian Army. He trained with the26th Field Regiment in Shilo Manitoba and later in Petawawa Ontario where he joined the 19th Field Regiment which was leaving for overseas. He served in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany as a tank driver. One member of his crew told us that he was “the best tank driver he had ever served with”. On D-Day they landed on the beach at Berniere-sur-Mere along with troops from Britain. Bill sailed home on the Queen Mary and was discharged at Fort Osborn on January 29th, 1945 as a decorated veteran. Bill received 7 medals including 1939 – 1945 Star, France & Germany Star, King George Defence Medal, 1939 – 1945 Voluntary Service Medal and Clasp, 1939 – 1945 WWII Medal, D-Day Medal, and the Dutch Liberation Medal. Bill was very proud to be a Veteran and spent countless years participating in the Remembrance Day services at Souris School and Souris Community Hall. After returning from the war, Bill worked with his father at Dodd’s Sheet Metal, Plumbing and Heating in Souris. On October 12, 1946 Bill married Roberta Strath. Together they raised their family of four children consisting of 2 sons and 2 daughters. In 1958 Bill and Roberta purchased a Dairy farm in the RM of Glenwood, Hebron District (Hayfield, MB). Together with their family, they ran a successful Dairy/Grain farm for 20 years. Shirelane Ayrshires was not only a well known farm name but a herd well known by many at the local fairs where Bill and his family showed their prized cattle and received awards to numerous to mention. In 1978, Bill & Roberta sold the Dairy and purchased a home in Souris and claimed they had retired. However, Bill never got the memo! Bill was able to remain at home until 6 weeks prior to his death. Bill was an active volunteer within his community. He donated countless hours of his time to the Souris Fair Board (since 1959), Souris Volunteer Fire Brigade and Souris Elks (B.P.O.E). He was a 4H Diary Club Leader, Milk Control Board Member, and both a President & Secretary for the Manitoba Aryshire Association just to name a few. Bill was predeceased by his parents Reginald & Nellie Dodd, his brother Jack Dodd, brothers- in-law Geordie, Russell & James Strath, son-in-law Brian Lee, sisters-in-law Hazel Dodd & Delsey Strath. Bill is survived by his wife of 66 years Roberta, as well as his children Doug (Linda) Dodd of Calgary, Allan (Doreen) Dodd of Souris, Bev Lee and Linda Dodd both of Okotoks. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren & 23 great grandchildren, as well as numerous in-laws, nieces & nephews. A memorial reception in honour of Bill will be held on January 12, 2013 from 2-4pm at the Royal Canadian Legion in Souris. A private family interment will be held at a later date. In Memory of Bill, may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba, 1160-675 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris MB in care of arrangements.
Messages of Condolences may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
“No greater man has ever lived, you are our hero”
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DALTON: May Mackay Dalton, beloved wife of the late Jim Dalton entered into rest on January 9, 2013 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home at the age of 87 years. A private family service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Minnedosa Food Bank or a charity of choice. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
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CAMPBELL: David Campbell, QC. Deceased: North Sydney, Nova Scotia, October 26, 2012. Born July 17, 1943, Dave grew up in Florence, Nova Scotia. He graduated from Sydney Mines High School and initially entered teaching as a career. He soon realized, however, that teaching was not his niche and in 1965, enrolled in St. Francis Xavier University. From May to August, 1966, Dave worked as a student minister in Birch River, Manitoba. That fall he started at United College, Winnipeg, became Senior Stick, and graduated in 1967 with a B.A. He then entered the faculty of law at Dalhousie, but transferred back to the U of M for his last two years. Dave articled with the Attorney General’s Department in Winnipeg, then moved to their office in Regina. After being told by a good friend of an opening in Brandon, he entered into private practice in 1975, where he excelled as a defence attorney. Mr. Justice Peter Morse commented, after a trial, that Dave’s cross-examination was the most brilliant he had witnessed over the course of his lengthy judicial career. Dave was awarded the honour of Queen’s Counsel in 1983. An avid reader of history and biographies, Dave somehow gained special privileges at the Winnipeg Public Library. This allowed him to borrow dozens of books at a time. That, in turn, led to two excursions to the south eastern United States in order to visit Civil War battlefields. As a result of his outward nature and wonderful sense of humour, Dave developed a wealth of close friends wherever he went. A man of many interests and talents, he was in constant demand as a dinner guest. His caricatures were a delight, as he possessed an uncanny ability to capture people’s hidden quirks. He joined Brandon’s Masonic Lodge and became a base drummer in the Shriner’s Pipes and Drums. He was also active in the Officers Mess where he loved playing Liars Dice. After running unsuccessfully for the Liberal Party in two federal elections, Dave was asked by a TV commentator why he thought he had lost. He grinned, immediately quipped, “Not enough people voted for me!”, then burst into uproarious laughter. Upon his return to Nova Scotia in 1991, Dave continued in private practice for some years, then worked for Legal Aid Nova Scotia. Mourning his loss are many, many friends and colleagues here in the west. He was one of a kind.
Fondly remembered,Garry and Colleen Miller
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ARMSTRONG: Barrie “Barney” Armstrong of Hamiota, formerly of Cardale, Manitoba passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at his residence in Weslaco, Texas at the age of 78 years. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time. Remembrances and condolences can be emailed to raesfs@mts.netRae's Funeral Service of Shoal Lake are in care of arrangements (204) 759-2160.
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WHITTINGTON: Margaret Elizabeth (Beth) died at the Brandon Regional Health centre on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the age of 93 years. Born November 2, 1919, at home on Douglas Street in Brandon, Manitoba, Beth was the fourth of five siblings born to Leonard and Margaret Ann Harriet Rous (Connolly). She attended King George School, Earl Haig Junior High and Brandon Collegiate where she met her future partner and best friend James Melville Whittington. Mel joined the RCAF in 1940 and was stationed at Trenton. Beth traveled to Toronto to meet him and they were married in a little Anglican church in 1941 with Mel’s family present and Beth’s eldest Brother, Ben, there to give her away. They moved to Brandon where Mel was stationed at the Commonwealth Air Training Base and worked as an airplane mechanic. Melissa was born in 1943 and so began Beth’s long career as homemaker and Mom. Their son, Jerry, didn’t arrive until March of 1951. With the addition of one dog, their family was now complete. Although Beth’s focus was primarily on her home and family, she did work outside the home for a while as a nursing assistant at the old Assiniboine Hospital and in home as the office assistant for Mel’s Oil and Gas service business which they ran out of their home on Douglas Street. They were active members of the Legion in Carberry when Mel worked for Plains Western Gas. Beth had the mind of an artist and a lifelong interest in fashion. She seldom ever left home looking less than well put together. Her other passions were fishing, having received a master Angler’s award, and golf. She enjoyed modelling clothes in fashion shows, painting, sewing and various arts and crafts as well as travel. She and Mel spent many winters in Texas after retiring and in 2010 she was privileged to cruise through the Panama Canal. In 2011, she saw the beautiful Hawaiian Islands and after having been wheeled to the beach at Waikiki, she climbed into an outrigger canoe and had the thrill of riding the surf. As a family we spent many happy hours at a lake water skiing, fishing, camping and just having fun. If there was one activity she loved the most, it had to be dancing and Mel was her perfect partner. Watching them glide across the floor was pure joy for us. Beth loved her family and had a special connection with her little ones. She regretted not having met some of her great grandbabies although through Facebook, she was able to see them all, knew their names. This was the way she got to know her granddaughters-in-law as well. Beth is survived by her daughter, Melissa Kusela; granddaughters Teresa Gibbons(husband Scott and their girls, Elora and Clara), Susan Lepp (husband Donald and their children Nicole and Russell), and Son, Gerald Whittington (Wife Kathy and their 6 children, Todd(Stacey and their daughters Allison, Mara and Emily), Andrew and son Kaleb, Joshua (Stacey), Brandon (Ashley and son Robbie), Devon Buske (husband Kyle and son, Logan) and Daughter Brittany. she was predeceased by her husband, Mel and all her siblings. The Ceremony to Celebrate Beth’s life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Saturday, January 12, 2013 (TODAY) at 1:30 p.m. Joe Ball, Hospital Chaplain will officiate. Interment will follow in the Brandon cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Beth to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1, 800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 6N5.
Expressions of sympathy may be made atwww.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330
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WOOD: On January 1, 2013 Helen J. Wood our beloved mother passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Helen was born September 11, 1906 in Winnipeg, the eldest daughter of Mary and Joseph Palmer. She attended school in Winnipeg and New Haven Connecticut. Mom's first employment was with the T. Eaton Co at age 14 and worked for many years for local area residents in both Winnipeg and Brandon. Mom married Albert Edwin (Bert) Wood in Winnipeg where they resided until after the birth of their first son. In 1928 Mom and Dad moved to Brandon where they completed their family of nine children. Mom was predeceased by her husband in 1986. After her family had grown Mom became active in many volunteer and community activities. She attended McDiramid Drive Alliance Church for many years, belonged to Barbershop Belles, Toastmistress Club and many others, including Pastime Bowling League and Baptist League and hung up her shoes 42 years later. Mom enjoyed many years with the Boy Scouts working with the Cubs as a leader, trainer, crafts, camping and being a role model for for many young scouters. The Silver Acorn was awarded to her by the Boy Scouts Org for distinguished service and her contribution to scouting, and was and honourary member of the 11th BP Guild. Mom loved to travel and went on many trips with her daughter Barbara to the west coast several times and other Canadian points along with trips to Hawaii. Gardening and the outdoors and her love for walking were always special to her. Mom is surved by her nine children, Donald(Alice) Wetaskiwin Ab, Kenneth of Hope BC, Richard of Langley BC, Ella Mamillan of Brandon, Catherine(Ernie)Wilcox of Brandon, Barbara of Brandon, Emily Sutherland of Maple Ridge BC. Brenda Wood of Brandon, Patricia(Gary) Wheeler of Sherwood Park AB, also 25 Grandchildren, 42 Great Grandchildren and several Great Great Grandchildren also nieces and nephews. Mom lived her 106 years of life to the fullest. She experienced so many changes in her lifetime by was never discouraged or daunted by them - she embraced them. Her positive attitude, kindness and legacy of being loving, courteous, respectful and forgiving will always be cherished.
She will be greatly missed and always remembered.
A celebration to honour Mom's life took place on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at McDiarmid Drive Church.
There's a place I've never seen beyond this world we know,A place I've only heard of but someday hope to go - It's not on any map, there are no roads to take me there, But it's a place of perfect peace where hearts are free from care. And though I understand some may be saddened when I leave,One day we'll meet again - that's what I believe... So now's my time to travel there, I think I'll wear a smile, I'll say goodbye to those I love, but only for a while.Knowing there are others who have traveled there alone, Who cannot wait to greet me and whisper "welcome home.
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YABLONSKI: Sylvia Clemantine Yablonski passed away at the Kildonan Personal Care Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. The Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon, on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) with Fr. Jerzy Urbanski of St. Joseph’s Polish National Catholic Church officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Sylvia may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7M6. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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BELL: Vida Theresa Bell “Nahpiyaziwin” of Sioux Valley, passed away peacefully with family by her side at the Dakota Oyate Lodge on Monday, January 7, 2013. Traditional Wake will be held on Friday, January 11, 2013 commencing at 5:00 p.m. at the Sioux Valley Veterans Hall. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Sioux Valley Catholic Cemetery.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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WHITTINGTON: Margaret Elizabeth “Beth” Whittington, of Brandon, widow of the late James Whittington and beloved mother of Melissa Kusela and Gerald Whittington, passed away in the city on Saturday, January 5, 2013. The Ceremony to Celebrate Beth’s life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 1:30 pm. Joe Ball, Hospital Chaplain will officiate. Interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Beth to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1, 800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 6N5. Complete obituary information will follow.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330
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TITUS: Olga Titus née Danyluk, passed away peacefully at her residence, Rideau Park Personal Care Home on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at the age of 92 years. Olga was born to Anthony and Irene Danyluk in the Olha District where she was raised, and attended school in Oakburn. Olga came to Brandon in the mid 30’s and worked for Shavers Furs until she retired in 1965. Olga was the youngest of five brothers and five sisters who have predeceased her over the years. She will be fondly remembered by numerous nieces, nephews and relatives. Funeral service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Michael Tkachuk of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church officiating, with Tony Yuriy as Cantor. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In memory of Olga, donations may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 8-940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 0P6.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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LOWE: Robert “Bob” Lowe of Brandon, Manitoba, passed away at the Brandon General Hospital on Sunday, January 6, 2013. Bob was born on September 18, 1921 and grew up in the small district of Springbrook, north of Austin. He was the third child of George & Greta Lowe. As a young man Bob worked on various farms in the district before he enlisted in the RCAF and served overseas. Upon returning he spent many years working with heavy road equipment in northern Canada. He retired in BC for a while then moved to Austin, then Brandon where he was a resident of Dinsdale PCH. Bob is survived by sisters; Raebelle, Pearl, Rosemary and Gail (Gary White), brothers; Roger (Norma), Jim (Shirley) and numerous nieces and nephews and many friends in all communities in which he lived. Bob was predeceased by his mother Greta, father George, his eldest sister Beth (George Anderson), his brothers; Ted (Frances), Glen, brothers-in-law Allan Lounsbury and Bill Hulme. Funeral service will take place in the chapel of the Omega Funeral Home on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 11:00 am. Interment will take place in Austin Cemetery at 2:00 pm. Pallbearers will be Allen Tait, Robin Chant, Rick Lounsbury, Paul Lowe, Gilbert Lowe and Gerald Freeborn. Donations in memory of Bob may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 629 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 1P6 or to Dinsdale Personal Care Home, 510 6th St, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 3N9 or to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the family c/o Omega Funeral Home, 83 Royal Road South, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, R1N 1T8, 1-800-303-4621 or friends may leave a message of sympathy on our web site www.omegafuneralhome.com “Dedicated to those we serve”.
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KAUK: With profound sadness we announce the untimely passing of Rick Kauk on Saturday, January 5th, 2013. He will be remembered by his loving wife, Pat with whom he shared 33 short years, his children Richelle, Karissa (Scott) Beattie, Derrick (Baylee), granddaughter Allie Olivia Beattie, brothers Doug (Barb) and sons Kevin and Bryan, Jim (Shirley) and children Jill (Derrick) Stewart and Marty, sisters- in-law, Jane (Greg) Brown and children Tammy and Pamela, Jo-Anne (Brian) Jardine and children Sophie and Graham, and Barry Burke’s daughter Marla (Gord) Bloudoff and children Ashley and Braden and son Shawn Burke as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. Rick was predeceased by his father George in 1991, mother Adeline in 2011 and his dear friend and brother-in-law Barry Burke in 2002. Rick was born in Winnipeg on May 14, 1951. At the age of 15, his Dad was transferred to Brandon, Manitoba with the CN Railway. Rick attended Vincent Massey high school where he loved playing football and basketball; Rick also enjoyed playing hockey and baseball. Rick had many friends in school and was fortunate to have maintained some of those friendships over the years. Upon graduation he worked with his Dad at CN Railway as an engine watchmen but eventually moved onto retail sales with Woolco in Brandon and Winnipeg. His successful career as a business forms salesperson began with Moore Business Forms when he moved to Saskatoon in August 1974. He also worked at Wolfe Brothers Carpet before becoming the Manager at Systems Business Forms (later called Datamark Business Forms), where he was presently employed for over 25 years. Rick and Pat began dating in February 1976, and were married on June 2, 1979. Rick was a devoted husband, loving father and thoroughly enjoyed spending quality time with his family through various activities and countless family vacations. Rick completed a Business Admin Certificate at the U of S in 1996. He was also an active member of the Saskatoon Executive Club for many years, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Rick also served at Holy Cross on the church board in various positions. Most people knew Rick’s passion was cars, and he could be found most Saturdays at the ReVolv store tinkering on cars with his buddies. Rick lived for “the deal”, thus spending countless hours on kijiji, literally to the bitter end. Rick and Pat loved their special time away in Mexico with friends and family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice. The funeral service for Rick Kauk, will be held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1405 31st Street West (off Avenue P), Saskatoon, SK on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 1:30p.m. with Pastor James Vosper officiating. Interment will follow at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services & Crematory in Martensville, 306-242-7888.
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BLACK: Doreen Black (Heron) was and always will be in our hearts. She passed away peacefully with all her children at her side on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at Valleyview Care Centre. Left to cherish her memory is her children: daughter Heather (Vern Bilawchuk), son Duncan, son Bradley (Loretta); sisters Margaret Towriss, Gladys Towriss; sisters-in-law Anne Heron, Winnie Black, Jean (Murray) Cochrane and many nieces and nephews. Doreen was predeceased by her husband Donald Black; mother and father Matthew and Margaret Heron; brothers Edward (May), Reginald (Mary), Alvin; sisters Hazel (Henry) Herman, Elva (Karl) Wilde; father-in-law Alfred (Ella) Black; brothers- in-law Lew Towriss, Bill Towriss and Jack Black. Doreen was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on April 16, 1934 and then moved to Marquis, Saskatchewan at a young age where she went to school. She graduated from Moose Jaw Union Hospital as a registered nurse in 1956. It was during her nursing career she met the love of her life Donald and they were married in 1970. She took great pride in raising her family and was very involved in the Shiloh community and the Shiloh church. Her interests included curling, travelling, quilting, scrapbooking and baking for the Harding Fair. The Funeral Service to Celebrate Doreen’s Life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm. Interment will follow at Shiloh Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Doreen may be made to the Shiloh Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, c/o Anna Tolton, Box 39, Kenton, Manitoba, R0M 0Z0.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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TITUS: Olga Titus née Danyluk, passed away peacefully at her residence, Rideau Park Personal Care Home on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at the age of 92 years. Olga was born to Anthony and Irene Danyluk in the Olha District where she was raised, and attended school in Oakburn. Olga came to Brandon in the mid 30’s and worked for Shavers Furs until she retired in 1965. Olga was the youngest of five brothers and five sisters who have predeceased her over the years. She will be fondly remembered by numerous nieces, nephews and relatives. In memory of Olga, donations may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 8-940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 0P6.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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SUTHERLAND: It is with regret, sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the expiry of our Mom/Grandma – Ella Victoria May Sutherland (nee: Turner). She decided to hit the dusty trail on 19 December @ 2:45 am Pacific. She is survived by her children Brian & Phyllis, (aka PJ) her grandchildren Brandon and Caitlyn, 2 loving sisters and 1 sister-in-law living in Manitoba as well as numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces, nephews as well as great great nieces, nephews and devoted friends all around the world. Mom loved living on the farm, later in Brandon, and all it offered with her family and long time friends. However, as we all know none of us are getting out of here alive, and she was losing many as time went on. She moved from Brandon to Langley, B.C. in 2009 at age 85, and made some great friends at the Langley Seniors Centre, Thank you all for taking her into your fold of camaraderie. We are honoured to have had all the time we did with her along with the many friends and family from far and near. Please know that mom was always thinking of you and was happy to have been part of your life. She has requested there be no service. If you wish, please raise a glass or cup in her honour. We have been asked if donations are being accepted in her name anywhere, that is not the case, however she truly Loved the senior’s centre in Brandon, Prairie Oasis & the Langley Seniors Centre - so if you feel so inclined please consider a senior centre near you. I do know the Langley Seniors Centre really needs funding. God Bless us all as we move again to another paragraph in the chapters of our lives, this time without her in it.
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