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LECKIE:Marie “Jeanne” Leckie (nee Gratton) of Treherne, Manitoba passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 6, 2011. Born Dec. 14, 1914 in Ste. Agathe, Manitoba, Jeanne epitomized a life of dedication, service and “joie de vivre”, which will remain an example for us all. Growing up in Southern Manitoba after the Great War, Jeanne was one of seven who worked on the family farm and survived many Red River floods. She aspired to dedicate her life in service as a nun, but instead went into nursing. She spent many years working at the Misericordia Hospital on Sherbrook Street, where she especially loved being in the nursery with the children. Her experience and expertise as a hospital nurse later lead her to be the first Matron of the Tiger Hills Hospital in the late 1950’s, where she would bring a new level of healthcare to a rural community. It was there that she met the love and partner of her life; Neil, who was foreman of the crew building the hospital, and they were married February 6, 1960. It was with Neil that Jeanne became mother to her daughters; Cecelia and Shirley. Her hospital management precision and attention to detail softened to motherly love and fondness for her new family and daughters, which further melted into teasing and spoiling for the 6 grandchildren and later four great-grandchildren she would receive. Grandma or "Grandmere" was known for always producing books, trinkets, sweets and other questionable artifacts whenever she was visited. Jeanne was also renowned for her attention to international affairs and national and international politics, reading the newspaper every day and discussing the merits and ethics of government decisions with conviction. She always remained true to her FrancoManitobain roots, taking pride in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren learning French and always voting Liberal in a constituency that solidly voted Conservative. However, it was her love of service and vocation that most stayed with her throughout her life, affirming in old age that - if she were to get a second chance on this earth - she would like to come back as a missionary; serving the poor and destitute of the developing world. Aside from these convictions, Jeanne/ Mum/ Grandma/ Grandmere was most loved for her life and spirit; always cracking the funniest joke, never passing up the chance for a party with her family, and always willing to draw attention to herself and her own sense of ridiculous.Left to mourn Jeanne’s passing are her daughters Cecelia (Dennis) Chimuk of Beausejour, Manitoba, and Shirley (Larry) Hammond of Brandon, Manitoba, grandchildren Brian (Elizabeth) Chimuk, Douglas (Jennifer) Chimuk, Shannon (Joe) Langan, Michael (Cheryl) Clark, Melissa (Chris) Allen and Sean Hammond and great-grandchildren Desmond and Kiera Langan and Colin and Emily Clark. Also left to mourn Jeanne’s passing are her sister-in-law, Margaret Leckie of Treherne, Manitoba and numerous nieces and nephews. Jeanne was pre-deceased by her husband Neil in 2005, her parents Ferdinand and Marie (nee Gagne), sisters Angeline and Hortense Gratton and Denise Girardin, and brothers Ferdinand, Hilare (Arcelie) and Noel.Liturgy of the word was held from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Treherne, Manitoba on February 11, 2011. Internment followed at the Bethel Cemetery with Sean Hammond acting as Urn Bearer. If friends so wish, donations may be made to Tiger Hills Health Centre or a charity of one’s choice. Jeanne, your life was an example for us all. Please look down on us, from the heavens, and know that we loved our time with you as much as we loved who you were. We will all miss you dearly.For online condolences visit Jamieson’s - Budz Funeral Service of Holland in care of arrangements. 204-526-2380 or 204-827-2480.
KSIAZEK: Genowefa “Genny” Ksiazek of Brandon, beloved mother of (the late Amelia Scott) and Michael and Joseph Ksiazek, passed away at Fairview Home on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at the age of 91 years. Prayers will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327 – 4th Street. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B – 10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G7 or a charity or your choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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DESIATNYK: Mary Desiatnyk of Brandon passed away peacefully at the Babcock Nursing Home in Wardsville, ON, on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at the age of 94 years. Mary leaves to mourn her passing daughters; Lil (Wayne) Kaplar and Rose Marie (Mark) Marino; granddaughter Shelley Kaplar (Dave Smith) and grandson Jeff Kaplar (Andrea Garcia) both of Austin, Texas and granddaughter Angela (Sean) Pardek and great granddaughter Taylynn. Prayers were held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Tuesday, February 15, 2011. The Divine Liturgy was celebrated at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 with Rev. Fr. Michael Tkachuk officiating and Stella Fedeniuk as Cantor. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery.
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DeGAGNE: Colleen Audrey DeGagne of Brandon, Manitoba passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, on January 28, 2011, after losing a valiant and courageous battle to cancer. Passing away with enormous dignity, she was 48 years old. Colleen was born on February 17, 1962 in Kenora, ON, Colleen took full advantage of the natural beauty of the region, enjoying many outdoors activities with family and friends. As a youngster, Colleen loved camping, canoeing, swimming, softball, track and field, skating and most any other active endeavour. She had many fond memories of playing “spook”, and other outdoor games with her cousins and neighbours while living on 9th Street – the “mill hill”. Colleen especially loved visiting with her grandparents, who lived directly across the street. She loved the aroma of her grandma`s house, particularly when the oven was in full swing! Colleen attended Pinecrest School for grades one to six, and Valleyview School for grades seven and eight before starting high school at Beaver Brae Secondary School. One of her favourite classes was typing in which she won an award. Colleen attained her Grade 8 Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), but chose not to pursue this pass-time, even though her teacher considered her to have a “natural” talent. During high school, Colleen had a number of part-time jobs; Al-Kay `s corner store, which was a half-block from home and the Loblaw`s grocery store. After graduating from Beaver Brae in 1981, Colleen enrolled at the St. Boniface General Hospital School of Nursing. Shortly after graduating in 1983, she started a part-time job at the St. Boniface that lasted for a period of one year. In the summer of 1980, on a whim and with the encouragement of a friend, Colleen decided to play on a ladies softball team in Kenora. She took a shine to the coach, also a Kenora resident, home for the summer from classes at Brandon University. Colleen, a radiant and beautiful bride, married the love of her life, Rick DeGagne, at the First Baptist Church on a hot summer day, July 28, 1984. In the late summer of 1984, she accepted a position in the Intensive Care Unit at the Brandon General Hospital. Colleen was a passionate, compassionate and dedicated nurse throughout her entire career. She loved her work in the ICU. Over the course of twenty-six years, Colleen treated all patients like she would want to be treated, earning the respect of the Brandon medical community, while she made many strong and lasting friendships. Colleen inherited a “green thumb” from her father, witnessed by the number of beautiful flowers that adorned the yard, as well as the numerous plants in her home. As well as being an active gardener, Colleen could be seen most days running her favourite eight-kilometre route in the streets of Brandon - even during her chemo sessions, and 30 below weather. Colleen was born to be the finest mother, and leaves behind four wonderful children - Matt, Brock, Danielle and Josie. She was their mom, best friend and biggest fan. At all of their activities or events, Colleen was there to support and encourage them. Armed with her camera, she never missed a chance to capture a precious moment for her family. Updating photo albums and scrapbooks consumed much of her leisure time over the past few years, but she was determined to preserve these memories for them. She vigorously nurtured their love of life, sport, friends and family. Colleen loved being active with her family; ball at JR Reid School, tennis, board games, cards, or simply going for a walk. Favourite camping destinations included Minneapolis and Milwaukee – especially Yogi Bear Campground! Sunday evenings were family movie night – unplug the phone and relax together. These are the things that meant the world to Colleen and made her the happiest. The surprise 25th wedding anniversary celebration held during the summer of 2009, planned by her children, was an absolute highlight for Colleen and the entire family, as they had a chance to visit so many good friends that they had not seen for quite some time. Colleen was the youngest of three children and is also survived by her parents; Bob and Bernice Baker of Kenora, ON; brother Robin (and friend Pauline Couture) of Ottawa, ON; sister Heather (Mark) LaBelle of Victoria, B.C. and nine nieces and nephews. An emotional service to honour Colleen`s life was held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church in Brandon. Special thanks to Reverend Dong-Ha Kim for presiding over the service, to Reverend Tom Oshiro for his words of comfort and wisdom, and to Mark for his inspirational talent in leading the show of love that we all have for Colleen. Thank you to the many family members and friends who travelled to Brandon to attend the service. Your cards of condolences and gifts are truly appreciated. The family would also like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the medical staffs at the BRHA`s Cancer Care, 300, 400 and ICU, as well as the Grace Hospital Cancer Care Unit. Colleen loved you all! Donations in Colleen`s memory may be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, 700 - 10665 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 3S9 ( Messages of condolence may be placed at
"Rest well, Colleen as you suffer no more.You are so special to so many.Your unique blue eyes, your soft voiceand your contagious smile will be sorely missed.We love you dearly!"
CHAMBERS: Theresa (Tessie) Chambers (Munro) was born November 7, 1910 at her parents home in the Primrose District north west of Boissevain. She passed away on January 30, 2011 at Evergreen Personal Care Home in Boissevain. She was predeceased by siblings, Hector, Norman, Clifford, Marion Facey, Lillian Mennie, Sam, and Jean Adams and parents Neil and Mary Ann Munro, and son-in-law Calvin Latimer. She married Ralph Chambers in 1930. They farmed in the Richview district south west of Boissevain until 1946 when they moved to the Dunallen district north west of Boissevain, until they retired to Brandon in 1967. They farmed with horses until 1944 when a Farmall “H” was purchased. Electricity came to the district in 1950. The winter of 1953-54 they toured Ontario and the eastern and southern States in their 1950 Plymouth. She was involved with the Royal-Dunallen Good Neighbors Group, the Women’s Institute, and later on the Photography Club in Brandon. She moved into Lion’s Manor in 1994 after Ralph’s passing in 1991. While there she enjoyed bridge, 500, whist and at 85 years learned to play shuffleboard. She moved to Westview Lodge in Boissevain in December 2005 and then finally to Evergreen Place in July 2009. Theresa is survived by daughter Dorothy Latimer and her children Maxine (Paul) Clifton and Kevin (Colleen) and son Bert (Anne) Chambers and children Curtis (Angie), Jason (Beckie), Pamela (Rob Green), Teresa (Scott) Myers, and mother of children Mary Chambers, also sister-in-law Sadie Munro. Great grandchildren Megan (Larry) Willerton, Duane Latimer (Anna Workman), James (Lauree) Latimer. Tyson Chambers, Kerry and Dylan Myers. Jayden and Mason Green, Aelan Chambers. Great-great-grandchildren Ruby and Finn Willerton. Pallbearers were nephews Samford Munro, Murray Munro, Roy Adams, Larry Mennie, great-grandsons Duane and James Latimer. A celebration of life was held at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, on February 4, 2011 with Lawrence McInnes officiating. Interment at the Boissevain Cemetery. If so desired, donations can be made to Evergreen Place, Box 899, Boissevain, Manitoba R0K 0E0.
CAMPBELL: It is with profound sadness that the family of Floyd Campbell announce his unexpected and sudden passing in his 83rd year, at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on January 28th, 2011, with loved ones by his side. Floyd was born at Rapid City, Manitoba on July 1st, 1928, the second son of Roy and Florrie Campbell. He took his schooling at Rapid City and Roseneath, Manitoba and at Port Kells, B.C. After finishing his schooling in Rapid City, he worked as a mechanic with his father and in 1950 he left for Alberta spending a few years there in various areas as a heavy equipment operator. Floyd returned home to be married to the love of his life Joyce Nielsen on December 5th, 1953. In the spring of 1954 they moved to the farm of Floyd's Great Uncle Alex (Sandy) Greig in the Moline area. It was here they were blessed with four children - three daughters - Carol, twins Vicki and Trudy, and one son Corey, who have brought great love and joy to them and of whom Floyd was extremely proud of. On this farm they remained doing what they loved best until 1995 when they retired from active farming, but remained on the home site until September of 2004 when they moved into Monterey Estates in Brandon where they were residing at the time of his death. Floyd exemplified many qualities - kindness, gentleness, love of family, strong moral values, and knowing the importance of lending a helping hand wherever needed. His first thoughts were always for his family, offering love, support and guidance, and was always very proud of their many activities and achievements. Floyd loved farming with a passion and all it entailed, from the growing of various grains to his special herd of Charolais cattle, which brought great joy to him, and for a few years a hog operation. One of his greatest joys in retirement until the end was his many drives throughout Manitoba, across Saskatchewan and Alberta to look at all the crops and cattle operations, no matter what season it was. Floyd loved nature in all its glory. He was known to many to be a real early riser, and always said that this was the greatest time of day. The air was fresh, gentle breezes blowing, the birds singing, and in all these he felt the peace and quiet of the early morning. Floyd always took time for the things he loved, and had many hobbies. In his early years he spent many happy hours with his horses, breaking and training them and enjoyed many hours of riding them. He also played baseball, hockey as a goalie, and later coached Corey's hockey team for several years. After this he took up curling and attended many bonspiels with his wife, friends and family throughout the surrounding areas. After moving to Brandon he joined the Riverview Senior Curling Club and played twice a week up until last December. Another favorite pastime was camping across the country with family and over the years made many new friends.. Golfing was probably his favorite summer activity with friends and more importantly his family, especially the grandchildren, whom even in his last year were still trying to beat Grandpa, but rarely succeeded. He also golfed once a week with the Monterey Golf Members since moving to Brandon. Floyd loved to travel, with the highlight of his life being an extended trip to the British Isles and Continental Europe in 2002. He was always an avid reader, whether it be historicals, mysteries or westerns, and was considered to be a well read man. He had one addiction which was regular trips to Tim Hortons for a good cup of coffee. Floyd was predeceased by his parents, parents- in-law, sister- Doreen Adamson of Vernon, BC, and a sister in law, Edna Campbell of Dawson Creek, BC. He leaves many cherished memories with his wife and soul-mate Joyce of 57 years. Daughters Carol (John) Alain of Minden, Ontario, Vicki (Roy) Forsyth of Eddystone, Manitoba, Trudy (Roy) Campbell/Baxter of Spruce Grove, Alberta, and son Corey of Bon Accord, Alberta. He was a beloved Grandfather of D.J. (Tanya), Curtis (Amanda), Brad, Tamara (Richard), Kyle (Kristan), Jason, Amanda, Jesse, Matthew and Shae. Beloved Great-Grandfather of Braden, Mikayla, Damian, Ryland, Tristan, Holden, Kylynn and Hailey. He will also be deeply missed by his sister, Roya (Andy) Andersen of Brandon, Manitoba and brother Keith Campbell of Dawson Creek, B.C., also brother in law Stan Nielsen of Rivers, Manitoba, numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews with whom he kept in close touch with. The celebration of Floyd's life was held at Minnedosa Funeral Chapel with Rev. Natasha Pearen officiating. A private family interment will take place at a later date in Rapid City Cemetery. Donations if desired can be made to The Canadian Diabetes Association, The Cancer Society or a charity of ones choice.
"Forever In Our Hearts"
Minnedosa Funeral Services were in charge of arrangements.
YOUNG: In loving memory of Dorothy E. Young (McKinney). Dorothy died peacefully on February 15, 2011 at the Willowview Personal Care Home in Reston, Manitoba at the age of 93. A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 21, 2011 at the Waskada United Church at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Dwight Rutherford officiating. Family interment will be held at the Waskada Cemetery prior to the service. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Dorothy may be made to a charity of own choice.
Messages of condolence may be made online at
Smith Funeral Home, (204) 747-2088.
KSIAZEK: Genowefa “Genny” Ksiazek of Brandon, beloved mother of (the late Amelia Scott) and Michael and Joseph Ksiazek, passed away at Fairview Home on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at the age of 91 years. Prayers will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327 – 4th Street. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B – 10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G7 or a charity or your choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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PASKEWITZ: Reynold John Paskewitz of Brandon passed away at Rideau Park Personal Care Home, on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at the age of 83 years. Arrangements are pending with Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services (727-0694).
EASTLEY: Sarah Edith Eastley, beloved sister of Bertha, passed away peacefully at her residence, Fairview Home, on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at the age of 97 years. A Celebration of Sarah’s Life will be held at the Wawanesa United Church on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Carolyn Rushton officiating. A private family interment will follow at the Minnewawa Cemetery. The funeral reception will take place at the Nesbitt Community Hall. Donations in memory of Sarah may be made to the Wawanesa United Church, Box 206, Wawanesa, Manitoba, R0K 2G0 or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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STAWYCHNY: The death of Anna Stawychny occurred on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 87 years. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Memories Chapel, 330 - 18th Street North, Brandon. Interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
STAWYCHNY: The death of Anna Stawychny occurred on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 87 years. Funeral arrangements are pending. Announcement of service details will follow.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
PRATT: Donald Pratt. On February 13, 2011 Donald passed away at Oakview Place. Memorial service will be held on Friday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's River Heights United Church, 255 Oak Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba. A longer obituary notice will follow. Chapel Lawn 204-885-9715
MENNIE: Doreen Ann Mennie July 24,1931–February 13,2011It is with deep sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Doreen Mennie (nee Cochrane) on Sunday Feb. 13, 2011 at Brummitt-Feasby ALS House in Winnipeg with her two daughters and sister at her side following a short but brave battle with ALS. Doreen was predeceased by her parents Wilkie and Elva Cochrane, her husband Donald, her sisters Velma and Aileen, brother-in-law Don Bray, and nephews Brian and Christopher Cochrane. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughters Cheryl (Doug) Durnin and Val Mennie, her wonderful granddaughters Ainslie (Gerard) Viscido and Susan Durnin, and her siblings Joyce (Boyd) Lief, Gay Bray, Maurice (Janet), Gary (Loraine), Neville (Judy), Fred, and numerous relations of both the Cochrane and Mennie families. Doreen was born and raised in the Hamiota area and worked in Jamieson’s Dry Goods Store until meeting and marrying Don. They spent a few years in Brandon where they met many life-long friends. They moved to Harding to begin their career in the grocery business operating a general store/lunch counter/gas pump. They moved to Hamiota several years later where they purchased and ran the Hamiota IGA for fourteen years. After retiring from the grocery business Doreen turned her attention to the craft activities she loved – sewing, knitting, quilting, and baking. She was on the board of directors of the Hamiota Agricultural Society for many years and entered many of her sewing and baking goodies in the fair. Family was important to Doreen as she helped coordinate many family reunions, working on her family’s history. She and Don enjoyed travelling and visited relatives from Ontario to B.C. They travelled into Winnipeg to be part of their granddaughter’s activities as much as they could, being very happy and proud of their accomplishments. Doreen was active in the Rebecca Lodge for many years. She and Don were active Lions members and they enjoyed square and old time dancing. Doreen continued these interests when she moved into Winnipeg to be closer to her daughters. Doreen continued travelling – an Alaskan cruise, visits toToronto and Baltimore. Grateful thanks to Dr. Janice Richman-Eisenstat, nurses Karen and Doris, Diana Rasmussen, and all the staff at Brummitt-Feasby ALS House. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at the United Church in Meadowood, 1111 Dakota St, Winnipeg, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. A graveside committal service will be held at the Hamiota Cemetery, Hamiota, Manitoba on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Following the interment, a memorial service and reception will take place at the Hamiota Community Centre, Hamiota, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. For those so desiring, donations can be made in Doreen’s memory to the ALS Society of Manitoba, c/o Brummitt-Feasby ALS House, 493 Madison Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3J 1J2 or to the Manitoba Lions Trail of Hope, 105-691 Wolseley Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3G 1C3. Messages of condolence to the Mennie family can be sent at Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are in care of arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
LEPP: Edward David. On February 13, 2011, Ed peacefully passed away at his residence in Salmon Arm, B.C. and went to be with his Lord and Saviour at the age of 64 years. He was born in Hamiota, Manitoba on March 6, 1946 and had resided in Salmon Arm since 1988. Ed will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 37 years, Gayle; children, Joanne Lepp, Nathan Lepp, Royden (Ruth) Lepp and Amy (Abraham) Jarju and grandson, Vincent. Also surviving are sisters, Marilyn (Larry), Anita (Rick), Darlene (Ken), and Rita (James); brothers, Tim (Lois), and Lawrence (Pat); numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, George in 2008 and Marie in 2006. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, February 19th at 2:00 p.m. at the Shuswap Community Church (First Baptist Church), 3151 – 6 Avenue N.E., Salmon Arm, B.C. Flowers are gratefully declined. If so desired contributions may be made payable to the SAM Ministries Inc., Ed Lepp Aviation Memorial, 3715 – 85 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T6K 3R9 or on line and select SAM Projects.Online condolences can be sent through Ed’s obituary at
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