Classifieds / Obituaries
DICK: Norman Cowan - Norm passed away peacefully at the Moira Place Long Term Care Facility in Tweed, Ontario, on Dec. 26, 2011, at the age of 95. The beloved husband of the late Florence Muriel (Brem) Dick (nee Bremner), Norman will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by daughters Barbara Dick, Belleville, and Brenda (Rick) Courneya, Tweed, grandsons Burton Courneya and Taolana Dick Chakela, many nieces, nephews and friends. Norm was predeceased by his sisters Beth Sinclair and Norah Beattie and his brother David. Norm was born in Teeswater, Ontario on March 23, 1916. The family moved to Brandon, Manitoba, where he spent his youth and completed an apprenticeship as a linotype operator at the Brandon Sun newspaper. In 1942 Norm joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served on convoy duty in the North Atlantic until the war ended in 1945. He married Brem in Vancouver on January 10, 1946. The following years were spent on a newspaper career that took them from the Vancouver News-Herald, to the Estevan Mercury and the Alameda Dispatch in Saskatchewan, to the Brandon Sun and finally in 1952 to the Atikokan Progress. There, Norm published the weekly paper with his partner Bob Clarke for 35 years. In Atikokan, Norm belonged to the Lions Club (charter member) and the Legion. He was an avid curler and golfer, and was instrumental in developing a golf course for the community. In 1987, Norm and Brem moved to Thunder Bay and subsequently to Napanee and Belleville to be closer to family. At Normans request there will be no service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Wartman Funeral Home, "Napanee Chapel" (613-354-3722). The family extends grateful thanks to Dr. Mustard and the wonderful staff at Moira Place.
On-line condolences may be sent towww.wartmanfuneralhomes.com.
DERKSEN: Abbigail Lauren Derksen, daughter of Steve and Tobi, was born Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 12:22 a.m. at Brandon Regional Health Centre. She stayed long enough to touch our hearts before she passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2011. A private family service will take place at Brockie Donovan Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. and interment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In memory of Abbigail, donations may be made to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation in support of neonatal care, 1660 Vimont Court, Orleans, ON, K4A 4J4.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
BENNETT: Mary Josephine Bennett (nee Kavanagh). Peacefully, after a brief confinement in the Misericordia Hospital in Caen, France, Mary Bennett died on Christmas Day. Mary was born in 1931 in Brandon, Manitoba. There she graduated from St. Michaels Academy in 1949 and subsequently obtained degrees from St. Marys College and from the University of Manitobas Faculty of Social Work. By her many friends Mary was seen as a compassionate and brave person. These admirable characteristics did not prevent her from being a frivolous and sparkling freshie queen in 1950 nor from parenting g her five sons with a limitless sense of humor. Mary was that special kind of person who, as a teenager, would face down a school yard bully, or as a young adult quit her job to spend time with her mother in her final months. As a wife she supported unreservedly the formation of her husbands academic career from early days at Brandon College and subsequently at Middlebury College, Vermont; The University of Saskatchewan at Regina; St. Pauls College in Winnipeg. Their journey ended with his Doctoral Studies at the University of Caen, France where Robert ultimately taught for many years. In those years Mary became a special friend to Canadian Veterans and their families who came to visit the nearby beaches of the D. Day Invasion and the Environs of Caen where so many of our soldiers fought to liberate France. Mary was predeceased by her husband Robert. She is survived by her sons Charles (Isabelle), Robert (Caroline), Paul (Catherine), Daniel and Richard; her grandchildren Pierre, Olivier, Marion, Louise, Melanie, Mathilde, Marina, Thomas, Theo and Clara, and her brother Kevin Kavanagh of Winnipeg. A Mass celebrating Marys life was said at 3:00 p.m. in the village of Authie, Normandy on Thursday, December 29th. Donations may be made in Mary's memory to St. Marys Academy, 550 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
BENSON: Marianne Florence passed away in Brandon on December 26, 2011. Marianne (nee Curtis) was born to Stanley and Florence Curtis in 1963 in Flin Flon, Manitoba. After completing her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatoon Marianne spent several years teaching in small communities before she came to Brandon to find her passion as an elementary music teacher at George Fitton Elementary School. In 2000, Marianne moved from Music to Reading Recovery. Reading Recovery was a program developed to help grade one students who were having problems with literacy. During her career Marianne helped many students open their doors to the beauty of music and the love of reading. Marianne is survived by her sons; Curtis and Chace, her parents; Stanley and Florence and her siblings; Roger, Barb and Kenneth. Marianne was a loving mother, a faithful daughter and dedicated teacher. A service will be held in her home town of Flin Flon in July of 2012.
Expressions of sympathy may be made atwww.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
FARLEY: Donna Mae. 1945 -2011. It is with sadness we announce the sudden passing of Donna Mae Farley on December 25th, 2011 in Calgary, Alberta. In accordance with Donnas wishes cremation will take place, with a family service at a later date. Complete obituary to follow.
WATSON: Keith "Walter" Watson, age 70, died on December 27, 2011 at the Boissevain Health Centre, Boissevain, Manitoba. Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 6, 2012, St. Paul's United Church, Boissevain, Manitoba, at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Walter may be made to Prairie Partners Boissevain, Manitoba, R0K 0E0
Messages of condolence may be madeonline at www.wheatlandfs.com
WELLS: Don Wells, hockey fan, baseball enthusiast, animal lover, spirited conversationalist, friend, co-worker and beloved cousin and nephew died suddenly on December 6, 2011 at his residence in Brandon Manitoba. He was 56 years of age. Don attended the University of Winnipeg in the mid-1970's graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Administrative studies (Economics) in 1976. Following graduation, he worked as an accounting student with Meyers Norris Penny & Company in Brandon until 1982, at which time he took on a new role as an office manager for Centra Gas, a position he held until 1994. It was during this time at Centra Gas that he received his Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation. Later that year, Don accepted an offer for the prestigious position of controller for the Brandon 1997 Canada Summer Games, an opportunity that allowed him to blend his accounting skills with his love of sports. With the completion of the Games, Don was employed by Leech Printing as controller, a position he held for 13 years until his passing. Hugely devoted to major league baseball, and a fan of the Baltimore Orioles, Don would travel to Minneapolis and Baltimore withfriends to watch the games and share his profound knowledge of baseballfacts and trivia. Not one to always watch from the sidelines, he participated in the company baseball team at Centra Gas and played defence for the Brandon Gallery Flames hockey team. Don was a quiet, gentle, unassuming guy whose love for a spirited debate with his coffee buddies at the local A&W, was surpassed only by his devotion to his pets and volunteer time (as treasurer) at the Brandon Humane Society. He took exceptionally good care of his dog and cats, well-known to be his pride and joy. Don Duncan Wells was born in Petawawa, Ontario, and moved to Brandon,Manitoba at age 12. The only son of the late Kae and Don Wells, he will be forever remembered by his cousins, Diane Lomas, Debbie Prevada of Brandon; Donna Knight, David Knight, Charles Knight, Gary Prevada, Brenda Prevada, Alexander Stanwyck of Toronto; Brian Cox, Debbie McInerny of Hamilton and loving aunt, Marie Knight (Toronto); along with countless other friends andfamily. Don was a genial, compassionate, selfless person. We were blessed to know him and he will be deeply missed by all. The Funeral Ceremony was held at Memories Chapel on Monday, December 12, 2011. Rev. Chris Arthur officiated. Interment followed in the Brandon Cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Don to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 17th Street East, Brandon, MB R7A 5Y4.
Expressions of sympathy may be made atwww.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
THOMAS: Ross, 86 years, beloved husband of Anita Thomas, father of Eric, Chris, David and Cathy, died in the St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba on Saturday, December 17, 2011. Funeral service will be held at the Centennial Centre, Hartney, Manitoba on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Interment in the Riverside Cemetery, Hartney at a later date. In memory of Ross, donations may be made to the Hartney United Church Memorial Fund or to the Riverside Cemetery Fund, Hartney, Manitoba. Kowalchuks Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.Expression of sympathy may be made at email@example.com.
SWITZER: Rose (Rosalia), nee Drozdowsky, entered into eternal rest on December 13, 2011 at the age of 102. In 2007, due to her mobility problems, she became a resident at Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon, Manitoba. She died peacefully at the Home with her best caregiver, daughter Fran at her side. Rose was born on August 19, 1909 to Theodore and Annie Drozdowsky in the Silver Creek Municipality of Manitoba. She grew up on the family farm where her other 15 siblings were also raised. Rose was the 11th child born into the family and lived to be the last remaining child. Rose married Cecil Switzer on October 28, 1933 and farmed in the Angusville district. In 1949 they purchased and operated Switzers General Store in Angusville. They had three children, Percy, Joy, and Fran. Cecil died on June 1, 1958. In the mid-1960s, Rose lived with her daughter Fran, son-in-law Nelson, and their son Terry, in different towns in Manitoba where the family worked. When they began living in Brandon, Rose worked for different employers and also enjoyed working at home, cooking, sewing, gardening, etc. Rose loved children, church activities, and, especially, interacting with her large extended family. Rose leaves behind an adopted sister, sister-in-law, Francis, a daughter-in-law, Mary, son-in-law, Jack; also, many fond memories as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, nieces, nephews, and many friends. Donations may be made to the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation.
SCOTT: Charles Craig, aged 56, passed away suddenly after a short illness in the H.S.C. on November 25, 2011. Craig was born February 22, 1955 in Winnipeg, MB. He was predeceased by his parents Martha and Bob. He is survived by his brother Bill (Cindy); sons, Robert Andrew Cameron (Tamara Hames), and Charles Mathew William, who reside in Souris. Craig will be remembered by Donna (mother of his sons), friend Shirlee (Katie and Willy). Craig attended school in Hebron, Carroll, Souris and St. Josephs in Saskatchewan. He was a beautiful writer and artist. He was also a member of the Souris Elks for many years. Craig was a glazier by trade. He worked with Hometown Auto for many years, then went into business for himself and helped his friends. Craig enjoyed his music and belonged to a band called Dizaster Band many years ago. He played the drums and guitar. He also enjoyed animals and had many pets throughout the years. He played baseball in his early days. Craig had many friends and cousins who held a celebration of life for him at the Souris Legion on December 1, 2011. All in attendance were honourary pallbearers. Donations can be made to charity of choice.
Donna, Andrew (Tamara) and Mathew Scott
McLEAN: Elyda Edith McLean of Rapid City, MB beloved mother of Bernice Dmytriw, passed away on December 21, 2011 at the Minnedosa Health Centre at the age of 101 years. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Rapid City United Church, Rapid City, MB with memorial lunch to follow in the Rapid City Legion Hall. Interment will take place at Darlingford Cemetery, Darlingford, Manitoba. Donations may be made to IOOF and Rebekahs Memorial Eye Foundation, #118, 4025 Roblin Blvd., Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3R 3V5.Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
NICHOL: Iris B. Nichol. Iris Berthena passed away peacefully with her family at her side at Tri-Lake Health Centre on December 5, 2011 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Iris was born on a farm north of Killarney to Clifford & Aileen Bridges on December 25, 1931. Iris worked at Coleman Drug Store before marrying Russell Nichol on December 29, 1956. They then moved to Russells family farm. They raised one son, James and twin daughters, Shelley and Sherri. Iris and Russell continued to reside on the farm until moving into Killarney in November of 1995. Iris enjoyed working on the farm, and hauling the grain in the fall. Iris also enjoyed being around the cattle. She enjoyed and loved being with her grandchildren. Mom enjoyed travelling especially her trip to Nashville with her husband, daughter and son-in-law. Iris will always be remembered by her excellent cooking, love of playing cards, dancing, going uptown for coffee with the ladies, watching her grandchildren play hockey and other sports. Mom will also be remembered by her sparkling eyes, wonderful smile and amazing strength. Iris was predeceased by her father Clifford and mother Aileen, sister Enid and Iriss husband Russell. She leaves to mourn her children son James (Colleen) of Killarney, daughters Shelley (Ken) McKay of Brandon and Sherri (Darcy) Fluker of Brandon. Grandchildren, Conner (Brooke), Brett (Brooklyn), Tanner and Shayna. Also her sisters Muriel Lyons of Portage, Shirley (Bob) Bachinski of Brandon, and brother-in-law Stewart Archibald of Killarney as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. The funeral service was held at the Killarney United Church on Friday December 9, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with Cole Grambo officiating. Pallbearers were: Conner Nichol, Brett Nichol, Tanner Fluker, Jim Cobbledick, Kim Kemp and Harvey Sorensen.
Mom,you are going to be missed.
KLYWAK: Olive Klywak (Wilson), wife of the late Julian (Joe) Klywak, passed away on December 17, 2011 at the age of 81 years. In accordance with her familys wishes, cremation will take place and services will be private.
MacDEARMID: It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Mavis Joyce MacDearmid. Mom passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on Friday December 2nd, 2011 with her daughter by her side. Joyce was born in Carberry Manitoba on June 3rd, 1929, one of seven children born to William and Eva Udey of Carberry. She was raised on the family farm East of Carberry. In 1953, she married Glen MacDearmid and together they raised three children, Susan, Rob, and Roger. She had several hobbies including knitting, crocheting and her most passionate being quilting. She was an excellent baker and cook as well. She was a caring and loving Mom and her grandchildren always brought a smile to her face. Joyce was pre-deceased by her parents, brothers Stan and Ernie, and sister Grace. Mom is lovingly remembered and will always be missed by her daughter Susan Cameron (Larry), sons Rob (Margaret), and Roger (Jacquie), grandchildren Christine Hartung (Kelly), Jason and David Cameron, Robbie and Pam MacDearmid, Chris, Drayson, Blair, Kent and Miranda MacDearmid, as well as Great Grandchildren Mackenzie Cameron, and Matthew and Torrie Hartung. She will be sorely missed by her sisters Maureen Meyers, Doreen Boak and brother Irwin, all of Carberry. A celebration of Moms life was held on Tuesday December 6, 2011 at Carberry United Church with internment at Carberry Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Childrens Hospital Foundation of Manitoba or the Canadian Diabetes Association. Susan, Rob, and Roger and their families sincerely thank all our friends and relatives for all your support during this time. A special thanks to Moms sisters Maureen and Doreen for standing by us all during her illness. Thank you to Dr. Mollar, Betty and staff at Hillcrest Place, Rev. Peggy Reid from Carberry United Church and Brian James from Whites Funeral Home in Carberry. Thanks to Aunt Maureen and Doreen for the tasty supper.
MAGUIRE: After a life well lived, and surrounded by her family, Sheila (Acorn) Maguire passed away peacefully at the Claresholm General Hospital on Tuesday, December 21, 2011 at the age of 78 years. She was born on, April 2, 1933 in Virden Manitoba, and was the third child of Jack and Mary Fitzpatrick. She attended Harmony School and was a graduate of St.Michaels Academy Brandon Manitoba. Out of school, she married Fredrick (Ted) Acorn and lived in southern Saskatchewan before moving to Claresholm in 1967. She worked at the Claresholm Care Center until they opened T&S Home Service, then later in the administration office of the Claresholm General Hospital. In 1980 she moved back to Brandon Manitoba to care for her ailing father. During that time she worked for Childrens Aid, she met and then married George Maguire of Elgin Manitoba. In her later years she returned to Alberta, first in High River, then settling in Claresholm to devote all of her energies to her growing family. Sheila was predeceased by her parents Jack and Mary; husbands Ted then George; brothers and sisters Gerald, Blanche, Theresa, Marion, Frank; and son Jackie Acorn. She is survived by her brother Eugene (Gene); children Colleen (Chris) Caron, and Phyllis Wright (Brian McKinnon). Stepchildren Cherilyn (Darryl); Myrna (Cliff); and by her two grandchildren Jason (Kelly) and Shauna and step grandchildren Grant; Mark and Gracy Caron; one great grandchild Logan; numerous nieces and nephews as well as grand nieces and nephews. Before being diagnosed with Macular Degeneration she had a passion for golf, sewing and quilting. While she was legally blind she continued to be an amazing cook and was revered as the familys iron chef. Her wit and sense of humor will always remain a treasure even into her final days. At Sheilas request, a private Family Service will be held. Sheila and her family would like to acknowledge the extraordinary care and compassion of Dr. Smith and the nursing staff at the Claresholm General Hospital. If so desired, donations could be made to the Claresholm Public Library. Arrangements entrusted to Leydens Funeral Home 4079 - 1st Street, W
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