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TURNER: Denise Thursday, Jasnuary 20, 2011. Denise Jeanne Turner (nee Castonguay)It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Denise on January 20, 2011 at the age of 66. She was born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan on June, 7 1944. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving husband of 23 years Jerry, son Todd (Maureen), daughter Cheryl, step daughter Angela (Jim), step son Archie, grandchildren Stacey (Brent), Cameron, Aaron, Emma, brother Lou (Colleen), sister Cecile and numerous nieces and nephews. Denise passed away at home in Nanaimo, B.C., surrounded by her loving family. Flowers are gratefully declined, donations may be made in Denise's memory to a charity of your choice. The service was held this past Saturday February 5th at First Memorial Funeral home.
THROWER: Albert (Bert) Elvin Thrower 1928 – 2011. Bert, son of the late William and Margaret Thrower of Grenfell, SK passed away February 3, 2011, after a courageous and dignified battle with cancer. Bert was born in Wolseley, SK on June 9, 1928. He was predeceased by his parents, five sisters and four brothers. After working many years in the mines and steel mills of Ontario he returned to Brandon in 1969, with his last position being the manager of the Brandon Club from 1971 to 1988. In 1985, he married his sweetheart, Dona and they just celebrated their 25th anniversary on October 2, 2010. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Dona, and children; Mary, Sharon and Michael, plus extended family Shirley and Dale. Bert is survived by five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are brothers, Ernie (Olga), Bill (Elsie) and sister Meda. Bert was a man who enjoyed life to the fullest, and made many memories with lifelong friends. Cremation has taken place and he will be interred in the Boissevain Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bert’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415 – 1st Street, Brandon, ManitobaB R7A 2W8.
Dad, your wife Dona, children and grandchildren will love and miss you “forever and a day”. Rest Well.
SMITH: Loraine Yvonne Smith of Brandon, beloved wife of Joe Smith, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Center on Friday, January 28, 2011. Loraine was born in Cardale, MB in 1939 to parents Jack and Tillie Kooting. She lived her early years on the family homestead in Rapid City, MB. Throughout her lifetime she made numerous friends while working in food service, in British Columbia and Manitoba. In recent years, she helped many families with housecleaning. Loraine acquired a large extended family, including grandchildren, when she married Joe in 1981. They hosted many family gatherings, where everyone could appreciate Loraine’s cooking skills. Loraine will be lovingly remembered by husband Joe; daughter Patricia Raviolos of Vancouver, BC and son Doug Porterfield of Langley, BC; Joe’s children; Joy (Ted) Asham, Betty (Harold) Nelson, Don (Wendy) Smith, Richard (Rose) Smith, Kim Byczkowski , Wendy (Terry) Smith and families. She is also survived by sisters; Linda (Orval) Greer, Pat Sontag and brothers Don (Marlene) Kooting, Jack (Deb) Kooting, Jim (Barb) Kooting; and numerous sisters-in-law and brothers- in-law, nieces and nephews; and special sister-in-law and brother -in-law Dottie and Danny Gayowsky. In keeping with Loraine’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will be held at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
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SAUNDERS: Neil “Papa” William Saunders, passed away suddenly at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at the age of 71 years. Neil is survived by his daughter, Shannon (Ken) Pratt of Brandon, MB; son Jeff Saunders of Ontario; brother Bob (Arlene) Saunders of Tampa Bay, FL; sister Edith (Dick) Cain of Milton, Ontario; loving grandchildren Stephanie, Brad, Brooklyn, Twylla, Kaitlyn and Parker; and special friend Margaret McMurachy. Neil also leaves behind Sherry Lane and family; Ronald Saunders and family; and manynieces and nephews. Born February 13, 1939, Neil grew up in Barrie, Ontario and later made roots in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In his last few years,he found home in Brandon, Manitoba and would often tell us how happy he was that he made the move. Neil was a truck driver through and through. You could ask him for directions and always be guaranteed that he was right. He was passionate about fishing, bowling and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren, they lit up his life! Neil never complained and always had a smile or a wise crack, depending on the occasion. Even his last day with us, the nurse asked him how he was and his reply, with a smile was, “60/40”. He was loving, scrappy, and had a sense of humor. He loved to tease and be teased. He would love to discuss his beloved Blue Bombers with his son-in-law Ken, knowing Ken was an NFL fan and he would always have a comment. In typical Neil Saunders fashion, he is going to heaven with a Blue Bomber’s t-shirt and a black eye. He said the black eye made him look tough! In the words of his great-niece Jodie, “The people with the gruffest exteriors are made of the best stuff on the interior”. He was a loving father, devoted papa, loyal brother, fun-loving uncle, and a friend that you could count on and he will be missed by all who knew him. At dad’s request, cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held on June 4, 2011 in Barrie, Ontario. The family would like to thank Dr. Roux of Virden, MB and Dr. Kaiser and staff at the Brandon Regional Health Centre for providing such wonderful care to dad. Memorial donations in memory of Neil may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
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RATHWELL: John Wesley (Wes) Rathwell of Brandon, passed away at the Assiniboine Centre, on Friday, January 28, 2011 at the age of 76 years. Wes was born September 18, 1934 to Dave and Laura Rathwell. He lived and worked on the family farm at Nesbitt until his retirement, at which time he moved to Brandon. Wes was an avid sportsman, playing hockey from a young age and curling. He played second base for the Riverside Canucks of the Manitoba Senior League for many years, and is to be inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame this coming June. Wes coached many hockey and baseball teams over the years. He also loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed time spent in his boat out on the water. Wes was a hail adjuster for Co-op Hail for 15 years, and enjoyed meeting people and getting back out in the fields. He rarely missed volunteering as an usher for the Wheat King home games, enjoying the games and the people he met there. Wes looked forward to Tuesday and Thursday evenings when he played crib at the Sokol Hall and the Army and Navy Club. He loved to play crib, meeting many good friends while doing so. Left with fond memories are his wife of 56 years, Audrey, daughter Tannis (Clark) Leachman, sons Audiss (Debbie) Rathwell, Kerry (Tannis) Rathwell; grandchildren Tara (Perry) Fisher, Nicholas (Joy) Leachman, Jeffrey Leachman, Terry (Nancy) Rathwell, Loren and Lane Rathwell, Branyn (Thomas) Brown, Bradley Rathwell; great-grandchildren Parker Fisher, Shonah, Brina and Wes Rathwell, Braylee Kowalchuk and Turner Brown; sister and brother-in-law Ruth and Elgin McConnell; sister-in-law Marjorie Campbell and numerous relatives and friends. Wes was predeceased by his parents, David and Laura (née Fowler) Rathwell, and by in-laws Bill and Dell Campbell and an infant son. A Memorial Tea to celebrate Wes’ life was held Thursday, February 3, 2011 at the Nesbitt Hall, where family and friends visited and reminisced to honor Wes’ memory. A private family graveside service will be held in the spring. Memorial donations may be made to Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Palliative Care Services”, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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PATERSON: The death of Barbara Anne Paterson of Forrest, Manitoba occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, February 11, 2011. Arrangements are pending with Memories Chapel and Pre-Planning Centre., 727-0330.
MURRAY – Alan Bernard (Bernie) passed away on January 11th, 2011 at the age of 77. Bernie was born in Lyleton, Manitoba on February 19th, 1933. He was raised in Melita and after finishing high school went west for a short stint in the oil patch. Upon returning to Melita he met and married Rita Newbury on February 1st, 1956.He purchased his father’s Front Street garage business and over the years sold many line of automotive and farm equipment. He played a role in the business development of Melita as he built several buildings south of the highway and one commercial building on Main Street.He enjoyed farming but still found time for one of his true passions, flying. Bernie enjoyed family times, traveling, flying, fishing and many sports.He was predeceased by his parents Robert & Marjorie and sister Joan McDonald.He is survived by his wife Rita of 55 years, sons Dwayne (Peggy), Dwight (Cara), daughters Monica (Don) Lesy, Marcia Vrooman, grandchildren Ryan (Tammy), Reagan (Kayla) & Karlyn Murray, Morgan, Brett & Page Murray, Meghan (Jeff) Dyck and Brayden Lesy, Cory & Kyle Vrooman, Jason & Kendal Hobbs, great grandchildren Gage Murray & Justin Hobbs, sister Beverley (Val) Kjernisted, brother Brian (Virginia) Murray, sister in law Margaret Gervais, brother in law Dennis (Helen) Newbury, David (Peggy) Newbury as well as many cousins, nieces & nephews.A family service was held on Friday, January 14th, 2011 at the Redpath Funeral Home, Melita, Man. with Reverend Barb Alston officiating. Interment followed at the Melita Cemetery.
MORROW: Mabel I. Morrow (nee Fletcher). 15 December 1929 - 1 February 2011. Mabel passed away early on February 1, 2011 at Heritage Lodge in Winnipeg. She was 81 years of age. She is survived by her son Robert (Sandra) and daughter Laura (Dave) and grandchildren, Julian, Anton, Brendan, Liam and Katie. Mabel was the ninth and youngest child of John Alexander Fletcher and Laura Gallaugher of Regina, Sask. She was predeceased by her parents and all of her siblings. She was raised on a farm near Govan, Sask. She was the first in her family to finish high school and complete business college. Mabel and her husband Jack lived for many years in Virden and Brandon before moving to Winnipeg in 1983. Mabel loved to be active and especially enjoyed travelling, curling, bridge and for many years was a golfing fanatic. Alzheimer's disease robbed her of these pleasures as it robbed her family and friends of her lively and bubbly personality. She will be remembered for her love of life, sense of fun and generous spirit. A memorial service will be held at a later date. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn,
MERRY: Sidney (Sid) Merry of Newdale passed away on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at the Minnedosa Health Centre at the age of 78 years. Sid is survived by his wife Eva; son Rick Merry (Pat Shebaylo) of Winnipeg and daughter Janice Merry of Bassano, Alberta; 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Also surviving is brother: Robert (Marie) Merry of Port Hope, Ontario, and brothers-in-law Donald Grant of Woodstock, N.B. and Bill (Lucie) Fiedler of Strathmore, Alberta. A funeral service will be held at a later date. Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to raesfs@mts.netRae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of the arrangements. (204) 759-2160.
MORGANS: It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Bertina Clara "Betty" Morgans, beloved mother of Sharron (Ken) Martinook and Donald (Leona) Page, at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, February 10, 2011. The Funeral Ceremony will be held at Memories Chapel on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 11:00 am. The Rev. Jim Brown of St. George's Anglican Church will officiate. Interment will be in the Brandon Cemetery. Complete obituary information will follow. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Betty to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3 - 824, 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7 or to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Cancer Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
MATHIE: The family of the late William Garth Mathie are saddened to announce Garth's sudden passing in Saskatoon on Friday, November 20, 2010.
McINTYRE: William Barry McIntyre of Brandon, beloved husband of Beverely, passed away at his residence on February 6, 2011 at the age of 74 years. Cremation has taken place and a service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Westman Chapter, 42 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B2. Complete obituary information to follow.
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KISSOCK: The death of Allan Boyd Kissock occurred at his residence, Fairview Home, on Thursday, February 10, 2011. A graveside service will be held at a later date. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Allan to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Unit 5B - 457 9th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 1K2. Complete obituary information will follow. Expressions of sympathy may be made at are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
HANSEN: Brenda Joyce Hansen (nee McKendry), beloved wife of Gordon, died suddenly while on a cruise ship in the Pacific on Friday, January 21, 2011. Brenda was born in Ottawa, Ontario on August 16, 1943 and grew up in the Winchester, Ontario area, the oldest of three children. At an early age, Brenda was involved in maintaining the family home as well as looking after her younger brothers. Although there was always work to be completed, Brenda also had opportunities to enjoy extracurricular activities such as singingin the church choir, dancing, and ice skating. She continued to work hard throughout her youth and teenage years, completing high school in the early 60s. She later completed a certificate in nursing in Ottawa, Ontario. Brenda moved to Manitoba in 1970, marrying Gordon on April 2, 1971. Together they lived on the Hansen family farm and in October 1972, Brenda and Gordon were blessed with the arrival of their daughter, Angela. A new home was built on the farm in 1974, and in January 1977, Brenda and Gordon celebrated the arrival of their son, James. Brenda was a devoted wife and quickly became an integral part of the farming operation. She learned various aspects of the farm, from driving equipment to completing the accounting bookwork. At the same time, Brenda took great pride in maintaining the home. An accomplished gardener, the yard was kept immaculate and showed Brenda's enjoyment of flowers, plants, and trees. Inside the home, Brenda was meticulous in its upkeep and was an exceptional cook. With respect to her children, Brenda was a dedicated mother, involving herself with their education. During the children's early school years, she volunteered at Westridge Preschool and Meadows School, and was available whenever needed. Brenda also ensured that her children had the opportunity to participate in various activities including sports and music. In her community of Roseland South Brandon, Brenda was an active volunteer - working at functions, preparing food, and serving on committees. She enjoyed the many friendships made throughout the years. The family expanded in 1996 when Angie married Lawrence Williamson. Brenda later became the proud "Grama" to Megan, Natalie, and Katelyn, all of whom held a special spot in her heart. In recent years, Brenda enjoyed travelling with Gord and the entire family, whether it was a short trip or an extended vacation to warmer weather down south. Brenda is survived by her husband of 39 years, Gordon, daughter Angie (Lawrence), son Jim, and grandchildren, Megan, Natalie, and Kate; brothers David (Diana) McKendry of Morrisburg, Ontario, Ken (Carmen) Martineau of Aylmer, Quebec, Roger Martineau and Ron McKendry of Metcalfe, Ontario; sisters Sue (Peter) Best of London, England, and Judy Martineau (Lynn Childs) of Ottawa, Ontario; brothers-in-law Stan (Gerry) Hansen of Souris, Manitoba, John Delang of Winnipeg, Manitoba; sister- in-law Elnora (Peter) Kardash of Calgary, Alberta; and numerous nieces and nephews. Brenda was predeceased by her parents Roy and Peggy McKendry, brother James McKendry, in-laws Hallvard and Emma Hansen, sisters-in-law Margaret Delang, Hilda Ilett, and Evelyn Merckx-Somerville; and brother -in-law Clarence Merckx. A celebration of Brenda's life was held on Thursday, February 3, 2011, with Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Murray and Joan Drummond, Winnie Black, Gordon and Donna Pearen, Wanda Meadows, Art and Marie Williamson, and Dennis and Lynda Kowall. A private interment was held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens on Saturday, February 5, 2011. Acting pallbearers were David McKendry, Brandon McKendry, Ken Black, Lawrence Clark, Jim Cooper, and Jim Brown. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Brenda to the Westman Dreams for Kids, Unit 202 - 37 -11th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4J2 or to a charity of choice.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
"There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved."
GRODECKI: Joseph Grodecki, beloved husband of Adeline, died at his residence at Valleyview Care Centre on Friday, January 28, 2011 at the age of 85 years. He was born near Wynyard, Saskatchewan on September 12, 1925, one of eleven children. He attended Evelyn School, Normal School and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Joe met Adeline Lambert and they married in 1953. They resided in Winnipeg and several towns in Manitoba. In 1967 they moved to Dauphin where Joe continued his teaching career until retiring in 1983. He obtained his CLU and started a career with Sunlife Financial. They moved to Brandon in 1984. Joseph was a member of the Knights of Columbus, an active member ofparish council at St. Viator's Parish in Dauphin and St. Hedwig's Parish in Brandon. He had a devoted prayer life and shared his faith by teaching catechism. In his younger days he enjoyed curling, fishing and carpentry. Joe also enjoyed puzzles of all kinds but especially those that challenged his math skills. He liked to watch old movies and play bingo. Joe and Adeline loved to get together with friends to play various card games. Joe was a devoted husband and father, always available to drive his children toevents, whether it be school, sports or getting them home from hanging out with friends. He loved family get togethers, his greatest joy being his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His face would light-up when they visited him. Joe was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, five sisters and his infant granddaughter Carson Grodecki. He is survived by: his loving wife Adeline; children, Emily (Doug) Thomson of Brandon, Terry (Merv) Durston of Dauphin, Lawrence of Brandon, Greg of Toronto, Susan (Craig) Hayward of Brandon, Monica (Kevin) Smith of Brandon. Grandchildren: Mike DeVers, Stephanie (Joe) Davison, Nicole (fiance Warren Clark), Samantha Thomson, Tim, Drew and Christie Durston, Sarah and Amy Grodecki, Sandy, Teresa and Morgan Grodecki, Scott and Kelly Hayward, Nicholas Smith. There are three great-grandchildren Alexa, Mikaela and Josh. He is also survived by sisters Emily Stone, Annette Benjamin and Rose Yaskowich, many brothers- in-law, sisters-in-law as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Prayers were said at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, February 2, 2011. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the church on Thursday, February 3, 2011. Rev. Fr. Dominic Yuen was Celebrant. Interment followed in the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Joseph may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3 - 824 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
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