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CHURCH: Dorothy Jean Church, June 28, 1940 – August 21, 2011. On August 21st, 2011, Dot Church passed away peacefully with her daughter, Melody, by her side. Dot was born to Albert and Julia Blandford in the District of Tullymet in Saskatchewan. The family lived in and around Ituna, SK for many years, but settled in Minitonas, MB in 1949. Dot began her work career at the tender age of 14 as a nanny. Nanny positions were interspersed with waitressing jobs and, most notably, at 16, a position cleaning at the Ninette Sanitarium. She married Melvin Church on May 20th, 1961, and they lived in Swan River, MB until their separation in 1982. They had two daughters. She taught her girls to work hard and be independent, but to also be loving and dependable to others. After the separation, Dot moved to Brandon, MB and made her career as Head Housekeeper, working over twenty years for Bill and Donna McTavish at both the City Centre and Beaubier Hotels. Her varied and successful work career also included the management of the Twilight and Eastview Motels, Head Housekeeper at the Westwood Inn, and team leader for Avon, all in Swan River. After retirement, she expended her endless energy on her apartment, family and friends. Many hours were spent playing Scrabble and Aggravation, but not until after the decorating was done and the house was sparkling! These were her joys in life and she was our joy to love. Dot was predeceased by: her parents, Albert and Julia; her brothers Robert, William, Henry and Gordon; her husband, Melvin and her son, Charles Albert. Left to mourn are: her daughters Melody (Leslie) and Lila (Aaron); her grandchildren Cassandra (Charles), Colby (Melissa), Josiah, Ebony and Laurie; and her great-granddaughters Mikayla and Lyric. The memorial service will take place at Manitoba Metis Federation Hall, 656 Sixth Street, Brandon, MB, Saturday, August 27th, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
BENDER: Gordon Bender beloved husband of Ann, passed away peacefully at Peace Arch Hospital Wednesday August 17th in White Rock BC at the age of 82. Gordon was born in Neudorf, Saskatchewan April 23, 1929 and subsequently moved to Brandon. He began working at Canadian Motors and worked for 42 years until his retirement. He made many friends through his work and always had a smile for his customers, and a joke or two for his fellow employees! As all who knew him can attest, Gordon was one of the most entertaining and personable individuals they ever knew. He and Ann were married in 1959 in Brandon. Gordon was an avid water-skier and was one of the original members of the Minnedosa Mallards Ski Club. In fact, he was water-skiing well into his 60’s. He had a ton of energy and would never slow down. Gordon purchased a bit of land out by Alexander and proceeded to use up some of that excess energy farming it in his spare time. He put in some long hours for a few years, yet he always had time for his children. He took great pride in participating in the building of the family cabin at Thomas Lake. The Bender cottage was home to many good times for many friends and family and those memories will always be cherished. He had many other hobbies to keep him occupied over the years. He was the ultimate recycler…so much so he made many bottle trips to Regina! Gordon also enjoyed playing the guitar and I am sure “you are my Sunshine” will forever more bring a tear to the eye of all who knew him! Gordon also enjoyed his many holidays (Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, etc) enjoying the last few years in Palm Springs, one of his favourite places. He so looked forward to their move to White Rock last fall to spend more time with his last passion, his grandchildren, and luckily during his short time in White Rock, created many lasting memories for them. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Ann, Son Craig wife Cindy, Son Scott wife Tracey, Granddaugher Katie, Grandson Jenson, Daughter Janice husband Grant, Granddaughter Colleen husband Carlos, Great granddaughters Kiara and Mikaela., Grandson Ryan wife Steph, Sister Irene Erickson of Edmonton and was predeceased by his sister Alice Hooke of Brandon. Also survived by his Sisters-in-law Linda Hutton of Brandon and Karen Mains of Regina. He had many nieces and nephews who he cared deeply for and they were very close to him, particularly Candice, Chris, Kelly, Holly and Jeffrey. Gordon did not want a public service and really just wanted all his friends to remember him and have a toast on him during a time of your liking. On him didn’t mean he would pay though!! He always enjoyed being the center of attention just not in this fashion so please share your memories with friends and family and remember Gordon as he would like us all to, having fun, sharing good times and doing anything for his friends! At some point in the future we will be planning a small get together in Brandon whereas we can celebrate Gordon’s wonderful life with Friends and Family. Should friends so desire, donations may be made to The White Rock Hospice Society
TAYLOR: Sharon Linda Taylor of Brandon, beloved wife of Bob and dear mother to Rob (Shelly) and Nana to Kaylee, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon on Monday, August 22, 2011 at the age of 64 years. A service of remembrance to honour Sharon’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, August 26, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Glenna Beauchamp of the Rivers United Church officiating. Placement of the urn will take place at a later date at the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sharon may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, "Brandon RHA Cancer Services" or "Palliative Care," 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information to follow.
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GATES: James Secord. The death of James Secord Gates, age 70 years, of Brandon and formerly of Toronto, occurred in Brandon on Saturday, August 20, 2011. Announcement of service details will follow. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
FRIESEN: Rita Agnes Friesen passed away at the Minnedosa Health Centre on August 20, 2011 at the age of 88 years. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Minnedosa Funeral Service Chapel, Minnedosa, MB. Interment will take place at a later date in the Dryden Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or Alzheimer Society of Manitoba or the Minnedosa Personal Care Home. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
SZWAGIERCZAK: John Szwagierczak passed away at Fairview Home in Brandon. A graveside service will take place on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Brandon Cemetery.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
LACQUEMENT: Marie Lacquement of Brandon, beloved mother of Ron (Dorothy) Kalinchuk and Dianna Kalinchuk, passed away at Rideau Park Personal Care Home on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at the age of 91 years. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Complete obituary information to follow.
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JEREMIC: Nickolas Jeremic passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre after a length illness, on August 17th, 2011 at the age of 75 years.
WORTHINGTON: (Hanula), Gladys. The family wishes to announce the sudden passing of Gladys on August 11, 2011, at Brandon Regional Health Centre. Gladys was born September 6, 1928 in Brandon. She was predeceased by her loving husband Frank, parents John and Mary, sister Olga and brother Walter. She is survived by her sister Stella Hanula, Toronto; brothers-in-law Stan and Percy Worthington, (Vancouver and Winnipeg); nephews John (Patricia) Nearing, Scarboro; George (Sharon) Nearing, Sault Ste. Marie, Mark (Regina) Worthington, Australia; nieces Teri (Kevin) Worthington Coombs, Toronto and Tanya (Bob) Worthington-Mitchell, Carman, as well as her great nieces Mikila and Alexa Mitchell. Aunt Gladys was very involved in her community and donated her time tirelessly. In addition to volunteering at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (singing both in the choir and acting as treasurer), she gave her time to the Brandon YWCA (winning the Woman of Distinction Award in 1987), The Royal Purple of Canada (National President 1963/64) as well as the Brandon Royal Purple both at a District and Provincial Level. In the past she was President of the Manitoba Organization of Business and Professional Women and President of the Brandon Branch UWAC. Her latest accomplishment was being one of the founding members of the Women’s Resource Centre in Brandon where she still served on the Board of Directors. We will all miss her (and her great cooking!!) Funeral Services were held Tuesday August 16, 2011 with Rev. Fr. Michael Skrumeda officiating. The Ladies of the Royal Purple also gave a tribute to Aunt Gladys at the service. Interment was at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Should friends so desire, donations may be made to The Women’s Resource Centre, 800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon.
WALLACE: James A. Wallace, beloved husband of Doreen, passed away Monday, August 8, 2011, at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 76 years. James was born in Brandon on September 9, 1934. After taking his schooling in Brandon, he went on to work as a heavy duty mechanic for the Department of Highways for 38 years. James enjoyed camping and fishing, and loved to cook for his family and friends. He spent summers at the family cottage at Clear Lake. He and Doreen enjoyed many winters in Arizona following retirement. He took special interest in his grandchildren's activities. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Doreen; son Jim and wifeAnita, grandsons Brent, Blair and Brock of Calgary; son Earl of Edmonton, grandchildren Sarah and Eric; daughter Judy Turner (Bill), grandchildren Tyler and Teighan, and brother Dave and wife Bev of Brandon. He was predeceased by his parents Samuel and Evelyn Wallace of Brandon. Funeral Service was held on Friday, August 12, 2011 at Memories Chapel with Rev. Dr. Dong-Ha Kim officiating. Pallbearers were Brent, Blair, Brock Wallace, Eric and Sarah Wallace, Tyler and Teighan Turner. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Special thank you to the nursing staff on A2 and A3 of the Assiniboine Centre for the kindness and caring during Dad's 3 years there. If friends wish, donations in James' memory may be made to a charity of choice.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
WADHAM: Brian Keith Wadham. On August 15th 2011, Brian passed away at Concordia Hospital after a valiant fight against cancer. Peacefully and pain free with his family by his side. He left to mourn his Mom (Lil) and Dad (Keith) Wadham of Virden, Manitoba. His Soulmate Kat Cass and her daughter Meagen Cass of Winnipeg. Sister Patricia Hole (Howard), Brother Kevin (Candice), Niece and Nephews; Riley and Kaleigh Hole, Dustin and Kaden Wadham, all of Virden, Manitoba. Stepson Dan (Chris) Roy of Garson, Manitoba. And all of his Millwright Union brothers of 1443. Friends whose lives he touched, please come and celebrate Brian’s life with us at ``Beer, B.S. & Bonfire`` memorial day. Saturday, August 27th at the Oakbank Bar, 520 Main St, Oakbank, Manitoba, 2pm-5pm. Arrangements entrusted to Seasons Funeral Chapel, Oakbank, Manitoba, 444-5444.
“Live To Ride-Ride To Live Free” Love, Kat
VALLAEY: The death of Louise Vallaey occurred at Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, August 17, 2011. Louise is survived by her husband Jules, sister Margaret Payjack (William) and sister- in-law Brenda VanDeWeghe of Winnipeg, as well as numerous relatives and friends. Predeceased by her sons Dennis and Randy, brother Marcel VanDeWeghe and parents John andGeorgina VanDeWeghe. No service will be held. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Louise to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.A special thanks to the staff of Palliative Care.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
NORRIE: Cyril Colin Norrie, April 19, 1930 – June 17, 2011. Cyril Colin Norrie died Friday, June 17, 2011 at the Hamiota Health Centre at the age of 81 years, following a brave battle with cancer. Cyril was the beloved husband of Doreen and father of Angus, Chris, Neil and Ryan. Cyril was born April 19th, 1930 and grew up on the farm four and one half miles southwest of Decker on the west half of 34-14-25. Cyril was the ninth child in a family of ten born to John and Helen Norrie. Cyril started school at Decker. When he was in grade seven the family moved to the farm two and one half miles south of Isabella on 4-15-25. Cyril remained in school until grade 10 and farmed the home farm with siblings Thelma, Archie and Gordon. On October 8th, 1952, Cyril married Doreen Angus of Hamiota. They purchased the William Miller farm and resided there to the present. In 1975 they acquired the Adams farm and later in 1979, the Finkbeiner farm. Cyril participated in the community when called upon and enjoyed the many community activities when he could visit with friends and neighbours. He enjoyed coaching his boys’ hockey and frequented many square dances. He was predeceased by his parents John and Helen, brothers George (killed in WWII), Bill (Lois), Gordon, Charlie (Phyllis and Eunice), Archie and sisters Thelma (Don) Carnegie, Eleanor (Mel) Begg, Cora (Ted) Shier, nephews Don Norrie, Ron Norrie, and niece Lauren Kennedy. He was also predeceased by Doreen’s parents, Clifford and Eva Angus and brother-in-law Elgin Angus. Cyril is survived by his loving wife Doreen of 58 years, his sons, Angus (Pat) of Hamiota, Chris of Isabella, Neil (Michele) of Isabella, Ryan (Janice) of Hamiota. Left with many cherished memories of Grandpa Cyril are his grandchildren Michelle (Alan) Knight, Brett (Beth) Norrie, Sawyer, William, Caleb, Holden and Layne, and great-grandchildren Kyia, Carter, Karli, and Jaeda. He is also survived by his brother Frank (Ruth) of Surrey, B.C., last surviving member of the Norrie family, sister-in-laws Jean Norrie of Virden, Gloria Norrie of High River, Alberta, and Audrey Angus of Chilliwack, B.C. as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A private burial for family and close friends was held at Crandall Cemetery on Saturday, June 25 with Reverend Heather Robbins officiating, pallbearer, son, Chris Norrie, and piper, nephew, Ernie Carnegie. Following this, a celebration of Cyril’s life was held in the Isabella Community Church with Linda Clark as organist. Michelle, granddaughter, shared special memories and a photostory of Grandpa and son, Ryan gave the eulogy. The choir consisted of friends from surrounding communities. A reception was held in the Isabella Hall served by ladies of the community. Campbell Funeral Home of Hamiota, Manitoba was in care of arrangements.
NICHOLLS: Ruth 'Doreen' Nicholls, (nee Parker) of Brandon, passed away at Rideau Park Personal Care Home on August 11, 2011, at the age of 83. Doreen was born May 5, 1928, at Rivers Manitoba; the youngest of 11 children of Walter and Sophia Parker. After leaving school, she began work at Brandon General Hospital, at the Rivers Training Centre, and again at Brandon Hospital. Doreen and Jim Nicholls were married in 1947. They had two children, Cheryl and Bill. They lived in Brandon and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Doreen and Bill returned to Brandon and Doreen took up an active life of volunteering, helping and supporting other seniors, and competitive bowling. She provided full time care to Bill's two boys, worked with the Auxiliary of the A.N.A.F., and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and on the residents committee at Grand Valley Place. An avid sports fan, she loved wrestling, hockey, curling and baseball, reading, and a good game of cards. She turned out beautiful baked goods in her tiny kitchen. She spent her final years at Rideau Park Personal Care Home; where she received meticulous and loving care. Doreen is lovingly remembered by her daughter Cheryl (Howard) Love, son Bill (Jane) Nicholls, grandchildren Keith (Valyne Craig) Nicholls, Debbie (Jerry) Lesage, Andrew and Anthony Wright, six great grandchildren, and two great- great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sister Vera Burchell, and best friend and sister-in-law Rowena Lelond. Doreen was predeceased by her parents, nine siblings, Jim Nicholls, and grandson Kevin Nicholls. A Celebration of Life was held on Wednesday, August 17, at Brockie Donovan Funeral Chapel, with Arlene Robertson officiating. All attending were considered honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st St., Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8.
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MCNEILLIE: Gladys McNeillie of Brandon, passed away on April 7, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 87 years. A graveside service in her honor, along with the interment of Alexander McNeillie, will take place on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. LOGO
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