Classifieds / Obituaries
TITUS: Geoffrey Paul, age 38, of Saskatoon, SK passed away on May 09, 2011 at the Cross Cancer Clinic in Edmonton, AB after a courageous two-year battle with malignant melanoma. Geoff will be lovingly remembered by his mother Joanie Ross (Doug); father Gerry Titus (Sharon Sharpe-Titus); brother Jon Titus (Allison); sister Julie Titus (daughter Ella); and grandmothers: Margaret Olson, Joanne Titus and Mary Sharpe. He will also be deeply missed by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Geoff was born May 04, 1973 in Winnipeg, MB. While attending schools in Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Brandon, he began gathering the first of many life-long friends that naturally gravitated towards his gregarious nature. Friends and familys kids were held in his heart and treasured as if they were his own. He was the fun-loving, happy go-lucky "uncle" to many of the children in his life. Geoffs strong love of and fierce loyalty to friends and family further cemented these relationships into unbreakable bonds that will be forever cherished by those fortunate to have known him. Geoff is irreplaceable; friends and family will miss him dearly. Geoff was unflagging in encouraging those he knew to improve themselves, follow their dreams and not accept failure or limitations. His love of a great conversation, huge hugs, larger-than-life smiles and laughter will not be felt again. Those that had the honour to know him will forever remember him for and be inspired by his generous heart. Filled with boundless energy, Geoff found many ways to lead a full life. He was, at various times, a swimmer, football player, skateboarder, boxer, sailor, pizza chef and weight lifter. When he found something he loved, he took it on with 100% commitment. Early in his life, Geoff discovered a love of nature, the water and fishing that was further solidified during a short stint in the Canadian Naval Reserve and during numerous trips to visit his good friend Chad in BC. A life-long music lover, Geoff, in his early teens, could be heard unendingly swearing to his friends that rap music and its new, unknown acts such as Public Enemy, Ice-T and NWA were the future of music. Geoff spent his career working for his father and stepmother at ESP Salon Sales in Saskatoon. He started at the bottom, working his way from warehouse staff to salesman to general sales manager. Although based in Saskatoon, Geoff worked with members of the hairdressing community throughout western Canada. Through wisdom, friendship, leadership and mentoring, Geoff has left an indelible impression on the industry and the company he was committed to for seventeen years. Geoffs family would like to thank the hardworking and dedicated staff at the Cross Cancer Clinic for their compassion and professionalism in helping to take care of our Geoff. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Knox United Church, 838 Spadina Cres. East, Saskatoon, SK with Rev. Brian Maitland officiating. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations in memory of Geoff Titus may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation; c/o Cross Cancer Institute (for Melanoma Research); 11560 University Ave. N.W.; Edmonton, AB, T6G 1Z2 or phone (780) 432-8500; www.albertacancer.ca
Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home - Carnduff & Oxbow, SK, (306) 482-3309 and Melita, MB, (204) 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron Funeral Directors. To send condolences or special memories to the family, please visit: www.redpathfuneralhome.com
STRAHL: The death of E. Russell Strahl beloved husband of Marion and dear father of Barry, Warren, Verne and Kerry, occurred on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Russ was born August 23, 1928 at Minnedosa. He attended school at Havelock and then high school in Minnedosa. Russ was an automotive parts manager at Canadian Motors until his retirement. Russ was a Rotarian for many years. He coached pony league ball, belonged to the Archery Club, Wildlife Association and was a trapshooter with the Brandon Gun Club. He was also Manitoba Hunter Safety and Fire Arms Instructor for the Air Cadets. Russ was the director for the Brandon Barbershoppers and Barbershop Belles for many years. Russ and Marion enjoyed many years camping and travelling with the Good Sam Club. Russ is survived by wife Marion, sons Barry, Warren, Verne and daughter Kerry; grandchildren Rudi, Andrew, Charleen, Kristopher, Justin and Tori; great-grandchildren Burgandy, Arizona, Hudson, Austin and Sydney. Also surviving is brother Garnet (Marja) and his sisters Joan (Ken), Margaret (Gerry) as well as many nieces and nephews. Russ was predeceased by his parents and sister Catherine. The Ceremony to Celebrate Russ's Life was held at Central United Church on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Rev. Shannon McCarthy officiated. A private interment was held at the Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Urn Bearer was son Barry. All who attended were honorary Pallbearers. Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Russ to the Lung Association of Manitoba, #8, 940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0P6 or to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, for Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
ROBERTS: Frank Arthur, owner of Eco Green, passed away at his home on Friday, May 13th, 2011. Funeral arrangement are pending. Full obituary to follow.
POOLE: Anne Poole of Brandon, Manitoba, formerly of Russell, Manitoba passed away on May 12, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 93 years. Anne is survived by her daughters, Linda (Bill) Archer, Winnipeg and Meryl (Ron) Orth, Brandon, 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Dora Story, Fort McLeod, Alberta, Mary Gabor, Niagara On The Lake, Ontario and Margaret (Bill) Threader, Burlington, Ontario. The funeral service will be held on Monday, May 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from the Knox United Church, Russell, Manitoba. Interment to follow in the Binscarth Cemetery. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.
Messages of condolence may be emailed to email@example.comBraendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell is in care of arrangements. (204) 773-2747.
PERRIN: Cherished wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, Stella Perrin (nee Zabarylo) passed from this life on April 12th, 2011, in Brandon, Manitoba, at the age of 88 years. She is survived by her family: Alexander, husband of 62 years; son Tom (Fran); daughter Joanne (Robert Hurley); treasured grandchildren and second family Jonathon (Elisia) and Jennifer (Sam); adopted family Janice, Michael and Linda; and several much-loved extended family members. Stellas parents emigrated from the Ukraine to Giroux Lake, Ontario, Canada, where they established a homestead and raised four children. The youngest child, Stella, was born on November 27, 1922. While she was still a child, her family moved to Manitoba - first to Sherridon, then to Winnipeg. Until her passing, Stella delighted in sharing many fond memories of life with her beloved family. From the ages of 15 to 26, Stella took on many different types of jobs and worked hard to make money to share with her family. She was a babysitter, a waitress, a cashier, a housekeeper and a bookkeeper, which held her in great stead when she became a wife and mother! During the Second World War, Stellas two brothers enlisted in the Army and the Airforce. Stella very much wanted to enlist in the Navy, but her family convinced her that having two children overseas was enough. So, Stella did the next best thing and engaged in war work. She became a Lead Hand at McDonalds Aircraft in Winnipeg, sorting airplane parts for the Airforce. In 1949, Stella and Alexander married. They had two children: Tom, born on Mothers Day and Joanne, born on her birthday. Stella always said that she had been given permanent presents and did not need any other! After several moves, the family settled in Brandon. As her children grew, so did Stellas volunteering abilities. She always endeavoured to contribute to the welfare of others by donating her time, money, clothing, and baked goods, amongst other things. She canvassed for many organizations, including the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Salvation Army. She became known as the Candy Lady because of her considerable annual contributions to the Christmas Cheer Board in Brandon. She was always a behind the scenes type of person who busily went on her way spreading love and good cheer. After her children left home, Stellas two grandchildren, Jonathon and Jennifer, became her second family. Stella treasured the moments she spent with these two wonderful people who came to look at their grandparents as a second mother and father. She will be truly missed. Stella was predeceased by her beloved family members: parents, Stephan and Aemilia; brothers and sister, Mike, John and Mary; and several extended family members. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Stellas life was held on April 16th, 2011. If desired, donations in Stellas honour may be made to the charity of choice.
May You Always Walk in Sunshine
McLEAN: Nellie, 19222011. The death of Thera Ellen Louise McLean of Miniota occurred May 4, 2011 at the Hamiota Health Centre. She was born to Samuel and Alma Heslip at home on the farm near Pheasant Forks, SK, the third child in a family of twelve. She was predeceased by her husband John in 1996. She will be fondly remembered by her son Eric and wife Linda, her daughter Thera, Grandchildren Candice and Brett (Jessica Bauer-McLure) McLean, Jason Gertz and Kim (Blake) Harder. Missing her also will be her brothers Lawrence and Nelson Heslip, sisters Florence Roy and Bernice Rollo and sister-in-law Sylvia Heslip as well as nieces and nephews. In keeping with Nellies wishes a family graveside service was held on May 7, 2011. If so desired donations maybe made to the Hamiota Health Centre, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0 or a charity of ones choice.
Our cherished ones are never really goneIn spirit, In memory Their legacy lives on.
KOBYLKA: It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Betty Kobylka (Nordin) on April 28, 2011 at her residence at the young age of 62. Betty was born in Boissevain, Manitoba on October 5, 1948. She was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Nordin. She grew up in Brandon but moved to Calgary, Alberta for a few years before returning to Brandon where she lived until her death. Betty was a legal secretary working for various lawyers over the years finishing her career with Don Sheldon. Betty is survived by her daughters Christy and Shauna and her grandchildren Shayna, Harley and Dylan. Betty will be forever missed by all who knew her.
Love you Ma
JONES: Mary Christina (Nelin), beloved wife of Leslie, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on May 13, 2011 at the age of 89 years. A memorial service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel at a later date. Complete obituary information to follow.
JOHNSON: Joyce Lorraine Johnson (nee Hamilton) April 11, 1929 April 16, 2011. It is with great sadness that the family of Joyce Johnson announces her peaceful passing while in the Palliative Care Suite at Riverdale Health Centre in Rivers. Joyce grew up on a farm in the Hawkins District west of Glenboro. She excelled as a student and graduated from high school at the young age of 15. From there, she continued her studies at the University of Manitoba where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (majoring in Mathematics) followed by a Diploma in Education. At 20, she began her teaching career at Elkhorn High School. It was in Elkhorn that she met her future husband Bob (R.D.) Johnson. She also taught in Hamiota, Rivers, and Kenton. Joyce and Bob raised their family of four children on their farm in the Harding area. She was well known throughout the region as a teacher and as a committed community volunteer. She was active in all aspects of community life. In Rivers, she volunteered as treasurer for Rivers United Church for 10 years and as UCW treasurer for another 10 years, handing over those books in November 2010. She served a term as president of the Rivers Legion Ladies Auxiliary and was an active member of the Riverdale Hospital Auxiliary. She was a founding member of the Rivers Health Action and the Rivers Handivan committees. She was also very active in the Womens Institute (WI) at the local, regional, and provincial levels. She served on the executive of Manitoba WI, including one term as president of the provincial body and one term as Manitoba Executive Officer to the national board. She attended conferences across Canada and meetings of the Associated Country Women of the World in Kansas City, USA; Birmingham, England; The Hague, Netherlands; and Christchurch, New Zealand. She served a term as WI representative on the board of the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame. Joyce and Bob moved from the farm to Rivers in 1985. In the ensuing years, they travelled the continent in their motorhome and also journeyed to Bermuda, Australia, and New Zealand. They enjoyed square and old time dancing for many years until Bob began to experience ill health. Thanks to Joyces loving care and adherence to a strict diet, Bob was kept off dialysis for a number of years despite his deteriorating condition. The two celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 23, 2002. Over the last ten years, Joyce had to deal with a number of debilitating health issues. Despite her determination to overcome these conditions, her body did not have the strength. Joyce is survived by her children Joanne Johnson of White Rock, B.C.; David Johnson (Connie) of Brandon; Dianne Kowalchuk (Greg) of Rivers; and Wanda Strachan (Brent) of Hamiota. She is also survived by her grandchildren Sheldon Strachan (Chrystal); Melody Stewart (Charles); Katie Findlater (Will); Candace Kowalchuk, Amanda Kowalchuk, Rob Johnson and Brittany Johnson, as well as two great grandchildren, Alec Strachan and Nathan Stewart. Joyce is also survived by siblings Mervyn Hamilton, Jack Hamilton (Eleanor), Betty Jobbins (Doug), Janice Stephens, Rae Hamilton (Glen), and Dwayne Hamilton (Lorna). Joyce was predeceased by her loving husband Bob who died in 2003; her parents James and Lizzie Hamilton; her sister Isobel Fairgrieve; and brothers-in-law Bruce Fairgrieve and Richard Stephens. A Celebration of Life in her honour was held Wednesday, April 20, 2011, in Rivers United Church with Rev. Glenna Beauchamp officiating. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery in the RM of Woodworth. Pallbearers were: Brent Strachan, Greg Kowalchuk, Sheldon Strachan, Rob Johnson, Charles Stewart, and Will Findlater. Joyce will never be forgotten. She will always be missed and forever loved.
HOTEL: Glen Andrew. Surrounded by his family, Glen passed away peacefully on Monday, May 9, 2011 in Brandon. Glen was born March 1, 1927 on the family farm in the Springbrook district near Austin, MB, the second son of Russell and Mary Hotel. He was a beloved, husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be missed by his wife Mary, daughter Joanne and husband Keith Vinthers (Stacey, Shaun and Morgan), daughter Sharon and husband Bob McCreath (Pam, Derek and Melanie) and son Cameron Hotel and partner Diane Kullberg (Lauren and Blair). Also surviving are sisters in law Dorothy Hotel, Edith Hay and Grace Hay as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and families. He was predeceased by his parents Russell and Mary Hotel, his sister Ena Wood and brother Roy Hotel. Glen and Mary were married in Austin, MB on June 16, 1951 following which they assisted jointly in the operation of the Greyhound Bus Depot and B.A. Bulk Fuel Sales Agency at MacGregor with other family members. Glen later worked in the automotive and auto electricfields, retiring in 1991. In 2001, they happily celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with many family and friends and would have celebrated their 60th anniversary on June 16th of this year. Glen's early years were spent on the farm with his parents through the Depression times, then with the CP Railway in Manitoba and on Vancouver Island prior to returning to the Prairies. At MacGregor, he particularly enjoyed playing baseball and the camaraderie of friends while participating in various volunteer community projects. Glen served on the Village of MacGregor council, volunteer fire department, on the board of MacGregor United Church, and it was here that he became a member of Masonic fraternity. He also enjoyed hunting, curling, hockey and travelling. Music and dancing were an enjoyable part of their lives and the children remember sneaking into the hallway to watch mom and dad's friends move the living room furniture so that there was room for dancing, piano playing and singing when the gang got together. After moving to Brandon, Glen assisted as a little league baseball coach, with World Youth Baseball and participated in his Masonic lodge activities. Glen was most at home in the company of his family who loved and respected him for his integrity, honesty and quiet ways. He enjoyed their garden (he had a special love for and ability to grow the most amazing collection of roses), grew wonderful vegetable gardens and was very particular about keeping the lawn neatly manicured. He enjoyed travelling to the Rockies, Vancouver Island and touring the Atlantic Provinces with friends, returning home to his family circle having created many special memories. Glen loved nature and the surrounding prairie countryside and he had a particular appreciation of old-time violin music, reading and was intensely interested in his fraternal associations. Glen joined the Masonic Temple lodge at MacGregor in 1956, became a Master Mason in 1963 and joined Fenwick Lodge in Brandon in 1971. He was an active member of the Scottish Rite Fraternity, serving as Secretary for 10 consecutive years. He regarded his Lodge affiliations as an opportunity for continuing education and service to others and while enjoying that fellowship he received his 50 year jewel in 2006. In 1994, at Halifax, he was elected to receive an Honorary 33rd Degree from Scottish Rite Supreme Council annual session followed by an enjoyable tour of Nova Scotia, PEI and Cape Breton Island with Mary and friends. Glen served with the Grand Lodge of Manitoba, was a member of the International Peace Garden Lodge and Royal Order of Scotland and was a past Chaplain and Associate Patron of Queen Mary Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. Glen particularly enjoyed acting as a volunteer driver with the Canadian Cancer Society, piloting the Masonic Cancer Van to and from Winnipeg and for several years served as Co-ordinator and driver along with other fraternal members. In recent years, Glen's health prevented him from pursuing as many activities as he would have wished within and outside of his various fraternal organizations. However, he was always grateful for the visits and phone calls from the membership to keep him up-to-date. Most special to Glen were his six grandchildren whom he cherished over their growing years. He was a faithful follower of many hockey, baseball, soccer, music and skating events and was proud to hear about the sporting and scholastic achievements of eachone. The service to celebrate Glen's life was held on Friday, May 13, 2011 at Central United Church, with Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood officiating. Interment was in the Austin, Cemetery. The family wishes to acknowledge Drs. C. Macfarlane and G. Visser, the staff at the Brandon Clinic and Clinic Pharmacy for their professional and compassionate care over the past several years as well as the kindness of our church family, fraternal Masonic and Eastern Star colleagues. Special thanks also to co-workers and caring friends and neighbours who have called, sent cards, flowers, baking and stopped by to visit - your support and friendship have made this time so much easier for us - you are all truly wonderful. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Central United Church Building Fund, 327-8th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 3X5 or a charity of one's choice.
Rest well dad - we'll love and miss you always.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
HALE: Judith, 77 years, beloved wife of the late Gordon Hale, mother of Ellen, Brenda, Kathy and Ken, died in the Souris Health Centre on Friday, May 13, 2011. Funeral arrangements are pending. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Cancer care Manitoba or to the Souris & Glenwood Foundation.
Kowalchuks Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at firstname.lastname@example.org
FLEURY: James Jim Fleury of Brandon passed away at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at the age of 79 years. Jim was born in Camperville, Manitoba on April 16, 1932 to Jean Louis Fleury and Marie Ledoux. He grew up in the Binscarth, Manitoba area and worked as a farmer. He later became employed by the CNR where he worked for many years. Jim is survived by his daughter Carol Brandon; granddaughter Lisa; brothers Mervin and Lawrence Fleury; sisters Cecile (Gordon) Burroughs, Verna (Harvey) DeMontigny, Yvonne (Brian) Fleury; sister-in-law Barb Fleury and numerous nieces and nephews. Prayers will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, May 16, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. James Ahaneku officiating. Pallbearers will be Kelvin DeMontigny, Vern DeMontigny, Jo-Ann Lawrence, Wanda Smith, Shirley Burroughs and Steven DeMontigny. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
BRIGGS: Mervin Joel (Bud) passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2011 at Souris Health Centre. Bud was born in Deloraine at Aunt Merle and Uncle Bill Mains House. He was predeceased by his parents, Joel and Mary Briggs, his brother Norman, his sisters, Mabel, Ellen, Stella, Edith, Edna and Vera. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 61 years, Myra; his children: Eddie (Brenda), Debbie (Fred), Sandra (Fred), Robert (Teresa), Heather (Harley); Grandchildren: Edward and Bradley, Sanfred and Wheaton, Cynthia and Mitchell, Jennifer and Jordan; and Great-Grandchild Naresa Victoria. Bud was proud to serve his country in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1942-1945, as an ASDIC operator in the North Atlantic Convoy Corvette; HMCS Arvida. After the war, Bud returned to Hartney area and took up farming and started a family. He loved to watch baseball and would curl in many leagues and bonspiels in the winter. He retired in Hartney. Happy memories are his love of dancing and singing at family gatherings. Many summer vacations were spent swimming at Lake Metigoshe by day and playing cribbage and cards in the evenings. Funeral services were held at the Centennial Centre, Hartney on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Urn bearer was Mitchell Briggs. Private interment was held at Riverside Cemetery, Hartney. In memory of Bud, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
ENGLISH: Etta English (1915-2011). Peacefully, with family at her side, Etta English of Hamiota passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at the Hamiota District Health Centre. She was predeceased by husband Jim, daughter in-law Margaret, sons in-law Tom and Tony. She is lovingly remembered by son Bob (Dona) and family, Leona (Roy) Neubauer and family, Dorothy Kudlovich and family, Marguerite (Gladwyn) Scott and family, Florence (Sam) Phillips and family, and Janice Cox and family. A celebration of her life will be held in the Hamiota United Church, Hamiota, MB on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. At Ettas request, in lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of ones choice.
Messages of condolence can be sent at www.campbellfuneralhome.ca Dancing together, again. Arrangements entrusted to Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota, MB. (866) 620-2744
DITCHFIELD: Violet Blossom Ditchfield (Jones) passed away at Rideau Park Personal Care Home on Monday, February 7, 2011. Violet was born November 22, 1918 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent England. She came to Canada with her family when she was two and was raised in Simcoe, Ontario. Violet was predeceased by her husband Robert Ditchfield (1984) and daughter-in-law Pauline Ditchfield (2011). She will be sadly missed by her children Jim of Cold Lake, AB, Wayne (Michaela) of Brandon, Glenn (Vicki) of Winnipeg, Darlene (Alan) of Brandon; her grandchildren Kevin, Brian, Jeff (Sheila), Jason (Tracy), Jennifer (Colin), Ryan (Lisa) and great-grandchildren Ariel, William, Seth, Cassandra, Abigail, and very special friend Norma Benson. Mum's passion was knitting and sewing. She loved to bowl and watch curling. Most of all she loved watching the extracurricular activities of the grandchildren who lived near her. The family wishes to thank Dr. Egan and the staff of Rideau Park Personal Care Home for the special care that they gave to Violet. The Ceremony to Celebrate Violet's life will be held at Trinity United Church on Saturday, May 14, 2011 (today) at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Wayne Sanderson will officiate. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Arthritis Society, Suite 105-386 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3R6. or Trinity United Church, 1515-6th St. Brandon, MB, R7A 6B3.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com Arrangements are withMemories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
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