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TREMBLAY: Florence Tremblay of Minnedosa, Manitoba entered into rest at the Minnedosa Health Centre on Sept. 11, 2011 at the age of 59 years. Viewing will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Minnedosa Funeral Service Chapel, Minnedosa, Manitoba. Graveside Service will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Lazare Cemetery, St. Lazare, Manitoba. Donations may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association. Minnedosa Funeral Service in care of arrangements. (204) 867-3868.
MORRICE: Margaret Jean Morrice, 'Jean' to all who knew her, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2011. Born in Hamiota, Manitoba in 1922 she was predeceased by her parents John and Mary Morrice, her siblings Sandy Morrice and Molly Black, her niece Jean Morrice and her nephew Chuck Morrice. Jean was a very social person who will be greatly missed by her wide circle of friends, her neighbours, and her surviving family: sister-in-law Terry Morrice, niece Katherine, nephews Ed (Grace) and Ian (Cynthia), niece-in-law Lynne Marie, great-niece Juli (Michael), great-nephew Matthew (Tiffany), and great-great nieces and nephew Emma, Cameron and Claire. A celebration of Jean's life was held on February 10th at St. George's United Church, Courtney, B.C. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date at the Hamiota Cemetery. Donations in memory of Jean may be made to the Red Cross, British Columbia Association for Community Living or a charity of choice.
MANULAK: Mike Manulak of Strathclair passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at the Shoal Lake Strathclair Health centre at the age of 92 years. Mike is survived by his wife Betty Manulak; sons: Brian (Linda) Manulak of Shoal Lake, Sam Christie of Oakburn and Rodney (Pat) Manulak of Elphinstone; 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren and sister Marion brown of Winnipeg. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Dolyny with interment following in the parish cemetery. Prayers will be held at the church Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Father Mykhaylo Khomitskyy will officiate. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Dolyny Cemetery Fund or to a charity of their choice. Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of the arrangements. 759-2160.
GREGG: Daisy Jacqueline Gregg of Brandon, Manitoba born November 14, 1929 in Cookstown, Ontario. Our loving mother and grandmother passed away Friday, September 9, 2011. Daisy was the youngest of four children, and grew up in a small town. At the age of 18 she married Donald Gregg. She worked various jobs here and there, but her devotion to family came first. Being a wife and mother filled Daisy’s days. She was a member at Donnelly United church and the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Fort Garry. She had a great love of birds and flowers and enjoyed sitting outside watching the birds. Her favorite vacation place was Freeport, Bahamas, where she went every year in February. She is survived by daughters, Julie Gregg of Calgary and Lorie (David) Beaney of Brandon. Grandchildren, Donald Beaney and Lisa (Cory) Andrew of Brandon. Daisy will be missed by two sisters-in-law, Audrey and Betty, several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and many dear friends. She was predeceased by husband Donald Gregg, her parents Gladys and Charles Copeland, sisters Olive and Muriel and brother Thomas Alex. A Memorial Services will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332 – 8th St, Brandon on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. There will be a private burial followed by a lunch served at the George Brockie Fellowship Centre. Daisy will be remembered for her kindness, great sense of humor and love of brilliant colors. Bright colors at her celebration of life are encouraged. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate any donation in memory of Daisy to be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
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GOODEN: George Kent Gooden, B.A., L.L.D. February 11, 1921 – September 8, 2011. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of George Kent Gooden on September 8, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. George was predeceased by his father William Ebenezer Gooden, his mother Inez Louise Gooden (Kent), and his sister Peggy (Brown). Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 66 years Evelyn Mary (nee Watson), his sister Beth Blore (George), his three children Richard Kent (Karen), Jill Vogan (Eric), William Jay, and his six grandchildren Kim Halhead (Brad) and Kurt Gooden, Jane and John Vogan, and Eric (Fernando Vargas) and Geoffrey Gooden. George was born and raised in Brandon, attending Central School, Brandon Collegiate, and Brandon University. After an early start in the family men’s wear and tailoring business, George married his high school sweetheart Mary in1945. Married life led to family life with the birth of Kent, Jill, and Bill between 1948 and 1953. Having established his business life and family, George then took the unusual step at that time and returned to university. He graduated in 1964 with a B.A., double major Economics and Psychology. George was a strong believer in the value of education – a value he passed onto his children. George’s interests spread well beyond business and family. He played a leadership role in many community organizations including the Brandon University Foundation, BU Board of Governors and Alumni Association, the Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre, Many Voices Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Museum, Downtown Brandon Business Improvement Area, 1978/79 Canada Winter Games, lobby effort to secure jet service to Brandon, Brandon General Hospital, YMCA, Kinsmen and K40 Clubs, Brandon Flying Club, St. Paul’s Church, Brandon Trap Shooting Club, Chamber of Commerce, Toastmasters, and various national retail organizations – to name a few. In his early years his spare time was filled with raising homing pigeons (yes, homing pigeons). Family life revolved around boating and the cottage at Clear Lake, hunting, golfing, alpine and cross country skiing, tennis, gardening, traveling, and picnics with his wife Mary. George proved to be an astute business man. Inspired by his children’s love of skiing, he moved beyond men’s wear to establish Gooden’s Ski Shop in 1967. Ski enthusiasts in western Manitoba no longer had to travel to Winnipeg for top of the line ski gear. And again in 1975, spurred on by his wife Mary’s love of art, he supported her in the founding of the Staircase Canadiana Art Gallery. Gooden’s was a permanent fixture on Brandon’s main street Rosser Ave. for 97 years – from 1892 when the business was founded by George’s grandfather (William Samuel Gooden) to 1989 when George retired. Even while retired, George traveled to western Manitoba communities assisting small businesses for the Federal Business Development Bank. In 1993, Brandon University recognized George’s contributions to the community and bestowed upon him an honorary Doctor of Laws. He and his wife were again recognized by BU in 2004, with the naming of the George and Mary Gooden Gallery of Art in the Health Studies complex at BU. Living to over 90, George was sharp and a great story teller to the end. Always a gentleman, generous and giving, he lived a full and content life. He was particularly proud of his six grandchildren, who gave him special pleasure. His family loves him and will cherish his memory always. Special thanks to George’s doctors and the kind staff at Brandon Regional Health Centre. A Funeral Service will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy officiating. Interment will follow at Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Brandon University Foundation, 270-18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 6A9 or to the Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre, c/o Child and Family Services of Western Manitoba Foundation Inc., 255-9th Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 6X1.
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FORDYCE: Evelyn M. Fordyce, beloved wife of Cam and loving mother of Connie Brown, Debbie LeBlanc, Bob and Darryl passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, September 11, 2011. Funeral Ceremony will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Paul Sakasov of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church will officiate. A private interment will take place at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Evelyn may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2B7. Complete obituary information will follow.
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GILL: William Kenneth Gill of Brandon, beloved husband of Fern and dear father of Tanis Stapleton and Greg (Carolyn), passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at the age of 87 years. A Graveside Service will be held at Brandon Cemetery on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. David Cathcart of Knox United Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ken may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation “Palliative Care”, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information to follow.
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CHALANCHUK: Ronald Brian Chalanchuk of Brandon, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at the age of 50 years. Cremation has taken place and a private family memorial service was held.
WARK: Angelique Beatrice Wark age 92 years of Val Marie, Saskatchewan and formerly of Minto, Manitoba died on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at the Shaunavon Hospital and Care Centre at Shaunavon, Saskatchewan. Beatrice was born at Neelin, Manitoba on September 24, 1918. Funeral Services will be held from St. Felix de Valois Church in Dunrea, Manitoba on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Father Mike Nwosu officiating. Interment will take place at Minto Cemetery, Minto, Manitoba. Prayer services were held from the Church of the Nativity at Val Marie, Saskatchewan on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. Binkley's Funeral Service of Shaunavon ( is in charge of the arrangements. For those wishing, memorial donations may be made to the Terry Fox Foundation for Cancer Research in care of Binkley's Funeral Service (306) 297-2412.
VAN DEVEIRE: Peter Van Deveire was born in Deloraine, Manitoba on May 7, 1956 to Joseph and Marie-Louise Van Deveire. Following a courageous battle with cancer, Peter passed away peacefully at home with his wife and children by his side. Peter grew up on a farm 6 miles east of Deloraine where he lived until he graduated from the Deloraine Collegiate Institute in 1974. After graduation, Peter worked for three years as an orderly at the Miscericordia Hospital in Winnipeg. He then enrolled at the University of Manitoba where he obtained his Bachelor’s in Animal Science and Master’s in Entomology. While involved in his studies, Peter met his future wife Betty Lam. In 1980, Peter was accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1981, after living apart for one year, Peter and Betty married in Winnipeg. Peter graduated in 1984 with his DVM and secured employment in Langenburg, SK. That same year, Peter became the proud father of his first child, Marcus. Although Peter enjoyed his work as a large animal practitioner in Langenburg, his devotion to his family brought him back to Manitoba. In 1985, Peter accepted a position with the Brandon Hills Veterinary Clinic and moved to Brandon with his family. Before the year’s end, their second child Katherine had arrived. Peter thoroughly enjoyed his profession as a veterinarian working first as a mixed animal vet, later as a small animal vet, and finally, in 2007, as an inspector for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Peter was his children’s greatest fan. When he wasn’t coaching or umpiring, Peter was always found cheering for his children in the stands as he never missed an opportunity to watch them skate the length of the ice or run the bases. Even while battling cancer, Peter found the strength to bring himself to the diamond and watch Katy play slow pitch. With Betty’s help, Peter re-established, coordinated, and instructed the Brandon Wildlife Junior Rifle Club from 2008 to 2010. Reading, hiking, woodworking, bird watching, and wine making were some of Peter’s other hobbies. Peter is survived by his wife, Betty, children Marcus and Katy (Michael Panciera), sister Marieanne Peterson, mother-in-law Pui Yuk Lam, sisters-in-law Angie Lam and Sanny Lam (Paulo), brother-in-law Roy Lam (Anita), and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of Peter’s life was held at Brockie Donovan Chapel on September 8th, 2011. In passing, Peter wishes to thank all those who touched his life in a positive manner. Thanks to Dr. DuPloy and the nurses of the BRHA Cancer Program for their compassionate care. Special thanks to all those who supported Peter and enabled him to remain comfortably at home until his passing, including Dr. Groves, Melissa Dunbley (BRHA Palliative Care program coordinator), and the nurses of both the STEP and Home Care Program. Memorial gifts in Peter’s memory can be made to CancerCare Manitoba to further research the diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancers, or to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation “Palliative Care”.
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SUTHERLAND: Janet Diane Sutherland passed away Friday, September 2, 2011. Janet was born in Souris, Manitoba on September 12, 1966. Janet lived on the family farm in the RM of Whitehead, Manitoba and attended school in Brandon. Janet worked at the Brandon A & W drive-in until her marriage to John Adolph. They had three children, James, Tasha and Ashley. When the children were of school age she graduated with a Diploma in Office Administration from ACC then working at the Maple Leaf plant in Brandon until 2007. Following her time there, Janet received her Dietary Aide Certificate and was employed at Victoria Landing before working for the BRHC at the GeneralCentre. She loved horses and horseback riding. Janet is survived by her children James, Tasha and Ashley Adolph whom she adored and their father John; brothers Murray, George, Allan and John Sutherland and their families and her friend Doug Chunick. Janet was predeceased by her parents Evelyn and Francis Sutherland. The Funeral Service will take place at Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, on Monday, September 12, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Roy Jamieson and Pastor Tony Budzik will officiate. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Janet may be made to S.P.E.A.K., 100 - 4 Fort Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 1C4.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
SPIESS: Theodore (Ted) Herman Spiess passed away at Fairview Home on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at the age of 97. He will be missed by his brother Ernie and wife Helen, sister Alannah, as well as nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held at the Brandon Veterans' Cemetery. Padre Chris Arthur will officiate. Donations in memory of Ted may be made to a charity of choice.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
SHEPHERD: Venie Melville (Mel) Shepherd passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side at Fairview Home on September 7, 2011. Mel was born August 17, 1918 to William and Sarah Boyd in Brandon. She married Robert Douglas Shepherd on April 14, 1939 on her parent’s farm south of Brandon. They had five children, Robert, Barbara, Beverley, Dianna and James. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Stewart Boyd, her husband, Douglas and infant daughter, Barbara. She leaves to mourn her passing, her children, Robert (Ethel) Shepherd, Beverley (Bruce) Preston, Dianna (Albert) Krahn and James Shepherd; her grandchildren, Sharon (Dan) Shepherd-Dechka, Ken (Laurie) Shepherd, Kerrie (Al) Gibbs, Stacey (Chuck) Hutton, Becky (Rob) Switzer-Ricard and Jeff (Kate) Switzer and all of her great-grandchildren, Blake, Kirk, Brandon, Ella, Emmalee, Lyndsi, Abi, Cody, A.J., Riley, Rayna, Mackenzie, Avery, Bradley and Charleigh. Also surviving are her sisters, Flo Johnston of Brandon and Aileen Hassan of Winnipeg, brother-in-law Angus Shepherd of Moosomin, SK and sister-in-law Rosella Shepherd of Virden, MB, along with numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, September 12, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Phil Price officiating. Interment will follow at Rosewood memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Ken Shepherd, Jeff Switzer, Dan Dechka, Blake Dechka, Kirk Dechka and Brandon Switzer. In lieu of flowers, donations may made to a charity of your choice.
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RAMSAY: John David Ramsay passed away in the City of Brandon on Thursday, September 1st, 2011 at the age of 94 years. John was born on a hot summer day, July 21st, 1917, on his paternal grandparents homestead near Bradwardine, Manitoba. He was the oldest child of Vinna and Willie Ramsay. When John was about 8 months old the family left Bradwardine and went to live at the Freeland farm in the Brookdale area near his maternal grandparents. John would live at Freeland until he was 19 years old. John's brother Robb was born in 1919 giving him someone to play and tussle with. Like all little boys John wasn't beyond getting into his fair share of trouble. In 1929, John's parents brought home a baby sister 'Betty' from the hospital. This was pretty special for an 11 year old boy. School learning was not hard for John but he found it somewhat a bit tedious. By the time he was 15 he had completed Grade 11 in Brookdale. During 1933-35, John spent two school terms at Canadian Junior College (CJC) near Lacombe, Alberta. Here he was baptized into the Seventh- day Adventist church. In John's last year at CJC there was a young lady that took his fancy. Little did he know that he would discover Esther some 15 years later and she would become wife and mother to his five children. In 1935, John graduated from the pre-medical course with the idea of attending the College of Medical Evangelists at Loma Linda, California. At that time he was only 17 years old and the college would not accept him until he was 19 years old. John returned to Brookdale to help his father farm on the homestead property. In 1937, John and his friend Bill McDonald were awarded a trip to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto because of their work with the boys and girls calf club. John never intended to be a farmer and never forgot his ambitions of becoming a doctor. During the winter of 1939-40 and the following summer, John went to the University of Manitoba to upgrade his education. Disappointingly he did not do well and this ended his formal education. In 1940 the Battle of Britain was on and John applied for status as a Conscientious Objector. This was granted by Judge Adamson in the Brandon Court House. On December 7, 1941, John was called to do Alternative Service at Riding Mountain National Park for four months. John's job in camp was grubbing out trees on the right of way on the road to Whirlpool Lake. The park was building a campsite there for sport fishermen. John returned from Alternative Service Camp in the Spring of 1942 on humanitarian grounds. In 1947, John's father Willie retired and John took over the homestead at Brookdale. Around this time John was elected to the Brookdale Board of Directors of the Manitoba Pool Elevators. He also served as Secretary to the Board for 21 years. He enjoyed his work with that organization very much and deeply appreciated the fine qualities of the men who served with him. On March 16, 1949, John married Esther Neufeld from Hague, Saskatchewan. It did not take long for the babies to come: Phyllis (1950), Patricia (1951), Roberts (1952), Bruce (1954), and Judy (1956). In 1959, John was one of the pioneer members who was instrumental in the founding of the local Seventh-day Adventist church in Brandon. He was one of the last surviving members of this group. John faithfully enjoyed serving the local church as an ordained elder, Bible teacher, and Board member. John was a firm believer in Christian education and all his children completed college or university at a tremendous financial sacrifice. John and Esther's children presented them with six grandchildren (including triplets). They were saddened that their grandchildren did not live closer, but they had lots of reasons now to make trips to Edmonton and see them at least once or twice a year. In 1981, Esther and John retired to Brandon after 32 happy years on the farm at Brookdale. John was 62 years old. John and Esther were very active in their retirement. John built grandfather clocks for each of his children. They loved to go to church camp meetings and travel. John joined the Seniors for Seniors Co-op, an organization to help seniors stay in their houses longer. John enjoyed the work and met a lot of very nice people. Often you would see John driving his 1953 International pickup truck down the streets of Brandon with a lawnmower in the back. There were many family gatherings. A camping trip to Kananaskis in 1996 was a big highlight as well as their 50th anniversary celebration in 1999 in Edmonton. In 2006, Esther was diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed away that year. She was able to see a picture of her first great-grandchild before she died. Now John is the proud great-grandfather of 12 children, the last born one week before his death. John's oldest daughter, Phyllis passed away after a short illness in 2009. After her death, John's home began to lose its appeal, and John began to weaken. He was very lonely and needed more care. On January 13th, 2010, John entered the next stage of his life at Hillcrest Place and lived there until his death. John was predeceased by his wife Esther, and his daughter Phyllis Willauer. He is survived by his brother Robb Ramsay of Brandon; sister Betty Aab of California; four children; Patricia Selman (Jim) of Tsawwassen, B.C., Robert 'Bob' Ramsay (Marty) of Edmonton, Bruce Ramsay (Estelle) of Sherwood Park, Judy Ramsay (Charlie) of Brandon. There are six grandchildren; Carlene Ramsay, Shaun (Jessica) Ramsay, Michelle (Ryan) Jutras, Scott (Rose) Ramsay, Matthew (Noelle) Ramsay, Greg (Alex) Ramsay, all of Edmonton; twelve great-grandchildren: Gavin, Liam, Lauren, Darren, Alaina, Matthew, Kurt,Chloe, Mirielle, Nicole, Amelia, and Jonas. A Graveside Ceremony was held at the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm. Pastor Roy Jamieson officiated Pallbearers were: Pat Selman, Jim Selman, Judy Ramsay, Charlie Partridge, Bob Ramsay and Bruce Ramsay. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of John to Camp Whitesands, c/o Man.-Sask. Conference, 1004 Victoria Avenue, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N 0Z8.
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Arrangementswere with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
PLASESKI: The death of Minnie Plaseski, widow of Joseph and formerly of Rivers, occurred at her residence, Hillcrest Place, Brandon on Thursday, September 8, 2011. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Rivers on Tuesday, September 13, 2-011 at 11:00 am. Rev. Dominic Yuen will officiate. Interment will follow in the Rivers cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Minnie to either the Riverdale Health Services Foundation, Box 222, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0 or the Prairie Crocus Regional Library, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0 or the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
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