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WILSON: Elsie Wilson of Strathclair passed away on Sunday, December 19, 2010 at the Morley House Personal Care Home, Shoal Lake at the age of 94 years. Elsie is survived by 3 sons: Jim (Verna) Wilson of Strathclair, Allister Wilson of Sherwood Park, Alberta and Raymond Wilson of Calgary, Alberta; 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Also surviving are 4 sisters: Margaret Templeton, Gertie Templeton, Olive Templeton and Florence (Allan) Brown all of Brandon. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Strathclair United Church with Rev. Tim Crouch officiating. Interment will take place in the Marney Cemetery. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Strathclair United Church Memorial Fund, Strathclair Community Centre or the Shoal Lake-Strathclair Health Centre Foundation. Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of the arrangements. (204)759-2160.
PHELPS: Dorothy Jean, age 79 years, beloved wife of the late Joseph Phelps, died in the Hartney Community Health Centre, on Sunday, December 19, 2010. A graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery Hartney, Manitoba in the spring of 2011. In memory of Jean, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
SMITH: Martha Buchanan. January 5, 1917 – December 19, 2010. Martha Smith of Calgary, AB passed away peacefully of natural causes on Sunday, December 19, 2010 at the age of 93 years. Martha was born in Winnipeg and raised in Transcona. She attended Success Business College, excelling as a stenographer to the degree that she was selected from the Canadian Army to engage in highly classified work with British Security Coordination at The Pentagon in Washington, DC during WW2. Following the war, Martha worked with James Croft Music and CN in Winnipeg and briefly lived in Vancouver. She met Robert Smith while they were both Scout leaders and actively involved with Chalmers United Church in Winnipeg and they were married in 1955. Retiring and moving to Douglas, MB in 1971, Martha again became involved in church and community activities, appreciating the close knit community and rural life. After Robert's death in 1982, she briefly returned to Winnipeg before moving to Edmonton, AB to be closer to Alex and family, and finally moving to Calgary in 2005. Martha is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Alex and Karen; granddaughters, Laurie with great-granddaughters Ella and Ava, and Alexandra (Ally) with fiancé Adrian and great-grandson Kaden. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Smith. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway’s Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Burial will take place in the New Year in Carberry, Manitoba, where Martha will join Robert for eternity. Forward condolences through In living memory of Martha Smith, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 Bannister Road S.E. Calgary, AB T2X 3J3 Telephone: 1 800 661 1599.You may wish to email your family and friends to let them know that the above obituary may be viewed online
FORREST: The death of Jane Forrest, wife of Bruce, of Brandon, occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, December 17, 2010. Announcement of memorial service details will follow at a later date. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Jane to the Western Manitoba Regional Library, #1, 710 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0K9 or to a charity of choice.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
DEKONING:Peter, age 46 years, beloved husband of Kim DeKoning, father of Jacy, Jill and Justin, died in the Brandon Regional Health Centre, on Sunday, December 19, 2010. A celebration of Peter’s life will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment at a later date. In lieu of Flowers, in memory of Peter, donations may be made to the Parkinson Society Manitoba Unit 7- 414 Westmount Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2J 1P2. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.Expression of sympathy may be made at
CROWE: Vi Crowe, in her 100th year, beloved wife of the late Jack Crowe, died on December 17, 2010 at the Deloraine Health Centre, Deloraine, Manitoba. In accordance with Vi's wishes, a private service will be held on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 followed by interment at Delwin Cemetery, Deloraine. Donations in memory of Vi may be made to the Cancer Society or the M.S. Society.
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Smith Funeral Home, Deloraine Manitoba, (204) 747-2088.
BIEBER: Florence Jean Regina Bieber (née Lang), July 5, 1933 - December 18, 2010. It is with profound sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our Mother and Grandmother, Florence Bieber, with her entire family by her side at the St. Boniface Hospital. Mom leaves behind her four children Jeff (Nancy), Guy (Jody), Cindy and Greg (Gail) and her eight grandchildren Reghan, Stacey, Brock, Serena, Justine, Sofia, Rebecca and Natasha. She is also survived by her sister June and Lucille (Ed), sister-in-law Jane, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, Irma (1970), husband, Herb (1973), father, Joe Lang (1986), brother, Norm Lang (1988) and her brother-in-law Ken Olenick (2007). Florence was born in Winnipeg to Joe and Irma Lang and was one of four children. She grew up on St. John’s Avenue where she attended St. Joseph’s Catholic school. Mom was a model student, who developed the most beautiful handwriting. At sixteen she met dad at a playground. A few years later they married, in 1952. Shortly after, they moved to Brandon. Where her and dad started their new life and created a new business, Inland Radiator, which is still in operation today. They moved into their first house on Fourth Street, where she had three children before moving to a newly built home on 94 Ashgrove in 1963. Here she had her fourth child. She lived there for 42 years before moving into a condo for the remaining years of her life. Florence worked for the Brandon Sun for a brief time in the Classified Ad department. Once she started raising her family she devoted any work time she had towards the family business.Mom was a social butterfly and made friends easily. In her early years she met many of her friends through her affiliation with Association of Community Travellers (ACT), Ladies bowling league, and her neighbourhood on Ashgrove. While maintaining many of those lifelong friendships she added many more to her circle of friends through her twenty seven years of annual snowbird trips to Florida and of course her Bingo. Mom’s many joys included cooking and baking in which she was very accomplished and her results thoroughly enjoyed. Her talent for sewing was the envy of many and there are many family and friends over the years that looked outstanding in the outfits she made for them. In her early years she was a gifted accordion teacher and player. Above all, mom loved to laugh. Simply put, people just loved being around her. She was very proud of her children and adored her grandchildren. Her sudden leaving caught us off guard. We are left with much of her legacy in various manners in the way we live our lives. She will be greatly missed. The family wishes to thank all the doctors, nurses and entire medical staff at St. Boniface Hospital for the outstanding care and professionalism they provided for our mother from the moment she entered the hospital, in particular the staff on E6. A Celebration of Mom’s life will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to a cancer charity of your choice.
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ARMSTRONG: Mr. David P. Armstrong of Sinclair, MB., passed away at the Melita Health Centre on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at the age of 90 years. He was predeceased by his parents John & Janet (Pitt) Armstrong; brothers John and Norman; sister Grace Moore; brother-in-law Dick Moore. Dave is survived by his sister Jean of Winnipeg; 3 nephews: Neil Moore, Hugh Armstrong and children Chloe, Tessa, Simon and Olive, David (Linda) Armstrong and children Grace and Mia; 2 nieces: Lois (Brian) Klaponski and son Adam, Elaine and children Matthew and Zane McGrath. Special friends Betty & Ron Thompson, David Halls, Brian (Bonnie) & Wyatt Ramsey. A service to celebrate David's life will be held at the Reston United Church, Reston, MB., on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Reverend Dwight Rutherford will officiate. Interment will take place at the Sinclair Cemetery, Sinclair, MB. at a later date. Donations may be given to the Sinclair Hall Project, G/D Sinclair, MB. R0M 2A0. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361. Kurt Ardron Funeral Director.
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WRIGHT: Frances Diane Wright (Goodhew), 1946-2010.After a brief illness, Diane Wright passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at Minnedosa Hospital at the age of 64 years. Diane committed many years of her life to helping those around her. In her early years she worked as a telephone operator. Years later when Diane moved to Minnedosa she worked for Homecare. She also developed and coordinated the Minnedosa & District Services to Seniors program. After several years in Minnedosa Diane was ready for a new adventure and moved to Whitehorse, YT. There she worked in group homes for troubled youth and was also a foster parent. She lived in the Yukon for 8 years before returning to Minnedosa to be closer to her family. Diane is survived by three children, Betty-Ann (Kurtis) Jacques of Kelowna, BC and their sons, Ben and Carson, Ken (Kathy) Wright of Minnedosa, MB and their daughters, Stephanie and Candice, Cori (Mike) Stremick of Calgary, AB. Diane is also survived by her sister Deri (Larry) Hnatiw of Calgary, AB and her sister-in-law Lois Goodhew of Richmond, BC, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Diane was predeceased by a baby boy, Kenneth D. Goodhew, her parents Ken and Iris Goodhew, two aunts, Dorothy Patchett and Doris Keys, two uncles, Keith and Dennis Croom. She will be dearly missed by her family, many friends and her foster children that she held close to her heart. As per Diane’s wishes, funeral/memorial services will not be held. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 200-310 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 0S6 or the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba, Unit 10-120 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4G2.
SWAN: Elwin Watson passed away suddenly at home in Souris on November 26, 2010 at the age of 63. Elwin was born and raised in Souris. At the time of his passing he was manager of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #60 where he had been a member for more than forty years and a past president. Elwin served, first as assistant secretary treasurer then chief administrative officer for the Town of Souris between 1972 and 2003. Elwin will be remembered as a thoughtful, generous and kind man who always had a smile and who loved to laugh. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, her three sons, Scott, Chad and Tyler. He will be forever missed by his sister, Marlene "Sis," her partner, Ken, her son, Warren and family, her daughter Shauna and family, the children he raised with love, Karen, Lisa and Doug, nine grandchildren, one great granddaughter, cousins, other extended family and many friends. Many happy memories will be shared for years to come. Funeral service was held at St. Paul's United Church on December 1, 2010. Donations in memory of Elwin may be made to a charity of your choice.
STITT: Evan Nelson Stitt, 1926-2010. Sadly but peacefully, Evan Nelson Stitt, dearly beloved husband of Alice passed away December 8, 2010. Evan was born August 2, 1926 in Rossburn, Manitoba, the seventh child and fourth son of James Wilson Stitt and Annie Eileen (Cope). Siblings Florence, Dorothy, Lois, James, Clifford and Shirley predeceased him, brother Gerald of Penticton survives. Evan received his early schooling in Rossburn. After Grade 12 he entered the Army serving from August 1944 to June 1945. From an early age, his desire was to become a pharmacist and when he received his admission to the Faculty of Pharmacy he abandoned his B.Sc. studies in third year. Throughout his Pharmacy years, he had a variety of jobs in order to support himself and achieve his dream. He graduated from Pharmacy in 1953. His first position was at Goodhand’s Drug Store in Dauphin, Manitoba. In Dauphin, he met his future wife Alice Balchen. They married February 19, 1956 and enjoyed almost 56 years of happiness. Although he was happy as an employee, his dream to be independent was paramount and when the opportunity arose he bought his own store. Evan was a popular, successful businessman and his never failing good humour and kindness drew people to him. He was generous to all and had time for a quick chat with everyone. He was a member of the Lion’s Club, the Dauphin Golf and Country Club and Curling Association for many years and after purchasing the cottage at Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park he was a member of the Clear Lake Golf Club too. He was a very active member of the community and devoted many hours to various projects. He was always a willing volunteer. He was an avid sportsman planning hunting and fishing expeditions to northern Manitoba. He loved the outdoors and instilled a love of nature via cross-country skiing, ice skating, hiking, biking in his much loved children. He was an inspiration and mentor to his family, someone, who, from humble beginnings achieved and lived a dream. In 1985 Evan retired, sold his business and travelled throughout Manitoba as a relief druggist giving fellow pharmacists much needed holidays. In 1990 Alice and Evan decided to broaden their horizons and looked west to Victoria as an ideal location. They quickly settled into Victoria, both joining Newcomers and through the Club he participated in golf, bridge and pub lunches. He was an active member of the Victoria Curling Club and greatly enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow curlers. He played his last game on October 15, 2010. Alice and Evan travelled widely during their years together but no trips were more anticipated than the family trips to Banff, Jasper, Whistler and Big Sky, Montana. For countless years August second was reserved for celebrating Evan’s birthday, an occasion no one wanted to miss. He was the life of the party and nicknamed “effervescent Ev” because of his great zest for life. He will be sorely missed. He is survived by his loving wife Alice, their children Ingrid, Robert (Suzanne), Gerald (Maureen), Kathryn (Michael) and Alan (Shannon), their grandchildren Gregory, Wayne, Jason, David, Laurel, Evan, Erin, Kiersten Caroline, Fiona, Claira and Brooklyn and their great grandson Dominic. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. December 28, 2010 at First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Drive, Saanich, B.C. Flowers gratefully declined, donations to the Victoria Symphony or charity of your choice. Please visit the Notice for Evan Nelson Stitt.
“Sic transit gloria mundi.”“Thus passes away the glory of the world.”
SOWIAK: Rudolph “Rudy” Sowiak of Nesbitt, beloved husband of Ruth and dear father of Todd (Michelle) Sowiak and Caroline (Tom) Roy, passed away peacefully at the Souris Health Centre on Wednesday, December 15, 2010. A private family service will be held with interment to follow at the Minnewawa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Rudy may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7. Complete obituary information to follow.
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SMITH: David Lawrence Patrick Smith, beloved husband of Mary, passed away at his home in the R.M. of Winchester on December 16, 2010. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday December 21st, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Deloraine, Manitoba. Interment to follow at Elgin Cemetery. If friends so desire donations may be made to St. Andrew's Anglican Church.
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Smith Funeral Home, Deloraine Manitoba entrusted with arrangements.
SINGLE: The death of Alvin Reinhold Single, beloved husband of Pat, dear father and grandfather occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, on Thursday, December 16, 2010. Al was the proprietor of Al's Delivery of Brandon. The Funeral Ceremony will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 - 18th Street North on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Pastor Jason Zinko of Redeemer Lutheran Church will officiate. Complete obituary information will follow. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Al to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Manitoba Branch, 42 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B2, or the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2B7, or Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for CancerCare, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
RICHMOND: Annie Margaret Elinor Richmond (Nee Lloyd). It is with sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of Elinor Richmond at the Treherne hospital on Tuesday December 14th, 2010 at the age of 88 years. Elinor is survived by her son Darwin (Diana) granddaughter Krista Bouchard (Darin) grandson Regan (Alicia Vertz) and great grandchildren Brady and Tara Lee Bouchard. She is also survived by nieces and nephews, many of whom spent summer holidays at the Richmond home. Elinor was the last surviving aunt from her generation. Elinor was predeceased by her husband Gordon her three brothers Dick (Mary) Chris (Emily) Charley (Betty) and Gordon’s sister Winnie Jonasson (Hjortur) and brothers Arnold (Eileen) and Henry (Eleanor). Elinor was born January 25 1922 at Grahamdale, Manitoba. Her father died when she was three so she and her mother and brothers lived in several locations including the Lockport area and Mafeking. She left home as a young teen and began working at Winnipeg Beach in the late thirties. In 1942 she came to Cypress River to visit her brother Chris who was working for the Aubry family. She became acquainted with the Burgess family who ran the grocery store and began working for them. She met Gordon at a dance and they were married in the fall of 1944.They farmed north of town until 1972 at which time they moved to town. After Gordon’s passing in 1996 Elinor lived on her own until 2003 when she moved into the Cypress River Lodge. A private family burial will be held at the Glencoe Cemetery on Monday, December 20, 2010. The family invites everyone to join them on Monday, December 20th at 2:00 p.m. at the Cypress River Community Hall for a Celebration of Elinor’s life, followed by lunch and reminiscing. As expressions of sympathy if friends so wish donations may be made in Elinor’s memory to the Cypress River and Area Foundation, Box 86, Cypress River, Manitoba, R0K 0P0.For online condolences, please visit Jamieson’s Funeral Services of Glenboro in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.
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