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SKELTON: Mrs. Bernice "Neta" Skelton of Melita, beloved wife of the late Mr. John "Bus" Skelton, passed away at the Melita Health Centre on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at the age of 83. The funeral service will be held from the Victoria United Church, Melita on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Allan Gairns officiating. Interment will follow at the Pierson Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Melita Personal Care Home, Activity Fund, Box 459, Melita, MB, R0M 1L0. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home, Melita, MB. (204-522-3361) Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron.
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MALEY: Viola B. Maley, widow of Orville, passed away at her residence, Fairview Home on Sunday, September 2, 2012. Viola is survived by her children: Joyce (Lance) Lidster, Linda Moore, Doug (Donna) Maley and Bill (Pat) Maley, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. The Funeral Service will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm. The Rev. John Dolloff of St. Mary's Anglican Church will officiate. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Viola to the C.N.I.B. 354-10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G1 or to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Westman Region, 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 1K2. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330
GEORGE: It is with great sadness we announce the loss of our best friend and beloved husband, dad and grandpa, William "Bill" Frederick George, which occurred Saturday, September 1st, 2012 at Brandon Regional Health Centre. Bill was born in Deloraine, MB, the only child of Art and Kathleen George. Bill's father was a dairy farmer and his mother a registered nurse. When Bill was five years old he moved with his family Art, Kathleen and grandparents Fred and Sarah, to Oak Lake where they continued to farm. Bill attended Oak Lake schools. Bill's first jobs were with Don Fuller Trucking at Oak Lake and at Bill Baird's Butcher shop in Virden. Later Bill and his Uncle Harold Johnson worked in the oil fields in Estevan. Bill joined the Brandon City Police Department in 1959. Assigned to the "Traffic Division," riding the police motorcycle was part of his job. Later, Bill worked for the Manitoba Government, Motor Vehicle Branch. Bill was always a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He always greeted everyone with a warm friendly smile and during his careers, he treated everyone with respect and in a sincere and genuine manner. Bill will be remembered for being a very social person and for his humor and quick wit. Bill married the love of his life, Norma and recently celebrated their 52nd Wedding Anniversary. Bill and Norma have one son, Perry, who Bill cherished immensely. Many wonderful times were shared at their cottage at Oak Lake Beach. Bill loved to travel and made sure that every year he took his family on a holiday - B.C. being a favorite. They enjoyed RV travelling and later Bill and Norma discovered flying and car rentals worked well. Many different destinations in Canada and the U.S. were explored. Florida was a favorite. The Florida Keys were great even in July. Bill saw life as a wonderful adventure and loved the great outdoors. He loved all sports and pretty much did them all, boating, fishing, snowmobiling, hunting, archery, water skiing with his favorite being motorcycling. Bill and Perry rode many miles together. Bill was a regular participant at local gun and pistol clubs and was a true marksman. He was well read in his hobbies and was well known for his ability to "sight in a gun". The last few years, Bill experienced a number of health issues. Despite all the pain, to Bill everyday was a good day and he lived it with a smile on his face and with a kind and gentle heart. When life's road became more difficult, Bill picked Dinsdale Care Facility to help him along his life's way. Bill appreciated all the love, compassion and wonderful care provided by every staff in every department at Dinsdale, and in turn, all the staff and residents at Dinsdale enjoyed Bill for the person he was. His doctor told him one day that she needed to put him on the payroll because he made everyone's day with his wit, humor and friendliness. He provided wellness and joy to everyone. Predeceased by his parents Art and Kathleen, stepmother Ethel, cousin Jack George and brothers-in-law Olee and Earl Jorgensen. He will be truly missed by his loved ones, wife Norma, son Perry (Judy), granddaughter Kayla, brother-in-law Kris (Gwen) Jorgensen, and sisters-in-law Evelyn Jorgensen and Marie Jorgensen (Elwyn), and his cousins. He is also survived by Norma's nieces and nephews and their families. A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2012 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Brockie Donovan Funeral Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon with Major Sharon McDonough officiating. A private family interment will be held at Oak Lake Cemetery. Donations may be made to charity of one's choice.
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CRANNA: Elva May, January 9, 1914 – September 2, 2012. It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Elva. She was dearly loved by her sister Marjorie Agar, her nephew and niece Ronald and Gwyneth Agar, her great-nephews Chris (Kim), Philip (Sam) and William, one great-great-niece and four great-great-nephews. Elva was predeceased by her parents Fred and Etta and two sisters Mary and Freda. A Celebration of Elva’s Life will be held on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in the Namao United Church, #12 – 24400 Hwy #37, Namao, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 10985 – 124 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5M 0H9 or to a charity of choice, would be appreciated. Connelly-McKinley Funeral Homes in charge of arrangements. Cremation has taken place. Interment in Brandon, Manitoba at a later date.
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Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, St. Albert Funeral Home, 9 Muir Dr., St. Albert, Alberta, 780-458-2222.
BIRCH: The death of Cecil Birch occurred on September 4, 2012 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Ceremony to Celebrate Cecil's life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with a time of fellowship to follow. Interment will be at the Brandon Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined, donations in memory of Cecil may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
SZAKALY: Sandor passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon, MB on August 29, 2012, at the age of 84. He left Hungary in 1956, with a short stay in Germany before immigrating to Canada in 1959, with his young family. He was well known in the construction industry, having been involved with numerous projects in Winnipeg, Brandon and surrounding areas for over fifty years. His life and interests were always centered on his family, in Canada and in Hungary. Sandor, Apu, Nagypapa, Papa will be remembered and missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Ilona, his four children: Ilona (Bob), Sandor (Ildiko), Katalin (Vernon) and Ferenc. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff at Brandon Regional Health Centre and Assiniboine Centre for their exceptional care and support. A funeral service will take place Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 10:30AM at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, Brandon. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery and a reception will take place at the George Brockie Fellowship Centre, 332-8th Street, Brandon.
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HYNDMAN: Grant Hyndman of Hamiota, MB formerly of Crandall, MB; passed away quietly with his family at his side at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 88 years of age. He is survived by his wife Janet; daughter Marilee Minion of Edmonton, AB; son Craig (Vonda) Hyndman of Regina, SK; step-sons Chris (Fiona) Lassota of Vancouver, BC and Robert Lassota of Vancouver, WA; and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents Wallace and Winnifred Hyndman; his first wife Louise and his son-in-law Shayne Minion. He served in the Navy in WW II and then farmed at Crandall. In keeping with Grant’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral service. A private interment will be held at the Crandall Cemetery, Crandall, MB. He will be greatly missed. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Grant’s memory to the Hamiota Palliative Care Program, c/o Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0 or to the Hamiota District Health Centre Foundation, Box 671, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744
SZAKALY: Sandor Szakaly passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at the age of 84 years. The funeral service will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Kevin Smith officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Complete obituary information to follow.
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RONEY: Connie Roney (nee Duczek). With her family by her side, Mom, Grandma, GG, left us to join her loving husband Barry on August 24th, 2012. She leaves to cherish her memory daughter Sandra and husband Shawn (Jason and great-grandchildren Adin, Jaxson, Jennifer and partner Josh), son Alan and wife Cheryl (Madison, Kristin), brother Al (Maureen), brothers-in-law Bill (Ainsley), Morley, and sisters-in-law Marlene Snyder and Arlene Duczek, along with many nieces, nephews and special friends. Connie was predeceased by her husband Barry, parents Edward and Eva, brothers Ray, Tom, Jerry and sister Eileen, father/mother-in-law Richard and Mae, brother-in-law Clayton and sister-in-law Jean. She was born July 23rd, 1941 in Wynyard Saskatchewan. She attended school in the Winnipeg, Selkirk area and moved with her mother to Rounthwaite and then Wawanesa where she met Barry. They were married on October 23, 1959 and resided in Wawanesa. Together, they operated the Imperial Oil bulk agency for 18 years, then moved to Dauphin and then to Thompson where she worked at the YWCA and at the Thompson Crisis Centre. She returned to Wawanesa in 1998 when Barry became ill. Her compassion and desire to help people influenced her decision to return to the Thompson Crisis Centre as a crisis counsellor where she remained until she became ill in the fall of 2011. She took great pride in her role and counselled many women toward a better future. She used her special gift for relating to children and loved that she was known as GG to the many children housed in the Crisis Centre. Connie always loved to be a “giver” rather than a receiver and never wanted or expected recognition. She enjoyed the outdoors, traveling and camping. She and Barry traveled extensively throughout Canada and parts of the U.S. In her quiet time she was a voracious reader and particularly loved Nora Roberts novels, and doing cryptograms and crossword puzzles. She treasured her grandchildren and great grandchildren and had a special relationship with them. She had a way of relating to them and talking with them for hours “even when parents couldn’t”. The family thanks Dr. Ratnayake, Dr. Chaudhry and the nurses and staff at the Thompson hospital, as well as Dr. Schroeder for his compassionate care, the special nurses and staff in RR6 at the Health Sciences Centre and Lisa, and Dr. Wong and the staff from the Palliative care team. A private family service is being held at the Willmor Chapel in Glenboro. Interment will follow at the Wawanesa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Thompson Crisis Centre Inc. PO Box 1226, Thompson, MB, R8N 1P1.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Services of Glenboro-Holland in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.
NIZNOWSKI: Frank Niznowski passed away early Sunday morning, August 12, 2012, after a lengthy stay of almost five months in the Assiniboine Hospital. Frank was born at Oakburn, Manitoba on May 28, 1934 to parents Mike and Cora Niznowski. At the young age of 2 1/2 years, his father lost his life in a drowning. Frank and his mother Cora moved to the Zaparoza District when he was nine years old. They lived on a farm where he attended Zaparoza School. Even at a young age, Frank was the one who went early to school to light the wood stove before the other children arrived. Frank liked to go to church, so he and his sister Jean would walk many miles from home to Olha to attend church. At an early age Frank went out cutting wood for people, helping farmers at haying time and harvest time. Later on he left for Ontario and worked in a bush camp. Upon returning home, he ventured out and worked in Shilo on construction. From Shilo he then came to Brandon where he also worked at construction. At one time Frank worked for his uncle Steve and even Lesia’s dad. It was at that time Lesia came into the picture. In 1961, he married Lesia Dnistranski – making their home in Brandon. Frank always had a love for farming – so having the farm at Olha was a joy for the family – being able to spend weekends and time there also. He truly enjoyed hunting and fishing and carpentry, working and remodeling the buildings there. He loved music, especially country and Ukrainian music. Whenever his young grandson was here from the coast, he enjoyed taking him around by the lake and barbecuing with him. He leaves to mourn his wife Lesia, three children Barry, Wayne and Brenda (Andy), and grandson Bryden Niznowski. Also surviving are: one sister Tina in Winnipeg, step brother Walter Madaniuk (Sonya), step sister Stella Sitko (Frank), numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Frank was predeceased by his parents Mike and Cora, sisters Jean, Ann and brother Peter. Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Friday, August 17, 2012 at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church. Celebrant was Rev. Fr. Michael Tkachuk. Cantor was Stella Fedeniuk. Pallbearers were: Larry Grudinski, John Grudinski, Daryl Drozda, Tony Yuriy, Bill Tomiski and Pete Kaskiw. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Frank may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, Acute Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB,  R7A 2B3.
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Arrangements werewith Memories Chapel& Pre-PlanningCentre,204-727-0330.
NAY: Robert Byrne. Peacefully, on August 20, 2012, Robert (age 90) passed away at Rideau Park Personal Care Home. Bob was born in Brandon on May 10, 1922. At 18, Bob joined the RCAF and served in York, England as an airframe mechanic, attaining the rank of corporal. Upon his discharge in 1945, he attended Brandon University in Business Administration. He commenced employment with the Manitoba Highways Department and retired in 1987 as Chief Administrative Officer for the Brandon District, a career that spanned 36 years. In 1950, he married Ferne (nee Maloney). They had two sons, Dallas (deceased 1998) and Darrell. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Ferne (Mississauga), daughter-in-law Lynda Nay Kamann (Brandon), granddaughters Ashley and Kelsey, son Darrell (Cori) (Mississauga), and grandsons Curtis, Kevin and Cameron. Sister Marie Chantler (Brandon) and niece Carole. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting. Bob was a member of Brandon Legion Branch No. 3 and A.N.A.F. Bob loved his family and took great pride in their accomplishments. The Memorial Service was held at St. Matthew’s Cathedral on August 31, 2012. Friends who wish may make a donation to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1-800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 6N5 or to a charity of choice.
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MOFFAT: Michael C. passed away at the Irene Thomas Hospice located in Ladner, BC in the early morning of August 7, 2012 from cancer. Michael was born in Denver, Colorado and grew up in Elgin, Manitoba attended the University of Brandon, and then the University of BC. The bulk of Michael’s career with Bell Canada allowed him to live in Montreal, Quebec and then a few years in Ottawa, Ontario before retiring to Tsawwassen, BC in 2001. There will be a graveside service held for Michael on September 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. for friends and family at the Elgin Cemetery. In lieu of sympathy cards or flowers, please make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, your local Cancer Care agency, local hospice or palliative care facility.
MacKENZIE: Jason MacKenzie of Pipestone, MB, passed away in Edmonton, AB, on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at the age of 35. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Alex and Gert MacKenzie. Jason is survived by his darling daughter Sarah; parents Graham and Kimberly; two brothers, Derek (Eva) (their son Cole), Gavin (Cheryl) (their children Rylee and Luke); maternal grandparents, Claire and Betty Hicks; five aunts, Donna (Shel) Cook, (Donna’s son, Troy (Nicole) Davies and their daughter Mckenzie), Jacqi Hicks, Lisa Hicks, Tanya Hicks, and Marla (Alan) Wilson (their sons, Coyle, Dalton, and Leif); three uncles, Morley (Donna) Hicks, Ryan (Sara) Hicks, and Brendan (Trisha) Hicks (their son Lincoln). The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Pipestone Community Hall, Pipestone, MB. Interment will follow at the Pipestone cemetery. Donations may be given to the Pipestone Playground, Box 99, Reston, MB, R0M 1X0.
Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home, Melita, 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron, Funeral Directors. To send condolences or special memories to the family, please visit:
McWILLIAMS: Larry Wayne McWilliams. November 26, 1937 – August 29, 2012. On Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Larry Wayne McWilliams passed away at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan after a short illness at age 74. He was born on November 26, 1937 in Belmont, Manitoba. In 1960, he met his wife of 51 years, Geraldine, in Dryden, Ontario and they were married on October 7, 1961 at Eastend, Saskatchewan. Larry began his career with the Bank of Montreal in Belmont, Manitoba. He was transferred to many locations in Saskatchewan, Ontario and Manitoba such as Carnduff, Estevan, Melville, Eastend, Regina, Yorkton, Prince Albert, Dryden, Winnipeg, St. Lazare, Gladstone and Brandon. His last transfer was to Saskatoon where he worked as Area Manager for 7 years until he retired in 1995. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and golfing over the years. Many hours were spent golfing at the Riverside Golf Club with Geraldine and friends. He especially cherished the fishing excursions up north where he camped with his sons Curtis and Darin, and making memories at the cottage at Pelican Lake, Manitoba. Larry played many years of competitive hockey, baseball and curling. In June 2009 he was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame for his years spent with the St. Lazare Athletics. He was known as a “Mr. Fix-it” as his greatest pleasure was helping others with any type of problem. If he didn’t know how to fix it, he would soon learn how. He will always be remembered for his quick wit for reciting verses from poems and songs and his story telling of humorous tales of his younger years. He had a weakness for sweets and a cup of tea any time of day. Larry was predeceased by his father and mother, Reginald and Olive McWilliams and his brother, Gordon McWilliams. He is survived by his wife Geraldine, his sons Curtis (Evelyne), Darin (Michelle), granddaughters Amy, Zoe and Nevada, and grandson Kevin. An informal service will be held at a later date at the Belmont Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 101, 440-2nd Avenue N., Saskatoon, SK. Online donations can be made at
MacDONALD: Patricia MacDonald, 1954-2012. Patricia passed away peacefully at home on August 23, 2012. Arrangements are pending and a longer notice will follow. Chapel Lawn 204-885-9715
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