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THROWER: Albert “Bert” Elvin Thrower of Boissevain, beloved husband of Dona, passed away at the Boissevain Health Centre on Thursday, February 03, 2011 at the age of 82 years. Cremation has taken place and the interment will be held at a later date.
SYSLAK: Bertha Syslak of Minnedosa and formerly of Clanwilliam passed away on Monday, January 31, 2011, at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home. Bertha is survived by her husband Carl Syslak. The funeral service will be held on Monday, February 7, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at the Erickson Legion Hall, Erickson. Elgin Hall will officiate. Rae’s Funeral Service of Erickson is in care of the arrangements. 636-7727.
SORENSEN: Mary Sorensen (Shunewich) passed away peacefully on January 25, 2011. Mary was born in 1929 and lived with her parents and siblings in Mundare and Lamont, Alberta. When her father passed away, her mother remarried and moved to Manitoba. Mary finished her schooling in Goodlands, Manitoba. She then worked at Campbells General Store and met and married Albert Sorensen of Goodlands. They moved to Brandon to manage the 1 and 10 Motel and then the Starlight Motel. They then bought and managed the Dreamland Motel at Melita for many years. Later, Mary and Albert moved back to Brandon and Mary attended ACC to become an LPN. She worked for many years as a nurse. Mary had a love for cooking and painting. She was a member of the Brandon Palette Club until her eyesight started to fail. She then worked at the Twin Pines Motel as a cook which she enjoyed. She made lasting friendships with Cathy Ovarie and Jean Greiner. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Albert, her parents Tillie and Stephen Shunewich and sister, Adeline Scallizzi. Mary leaves to mourn her sister Phyllis Zimmerman (Paul), sister Lorraine Mandzak, her niece Tillie Lund (Robert), nephews David Zimmerman (Caroline) and Leslie Zimmerman and cousin, Tillie Rickerson. In later years Mary made her home at Kin Village where she enjoyed living and made many dear friends. She wll be greatly missed by her family and friends. Respecting Mary's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be a private funeral at a later date in Goodlands Cemetery. Any donations may be made to the Goodlands Cemetery Fund c/o Smith Funeral Home, Deloraine, or charity of choice.
SAUNDERS: Neil William Saunders of Brandon, beloved father of Shannon Pratt and Jeff Saunders, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, February 03, 2011 at the age of 71 years. At Neil’s request cremation has taken place and there will be no formal memorial service. Memorial donations in memory of Neil may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7. Complete obituary information to follow.
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RHODES: Gertrude (Gertie) Neta (née Willey). It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Gertrude Neta Rhodes, wife of Thomas Rhodes on January 30, 2011 at the Assiniboine Centre at the age of 84 years. Gertie was born in Birnie, Manitoba on August 1, 1926 to Albert and Mildred Willey. Gertie and Tommy Rhodes were married on May 30, 1944 and raised four children. She will be sadly missed by her husband of 66 years, Tommy, daughter Marilyn (Doug) Duncalfe, son Allan Rhodes, daughters Audrey Rhodes (Kevin) and Barbara (Dale) Hoggan; seven grandchildren Terry (Ellen) Duncalfe, Laura (Larry) Litwin, Darren (Kristin) Duncalfe, Grant (Marcy) Duncalfe, Angie Hamm (Jay), Derek Hamm, Andrew Hoggan and six great-grandchildren; Katelyn and Erika Litwin, Sawyer Duncalfe, Daylan Duncalfe, Cole and Asha Venn and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving Mum, are Dad's two sisters and two brothers. She was predeceased by her parents Albert and Mildred Willey, brothers Vernon (Wilma) Willey, Charlie (Mary) Willey, Roy Willey, sister Alberta (Ernie) Boles, infant brother Carmen Willey, infant son Leslie Neil Rhodes and infant great-granddaughter Rilynn Duncalfe. Mum was the happiest when her family was around her. She thoroughly enjoyed the Sunday jaunts with Dad, traveling around Manitoba visiting family and their vacations in Western Canada. In the summer, Mum and Dad would travel Manitoba to find the perfect strawberry patches for her preserves. Mum was a wonderful homemaker, she loved sewing, gardening and shopping in her earlier years. Mum was a very quiet and shy individual. In 1998, Mum was diagnosed with vasculitis and it was a long battle for the next twelve years. We will miss you dearly Mum. A funeral service was held on February 3, 2011 at Brockie Donovan, Brandon, and interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends and family so desire, donations may be made to the charity of their choice in Mum's memory.
ODELL: Don Odell, beloved husband of Evelyn Odell, of Hargrave, Manitoba and father of Allen, Les and Sheryl passed away at Southeast Integrated Care Centre, Moosomin, Saskatchewan Tuesday; February 1, 2011 in his 74th year. Funeral service will be held from St. Paul's United Church, Virden, Manitoba Tuesday; February 8, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Janice Van Aertselaer officiating. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Moosomin and District Health Care Foundation or to the charity of your choice in memory of Don.
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www.carscaddenfuneralchapel.comG. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
OAKES: Connie (Foster) of Vancouver, B.C. passed away January 14, 2011 at the age of 81 years after a lengthy illness. Connie was born in Carberry, Manitoba on March 4, 1929, to Albert and Dorothy Foster. Connie was an RN and graduated from Grace Hospital in Winnipeg in 1950 where she nursed for some time, then later at St. Boniface Hospital before moving to Vancouver, B.C. in 1964. She then nursed at Vancouver General Hospital. Connie is survived by two sisters, Betty (Frank) Southern, Penticton, B.C.; Eileen (Ron) Schott, Kenora, Ontario; one brother Ron (Penny) Foster, Brandon, Manitoba; sister-in law Isobel Foster; six nieces and five nephews. She was predeceased by father Albert, 1979, mother Dorothy, 2001, older brother Allan, 2001, and younger brother Des, 2009, and three infant siblings. Cremation has taken place.
MILLS: It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Donelda Marguerite Mills, on Monday, January 31, 2011 at the age of 53 years. Donelda was born April 3, 1957 in Brandon, MB to Donald and Florence Gowanlock. She attended school in Brandon and spent her childhood years playing in the east end with her four siblings. Her family would often travel to “The Farm” to visit Grandma or take in the occasional harness race. She held various positions while working with Manitoba Government Services for more than 30 years, her last one being that of Gardener. She had many interests, the obvious one being gardening and taking care of her flowers, whether at work or home. Her pride and joy were her three grandchildren, Sydney, Mason and Colton. She was affectionately known by them as Grandma D, and not a day would go by that she wasn’t thinking of or doing something special for them. She enjoyed family gatherings, coffee at Dad’s on Sunday mornings, baking bread, playing dimes or crib, travelling, shopping and country drives. Left to cherish her memory are her partner of 28 years Butch, daughter Alana (Kyle), granddaughter Sydney, and grandson Colton, son Chris (Michelle) and grandson Mason, father Donald, sisters Bernice, Brenda and Barb, brother Brian, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother Florence in 1992 and grandmother Thelma in 1997. A Celebration of Donelda’s Life was held at Brockie Donovan Chapel on Friday, February 4, 2011 with Mr. Jamie Berry, Funeral Celebrant, officiating. A private family interment followed at Milford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Donelda’s memory may be made to the charity of choice.
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MACAULAY: Dorothy Macaulay of Fort Macleod passed away on January 31, 2011 at the age of 99. A funeral service will be held at Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424-5th Ave., Fort Macleod, Alberta, on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Union Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Eden’s Funeral Home (403) 553-3772.
McCALLUM: The death of Hanna Leona Sylvia McCallum (nee Askin), occurred at Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, January 17, 2011. Hanna grew up on the family farm south of Justice, Manitoba back in the days of the one room school house. She loved farm life and maintaining the family farm is her legacy. Hanna moved to Brandon as a young adult and was employed with the Singer Co. and became the first female Singer Sewing Machine Repair Person. While working in Brandon, she met Donald McCallum and they were married June 23, 1951. She worked alongside Don in his construction company and later in life returned to work the family farm they both loved. Hanna had many talents and her various jobs through life included; selling real-estate, surveying for research purposes, running the canteen and managing the Riverview Curling Club. Hanna enjoyed family and always made time to see the grandchildren and great grandchildren that she cherished. Hanna was an active community volunteer dedicating her free time to events and organizations that were near to her heart. Hanna was a Charter Member of Riverview Curling Club Inc., Charter Member of the Ladies Auxiliary Royal Canadian Legion #247, Honorary Life Member of the Riverview Curling Club Inc. and was an Honorary Life Member of the Riverview Ladies Curling Club. Hanna received numerous awards and honors for the volunteer work she did for the special events that were hosted in Brandon. The game of Curling was a passion. In her younger years, she curled in various leagues and then later in life Hanna travelled coast to coast, and to Scotland, to attend Curling events. She also travelled Mexico, Dominican Republic and within Canada visiting family. Hanna was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Sylvia Askin; and her husband, Donald McCallum. Hanna is survived by her son, Murray (Heather) and granddaughter, Kellie; son, Dennis (Betty) and grandsons, Jeffrey (Carolyn), Dustin (Raelene), Jayson (Tamara,) and families; daughter, Noreen; step grandsons, David (Tina) and Kevin Solomon and families; sister, Isabel Vermeersch; sisters- in-law, Joan Thompson and Isobel Hicks. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. The Ceremony to Celebrate Hanna's life was held at Memories Chapel, on Thursday, January 20, 2011. Rev. Chris Arthur officiated. Private family Interment will take place at a later date in the Sparling Cemetery. Hanna made one last trip to the Riverview Curling Club where family and friends gathered for a reception in her honor. Donations in memory of Hanna may be made to a charity of one's choice.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
LOWE: Terry. Unexpectedly in Vancouver on January 24, 2011 after a brief illness, aged 53. The second of four sons, Terry was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba. He settled in Vancouver where he graduated from the Fine Arts program at Langara Community College and a publishing program at Simon Fraser. Since then he worked for several companies as graphic artist and later designing and programming websites. At the time of his death he was the lead programmer for Training. An avid cyclist, Terry was an active member of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition and acted as the editor for Momentum Magazine's Vancouver edition for several years. Terry leaves behind his parents Steve and Anne Lowe of Brandon and three brothers: Al in Brandon, Brian in Winnipeg, and Mike in Calgary, along with sister-in-law Trudy and two nephews, Connor and Evan. Arrangements are pending with services being planned for Vancouver and Brandon. Funeral arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, Brandon, Manitoba,727-0330.For further details and to leave messages of sympathy and remembrance, please visit
HOPKINS: Bev (previously of Brandon, Manitoba) passed away peacefully in Powell River, British Columbia December 26, 2010 at the age of 70. Bev leaves to mourn daughter Cathy Brydges (Jamie), son Jim (Brenda); granddaughter Stacy (Ryan) great-grandson Damien and granddaughter Amanda. She will be sadly missed by brothers Bill, Laverne and Doug Roman; sisters Vel Conley, Mabel Martin and families.
HARKNESS: (Brad) Stanley. Feb. 1, 1955 - Feb. 1, 2011. Born in Brandon, Manitoba, 56 years of age passed away peacefully in his home, Sudbury, Ontario after a courageous battle with, cancer. Brad is survived by his wife Josette, his mother Agnes (Jim Harkness deceased 1989), Hazel, Ron (Val) Harkness, Candice (Jim) as well as their families. Brad was the loving father of Brady Harkness (Kristy), Shanda Ferguson (Scott), Jamey Cronshaw (Tom), Kara Harkness (Greg), Krista Harkness. Brad has 14 grandchildren (predeceased by Jeremy Harkness). Brad also has six step-children and grandchildren. Brad was a friendly man with a big heart and a great sense of humor and always there to help someone in need. A celebration of his life was held in Sudbury, Ontario on February 3. Celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Manitoba. The lessons he has taught each and every one of us will be remembered for ever. Donations can be made to the Cancer Society.
GREEN: Florence Megan (Micki) Green passed away January 20, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, after suffering a short illness. Micki, as mom was known to all, was born in Miniota, Manitoba on February 10, 1934 the only child of Tom and Florence Stretton. She attended school in Miniota and Beulah, and at the tender age of seventeen, married John Edward (Ed) Green. Micki and Eddie made their home at Beulah, Cardale, Douglas and Sprucewoods. From their union, came ten children; Delaine (Russ) Manary of Winnipeg, Eddie (Sylvia) of Airdrie, Ralph (Debbie) of Calgary, Reece of Calgary, Darci (Larry) Semeschuk of Brandon/Souris, Corey of Brandon, Noah (Steve) Burns of Sherwood Park, Dusty Diment, Lance and Layne all of Brandon; twenty-six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. When Micki and Ed were living, working and hobby farming at Sprucewoods, Ed suffered from a severe Multiple Sclerosis attack and from that day forward was unable to work. Micki was forced into becoming the sole supporter for her husband and ten children, the youngest being only one year old at the time. Times were much different in 1967, and there was not the support available that there is today. Micki worked up to three jobs at a time, just to be able to put food on the table, clothe the children and look after Ed’s medical expenses. She first worked at Burns meat packers in Brandon, from there she went on to work as a nurse’s aide at Sunset Haven Nursing Home. She worked night shifts there, and during the day and evening shifts, she worked in Shilo at the General Strange Hall, where she supervised the swimming pool change rooms. It was there that she became like a second mom to many of Shilo’s young women. To earn additional funds, mom worked as a personal caregiver to a Brandon family. Through it all she never failed her children and ensured that the family remained together. Once there were just five children left at home, mom relocated to Brandon and secured a job with the Royal Canadian Legion that would last twenty-five years, until her retirement at age sixty-five. Mom loved animals and always had a dog or two wherever she lived. They were her passion and she maintained, right up to her death, that she loved her dogs as much as her children, sometimes more! As a teenager, her first dog was a black lab named Nellie, whom she never forgot. There were many in between, but her last dog was also a black lab named Nellie, and she is now living with Reece in Calgary. Micki was predeceased by her mother, father and husband. At mom’s request, her ashes will be buried with her beloved parents, in Beulah Cemetery later this year. The family expresses their sincere gratitude to the doctors and nurses at the Brandon Regional Health Centre for their care of mom over the two weeks that she was a patient there. A Celebration of Micki’s Life was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, on Monday, January 24, 2011 with Lawrence McInnes officiating. Donations if individuals so desire, may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 – 17th Street East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7M6.
FALLIS: Myrtle, 90 years, beloved wife of the late Alex Fallis, mother of Garry, Joan and Blaine, died in the Souris Health Centre on Tuesday, February 1, 2011. Funeral Service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris, on Monday, February 7, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery at a later date. In memory of Myrt, donations may be made to the Souris & Glenwood Foundation Box 518 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
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