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STEWART: John Findlay Stewart July 1, 1922 – July 6, 2010. It is with great sadness that the family of J.F. Stewart announces his sudden passing on Tuesday, July 6, 2010. John Findlay Stewart was born on July 1, 1922, on the Stewart homestead, SW 21-16-26 in the Rural Municipality of Birtle, where he lived for the first 74 years of his life. Jack was the eldest child of Harry and Margaret (Grieve) Stewart. He learned farming at a young age. In 1948, J.F. and his brother Ronnie took over the family farm. In 1949 he married Jean Iola Carr, from Foxwarren. They had three daughters: Marilyn, Myrnalee and Melanie. Jack was actively involved in Gnaton Hall, belonged to the Junior Seed Club, served on the Birtle Pool Elevator Board, Co-op Board, Foxwarren & Birtle Credit Union Boards, and the Anglican Church Vestry. One of the things he was most proud of was his service to the Rural Municipality of Birtle, which included 21 years as a Councillor, and another 12 years as Reeve. Jack was a life member of the Birdtail Museum, as well as the Austin Manitoba Agricultural Museum. He was instrumental in obtaining the Birtle and District Handi-Van. In 1996, Jack and Jean moved into Birtle, and continued to farm their land until 1999, when they sold the homestead to John Bruce, from Scotland. In September of 2009, they moved into Brandon. Jack celebrated his 88th birthday on July 1, 2010, with his wife and every single child, grandchild, great grandchild as well as their spouses were in attendance. Jack was always a home-body, and it took a lot for him to leave the farm unattended. His daughters thought this should change, and for their 25th wedding anniversary, the three girls bought Jack and Jean a trip to Scotland, to see Jack’s family farm and ancestry. This trip led to countless others throughout the years, and Jack even celebrated his 80th birthday on a month long trip to Alaska, with Jean, Marilyn and Wayne. One of Jack’s joys these past many years was the Thresherman’s Reunion in Austin. He was looking forward to it again this year, and had his room booked at the Carberry Motor Inn. The pride that Jack had in his daughters and all of his grandchildren was immeasurable. He stressed the importance of independence to his girls and supported them unconditionally. There are not very many rinks or town halls around that Jack has not been in, watching his grandkids play, attending recitals, meetings, socials, or weddings. All of these venues gave him a chance to do what he truly loved, visiting and talking to people. He truly was the patriarch of the Stewart family, and it is evident that he touched a great many more people than just those in his family. The legacy that Jack has left on Birtle and area cannot be equaled. Jack is survived by his wife Jean, daughters Marilyn (Wayne) Hickman, Myrnalee (Kelly) Grainger, and Melanie (Blake) Stephens. Grandchildren Jennifer (Kevin) Lyttle, Troy (Mattie) Hickman, Brad (Pam) Hickman, Jiliane (John) Bruce, Janelle (Ted) Koroscil, Jackson Stephens and Matthew Stephens. Great grandchildren include: Cassidy Lyttle, Hogan Hickman and William Bruce. Also left to cherish Jack’s memory are his sisters Kay Harrison of Barrie, ON, Betty Gill of Winnipeg, Mollie Berry of Brandon, sister-in-law Irene Stewart of St. Lazare, along with numerous nieces and nephews as well as many extended family members. Jack was predeceased by his parents Harry and Margaret Stewart, father and mother-in-law Percy and Lorna Carr, brother Ron Stewart, brothers-in-law Art Harrison, Al Gill, Reg Berry, and Alf McFarlin, sisters-in-law Dorothy Stewart and Aileen McFarlin. A family graveside service was held at the Foxwarren Cemetery, followed by a public reception at the Birtle Community Hall on Saturday, July 10, 2010. The service was officiated by family friend Elaine Dixon and son-in-law Blake Stephens gave a heartfelt eulogy. Pallbearers were all of Jack’s grandchildren and great grandchildren. If friends so desire donations may be made in Jack’s memory to the Austin Manitoba Agricultural Museum, P.O. Box 10, Austin, Manitoba, R0H 0C0 or St. George’s Anglican Church Memorial Fund, Birtle, Manitoba, R0M 0C0. Arrangements were provided by Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell.
Don’t grieve for me for now I’m free,I’m following the path God has laid you see.I took his hand when I heard him call;I turned my back and left it all.I could not stay another day,To laugh, to love, to work, to play.Tasks left undone must stay that way;I found peace at the close of day.If my parting has left a void,Then fill it with remembered joy.A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,be not burdened with times of sorrow,I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.My life’s been full;I savoured much,Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.Lift up your hearts and peace to theeGod wanted me now; he set me free.
SMITH: Judith Lynn Smith (nee-Beam) of Brandon, Manitoba, passed peacefully away at the Assiniboine Centre, in the early hours of Sunday, July 25th, 2010, at the age of 63 years, to cancer. She was born on March 11, 1947 in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. While residing in Portage, she was a trained Hair-Stylist, then eventually making her permanent home in Brandon, Manitoba. Her interests changedto retail sales and enjoyed many years with Fabricland and most recently Wal-Mart. There wasn't a craft that she couldn't master, including: knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, sewing, photography, quilting, scrapbooking, but most recently her passion was card-making. She was predeceased by her father Stan Beam. She leaves behind to mourn her loss: her mother Rose Beam of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, her brother Don Beam of Winnipeg, Manitoba; her loving husband Don Smith of Brandon, Manitoba; her children, Calvin Smith of Lethbridge, Alberta, Connie (Curt) Tomilinson of Nanaimo, B.C., Darlene (Steve) Bullee of Creston, B.C., Rennie (Ian) Barclay of Calgary, Alberta,Caury (Marty) Hurst of Langley, BC, Jason (Amy) Smith of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Dana Smith of Brandon, Manitoba, 13 Grandchildren and one great-grandchild, her best friend since Kindergarten, Donna (Mel) Whittingham of Brandon, Manitoba, along with numerous sisters-in-law, brothers- in-laws, her aunts, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. At her request, there will be noFuneral Service, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2B7. We wish to extend a special thank you to the Palliative Staff of the Assiniboine Centre for making her last few weeks comfortable. Expressions of sympathy may be made at Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
ROSS: Mary Ross passed away quietly at the Souris Health Centre on June 13th, 2010 at the age of 91 years old. She is survived by her husband, Cecil William Ross, daughter Carol Ross-Harms (Nelson and family), and son, Bruce Ross (Vanessa and family). Mary was born in Fort William, Ontario in 1918. Being the oldest of five girls, Kay Baglo (Norm) of Trail B.C., Cecilia Christie (Henry predeceased) of Toronto Ontario, Helen Cameron (Michael predeceased) of Kauaii Hawaii, and Martha (predeceased in 1929) life was challenging. Mary was schooled in Detroit Michigan, but re-located to Bunclody District in the early thirties. Her sisters attended school in Bunclody, but Mary went to work for different families in the Elgin district. During WWII factory jobs were in eastern Canada rather than in Manitoba. Mary moved eastward, first to Fort William to work in a munitions factory, and then Toronto to work in the T. Eaton Co. manufacturing overcoats for the Canadian troops. After the war, Mary returned to the Elgin district and married Cecil Ross in 1948. When she wasn’t driving her children to music lessons, hockey, baseball – or whatever, she was a dedicated 4-H leader, Explorer leader, C.G.I.T. leader, UCW member of the United Church, Sunday school teacher, a member of the Souris School Band Boosters, a creative ceramic maker, and an avid seamstress. Mary filled her life with work and was always “taking care” of everyone. We will never be able to forget how much she cared about all of us. Her strong will and determination were assets to be admired. A private ceremony will be held at a later date. Donations can be made in memory of Mary to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation #304 – 1 – Wesley Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 4C6.Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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RONEY: Barbara Ann Roney (nee Murphy). It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear mother on Wednesday July 28 after a brief illness at the Brandon Memorial Hospital with her son Chris at her side. Barb leaves to mourn her passing 2 sons Chris and Darwin (Doris) and her 3 beloved grandchildren Danielle (9), Devin (4) and Dereka (4). She will also be lovingly remembered by her sister Leone Wolosyn, brother Richard Murphy (Donna), sister in law Sherron Murphy, Myrna Addison, and brother in law Ken Roney (Julie), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Barb’s beloved Mel of 44 years predeceased her in 2005 and left a great void in her life. She was also predeceased by her mother Ann Murphy and brother Terry Murphy. In the early years of her marriage her time was devoted to Mel and the boys. In 1980 she entered the work force and was employed by the Village of Wawanesa until she retired in 2000. She enjoyed curling and was an avid sports spectator. Barb was an integral part of the Community she loved so much. She was surrounded by her Legendary Coffee Group who supported her over the years. Their kindness was innumerable for which the family is thankful. Funeral services will be held on Thursday August 12, 2010 at 2:00pm in the Wawanesa United Church. Interment to follow in the Wawanesa Cemetery. Friends that so desire memoriams may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or to the Parkinson Foundation of Manitoba or to a local community charity of choice. For online condolences, visit Jamieson’s Funeral Services, Willmor Chapel of Glenboro in care of arrangements. 204-827-2480.
PANCHUK: Elsie Irene Panchuk passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Care Centre on Friday, July 23, 2010 at the age of 84. Elsie was born on October 5, 1925 at Horod, Manitoba to Mike and Mary (nee Malchuk) Gregorash. She received her education at Horod and Elphinstone Schools. She went to Winnipeg for a few years and was employed by Jeanne's Bakery. In 1947, she came to Sandy Lake, Manitoba to help her parents in their restaurant; thisis where she met the love of her life Mike. They were married in Sandy Lake on May 29, 1948, following their marriage they farmed for 4 years. In 1953, they were blessed with their chosen daughter, Pamela whom they affectionately called Cookie. They owned and operated the barbershop in Sandy Lake until 1963, when they moved to Birch River and then later to Gilbert Plains where they owned hotels. Mike and Elsie moved to Dauphin in 1971, where Elsie worked at the Community Inn until her retirement. Elsie was predeceased by her husband Mike; her parents Mike and Mary; sisters Agnes and Phyllis; brother Steve and his wife Edna and step brother Earl Rochelle; brother in law Frank Koski and two nephews Lenny and James. Elsie is survived by her only child Pam and her husband Terry Szmon; two grandsons: Michael and his wife Kerri and Robert; three great grandchildren: Jacob, Katelyn and Lindsey. Elsie's grandchildren and great grandchildren were her pride and joy and seeing them brought life to her heart and soul. She willbe remembered for being the wonderful mother, and grandmother she was. The one thing that Elsie was the most proud of were "her boys" and what fine men they had grown into. She shared many of her last days with them, and when she was gone she wanted them to look after each other. She made sure that everything was said and done before she left and that all her desires and wishes would be fulfilled, like sending "her boys" to buy new suits for her funeral and bringing back pictures so she could see what they would look like. Elsie and her family were blessed with a very precious gift of Time and they were all grateful for that. She was generous, kind and always told you in her way what she thought. She was an excellent sounding board. Elsie was a wonderful cook; her grandsons always loved it when she made periski, perogies and beet buns. While in hospital, she insisted on going to Pam's house (with oxygen tanks in hand) and showing her how to make buckwheat cabbage rolls and kutia for Christmas like she would have made. She also made sure Pam knew where all the good recipes were so she could make everything when she was gone. In her final weeks there were many conversations and nothing was left unsaid, there was much reminiscing, laughter and tears about things that had happened in her life. Many of us were very lucky to have these insightful conversations and many questions were answered. While in hospital she had her favorite nurses and aides, even when she was very ill, her eyes would light up when it was one of her favorites that would walk in the room. She would send Pam to buy them treats, because she said they took very good care of her and she was appreciative of that. Elsie loved people and their company and that continued right to the end with visitors and phone calls. Prayers were said at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, Tuesday, July 27, 2010. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the church on Wednesday, July 28, 2010. Celebrant was Rev. Fr. Dominic Yuen. Pallbearers were Les Ellchuk, Chris Sichewski, Dan Nechwediuk, Dwayne Krenkewich, Ross Shindruk, and Lavern Novalkowski. Interment followed at the Sandy Lake Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Sandy Lake, Manitoba. Donations in memory of Elsie may be made to Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Expressions of sympathy may be made Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
MURRAY: Georgena, age 91 years, beloved wife of the late John Murray, mother of James Murray, died in the Souris Personal Care Home on Friday, July 30, 2010. A graveside funeral service for family and friends will be held at the Brandon Cemetery, Brandon, Manitoba, on Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. In memory of Georgie, donations may be made to the Souris Hospital Palliative Care Fund c/o/ A.R.H.A Box 10, Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0 or to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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HERNDON: Leslee Lynn It is with great sorrow that our family announces the tragic death of our daughter, sister and aunt, Leslee Herndon on July 28, 2010. The funeral service will be held at the Rivers United Church at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 6, 2010. Longer obituary to follow.
KONIUK: Cecily Anne Reid (Koniuk). Dedication of Memorial Stone, Monday, August 9, 2010, 2:30 p.m. at Brandon, Cemetery, Brandon, Manitoba.
MACAULAY: Gordon Allan. Allan passed away peacefully on July 22, 2010 at Brandon Regional Health Centre surrounded by loved ones. Allan was born in Brandon on June 12, 1948. He lived at home till age six. As Allan had special needs he went to the Manitoba School in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba for a few years. Later as a young adult, he lived at pelican Lake Training Center at Ninette, Manitoba. From there Allan went into foster homes and spent fifteen years in Boissevain, Manitoba. While there he enjoyed attending the Hand crafter workshop and made lots of friends there. Allan always enjoyed spending time with his brother George, especially going for a ride in the truck. He always looked forward to going to Camp Koinonia in the summer and especially enjoyed the campfires. While living in Boissevain, he attended Special Olympics sporting events in snow shoeing, bowling andtrack. One year he proudly brought a medal home from track. Allan lived for fourteen years with Jim and Eileen Arnold and family in Boissevain. Due to failing health he moved to Brandon and lived in a Brandon Support Services home for approximately ten years. Wherever Allan went he endeared himself to others with his bright smile and friendly and warm hugs. He is survived by mother Marjorie, brother George, sister- in-law Tina, nephews: Micheal, Donald and wife Carolee and their children, Amelia and Eli. He is predeceased by father Gordon. Funeral service was held at Memories Chapel on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. The Very Rev. Robin Walker officiated. Pallbearers were Joe Rodrigues, Dennis Stiles, Dwight Edwards, Reg Arnold, Ruth Arnold and Barry Foster. Memorial donations can be made to Special Olympics Westman, Box 20149, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 6Y8 or the Hand crafter, Box 1116, Boissevain, Manitoba, R0K 0E0. Expressions of sympathy may be made Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
HATCH: Doreen Ann Hatch (née Lewis) of Brandon, MB, passed away peacefully on July 27, 2010 at the Assiniboine Centre, in her 83rd year. Doreen was born December 14, 1926 in Brandon, the second daughter of Arthur and Susan Lewis. Mom received her early schooling at a rural school, until the family moved to Brandon in 1936, and there she completed high school. In 1948, she entered nurse’s training at Brandon General Hospital, and graduated in the class of 1950. She was appointed head nurse of the pediatrics ward, which, at the time was a separate facility south of the hospital’s maternity ward. Doreen married Mel Hatch on October 13, 1951. They lived in Brandon for a time, before moving to Virden where Mel became the Imperial Oil agent. It was during this time in Virden that their two sons were born. In 1958, the family had the opportunity to return to Brandon, with Mel taking over the Brandon Imperial Oil agency. With a young family to look after, Doreen chose to be a stay-at-home mom. Yet, despite the workload of full-time motherhood, she managed to find the time and energy to become involved in sports. Mom took up golfing as her summer activity, and curling in the winter - both of which she enjoyed immensely. Mom and Dad also loved their travelling, oftentimes getting away from the winter cold to spend some time in Arizona or California. Mom continued with her golf and curling right up to last year, and in recent years also enjoyed playing bridge, and bowling. Doreen was predeceased by her husband Mel in 1993. She was also predeceased by her father Arthur, her mother Susan, and by her sister Isobel Cameron. She is survived by sons Craig (Kim), and Brian, grandchildren Christopher and Ashley, and by great-grandson Carson. Also survived by sisters Marg George (Parksville, BC) and Geri MacArthur (Brandon) and numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place, and at Mom’s request, there will be a private family burial. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Westman Dreams for Kids Foundation Inc., #2-37-11th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4J2.
“We hold you close within our heartsand there you will remainto walk with us throughout our livesuntil we meet again”
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DESROCHERS: Passed away at the Baldur Personal Care Home on Thursday July 29, 2010 at the age of 90 years, Marguerite Jocelyn Desrochers (nee Daigmont) of Baldur, Manitoba. Marguerite leaves to mourn her children Roger (Lynda) Desrochers of Baldur, Fleurette (Marcel) Geirnaert of Mariapolis, Lucile (Murray) DeBaets, Margaret Sigvaldason (Jim DeSmet) and daughter- in-law Bonnie Desrochers all of Baldur, twelve grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Ellen Desmarais of Glenboro, Noella Desrochers of Hudson Bay Saskatchewan, Rose Desrochers of Baldur, brothers-in-law Urben Desrochers of Greenway, Manitoba and Celeste Desrochers of Brandon as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Marguerite was predeceased by her husband Henry (1983), son Ernest (2006) & by son-in-law Bob Sigvaldason (1998). Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday August 3, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the St. James Catholic Church with Father Phillip Malayil as celebrant. Interment to follow in the Baldur Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memoriams may be made in Marguerite’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st St., Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8 or to a charity of choice.
For online condolences, please visit Jamieson’s Funeral Services, Willmor Chapel, of Glenboro in care of arrangements. 204-827-2480.
ATCHISON: John Wilbert Atchison passed away July 11 at the age of 90 years at Brandon Health Center. wilbert was born on May 9, 1920 in Pipestone, Manitoba. He was the second of three children raised on the family farm in Findlay. In 1942 he enlisted in the army, training in Ontario and was sent overseas to England. In 1943-45 he was sent to Sicily, Italy, Belgium and Holland as a member of the Canadian Ordnance Corps attached to the 5th Division. When the war ended in 1945 he returned to Findlay arriving home in August 1945. He married his one true love, Lillian Mae Owen in 1949 and they had four daughters, Arlene, Linda, Judy and Shelley. He raised purebred Hereford cattle of 40 years. Wilbert and Lillian retired to Brandon in 1985. Dancing was a big part of the Atchison social life and Lillian and Wilbert were truly wonderful to watch waltzing around the dance floor. He took great pride in all Legion matters an was twice president of the Pipestone Legion. He enjoyed sports in his younger days, playing baseball and golf, but curling truly was his favorite. He curled in the Brandon Masters Curling League well into his 80’s. Summers after retirement in 1985 were spent with the “Good Sams” RV Travel Club; and later at the seasonal campground at Oak Lake Island Resort. Wilbert was predeceased by his mother and father, brother Henry and sister Dorothy. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lillian; daughters Arlene (Tully Hatch) of Oak Lake, Linda (Del Hunter) of Brandon, Judy (Bill Berry) of Brandon, and Shelly (Ray Mispelon) of Sinclair. As well 12 grandchildren plus partners and 13 3/4 great grandchildren. A kind loving man. He made a great impression on all who knew him.
“He had a nature you could not help loving, and a heart that was purer than gold,and to those who knew him and loved him, his memory will never grow cold.”
LOGAN: Russell Andrew Logan of Brandon, Manitoba passed away peacefully on July 28, 2010 at the age of 73 years with family by his side. Russ was predeceased by his son Darren Logan, parents Andrew and Grace Logan and brother-in-law Don Eagle. Russ will be sadly missed by his daughter Penny (Pete), grandchildren Brett (Daria), Kayla (John), Randi, Josie and Zachary, Sister Ruby, brothers Dale (Bev), Delbert (Joyce) and many nephews and nieces. Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Carroll Cemetery with luncheon to follow at the Carroll Community Hall.
Gone yet not forgotten, your spirit lives within me, Forever in my heart.
SCHACHTERLE: Faina "Oma". The death of Oma Schachterle aged 92 years, occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, July 27, 2010. Oma was predeceased by her husband Johann and son Alfred. She is survived by daughters, Gertie (Jack) Edmiston, and Irene (Brian) Martineau and daughter-in-law Joey Schachtlerle. Also surviving are several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Prayer Service will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Sherry Swatzky-Dyck will officiate. Funeral and Interment Service will take place at Govan, Saskatchewan at a later date. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Oma to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3, 824 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7. Expressions of sympathy may be made Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
HATCH: Doreen Anne. Peacefully on July 27, 2010 at the Assiniboine Centre, Doreen Hatch (Lewis) of Brandon, MB, beloved wife of the late Mel Hatch, passed away at the age of 83 years. Doreen was predeceased by her husband Mel in 1993. She is survived by sons Craig (Kim) and Brian; grandchildren Christopher and Ashley and great-grandson Carson. Cremation has taken place and at her request, there will be no formal service. A private family graveside ceremony will take place at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Westman Dreams for Kids Foundation, #2-37-11th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4J2. Complete obituary information to follow. Messages of condolence may be placed at
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