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LITTLE: Shirley Lorrain (McMillan) Little. Very peacefully on January 22 ,2012 at the age of 71. Shirley passed away in the presence of loving family by her side. Shirley predeceased by her husband David in January 2001, son Gordon, grandson Anthony, father and mother Jack and Isobel. Brothers, Bill, Barry, Wally, sister-in-law Myrtle, brother-in-law Jim Boyer. Sadly missed by her daughter Toni (Ray), their daughter Leanne of Alberta, son Dave from Winnipeg and his daughter Kala. Two step grand sons Mike, Brent from Winnipeg and their families, Shirley's brothers Terry (Hazel), Gerald (Becky), Ed (Susan), sisters Mary Boyer, Nettie (Peter) LePage; sisters-in-law Marge, and Kathleen. Her dear mother-in-law Tina Giesbrecht of Morris and The Little Families, many friends. Funeral services were held at Carberry United Church with Rev. Peggy Ried officiating. Luncheon was held. Shirley is resting in MacGregor Cemetery with her husband and family. Shirley was the first born of nine to Jack and Isobel McMillan of Pine Creek. Shirley at 6 months old was stuck with the out break of polio. She was accepted into the Shriners Hospital for crippled children at age 4. She spent the next 10 years going to school and living in and out of the Shriners which she had 15 operations to help her overcome her disability to walk. Nurses would write letters home for mom until she learnt to write herself. Never complaining of her pain only to ask how her brothers and sister were. Those letters were saved by Shirley's Mom in a scrapbook of Shirley's life in the Shriners. Shirley moved on with life, left with just a swing in her leg as she walked. Later in life she was in a wheel chair. Shirley loved her job as a telephone switchboard operator for the Manitoba Telephone Company in Austin until she married David Little Of MacGregor in 1958. Shirley and David raised three children and lived most of their married life in Winnipeg. After the passing of Dad, mom moved to Carberry residing the last 11 years at the Carberry Lodge. Her favorite thing to do was play cards with her friends. Mom was a very proud, strong, independent woman who struggled with her disabilities with grace and determination not to be a burden to any one. She had a great sense of humour, great smile, and laughter to go with it ...She loved to be with the family and enjoyed her friends.
MOM, God knew you might never get well upon this earth again. He saw the roadways getting rough and the hills were hard to climb. So he closed your weary eyelids and whispered; "Peace be thine".It broke our hearts to lose you but you never went alone,For part of us went with you The day God called you home.
Love and memories foreverin our hearts.God has made you pain free we can be grateful.
Love, daughter Toni, son Dave, and family.
MACK: Raymond Constant Mack passed away on May 10, 2012 at St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 64 years. In accordance with his wishes no public service will be held. Bardal Funeral Home and Crematorium, 843 Sherbrook Street, 774-7474.
NEILL: William (Dennis, Den, Uncle Buck) Neill, born in Brandon, Manitoba on October 21, 1937 (age zero), and passed in Penticton, B.C on May 9, 2012 (age 74). Dennis reunites with his brothers, Barry and Pat, and parents Celia and Jim.
What a ride! (his words)
Life was well until August 2010 when cancer invaded. Dennis was truly brave and endured all of the recommended treatments. Right to the very end he maintained his solid mind, fantastic spirit and sense of humour. A special thanks to Dr. Tim Phillips who refused to give up. Dennis joined the RCMP in 1957, but left only three years later after a tragic event with one of his partners. During the time in service he made numerous friends (U Troops) who he remained in touch with ever since. He lived his life mostly as a bachelor and had a passion for sales and people. He called New Zealand home for a few years where he built many close relationships. He was later sales manager for Alberta Distillers and then at the Royal Towers in New Westminster (remember the Brandon Boys annuals there?) and finally the Penticton Inn. In his retirement years, and seeing as he was single and childless (at least as far as we know!), Dennis was once tasked with looking after his nephew's two children age 10 and 12 in Kelowna for a week. The outcome was predictable and inevitably he became known as Uncle Buck. Den provided us a draft of his obituary a week before passing. He signed it, The Buck stops here... Love Dennis. Dennis will forever be part of the fun and warm memories shared by many. In that sense, he is still with us, and perhaps doing the infamous rolling of those eyes. A celebration will be held on Saturday June 2nd in Kelowna at Michele and Michael Neill's home. Please call 250-212-3814 if you would like to join us.
STANSALL: David Wayne. Wayne passed away on April 27, 2012 at the Souris Health Centre. Wayne was born April 12, 1959 in Deloraine and was raised and attended school in Hartney. He was considered an entrepreneur from a very young age, starting with a paper route, carpentry and then the passion of his life, agriculture sales. He worked for Co-op Implements in both Hartney and Portage then moving on to Tweeds, Bourgault as a product specialist, then to Atkinson Implements for many years and most recently at Miller Farm Equipment. Wayne was a Legion and Elks member and actively involved in his community. He loved the great outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and trips on his motorcycle. Wayne was predeceased by his parents John and Marion Stansall, and infant daughter Joselyn and nephew Jon. Wayne is survived by his wife Geri, Son Andrew (Natasha) grandchildren Madison, Peyton, India and Jackson, sons Greg, Danny and Scott. Sister Marilyn (Keith) and Jason, mother-in-law Alice, brother- in-law Randy (Linda), sister- in-law Lillian (Marty), brother-in-law Boxer, (Maureen), sister-in-law Monica (Conrad) and numerous nieces and nephews. A service was held May 3, 2012 at the Hartney Centennial Centre at 2:00 pm followed by internment at the Riverside Cemetery and lunch at the Centennial Centre. Donations in memory of Wayne may be made to the Hartney Legion or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
SUTHERLAND: Helen Elizabeth Sutherland; beloved wife of the late George Sutherland and mother of Doreen (Clare) Clark and Murray Sutherland; passed away at Birch Lodge Personal Care Home, Hamiota, MB, on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 95 years of age. A service to celebrate Helen’s life will be held at the Isabella Community Church, Isabella, MB on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with interment following in the Isabella Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Helen’s memory to the Isabella Community Fund, Isabella, MB, R0M 0Y0 or to the Birch Lodge Personal Care Home, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0.
Messages of condolence and/or photos can be sent via the obituary at www.campbellfuneralhome.ca.
Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are in care of arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
CHRISTIE: Passed away at the Glenboro Health Centre on Monday May 14, 2012 at the age of 80 years, Margaret Ruth Christie (nee Mooney), of Glenboro, MB. Ruth leaves to mourn her passing her loving daughter Donna (Garth) Christison of Brookdale MB, grandchildren Adam (Heather) & Katherine (Kevan) Lawrence and by great granddaughter Kyra Christison; brothers Dave (Shirley) Mooney of Wawanesa, Bill (Marg) Mooney of Ottawa Ont., brother-in-law Jack (Betty) Medd as well as numerous nieces, nephews & friends. Ruth was predeceased by her husband Bruce (1994), son George (1968), parents George & Olive (nee Lawson), brother Bob (Flora) & by a sister Janet Medd. A Celebration of Ruth’s life will be held on Friday May 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm in the Glenboro United Church. Interment to take place in the Glenboro Cemetery. Following the service, a reception will be held in the United Church C. E. Building. Friends that so desire, memoriams may be made in Ruth’s memory to a charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences can be made by visiting www.willmorchapel.com
Jamieson’s Funeral Services of Glenboro-Holland in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.
FIDLER: It is with great sadness that the family of Joyce Isabel "Nan" Fidler, age 81 years, passed away with her family by her side at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. The ceremony to celebrate Joyce's life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 - 18th Street North on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. A time of visitation will take place on Friday, May 18, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. also at Memories Chapel. Complete obituary information will follow. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Joyce may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre for Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements with Memories Chapel and Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
CARTLIDGE:Bessie, 96 years, beloved wife of the late Reginald Cartlidge, mother of Bruce and Linda, died in the Souris Health Centre on Monday, May 14, 2012. Funeral service will be held St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Souris, Manitoba on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, in memory of Bessie, donations may be made to the St. Luke’s Anglican Church Memorial Fund or to the Souris Nursing Education Fund. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at dkowalchuk@mts.net.
DOWNIE: Edith Grace Downie (nee Thomson), August 6, 1934 – May 12, 2012. On Saturday, May 12, 2012 Edith Grace Downie (nee Thomson) aged 77 passed away peacefully at the Palliative Care Centre in Stonewall, MB. Edith was predeceased by her beloved husband of 57 years Thomas Downie and her cherished brother Frank. Edith was a devoted spouse and mother and will be deeply missed by her grandchildren John (Tanya) Downie, Kate Downie and Fiancé; her son Tom (Michelle) Downie; Lorna Davies, Ron Fitzsimmons and family, Lyle and Alice Kjartanson, Bob (Myrtle) Downie, Marty (Curly) Downie, Rob (Fernanda) Downie and Beth Downie. Mom wanted, along with dad, to thank the community of Grosse Isle for the years of support given during both Tom’s and her illnesses. Along with mom, the family would like to express their appreciation to all the staff, nurses and Doctor’s at the Interlake Medical Centre and Palliative Care, for their kind and caring assistance. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southwest Palliative Care Inc. P.O. Box 1282 Stonewall, MB, R0C 2Z0. MacKenzie Funeral Chapel, Stonewall, (204)467-2525.
KERR: William "Keith" Kerr age 78, died peacefully on May 11, 2012 at Tri-lake Health Centre in Killarney, Manitoba. A public graveside service will be held at the Killarney Cemetery on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. A memorial reception will be held following the service at the Ninette Hall, Ninette, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Keith may be made to the Arthritis Society; 386 Broadway Avenue, Suite 105 Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3R6.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.com
Killarney & Boissevain Funeral Home Ltd. (204)523-7791 www.wheatlandfs.com
BOORMAN: In loving memory of Marlaine (Marnie) Boorman, beloved daughter of Isabel and the late Fred Boorman, died in the Fairview Personal Care Home on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the age of 60 years. Left to mourn Marnie’s passing are siblings Helen Thornitt, Bill Boorman, Linda (Mel) Baker and long time friend Joe Jaworski (the love of her life). She will always be a loving daughter, a wonderful sister, an aunt, a cousin, a niece and friend to so many. Marnie was born in Souris, Manitoba on September 29, 1951. She was raised on a dairy farm, and attended school in Souris. Marnie moved to Brandon, Manitoba in 1972, where she lived independently for almost 40 years. She worked at such places as Arm Industries. Marnie struggled with health problems her entire life. On July 3, 2007, Marnie moved to Fairview Personal Care Home. She made many new friends there. Her love for bingo, card playing and listening to music kept her busy. Marlaine had a joy for life, and sadly left us far too soon. She will be missed deeply. A private family graveside service will be held at the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm. Followed be a memorial reception for family and friends at the Souris Legion Clubroom at 2:30 p.m. The family wishes to thank Dr. Davis for his many years of unconditional care and to the 4th floor staff at Fairview Home for their personal kindness and support. In memory of Marnie, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at dkowalchuk@mts.net
BOURASSA: The death of Rod Bourassa, beloved husband of Susie occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Rod was born in Winnipegosis on January 16, 1942. He spent his early years in Reedy Creek and Camperville and upon the deaths of both parents he went to live in Kinisota. While there, he lived on a farm where he developed a strong work ethic. Upon completing school, he moved to Winnipeg to attend M.I.T. There he obtained his Journeyman's electrician license. Rod worked throughout Manitoba on a wide variety of jobs including the pipeline, dams and shut downs. He was a longtime member of the I.B.E.W. L.U. 2085 except for a brief period when he had his own business. He was a mentor to many apprentices and made sure they learned their craft the right way. "All the screws on the plates and plugs are at 2:00 o'clock". His greatest achievement was his family. Rod was so very proud of them and all their accomplishments. He had an ability to blend a very large family. The guitar was his biggest passion and he would play and sing for anyone who asked him. Everyone had a favorite song and at every get-together he would play that song, sometimes more than once whether he wanted to or not. He spent hours playing trying to get it just right. Bluegrass was his favorite type of music and he attended many Bluegrass Festivals. Rod also loved to meet and play with others at the Westman Jam's. He would play with anyone no matter what the skill level. One of his best qualities was his patience whether it was helping someone with guitar or electrical. He loved to camp and went on many trips with the 5th Wheel. There he could combine sitting by a fire and playing his guitar. He entertained many folks in the campgrounds over the years. He also loved to travel to winter destinations and made many trips to the Caribbean. One of his other passions was gardening. He loved to putter in the garden and the yard. He was passionate about his plants, using rain water in the summer and melted snow in the winter. The plants never saw tap water. He also loved to cook and you could always count on a good meal. During the 80's and 90's baseball was a passion. Everyone in the family played and it was a delicate balance to attend everyone's games and tournaments. He is survived by his wife of 31 years Susie, son Benson (Brenda), son Mike, daughter Rhonda (Buddy); brother Jess (Myrt); sister Clare (Clarence); stepchildren: Darrell(Linda), Debbie, Blaine (Theresa), Lori (Jacques), Terry, numerous grandchildren and a blended family of brothers and sisters. Rod was predeceased by his son Dale, mother Christine, father Isadore and hisbrother Jack. The Funeral Ceremony was held at Memories Chapel on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. Mr. Bernie Mullins officiated. Urn Bearer was Benson Bourassa. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Friends who desire may make a donation in memory of Rod to the Westman Dreams For Kids, Unit 202, 37 - 11th Street, Brandon MB R7A 4J2. "Rod was a wonderful, caring and generous man and he leaves this world a little better place because of it. We love you and will miss you always."
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
GEORGISON: Halynna (Helene) ‘Lo’ Georgison (née Moniatowicz) November 7, 1914 – October 8, 2011. Apologies in advance, this tribute to our Baba, ‘Lo’ Georgison, will be almost as long as her wonderful life! She lived to see almost a century of change, even after telling anyone who would listen over the last 50 years, that “I’m not long for this world, kid”. She was a wonderful, kind friend, mother, sister and aunt – and to us, she was the best grandmother ever. People were naturally drawn to her - she had a magnetic personality, and made friends wherever she went. And, she was not your typical grandmother – she hated to cook, was a strict atheist, carried a back seat driver’s license, and story-time for us was full of graphic and colourful stories that one wouldn’t typically find in any children’s books. She was an ‘unconscious’ comedian, who could hold court with her wit and wisdom that made everyone laugh “Why make that donkey rich and me poor?”. Baba was born in an immigrant holding centre in Liverpool, England in 1914. That year, her father, Peter Moniatowicz, a Polish-Austrian immigrant, sent her expectant mother, Antonina Moniatowicz (née Koscielska), back home to her family in ‘old country’, as he was unable to find work as a labourer in Brandon to support his burgeoning family. But the ship only made it to Liverpool when Great War broke out - leaving Antonina, stranded there, while she awaited passage back to Canada. She gave birth to her daughter, and they were placed on the SS Virginian, and sent home. When they arrived back in Brandon, Baba’s mother suggested they call their baby Virginia, as a lovely tribute to the ship they sailed on. To which her husband replied “No child of mine is going to be named after a boat!”. So Halynna it was. (Although her teenage nickname, ‘Lo’ stuck, after she was seen on the arm of a boy named ‘Hi’). Soon after Baba, came 4 more children, 2 sisters who died at a young age, then Stan and Alice. The family grew up in the north end of Brandon – the Flats. Home to the poorest of poor immigrants – a mixture of Germans, Poles, Jews, Austrians and Ukrainians, etc. – but to hear Baba tell it, it was the most wonderful place on earth. Baba was a born storyteller, and we grew up on her vivid accounts of life on ‘the Flats’. Tales that held us positively spellbound – told over and over again for forty-plus years, until they became legendary to us kids. Stories of the floods, the poverty, the mysteries, the happy times, and of course the dances at the many local halls. Baba moved to Souris when she was 18, and took a job at the Candlan House general store by the train station. It was there that she met her best friend, Inez Georgison, and Inez’s brother Ted, a mechanic, who was to be her future husband. She and Ted married in March, 1936, and had their son, Teddy on Christmas Day the same year. They spent 10 years in Souris, where Ted worked 3 jobs. After the war, they moved to Brandon, where they set up shop with Inez and her husband, Doke Korkie, in the auto parts business. In the early 50s, Baba and our dad, Teddy, went to Vancouver to stay with her sister Alice while our grampa, Ted, stayed in Brandon to build Wheat City Auto Wrecking and a house for them to live in, on 18th Street. Together with their son, Teddy, they expanded the business to add a car dealership, Georgison Auto Mart, in the mid-60s. They then transformed the property into a hotel, restaurant, bar and beer vendor in 1972. From the time the 3 of us came along in the 60s, Baba and Grampa were omnipresent in our lives. We spent every weekend, every school holiday, and the better part of every summer with them up at Clear Lake. My brothers and I often refer to this time as the golden years. Baba was pre-deceased by her father in 1966, her mother in 1979, her brother Stan in 1980, her son, Teddy in 1988, her husband, Ted in 1993, and her sister Alice in 2002. But, she never complained – she always considered herself lucky and fortunate. She’s gone “Off to happy hunting ground” now, but she’s left us with a rich legacy that will ensure she lives on. A celebration of her life will occur on Saturday May 19, 2012 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at Kin Village, 1511 Rosser Avenue, Brandon MB, in the coffee room. Tea, coffee and light snacks will be served.
HUNT: Brian David, 60 years, beloved brother of Bob, Bill, Bert Hunt, and Doreen Logeot, died in the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre on Monday, January 30, 2012. Graveside funeral service will be held at the Riverside Cemetery, Hartney, Manitoba on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception at the Hartney Centennial Centre. In memory of Brian, donations may be made to the Hartney Community Health Centre or to the Manitoba Lung Association. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at dkowalchuk@mts.net.
KNUDSEN: Esther Knudsen passed away peacefully with her daughter Linda by her side on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at the age of 91 years. Beloved wife of the late Ejner Knudsen and dear mother of Linda (Ivan) Baker, Heather (John) Boucher, Don Knudsen and Colleen Carson. Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens on Monday May 14, 2012 at 2.00 p.m. with Pastor Jason Zinko of Redeemer Lutheran Church officiating. Urn bearers will be great grandchildren Kolby Chen and Camryn Baker. Donations may be made to Valleyview Sunshine fund c/o Valleyview Care Center, 3015 Victoria Ave, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 2K2.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
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