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DROZDA: Evelyn (beloved wife of the late Peter Drozda) of Shoal Lake passed away on Friday, December 24, 2010 at the Shoal Lake-Strathclair Health Centre at the age of 81 years. Evelyn is survived by her daughter Marlene Drozda of Brandon. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Shoal Lake, with interment to follow in the parish cemetery. Father Mykhaylo Khomitskyy will officiate. Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to If friends so desire donations may be made to the Shoal Lake-Strathclair Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, or the Shoal Lake Drop In Centre. Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of the arrangements. (204) 759-2160
HEAL: Reginald Thomas Heal of Brandon, passed away suddenly on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at the age of 62 years. A Service of Remembrance will be held to honor Reg’s life at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Reg may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association (Westman Office) 23- 12th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4L6. Complete obituary information to follow.
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DUNN: Clark Dunn of White Rock, BC beloved son of the late Stanley and Evelyn Dunn passed away on December 14, 2010 in White Rock, B.C. A graveside funeral service will be held at the Rosewood Memorial Gardens, Brandon on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. David Cathcart officiating. Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell is in care of arrangements. (204) 773-2747.
KIRK: Gladys Edna Kirk (nee Worden); beloved wife of the late Wilmot Kirk and the late Ivan Fleming; mother of Norah Gray, Shirley (Derek) Murray, Sheila (Mike) Paddon, Wayne (Lorae) Fleming, Wilma (Evan) Bell, Francine (Dave) Goodheart; passed away at Birch Lodge Personal Care Home, Hamiota, Manitoba on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 97 years of age. A service to celebrate her life will be announced and held at a later date. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Gladys’s memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B 10th St, Brandon, MB, R7A 4G7. Messages of condolence to the family can be sent at Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are in care of arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
SOWIAK: Rudolf (Rudy) Sowiak passed into God’s loving embrace surrounded by all of his family on December 15, 2010 at the age of 77 years. Rudy is survived by his loving wife Ruth of 46 years, son Todd (Michelle) and daughter Caroline (Tom Roy). He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren Kendall and Matthew, brothers Bill and Ernie (Dit), and sister Marjorie. Remaining to mourn his loss also are his Aunt Olga (John) Kostelnyk, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Samuel and Anne and sister Olga. Rudy was born on January 6, 1933 in St. Martin, Manitoba. The Sowiak family moved to Armstrong, ON and then to Rama, Saskatchewan to farm. The family chose to relocate to Manitoba and farmed North East of Nesbitt. Rudy attended Chesley School, where he received his education. The family farm was purchased south of Nesbitt and is proudly known as Fairview Farms. Rudy began farming with his father Sam as well as working on the oilrigs in Waskada, Manitoba. He was a proud member of the local Nesbitt Pool Elevator Board for many years. In the fall of 1964 on October 24th, Rudy married the love of his life, Ruth Gartz in Rush Lake, SaskatchewanK. They built their new home at the family farm where Rudy worked the farm until he became ill in the spring of 2010. Rudy enjoyed travelling, camping, fishing, hunting, baking and cooking. Woodworking was a hobby that produced many beautiful pieces, which his family cherishes and proudly display. He taught woodworking in the Nesbitt 4-H Club to community children. He loved making maple syrup, sausage, and many visitors enjoyed his homemade wines. Rudy was able to fix and repair anything that needed fixing, and loved the challenge. Many hours were spent through the years going on sightseeing drives in the family car, and while he was very ill, he still enjoyed being able to go with his family on these outings. Often his comment was he was going “Crop Inspecting” or “Around the Block”. Rudy was well known for his gentle manner, easy smile and humor. He loved all of the pets he had through the years and had a special way with each one. His dedication and love was always for the farm and his family. His grandchildren brought him so much joy and happiness. We will miss his guidance and never ending love. From heaven he will be watching over all of his family. Special heartfelt thank you’s are extended on behalf of the Sowiak family to Dr. Stone, Marlene Cory, and the nursing staff at the Souris General Hospital. Thank you to Muriel Boake for her visits and loving guidance when Rudy was able to be at home. Thank you to all the neighbors and friends who offered their support during this difficult time. The kind thoughts and words were deeply felt and appreciated by the family. A private service was held on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 and the interment took place at the Minnewawa Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7.
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SCOTT: Dorothy Gladys “Bobbie” Scott of Neepawa, Manitoba, entered into rest on December 22, 2010 at the age of 85 years. The funeral service will be held on Monday, December 27, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Neepawa United Church, Neepawa, Manitoba. Officiating clergy will be Rev. Mark Satterly. Interment will take place in the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, Manitoba. In lieu of flowers friends may make donations to Neepawa & Area Health Auxiliary. White’s Funeral Home Carberry/Neepawa in care of arrangements 204-476-2848.
SINGLE: The death of Alvin Reinhold Single occurred on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Al was born September 24, 1944 at Waldersee, Manitoba and grew up on the family farm. Al attended Cory School for grades one through eight and then attended high school inGlenella. He helped his parents with the farm until moving to Brandon in the 1960's. Al worked at a few places when he first moved to Brandon and then he worked at Simpson Sears for several years. In 1975, Al took over from Jack's Delivery and started Al's Delivery Service for the next 35 years. Al had many interests. He loved bowling, golfing, fishing, hockey, football and baseball. Al's greatest joy was coaching bowling for YBC. He helped kids achieve goals in lots of tournaments all over the place. We had a good life together. Al is survived by his wife of 38 years, Pat; daughters: Sharon (Dallas) Lemaire, Tricia Single (John Alexander); grandchildren: Anita, Eric and Jennifer Lemaire; mother Elizabeth Single; sister Diane (Perry) Allanson; mother and father-in-law Charlie and Ann Miller; brother-in-law Gordon Motz; nephew Chris (Jenn) Allanson. He was predeceased by father, Reinhold Single. The Funeral Ceremony was held at Memories Chapel on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 with Pastor Jason Zinko of Redeemer Lutheran Church officiating. Urn bearer was Chris Allanson. Honorary Pallbearers were all those in attendance. 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 were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
McKENDRY:Peggy May (Campion) in her 87th year passed away peacefully at the Ottawa General Hospital on Saturday, December 18, 2010. Loving wife of the late Roy McKendry and the late Aurele Martineau. Beloved mother of Brenda (Gordon) Hansen of Brandon, Manitoba; David (Diana) McKendry of Morrisburg, Ontario; Kenneth (Carmen) Martineau of Aylmer, Quebec; Carol Ann "Sue" (Peter) Best of London, England; Roger Martineau, Judy Martineau (Lynn Childs), and Ronald McKendry of Metcalfe, Ontario; and the late Maureen Martineau, Michael Martineau, and Jim McKendry. Cherished grandmother of Angie (Lawrence) Williamson, Jim Hansen, Brandon McKendry, Kathleen McKendry, Philip Best, Andre Martineau, Darlene Martineau, and Michael Martineau. Proud great-grandmother of Megan, Natalie, and Kate Williamson; Shane and Camille Martineau. Predeceased by two brothers and two sisters in England. Funeral service was held on Wednesday December 22nd at Daley Family Funeral Home in Metcalfe, Ontario. Spring Interment at Springhill Cemetery. In memory of Peggy, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of choice.
Always ready to do her best,With a heart so true and tender,She devoted her life to those she loved,And those she loved remember.
McMILLAN: Russell Stuart, January 11, 1923 - December 16, 2010. Russell Stuart McMillan passed away in Gimili Hospital on December 16, 2010 after a brief illness. Russ is survived by his children Rick, Don and Linda and their families in Los Angelos, California. Also surviving is brother Crawford (Ellma) of Selkirk and sister Yvonne Williams of Brandon. A memorial service will be held for Russell at a later date with burial in Griswold Cemetery.
McBETH: The death of Sadie McBeth, widow of the late George Grey McBeth, occurred at the Vista Park Personal Care Home, Winnipeg on Wednesday, December 22, 2010. The Ceremony to Celebrate Sadie's Life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm. Rev. Michael Skliros will officiate. Interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Sadie to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for CancerCare, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
MATHISON: John Mathison, July 16, 1918 - Nov. 15, 2010. Husband of Ruby and father of Fran (Frankie) Dyck and Murray Mathison, passed away quickly and peacefully Monday, November 15, 2010. John was born in the Hamiota district and except for a few trips to B.C. and Toronto, he lived his whole life at Hamiota. John lived and loved to farm. First with his brothers and later with his son Murray. Even at 92 years of age he still paid attention to grain prices, yields and grades. He was part of a generation that graduated from horses to four wheel drive tractors and binders and threshing machines to straight cut combines. John also lived for his family. His brothers and sisters and their families were very special to him and his real joy in life was his wife Ruby, daughter Frankie and son Murray. He was a real part of his of his children’s lives and continued to follow his six grandchildren and then his ten great-grandchildren. His face lit up and his eyes shone when the grandchildren came with their families to visit. John was born July 16, 1918 to James and Margaret Mathison and lived within a few miles of his birth place all of his life. On April 2, 1943, he married Ruby Colbeck of the Scotia District. John and Ruby had 67 years of happy marriage. John was quite active in the Hamiota community for many years. He was on the Hamiota United Church building committee for many years. He was an avid follower of minor baseball and hockey, the Red Sox and Huskies and curling. He curled for many years and had some interesting stories about some of the bonspiels he attended. He really enjoyed watching his grandchildren play ringette, hockey, basketball and baseball. John was predeceased by his parents, brothers Covert, Clark, Bruce, and Frank, as well as his sisters Martha and Maud. He was also predeceased by nephews Jim, Ken, Lawrence (Buck), and Gerald as well as niece Gladys and son-in-law Bill Dyck. Those left to mourn his passing and treasure the memories are his wife Ruby. Daughter Frankie, son Murray (Lynda) along with grandchildren Jodi Dyck (Keith Moen), Chris Dyck, Shawn Dyck, Trina Mathison (Darren Eddie), Charlene Mathison (Chris Routledge), Leanne Lelond (Tom) and great-grandchildren Leif and Ruby Moen, Allaura, Mallory and Malcolm Eddie, Owen and Avery Routledge and Shanna, John and Joe Lelond. Also his sister Mary Murray and sister-in-law Eunice Brooks (Bill) and brother- in-law Les Colbeck, as well as many nephews and nieces. The family is grateful to have been part of such a wonderful life and will have many, many great memories.
MacDEARMID: George Duncan MacDearmid, passed away suddenly on December 15, 2010. George was born on April 17, 1932 at his parent’s residence on Franklin Street. George will be lovingly remembered by his wife Luella (Lue); daughter Georganne (Denis) Bisson, grandchildren Tanya, Michael and Jeremy Bridges; son Ken Holder (Jo-Ann Pasklivich-Holder), grandchildren Jorry and Kendry; son Brian (Michelle) Holder, grandchildren Tyson and Justin. George is also survived by his brother Will (Isabelle), sister-in-law Muriel Dennis, as well as nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Garfield and Dorothy MacDearmid, his brother Glen and his sisters Dorothy and Vonda, as well as niece Debbie. George received his education in Brandon. He was employed by Maple Leaf Services in Shilo and was involved in opening stores in Churchhill and Saskatchewan. He was also the Store Manager at Economart and later worked for McGavin Foods. George loved life and especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed going to see them play their sports, whether hockey, soccer, baseball or dancing. He attended any school function. George was especially pleased to see his grandson, Jeremy, graduate in Souris as well as his granddaughter, Tanya, working in a career she wanted as a corrections officer. Everyday he was up to Humpties for coffee; Wednesday it was with the retired jail guards and once a month with the ex-Shilo people. Everyday you could find him walking at the Corral Centre in the Safeway Store. A Celebration of George’s life was held at Brockie Donovan Chapel on Monday, December 20, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. John Dolloff of St. Mary’s Anglican Church officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. A time of fellowship and refreshments was held at the North End Community Centre. Active pallbearers were his nephew Robert MacDearmid and his grandchildren, Tanya and Jeremy Bridges, Tyson and Justin Holder, Jorry and Kendry Holder. If friends desire, donations in memory of George may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8 or the Diabetes Association, 727B – 10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 4G7 or to a charity of one’s choice. The family wishes to thank the doctors at the Brandon Clinic, Jinny, Constable Russ Patterson and Sonny Moroz at Brockie Donovan for the kindness and guidance offered during this difficult time.
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GAMEY: Roy Gamey of Strathclair passed away peacefully at the Morley House Personal Care Home in Shoal Lake on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at the age of 81 years. Roy is survived by his wife Irene Gamey, sons: David Gamey, Neil (Val) Gamey, daughter Karen (Jason) Gamey-Koscielny all of Strathclair and 5 grandchildren. The funeral service will take place on Monday, December 27, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at The Bend Theatre, Strathclair. Rev. Tim Crouch will officiate. If friends so desire donations may be made to Camp Wannakumbac Legacy Fund, PO Box 125, Onanole, Manitoba, R0J 1N0.
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Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of the arrangements (204)759-2160.
DRUMMOND: Dr. Keith Drummond (1933-2010) passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at the age of 77 years following a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Regina where he received his elementary and secondary education before entering medical school at the University of Saskatchewan. He graduated in 1959, completing his internship at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. Following his internship, he entered a partnership in family practice in Oxbow, Saskatchewan in 1961. He married Violet Hehn BScN; whom he met during medical school, on June 2, 1956. Keith and Vi had two children, Dale and Heather. Keith practiced in Oxbow for 28 years before moving to Brandon in 1989 where he practiced at the Brandon Clinic until 1999. While in semi retirement, he also did surgical assists at the Brandon Regional Health Centre until 2009.Keith was predeceased by his mother Florence, his father David and his brother, Allan. He is survived by his wife Vi, his son Dale (Linda), grandchildren Rhyan and Randi; and his daughter Heather, grandchildren Matthew and Joshua. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Gail Drummond, Helen Krozser, Loreen Irwin, and brother- in-law Lorne Hehn (Beth) and numerous nieces and nephews. Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. conducted by Rev. David Cathcart of Knox United Church. Interment of ashes will take place at Wheatwyn, Saskatchewan at a later date. In memory of Dr. Drummond, donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, "Western Manitoba Cancer Care Project" 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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CREASER: Ray Creaser, November 11, 1951 – December 14, 2010. It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg on December 14, 2010 at the age of 59 years. Beloved husband of Connie of Thompson. A celebration of Ray’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 6, 2011 at The Royal Canadian Legion, 59 Elizabeth Dr., Thompson, Manitoba. Ray leaves to mourn his wife Connie of 26 years; children Megan (Trent) and Mallory (Derek), his father Kenneth (Marion), sister Kerrie (Larry) Dyck and brother Kelly (Gwen). He will be missed by his many friends and extended family. Ray was predeceased by his mother, Doris Creaser, brother Andrew Creaser, mother-in-law Maude Rolfson and father-in-law Leonard Rolfson. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire donations may be made in Ray’s memory to the Manitoba chapter of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 6 Donald Street, Suite 200, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 0K6 Boardman/Northland Funeral Home in care of arrangements phone 778-7982.
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