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KILMURY: In loving memory of Eric R. Kilmury of Boissevain, Manitoba beloved husband of Tammy. Eric died accidentally near Minot, North Dakota on July 28, 2011 at the age of 51. A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday August 4, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Paul’s United Church in Boissevain, Manitoba. Private interment will take place at the Boissevain Cemetery. Donations in memory of Eric may be made to the Boissevain & Morton Foundation, Box 1075, Boissevain, Manitoba, R0K 0E0.Condolences may be made online at or email: ekilmury@hotmail.comKillarney & Boissevain Funeral Home Ltd. (204) 523-7791
KENDRICK: The death of Vera Ann Kendrick, loving mother of Gail (Norman) Rusk and Dwain (Betty), occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, July 30, 2011. Family and friends are invited to share their memories at a come and go reception at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North, between the hours of 2:00 and 3:30 p.m. on Monday, August 8, 2011 with a time of reflection at 2:15 p.m. A private family graveside ceremony will take place at Reston Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Vera may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 8 - 940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, R7A 0P6, or the Canadian Diabetes Association, PO Box 26331 Stn. Brm. B, Toronto, Ontario, M7Y 4R1, or a charity of choice.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
COCKLE: Jim (James) Sydney Graham. Friends and family are invited to attend a graveside memorial service for Jim, on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. the Brandon Cemetery.
IRVING: Eleanor May Irving (née Scott), beloved wife of the late Hubert Irving, and dear mother of Nancy and Jim, died peacefully on the afternoon of July 31, 2011 at the Baldur, Manitoba Hospital. A time of viewing and visitation will be held at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 339-12th Street, on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. with The Rev. Dr. Dong-Ha Kim officiating. The interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations in memory of Eleanor may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7, to the First Presbyterian Church, 339-12th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4M3 or a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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KENDRICK: The death of Vera Ann Kendrick, loving mother of Gail (Norman) Rusk and Dwain (Betty), occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, July 30, 2011. Funeral arrangements are pending and announcement of service will follow.Arrangements arewith Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
Stefanie Dawn Elke David (Bakeman Williams)May 13, 1986 – July 30, 2011
It is with great sadness that we share the loss of our wife, mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter and friend. Stefanie was predeceased by her Papa; Don Elke and they are now in heaven together. Stefanie is survived by her husband Jeffrey, her daughters Lily and Mary, her father and mother; Michael and Shannon, her brother Ashten and sister Emilee, her “MaMa”Lu, brother Ryan and father - in – law; Marty. Also survived by grandparents; June Elke (her Baba and old lady friend) Darlene Bakeman, Larry Bakeman, Lewie and Luella Czech, Alva Williams, Gary and Joan Williams and also numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and family members. Stefanie was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba where she loved hard, laughed often and lived life to its fullest challenge! She moved to Brandon to complete her schooling and found the love of her life Jeffrey and a home that she adored. She has raised two beautiful, polite, and sensitive little girls in Lily and Mary, and we will see Stefanie carry on through them. She was surrounded by the most allegiant, caring, dynamic group of friends who were her circle of love and support. Stefanie endured two years of a courageous battle with cancer never knowing what would happen next; there was always another plan! She was the strongest woman we knew and our hero, never complaining and always making sure everyone was ok. Our hearts are broken, our pain is raw, but we are grateful that we had time with her and now she celebrates in heaven. A service of remembrance to honor Stefanie’s life will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, Friday, August 5, 2011 at 1 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant Jamie Berry officiating. Placement of urn will follow at the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Stefanie may be made to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, CE501-840 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3A 1S1
DALE: It is with great sadness that the family of Linda Anne Dale, loving mother of Steven and Trevor (Beverly) and grandmother of Kiya and Camden, announce her passing on Friday, July 29, 2011 at her residence. A private family service will take place.Expressions of sympathymay be made are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
BEATTY: Clyde William Beatty of Brandon, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at the age of 72 years. Clyde was predeceased by his parents and an older brother. Clyde will be remembered by his special friends and acquaintances. Clyde was born in Brandon and worked at Western Groceries until their closing. A service of remembrance will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332 8th Street, on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. with The Rev. Dr. Dong-Ha Kim officiating. A private placement of the urn will take place in the Columbarium at the Brandon Cemetery.
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CARTER: The family of Lynne Carter announces her passing on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at Brandon Assiniboine Centre at the age of 64. She was born in Ste. Rose du Lac in 1946 to James and Georgina Carter of Riding Mountain. She went to school in Roskeen and Kelwood High School. She started her career at the Canadian Wheat Board in Winnipeg and later at the Bank of Commerce. She then went on to the Motor Vehicle Branches in Brandon and Dauphin. Her final job was with Assiniboine Community College where she worked for 14 years. She retired in 2003 and then worked casually for a number of years as well as volunteering for many organizations. Lynne enjoyed many activities such as golfing, clogging, line dancing, ceramics and paper tole. She loved her music and going to festivals. To avoid our Manitoba winter, she traveled to Texas for years and later to B.C. Even though her illness was getting the best of her, she made one last trip to B.C., returning in March, 2011. Lynne was very strong willed and independent. She managed very well in her own home until her last week. She had many good friends who were a great help during her illness. She leaves many fond memories for family and friends. Lynne was predeceased by her parents and her brother Terry in 2007. She is survived by her sister Judy and husband Tom Yerex, sister-in-law Carol Carter, her nephews Chad (Charla) Yerex, Warren (Trisha) Yerex, Kevin (Kierstyn) Carter, Daryl (Rhonda) Carter, Donna (Dean) Carter and six great nephews and nieces. Memorial Service will take place on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Monterey Estates Recreation Centre, 40 Mockingbird Drive, Brandon, Manitoba. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. in the Riding Mountain Cemetery, Riding Mountain, Manitoba.
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White's Funeral Home Neepawa in care of arrangements.
BAWTINHIMER: Ronald James Bawtinhimer was born to Frank Bawtinhimer & Ruth (Morrison) Bawtinhimer on November 3, 1941. He passed away May 30, 2011 at the age of 69 at Health Sciences Center, Winnipeg. He grew up on the family farm and was educated in public school in Goodlands. He received his High school Diploma from Deloraine Collegiate. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree & his Bachelor of Education degree from Brandon College. Ron had a permanent Professional Teaching certificate in Alberta & Manitoba. Ron married Heather Gunn in 1963, to this union where born 2 children. He married Marianne Morrell in 1979. Ron was in teaching or in administration in Tilston and Melita, MB, Fort McMurray, AB and Fort Smith, NWT, Olds & Calgary, AB. Ron also spent numerous years teaching in the Artic. He was also in plant training expert on assignment with the I.O.L. of the United Nations in Suriname, South America and Russia. In retirement he spent time in Yuma, AZ and Sylvan Lake, AB. He then returned to Deloraine, where he enjoyed his time at the golf course, or senior center. Left to survive Ron are his children Daryl of Edmonton, AB and Karyne (Scott) Daniels of Yellowknife, NWT. Daryl’s children Morgan and Beni of Edmonton and Karyne’s children Brady & Austin Daniels, Yellowknife. His siblings Marie (Darvin) Engel, McClusky, ND, Bill, Virden & Cheryl Minaudier of Winnipeg. He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife Marianne. Memorial may be given to Canadian Cancer Society or charity of donor’s choice. A special thank you to the Doctors and Staff at Deloraine Hospital & Health Science Center. The staff in both hospitals where truly caring and compassionate. A celebration of Ron’s life will be at Deloraine Legion on Saturday, August 6th from 2-4 pm.
EDWARDS: Marion Eva Edwards, beloved mom of Maureen Miller and David Edwards, passed away peacefully at her residence, Hillcrest Place, on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at the age of 86 years. Marion (née Watson) Edwards spent her final days at Hillcrest Place, on the second floor. Unfortunately, her health had declined by the time of her arrival and she was unable to fully integrate into the activities there. She was born in Heathfield, Sussex, England on September 2, 1924. She was the second eldest of four sisters (Margaret, Gwen, and Freda) and she also had an older step sister (Molly). She spent much of her young life in Streatham Common, a suburb of London. Her formal education ended in 1940, due to the heavy bombing London was experiencing. She was offered and accepted a position with the London Power Company, which was considered an essential service. Two years later, she was conscripted into the Ministry of Information, where she worked with the censors in the Photography Department. She took a volunteer position with the Canadian Soldiers Club, off Trafalgar Square, where she met her future husband Phil, a Saskatchewan farm boy, serving with the Canadian Headquarters (CMHQ) in London. They were married in March 1946, just before he was returned to Canada. She was shipped to Canada, with a large number of war brides, in September. They settled in Reston, MB, where they welcomed Maureen in 1949. In 1951, they moved to a small home on 27th Street in Brandon. Marion and Maureen travelled to England in 1954, where Marion saw her parents for the last time. A son, David arrived in 1956. Marion worked part time at the Wheat City Arena on 10th Street and Victoria Avenue, from 1953 to 1964; doing bookkeeping and handling ticket sales, especially for the Wheat Kings. In 1966, Marion became a secretary at Brandon University in the Faculty of Education. There she acted as an unofficial guidance councellor, where she helped many future teachers solve problems with their programs. She retired from the University in 1985. Marion was an active member of the Canadian Order of Foresters, and was a key member of the War Brides Association that was organized in southwest Manitoba. She deeply regretted that the War Brides eventually disbanded as age overcame the ladies. Marion maintained close relations with her sisters and managed about a dozen trips back to Britain. Her company was much loved by her sisters and their children. She also became a traveller to other locales after her retirement, including trips to Hawaii and the continental United States. Marion is survived by her daughter, Maureen Miller of Brandon and son, David of Calgary. Maureen has three daughters, Jodi (Jeff) Hrymak of Minnedosa, Jenifer McClure of Brandon, and Jillian (Jason) Lawrence of Douglas. David has a son, Geoffrey and a daughter Megan, both of whom live in Calgary. Marion had seven great grandchildren, Emma and Bria (Jodi), Tyson, Abby and Kate (Jenifer) and Tucker and Tristan (Jillian). Marion was predeceased by her husband, Phil in June of 2001. A Celebration of Marion’s life was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, on Monday, July 25, 2011 with Mr. Lawrence McInnes officiating. A private family interment took place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. The family would especially like to thank the second floor nurses at Hillcrest Place for their outstanding care. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Marion may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8.
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KOKONAS: Mario John Kokonas, beloved husband of Fotina and dear father of John and Agelo, died peacefully with family by his side on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at the Assiniboine Centre, at the age of 67 years. Mario moved to Canada in 1958 at the age of 15 to reside in Saskatoon with his brother, Spero, and father, John. His father went back to Greece and his brother, Albert, came shortly thereafter. They helped each other adapt to our beautiful country of Canada, a land filled with opportunity for those willing to work hard and make sacrifices for a better life. In this regard, all three brothers flourished. With the marriage to his wonderful wife, Fotina, on November 4th, 1971, and the birth of his sons, John and Agelo in 1974 and 1976 respectfully, he was finally complemented and the origins of his legacy of family business were on the horizon. After several smaller ventures in the restaurant and service industry, Mario matured into the Brandonite and restaurateur we all knew and loved. Mario was never formally educated, although, he learned through the school of life, graduated with honours, and truly became a professor to many. Mario lived in many towns and worked various jobs to realize his dream of self-employment. He was known in the community for the Voyageur restaurant in Minnedosa in the early 70's with his brothers, Albert and Spero. He then became involved with Kokonas Restaurant in Brandon in 1974, which he started with his brother, Albert. He finally realized his true calling with pizza in 1981 with Romana Pizza, his own business, and the rest is history. After his first attempt at retirement in 2000, Mario embarked on his last venture; a retirement project with his family called Marino's Pizza. For those who don't know, Marino is Greek for Mario, and we all spent his last handful of years there together in his home, not his workplace. Mario was a simple, modest, hard working man, who participated in life unconventionally to successfully have a hobby for his job. When he wasn't working at his hobby, he enjoyed his apple trees, day trips to Clear Lake and the outdoors in general. Mario is survived by: his wife Fotina, sons John and Agelo, his mother Chrisoula in Greece, his sister Marina in Greece, his sister Matoula (Nick) in Chicago, his brother Spero (Sophia) in Toronto, his brother Albert (Violeta) in Brandon, his brother-in-law Bill Galanis, his brother and sister-in-law Peter and Toula in Greece, and a plethora of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family that are typical to a Greek family. This includes all the people we were lucky enough to interact with throughout his time on earth. Our employees were our family, and our customers were our relatives. He was predeceased by: his father John from Greece, his brother-in-law Manoli from Greece, his father and mother-in-law Agelo and Eleni from Greece. Thank you to all the people who helped Mario and our family over the years in and out of the restaurants. Thank you to all the good staff at the hospital who helped us through our many days there. Thank you also to Dr. Egan and the Issigonis family for going above and beyond to extend his time on earth. Thank you to everyone we interacted with and participated with over the years that allowed us to be part of our community of Brandon. Thank you to all for the prayers and well wishes for Mario – we hope that life will reciprocate those thoughts and feelings to all of you and your families in this lifetime. Prayers were held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, on Friday, July 22, 2011. The Funeral Service took place at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Saturday, July 23, 2011 with Fr. Spiridon Vandoros officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mario may be made to a charity of choice.
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PIERCE: Francis "Frank" Manford Pierce of Brandon passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday, July 29, 2011 at Fairview Home. Funeral Service will be held at Central United Church, 327 - 8th Street, Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Laird Russell Yearwood will officiate. Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Frank to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3, 824 - 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7 or a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
ROBERTSON: Harold Mervin passed away peacefully with family by his side at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. Harold was born in Wawanesa on October 28, 1924. He grew up in Margaret and went to school in Pinkham. Harold married Muriel on October 20, 1945. They moved to Minto where Harold worked at Johnston's Hardware Store. Mervyn was born in 1948; Lawrence in 1951; and Dennis in 1956. Shortly after Dennis was born Mom and Dad and the boys moved to Brandon. They had a new house moved in from Morden and settled on 22nd Street where they lived up until a year ago when they moved to Riverheights Terrace. Dad worked at McLeods when they came to Brandon. In 1960- their only daughter Mavis was born. After McLeods, Dad went to Co-op where he managed the Hardware department and then to Beaver Lumber which is where he retired from. Mom and Dad loved to dance - they did square and round dancing with the Circle 8's Dance Club for many years. Dad also called round dancing. They loved to travel to jamborees all across the country side. For many family vacations we went to Penticton, B.C. where they participated in the Peach Festival Jamboree. Mom and Dad loved to travel south during the winter to Desert Hot Springs. Over the years they developed many friendships and enjoyed socializing with everyone. Their annual summer project was making strawberry jam - they would go out the first day of picking (no matter how hot it was) and pick at least 10 pails of berries. Then they would go home and make the jam. They liked to have a stock of about 75 to 100 pint sealers to last till the next strawberry season. They supplied their children and grandchildren with this great jam. They loved their gardens, both vegetable and flowers. They would plant approximately 48 plus tomato plants as well as all the other veggies. They were pretty generous with the produce that they grew. Dad was "Mr. Fix It" - he would try to (and usually succeeded) in fixing anything. He loved to tinker, one of the things he did was set up a watering system for all the gardens. Their yard was always very attractive and colorful. Dad loved his grandchildren and was always interested in their accomplishments, whether it was school-related, sports or dance and as they grew into adults, he was very interested in their plans. Dad also loved his grand "dogs" At family dinners he would always sneak food from the table to give to them, thinking that we didn't see what he was doing. The dogs sure loved him for that. He always had treats for the dogs when they came to visit, they knew who the softy was. Dad loved to celebrate milestones their 40th, 50th, 60th and most recently their 65th wedding anniversary last October. As well as both Mom and Dad's 80th birthdays. Mom and Dad enjoyed their move to Riverheights Terrance in the spring of 2010. Dad had more than his share of health issues but that didn't stop him from enjoying his life with great joy and happiness. He got a new lease on life with his triple bypass surgery in Palm Springs (during one of their trips down south) and this gave him many extra years for his family and friends to enjoy with him. Dad, you will be sadly missed by your loving wife, your family and your many friends.
We all love you!
Harold is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Muriel. His loving family: Mervyn (Terri) their children Jason (Breanna) great grandchild Keira: Lawrence (Theresa) their children Chanse and Cyndall: Dennis (Tunde) their children Carrie (Adam) and Daniel: Mavis (Russell) Van Buskirk their children Andy and Amy. We would like to thank all those who attended the funeral and who sent cards and food, we appreciated it greatly. Also a special thanks goes out to Dr. Butler, the home care girls and the staff at the Assiniboine Centre - for their care and support provided to dad and us, the family, many thanks. A celebration of Harold's life took place at Memories Chapel on Saturday, July 23, 2011. A private family interment took place at Margaret Cemetery. Donations in memory of Harold may be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
SPILLER: Cameron Henry. On Sunday, July 24, 2011 at the Lions Prairie Manor, Cam Spiller passed away at the age of 82 years. Cam will be forever remembered and sadly missed by his wife Jean of 49 years; son Blake (Brenda); daughter Colleen (Barry) Vrooman and much loved grandchildren AJ Spiller, Dillon and Kaitlyn Vrooman; sisters Joyce (Frank) Coles, Eileen (Don) Webb, brother-in-law Les Koroscil, sister-in-law Betty and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents Tom and Bertha; daughter-in-law Marcia; sisters Marge Mallett, Doreen Dutka and Isabelle Koroscil; brother Lyle; nephews Graham Webb, Steve Byczynski and Pat Spiller along with his in-laws Peggy and Andy McCallum and sister-in-law Grace and husband Claire Simpson. Cam was born on June 27, 1929 in Cardale, Manitoba where he was raised and attended school. He moved to Rivers where he was employed with Taylor & Son. Cam then worked in the construction industry as a journeyman carpenter at the potash mines in Esterhazy, Gerald and Rocanville, Saskatchewan from 1964 until 1972. The family moved to Portage where he continued his trade and eventually retired from the maintenance division of the Portage School Division in 1994. Cam was very involved in baseball and hockey all his life – first as a player, referee, umpire, coach and very vocal supporter. Cam lived for his family and they knew it only took a phone call and he would be right there regardless of what was needed – be it a ride somewhere, a babysitter or something that needed fixed. As per Cam’s wishes, there was a private family service with burial at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. As expressions of sympathy, if friends so wish, donations may be made in Cam’s memory to Portage Terriers Junior A Hockey Club, Box 33, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, R1N 3B2 or the Lions Prairie Manor Foundation Inc, 24 - 9th Street SE, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, R1N 3V4. A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel 857-4021. A message can be left in the on-line guest book at
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