Classifieds / Obituaries
MILLER: Mary Jane Miller, Dec. 22, 1924- May 2010. Peacefully on May 24, 2010 Mary Jane passed away at Golden Links Lodge in Winnipeg. Left to mourn her passing is her son Donald, his wife Laura and her immediate family, siblings Frank, Roy, Tom Dussome, Phylys Ireland and their families. Mary lived a full life including military service during WWII and 15 years as a cook at the Brandon Mental Institution, retiring in 1986. During her life she actively pursued hobbies of fishing, bowling, darts, curling, performing country music, reading and knitting. The family would like to thank the caregivers of Fairview Home for their compassionate care during her stay there. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at Brandon Royal Canadian Legion at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 18, 2010.
PROVEN: With the sun in his face and sitting in his favourite chair, Jim Proven passed away at home on May 19, 2010. James Frederick Proven was born February 9th, 1924 in the home on the family farm northwest of Basswood, Manitoba. Dad was the fifth of six children born to Hazel and Frederick Proven. At two years of age Dads father died, leaving Hazel to raise six children, and run the farm. The family was raised during the height of the depression, and Dad had many stories of the difficult times they endured. In spite of the hard times the family were tightly bonded and remained close throughout their lives. Dad joined the RCAF before he finished high school, and served with the 408 Bomber Squadron overseas for his full 30 missions. He was very proud that his entire crew survived, and that they remained friends for many years. It was in England, that Dad married Dorothy Lily Bennett. At the end of Dads service, they returned to live in Minnedosa where Dad finished high school Son, Keith was born in Minnedosa in 1945, and daughter Karen was born in 1949, in Barrie Ontario, after Dad had rejoined the RCAF and been posted there. After retiring from the Air Force, Dad began his nomadic years as he referred to them; finally settling in Calgary for 10 years. In 1962 the lure of the family farm brought the family back to the Basswood area. Dad worked at both farming, and construction before joining the RRSD as first assistant secretary- treasurer, and then becoming secretary treasurer a few years later. Dads retirement from the RRSD allowed him to help on the farm and for himself and Dorothy to take their RV on many trips across Canada, and the U.S. After Dorothys passing, Dad began to split time between Minnedosa, and Victoria, B.C.; eventually relocating there full time. He enjoyed living in Victoria until his health began to fail, and he moved back to Minnedosa. Dad enjoyed a full and complete life, and died with a sense of peace and fulfillment. He was predeceased by Father, Fred; Mother, Hazel; brothers, Elmer and Stan; and sisters, Margaret and Helen. His sadness was profound with the death of wife Dorothy, and daughter Karen. He is survived by son Keith (Bonnie); brother Harold (Isabella); grandchildren, Mike (Leila), Morgan (Lindsey), Rachel (Taryn), and Breanne (Tom); daughters in law Susan and Heather; son in law Gary; and with enormous pride, great grandchildren, Brennan and Alexa. A memorial service will be held at the farm June 19 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Minnedosa Library.
MATTISON: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ferne Robina Mattison on February 28, 2010 at her residence, Dinsdale Personal Care Home in Brandon, Manitoba. Ferne was the youngest child of Ernest and Esther Drake, born June 20,1920 in Lashburn, Saskatchewan. Her father was a school teacher and principal in several communities in Saskatchewan. When she graduated, Ferne went on to nurses training in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She nursed and became the matron of the hospital in Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan. Following WWII she met and married Doug Mattison of Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan. Together they raised four children, Esther, Helen, Linda and Doug. The family settled in Melville, Saskatchewan in 1950, where Doug was employed with the CNR. Ferne was devoted to her family, her church and her friends. She took great pride in her home and wonderful care of her family. She was very involved in All Saints Church as a member of the congregation and served several years as an executive member of both the Altar Guild and AWA. When her children became somewhat independent, Ferne decided to add a new chapter to her life. She became a librarian for the Melville Public Library and later the Head Librarian for the Parkland Regional Library. In this capacity she helped many people to appreciate the wonder of literacy and the magic of books. As a young person, Ferne loved to play tennis and skate. She was well read and loved to play card games, especially bridge. Ferne was always interested in current events and the politics of the day. She loved to watch sports on TV, especially hockey, baseball, curling and even Saturday night wrestling! Ferne had many special friends throughout her life, and treated all with respect and acceptance. She was a role model to all who knew her. She is survived by her four children, Esther (Curly) of Onanole, Manitoba; Helen (Glenn) of Spruce Grove, Alberta; Linda (Tom) Price of Brandon, Manitoba; and Doug (Wendy) of Chater, Manitoba. She also leaves ten grandchildren (Sharon, Brian, Brett, Barry, Shane, Robby, Josh, Zach, Tessa and Rayna, ten great- grandchildren (Bonnie, Jennifer, Dustin, Sara, Ayden, Jordan, Jaryn, Riley, Samuel and Zoe), many nieces and nephews (Joe, Drake, Jim, Hughie, Leanne, Judy and Joyce), and two sisters-in-law, Mary Mattison and Hazel Dawson. Ferne was predeceased by her mother in 1955, father in 1958, brother James Marshall in 1944, sister Helen Ernestine in 2002, and her beloved husband, Doug, in 1980. Following the death of her husband, she and her son Doug relocated to Brandon, Manitoba, so she could be closer to more of her family. She continued to enjoy many years with her family and friends, also becoming a member of St Georges Church. Her health declined in recent years, and during this time, Ferne was well cared for by the professional and compassionate staff at Dinsdale Personal Care Home. Cremation has taken place, and a service to celebrate Fernes life is to take place in Melville, Saskatchewan, at All Saints Anglican Church on June 19,2010 at 11:00 a.m. A graveside service and interment will follow at the Melville Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers include all of Fernes family; urn bearer will be Fernes beloved son, Doug. Expressions of sympathy may be made at email@example.com. If so wished, a donation in Fernes memory may be made to the Parkland Regional Library, Salvation Army or a charity of choice. Arrangements are with Matthews Funeral Home, Melville, Saskatchewan.
LARSEN: Judith Anna Larsen (née Nielsen). It is with deep sorrow that we announce that our dear mother, wife, grandmother, and sister passed into eternal rest with her family by her side on May 22, 2010 at 4:50 a.m. at the young age of 54 years. Judy was born to the late Jarl and Adele Nielsen on February 23, 1956 in Brandon, Manitoba. Until the age of two she lived in Souris, before moving to a small acreage in Kemnay where she lived a happy childhood. She attended elementary school in Kemnay before moving to Brandon where she attended J. R. Reid School. At the age of 16 years, Judy started her career of 30 years at Fairview Home, where she worked until her daughter Cristina was born. She was a stay at home mom for four years before returning to work at Fairview Home in 1984. After a brief first marriage, she married her first love Phillip Farmer, father of Cristina. In 1989, her second daughter Melissa was born to Jack Larsen, who she lived with until becoming his wife on February 23rd, 2006. Judy lived and loved with all of her heart and was known by her family as a master chef as she frequently cooked feasts for upwards of 30 people. Some hobbies and past-times that she took great joy in were arts and crafts, sewing, camping, fishing, swimming, horseback riding in her youth, dancing, cards, darts, movies, croquet, mini golf, and most of all spending time with family and friends. As the eldest of her nine brothers and sisters, she was like a second mother to them. She loved her three grandchildren and treasured every moment with them. Sam shared her love and talent for art. Before her passing, she was able to spend time with her grandchildren, dancing with Leah and Jessie, and drawing with Sam. She shared many of her favorite recipes with Crissy, and enjoyed every minute she had with her family and friends. A beautiful woman inside and out with an incredible sense of humour, she touched many lives and will be fondly remembered and greatly missed. Judy was predeceased by her mother and father; Jarl (2001) and Adele Nielsen (1985), and her nephew David (1985). She leaves behind her husband Jack, two daughters Melissa Larsen, and Crissy McGregor née Farmer (Doug), grandchildren, Sam, Jessie, and Leah. Her nine brothers and sisters Wayne Nielsen (Debbie), Andy Nielsen (Kim), Gary Nielsen (Norma), Debbie Leclerc née Nielsen, Donna Coburn née Nielsen, Kelly Nielsen, Sheila Darvill née Nielsen (Derek), Jeff Nielsen, Tim Nielsen (Brenda), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She showed incredible courage and strength through her hospital stay and never missed an opportunity to put a smile on someones face. A graveside service was held at the Brandon Cemetery on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with Arlene Robertson officiating. Donations in Memory of Judy may be made to the Canadian Liver Foundation, Box 1943, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 3R2. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
JOLLY: John Thomas "Jack" Jolly, age 87, beloved husband of Edna Jolly died June 9, 2010, Deloraine Health Centre, Deloraine, Manitoba. Public Graveside Service Monday, June 14, 2010, Waskada Cemetery, Waskada, Manitoba 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire, donations may be made to a charity of own choice.
Messages of condolence may be made at www.wheatlnd.comSmith Funeral Home, Deloraine Manitoba www.wheatlnd.com 204-747-2088
GRAY: Albert William Gray passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on June 6, 2010 at age 93. Dad was born at Hayfield, MB and after his schooling in Brandon, he worked for 39 years (1941-80) with the CPR and was secretary/ treasurer for the BMWE Union for 20 years. He proudly served his country in the 26th Field Regiment with tours in Europe and Kiska in the Aleutian Islands. Dad was awarded an Honorary Life Membership and a citation of "Order for Service" with ANAF. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Dad was predeceased by his first wife Laura in 1960, brothers Ernie and Frank, and stepdaughter Pat. Albert and May married in 1961 and lived in Green Acres and Lions Manor prior to Hillcrest. Albert is survived by May and sons Wayne Gray (Sharon), Dale Gray (Georgina), Bob Walker (Brenda) and eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Albert and May enjoyed their travels to Europe, Hawaii and all over North America with several winter stays in Mesa, AZ. They were members of Trinity and Central United Churches for many years. As a young man, Albert proudly played for the Congos in the Brandon Senior Soccer League for six years and enjoyed curling and golfing well into his late 80's. If the Blue Jays were on TV, you knew he would be watching. Dad is fondly remembered for considering other people first before himself. He is dearly loved by all who knew him. A service celebrating Alberts life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, June 14, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiating. Interment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Albert may be made to the Central United Church, 327-8th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 3X5 or to Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home, 930-26th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 2B8. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
GINTER: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Carole Ann Ginter. Carole lost her battle with cancer in Brandon, Manitoba on May 31, 2010 at the age of 66 years. In her own words, her family was her life. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, a giving friend to all who knew her, and most of all, a loving spouse and soul mate to Fred. Carole was born December 18, 1943 in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba to parents Bob and Mabel Charlton. She was raised on the family farm in Bagot and attended school in Bagot and MacGregor. Carole was active in sports, most notably ladies fastball and curling. At the age of 17, Carole moved to Portage and started her long career as a waitress. She married Don Ginter in 1964 and her two sons Jeff and Duane were born within her first six years of marriage. Carole and family moved to Deloraine in 1969. Following a divorce, she relocated to Weyburn, Saskatchewan in 1980. Caroles life with Fred began in 1983 and resulted in her returning to Deloraine to be together. As a couple, Fred and Carole moved to Brandon soon after and eventually to Sprucewoods in 2001. Carole took great pride as a hostess/waitress and concluded her working career at Smittys in Brandon where she excelled for 16 years. She had a passion for service, for making people feel special and for unselfishly giving herself to others. She valued her social life, her friends and as a result, stayed young at heart. While her last couple of years were difficult, she demonstrated incredible courage and love. She wants her family and friends to remember her the way she was. Anyone who knew Carole would understand and will never forget her. Carole leaves to mourn her soul mate, Fred Dujardin of Sprucewoods; son Jeff (Brenda) Ginter and grandchildren Jason and Kelsey of Dawson Creek, B.C.; son Duane Ginter of Portage la Prairie, MB; her step daughter Patti (Tuffy) Kirkwood and grandsons Cory and Joey of Calgary, Alberta; and step son Randy (Maureen) Dujardin and granddaughters Kia and Jade of Brandon. She will also be sadly missed by siblings Connie (Allan) Breckenridge of Edmonton, Alberta, Terry (Dave) McCartney of Vernon, B.C., and Bill Charlton of Edmonton, Alberta and their children. A Service of Remembrance was well attended on June 4, 2010 at the Brockie Donovan Chapel in Brandon. In memory of Carole, donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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GEORGE: It is with sadness the family of Ilene George announces her passing at Valleyview Care Centre on April 25, 2010, at the age of 66 years. Ilenewas born on March 1, 1944 at Moosomin, Saskatchewan. She grew up with twosisters and two brothers, helping dad on the family farm as she loved animals. She attended school at Cherry Grove District, then McAuley Rutherglen. Ilene worked at the Moosomin Hotel, Perth's, and then forforty-two years at the Army & Navy Veteran Club until retiring in 2006. Ilene made many friends throughout her life being a member for 45 years with the ANAF, and as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for a number of years. She enjoyed shuffle board, slow pitch, camping with her grandkids, and going on drives. Ilene was predeceased by her husband Robert; son Jeffery and father Ernest Cowan. She will be dearly missed by her children Lisa George (Emery) and Derek George; grandkids Nevin McKay and Bailey Smith; mother Doris Cowan; siblings Gerald and June Cowan, Wayne and Mary Cowan, Gladys and Tim Ford, and Gloria Cowan. A graveside ceremony will be held at the Brandon Cemetery, on Monday, June 14, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood will officiate. Donations in memory of Ilene may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 8 - 940 - Princess Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0P6.Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
FRIESEN: Jake Friesen of Winnipeg, formerly of Brandon, passed away in his home on May 28th, 2010. Our Dad, grandfather & great grandfather was born on March 3, 1927 on the family farm near Gouldtown, Saskatchewan. Dads early childhood included schooling and playing in the coulees of Saskatchewan. At age 13, the family moved to Grunthal, Manitoba by railcar. Within a short time, Dad became a hired hand at the neighbours dairy farm. In 1951, Dad met our mother, Eva Heinrichs in Winnipeg at the bus depot and fell in love. They were married on June 17 of that year. They spent their 1st summer renting at Starbuck, Manitoba. Shortly thereafter, they moved west to the Brandon area. They rented a farm from 1953-1961 and then purchased their farm in the Hayfield district in the Souris community. Seven children came along in the span of 16 years. At the age of 45, Dad went forward at a crusade and dedicated his life to Christ which made big changes to his life and to our family. Dad had smoked from a young age and chose to give up this habit as a result of this new relationship with God. We then began to have daily devotions from the Daily Bread and a verse was read from the little loaf. Mom and Dad were quite a strong duo. They farmed in the Hayfield district and after their retirement to Brandon, spent many hours volunteering at the Brandon MCC Store. The two of them worked hard and made many life plans together. They enjoyed serving at Grace Mennonite Church and with MCC for 25 years in Brandon. Many evenings were spent playing cards, scrabble and watching the Blue Jays on TV. Friends were very important and they enjoyed visiting with them. He enjoyed the friendship & community of the Vic Wyatt house over the last 10 years. Mom and Dad were faithful in visiting their out of province children and also travelled, particularly enjoying bus tours, Dad taking his last bus tour with his sister in 2005. He took joy in family celebrations particularly Christmas. He was very excited to pass along some Christmas gifts to his children and grandchildren. In 2004, Dad became single again as he would say. His life had changed but his faith remained solid. He had fellowship at the seniors lunch once a month here at Morrow Gospel Church, he was sure to mark it on his calendar. He would continue to play Canasta and Pool at the condo as long as his health allowed him. He had a quiet love of the Lord and in his last week, knew he was going home. He told us that the Lord had been good and he wanted to hear Psalm 23. He was predeceased by his wife, Eva in 2004 his parents, Jacob & Anna Friesen, as well as his brothers, John & Pete and his sisters Eva and Mary. His surviving siblings are David Friesen and Hattie Wieler. Dad will be dearly missed by his seven children and their families. Vivian (Ernie) Wiebe, Leslie (Dolores) Friesen, Carol (Tom) Wieler, Linda (John) Sawatzky, Marvin (Edith) Friesen, Pat (Al) Fuller, Janet (Daryl) Sawatzky, 22 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. The funeral service was held Tuesday June 1st at 11a.m. at Morrow Gospel Church, 755 St. Anne's Rd., Winnipeg. Burial at the Mennonite Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee.
FERGUSON: (Stanley) Isabelle Jane passed away November 2, 2009 at age 92. Isabelle leaves to mourn her passing son Ron (Bev) Abbotsford, B.C., grandchildren Cathy (Ron) Stanbra and Jennifer (Phil) McEwan; daughter Carole (Phil) Hall Brandon, grandchildren Dave(Lisa) Hall, Trista (Mike) Godfrey and Rob (Joanne) Hall as well as seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sister Jean Ritch Victoria B.C. and brothers Clarence and Ken Stanley Brandon. Isabelle was predeceased by her husband Bob in June of 2009, her parents Frederick and Edith and siblings Luella, Harold, Gordon, Percy, Albert and Irene. Isabelle was born June 7, l9l7, the 6th of l0 children. Her childhood was spent in various farming districts, finally settling on the Roseland homestead (the Stanley Farm"), which remains in the family to this day. She was educated in the one room school, most often arriving on foot, but in winters by horse and sleigh. Isabelle and her siblings all worked helping to operate the dairy farm, which included delivering milk to Brandon. There was also baking, meal preparation and gardening for the large family. A favourite story was of an infamous batch of bread dough which refused to rise. With Mom due home from town at any moment, the kids decided the evidence should be buried. The heat of the sun did its trick and bread dough began rising from the earth. There was always time for fun with ball games and dances at the Stanley farm. Isabelle worked at housekeeping and hair dressing before meeting Bob. They married on Oct. 22, l938 and so began 70+ years of marriage. After the birth of Ron and Carole, they moved to 730 -l3th Street and this became home for many years. Numerous family members were welcomed for extended stays over the years. Isabelle was a career lady, working in sales at Waddells Children's Wear for a number of years, cashiering with IGA Stores, operating a corner store with brother Albert, and, later in life, selling real estate. An avid golfer, Isabelle and Bob shared many games in their prized electric golf cart. Isabelle also enjoyed l0 pin bowling, especially the competition of tournaments, as well as playing bingo. To finish her day she might quilt, bake biscuits or make her famous raison pie. A wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother, aunt, sister and friend, she has been dearly missed since her death. A celebration of her life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June l5th at the Wheat City Golf Course (formerly Rec. Centre) 3500 McDonald Avenue. Family are friends are welcome.
CAMPBELL: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) William Campbell of Wawanesa, formerly of Belmont, on Wednesday June 9, 2010 at the Wawanesa Health Centre, aged 98 years & 35 days. Bob leaves to mourn his loving wife of 72 years Laura Grace (nee Sampson), his daughter Jean Smith (Marcel DeGraeve) of Holland, Manitoba, his daughter-in-law Joanna Campbell of Killarney, son Barry (Kathy) Campbell of Brookdale, Manitoba, nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Milton (Ruth) Sampson of Stonewall as well as numerous extended family, nieces and nephews and many friends. Bob was predeceased by his son Kenneth William Grant Campbell, April 2006. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday June 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm in the Knox United Church, Belmont, with Elizabeth Goodson officiating. Interment to follow in the Hillside Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in Bobs memory to the Knox United Church Memorial Fund, Belmont, Manitoba, R0K 0C0 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 824- 18th St. Unit 3 Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7.
On line condolences can be made at www.willmorchapel.com.Jamiesons Funeral Services, Willmor Chapel, of Glenboro - Holland in care of arrangements. 204-827-2480.
EASTON: James Andrew Easton died at the Boissevain Health Centre June 9, 2010 age 63 beloved husband of Donna. A come and go Memorial Reception will be held on Saturday June 12, 2010 at the Boissevain Curling Club Boissevain, Manitoba, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Donations may be made to CancerCare or Boissevain Golf Course or a charity of own choice Killarney & Boissevain Funeral Home entrusted with arrnagements
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WOODWARD: Mrs. Effie Donalda Woodward of Brandon, beloved mom of Donelda and Evelyn, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, June 8, 2010. A Celebration of Effies Life will be held at the Trinity United Church, 1515-6th Street, on Friday, June 11, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev Wayne Sanderson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Effie may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, Western MB Cancer Care Project, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information to follow. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
REVISED:McCULLAGH: Ellen Lilian (Harper). beloved mother of Enid and Lucille. Funeral Service will be held Thursday (today) June 10, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 339-12th St. Brandon.
CHACUN: It is with sadness that the family of Albert Chacun, age 78 years of Rivers, Manitoba, announce that his death occurred on Saturday, June 5, 2010, at his residence. Family and friends are welcome to attend a come and go reception which will take place on Saturday, June 12, 2010 in the RiversUnited Church Fellowship Hall, 339 Main Street, Rivers, Manitoba from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Albert may be madeto the Fund for Furry Friends, 208-740 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0K9. Complete obituary information will follow. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
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