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NIELSEN: Stanley William Nielsen, beloved father of Garry, Darlene, Lois and Patti passed away peacefully February 20, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. A time of visitation will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 -18th Street North, on Thursday, February 24, 2011 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The ceremony celebrating Stanley's life will be held at Rivers United Church, Rivers, Manitoba on Friday, February 25, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Glenna Beauchamp will officiate. A private family graveside and interment will follow in the Rivers Cemetery at a later date. Friends who desire may make a donation in memory of Stanley to a Rivers community charity or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
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HOLLAND: Jeanne Willa Holland (nee Smith). On February 20, 2011, Jeanne Holland passed away with family at her side in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba at the age of 71 years, after a courageous battle with cancer.  She is survived by her husband Ken and daughters Leslie-Anne (Barry) and Bobbi-Jo (Stuart), as well as her brother Evan (Margaret) Smith of the RM of Daly, and sisters Elizabeth Hinch and Erna Honeyman of Brandon.  She was predeceased by her parents, John and Sophia Smith, sister Sandra Rojik, and brother in law Howard Hinch.  A Celebration of Jeanne’s Life will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. in the Lower Auditorium of the Trinity United Church, with a time of fellowship to follow. Full obituary can be viewed online at As expressions of sympathy, if friends so wish, donations may be made in Jeanne’s memory to the PCU Centre, City of Portage la Prairie, 97 Saskatchewan Avenue East, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, R1N OL8. A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel 857-4021
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ELLIS: Frank Ernest Ellis. April 3, 1915 – February 16, 2011. Frank Ernest “Ernie” Ellis was a man who loved his family, his friends, and his country. He married Alyce Meddin 1946. She was the love of his life. He took tremendous pride and joy in all his children, their spouses and his grandchildren. He will always be loved by his wife, Alyce, his children, Margaret Ellis, Brenda Boyd (Dean), Kathryn Cook (Dean), Jennifer Ellis-Bertram (Peter), Warren Ellis (Karen), and his grandchildren, Sean, Brendan, and Patrick Boyd, Adam and Jordan Cook, Sydney and Kaitlin Bertram, Simon, Andrea and Megan Ellis, and great grandchild, James Cook. He was predeceased by his parents, seven brothers and sisters, and one infant son, Percy John Ernest Ellis. Ernie enjoyed life. His irrepressible sense of humour, genuine love of people, sharp wit, and his joie de vivre permeated every activity in which he participated. His interest in people of all ages and from all walks of life made him many friends with whom he shared tours, parties, pit barbecues, meetings, conventions, and many community events.He farmed just north of Wawanesa all his life, and established a seed cleaning and fertilizer business entitled Ellis Farm Supplies, on the south side of Wawanesa. His commitment to land conservation and his love of nature led him to serve on the boards of many farming organizations (the Wawanesa Crop Improvement Club, the Wawanesa Cooperative Elevator Assoc., the Wawanesa Consumers Co-op Assoc.) He wrote a column called “The Rural Scene” in the local paper, the Wawanesa Optimist, as well as a column called “On the Manitoba Range” for The Canadian Cattleman.A strong belief that agriculture flourished under the conditions of competition and freedom led Ernie, along with other like-minded farmers to establish the Manitoba Stock Growers’ Assoc., now called the Manitoba Beef Growers’ Assoc.Ernie worked to promote excellence in farming and the production of good seed. He served on the board of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, where he annually presented a trophy to the winner of the Manitoba Flax Championship. He was a member of the Canadian Seed Growers’ Assoc. for over twenty years and produced pedigreed seed on his farm.Hewas committed to active participation in democracy. He was president of the Brandon-Souris Liberal Assoc., president of the Souris-Killarney Assoc., and ran as the Liberal candidate for the position of MLA for the Souris-Lansdowne Constituency. He alsoserved on the Oakland Council for eleven years. His love of Canada was always the bedrock of his convictions.Ernie’s community work started at the age of thirteen, when he helped build the rink at the corner of Park and Fourth Streets in Wawanesa. Fifty-three years later, at the age of sixty he was elected chairman of the first Board of Directors of the newly opened Wawanesa& District Recreation Centre. His fundraising for this new rink included skating around the rink with a 100 lb. bag of grain on his shoulders.In 1989 when Wawanesa celebrated its Centennial, Ernie and Alyce spent countless hours researching and writing the history of the Village of Wawanesa for Sipiweski, Light through the Trees, the book published for this occasion. This book continues to be a major resource of information about the community.Ernie had a major interest in the standard of health care in Wawanesaand rural areas. He was a trustee of the governing board of the Wawanesa & District Hospital for twenty years, serving as chairman for the last twelve years. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Health Organization. In these capacities he wrote briefs and made presentations advocating for the additional facilities needed for those who required long term personalcare. His greatest concern was the need for effective representation of the rural area so that suitable health programs would be developed for its needs. Classical music was a constant source of enjoyment and solace for Ernie. He played the trombone in the award-winning Wawanesa Band from the age of thirteen until it disbanded during the war years. He continued listening to music for the rest of his life. His collection of CDs numbered in the hundreds.Ernie had a creed by which he lived:
“This above all: to thine own self be true,And it must follow,as the night the day,Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
(Hamlet).The family would like to express their sincere thank you for the loving care that Ernie received at the WawanesaPersonal Care Home. They deeply appreciate the personal quality and the high standard of health professionalism that the staff provided. A tribute in Ernie’s memory will be held at a later date. Donations in Ernie’s memory may be made to The Wawanesa Foundation, c/o Audrey Wilton, Box 178, Wawanesa, Manitoba, R0K 2G0.
BUND: Cecil Edwin Bund. Cecil Bund was born in Manitoba on October 29 1937 and passed away peacefully, at home, on February 17, 2011, in Thrums, B.C. He was a graduate of Brandon University and worked for Hudsons Bay Mining and Smelting in northern Manitoba before taking up farming in Nesbitt, Manitoba. He and his first wife, Margaret, had two daughters, Kimberly Dawn and Carolin Fawn and one grandson, Tee Jay Boles. In 1983 he married Joni, bringing six children into the union: Doug, Val, Art, Victor, Roxy and Bob Werner and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. In 1985 Cec and Joni moved from Manitoba to Vancouver, B.C., then retired to the West Kootenay in 2006. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 222 West Richards Street, Nelson, B.C. in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity. On line condolences may be expressed Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.
ANDERSON: (Ab) Peter. It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Ab Andersen, loving husband, father and grandfather at the age of 80 on February 19, 2011. He adored and was adored by his wife of 46 1Ž2 years, Elaine. Also left behind to celebrate his life are: his daughter Sandra (David) and grandchildren Zachary, Meagan and Dalen; and his son Glenn “Boss” (Shannon – his Ray of Sunshine) and grandchildren Hannah and Ella. He was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Hansine, brothers John and Hans, and sisters Johanna McInnes, Kathleen Westwood and Olga Nichols, and survived by his brother Andy (Roya). Ab was born on March 9, 1930, in Moline, Manitoba. He retired from Fort Ignition in Brandon, Manitoba (formerly Sharp’s Auto Electric) after 17 years of dedicated service. He will be remembered for his quick dry sense of humour; for his deep blue eyes; his dependability; his hard work; and his manicured lawn and trees. Dad was a fiercely independent and proud man – who worked so very hard and sacrificed so very much to support his family to ensure they had everything they ever wanted and more – the mark of a great man, wonderful husband and best dad. His family was his hobby - whether it was chauffeuring his kids around to activities, doing our paper routes when we were “too busy”, taking us fishing, bowling, or inviting us to join him in his favourite sport – golf. Dad and I (Glenn) must have played over 300 rounds of golf together over the years – though neither of our scores seemed to be indicative of that. Sandra treasures the many memorable hours she spent with dad in his greenhouse and how it sparked her continued love of watching plants grow. He will be remembered by his grandchildren as a silly grandpa who made them laugh – usually at his own expense, and who went to their karate tournaments, soccer games, water polo games, dance recitals, ringette games, graduations from high school, film school, and the military – despite (as he says) being deaf as a post and blind as a bat. They have fond memories of the many sleepovers at grandma and grandpa’s house and how grandpa was able to pamper each in a way that made them feel extra special. He will be remembered by his wife as the love of her life, soul mate and partner in every sense of the word. He was so strong – and he fought his horrible cancer with grace and dignity. We want to thank the doctors and nurses at Cancer Care Manitoba, the Palliative Care Program, and Riverview Health Centre for helping him keep his grace and dignity during his courageous battle. Additional thanks to Dayna – student nurse at Riverview - for making him smile and nicknaming him the Silver Fox. Thanks to all our friends for your overwhelming support, with a special thank you to our dear friend Susan Cull, who truly went above and beyond to help us give dad the best care. Dad, you were right - you will be golfing again this summer! We miss you so much. A memorial reception to honor Ab’s life will be held at Thomson “In the Park” Funeral Home on Friday, February 25 from 2:00 – 4:30, with the eulogy being read at 3:00. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0V9 or to The Heart and Stroke Foundation, 200-6 Donald St., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 0K6 Thomson “In the Park” 925-1120Condolences may be sent to
PASKEWITZ: Reynold John Paskewitz of Brandon passed away at Rideau Park Personal Care Home, on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at the age of 83 years. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327 – 4th Street, on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m with Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to Canadian Foodgrains Bank, 400 – 393 Portage Avenue, PO Box 767, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 2L4. Complete obituary information to follow.
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MEADOWS: Edward Charles Meadows passed away on February 17, 2011 at the Minnedosa Health Centre at the age of 83 years. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Minnedosa United Church, Minnedosa, Manitoba. Interment will take place at the Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or a charity of choice. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements, (204) 867-3868.
KURMANN:  Surrounded by family and friends, Karen Ruth Kurmann (Graham) passed away in Brandon after a valiant battle with cancer on Friday, February 18, 2011. Karen leaves behind her two young sons, Dylan and Cody. She is also survived by her parents, three brothers, one sister and many loving relatives and friends. A Celebration of Karen's Life will be held at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Karen to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Westman Manitoba Cancer Care Project, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information with announcement of celebration time and place will follow.Expressions of sympathymay be made are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
STRANGE: Garry Strange, December 12, 1951 – February 7, 2011. In the blink of an eye on an otherwise ordinary Monday afternoon, on a road just three-quarters of a mile from his rural Killarney home, Garry Archibald Strange was suddenly taken from his friends and family. Garry's passing in an automobile accident on February 7th has left those who loved him shocked, saddened, angered and confused. Yet they are also relieved that his two young sons, nine-year-old Timothy and six-year-old Thomas, suffered only minor physical injuries in the crash. They are also grateful for the loving support they have received and continue to receive from the community during this incredibly difficult time. Words cannot express the profound loss that Garry's family has suffered. His wife Edith, who would have celebrated 10 years of marriage to her best friend this year, suddenly finds herself as a widow and single parent. Timothy and Thomas, meanwhile, no longer wake up to a kind and patient father who would make them pancakes and cinammon toast for breakfast and still have time to play Wii before it was time for school. Garry's adult children from a previous marriage are also mourning the loss of their father. For his eldest son Chris and his wife Kelly, Garry's death also means the loss of a grandfather to their young son Dawson, who will turn three this year. And for his only daughter Leslie, Garry's passing has erased the one constant that had been there throughout her life, as her father was the person to whom she could always turn for advice, support and comfort. Garry will be deeply missed by his sister Colleen, who knew him longer than anyone else on this Earth. Garry's nephew Mike, his wife Kim and their children Peyton and Adam are also mourning the loss of this wonderful man, along with nephew Jason, his wife Carla and their children Nicholas, Noah and Sydney. Garry was predeceased by his parents Tom and Aileen, and uncles Les and George. Garry grew up in southwestern Manitoba where he learned to operate a grain farm and dairy farm. He also spent time as a welder before becoming an entrepreneur in his later years. He moved to Brandon in 1997, where he met Edith. The pair moved briefly to Alexander where they started their family, and then moved back to Killarney in 2008. Garry and Edith opened TimTom Asian Grocery in Brandon in December 2009, bringing a wide variety of food and other products from around the world to the Westman area. When he wasn't busy with his children, he loved to spend his time puttering in his shop and fixing things around the house. We will all miss his generosity and loving presence. A funeral for Garry was held on Feb. 12 in Killarney and a private family graveside service is planned for the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to support his two youngest children. A trust account for Timothy and Thomas has been set up at the Royal Bank; the account number is 02097-5029707. The family would again like to thank all the people, too numerous to name individually, who have offered their support in the wake of this tragedy. The cards of condolence, kind words, offers of help, gifts and prayers are greatly appreciated. The generosity and sympathy of the community bring us comfort as we struggle to adjust to our lives without Garry.
MACRAE: Marcy. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Aunt on Monday, January 24, 2011 at Valleyview Care Centre in Brandon at the age of 90 years. Marcy was predeceased by her parents John and Kathryn Macrae, her brother Donald Macrae, sister-in-law Evelyn Macrae and many friends. Left to cherish her memory are niece Karen (Macrae) Proctor, her husband Phil Proctor and the residents and staff of Valleyview. We'd like to thank the staff at Valleyview whose care and kindness made Marcy's many years there feel like home. There will be a joint memorial service at Valleyview Care Centre, 3015 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 2K2 at 1:30 PM on Friday March 4, 2011. A private burial service will follow at a later date. If desired, donations may be made in Marcy's memory to the Valleyview Sunshine Fund, c/o Valleyview Care Centre.
"Always Remembered, Always Loved."
Remembrances and condolences may be made at www.memorieschapel.comArrangements are with Memories Chapel and Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
LOEWEN: Walter Jacob Loewen passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, February 13, 2011, at the age of 86 years. Walter was born September 27, 1924 in Waterloo, Ontario. At the age of three, he moved to Moore Park, Manitoba. In the spring of 1940, they moved to the Justice area where he farmed with his dad. He attended Winkler Bible School for four years, graduating in 1950. Walter married Agnes Penner on June 19, 1954. Together they farmed on the oldhomestead of his parents, raising cattle, pigs, chickens, as well as growing grain. In 1966 the old farmhouse was sold, and he moved the family 1.5 miles NW to a new house and farm. Here they raised their family of three daughters and a son. Walter was very actively involved in the church, being pastor for fourteen years, Sunday school teacher, and choir director. He was an active member of the Gideons for many years. Walter loved to do mechanical work not only for himself, but for his brother Jake and any others who needed help. He could always be found in his shop fixing something. Great enjoyment was also found in singing and playing piano. Travelling also brought great joy to Walter, and he took his family on many wonderful vacations. In 1981, his life took a new direction - the purchase of the Evangel Book Store in Brandon, later moving to a larger store and renaming it the Lighthouse Bookstore. The farm was sold in 1992, and Brandon became their new home. Many years were spent enjoying city life, "semi retirement", and his grandchildren. We know he is now enjoying his new home in Heaven. Walter will always be remembered as a loving, caring husband, father and grandfather. Walter is survived by his loving wife Agnes of 56 years, daughters Marlene (Bill) Lecuyer, Laura (John) Downing, Judy (Brad) Dick, son Albert (Kim) Loewen, and grandchildren Christopher & Cherise Lecuyer;Cody and Brett Dick; Ryan, Brooke and Hailey Loewen. Also surviving are brother Jake (Marg) Loewen; sisters Erica (Jake) Harder; Martha (Ross) McMillan, Jessie (Dave) Penner. Walter was predeceased by sister Ruth Charbonneau and brother-in-law Charlie Charbonneau. The funeral service was held at the Justice M.B. Church, Justice, Manitoba on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Gerry Harms officiated. Interment took place at Sparling Cemetery. Donations in memory of Walter may be made to the Gideons, P.O. Box 3619 Stn. Main, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 7A2.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
GRUBB: James “Harry” Grubb, beloved partner of Jocelyne, dear father and father figure to Sandi (Rob), Stacy (Alana), Darren (Tracey), Melissa (Jason), predeceased by Lois Grubb, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, surrounded by family and loved ones after a courageous battle with cancer. A time of viewing and visitation will be held at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Celebration of Harry’s Life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Mr. Lawrence McInnes officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations 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.
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LECKIE:Marie “Jeanne” Leckie (nee Gratton) of Treherne, Manitoba passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 6, 2011. Born Dec. 14, 1914 in Ste. Agathe, Manitoba, Jeanne epitomized a life of dedication, service and “joie de vivre”, which will remain an example for us all. Growing up in Southern Manitoba after the Great War, Jeanne was one of seven who worked on the family farm and survived many Red River floods. She aspired to dedicate her life in service as a nun, but instead went into nursing. She spent many years working at the Misericordia Hospital on Sherbrook Street, where she especially loved being in the nursery with the children. Her experience and expertise as a hospital nurse later lead her to be the first Matron of the Tiger Hills Hospital in the late 1950’s, where she would bring a new level of healthcare to a rural community. It was there that she met the love and partner of her life; Neil, who was foreman of the crew building the hospital, and they were married February 6, 1960. It was with Neil that Jeanne became mother to her daughters; Cecelia and Shirley. Her hospital management precision and attention to detail softened to motherly love and fondness for her new family and daughters, which further melted into teasing and spoiling for the 6 grandchildren and later four great-grandchildren she would receive. Grandma or "Grandmere" was known for always producing books, trinkets, sweets and other questionable artifacts whenever she was visited. Jeanne was also renowned for her attention to international affairs and national and international politics, reading the newspaper every day and discussing the merits and ethics of government decisions with conviction. She always remained true to her FrancoManitobain roots, taking pride in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren learning French and always voting Liberal in a constituency that solidly voted Conservative. However, it was her love of service and vocation that most stayed with her throughout her life, affirming in old age that - if she were to get a second chance on this earth - she would like to come back as a missionary; serving the poor and destitute of the developing world. Aside from these convictions, Jeanne/ Mum/ Grandma/ Grandmere was most loved for her life and spirit; always cracking the funniest joke, never passing up the chance for a party with her family, and always willing to draw attention to herself and her own sense of ridiculous.Left to mourn Jeanne’s passing are her daughters Cecelia (Dennis) Chimuk of Beausejour, Manitoba, and Shirley (Larry) Hammond of Brandon, Manitoba, grandchildren Brian (Elizabeth) Chimuk, Douglas (Jennifer) Chimuk, Shannon (Joe) Langan, Michael (Cheryl) Clark, Melissa (Chris) Allen and Sean Hammond and great-grandchildren Desmond and Kiera Langan and Colin and Emily Clark. Also left to mourn Jeanne’s passing are her sister-in-law, Margaret Leckie of Treherne, Manitoba and numerous nieces and nephews. Jeanne was pre-deceased by her husband Neil in 2005, her parents Ferdinand and Marie (nee Gagne), sisters Angeline and Hortense Gratton and Denise Girardin, and brothers Ferdinand, Hilare (Arcelie) and Noel.Liturgy of the word was held from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Treherne, Manitoba on February 11, 2011. Internment followed at the Bethel Cemetery with Sean Hammond acting as Urn Bearer. If friends so wish, donations may be made to Tiger Hills Health Centre or a charity of one’s choice. Jeanne, your life was an example for us all. Please look down on us, from the heavens, and know that we loved our time with you as much as we loved who you were. We will all miss you dearly.For online condolences visit Jamieson’s - Budz Funeral Service of Holland in care of arrangements. 204-526-2380 or 204-827-2480.
KSIAZEK: Genowefa “Genny” Ksiazek of Brandon, beloved mother of (the late Amelia Scott) and Michael and Joseph Ksiazek, passed away at Fairview Home on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at the age of 91 years. Prayers will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327 – 4th Street. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B – 10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G7 or a charity or your choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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DESIATNYK: Mary Desiatnyk of Brandon passed away peacefully at the Babcock Nursing Home in Wardsville, ON, on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at the age of 94 years. Mary leaves to mourn her passing daughters; Lil (Wayne) Kaplar and Rose Marie (Mark) Marino; granddaughter Shelley Kaplar (Dave Smith) and grandson Jeff Kaplar (Andrea Garcia) both of Austin, Texas and granddaughter Angela (Sean) Pardek and great granddaughter Taylynn. Prayers were held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Tuesday, February 15, 2011. The Divine Liturgy was celebrated at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 with Rev. Fr. Michael Tkachuk officiating and Stella Fedeniuk as Cantor. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery.
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