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GRAY: Cameron of Brandon, MB., beloved husband of Kenzie and dear father of Marla Winters (Ron), Jennifer Newitt (Bruce), and Elizabeth Gray, dear grandfather of Alyssa Newitt and Hope Winters, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at the age of 69 years. A funeral service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 3881 Park Avenue, on Thursday, January 3, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Orton Anderson officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Cameron may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8. Complete obituary information to follow.
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DEMAS: It is with broken hearts that the family of Ben Demas, age 62, beloved husband of Cathy and adored father of Mary announce his unexpected death at the Brandon Regional Health Center on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Ben always called Brandon home. He was born in Redvers Saskatchewan and at age one moved with his family to Brandon. He was predeceased by his father Joseph (1970), mother Melonia (1979), sister Suzanne (1995) and his father & mother in-law Lawrence and Mary Turton (2005). Ben received his schooling at St Augustine School and Neelin High School. In his elementary years he served as an Altar Boy and for the last few years was a member of the St. Luke’s Society at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church. At a young age he began his career as a psychiatric nursing assistance at Brandon Mental Health Center. In 2005 Ben retired from the Center for Adult Psychiatry after 37 years of service in the field of mental health. Ben made lifelong friends from his years of work at BMHC. It was there that he met his life companion Cathy in 1982 while she was a psychiatric nursing student. They were married in 1985 and the greatest joy in his life was the birth of his precious daughter Mary in 1989. Ben was a devoted family man and his girls were his priority. Ben loved the outdoors from his early years of fishing, hunting and snowshoeing with his dad, to the landscaping of yards with the purchase of each new home. He had a love for flower gardens and rose bushes were essential. His love will be in each of his budding roses this coming spring. Most of all he enjoyed camping with his family. Each spring the countdown was on to the May long weekend when another season of camping would begin. Ben looked forward to the time spent with his family and friends each year at their seasonal campsite. Prayers were said at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Monday, December 10, 2012. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, 327 - 4th Street, Brandon on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 with Rev. Fr. Kevin Smith as Celebrant. Pallbearers were Tyler Byczkowski, Chuck Dalgaleish, Mike Dodds, Dwight Edwards, Lorne McDonald, and Wade Yuen. Interment was Wednesday December 12, 2012 at Brandon Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Ben may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation - "A Sense of Home" Campaign, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3 or the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 17th Street East, Brandon, MB R7A 7M6.
Though your smile is gone forever and your hand we cannot touch, we have so many memories of the one we loved. Your memory is our keepsake, With which we'll never part, God has you in his keeping, We have you in our hearts.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre,204-727-0330
CULLEN: Passed away at the Wawanesa Health Centre on Friday December 21, 2012 at the age of 101 years, Gertrude Amanda “Gert” Cullen (nee Thornborough), of Wawanesa, MB. Gert leaves to mourn her passing her four children Jim (Verna) of Wawanesa, daughter Jeanette Jefferies of Glenboro, Walter (Wendy) of Treesbank MB, Wallace (Eileen) of Edmonton, AB, daughter-in-law Carol Cullen of Glenboro, 12 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, sister-in-law Laura Bednorski of Drumheller, AB, as well as numerous extended relatives. Gert was predeceased by her husband Lewis (1982), son Morley (2001) and son- in-law Gordon Jefferies (2006); also by parents Henry and Harriet Thornborough, brothers, Len (Mattie), Fred (Emma), John (Ellen), Ernie (Sally) and Bert and by sisters Elva (Vince) Hamilton, May (Gerry) Hoffberg and Alice (Ken) Wiggett. Funeral services will be held on Friday January 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the Wawanesa United Church with Rev. Harvey Huron officiating. Interment will take place in the Millford Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in Gert’s memory to the Wawanesa & District Swimming Pool Inc., Box 427, Wawanesa, MB R0K 2G0 or to the Glenboro & Area Foundation, Box 147, Glenboro, MB R0K 0X0 or to a charity of one’s choice.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Services, Willmor Chapel, of Glenboro in care of arrangements. 1-204- 827-2480.
COTÉ: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother, Madeline Coté, on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at Rideau Park Personal Care Home. She is now with her Lord and Saviour and has joined her husband Edouard, son-in-law John Kennedy and grandson Terry Joye in heaven. She was also predeceased by infant sister Josephine; brothers Francis Spurrill, John Spurrill and sister Mary Acorn. We were blessed to have our mother until the age of 101 years, sound of mind and memory. Daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine (O’Sullivan) Spurrill, Madeline was born October 30, 1911 in the R.M. of Riverside, Manitoba. She is survived by her children Patricia (Cyril) Joye, Helen Kennedy, Ron (Sally) Coté; seven grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. We would like to thank the staff at Rideau Park for the loving care they gave our mother. A Ceremony of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Felix de Valois Roman Catholic Church, Dunrea, Manitoba on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Philip Malayil celebrating. Interment will follow at St. Felix de Valois Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Madeline may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0V9 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1 – 800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6N5.
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Arrangements withMemories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330
RUBENIUK: Valerie "Val" Diane Rubeniuk passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Center on Wednesday, December 26, 2012. Val was born August 11, 1957 in Rossburn, Manitoba to James (predeceased) and Sonya Rubeniuk. She was the eldest of four children. Throughout life Val enjoyed camping, fishing, and gardening. She had the pleasure of growing up on both the farm and in the city. In 1981, Val moved to Brandon to start her own family. She had three children; Brent, Ashley, and Danny. Over the years Val had various jobs which ranged from working in a sewing factory to personal care homes within the community, but no job brought her more joy then her last which was with the Brandon School Division driving a school bus. She will be dearly remembered by her mother Sonya; son Brent; daughter Ashley (Ryan) and son Danny as well as her nieces and nephews. Val is also survived by her sister Kathy (Dennis); brother Robert (Roni), and brother Kevin (Karlyn). She will be sadly missed by the children she drove daily, her friends and most of all her family who loved her dearly. The Funeral Service will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th St. North, on Monday December 31, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Fr. Michael Tkachuk will officiate. Cantor will be Stella Fedeniuk. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Val may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation – “Murray House Cancer Treatment Centre”, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 2B3.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330
SHOREY: Barbara D. Shorey beloved wife of the late Ralph Shorey died peacefully on December 28, 2012 at Evergreen Personal Care Home in Boissevain, Manitoba at the age of 91. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at St. Paul’s United Church in Boissevain, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be held at the Boissevain Cemetery following the service. Donations in memory of Barbara may be made to the St. Paul’s United Church in Boissevain, Manitoba, or to a charity of own choice.
Messages of condolence may be made online at
Killarney & Boissevain Funeral Home Ltd. (204) 523-7791
VANDOORNE: Agnes, 21/03/1924-04/12/2012. Agnes Margaret Eugene Vandoorne (nee Joye), beloved wife of the late Rudolf (Duffy) Vandoorne passed away at the Bren Del Win Lodge December 4th at the age of 88 years. Aggie leaves to mourn her passing her son Denis (Laura) Vandoorne, Deloraine, daughter Shirley (Bob) Bender, Winnipeg MB., daughter Luanne (Fred) Coleman - Deloraine. Grandchildren Kelly (Vanessa) Vandoorne - Dustin and Hayden, Kevin Vandoorne, Jae Bender (Tami) - Kody, Brooke (Paul) Fust – Kyu and Izzi, Nicole Coleman, Stacey (Sam) Gervin – Bailey, Christy (Clarke) Wallace – Jackson and Maxwell, Bobby Halliday – Destiny and Alex and George (Kristy) Wintle – Kenny. She is also survived by her brother Cyril (Pat) Joye, sister-in-law Mary Vandoorne and brother-in-law Rene Vandoorne, along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Henri and Pharilda Joye and her sister Gabe (Ross) Dujardin, brothers-in-law Roger and Eddie Vandoorne and sister-in-law Louise Vandoorne. Aggie was born on March 21st, 1924 in Mountainside Manitoba to Henri and Pharilda Joye. She attended Minto and Boissevain Schools. In 1948 she married Rudolph Vandoorne and they farmed in the Deloraine area. Throughout the years Aggie was active in the Royal Purple, CWL, Game and Fish Association, 4-H and the Mountview Center teaching ceramics. She was an avid gardener as well as a gifted seamstress and cook. She was a jack of all trades and could pretty much accomplish anything she set her mind to. Her immediate and extended family was her world and she dedicated her life to them. She will be missed by all who knew her. A celebration of Aggie’s life was held on Saturday December 8th – 2012. Father Paul Bisson officiated. A time of fellowship followed internment at the Del-Win Cemetery. Thank-you to all who sent flowers, food and condolences during the trying time of our mothers/grandmothers loss. Your thoughts, prayers and generosity is very much appreciated. Denis/Laura Vandoorne, Shirley/Bob Bender, Fred/Luanne Coleman and families. Smith Funeral Home (204)747-2088
ROBERTS: Margaret Elizabeth Louise Roberts (née Cobb) died peacefully at the Agape Hospice in Calgary, AB. on December 21, 2012. Margaret was born on October 16, 1929 in Netherhill, SK. At the age of eleven she attended the Qu'Appelle Diocesan School (QDS) in Regina, followed by nurses training at the Regina General Hospital. It was in Regina that Margaret met and married Denis Roberts, a young Anglican minister, on August 20, 1952. Through the years they lived and served in many parishes across the prairies: Medicine Hat, Kenaston, Neepawa, The Pas, Killarney, Dauphin, and Rivers. Margaret nursed and with Denis raised five children. Margaret is predeceased by son Michael and husband Denis. She is survived by her brother Herb, her five children David (Elizabeth), Edwin (Joy), Kathryn (Jerry), Kenneth (Gwen), and Ronald (Jenny), fourteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Funeral service will be held at St. James Anglican Church, Rivers, MB. at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2012 with The Very Rev. Jim Njegovan officiating. Interment will follow at the Rivers Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Margaret may be made to the Canadian National Institute of the Blind (CNIB), 1080 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 3M3.
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ELDER: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Edmund James “Jim” Elder of Holland, MB on Monday, December 24, 2012 at the age of 75 years. Jim leaves to mourn his passing his beloved wife Joyce (nee Early) of Holland, MB, son Scott (Leanne) of Wawanesa, MB, daughter Kim (Denis) Le Heiget of Winnipeg, MB and grandchildren Ashlyn, Genevieve, Amelie, Evangeline and Mathurin, sisters Gayle (Johnnie) Ouellette and Sharon (John) McCoy, and brother Lynn Elder, as well as many nieces, nephews, in-laws and extended relatives. Jim was predeceased by his parents Bill & Edith (nee Munro) Elder, brother & sister-in-law Bryson and Lucille Elder, sister & brother-in-law Cheryl and Ron Muir and mother & father-in-law George & Lily Early. Funeral service will be held at the Holland Community Hall, Holland, MB, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 29, 2012, with Rev. Robert Campbell officiating. Private family interment will take place prior to the service in the Brookdale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9, The Tiger Hills Manor, Treherne, MB, R0G 2V0, or to a local charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences may be made at
Jamieson’s Funeral Service of Holland, MB in care of arrangements. (204)526-2380.
SCHOONBAERT: Augusta M. Schoonbaert died peacefully on December 22, 2012 at the Delwynda Court Personal care home in Deloraine, Manitoba at the age of 96. Mass for Augusta will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at St. Antoninus Catholic Church in Deloraine, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Deloraine Catholic Cemetery. Donations in memory of Augusta may be made to a charity of own choice.
Messages of condolence may be made online at Funeral Home (204) 747-2088.
JASPER: Marilyn May Arnold Jasper (nee Arnold). It is with great sadness we announce the death of Marilyn Arnold Jasper on Thursday, December 20, 2012 in Portage la Prairie at the age of 70. She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her son Guy Moffat, granddaughters Jayda and Katelyn, and many more. My mom, without effort has touched the lives of so many, and will be missed by all. This is very apparent from looking through her facebook, and seeing that many of her friends that had re-posted the news of her passing, only to receive condolences for their loss. As well, there have been many stories and fond memories shared through many facebook pages. I want everyone to know that mom held all of those moments and memories very dear and shared them often, from the meals with friends to mending and making dresses. My mom, Marilyn was born in Deloraine, Manitoba and grew up in the Southwest corner of Manitoba. She relocated many times throughout southwestern Manitoba with Ted and Dot, her parents, and sisters Betty and Judy. After graduating high school she attended Brandon University and earned her credentials to start teaching; which she did in Manitoba, British Columbia, and Ontario. She married my dad, Michael Moffat in 1962. After I was born in 1970, her attention was turned to raising her family, and she did not return to teaching until after I graduated and had moved out to start my adult life. During that time she found new careers, such as owning and operating Arnolds’ Market in Deloraine with her sister Betty, and cooking in a restaurant setting. In 1989 she returned to her love of teaching and moved to Northern Manitoba to resume her teaching career in Red Sucker Lake. Mom continued to teach in Northern Manitoba in various places such as Berens River and Oxford House. Mom returned south in the mid 1990’s and started a couple of new ventures. Being the person she is, she saw the need of those in the north and started a personalized shopping service for people who lived in isolated communities. The Thistle Stop Bed and Breakfast at Sharpe Lake gave her another opportunity to showcase her kind and generous spirit. Brian Jasper and Marilyn married in 1995 and purchased Holiday Hills at Lake Metigoshe. Holiday Hills became a love of her’s because of the many people she was able to develop great friendships with. The business expanded to include a restaurant and cabin rentals. Mom then returned to teaching in the late 1990’s at Oxford House, Manitoba until being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and chose to retire a year before she would have liked. In 2007 mom joined Big Brothers and Sisters of Portage La Prairie as a case worker and immersed herself in that program and the community. To say that my mom had passion would be an understatement, and that passion was for many things, first and foremost family, but painting, teaching, sharing, laughing, loving, and an intense commitment for her “littles”. I had to smile when on Tuesday, December 18th we were headed to Winnipeg by ambulance in an attempt to identify her shortness of breath my mom was trying to recruit one of the ambulance attendants to become a Big Brother, but that is the person mom is. Memorial Service will be held at the Herman Prior Centre on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm. As expressions of sympathy, if friends so wish, donations may be made in Marilyn’s memory to Big Brothers/Big Sisters, 20 Tupper St.N, Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 1W8. A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel. 204-857-4021.
GOOD: Howard Good, beloved husband of Frankie Good of Virden, Manitoba and loving father of Valarie and Murray passed away at Virden Health Centre, Virden Saturday; December 22, 2012 at the age of 84 years. A reception for family and friends will be held in the Banquet Hall of St. Paul's United Church (286 Nelson St. W.) Virden, Thursday; December 27, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery at a later date. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba in memory of Howard.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
WELLS: Edgar William. It is with deepest sadness that we announce the passing of our father and “Poppa”, Ed Wells on December 13th, 2012 at the Souris Health Centre. Ed will be lovingly remembered by son Clint (Tannis), daughter Kim (George), grandchildren, Tara (Cory), Melissa (Shaun), Jillian, Cole ( Debra) and Jessica (Jon), and great grandchildren, Saydee, Mayson, Austin, Brayden and Brittney. He was predeceased by wife, Janette (Cruise) in 2009 and daughter Georgia, in 1960. Ed was born to Joe and Verna Wells of Ewart, Manitoba in the Virden Hospital on December 12, 1930. He attended school in Ewart until November of 1939 when the family moved to Dauphin, Manitoba. He married Janette Cruise on May 10, 1952. In 1958, they ,along with son Clint and daughter Georgia moved to Hartney. Kim was born in Hartney in 1958. Hartney was to remain their home for the rest of their lives. Dad purchased the BA garage and bulk Petroleum in 1958. He sold it in 1966 and was employed for the majority of his years with the Hartney Co-op as Petroleum manager. He was a member of the Hartney Flying Club, Masonic Lodge, Hartney Curling Club, Hartney Golf Club, and Hartney Legion. He was also very active in the Hartney Junior Sports Club over the years. Dad had a lifelong love of sports. He especially enjoyed hockey, baseball, golf and curling. Together they (mom) attended several briers, and enjoyed meeting new people along the way. He remained an active golfer right into his 82nd year, always enjoying the opportunity to try a different course and visit a new club. He was an avid fan of the Hartney Blues, the Westman Wildcats, the High School hockey team, Hartney Hoppers and Hopperettes. Dad like to tour the countryside – driving many miles – taking in the scenery, visiting historic sites, looking at the crops, old barns and machinery. He and mom travelled to many small towns on the harness racing circuit – always finding a new route to travel. Dad really enjoyed people, young and old alike. He loved being around the youth of the community and had a tremendous respect for the pioneers and the “characters” that came before him. His dedication and commitment to the Hartney Legion was a great source of pride for him, and he would have been humbled and touched by the participation of the Legion Honour Guard at his funeral service. The most important people in his life were his family. We shall all cherish the happy times spent with him – and know in our hearts – that he is at peace. Funeral services were held at the Hartney United Church on December 17, 2012.
STACEY: Jean D. On December 7, 2012, with her family by her side, our mom, Jean, passed away. She is now reunited with the 50 year love of her life, Tom, who predeceased her in 1997. Mom was born in Montreal and packed a lot into her 87 years of life. Mom and Dad lived in Montreal, Toronto, and Hamilton, prior to settling in Brandon, Manitoba. Mom was a not a stay at home kind of gal and thoroughly enjoyed her many different occupations culminating in her retirement from the registrar’s office at the Brandon School of Nursing. Mom was active in the Anglican Church and a very involved leader and participant with Queen Mary Chapter #3 Order of the Eastern Star and the White Shrine. You could always rely on things to be completed in an excellent manner when Mom was involved. Mom was very proud to receive her O.E.S 50 year pin with a celebration in fall 2012. Mom moved to North Vancouver and then Burnaby in 2005 and soon became involved as the president of the resident counsel where she lived and enjoyed her affiliation with the Crown Jewels (Red Hats). Mom’s interests and accomplishments were many and she was always game to try anything. She enjoyed dancing, travel, animals, gardening, shopping, dining out, bling and creating a beautiful home. Mom’s greatest love and pleasure was her family and she revelled in being a mom and nanny. She is survived by her daughter Marilyn (Jack) of North Vancouver, her daughter Helen (Duane) of St. Albert, Alberta, and grandchildren Karmen (North Vancouver) and Brad (Trish) of Calgary, Alberta. She is also survived by her sister, Helen, of Toronto. An excellent role model, she has left us with a life time of wonderful memories. Mom was really a people person and we know she leaves many friends who will miss this exceptional lady. Flowers gratefully declined. Please consider a donation to the Tuberous Sclerosis Foundation 92 Caplan Ave. Suite 125 Barrie, Ontario L9N 0Z7 Canada or your local SPCA in Jean’s memory. A memorial service to celebrate Mom's life was held in North Vancouver on Friday, December 14th at 2 PM. with Pastor Todd Wiebe officiating. We will bring Mom home to Brandon for a service in 2013, (details to follow).
REID: Delmar Reid of Russell, Manitoba passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at the Russell District Health Centre at the age of 64 years. Delmar is survived by his loving wife Donna, daughter Lorissa (Orland) Cook of Russell, son Devin (Maria) Reid of Winnipeg, four grandchildren, brothers Garth (Edith) Smart of Binscarth, Ron Smart of Redcliff, AB, and sister Shirley Bradley of Minnedosa. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the George P. Buleziuk Centre, Russell with Rev. David Howell officiating. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Russell Health Centre, Palliative Care or CancerCare Manitoba.
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Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell is in care of arrangements. (204) 773-2747.
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