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MCLEOD: Allan G. McLeod of Mather, beloved husband of Joyce dad to Jeff, Kevin, Grant and Lyle age 51. Died on January 6, 2011 at Trilake Health Centre Killarney, Manitoba. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday January 11, 2011 at the Cartwright Centennial Hall, Cartwright, Manitoba 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Allan may be made to the Canadian Paraplegic Association or Cartwright and Area Foundation, Cartwright, Manitoba, R0K 0L0.Messages of condolence may be made at
MALUTA: William "Bill" Maluta, beloved husband of Sylvia and dear father of Shirley, Donna and Raymond, passed away at Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, January 6, 2011. Bill was born on January 16, 1925 at Benito, Manitoba and moved to Flin Flon as a young boy. He received his education in Flin Flon and then joined the Canadian Navy in 1942. After returning from active service Bill was employed by Hudson Bay Mining in Flin Flon until his retirement. Bill was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Flin Flon and Brandon. He passionately served to develop minor hockey as a coach/manager in Flin Flon and Brandon and as a scout for the Regina Pats for the last sixteen years. Bill is survived by his wife Sylvia, children: Shirley, Donna and Raymond; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters Dora McArthur and Elsie Schoffer of Flin Flon. Bill was predeceased by his parents Nick and Ann Maluta. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Bill's life will take place at McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church, 635 McDiarmid Drive on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Joe Ball will officiate. Friends who desire may make a donation in Bill's memory to a charity of one's choice.
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LOUTTIT: Jean, age 90 years, beloved wife of the late Andy Louttit, mother of Jim Louttit and the late Lloyd Louttit, died in the Souris Personal Care Home on Saturday, January 8, 2011. Private graveside service will be held in the spring of 2011at the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Jean, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
JOHNSTON: Barry Johnston, beloved husband of Erva, and loving father of Jerry, John, Janice, Joan and Judy, of Oak Lake, Manitoba passed away at WestMan Nursing Home, Virden on Thursday, January 6, 2011 in his 90th year. Funeral services will be held from Oak Lake United Church at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 with Reverend Craig Miller officiating. Interment will be in Johnston Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society or Oak Lake Minor Hockey, in memory of Barry.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
CRAIG: Phyllis Blanche Craig, beloved wife of the late Thomas Craig and mother of Sydney, Larry, Grant, Christine, Phillip and Robyn passed away at Willowview Personal Care Home, Reston, Manitoba Friday; January 7, 2011 at the age of 95 years. A Memorial Service will be held at Sinclair Hall, Sinclair, Manitoba Tuesday; January 11, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. M. Dwight Rutherford officiating. Interment will be in Sinclair Cemetery at a later date. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Sinclair Hall Building Fund in memory of Phyllis.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden and Reston in care of arrangements.
WILSON: Silva Jean Wilson passed away January 4, 2011 at the Assiniboine Centre at the age of 88 years and 11 months. Jean is survived by her loving husband of 66 1Ž2 years, Ray and seven children, Faye (Charlie) Main, Wayne (Edith), Bob (Marie), Janet (Roy) Morgan, Judy, Dennis and Marie, nine grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Also cherishing her memory are sisters-in-law Jean Beddome and Ruth (Alvin) Knudsen and numerous nieces and nephews. Jean was predeceased by her father, Harry Holmes, her mother Zilla Holmes, her sister Christy McKay, two brothers Stewart and Gordie Holmes, brother-in-law Harold McKay, sister-in-law Thelma Holmes, three nephews David and James McKay, Jim Holmes, daughter- in-law Laurie Wilson and two great grandchildren Shawn Morgan and Austin Morgan. Jean was born February 2, 1922 in River John, Picton County, Nova Scotia. She received her early education in River John and completed her schooling in Truro. Following school, she was employed at the Metropoliton store in Truro and “the Met” remained her favorite department store until the Brandon outlet was closed a number or years ago. She met the love of her life, Ray, at the age of 22, and with the young soldier from Manitoba, began the next chapter of her life. Jean and Ray were married at Niagara Falls on May 6, 1944 and after short stays in Nova Scotia and British Columbia, they returned to the family farm at Killarney following Ray’s discharge from the armed forces. They farmed and raised a family of seven in the Hullet and Tisdale districts and relocated to Brandon in 1965. Following a move to Carman in 1970, the family returned to Brandon in 1975. At the age of 15, Jean heard the gospel and remained true to God’s word for the rest of her She was a devoted wife and loving mother and one of her greatest joys was having her family around her. Her quick wit and dry sense of humour often left the family scrambling for a comeback or bent over with laughter. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nursing staff at Assiniboine Centre for the care and compassion they showed to mom during her short stay. A special thanks to friends of the family for all of the words of compassion and acts of kindness. The funeral was held on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Souris Glenwood Community complex in Souris, Manitoba. Pallbearers were Jean’s five grandsons and a great grandson. Interment followed at Brandon Cemetery, Brandon, Manitoba. Friends who desire may make a donation in memory of Jean to the Canadian Diabetes Association, B727 10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G7.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
WALKER: It is with much sadness that we, the family of Clara Emily Blanche Walker (nee Dolph) announce her passing on December 11, 2010 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, at the age of 83 years. Clara was born in Fort Francis, Ontario on January 30, 1927. She was the first child born to Elmer and Margaret Dolph. Sadly, Clara lost her mother at a very young age and because her father worked at various logging camps as a logger, Mom was raised in EMO and Fort Frances, Ontario by her foster parents Mabel and Cliff Gordon. She received her early education at Robert Moore Public School in Fort Francis. She was a summer housekeeper for Dr. and Mrs. Hardy in Ontario. In the 1940's, Mom started a nursing program and in 1947, she came to Brandon as part of the program. She met a handsome young soldier at theValentine's Dance which was held at the Orange Hall in Brandon. After a very brief courtship, Clara and George were married in Fort Francis, Ontario on April 23, 1947; honeymooned at Niagara Falls, then returned to Brandon to start their life together at 639 Franklin Street. Mom spent many years raising her own children in the East End of Brandon and then at Kemnay. She worked at the Provincial Gaol as a matron as well as having various housekeeping positions in Brandon including at "Rainbow Motor Inn" and "1 and 10 Motel", to supplement family income and to allow her kids to participate in activities. She retired as a Correctional Officer for the Brandon Correctional Institute due to health reasons. Mom and Dad were married for over forty-four years before Dad's passing away on January 4, 1992. Mom and Dad volunteered at many activities that their kids were involved in and were definitely our biggest fans. Mom loved music and dancing. She created beautiful needlework and spent hours sewing clothes for her growing family. She enjoyed playing bingo, card games and of course Yahtzee, as well as travelling and family gatherings. She volunteered formany community events such as the 1976 Jeux Canada Winter Games. Mom belonged to several organizations including: East End Community Centre, Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion, Georgettes Baton Twirling Club, Sportsmans Park Flea Markets and Brandon Farmers' Market. Mom was a member of Grand Valley Community Church and faith became a huge part of her life after the passing of Dad. On May 4, 2005, she was baptized to reconfirm her belief in Jesus Christ as her Savior. On December 11, 2010 she went home to heaven where she no longer will be in pain or have tears of sorrow. Clara is survived by her children: Ron (Elsie) Walker, Arlo Walker, Collin (Vicky) Walker, Evelyn (Bob) Andrews, Arlyn (Abe) Wiebe, Brenda (Tom) Hobor, Robert Walker (Lorraine), Karl (Brenda) Walker and Paula Walker (Ron Mott). Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. She leaves behind a sister Mildred Caul and foster sister Vera Croswell, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband George Walker, parents Margaret and Elmer Dolph, foster parents Cliff and Mabel Gordon, brother Arthur and sister-in-law Pauline Dolph. The Funeral Service was held at Grand Valley Community Church on Saturday, December 18, 2010. Rev. Tim Clark officiated. Honorary Pallbearers were Wes Turner, Christopher Kitchen, Stephen Walker and Ryan Walker. Active Pallbearers were Robert Walker, Abe Wiebe, Bill Lyon, Andrew Walker, Rick Sylvestre and Ryan Corrigal. Interment followed in the Brandon Cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3, 824 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7, Canadian Diabetes Association, Office B, 727 10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G7 or to Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Western MB Cancer Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
TERRY: December 3, 1943- December 14, 2010. Hughene Alison Terry (Lefurgey), beloved wife of the late Al Terry of Brandon, Manitoba passed away at the Pincher Creek Hospital on December 14, 2010 at the age of 67 years. Hughene is a loving mother of: Michelle (Terry) and Jim Duncan of Pincher Creek, Alberta, Kevin and Sharlene Terry of Brandon, Manitoba, Shannon (Caine) and Robert Doherty of Kelowna, B.C.; grandchildren who adored her Ashtyn, Matthew, Tristan, Tyrell, Devin, and Derek, “They will forever miss her hugs and her pies. Grandma made the best!” She is also survived by her sister Connie Shorrock; brother Duncan and Brenda Shorrock; brothers-in-law Robert and Margaret Terry, Gerald and Claire Terry; as well as many nieces and nephews. Hughene was predeceased by her mother Margaret (Cameron-Lefurgey) Shorrock, father Allan Lefurgey, step-father Howard Shorrock and most recently lost her lifelong love and husband, Alwin Terry who passed away on October 23rd, 2010. Hughie as most of us called her was born in Minnedosa, Manitoba on the Cameron family farm. She was very fond of her heritage and spoke of it often. Hughie was fortunate to have three sets of family; the Cameron’s, the Lefurgey’s, and the Shorrock’s. There was no shortage of love or family. She remembered everyone fondly. Hughie finished school in Minnedosa and moved to Winnipeg where she met Al. They wed in December of ’68 back at the farm with loved ones around them. Hughie and Al had two children: Michelle and Kevin whom they raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Around 1989 mom was reunited with Shannon Caine, her daughter and our family was complete. Mom and dad eventually moved back to Manitoba in order to be closer to their own parents. It wasn’t much later that they became grandparents themselves too. Being grandma and papa gave them great joy. Family meant everything to Mom. She travelled a long way to spend the holidays with us and I believe she still will. We feel you and you will always be in our hearts. A Celebration of Hughene’s life will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, January 10, 2011, at the Minnedosa United Church, 48 Main St. S., Minnedosa, Manitoba, with Reverend Natasha Pearen, officiating. A Graveside Service will follow at the Minnedosa Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Hughene’s memory to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Cancer Care Project”, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Eden’s Funeral Home, Pincher Creek, P.O. Box 924, Pincher Creek, Alberta, T0K 1W0, 403-627-3131 or
SOLON: Paul Victor Solon Sr. It is with much sadness the family announces the passing of Paul (Pops) Solon Sr. after a brief illness on January 4, 2011 at the Palliative ward at the Brandon Assiniboine Centre. Pops will be greatly missed by sons Dwight (Gisele), Paul Jr. (Cyndi) and only grandchild Samantha, nieces and nephews, cousins and countless friends. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 62 years, Gladys, his parents, Samuel and Nettie Solon, brothers Rick (Connie) and Wally. Paul was a proud lifelong resident of Brandon. He served in the military and then worked at Coke, CP Railway, and retired as a letter carrier from Canada Post after 28 years. He was actively involved in the community throughout his life. He was a long time member of St. Augustine's Church, Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 3, Sokol Hall and Ukrainian National Home. When the boys were younger, he was always supporting them in their sporting events, coaching, refereeing, umpiring and shuttling the boys and team mates throughout the province. Up to his passing, Paul was an avid golfer, bowler and was proud to be one of the longest and oldest living Wheat King Season ticket holders. The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks for the outstanding care and compassion to Pops and his family by the Emergency ward, ICU and Palliative ward at the Brandon Regional Health Authority. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Augustine's Catholic Church 327-4th Street on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 10:30 am. Celebrant will be Rev. Fr. Dominic Yuen. A private family interment service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
RELF: Betty Louise Relf (née Saunders), 78 years of age and a resident of Brandon, made her peaceful journey "home" on Christmas Eve, 2010. Having suffered a massive stroke and a return of cancer, Betty inspired us all with her brave strength, loving kindness and unending hope during her final months in the hospital. Betty was born on March 19, 1932 in a one-room farmhouse in Arden, Manitoba. With her parents, Earl and Gladys, Betty and her sister, Helen moved to Brandon. In high school, Betty met a young man named Don Relf whom she would soon marry. Betty and Don were always together and held the kind of love we all hope for in life. Four children and a big St. Bernard, named Bruno, made the family complete. Betty and Don enjoyed many years together running the family business. Betty shared her passion for crafts when she opened her own consignment store, "Handmade with Love". Betty loved gardening, reading, and spending time at the lake and traveling with Don. Betty also loved cooking and baking and always made the most delicious Sunday suppers. But, what Betty loved most was her family. She treasured the simple, happy fun of family time. She made memories. She was our centre and gave us kindness, love, patience and understanding. These are gifts we will keep forever. Betty is survived by her four children; Cindy (Peter) Relf, Scott Relf and Randy Relf all of Brandon and Robyn (Jeff) Rymer of California. Gramma Betty will be missed dearly by her loving grandchildren; Charlie, Samantha, Mike, Tasha, Shanelle, Amanda, Desarai, Adam, Justin, Jeremy, James and Martin and her great grandchildren; Ahrianna, Dante and Owen. Betty was predeceased by her husband Don, her sister Helen, her mother Gladys, her father Earl, her mother-in-law Evelyn and her brother-in-law, Ray. Over the years, Betty made many friends and if one had ever known her, her kindness, humor, and spirit will remain the warmest of memories. Betty didn’t change the whole world, but she changed our world, and always for the better. If you are inspired, please do something kind for another, as Betty would love that more than anything. In accordance with Betty’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will not be a formal memorial service.
"Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down on us to let us know they are happy."
Shine on Mom, we love you!
PATTERSON: In loving memory of Gordon J. Patterson, beloved husband of Sharon, dad to Missy, and Scott. Gord passed away peacefully on January 6, 2011 at the Boissevain Health Centre in Boissevain, Manitoba at the age of 61. Left to mourn are his grandchildren Kinsley, Sydney, Jenna and Ryan. A United Church funeral service will be held on Monday, January 10, 2011 at the Whitewater Mennonite Church in Boissevain, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. with burial to follow at the Boissevain Cemetery. Donations in Gord’s memory may be made to the ALS Society, The Boissevain- Morton Foundation, or to the Cancer Society. Messages of Condolence may be made to & Boissevain Funeral Home LTD. (204) 523-7791.
MITCHELL: It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Sharon Ann Mitchell on December 31, 2010. Sharon was born on January 29, 1959, in Brandon, Manitoba. She attended J. R. Reid Elementary School and Vincent Massey High School. She graduated from the Faculty of Phys. Ed. at the University of Manitoba in 1984. Sharon made good use of her degree, working at both the North End "Y" in Winnipeg and the Brandon "Y". Sharon also coached the Blue Fins Swim Club for several years. Sharon had a lifelong love of sports, and was the Brandon Women’s Singles Champion in both tennis and badminton in the mid-1970’s. She earned the number one provincial ranking in mixed doubles tennis with her brother, Bob, in 1976. Sharon’s biggest enjoyment was spending time with her family and friends in Brandon, Winnipeg and Alberta. Many happy summers were spent at Clear Lake. She was a devoted daughter and loving sister. She was the proud auntie of five nieces and nephews and was very involved in their lives. Sharon had great kindness and compassion for others. She dedicated twelve years to her work as a Developmental Services Worker at Core Enterprises. In spite of a 25 year battle with Bipolar Disorder, she touched many lives through her volunteer work with Helping Hands Soup Kitchen, Hillcrest Personal Care Home and Common Cause for Mental Health. Sharon was passionate about educating people about mental health and advocating for other consumers. She enjoyed attending the Christian Reformed Church, TOPS meetings and a variety of support and advocacy groups. She exhibited enormous personal strength and lived her life by the motto; "One day at a time." Sharon is lovingly remembered by her mother; Isabella Mitchell Ball; brother Garry (Jo-Ann), their children Kalynn (Gavin), Bryan (Michelle) and Michael (Carla); sister-in-law Liz; and her children Ashleigh and Jeffrey. Sharon’s enthusiasm, bright smile, sparkling eyes and warm hugs will be missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Sharon was predeceased by her father Ray in 1987; brother Bob in 1995; and her stepfather Fred in 2009. Our family wishes to express our heartfelt thanks to; Dr. Vipul, the staff at the CAP Unit, the Brandon CSU, the CMHP and McTavish Manor for their tireless efforts in helping Sharon over the years. A celebration of Sharon’s life was held on January 5, 2011, at Central United Church with Dr. Evert Busink officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 23-12th St., Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4L6.
"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heavenwhere the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon usto let us know they are happy."
MALUTA: The death of William Maluta, 85 years, occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, January 6, 2011. Complete obituary information will follow.
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KERSLAKE: Dorothy Louise, age 98 years, beloved wife of the late Wesley Kerslake, died in the Souris Personal Care Home on Thursday, January 6, 2011. Funeral service will be held in the spring of 2011. In memory of Dorothy, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
HOGELAND: Melvin (Mel) Munro Hogeland of Brandon, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on December 23, 2010 at the age of 85 years. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 63 years, Irene; his daughters: Carole (Mike Bourgoin) of Frankford, Ontario, Donna (Peter Wesley) of Morley, Alberta, and Brenda (George Froese) of Rivers, Manitoba; his grandchildren: Amber Shiloff (Floyd Ormsbee), Tara Shiloff, Tyler Shiloff, Justin Froese, and Jordan Froese; and five great-grandchildren. Mel is also survived by his sister, Gretta Bromley, of Brandon; as well as numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, Horace and Ida Hogeland, and a brother, Jack. Mel was born in Brandon, Manitoba on March 19, 1925. He received his schooling at Alexandra, Earl Oxford, Brandon Collegiate Institute (BCI), and at the Brandon Technical School. At age 18, Mel enlisted in the Canadian Army during World War II and trained with the Royal Canadian Artillery at Shilo. Shipped overseas, he was transferred to and proudly served with the Infantry unit of the 1st Batallion Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment of Canada. Discharged in 1946, Mel moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he married Irene Turner on August 23, 1947. They returned to Brandon in 1948 and resided in Brandon and area ever since. Mel worked for 38 years with the Liquor Control Commission, retiring in 1986 as Assistant Manager of the retail store at Tenth Street and Victoria Avenue. He and Irene bought 40 acres north of the Brandon Airport, where they built a home that they moved to in 1987. From 1966 to the early 1990s, Mel was active with the raising of and caring for horses that daughter Brenda entered in various shows. Mel enjoyed being involved in his community and participating in various social activities. He was a loyal member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 58 years and served as 1st Vice-President of Branch #3. An avid curler for decades, Mel was one of the people responsible for the construction of the Legion Curling Club, and served a term as its President. He was also elected President of the Brandon Masters Curling Club. Through the years, Mel and Irene travelled across Canada and to many points in the United States. He took pleasure in spending time with family and friends. Mel's was a full and dedicated life, which has left countless precious memories. A Celebration of Mel's life was held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #3 on December 29, 2010, with interment at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Pastor Chris Arthur officiated. Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre was in charge of arrangements. Messages of condolence may be placed at or mailed to the family at: Site 520, Box 4, RR 5 Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5Y5. Donations in memory of Mel may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3, 824 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7.
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