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FORKE: Gordon Elmer Forke, beloved husband of Ruth Forke of Pipestone, Manitoba passed away at Souris Health Centre, Souris, Manitoba Saturday; July 28, 2012 at the age of 84 years. Funeral service will be held from Pipestone Community Hall, Pipestone Wednesday; August 1, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. M. Dwight Rutherford officiating. Interment will be in Pipestone Cemetery. Viewing for family and friends will be at Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden Tuesday; July 31st from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Pipestone Cemetery Care Fund in memory of Gordon.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of the arrangements.
CAMPBELL: Wayne Kenneth Campbell. It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of Wayne Campbell on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at the age of 63 years. Wayne leaves to mourn his loving wife Aldona; son Douglas; daughters Tracy (Barry) and Cindy (Randy); grandchildren, great grandchildren as well as his mother Clara; brothers Calvin (Pat), Wayne (Sharon); sister Sandra (Ron) and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Glen. Wayne will be laid to rest in Brandon and a private memorial service will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank 3East staff at Riverview Health Centre for all their care, compassion and kindness.
SERLE: Coralie Serle (née McClay) of Brandon, beloved wife of the late David Serle and dear mom of Teresa (David) Mullin, Kathryn Serle and Ivale (Jeff) Crooks, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at the age of 77 years. Prayers will be held for Coralie at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Kevin Smith as Celebrant. Cremation will follow and Coralie and Dave will be interred together at the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, at a later date. Donations in memory of Coralie may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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YOUNG: Passed away at the Glenboro Personal Care Home on Thursday July 26, 2012 at the age of 103 years, Edward Young, of Glenboro MB, formerly of Mather, MB. Ed leaves to mourn his passing his three children, Adeline Merke (Bob Good) of Kenton MB, Allen (Adele) Young of Ninette MB, Lorraine (David) Livingstone of Cartwright MB, 11 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren & 6 great great grandchildren; and by his sister Phyllis Preston in Osoyoos B.C. as well as numerous extended relatives. Ed was predeceased by his wife Hilda (nee Heckert), son Edwin, grandchildren Jeffrey Merke & Melvin Young, a great grandchild and by numerous brothers & sisters & their spouses. Funeral Services will be held on Monday July 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm in the Mather Community Hall with Rev. Beth Clark officiating. Interment will take place in the Mather Cemetery. Immediately following the interment, a reception will be held in the Mather Community Hall. Everyone is welcome. Memorial donations may be made in Ed’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 824-18th St. Brandon MB R7A 5B7 or to a charity of one’s choice.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Services of Glenboro-Holland in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.
WILKINSON: Dorothy Jean Wilkinson (nee Parker) April 25, 1933 - December 25, 2011. After a brief illness, Dorothy peacefully went to be with her Lord in Heaven on December 25, 2011. She is survived, deeply loved and missed by their five children, daughters Kathy (Larry) Heffernan of Airdrie, Alberta, Carole (Ken) Saviak of Calgary, Alberta, and Marleen (Dan) Meier of Naicam, Saskatchewan, and sons David of Brooks, Alberta and Sean of Medicine Hat, Alberta, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Dorothy was predeceased by her beloved husband of 50 years, George “Henry” Wilkinson, September 1, 1924 - August 17, 2002. Mom’s greatest passion in life was in caring for babies and children. Dorothy and Henry served as Foster Parents for the Province of Alberta for nearly 30 years. Dad is remembered for his profound family devotion, striking sense of humor and ease in talking to people. In memory, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or CNIB. A graveside service for Dorothy and Henry will be held at the Minnedosa Cemetery on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 4:00, followed by a gathering at Minnedosa Beach. Minnedosa Funeral Service in care of arrangements. 204- 867-3868.
SERLE: Coralie Serle (née McClay) of Brandon, beloved wife of the late David Serle and dear mom of Teresa (David) Mullin, Kathryn Serle and Ivale (Jeff) Crooks, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at the age of 77 years. Prayers will be held for Coralie at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Kevin Smith as Celebrant. Cremation will follow and Coralie and Dave will be interred together at the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, at a later date. Donations in memory of Coralie may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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SALER: Louis George Saler beloved husband of Elaine of Minnedosa, MB entered into rest on July 25, 2012 at the age of 86 years. Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Minnedosa United Church, Minnedosa, MB with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. Interment will take place in the Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Minnedosa Regional Events Centre, Box 1425 Minnedosa, MB, R0J 1E0 or a charity of choice. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
RENNICK: Zena (February 2, 1919 - January 13, 2012) passed away in Nanaimo B.C. following a stroke and brief illness. Daughter Heather and family would like to invite family and special friends to join us in celebrating the life of this very special person in our lives, with a shared story, memory, or as mom would love a song. Celebration to be held Monday, August 6, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at the family cottage 179 Tawapit Drive, Clear Lake.
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OBERMAIER: Former Brandon resident Josef Obermaier passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday July 17, 2012 in Puchheim, Austria. Josef was born November 10, 1930 to Josef and Maria Obermaier on a farm in Puchheim, Austria. During World War 11, living on a farm meant having enough to eat when others didn’t and he was fortunate enough to be too young to be drafted into the German Wehrmacht. He served his apprenticeship in Attnang and at the Masters School for Butchers and Sausage Makers in Braunau. Returning to Attnang, he met his future wife, Irmengard. They married on April 11, 1955 and had four sons, Josef Jr., Wolfgang, Harald and Andreas. In the late 50s, they opened their first shop in Attersee, an area known for tourism. Over the years Josef won many awards in national and international competitions for his sausages. Times changed and the butcher business had no future in Austria. Josef was never resigned to this fate. A chance encounter with a sausage maker from Canada gave Josef a new direction. At the age of 57 he decided to come to Canada, first to Neepawa and then opening his own shop in Shilo and Brandon. In June of 2009, Josef suffered a crippling stroke, so he and Irmengard had to abandon their beloved new home and return via a medical flight to Austria. In a sad way, this became the happiest period of his life surrounded by loving family. He is survived by his wife, his sons, Josef (Gundi), Wolfgang, Harald, Andreas (Cirinna) and grandchildren Marlene, Doris, Laurenz and Emilia. Services were held in Puchheim Austria on Friday July 20, 2012. Messages of condolence can be sent to: Frau Irmengard Obermaier, Puchheimer Strobe 21-B-3-1, Attnaup-Puchheim 4800, Austria.
McLEOD: It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Keith on Friday, July 20, 2012, surrounded by his family after a valiant battle with lung cancer at the age of 61. Survived by his loving wife of 39 years Brenda, son Christopher (Jody), daughter Trisha (Geoff) Paterson, granddaughters Rylee and Easton Paterson and Gemma McLeod, dad and mother Angus and Dorothy, brother Wayne (Marion), sisters-in-law Joyce Castle, Elaine Lelond, Linda (Blaine) Wakefield, brothers-in-law Bill (Cathy) Stephens and Dale (Carla) Stephens. Numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins also survive. George Angus Keith was born in Deloraine, Manitoba, on July 16, 1951, moving to Brandon in 1956. He did his schooling in Brandon, graduating from Vincent Massey in 1969. Keith joined the Brandon Police Department on November 16, 1970, transferring to the Fire Department in the fall of 1979. In the early years, shift work allowed Keith to explore his entrepreneurial side by first working with his Dad and Uncle Jack at Trail King Ltd., then owning Green Acres Painting & Sandblasting and being a partner in Clarks Septic Service with brother, Wayne. Keith met Brenda Stephens in 1970 and they were married on September 16, 1972, and this year would have been their 40th wedding anniversary. Together they had two children, Chris and Trisha. Trisha met Geoff, Chris met Jody and then along came the lights of his life, his granddaughters, Rylee, Easton and Gemma. He loved being "Grampy" to his granddaughters. Keith purchased Lone Star Rentals in December 1985 and it went through several changes over the years. Being a U-Haul Dealer for 26 years was Keith's passion. He had a good rapport with U-Haul customers, other dealers and Head Office staff. We took on the Arctic Cat dealership in 1992 and stayed at it for 10 years. It was a tough industry, but Keith was always positive and enjoyed the sport of snowmobiling with family and friends. Keith worked along side "Doc" Trollope for many years doing oil changes, mechanical and small engine repairs. Lone Star had a loyal following of customers. Keith got along well with them as well as numerous sales and parts reps forging many lasting friendships along the way. The Shop was a family meeting place, where he worked side by side with Brenda for 25 years. Friends and family always knew that if you were looking for Keith, the Shop was the first place to look. Keith was blessed with a very strong work ethic and worked hard. The long hours still allowed him to enjoy time with family and friends. He especially enjoyed broomball in the winter, slo-pitch and the occasional game of golf in the summer. Being his own boss also allowed him the time and place to work on his Volkswagen. Keith was a quiet, thoughtful and easygoing man with a keen sense of humor and a lot of patience. Keith's journey with Lung Cancer began the week following his 60th birthday in July 2011 and he faced it with strength and dignity until the end. The Memorial Service will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood officiating. Donations in memory of Keith may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Palliative Care Unit”, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or CancerCare Manitoba, 1160 –675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9.
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LITTLE: Alice Little (née Boulden) November 4, 1929 – July 23, 2012. We announce, with deep regret, the passing of Alice Little at the age of 82 years on July 23, 2012. Predeceased by her parents, the late Winnipeg Fire Chief Donald Alexander Boulden and his wife Isabella (née Grant), her infant sister (Elizabeth Lucile), her beloved younger brother, Grant Alexander Boulden in 1998, and Ralph, her husband of over 50 years, in 2005. She is survived by her elder son, Hon. Justice Donald Little, his wife Barbara, and five grandchildren: Nancy, Ainsley, Christopher, Jacqueline, Monica, and two great-grandchildren; and her younger son, retired RCMP officer Grant Little, wife Rayel, and granddaughter, Reena. She will also be missed by nieces, nephews, and cousins in Canada, the USA and the UK and many friends. Born in Winnipeg, on November 4, 1929, Alice was proud to remind us that her birth year was also notable for the recognition in law of women as persons. She grew up in Winnipeg and attended Grosvenor School, Robert H. Smith School, and Kelvin High School. At age 16, she entered United College and graduated in 1949 with a B.A. (French and Latin). Although she won many awards her most prized was the “Théâtre Pin” for three years of French plays. She often said she then “performed” for 33 years in public education, and finally, during her long and challenging bout with cancer, went for the Oscar! At 19, Alice became the teaching principal of a two-room rural school at Hilton, Manitoba. On December 1, 1951, she married Donald Ralph Little and in 1952 they moved to Hartney, Manitoba where she taught French, and their marriage was blessed with the birth of their sons, Donald Mark and David Grant. In 1987, when Ralph retired and they moved to Winnipeg, she taught English at Ecole Norberry and Collège Jeanne-Sauvé in St. Vital until 1990. Alice contributed to her chosen profession by serving on provincial curriculum committees for Basic French, piloting programs, and providing professional development across our province. She received the Encyclopedia Britannica Award from The Canadian College of Teachers in 1983 for outstanding teaching in Canada’s two official languages. Alice’s love of travel led her to visit every Canadian province and most of the USA. She travelled six times to Europe, studied in France in 1974 and guided her sons on the Champs Elysées in Paris to appreciate her love for everything “French”, and enjoyed the wonderful service on cruise ships in the Caribbean and to Alaska. She modeled life-long learning by studying Spanish in retirement (practicing it in Cuba) and becoming computer-literate to fill our e-mail boxes regularly. In retirement Alice defined community service. She was a volunteer with Block Parents, Teen Touch, the Fringe Festival, the Pan-Am Games, and a public speaking judge in schools and for Toastmistresses International. She became interested in the work of the Winnipeg Inner City Missions guided by her former pupil, Rev. Margaret Mullin. She was interested in teaching students in geriatric nursing, and helping the elderly through the Manitoba Society of Seniors and supported the first WRHA Patient Safety Council. She helped Osborne House as speaker, consultant, and trainer, persistently lobbied for education and health, worked tirelessly for the NDP, and was presented the Pioneer Award by Premier Doer in February 2008. She enjoyed her more recent work for Judy Wasylycia-Leis in 2010, navigating her scooter to campaign headquarters rain or shine, while, as she said, “watching out for buses and bullets, panhandlers and potholes!” Finally, Alice’s letters to the editor, and interviews on television and radio, provided a “voice” for many who needed help. She made a difference and she will be missed. Until recently, she enjoyed good health (“ten days of sick leave in thirty-three years of teaching!”), and always exuded super-abundant energy, a way with words, a fighting spirit, a sense of humour, and resilience. Alice readily welcomed each stage of her life, from a walkathon to a walker. This spring, she sailed in the Caribbean and visited Grant, Rayel, and Reena in Alberta, and she and her flag-adorned scooter featured in Osborne Village as recently as this past Canada Day. Alice loved and was loved and she knew it. During her recent and final illness she boasted not of courage, wisdom or faith, but rather showed perspective, humour, and appreciation for all who cared for her, including the day before her passing when she arrived at hospital. She took her “lumps”, let the chips fall where they may, and lived her life fully and authentically. Alice wanted to extend special thanks to many helpers, counselors, former pupils, professionals at CancerCare, especially devoted friends Carolyn Little, Terry, Jeff, Judy, Karen, Leanna, Val, Vicki, Janet, Lillian, Edna, Katharine, Donna, Krista, Pam, Randy, and Darcy, and all of the wonderful workers who assisted her to remain in her home until the day before her passing. Family and friends will celebrate Alice’s life at 11:00 a. m. on Monday, July 30, 2012, at the E. J. Coutu Funeral Home, 680 Archibald Street, in Winnipeg. Interment will occur at Elmwood Cemetery that afternoon. Donations in Alice’s memory may be made to: Osborne House, Box 397, Winnipeg R3C 2H6; the Inner City Missions, Box 2444, Station Main, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A7; or the Winnipeg Fire Museum, 56 Maple Street, Winnipeg, R3B 0Y8. An on-line condolence book is available at to celebrate, as recorded on her grave marker in Elmwood Cemetery, this “lass unparallel’d.” Adieu chère Alice.The Coutu Family in care of arrangements: E. J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors, 680 Archibald Street, (204) 253-5086.
LARGE: Richard Walter Large was born October 19, 1922 near the town of Riding Mountain, Manitoba to Walter and Zella (nee Gunson). Richard attended Tobomore School and worked during his youth at road construction, in lumber camps and for many farmers. Richard joined the Canadian Army on October 16, 1941 in Winnipeg and trained there as well as Camp Borden Ontario, Windsor Nova Scotia, Debert Nova Scotia. He travelled overseas on the SS Aquatania and served in the United Kingdom and continental Europe with the Armoured Corps Reserve Unit and the 10th Canadian Armoured Tank Regiment as tank operator. After returning to Canada in 1945 and his discharge in February 1946, he returned to Manitoba to work in lumber camps and mines. On July 22, 1948, he married Phyllis Darlene Hallen at the Anglican Church in Neepawa. They lived in the Birnie district where Richard farmed with his father for 6 years. During that time, he also continued working various jobs in mining and oil rigs. Richard and Phyllis purchased a farm in the Glendale District in 1958 where they resided until 1967 when they purchased another farm just a few miles down the road. It was here they continued to farm until 1997 when Richard’s health forced him to retire. They then moved to Minnedosa and later to Brandon. Richard was a member of the Kelwood Legion for 66 years (the last 16 as an Honorary Member). Richard enjoyed farm life and later on took to showing his Belgium horses in parades and taking part in the old time thrashing. His greatest joy was his family and spending time with all the grandchildren. Many hours were spent with Grampa playing card games, going to the Legion for different functions, and helping on the farm. Richard loved sports!! Whenever he could, he would attend any sports game the grandkids were taking part in. Richard was predeceased by his only son, Kenneth Richard of Victoria BC (1949-1983), brothers Ralph (1933), Edward (1983), Gordon (1997), Robert (1997) and Burton (2003), parents: Walter (1965) and Zella (1981) He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Phyllis Large, daughters, Patricia Beer of Somerset, Mb; Marguerite (Darrell) Hasiuk of Truro, NS; Kimberly (Blair) Delmage of Brandon, MB. Also survived by grandchildren Jordon Helm (Large), Jason (Vanessa) Beer, Spencer Beer, Daniel (Karen) Hasiuk, Kollin (Nathalie) Hasiuk, Timothy (Anneliese) Hasiuk, Benjamin Delmage, Lindsay Delmage, and Robin Delmage. Richard also has seven great grandchildren, Jaxon & Landon, Jakob & Devyn, Jett & Talia and Liam. A private family graveside service will be held at the Riding Mountain Cemetery. Following, a celebration of Richard’s life will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kelwood Legion Club Room where friends and family can gather. Donations can be made in Richard’s memory to the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba 105 - 500 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3X1 or the Lung Association of Manitoba 8 - 940 Princess Avenue Brandon, Manitoba R7A 0P6. Dobchuk Funeral Home, McCreary, Manitoba. Telephone (204) 835-2004. The Heritage of Neill, Dobchuk & Anderson, providing over a century of service.
DOWNES: Wilbert Lawrence. April 30, 1918 -June 17, 2012. Wilbert passed away peacefully at Fairview Home with family at his side. Wilbert was the second youngest child born to Dennis and Sarah Downes (McCoubrey). Wilbert is survived by his children Betty Watt, Bob (Barb) Downes. Grandchildren Cathy (Jeremiah), Colin (Vanessa) and Sarah (Darin). Great-Grandchildren - Tzevi, Xavier, Tyvek, Indiria, Addax and Caeden. Wilbert is also survived by sister Louise Webster and sister- in-law Nell Cooley as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Wilbert worked for farmers in Saskatchewan and Decker, MB. area prior to joining the army. Wilbert returned from serving in World War II in 1945. In 1946 he married Margaret Cooley whom he met while working in the Decker area. They farmed in Birtle, MB for 30 years and retired to Brandon due to health concerns in 1976. Wilbert was an active member of the Golden K Kiwanis and a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels. After 48 years of marriage Margaret passed away in 1994. In 1995 Wilbert was married to Olive Bartlett until her passing in 2000. A memorial service was held June 22, 2012 at Trinity United Church with interment at Birtle Cemetery. Rae's Funeral Service of Shoal Lake & Erickson were in charge of arrangements.
DAVIS: Mrs. Mary Margaret Davis of Pierson, MB. passed away at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon, MB. on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the age of 83. Mary was born on September 3, 1928 to parents Andy and Jessie Ann (McRobbie) Anderson. She was predeceased by her husband Albert Lloyd Davis. Mary is survived by two daughters: Sheila (Bev) Nickles and Wanda (Don) Eisener; one son Donald Davis; grandchildren: Melissa (Trent) Karvonen, J.D. (Tanya) Nickles, and Gordon Eisener; great-grandchildren: Marcus Karvonen, Tyra Karvonen, Luke Werner, Julia, Lyla and Alecia Nickles; two sisters: Jessie Davis and Betty (Elmer) Pederson; two brothers: Roy (Ruth) Anderson and Wayne Anderson; sister-in-law Elsie (Ralph) Reddaway; many nieces and nephews. The graveside service for family and friends will be held at the Pierson Cemetery, Pierson, MB. on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Allan Gairns officiating. Lunch will follow at the Pierson Hall. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations in memory of Mary may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415 1st Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home - Melita (522-3361), Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron.
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BELL: Delores Arlene Bell (Murdoch) formerly Gollan and beloved wife of Bert Bell died at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon on July 20, 2012 after a valiant fight to recover from multiple strokes. Born on May 10, 1932 in Windsor, N.S. as Delores Mae Foley-Smith, daughter to Norman Foley and Annie Smith. Due to the death of Norman Foley her father and to unfortunate circumstances, Delores went to live with Charles Arthur and Lena Irene Murdoch at the tender age of four and was officially adopted by them at the age of six. Delores was raised near Windsor, NS at Three Mile Plains where she attended elementary school and Windsor Academy. While growing up she learned to play advanced piano (plus could also play by ear) and to sing (a natural gift). These gifts delighted many throughout the years, especially in her early years when she sang at various churches, seniors' homes and community events.....a little star. After graduating from Windsor School of Business, Delores started working as an administrative assistant in Windsor, N.S. She met Reginald Wilfred Gollan, a bricklayer/mason, from Hansport, N.S. and married him on August 29, 1951. They raised Robert, Linda, (Steven deceased at four months) and Douglas in Hansport, NS until Reg joined the Armed Forces, The Black Watch regiment and was then transferred to Ottawa, ON where Thomas was born. The family moved after several years in Ottawa, surrounded by the Gordon Gollan family who had relocated from Nova Scotia to Ottawa, to Kingston, ON where Reginald taught communications. It was in Kingston that their blonde haired daughters, Tina Marie and Tammy Jo were born, to the delight of their siblings. In 1967, the family moved to Shilo, MB with the military, where Reginald was part of 731 Communications Squadron and mom worked for the DND and also O’Kelly School. In 1972, Mom, Dad and the four youngest children transferred to Halifax, NS where mom worked for Murphy Sharpe Sales Ltd. Their last relocation was from Halifax to Prince Albert, SK. While raising six children, Mom worked at the above jobs and also worked full time at various Executive Assistant positions with the Department of National Defence, CKBI Radio/TV, Riverside Divisional III School, Health and Welfare Canada, Veterans Affairs Canada and Canada Post. Lastly mom managed a United Cigar Store, both in Brandon and then in Winnipeg. On August 25, 1990, Delores married Bert Wheble Bell and moved to Brandon, MB at which time she retired from full time work to devote time to Bert and her volunteer work with the First Presbyterian Church, Cancer Society, Royal Canadian Legion, and the UCT Bingo and anyone else in need, especially at income tax time when she did tax returns for several of her friends and family. Mom loved making people happy with her great sense of humor, smile, big hugs and kind words. She also loved learning to use her computer and programs which allowed her to connect with extended family members and to discover new family members and establish a relationship with them. Mom loved playing bingo in later years which also allowed her to socialize with people. She loved visiting the sick and the veterans, writing poetry, playing and listening to music, reading and traveling. Bert and Mom traveled to visit relatives early in their marriage from the east to the west coast, enjoying their time together and with family. Our mom’s spirit, with her love and compassion, touched everyone in her life. I am sure you would agree that you could not help but be a better person if you were so blessed to have had her in your life. Given the amount of suffering our mom endured, not only with the illnesses and the passing of family members and friends, but also with her own health issues, her undying spirit and love for life and her faith shone through those darkest moments and carried her forward. Our mom truly is an inspiration for us. She was devoted to God her entire life, and she was certain as are we, that she is with the Lord and is at peace. Mom was predeceased by first husband Reginald Gollan; sons Steven and Douglas Gollan, as well as her siblings Burton and Don Foley; Charles Murdoch and her parents. Delores leaves to mourn her husband Bert Bell and his sons Robert (Vicky) Bell, Richard (Judy) Bell and daughter Joanne (Richard) Eckert, and grandsons Richard (Megan) Eckert, Cory Bell and granddaughter Jennifer (Scott) Slimmon and great granddaughter Breanna. Also left to mourn their mother are Robert (Siri) Gollan, Linda (Don/Sam) Gradwell, Douglas Gollan deceased (Alexis Richards), Thomas (Valli) Gollan, Tina Santos, Tammy Gollan (partner Dennis Stevenson); grandchildren, Dawn Gollan, Tammy (Peter) Luong, Lexii Gollan, Torey Gollan, Fara (Jesse Graybill) Gradwell, Brent (Leanne Cwiertnia) Gradwell, Corey (Mark) Rootsaert, Scott (Ambar) Gollan, Thomas (Kerri) Gollan, Samara (Rob Hoskins) Gollan, Nicole Gollan, Jessica Richards, Eric Santos, Ryan Santos, Justin (Amanda Hay) Vallier, Dustin (Kara Hill) Vallier, Breana (Anthony Fudge) Vallier, and great-grandchildren Amanda Gollan, Josh Sundin, Julia Luong, Abbigail and Jennifer Corbett, Tavin Rootsaert, Alexander and Grace Gollan, Jordyn and Emelia Gollan-Hoskins, Jayce Vallier, Kierra, Carson and Hanna Vallier and great great grandaughter Anika Wishlow as well as her sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, Aunt Gladys (Dale) Burke of Charlottetown, PEI and Uncle William Monovan of Perth, ON and many cousins and friends. A Ceremony to Celebrate Delores' Life took place on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church. Rev. Dr. Dong-Ha Kim officiated. Eulogist was her son Thomas Gollan. Her cremated remains will be laid to rest in her beloved Nova Scotia at a later date. If friends or relatives so wish, donations in memory of Delores may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3-824 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8.
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Miss Me But Let Me GoWhen I come to the end of the roadAnd the sun has set for me,I want no rites in gloom filled room.Why cry for a soul set free?Miss me a little, but not too longAnd not with your head bowed low,Remember the love That we once shared,Miss me, but let me go.For this is a journey, we must all takeAnd each must go alone.It's part of the Master's Plan,A step on the road to Home.So when you are lonely and sick at heart,Gather your loved ones close,And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.Miss me.... but let me go.
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