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CROSSON: The death of Donald Albert Crosson beloved husband of Kathryn Jane, dear father of Kelly and Myrna occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, January, 14, 2012. Ceremony to Celebrate Don's Life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Barbara Jardine will officiate. Interment will be in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Don to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for the Residence - Western Manitoba Cancer Centre, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information will follow.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com
Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
WESTWOOD: William “Mack”, 84 years, beloved husband of Ethel, father of Heather, Randy and Linda, passed away in the Minnedosa Hospital, with family at his side, on January 12, 2012. Interment at a later date. Time of fellowship for family and friends will be held at Rapid City Legion Hall, Tuesday January 17, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Memorial donations can be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation (for “Murray House” Residence), 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or to a charity of choice.
THOMAS: It is with great regret we announce the passing of Ross Thomas on December 17, 2011at the St. Boniface hospital in Winnipeg. He had dealt with numerous crippling strokes for many years and yet was always such a pleasant and positive person to be around. Ross was born to Chris and Lois Thomas in the family farm house east of Lauder on June 22, 1925 and was raised there with his three sisters Muriel, Kathleen and Beverley. He graduated from the U of M with a degree in Agriculture in 1949 and married the love of his life Anita (Atkinson) on January 22, 1949. Ross farmed along with his family until 1984. He was a very innovative farmer such as growing silage corn and canola in the sixties, bringing one of the first Vermeer round balers into Canada and using one of the first air seeders in the area yet his cattle were his main interest. Ross and his dad Chris raised polled Shorthorn cattle and in 1967 held the first Thomas Farms polled shorthorn production sale. In 1968 they teamed up with the Gordon Bros from Souris and the Draper Bros from Elgin. With this group the sale went on to be the top polled shorthorn production sale in North America. In 1970 Ross and Chris sold the herd to Ed Long the governor of Illinois but Ross found a new interest in “exotic” cattle and was soon a partner in Bar 5 Simmentals along with the Gordons, Drapers, the Mitchell’s from Douglas and Wilf Davis. They held their first production sale in 1974 and from there Bar 5 became a top Simmental herd in North America. This period of time was one of the most interesting for Ross as he met many people and he and Anita travelled to Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico looking at cattle and seeing many interesting places. In 1978 Ross sold his cattle for the last time and became a grain farmer. Along with the family he started Thomas Farm Supplies. This lasted until 1984 when the Thomas land was disbanded and Ross having moved to Hartney started a new stage in his life. Not one to feel sorry for himself Ross started teaching drivers education and again met and had many enjoyable and sometimes scary experiences instructing young and older people of the area. During this time he spent a term as a town councilor. In 1990 Ross and Anita bought a home in Apache Junction, Arizona and spent ten wonderful winters there until his first stroke ended their time in the south. They sold their house and moved into the Hartcam lodge in 2001. After more strokes left him wheelchair bound Ross moved into the Hartney Personal Care home in 2010 where his good nature soon made him a favorite of the staff there. Ross was often called upon to participate on local school boards, church boards, the Manitoba Shorthorn executive, the Manitoba Cattle Growers Assoc, taught 4H, was a Free Mason and a Lauder Forrester. Ross leaves to mourn his wife of 62 years Anita, sisters Muriel, Kathleen and Bev, sons Eric and family, Chris and family, David and Peggy and family, daughter Cathy and Gerry Gaudet and family and numerous nieces and nephews. We will always have a void in our hearts as we miss his good nature, wit, wisdom and kindness.
McLAREN: Gladys Marie McClaren, born in Bottineau, North Dakota on June 15th, 1931, passed away January 8th, 2012. She will be missed by her four children, Ronald, Patricia, Perry and Karen, two grandchildren Natalie and Troy, and two great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Lillian, Lucille, Bernice, Florence and two brothers, Lawrence and Dan, numerous nieces and nephews and special friend, Terri. Gladys liked music and played the spoons, mouth organ and piano and could sing pretty well. She was always a lot of fun to go camping or on trips with. She worked in motels and restaurants until she started having health problems and she lost her eyesight, but she never lost her sense of humor. We’ll miss her. A Memorial Service was held at Brockie Donovan Chapel on Friday, January 13, 2012 with Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Gladys may be made to the CNIB, 354-10th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4G1.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
JONES: Ruth Elie Jones (nee Hauser) passed away on January 11, 2012 at Dinsdale Personal Care Home. Ruth was born, raised and educated in Brandon. The youngest of three children of Robert and Wanda Hauser, Ruth chose a nursing career which she enjoyed very much. She went to the U.S. to work and completed a Post Graduate Program before returning to Brandon to take care of her mother. She met and married Walter Jones in 1965. They had one child, a son Marc in 1968. They built a country home and enjoyed life and travelled a lot. Ruth was predeceased by her parents, her father in 1958 and mother in 1986, her sister Elsie in October, 1968, and shortly after her brother-in-law Joe in December, 1968. Her husband Walter passed away in January, 1991. She remained in her lovely country home doing all her own lawn and yard work which had a park-like setting with beautiful trees and flowers. She leaves to mourn her passing, son Marc (Dianne), her only granddaughter Tanea, a brother Bingo and sister- in-law Jacylen and families, nieces Pat and Ken Warenko and family, Joann and Garnett Gillis and families, Laura and Max Hibbs and family and nephew Bob and Wendy Hauser and family. A funeral service will be held at Central United Church, 327 – 8th Street, Brandon, on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Laird Russell Yearwood officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B-10th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4G7 or the charity of one’s choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
HICKS: Peacefully on January 3, 2012, Elmer Lawrence Hicks, with family by his side, passed into eternal rest. Dad was born April 19, 1915 to Alfred & Sarah (Thomas) Hicks, an only child. He spent his childhood on the family farm and was schooled at Melgund. In 1941 Dad spent the winter at Moosomin working in the Fudge Snowplane Factory and in 1942 he took a course in Vancouver in Diesel Mechanics. In 1957 he got his private pilots license in Brandon, and soon thereafter bought a Funk airplane, one of only two in Canada. He sold this and built the Fly Baby, followed by the Tiger Moth. Dad married Dorothy Phillips in 1947 and they had two children, Shirley born in 1948, and Arnold in 1951. During the years before Mom passed away, they met many wonderful friends through the Manitoba flying Farmers. Dad could always be found tinkering away in his shop building something, whether it be snowplanes, snowblowers, garden tractors, or something for his kids. In 1982 Mom passed away leaving a void in Dad's life. He married Shirley Swerdfeger in 1985 and they had many wonderful years together travelling and spending many winters in Mesa, Arizona until Shirley's passing in 2000. After Shirley's death, Dad moved back to Hartney to Cameron Lodge and spent his time there until August 2011 when he moved to the Personal Care Home. Dad loved his planes and trains, but could also be found at the racetrack while camping during the summer months. Dad leaves to mourn his passing, his daughter Shirley (Harvey Loney) Lowe, and son Arnold (Brenda) Hicks, brothers-in-law Clare (Donna) Phillips, Jack (Pat) Phillips, sister in law Norma (Watson) Roper, grandchildren Leane (Cory) Frank, Lori (Graham) McKerrell, Matthew Hicks, and great-grandchildren Joel & Taylor Frank and Taryn McKerrell. He also leaves to mourn his stepdaughters Sherron Murphy (Chad & Dori & families) and Doris Vienneau (Dwayne & Donovan & families) all of Edmonton; step brother Jack (Edna) Couling, step sister Donna (Bill) Houck and families—and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Following a private burial in Lauder Cemetery, a memorial service was held in Lauder United Church on January 6, 2012 conducted by Rev. Margret Kristjansson. Thanks to the choir, organist Carol Thomas, and the ladies of the Lauder Community who provided lunch. Sincere thanks for the donations made in memory of Dad to the Canadian cancer society and the Lauder Cemetery Fund. The family would like to thank Dr. Cram and staff of the Souris Hospital for their exceptional and compassionate care. Also to our wonderful ambulance drivers who made Dad's transitions to the hospital and return so comfortable. To the staff of the Personal Care Home; we cannot thank you enough for your tender loving care. Kowalchuk's Funeral Home, thank you for making it so easy for us during our loss.
Into the freedom of wind and sunshineWe let you goInto the dance of the stars and the planetsWe let you goInto the wind's breath and the hands of the star makerWe let you goWe love you, we miss you, we want you to be happyGo safely, go dancing, go flying home
CRAIG: Doreen Marie, 88, passed away peacefully January 9th, 2012 in Winnipeg. Doreen was born June 16th, 1923 in Brandon. She spent her working life as a reality broker and travel agent. She loved Clear Lake and spent many happy summers there. She was an avid golfer and curler. Doreen had a large circle of friends and was a great hostess. There was always room for one more at the dinner table. She is survived by her children Doug Rungay (Margaret) of Vernon, B.C. and her daughter Dana of Winnipeg, grandchildren Tara Ross “Neil” of Adelaide, Australia, Jennifer Dudman of Winnipeg and Derick Dudman of Onanole, as well as nieces and nephews. The service will be held at Clear Lake in the summer.
BRYANT: It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, our foundation, our friend Muriel May Bryant on December 30, 2011 at the Hamiota District Palliative Care Unit at the age of 95. She will be remembered by her 2 sons Bob Bryant, Ron (Vicki) Bryant, her 3 daughter’s Eleanor (Raymond) Airey, Donna (George) Wilkins, Faye (Greg) Little and her 16 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren. She is survived by her brother Bud Barrett and sister Ethel Robinson. She was predeceased by her husband Reg in 1984; her daughter-in-law Gert Bryant in 2011 and grandson Calvin Bryant in 2010; parents William (Eleanor) (Lorraine) Barrett; sisters Mabel (Jack) Stewart, Evelyn (Gordon) Finlay, Elsie (Leonard) Bryant; sister in-law Joan Barrett; brother’s Bill (Evelyn) Barrett, Wilfred (Marie) Barrett; and brother in-law Warren Robinson. Muriel was born in Crandall, Manitoba in 1916. She spent most of her adolescent years in Rapid City, Manitoba then moved to Miniota where she met and married Reginald Clifford Bryant in 1938.They resided on a farm ? mile south of Miniota where she raised 5 children while enjoying gardening, baking, knitting and general family activities. She loved her grandchildren and made sure the cookie jar was always full. She played many games with the children that often included a good game of scrabble which she was rarely beaten at. She attended Miniota Anglican Church until January 6th, 2011 when she moved to Birch Lodge in Hamiota. On Christmas day 2011 she fell and broke her hip succumbing to her injury on December 30, 2011. The funeral service was held January 6, 2012 at the Miniota Anglican Church with officiate Nigel Packwood. Interment was at the Miniota cemetery. Pallbearers were: Grandchildren Jason Airey, Brad Wilkins, Dan Cameron, Randy Bryant, Devon Little and Great grandchild Lee Flannery. Eulogy was read by Grandchildren Kim Bryant-Flannery and Josie Simard. Bible readings were read by Grandchild Cindy Soder and Great Grandchild Crystal Cyrenne. A Poem was read by Grandchild Ronda Allen. The organist was Marg Taylor of Miniota. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota were entrusted with arrangements. Donations in Muriel’s memory can be made to the Hamiota District Palliative Care Suite, Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, Manitoba, ROM OTO. The love and faith you had mum will always be with us. As the grandchildren said in their eulogy “you may think we are talking of an angel and to us that is just what she was”. Mum you were the type of mother that people write story books about, and we are all so very blessed to have been part of your story.
You will be in our hearts forever.
~The Bryant Family
BROMLEY: Gretta Mae Bromley (Hogeland) aged 89, widow of the late Clifford Bromley, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 30, 2011 in Brandon Regional Health Centre. Gretta was born on the farm near McConnell, MB on December 8, 1922 to Horace M. Hogeland and Ida Mae Hogeland (Kidd). She had two younger brothers, Mel and Jack. Gretta moved with her parents to Brandon before she was of school age. She attended Alexandra School, Earl Oxford and Brandon Collegiate. Gretta attended Normal School in Brandon in 1941-42 and obtained her Teaching Certificate. After graduation, she taught at rural one room schools of Riverbank, Chesley and Harrow. Harrow was located in the community were she met her husband, Clifford Bromley. Gretta and Clifford were married on November 9th, 1946. They farmed in the Carnegie District in the RM of Daly, where they raised three children, Jim, Brian and Loretta. Brian and Loretta have raised five grandsons for her to enjoy: Scott Bromley, Brent Bromley, Clinton Waldon, Chris Bromley and Bryce Waldon. Gretta was actively involved in the community in WI, ACW, Hospital Aid, teaching 4H projects at both Poplar Hill and Forrest Clubs. She was always involved and interested in the activities of her children and grandchildren. She used her spare time creating a variety of beautiful handicrafts which are now treasured keepsakes to family and friends. Socially, Cliff and Gretta enjoyed many friendships playing cards, going to dances, bowling, curling, travelling and attending Harrow Community Club and Church functions. Cliff and Gretta retired to Rivers, MB in the fall of 2002, living in a life lease suite built by the Rivers Lion’s Club. A year later, Cliff passed away and Gretta was to adjust to living alone. Gretta enjoyed the arrival of great-grandchildren, Scott and Janine’s family of Thomas, Isaac and Bronwyn. A few more health problems began to develop and in the fall of 2008, Gretta moved to Brandon to an assisted living residence, Riverheights Terrace. At the time of Gretta’s death, she was waiting in the Assiniboine Centre to be well enough to move into Fairview Home. Gretta is survived by: her children Jim Bromley (Val Cousineau), Brian Bromley (Gwen) and Loretta (Don) Waldon; her grandsons Scott (Janine) Bromley, Brent (Miranda) Bromley, Chris (Kyleigh) Bromley, Clinton (Erin) Waldon and Bryce Waldon; her great-grandchildren Thomas, Isaac and Bronwyn; her sisters-in-law Irene Hogeland and Norma Andronick; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Gretta was predeceased by her parents Horace and Ida Hogeland; her loving husband Cliff Bromley; her great-granddaughter Evelyn Bromley; her two younger brothers: Mel and Jack Hogeland; and her in-laws from the Bromley family: Mary and Bill Frank, Muriel and Burt Taylor, Bill and Hazel Bromley, Ida and Idus Abney, Winifred and Roy Carter, Phyllis and Jim Williams and Margaret and Wesley Quinn. A Service of Remembrance was held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, Brandon on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 at 11:30am with The Venerable Paul Curtis and Reverend Nigel Packwood officiating. Urn Bearer was grandson Scott Bromley. Interment will take place at a later date in the Roseville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Gretta may be made to the St. James Anglican Church Memorial Fund, Box 279, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0 or a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
KOSZMAN: Mark David Andrew Koszman beloved son of Trudy Koszman and David Koszman entered into rest on January 9, 2012 at the age of 28 years. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, Neepawa, Manitoba with interment in the Nordalen Cemetery, Lake Alma, Saskatchewan. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Authority Foundation. White’s Funeral Home of Neepawa, Manitoba in care of arrangements 204-476-2848.
BERTHELETTE: Suddenly at home in Winnipeg, Sandra Elizabeth (nee Burnett) passed away January 2nd, 2012. Leaving to mourn her beloved family, Grant (Suzanne), Hailey and Emma; Kylia, Tyler and Leif; Melanie, Isabella; her parents Betty and Bill Burnett of Brandon. Siblings, Alistair (Hui Qing), Tanya and Arran (Christa), B.C;. Sheena (Ken) Calgary, Stewart (Cathy) Brandon; Robert & Rachel, Brandon; Gillian (Nick), Melfort; Gary (Kari), Brooklynn, Brandon. Also many nieces and nephews. Sandra was born in Fraserburgh, Scotland and came to Canada in 1973 with her parents and siblings, settled in Brandon until her move to Winnipeg in 2004 to be near her children and her grandchildren, whom she adored and were first in her life. Sandra will be sadly missed by all who knew her, friends and family. Cremation has taken place and her ashes will be taken home to Scotland as per her wishes. Celebration of Sandra’s life will be held on Saturday 28th January, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at East End Community Centre, following private family prayers. Donations can be made in Sandra’s name to the Autism Society of Manitoba.
KNIGHT: In loving memory Marilyn R. Knight beloved wife of Sam Knight. Marilyn died on January 9, 2012 at the Tri Lake Health Centre in Killarney, Manitoba at the age of 59. A funeral service will be held on Saturday January 14, 2012 at the Killarney Mennonite Church in Killarney, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Killarney Cemetery. Donations in memory of Marilyn may be made to Canada Family Action; 204, 4080 - 23rd St. NE Calgary, Alberta T2E 6W9 www.familyaction.org/donate, or to the Tri Lake Palliative Care Fund; Box 5000 Killarney, Manitoba R0K 1G0, or to a charity of own choice.
Messages of condolences may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.com.
Killarney & Boissevain Funeral Home Ltd. (204) 523-7791 www.wheatlandfs.com
YOUNG: Donald Hammond, 93 years, beloved husband of the late Margaret Young, father of Bob and Judy, passed away in the Souris Personal Care Home on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. Funeral service will be held at the Rivers United Church, Rivers, Manitoba on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Rivers Cemetery. In memory of Don, donations may be made to the Rivers Legion Branch # 75. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at dkowalchuk@mts.net.
SMITH: T. Delmar Smith, age 84, beloved husband of Isabelle Smith, died on January 9, 2012 at the Tri Lake Health Centre Killarney, Manitoba. Public Graveside Service will be held on Friday, January 13, 2012 at Killarney Cemetery, Killarney, Manitoba 2:00 p.m. A Funeral Luncheon will be held at the Wheatland Chapel Killarney, following the graveside service. Donations may be made to Tri Lake Palliative Care Fund; Box 5000 Killarney, Manitoba, R0K 1G0.
Messages of condolence may be madeonline at www.wheatlandfs.com
ZARIWNEY: Dennis Zariwney of Souris passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at the age of 54 years. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Holy Ascension Ukrainian Catholic Church in Minnedosa. Interment will follow in Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Newdale. Father Emil Kardasinec will officiate. If friends so desire donations may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Newdale, Manitoba. Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of the arrangements. (204) 759-2160.
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