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TOMA: The death of Irene Toma beloved wife of the late John Toma occurred at her residence Rideau Park Personal Care Home on Thursday, March 17, 2011. Irene was born July 20, 1922 in Hochweis, Czechoslovakia, eldest daughter of Johanna and Matthias Saler. She immigrated to Canada August 30, 1932 with her mother and her brother Louis. Her father had immigrated five years before. They settled on a farm in the Riverdale area (near Minnedosa) where she completed her education. In 1939 she met her husband to be, John, and after five years of courtship, she married him in 1944. Several years later in 1947 they bought a farm in the Rapid City area, where they raised their four daughters, Margaret, Mary, Susan and Therese. Irene and her family moved to Brandon in 1966 where her husband John found employment with Burns Packers. Irene was very active in the St. Augustine's Catholic Womens' League. Her ten grandchildren, Emily (Stacey), Dana (Pat), Steven (Tammy), Ann (Peter), Christopher (Michelle), Lynda (Ben), Michael (Kim), Jennifer (Jeff), Shaun (Amber) and Heather (Mike), were a great source of joy to her and in her retiring years she devoted a lot of time, love and energy to them. Irene leaves to mourn her daughters: Margaret, Mary, Susan (Keith Hyde), Therese (Marv Alexander) and their respective families including numerous great-grandchildren. She also leaves her brothers Louis (Elaine), Vincent (Mary Anne), Emil (Sally), Anthony (Linda) and their families. She was predeceased by her parents, an infant son, an infant granddaughter (Christine), her brothers Andrew, Lawrence and Alfred and her sisters Mary and Victoria. Funeral service was held Wednesday March 23, 2011 at St. Augustine's Catholic Church with Father Dominic Yuen officiating. Interment was in the Brandon Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandchildren Christopher Short, Michael Hyde, Shaun Alexander and nephews Richard Saler, Kirk Saler and Mark Saler. Honourary pallbearers were the members of the Catholic Womens' League. Donations in memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415 - 1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
THIESSEN: It is with sadness the family of John David Thiessen, age 87 years, beloved husband of Aggie, announce that his death occurred on Friday, March 25, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. The funeral service will be held at Oak Lake Mennonite Church, 200 Ox Cart Trail East, Oak Lake, Manitoba on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm. with viewing prior to the service. Interment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire donations in memory of John may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 5K9. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
RAMSDEN: Walter Sydney “Sid”. On Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, Dad left this life to join Mom in eternal life. Dad was born October 13, 1930 to Charlie and Margaret Ramsden. He was born and raised in Sandy Lake, Manitoba, and was the youngest of nine siblings. Throughout the years, Dad worked as a mechanic and a security guard. Due to ill health, he retired from Government Security in 1990. Dad was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy in August of 1990, his parents, four brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his ten kids: Gloria Tait (Norm), Carol Shinski (Murray), Barry, Don (Yvette), Brian (Betty), Randy, Lorna Blatkewicz (Blake), Linda Roseveare, Jeff and Kevin. He is also survived by his companion/caregiver, Patricia Yule, 19 grandkids and 12 great-grandkids. A graveside service will be held on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 2:00 at the Brandon Cemetery where his youngest son, Kevin, will act as urn bearer. A reception will be held immediately following the service at the George Brockie Fellowship Centre, 332-8th Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8.
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MORGANS: Bertina (Betty) Clara. With her family by her side, Betty passed away on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 86. Betty was born in Brandon on September 24, 1924, the daughter of Bill and Wanda Donald. Both of her parents immigrated to Canada in the early 1900’s, her father from the Netherlands and her mother from Germany. She was always very proud of all they accomplished in their lives. She and her three sisters, Elsie, Margaret and Marion, and brothers Bill and Jack, grew up in Brandon. In her early years Betty achieved both academic and athletic accolades. She won medals for spelling and was an accomplished competitive speed skater. When the war broke out and Brandon was surrounded by military bases, the lovely Donald sisters had their pick of dance partners. Betty caught the eye of a handsome airman from Edmonton named Ernest (Ernie) Page at the Palladium dance hall. They were married on May 26, 1942 and moved to Edmonton where their first child Ernest (Bud) was born. After the war the family moved back to Brandon to be closer to family. It was in Brandon that they bought their first and only home and expanded their family, welcoming their daughter Sharron and later their son Donald. Betty and Ernie loved dancing and could often be found at their favorite dance hall or bowling five pin for the Brandon Club league. They also spent many hours at the South End Community Center skating with their family. The family loved going to the cabin at Clear Lake where they spent many summers fishing, boating, eating at the cook shack, roller skating, and enjoying time with family and friends. Tragedy struck when in 1966 the love of her life, her husband Ernie, passed away at the young age of 44. She was devastated, but with her strength, courage and tenacity she pulled everyone together and moved on. Betty loved her family and they all loved her. She enjoyed having all her family together and especially enjoyed visits from her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Everyone who knew her marveled at her sense of humor. She always had a joke to tell or was quick with one of her famous one-liners. She was always happy, upbeat and positive, and because of this you would often find younger people over for a visit just because they enjoyed her company. She was known by many as quite a character. Betty’s knowledge of sports was legendary. She would often make the calls in football or hockey games before the ref did, and more often than not she was correct. She also stayed very current in world events and was often the ”go to” person if we wanted to know what was happening in the world, celebrity news, what the weather forecast was or what was on sale in the local grocery store. Mom will be sadly missed by all of her family and friends. Betty was predeceased by her husband Ernie, son Ernie (Bud) 2nd husband Alvin Morgans, parents Bill and Wanda, sisters, Elsie, Margaret, Marion and brother Bill. Betty will be forever remembered by her daughter Sharron (Ken) Martinook, Donald (Leona) Page, grandchildren: Jeff Martinook (Marilyn), Michelle Martinook (Jeff Moggach), Zach Page, Anson Page and Dawn Marie Jempson (Dennis) , great-grandchildren: Schylar, Gage, Ethan, Teisha, Reanna & Kelton and one great-great grandchild Isaiah. A celebration of Betty’s life was held on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 with Rev. Jim Brown of St. George’s Anglican Church officiating. Urn bears were her grandchildren representing each of her children’s families: Jeff Martinook, Dawn Marie Jempson and Zach Page. A special tribute was read by her grandson-in-law, Jeff Moggach. The funeral was held at Memories Chapel on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 with a private interment at Brandon Cemetery – Veteran’s section. We would like to extend a thank you to all of the angels on Palliative Care, and to all of moms friends and neighbors. Your support and caring was amazing, and we will forever be grateful to you! Those wishing may make donations in Betty’s memory to: Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Cancer Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or Heart & Stroke Foundation, 3-824-18th St. Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7.
“There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.”
MITCHELL: Berniece Mitchell, Dec. 10 , 1921 – Mar. 2 , 2011. Peacefully, surrounded by her family, Berniece passed away on Wednesday , March 2, 2011 at the Virden Hospital. Berniece was the third child born to the late James and Mary Carradice. She was born at Kirkella, Manitoba on Sec. 16-12-29 W and was raised on the family farm in the Mossgiel district with her six siblings. She attended Mossgiel School for her education. Berniece was predeceased by her parents James and Mary Carradice, her husband Bill , her sisters Jean and Helen and her brothers –in –law John Canart, Bruce Franklin and Albert Hyde. Berniece is survived by her children Beth (Bob) McDowell, Wayne (Sharon) Mitchell, Debbie (Bob) Labossiere and Garth (Kim) Mitchell, her nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Mary Canart, Ina (Dave) Hartley , Irene Hyde and her brother Bob (Moira) Carradice and numerous nieces and nephews and special friend Karen Vargo and daughter Amy. Berniece met her husband Bill in 1941 and they were married in 1942. Together they lived and worked side by side farming in the Elkhorn district before settling on the family farm at 33-11-29 W. There were few convienences but there was pride in building a new home and a good life on the farm. Family visits and gatherings were very important along with the Sunday trip to Elkhorn for church. Berniece and Bill raised four children – Beth, Wayne, Debbie and Garth. Berniece was blessed with nine grandchildren – Todd (Liz) Mcdowell, Jaime (Mark) Hatchette, Barrett (Janice), Shaun, Derek Labossiere – Hollie Mitchell – Tyler (Shawnda), Whitney (Gord) and Jordan Mitchell along with two great grandchildren – Abbie and Jack Hatchette. Berniece was a strong volunteer and community supporter all her life and was a member of the Kirkella I.O.D.E. and the Mossgiel Guild. She enjoyed the farm life but the family was forced to move to Elkhorn due to Bill’s poor health in 1969. She was a quiet living woman who was dedicated to her home and family. As a loving mother and grandmother she took great pride and pleasure in the activities of her children and grandchildren. She was very proud of each and every one of them. Berniece was a hard worker and a very determined lady who did not back down from challenges. Whether it was the sudden and early passing of her husband Bill in 1975 or the numerous medical issues the last 20 years of her life - Berniece battled on without a grumble – a truly amazing lady. Berniece loved gardening, bingo and knitting but her true passions were playing cards with her family and sports. She was a life long Montreal Canadiens fan who was passionate about the team. A Montreal Expo fan who then had to substitute with the Toronto Blue Jays after the Expos were not around , and lifelong Winnipeg Blue Bomber fan as well. She immediately became a fan of whatever team her family members were playing for . A truly loyal fan. A common night for Berniece would be the Montreal Canadiens game muted on the French channel on TV with the radio broadcast of the Wheat King game at her side. There is no doubt that Berniece was a unique woman – a lot of different things to a lot of different people.She was a farmer’s wife, mother, sister ,aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and a friend. She had a big heart and was a very kind, generous and loving woman. The funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. at the Elkhorn United Church on Monday March 7 ,2011 officiated by Marianne Olfrey. The Eulogy was given by two of her grandsons – Todd McDowell and Tyler Mitchell. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. Interment followed at the Elkhorn Cemetary and a time of fellowship at the Elkhorn Legion Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to – The Elkhorn Cemetery Association or the Elkhorn United Church. Our sincerest thanks to all our family, neighbors and friends for your visits, messages of sympathy, cards, phone calls, food, flowers and support following the loss of our mother and grandmother. We want to thank Marianne Olfrey for performing the memorial service and Rev. Joe Ball for his spiritual care at the Brandon ICU ward – it was a great comfort to Mom and the family. We also wish to thank the church choir, ushers and organist as well as the Elkhorn Legion Ladies for preparing the luncheon. The family expresses their gratitude to Dr. Fitzgerald, Dr. Dhalla and Dr. Penner, along with all the nurses at the Brandon Hospital, ICU Ward and the Virden Hospital for their care and compassion Berniece’s final days. Special thanks to the staff at Carscadden’s Funeral Home for your care, professionalism and respect for our loved one in easing the heartache of our loss. We thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts. God bless you all.
Beth, Wayne, Debbie and Garth, and families.
McKEE: Allan Gordon McKee of Neepawa, Manitoba entered into rest on March 22, 2011 at the age of 90 years. Funeral service will take place on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Neepawa United Church, Neepawa, Manitoba. Interment will take place in the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, Manitoba. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba or a charity of choice. White’s Funeral Home Neepawa-Carberry in care of arrangements 204- 476-2848.
MISCAVISH: Melvin Larence Miscavich (Mel). It is with deep sadness and sorrow that we announce Mel’s passing on the evening of March 5, 2011 at the Neepawa Health Centre, with his loving niece, Joanie, at his side. Mel passed away at the age of 75, after a three and a half year struggle from a debilitating stroke, and finally, pneumonia. He resided in Minnedosa for over 30 years, and after his stroke he moved to East View Lodge, and Country Meadows Personal Care Homes in Neepawa. Mel was predeceased by his parents, Lou and Jessie, and brother, Dave. He is survived by his daughter, Melody (Len) Dreveski of Lethbridge, Alberta, and grandchildren, Shawn of Brandon; Ryan (Bonnie) of Medicine Hat, Alberta; and Brittany (Glen) Hurl of Portage La Prairie, as well as six great-grandchildren. Also mourning his passing are sisters, Bernice (Michael) Saj, and Margaret (George) Hazelwood; brothers, Jack (Pat), and Joe (Darlene); along with 12 nieces and nephews and their spouses; 16 great-nieces and nephews, and 3 great-great nieces and nephew, along with many longtime, faithful friends. Mel was the eldest son of Lou and Jessie, born on June 19, 1935, on the farm near Polonia, Manitoba He started his working career with Canadian National Railway in October 1956, retiring in 1991 with 35 years service. Mel worked long, hard hours as a Diesel Electric Crane Operator, and was very proud of his accomplishments. He remained interested in CNR operations, and was in contact with his friend’s right to the end. Mel was known for his sense of humour (unusual at times), his “quick wit” and his incredible memory, he truly was one of a kind. He also had a passion for fishing, boating, camping, playing cards, daily coffee with “his buddies”, and frequent drives in the country to check the crops. We would like to thank Dr. Owen White for his exceptional care, and all the Neepawa Hospital staff who took such good care of Mel all the times he needed them. We are especially grateful to the dedicated staff in all departments at East View Lodge, and Country Meadows. We appreciate your daily care, compassion, and understanding. A celebration of Mel’s life will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at the Viscount Cultural Centre, 293 Mountain Avenue, Neepawa, with Fr. Vincent De Paul Tchaoule officiating, followed by interment of cremated remains at Riverside Cemetery in Neepawa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mel’s memory to the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of one’s choice.
Do not mourn his death, smile, and thank God for the time you had with him.We will truly miss our daily visits.“Take care, see you tomorrow”.
White’s Funeral Home, Neepawa, Manitoba, in care of arrangements.
McDONALD: Mary S. McDonald of Brandon, passed away peacefully at her residence, Dinsdale Personal Care Home, on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at the age of 90 years. Mary was born on March 15, 1921 at Brandon. She lived at 430-12th Street for many years and she enjoyed spending her summers at the cottage at Clear Lake. Mary received her education at Park Elementary School, Brandon Collegiate, the University of Manitoba and Brandon Business College. In approximately 1941, she started working for the Bank of Montreal in Brandon. In 1964/65, she worked for the Bank of Montreal in Victoria, BC for about a year, and then moved back to Brandon. Mary retired from the Bank in 1976. Mary was a member of the Mardi Club and she took great pleasure in gardening, her dogs and traveling. She is survived by her brother Angus G. McDonald and sister-in-law, Gloria McDonald. Mary was predeceased by her father Angus K. McDonald and mother, Hazel Marie (Alguire) McDonald. A service to celebrate Mary’s life was held at St. Matthew’s Cathedral on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with The Rt. Rev. Jim Njegovan and The Very Rev. Robin Walker officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mary may be made to St. Matthew’s Cathedral, 403-13th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4P9 or to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7M6.
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McCAHON: Fred McCahon, beloved husband of the late Eunice McCahon; father of Catherine (Wayne) Harvey, Mary, Julie, the late Hugh and the late Irene; passed away at home, Harding, Manitoba, on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 87 years of age. A service to celebrate Fred’s life will be held at Campbell Funeral Chapel, Hamiota, Manitoba on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with interment following in the Greenwood Cemetery. Charities to follow in complete obituary.
Message of condolence can be sent at Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
MacKAY: Lorna May MacKay of Carberry, Manitoba entered into rest on March 23, 2011 at the age of 92 years. Funeral service will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in the Carberry United Church, Carberry, Manitoba. Interment will take place in the Carberry Plains Cemetery, Carberry, Manitoba. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. White’s Funeral Home Neepawa-Carberry in care of arrangements 204-476-2848.
LANGMAN: The death of Gordon Wesley Langman, beloved father of Darlene (Ron) Leslie, occurred in Brandon on Monday, March 21, 2011. A memorial service will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm. Colleen Gareau will officiate. A private graveside service will be held at the Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Gordon to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Western Manitoba Cancer Care Project, 150 McTavish Avenue East. Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
KURDZIEL: Belma Eileen of Brandon, beloved mother of Sandra, Barbara, Susan, Phyllis and Jamie, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at the age of 86 years. A service of remembrance will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. with Fr. James Ahaneku of St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church officiating. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Belma may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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HARRIS: David Sheldon Harris of Forrest, Manitoba beloved husband of Charlene and father of Marsha and Angela (Trevor) passed away suddenly Friday, March 25, 2011. A time of visitation will be held at MemoriesChapel, 330 - 18th Street North on Tuesday evening, March 29, 2011 between 7:00 and 9:00 pm. Funeral service will be held at Central United Church, 327 - 8th Street on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm. Rev. Barb Jardine will officiate. Flowers gratefully declined. Friends who desire may make adonation in memory of David to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415 - 1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 2W8 or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3 -824 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
FORSYTH: Jack, 69 years, beloved husband of Phyllis Forsyth, father of Keith and Kristin, died in the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, March 24, 2011. Funeral Service will be held at the Centennial Centre, Hartney, Manitoba on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Riverside Cemetery, Hartney. In memory of Jack, donations may be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada Unit 1-452 Dovercourt Drive Winnipeg, Manitoba R3Y 1G4. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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FIELD: The death of Winifred Ivy "Winnie" Field occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. Winnie was born on February 12, 1922 and grew up in London. She was the youngest and fifth child of William and Florence Harris. At the age of 19 Winnie joined the Army during which time she met Clifford Field, a private in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. They were married on August 26, 1944 and Winnie was discharged December 23, 1944. Clifford returned to Canada and Winnie and their daughter Susan followed. They settled in Pelly, Saskatchewan. The family moved several times before coming to Brandon in 1956. Winnie worked as a nurse's aide, raised a family of four children and still found the time to volunteer. She received the Mayor's Volunteer Service Award in 1996 and the Premier's Volunteer Service Award in 1998. A play "The Light In Winnie's Window" was written for her by Tom Kneebone and Dinah Christie. Winnie was active with the Legion and the War Brides Association. Her children remember her as being the most positive you would ever meet. No cloud could cover up the blue in her sky for very long. She was a powerfully spiritual and loving mother. A low point in Winnie's life was the time when Clifford had to be placed in a home. The family will always remember the joy she had on her 89th birthday. "Mum was a source of love and happiness. God Bless Her Soul". Winnie is survived by John Thiessen; son Bill (Ruth); daughters: Susan (Don), Janet (Paul) and Lorraine. Also surviving are grandchildren: Barbara (Reg), Tracy (Tim), Adrian and Cael; great granddaughter Siohban. She was predeceased by husband Clifford, parents William and Florence, brother Bill and sisters: Irene, Lillian and Elsie. The Ceremony to Celebrate Winnie's Life was held at St. Mary's Anglican Church on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Rev. John Dolloff officiated. Urn bearer was Paul Moase. Interment will take place in the Veteran's Section Brandon Cemetery on August 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm. Flowers gratefully declined. Friends who wish may make a donation in Winnie's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3 - 824 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7 or to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
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