Classifieds / Obituaries
BAKER: It is with deep sadness that the family of Barry Baker, beloved husband of Helen, announce his passing on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Viewing for family and friends will be held at Memories Chapel on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. The Ceremony to Celebrate Barry's life will be held at Bethel Christian Assembly, 440 Richmond Avenue on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Mike Davis will officiate. Interment will follow at the Brandon cemetery. If friends so desire donations in memory of Barry may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg Manitoba, R3C 2B7 or to KidSport, #146, 340 - 9th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 6C2. Complete obituary information will follow. Expressions of sympathymay be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
BEEVER: Joyce Kathleen Beever (née Dawson), beloved mother of Kathy and Karen, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at the age of 78 years. A Service of Remembrance will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. with Mr. Lawrence McInness, Brockie Donovan Funeral Celebrant, officiating. Placement of the urn will take place at the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joyce may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7M6 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7. Complete obituary information to follow. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
DOWNEY: Mabel Elizabeth (Bessie) Downey, 1918 -2010. It is with great sadness the family of Bessie Downey announce her passing at the Melita Personal Care Home on Saturday, February 6, 2010 with her family by her side. Bessie is survived by her children: Ray (Myrna), Jim (Linda), Betty (Stuart) Miller, and Marina (Herb) Dell and their families. A service to celebrate Bessie's life will be held at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Melita & Area Health Committee c/o Town of Melita Box G/D Melita, Manitoba, R0M 1L0 or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361.
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STUART: William Glen Stuart passed away in Victoria, B.C. on December 19, 2009. Bill was born in Brandon March 30, 1948, eldest son of Mary and Doug Stuart. He attended Alexander and Neelin High School. He worked in Winnipeg and St. Pierre a few years before moving away. He leaves to mourn his passing, his son Jason (Bria) (Jasons fiancee), his mother Mary and brother Jim (Jacquie). He was predeceased by his father Doug in 1995.
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TERRY-FEARNLEY: M. Grace Terry-Fearnley of Minnedosa, Manitoba, formerly of Rapid City, Manitoba, passed away on February 4, 2010 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home at the age of 89 years. A service to commemorate Graces life will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm at the Rapid City United Church, Rapid City, Manitoba. Interment will take place at the Rapid City Cemetery Cemetery. Donations may be made to Rapid City Legion Auxiliary #49. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
BIGGERSTAFF: Helen Biggerstaff of Brandon, May 9, 1913 January 31, 2010. Helen lived in Brandon all her life. She worked for Lindenbergs and gardening was a summer pastime for her. Her garden was weedless I dont think a weed dared show its head in her garden. The same went for bugs, especially potato bugs. She loved flowers and pansies were her favorite. She very much enjoyed the two plants of pansies on her balcony at Victoria Landing last summer. Helens main occupation was working as a housekeeper. She made a wonderful fruit cake with a heavenly almond icing and many other of Alexs favorites. Helen and Alex travelled to many places around the world. The 200 plus pair of salt & pepper shakers she collected held special memories of their travels. Helen also enjoyed a game of Bingo, especially the Friday night games at Village Green. Helen was predeceased by her parents Veronica and John Czekierda and by her husband Alex of 69 years. Helen is survived by her sister Emily Kovatch of Toronto, niece Verna and Roy Hudson, nephew Bob and Marcy Kovatch, grand nieces Margaret and Kasra Meshkin, Melanie and Fabrizio Zancanaro, grand nephews Michael and Joan Kovatch, Bradley and Genevieve Kovatch, great- grandniece Jamie Kovatch, great-grand nephews Jordan Kovatch and Jakob Zancanaro and Helens dear friend, Liz ONeil. A memorial service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Friday, February 5, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiating. Interment followed in the Brandon Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial donations in memory of Helen may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3- 824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7.
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BOAKE: Passed away at his residence on Thursday February 4, 2010 at the age of 62 years, John Francis Jack Boake of Nesbitt, Manitoba. Jack leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife Muriel (nee Williamson), sons Andrew (Jennifer) of Nesbitt, Trevor of Brandon, daughter Heather of Souris Manitoba, grandchildren Kayleigh and Addison; father Howard Boake of Nesbitt & brother Doug (Darlene) also of Nesbitt, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Jack was predeceased by his mother Doreen in 2007. A Celebration of Jacks life will be held on Monday February 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm in the Willmor Chapel, 415 Broadway St., Glenboro, Manitoba with Shirley McBurney officiating. Following the service, a reception will be held at the Wawanesa Centennial Hall at approx. 3:15 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Interment will take place at a later date in the Minnewawa Cemetery, Nesbitt, Manitoba. Friends that so desire, memorial donations may be made in Jacks memory to the Canadian Cancer Society 415-1st. St. Brandon, R7A 2W8 or to the Canadian Diabetes Assoc. 727-B 10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G7.
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CAP: Rena. It is with great sadness that the family of Rena Cap announcesthe sudden death of their mother on December 3, 2009. Rena was born June 25, 1936 in Berlin, Germany. Her mother died when Rena was very young and she was raised by an aunt and her father. Often Rena and her father had to flee to safety due to the war. Rena came to Canada in 1959 and lived in Portage la Prairie where she worked at the Manitoba Development Center. When she married Edward Cap, she moved to Brandon, where she worked at the Metropolitan lunch counter. Rena and Ed were foster parents to many babies and young children. And they adopted their two children: Sandra and Michael. Rena took a Life Skills course at Assiniboine Community College as well as a photography course, horticulture programs and basic computer courses. For a short time she worked at the Brandon Correctional Centre. She owned and operated Jalna Kennels with Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers and Miniature Poodles. Rena worked hard at having genetically sound dogs andtypical of the breed standards. She showed the Tollers and won many prestigious awards from coast to coast. Some of her dogs were exported to Finland, Holland, Sweden, etc., U.S. and across Canada. She loved her puppies and found it hard to let them go to their new homes. She also boarded dogs, clipped and groomed poodles. Rena was proud of her home, yard and kennel in the country near Forrest. She enjoyed the peace and quiet for 35 years and she thought nature was at its best in her yard. She was a member of both Garden Clubs in Brandon. Rena was a founding member of Parents without Partners and a life member of the Brandon Humane Society and Canadian Kennel Club. From 1986 to 1999, Rena did volunteer work for the Department of Justice. She was recognized for her services to youth in conflict with the law and was awarded the Solvason Memorial Award from the John Howard Society. She worked for the past 10 years as Fine Option/Community Service Program Coordinator in Westman. Rena was involved with the Crocus Obedience and Kennel Club in its beginnings and the first and early shows and trials. Later, Rena established My Dog Training Club for a Brandon based obedience training club. Rena enjoyed travelling as time and money allowed. She attended Toller booster shows at Dartmouth and Vancouver Island and points in between. She attended musical productions in Winnipeg and Brandon, with Phantom of the Opera being her favorite. Rena is survived by Michael Cap of Brandon, Sandra Cap of Coronation, Alberta and granddaughter Brittany Leigh Cap of Williams Lake, BC. Foster children, Lorne Cap and Roberta Stonechild were also raised to adulthood in the Cap home. According to her wishes, cremation took place and a Celebration of her Life occurred January 29, 2010 at Memories Chapel. Tribute was given by Mr. Lawrence McInnes. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
GAAB: Mary Gaab (Yaworski) died peacefully at Fairview Nursing Home in Brandon on Saturday, January 9, 2010. She was born in Port Arthur, Ontario, then lived in Elphinstone, Manitoba with her husband, Edward Yaworski. After her husband died in 1967, she moved to Brandon, where she worked and met her second husband, George Gaab. Her favorite pastimes were sewing, knitting, gardening, and playing cards and Bingo. She was predeceased by her first husband, Edward Yaworski, her second husband, George Gaab, sister Jessie Woznyk, and brother Mike Pinuta. She is survived by her sister Katie Ewanochko, daughter Darlene, son-in-law Wolfgang, grandson Kyle, and step-sons George and Bill Gaab, as well as many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Augustines Roman Catholic Church on January 19, 2010. A memorial service will be held in Elphinstone at a future date to be announced where her ashes will be buried next to her first husband, Edward Yaworski. Contributions in her memory can be made to Fairview Nursing Home, 1351-13th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4S6.Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
HAYHURST: Phyllis Ada Hayhurst of Minnedosa, Manitoba passed quietly on the evening of January 27, 2010. Phyllis was born on August 2, 1920 to Frederick and Mary Church of Strathclair, Manitoba. Phyllis was predeceased by her husband Henry and her children Harriet, Milton, Doreen, Gary and Marilyn. She will be lovingly remembered by brothers Clarence, Donald, and Gerald, son Doug, son-in-laws Irv Schafer and Cal Frost, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren and many other loving family and friends. Phyllis enjoyed entertaining family and friends, especially at her cottage at Sandy Lake, Manitoba. Her heart and home were always open and we are all fortunate to have known such an amazing woman! She enjoyed many crafts and loved to keep her hands busy, her favourite and most creative talents were: cooking, quilting, knitting, crocheting and sewing. In her later years, she was very active with local Seniors groups in the community and within her residence at Townview Manor. The family would like to express special thanks to the staff of the Minnedosa Personal Care Home, whom took such good care of her in her final years. Memorial and Celebration Services will be postponed until later this spring or summer. The date will be announced prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Phyllis to be made to either the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Minnedosa Personal Care Home.
KEMPTHORNE: Peacefully after a lengthy illness and with her family by her side, Doris Ferne Kempthorne (nee Mullin) went to be with her Lord on Saturday, January 16th, 2010 at Boissevain Health Centre in Boissevain, Manitoba. Doris was born at Roland, Manitoba on December 19th, 1924, the eldest child of Mervyn and Phyllis Mullin. She was predeceased by her parents, brothers-in-law Melvin Mogk and Fred Kempthorne, Lillian Kempthorne, and special niece Lynda Walters. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Eldon Kempthorne and their children and their families: son Dave (Merrilee) and their children Derek (Larissa), Andrea (Dean Anhorn) and great granddaughter and namesake Braleigh Fern, and Jenny; daughter Nancy (Clint Haight), and their sons Drew and Wade; son Eric (Erika Ritchie) and their children Katrin, Monica, Patrick and Natalia; sister Joan Mogk and brothers Elvis (Ruth), Glenn (Rita) and Verne Mullin; sisters-in-law Vera (Del) Saban, Gladys (Keith) Tufts, brother- in-law Archie (Sharon) Kempthorne, plus numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held on January 20th,2010 followed by a memorial service where the eulogy was beautifully delivered by her three eldest grandchildren. Doris grew up on a farm in the Myrtle district of Manitoba. She attended school in Lowstoft, Myrtle and Roland schools and completed her grade 12 in Brandon. She entered St. Boniface School of Nursing where she enjoyed the next three years in residence and graduated with her Registered Nurse designation. Many lifetime friendships were made during this training. She worked at St. Boniface for several years until she was asked by Drs. Don and Ethel McPhail to move to Boissevain and assist with the opening of the new Boissevain, Morton and Minto Memorial Hospital. It was here that she met and married Eldon and they were blessed with three children. In 1966 the family moved to Saskatoon. Doris was extremely fond of her Irish heritage and her St. Patrick Day parties are legendary. One highlight of her life was her trip to Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. She loved to travel and her plans always included the family. There were several ski trips to Jasper, breaks in Hawaii and Disneyland, fun at Briers and we returned every summer to her cottage at Lake Max. Many are the fond memories of Canada Day celebrations at Phillips Landing, cruises on the pontoon boat under a full moon in July, teaching the children to water ski, and Christmas in July just to name a few. It was a great bonding place for the family. Doris loved to entertain. Even while busy with family life and a career she found time for crafts. Her meticulous approach allowed her to put a personal touch on any project she undertook. When she retired she started porcelain doll making which combined many of her talents artistic face painting combined with sewing and knitting to dress the dolls. She made most of her dolls to give to others in her life.Another highlight of her life was the occasion of our 50th Wedding Anniversary. The children organized a marvelous reception and dinner at the Willis Pavilion at the International Peace Garden and over 100 guests including friends and relatives were present.In her later years Doris health began to decline so we decided to return to our roots to be with family and friends in Boissevain. We felt welcomed by the complete community with open arms and open hearts and for that we are eternally grateful. We, her family, are blessed to have had the opportunity to share her life and we are grateful for all the memories we will cherish Doris was a true friend and will be greatly missed.
One of her favourite Irish Blessings:May the road rise to meet you,May the wind be always at your back,May the sun shine warm upon your face,The rains fall soft upon your fields,And until we meet again,May God hold you in the palm of his hand.Donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, The Lung Association, or to a charity of choice. Arrangements were in care of Killarney and Boissevain Funeral Home Ltd.
LOUGHRAN: Janet Kirkness Loughran. Janet was born to parents James and Hannah (Aim) Loughran on April 8, 1915 at Bredenbury, Saskatchewan. She took her schooling at Bredenbury, but the family moved several times for her fathers work as a road master for the CPR. Janet spent time in Minnedosa, Virden, Broadview, before settling in Brandon, where Janet also pursued a career with the CPR. Janet was an avid sports fan and enjoyed golf and curling. She was loath to miss a game when the Brandon Wheat Kings were home, and would tune in on her radio when they would travel. Until very recently, she and her dear friend Roberta Ratz could always be found in the bleachers of baseball and hockey games, or circulating at any of Brandons community events. Janet was also a member of the United Church Women and the Rebekah Lodge. Upon her retirement, she traveled extensively, including a trip to her fathers beloved Ireland. She kept up with colleagues, friends and family, and was always keen to hear news. Her garden was her pride and joy, particularly the geraniums she would cultivate in her basement during the long winter. In recent years, she made her home at Riverheights Terrace, then Fairview Care Home. Janet was predeceased by her mother in 1937 and her father in 1982. She left this world on December 24th, 2009. All who knew her were inspired by her remarkable spirit, her boundless energy and her always positive outlook, no matter what the circumstance. She will be missed, but remembered warmly by her friends and cousins.
MADDEN: Barry Madden was born April 1, 1939 in Rivers, Manitoba. He was the oldest son of Stuart and Gladys Madden. He spent all of his life in Rivers, through grade school to grade ten. He attended the Brandon Agricultural and Homemaking School in 1955 - 56, then on to the University of Manitoba 1956-57, graduating with a diploma in agriculture. Barry was a member of the Rivers Air Cadets through which he obtained his pilot's license at the age of sixteen. He took his dad, his brothers and friends up flying many times. As a cadet, he also won several awards for rifle marksmanship. Barry was also an accomplished violinist. He studied the violin under Alex Whyte and played for many years. Barry was a skilled welder, mechanic and machinist. He farmed and worked in the repair shop with his dad and brother for over forty years. Barry and Lynn were married in 1966. Together they raised three children: Sherry, Holly and Stephen. Nothing meant more to him than his family, his grandchildren and his home. He was so proud of each of his kids, what they accomplished and who they have become. Sherry did all the flower arrangements, Stephen made the metal flower container for the gravesite, Holly wrote her thoughts and read them at the service. Holly's words: "I have been to numerous services and am always amazed at the number of "great people" that have touched our lives. Listening to the eulogies, I sometimes wondered if I was at the right funeral. Focusing on positive traits and accomplishments of a person is good but they need to be balanced with a sense of honesty. Long before Dad was diagnosed with PSP, he struggled withthe disease of alcoholism. He couldn't tell us why he drank and when he did, he was a totally different person. He said and did things that were hard on all of us. He won the fight against alcohol. We were so proud of him and though those times were difficult, he knew that we loved him and forgave him. He taught all of us kids, how to drive and how to water ski. Some of us took longer to learn than others but he would drive the boat until we wereready to stop. Dad was proudest when he could pull two at a time behind the '80 Merc. Dad loved Dodge vehicles, trucks had to be Dodge Rams. My firstcar was a '67 Coronet. After putting my car into a roadside dugout, Dad had it running that afternoon, knocking a lot, but running. He and I worked all summer rebuilding the engine. By the time I left for university, it was running smoothly. Dad went hard at all things, good and bad. We will always remember and love him for it." Barry's most prized possession was his brown dodge truck. He got it as a standard 6 but he and Stephen changed it over to an automatic V8. How you can get 2 tons of wood on a half ton; but they did it every Saturday, every summer, for as long as Stephen was at home. AsBarry got older, we as a family knew that something was wrong. He had trouble walking, was falling, losing strength, and other little changes. In March of 2007, he was diagnosed with a rare progressive brain disorder, PSP, which would rob him of his mobility, strength, memory and eventually his speech and ability to swallow. He fought long and hard, never complained and kept his sense of humor to the end. He just wanted to come home. The end came peacefully on Monday, January 25, 2010, with his family by his side. He will live on in our hearts and memory. Barry is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Lynn; daughters Sherry (Ron) Mistal of McCreary, Manitoba, and Holly (Scott) Bodnarchuk of Beausejour, Manitoba; son Stephen (Charity) Madden of Clanwilliam, Manitoba; grandchildren: Amara and Kyra Mistal, Curtis and Kadence Madden. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, their spouses and children, several cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and mother-in-law Marg Black. He was predeceased by hismother, father and grandparents; several aunts, uncles and father-in-law, Jim Black. In keeping with Barry's wishes, a private family graveside service was held on January 28, 2010. Donations in memory of Barry may be made to the Rivers Personal Care Home, Box 428, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0 or to the Rivers Handi Transit, Box 520, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0. Expressionsof sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
McDONALD: Wesley Clarence, October 27th, 1938. With great sadness and fond memories our Dad and Granpa left us suddenly and peacefully in his home on January 23rd, 2010. Dad will never be forgotten by daughter Debbie and Darren Suski; son Boyd and Brenda McDonald. Granpa will be sadly missed by Darcy and (Natalie); Stacy and (Rej); Cory, Morgan; Bradley, Brett and Blair; Dad was predeceased by the love of his life Betty in 1990; parents Cecil and Hazel; sisters Inez and Ruth; brothers Morley, Ross and Bruce; Good friend and companion Marie Montroy. Left to celebrate his life are sisters Shirley and Jean and many very special sisters-in-law. Uncle Wes will be missed by nieces, nephews and many good friends.
Gone But Never ForgottenThere is Peace in The Valley
McLAREN: Teresa Mary Tess McLaren of Brandon, beloved mother of Anne Harrison, passed away peacefully at her residence, Dinsdale Personal Care Home, on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the young age of 100 years. Tess was born in London, England on September 1, 1909. Early years were spent attending school and working in her fathers bakery. Her parents emigrated from Germany. Tess attended primary school in England and boarding school in Brussels, Belgium where she excelled in piano and the arts. She spoke both German and French fluently. While working as a clerk at the bakery she met John Ross McLaren. She married Ross and came to Canada as a War Bride setting up home in Brandon. She worked at Eatons in the drapery and china departments. Tess belonged to the Catholic Womens League and the War Brides. She was strong in her faith and enjoyed singing in the choir at St. Augustines Church. Tess loved the classics, even good old Bing Crosby. She also took great pleasure in reading, knitting and gardening. Tess is survived by daughter Anne (Ray) Harrison, two granddaughters Catherine (Jeff) Warwick and Christine, two great granddaughters Elizabeth and Angela Warwick, all of Charlottetown, P.E.I. She was predeceased by her husband Ross, her parents Michael and Anna Liell (Stiltz), brothers Lorenz, Valentine (Frances), Arthur (Freda), sister Josephine (Fred) Wickings, nephews Peter, Eric and great nephew James. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St Augustine's Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. Active Pallbearers were members of the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Womens League. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Tess may be made to a charity of choice.
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