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SHAHARIW: William (Bill) M.D. January 4, 1919 – September 12, 2011. Bill passed away peacefully on September 12, 2011 at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria BC shortly after having said a loving good bye to his family. Born in Ukraine, Bill and his wife Agnes immigrated to Canada from Germany on Christmas Eve, 1949, and settled in Brandon, Manitoba, where he practiced as a solo family physician until his first retirement in 1990. When he and Agnes moved to Victoria that same year, he returned to part time work, enjoying his early shifts in the Operating Room at the Cowichan District Hospital and his days at the Lansdowne Medical Treatment Centre and the Royal Oak Centre Medical Clinic. Even his second retirement at 88 years of age was a reluctant one. Bill was clearly called to the practice of medicine, and dedicated his life to alleviating the suffering of others. Bill’s calling was also related to his deep faith in God, and in Brandon, he and Agnes helped to found Grace Mennonite Church – a community they attended faithfully throughout their decades in the ‘Wheat City.’ Bill lived an independent life until one week before he died. He enjoyed classical music, reading, watching the news, debating politics and economics, giving advice, and an occasional glass of Merlot. But most of all, he loved his family, with whom he visited regularly and spoke daily. He was especially fond of all his grandchildren and great grandchildren, who gave him great joy and pride. Bill was predeceased by his dear wife Agnes in 1991, and is survived by son Eugene (Katie) and daughters Betty (Bruce) and Valerie (John), several grandchildren and great grandchildren, and his special friend Kae. Bill’s family is deeply grateful to RJH’s CCU staff whose care of Bill would have met with his approval and was exemplary in every way. Special thanks to Drs. Fretz, Sochowski, Parton and Wood, and Nurses Andrea, Corinne, Deanna, Brenda, Barb, Heather, Kathryn, Tim, Team Leader Jason, and Social Worker Barb. A celebration of Bill’s life will take place on Saturday, September 24 at 10:00 a.m. at First Memorial Funeral Services Chapel, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Agnes and William Shahariw Memorial Scholarship at the University of Victoria, P.O. Box 3060, Victoria, BC V8W 3R4.
NEILSON: Terrence “Terry” William Neilson, 67 of Boise formerly of Pocatello passed away at his home Saturday, September 17, 2011. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 23rd at the Friendship Celebration Lutheran Church, 765 E. Chinden Blvd., Meridian, Idaho. Remembrances may be left for the family online at Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. Terry was born on November 21, 1943 in Minnedosa Manitoba Canada to Otto and Lillian Neilson. He was raised in Erickson Manitoba and attended schools there. He married Patricia Slobodian in 1967, and from this union he was blessed with 3 children. Terry moved from Brandon Manitoba to Pocatello, Idaho in 1982. He married Gayla Covington Aragon in Pocatello in 1988. They moved to Boise in 2003. Terry worked for JR Simplot Company and Idaho State University in Pocatello. He enjoyed NASCAR, football, fishing and woodworking. He is survived by his wife, Gayla of Boise; son, Darren Neilson; daughter, Shelley (Scott) Hardenbrook and son Kevin (Randi) Neilson all of Pocatello; step sons: Marc Aragon of Kansas City, Brian (Jennifer) Aragon of Pocatello; and step daughter, Christine Aragon of Boise; sister, Cheryl Bagnall of Lethbridge, Canada; numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Terry was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Bryan Neilson.
RAMSTEAD: George Lawrence Ramstead went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, September 16, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 67 years. George was born May 26, 1944 at Broadview, Saskatchewan and grew up on a farm near Dubuc, Saskatchewan. He was the second youngest of a family of five, three brothers, one sister. George received his education at Round Lake School and later worked at various retail establishments. In 1967, he began working at Perth's Cleaners in Yorkton and transferred to Brandon in 1976, retiring in 2004. George was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved spending time with family and friends. George was an avid golfer. He also enjoyed snowmobiling and watching football, baseball, golf and Wheat Kings Hockey. He enjoyed having coffee with his friends, travelling throughout Canada and the United States. George and Betty especially enjoyed their trips to Hawaii, Florida, California and their trip to the East Coast upon Betty's retirement. George was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Mary, two infant siblings, sister-in-law Barbara Ramstead and numerous aunts and uncles. George is survived by his wife Betty; daughters Kim (Prince) Osawe and Kerri Ramstead and his precious granddaughter Mercedes Osawe. He is also survived by his brothers: Gordon (Darlen), Gerald, and David (Gloria); sister Winnie (Bill) Schultz and many cousins, nieces and nephews. The Funeral Ceremony will be held on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. at Memories Chapel, 330 - 18th Street North. Rev. Dr. Dong-Ha Kim will officiate. Pallbearers will be John Chorney, Charlie Cookson, Darren Geletchuk, David Andrusiek, Gordon Cookson and Mike Presiloski. Interment will follow in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of George to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415 - 1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8 or to the Manitoba Lung Association, 8 - 940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0P6.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
KLASSEN: The death of Katherine Klassen, widow of David and dear mother of Helga and Paul, occurred in Brandon on Monday, September 19, 2011. A memorial service will be held at the Richmond Park Mennonite Brethren Church, 1515-26th Street on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 11:00 am. Pastor Ben Kramer will officiate. A graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery prior to the service at 10:00 a.m. Please meet at Richmond Park Church by 9:45 a.m. if you are attending the graveside ceremony. Complete obituary information will follow.
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STEINBURG: Connie Steinburg; beloved wife of Orrie Steinburg and the late Willard Opruk; mother of Susan (John) Bothe, Sandy Opruk (Darcy James), Donna (Jack) Grassie, Diane (Ron) Hucal, Pattie (Mark) Campbell; passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, Manitoba on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 70 years of age. A service to celebrate Connie’s life will be held at the Hamiota District Sports Complex, Hamiota, Manitoba, on Monday, September 19, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Interment following in the Hamiota Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Connie’s memory to Nursing c/o Hamiota District Health Centre Foundation, Box 671, Hamiota, Manitoba, R0M 0T0; Hamiota Community Foundation, Box 100, Hamiota, Manitoba, R0M 0T0 or to the Hamiota United Church Memorial Fund, Hamiota, Manitoba, R0M 0T0.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota entrusted with arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
SMART: Dorothy Winnifred Smart was born April 10th, 1928 in Arden, Manitoba. She was the fifth child of nine born to William and Florence Smart. In 1947, she married Dave Smart, which then sealed the deal. It made her "Smart" for life. The joys of being a CPR wife meant packing and unpacking ten times in four years, before settling in Treherne. In 1955, they moved to Chater where they raised their family and lived for many years. Mom was the ultimate housewife. No running water, or few modern conveniences, but she never complained and always took the best care of her family. It was there that she learned to drive a car. In the pastures of Reed’s farm, with the kids in the back seat, mom taught herself to drive a standard, and the kids were so disappointed when Mrs. Angus told her not to start driving in third gear, which ruined all the fun. In 1971, they moved to Brandon. Mom worked as a nursing assistant at BMHC for 17 years. She will always be remembered for the kindness she showed to the residents in her care. Many times she would arrive at the family cabin with a van full of residents to treat them to a fun day out. She was a lover of travel, and was able to see many parts of the world; Africa, Great Britain, Alaska, Hawaii, and many Norm Olfrey bus trips with the girls to the US. She loved to sing in the choir, and was always the first one on the dance floor when the music started. Her clogging group won first prize at the Calgary Stampede in the talent show. We will always remember her Sunday dinners, when she could never have enough company around the dining room table. Mom and Dad moved into Lions Manor in 1999, which was her first brand-new home! Dorothy is survived by: her son, Danny (Andrea), daughters Bev (Gary) and Valerie (Dave), daughter- in-law Lorna (Murray); her grandchildren Vic (Shawna), Tanya (Sean), Heidi, Drew, Jonathan, Daniel (Shelly), Jessica, Carlie, Lindsay, Taylor, Tatianna, and David; great grandchildren Brooklyn, Taylor, Rowan, Annika, and Nicholas; her sisters Betty, Vera, and Audrey, brothers Donnie and Barry. She was predeceased by her husband Dave in 2001, son David in 1971, and son-in-law Greg in 2006; sisters Jean, Muriel, and brother Alan. We wish to thank Hillcrest for their kindness and care during her time there. A time of visitation and viewing will take place at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will take place at Central United Church, 327 – 8th Street, Brandon, on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Orton Anderson officiating. Interment will take place at the Brandon Cemetery, Veterans Section on Monday, September 19, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 1K2.
RAMSTEAD: The death of George L. Ramstead, beloved husband of Betty and dear father of Kim and Kerri occurred in Brandon on Friday, September 16, 2011. Funeral arrangements are pending with Memories Chapel. Announcement of service details will follow.
PLASESKI: Malania (Min) Plaseski (Nee, Zebeluk)- Born January 5, 1929. It is with heartfelt sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our belovedMother and Grandmother, Min, on September 8th, 2011 at Hillcrest Place, Brandon, Manitoba, with her family by her side. Remaining to forever cherish Minnie's memory are her children: Janis Landin (Don), Linda McLellan (Ian), Christopher (Cheryl), Michael (Kathy), Katharine Mercredi (Tim), Barbara Ross (Tim) and John. Adored by her Grandchildren: Julie Landin, Ryan Aebig (Adrianna), Caylie (Bobby), Cody, Alicia (Frank) and Jared. Predeceased by her devoted Husband, Joseph Plaseski, Mother, Sofia Zebeluk and Brother, John Zebeluk and her Grandchildren: Cole Plaseski and Angela Aebig. She is lovingly remembered by her extended family and her many friends. Min will be remembered above all else for her strong faith, humility, thoughtfulness, generosity and devotion to her family and friends. Min was born and raised in Portage la Prairie, the majority of her youth was spent in foster care. She met and fell in love with Joseph Plaseski and they were married in 1947, sharing 61 years together while raising their active family in Rivers, Manitoba. Min spoke two languages. She took great pride in her ability to create sumptuous meals and magical baking. Gifted with her hands, her labours of love included countless knitted items, cherished and loved by all she bestowed them to. Min enjoyed gardening and creating delicious preserves, year after year. With determination she pursued her career as a hair stylist operating her own business as well as working for several salon proprietors in Winnipeg, Brandon and Rivers. She loved music, especially opera and enjoyed singing, particularly during Sunday mass. She led by example, volunteering for years with the Catholic Women's League and Rivers Ukrainian Society. Min and Joe enjoyed many, memorable years with family at their cottage in Sandy Lake, Manitoba. Among Min's many other passions were reading, current affairs, playing cards with friends, coin and stamp collecting and her uncanny ability to beat us all at Scrabble. Min was a devoted Wife to her late husband Joseph; a Mother of unmatched love and nurturing to her seven children and their spouses; a Grandmother who could not have been more loved. She was a caring and loyal friend to so many throughout her lifetime. Min was defined by her bright smile, her sense of humour, giving nature and tenacious strength. Never did a guest feel unwanted, a child feel unloved or a person feel unwelcome in her presence.Mom's legacy for us will be "Everything you touch with love, lasts". Min was truly blessed with a long and happy life and will be deeply missed. Rest softly, sleep gently, dearest Mother. The Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Rivers on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Celebrant was Father Dominic Yuen. Honorary Pallbearers were: Don Landin, Tom Aebig, Ian McLellan, Tim Mercredi, Ryan Aebig and Ken Hogland. Active pallbearers were: Chris Plaseski, Mike Plaseski, John Plaseski, Jared Plaseski, Tim Ross and Cody Plaseski. Interment followed in the Rivers Cemetery. Donations in memory of Min may be made to Riverdale Health Services District Foundation, Prairie Crocus Regional Library, or the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, all in Rivers at R0K 1X0.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
Remembering Mother
How swiftly the sands of time drive on towards eternity,and far too soon, the one we love has reached that new horizon far beyondour earthly sight.In memory she will not be absent. For, as a haunting melody returns againand again, she will gently tiptoe across our hearts to sojourn with us - inour laughter and in our tears.
She will call to us in bird songs at dawn, in springtime's newborn flowers,in waves on summer's sun-kissed waters.
She will whisper to us in softly falling leaves.She will caress us with gentle, crystal snowflakes.She will peek at us from sunset's splendour.We shall celebrate each new season in her memory.
For we are truly grateful for the sunshine that was her life.
PHILLIPS: Brenda Ruth Phillips, age 52, beloved wife of Louis Phillips, mom to Teri, died at the Trilake Health Centre, Killarney, Manitoba, September 15, 2011. In accordance with family wishes a private service will be held on Monday, September 19, 2011, Killarney, Manitoba. Donations in memory of Brenda may be made to Uniquely Manitoba Artist Group www.uniquelymanitoba.cac/o Box 864, Killarney, Manitoba, R0K 1G0.
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Killarney Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
KLUKA: Joseph Kluka. Joe died peacefully surrounded by his family at home on Thursday, September 15, 2011. He will be remembered with love, especially his wife, Sandy (nee Cosgrove); his son, Christopher; sister, Carol (George); brothers, Adam (Bev) and Walter; sister -in -law, Carolyn and her husband Bruce; cousins, Brenda (Richard), Janice (Mervin) and Linda (Butch) as well as many other family members and friends. Respecting Joe’s wishes, no formal service is planned. However, there will be opportunities to celebrate his life within the upcoming year. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, .Wojcik’s Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 2157 Portage Avenue, 897-
GATES: James Secord Gates passed away on August 20, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 70 years. James was born in Carberry, Manitoba and his early life was spent in Gregg, Manitoba and Fairlight, Saskatchewan. He received his education at Gregg School. James left home at the age of 15 years and worked on farms on the Prairies and worked in the fruit orchards in BC. Eventually he moved to Toronto where he started his driving career with North American Van Lines and drove for them through Canada and the USA for many years. After the death of his in-laws and his wife, James returned to Brandon and at the time of his death was living in Lions Manor. James is survived by his brothers: Bill and family from Oshawa, Ontario, Don (Joan) of Brandon; sisters: Lorna Lang and Carol (Hugh) King of Brandon; sister-in-law Colleen Gates of Brandon. James is also survived by nephews: Brian, Paul, Mike Aaron, Scott, David, Ian; nieces: Brenda, Sandy, Allison, Melissa, Sarah; niece-in-law Brenda; great nephews: Russell and Eric and the families of the above mentioned. James was predeceased by his parents Doris and Alex Gates, parents-in-law May and Frank Carter, wife Peg, brother Rich Gates and nephew Daniel Lang. There will be a private graveside service held at the Carberry Plains Cemetery, Carberry, Manitoba. Friends who desire may make a donation in memory of James to the ALS Society of Canada, 493 Madison St. Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3J 1J2.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
GILL: W. Kenneth Gill. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kenneth on September 10, 2011. Born in Brandon on November 4, 1923, he received his education in the Brandon School System. Ken was a member of the Brandon Boys' Pipe Band and later joined the 26th Field Regiment Pipe Band. He joined the Canadian Artillery in November 1941 and was discharged in 1942 for medical qualifications. Ken became a Commercial Traveller for over forty years, selling Frigidaire appliances for Ashdowns. He also sold Speed Queen appliances, Toshiba televisions and sound equipment. He was a member of the North West Commercial Travellers' Association and this year was presented with his 65 years membership pin from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #3. Ken took early retirement. One of his favorite past-times was watching hockey, baseball and curling on T.V. He spent many happy hours cheering on his favorite teams. He was predeceased by his parents, Neta and William, also brother, Clifford and his wife, Darline, and sister, Eileen and her husband, Peter Bucklaschuk. Ken is survived by his wife, E. Fern (Jones) Gill (married October 20, 1948), daughter, Tanis Stapleton and son, Greg (Carolyn) Gill. Also surviving are grandsons, Brent (Tobie) Stapleton and great-granddaughters, McCartney and Jade, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and Scott Stapleton (Jodie) and great-grandsons, Callum and Brendan; step-granddaughters, Cindy (Greg) Turner (step great-grandsons Grayson and Logan) and Leanne Jenkins (step great-granddaughters Grace and Madeline). Ken is also survived by Keith and Doreen Blight, Audrey Moore, Harvey and Carole Jackson, and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held at Brandon Cemetery on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. David Cathcart, Knox United Church officiating. Ken's beloved grandsons, Brent and Scott Stapleton, served as urn bearers. A time of remembrance followed at the George Brockie Fellowship Centre. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Ken's memory, to Brandon Regional Health Centre "Palliative Care", 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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FORSYTH: James (Jim) Edward Forsyth; beloved husband of Carol, father of Megan and Mark (Erin); and grandfather of Brittany; passed away at Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon, Manitoba on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 65 years of age. A service to celebrate Jim’s life will be held at the Oak River Memorial Rink, Oak River, Manitoba on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to the Kidney Foundation of Canada – Westman Chapter, 203-42 McTavish Ave, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B2. Messages of condolence can be sent through the obituary at Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota entrusted with arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
FORDYCE: Evelyn Mabel Fordyce (nee Nixon) passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 80 years. Beloved wife of Cameron and loving mother of Connie (Dave) Brown of Brandon, Debbie (Marv) LeBlanc of Ninette, Bob (Debbie) and Darryl (Sharon) of Brandon. There are nine grandchildren: Pam (Tom) Mebs and Craig Brown; Derek (Kara) and Devon (Farran) LeBlanc; Ashley (Colin) and Bobbi Fordyce, Alex Burka; Stacey (Cale) and Marisa (Travis) Fordyce who will dearly miss her. Evelyn is survived by her sister Elva McDonald of Cartwright and her brother Howard Nixon of Brandon; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Faye and Gordon Bell of Victoria, B.C.; Lorraine and Hal Quilliam of Edmonton; Sharon Fordyce of Oak Lake Beach and Betty Ferris of Russell as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Nelson and Clara Nixon; sister Effie (Seymour) Swanson, brother Bobbie, infant brother William, sister-in-law Eva Nixon, brothers-in-law Norman McDonald, Howard Ferris, Jack Fordyce and mother and father-in-law Charles and Jean Fordyce. The Funeral Ceremony was held at Memories Chapel, on Wednesday, September 14, 2011. Rev. Paul Sakasov of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church officiated. A private interment took place at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Evelyn 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.
Rest in peace.
FELAWKA: Alice Felawka (née Stasiuk), aged 87 years, of Brandon, Manitoba, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. She leaves to mourn, her son Dr. Larry Felawka of Vancouver, B.C., her daughter Virginia and son-in-law Barry Wolfe of Winnipeg, Manitoba, her grandson Darren of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and her granddaughter Jillian and husband David Cannon of Ottawa, Ontario. She is survived by her brothers Joe Stasiuk and sister-in-law Elvena of Yorkton, SK and William Stasiuk of Russell, Manitoba. Alice was predeceased by her devoted husband Tom, her brother Mike Stasiuk, sister Ann Temchuk, brother- in-law Mike Temchuk and sister-in-law Alma Stasiuk. Alice was born in Glen Elder, Saskatchewan on March 24, 1924. She and Tom were married on October 29, 1944 and farmed together near Stenen, Saskatchewan for several years. In 1954, the family moved to Brandon. Alice was devoted to family and church, having been a member of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church since their arrival in Brandon. She was a long time active member of the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League, at one time serving as its President. In her 50’s, Alice took on part-time employment at the former Brandon Mental Health Centre, now part of the Assiniboine Community College campus. She retired in 1983, ending her career as a supervisor in the housekeeping department. Due to chronic ill health, Alice’s last years were spent as a resident of the Dinsdale Personal Care Home. The family would like to thank the staff who provided care and comfort to Mom on a daily basis over the years. We also send a special thank you to those who took the time to visit with Alice, often bringing special treats and news of the day. These visits were truly cherished and appreciated. Prayers will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 927 Assiniboine Avenue, on Monday, September 19, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Michael Tkachuk officiating, assisted by Stella Fedeniuk. Interment will follow at Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice, in Alice’s memory.
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“Her memory is our keepsakeFrom which we will never part,God has her in His keeping,We have her in our hearts.”
Vichnaya Pam Yat!
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