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GERVIN: Winifred K. Gervin beloved wife of the late Alton Gervin. Winifred passed away on November 21, 2010 at her residence in Boissevain, Manitoba. A public graveside service will be held on Thursday November 25, 2010 at the Goodlands Cemetery Goodlands, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire donations may be to the Boissevain & Morton Regional Library, the Goodlands Cemetery Fund, or to a charity of own choice.
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Smith Funeral Service, (204) 747-2088.
McCRACKEN: William Edward (Bill) McCracken passed away quietly on November 2, 2010 at Brandt’s Creek Mews in Kelowna, B.C., survived by his loving wife Wendy, daughter Lori (Steve) Taylor, sons Liam (Melodie) and Todd (Cheryl), granddaughters Cati Taylor, Taylor McGrath and Emily McCracken, grandson Andrew Taylor, and special “family” Elsie Hastings and Ray Richardson. Sadly predeceased by daughter Lesley, parents William Howard and Ivy (Wood) McCracken, and his beloved Chocolate Lab, Maddy. Born in Toronto Ontario in 1935, Bill’s life of education and service spanned over 50 years beginning with his graduation from Toronto Teacher’s College, University of Western Ontario (BA) and University of Toronto (M.Ed.) During his career Bill served as teacher, college instructor and adult education management in Seneca and Centennial Colleges in Toronto, through to the presidencies of Manitoba’s Assiniboine Community College (ACC) and Alberta’s Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC). He met Wendy in Washington DC in 1971 and enticed her to come north and join him as his career took him from Ontario to British Columbia. A former school board trustee, Easter Seals Telethon producer, Chamber of Commerce director, United Way director and campaign chair, Rotary Club executive, youth football and soccer coach, Canada Winter Games director, and chairman of the Council of Northern Alberta's College and University Presidents, he was accorded the 1992 Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada from the Governor General of Canada, “in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada.” Upon his retirement in 1995 the GPRC community created the Bill and Wendy McCracken Visual Arts Award in recognition of their involvement and support in the arts. In Kelowna in what he considered the most rewarding and productive part of his life, he created the ongoing Leadership Series for Supervisors running through GPRC, Okanagan College and the business community. Bill had a wonderful ability to work with people to get things done. He was greatly admired for his honesty, integrity, enthusiasm for life, talent for putting staff and friends at ease, inspirational “life quotes”, Irish jokes, and beautiful singing. Nothing made him prouder than watching his sons and daughter become fine young adults embodying his same values. Throughout his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, to the delight of all who met him, that personality remained, as he strove to the very end “to be useful” in life. His memory will continue to inspire and he will be sorely missed. The family would like to especially thank Doctors Appleby and Carlyle, and the staff (everyone one of them a jewel) of Apple Grove unit of Brandt’s Creek Mews for their most compassionate care, and the B.C. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support group for sharing this final journey. No service by request. If desired, donations welcomed by B.C. Alzheimer Society.
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WILSON: L. Bruce Wilson, age 79. Bruce passed away on November 18, 2010 at the Deloraine Health Centre in Deloraine, Manitoba. Funeral service will be held on Monday, November 22, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Deloraine United Church, Deloraine, Manitoba. Interment Medora Cemetery, Medora, Manitoba. Donations in memory of Bruce may be made to the Deloraine Health Centre, Box 447, Deloraine, Manitoba, R0M 0M0.
Messages of condolence may be made at www.wheatlnd.comSmith Funeral Home, Deloraine Manitoba (204) 747-2088
WISZNIOWSKI: Stanley Wiszniowski, formerly from Brandon, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 12, 2010 at the Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg, at 75 years of age. Stanley is survived by Helen, his loving wife of 53 years, daughter Kathy (Ken), son Richard (Kerry), four grandchildren, brother Gordon, and sister Madeline. Stanley was employed by the CNR for 37 years. The family would like to thank Home Care and the staff on the 4th Floor at the Victoria General Hospital for their amazing compassionate and loving care. Cremation has taken place and in accordance with Stanley’s wishes, a private family service will take place in Brandon at a later date.
TROLLOPE: Hazel Katherine Trollope of Brandon, passed away at Fairview Personal Care Home on Friday, November 12, 2010 in her 96th year. Hazel was born in Binscarth, MB to Charles and Katherine Strachan, on February 3, 1915. Hazel moved to Lauder, MB in her teen years, where she met and later married Allan Trollope. Allan and Hazel had four children. Hazel enjoyed a long and active life, with many interests. She was an active member of the Rebekah Lodge, a volunteer at the Brandon Hospital and a member of the Seniors for Seniors. Hazel loved to travel and she saw much of Canada and the USA, as well she went on a memorable trip to Scotland to visit family. Hazel is survived by her children: Dennis (Gisele) Trollope, Audrey (Art) Tripp, Keith (Marg) Trollope and Garry (Donna) Trollope. She is also survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. The family wish to thank the staff of the 2nd floor at Fairview Home for their compassionate care of Hazel during her stay. A memorial service was held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. David Cathcart of Knox United Church officiating. Interment followed at Lauder Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, if friends wish, donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, R7A 2B3.
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THORNBOROUGH: Passed away at the Glenboro Health Centre on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at the age of 93 years, B. Ellen Thornborough (nee Mills) of Glenboro, Manitoba. Ellen leaves to mourn her passing her three children, Gail (Bob) Gillespie, Bob (Kathy) Thornborough and Dorothy (Rick) Brown, all of Brandon, Manitoba, as well as 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and 2 sisters-in law, Emiliene Mills and Gert Cullen. Ellen was predeceased by her husband John (1966), her parents, Jack and Maggie Mills, in-laws Henry & Harriet Thornborough, brother Jim Mills and sister Mern Carscadden. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm in the Willmor Chapel, Glenboro, Manitoba. A private family interment will take place in Glenboro Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in Ellen’s memory to a charity of your choice.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Services, Willmor Chapel, of Glenboro in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.
STEVENSON: Robert Roy Stevenson. July 4, 1936 - November 17, 2010. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Robert “Roy” Stevenson on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 years, Eleanor; their children, Dale (Melanie), Jodi (Nick), and grandchildren, Cameron, Hannah, JJ and Mollie. Roy was born in Souris, MB and began his lifelong career with CP Rail at an early age, thus igniting his love of trains. This career took him and Eleanor to homes in Souris, Plum Coulee, Winkler, and then to Brandon where he retired as a mobile supervisor after 39 years of service. During this time he also became a lifetime member of the Kinsmen Club of Winkler. Roy took advantage of his retirement and enjoyed many hours of going out for coffee with the various coffee gangs. He also went to help out at the Carlysle farm by Souris and enjoyed being out there and working of their machinery. To further his passion of trains, he proudly showed generations of old and young how to operate a telegraph machine; most recently at the Austin Thresherman’s Reunion. Roy and a couple of his buddies also discovered an old payroll railway car in Neepawa and had it relocated to Souris to restore it so future generations can share in this bit of history. The family wishes to express their thanks to all the friends and family who came to see Roy while he was in the hospital, his emotions truly showed how much those visits meant to him. A special thanks to Rose who has been our “Rock” through all of this. Roy was a soft spoken, kind soul who will be missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Town of Souris - Railway Museum, Box 1015, Souris, MB, R0K 2C0. A Celebration of Roy’s Life will take place at the Railway Museum in Souris in the summer of 2011.
SCHWITEK: Robert “Neil” Schwitek, beloved husband of Marlyn, passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at the age of 65 years. In keeping with Neil’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Neil may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Manitoba Cancer Care Project”, 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information to follow.
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SHARMAN: With deep sadness we announce the passing of Madeline Grace Sharman on November 15th, 2010. It is with great joy we celebrate the amazing life of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was predeceased by her loving husband Clifford Herbert Sharman on June 15, 2008. Mum has requested a grave-site service which will be held on December 30, 2010, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Andrew’s on the Red Church. Reception to follow. Neil Barrdal Inc. Funeral Centre, (204) 949-2200.
McLEAN: William (Bill) Campbell Charles McLean passed away at the Assiniboine Centre at the age of 85 on Monday, October 11, 2010 with his family by his side. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 65 plus years, Mary, daughters Heather (Ralph) Warman, Carol (George) Dennison, Joanne (Charles) Cobb, nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter, adopted daughter, Janice and family and many more relatives and friends. He also leaves to mourn, two brothers, Harry, Bruce (Donelda) one sister and one sister-in-law, Isabel (Ray) and Olive Hanson and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, Alex and Annie, sister-in-law, Joan, brother- in-law, Harris, son-in-law, Dale, niece, Anna and nephew, Duncan. Dad was born in Brandon, Manitoba, the eldest son of Alex and Annie. He grew up on the farm at Douglas, took his schooling at Derry School and then worked in Brandon at Trents Bakery and the Manning Pool. He joined the Navy at seventeen and stayed until after the war in 1945. While training in Toronto he met Mary Watkinson, who was in the RCAF, and they were married December 22, 1944 in Cobalt, Ontario. While out of the service he worked in the gold mines in Northern Ontario. He rejoined into the Army in January 1947 and served his 25 years. His military career took him from Korea to Egypt, Manitoba, Ontario, and Alberta. His home was always in Manitoba so it was fitting that he retired here. Dad went on to do many jobs from foreman of the cleaners in Shilo to working at a resort in the Whiteshell, went to Red River Community College twice to get his 3rd and 4th class stationary engineer ticket and then worked at BU, Simplot, BRHC and the Sportsplex, went to Vancouver Island and ran a restaurant, back home, then to BC again working for Weiser Locks, home again and finally retired for good in 1990. Dad loved to travel and throughout his life he and mom were all across Canada and the United States. Dad’s passion was reading and the local histories of families in our community. He loved to go to their homes, share stories, and write about them for the Carberry Newspaper. Dad was also a long standing member of the Carberry Legion and the Masons. One of Dad’s greatest joys was to have my family live right next door to him and mom and watch my children grow up. Ty was Grandpa’s boy his entire life and he was so proud of Chris and her independence. In 2006, after a trip to see mom’s sister in Ontario, mom fell and broke her hip and from there she eventually lost both her legs. Dad looked after her from then on doing whatever he could for her. Dad’s life was dedicated to mom right up until three weeks before he passed on. The family wish to thank the staff at the Assiniboine Centre on the 2nd and 3rd floors for the care and compassion they gave Dad and the support they gave our family. We would also like to thank Greg at Memories Chapel for the help and consideration he gave us. A memorial service was held on October 16, 2010 at Memories Chapel with interment at Madford Cemetery.
KEARNS: Alma Evelyne Kearns. September 17, 1914 – November 13, 2010. The family of Alma Kearns of Brandon, MB are sad to announce her passing on Saturday, November 13, 2010. After breaking her hip in August of 2009, Alma endured a prolonged illness in the Assiniboine Centre where she was cared for wonderfully by the 4th floor geriatric staff. Alma was born in Reston, Manitoba on September 17, 1914. The Fumerton family moved to Treherne when Alma was six. In these formative years she was very active enjoying tap dance, snow-shoeing and tennis. She went to school in Treherne, where at the age of 17, Alma acquired a part time job with the Manitoba Telephone System. In 1938, as war loomed, she took full time employment as a telephone operator at Winnipeg Beach and the city of Winnipeg. During this time she took a course at Success Business College. On March 17, 1942 she married Wes Kearns and they moved to Saskatoon where Wes trained with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Following Wes’s posting to Gander in 1943, Alma went to work as a stenographer at Aronovitch and Leipsic, a real estate and insurance company in Winnipeg. In 1948, Alma and Wes moved to Brandon where he got a job with the Manitoba Hydro. In 1950, she gave birth to a son, Dwight, followed three years later by another son, Michael. While raising her kids, she built up a self-employed drapery window covering business and sub-contracted much of her work to Doigs and Eatons. She enjoyed curling, where she had success skipping many of her teams to various bonspiel victories in western Manitoba. Alma loved to golf with her friends at the Brandon Golf and Country Club and at Clear Lake. She was a life time member of the Clear Lake Ladies Golf Club. Over a two-week time period she made holes’ in one on the 17th and 3rd holes at the Wasagaming course. Upon retirement, Wes and Alma spent time at their cabin at Clear Lake and their coach in Palm Springs. In Palm Springs, Alma, being young at heart, joined the tap dance club and the outdoor shufflers. She thoroughly enjoyed marshalling at the Dinah Shore Classic in Palm Springs. Wes passed away in 1983. In 1987, Alma met Bill Shirard. They spent several years travelling and enjoying each other’s company. One of Alma’s proudest moments was standing up for Marcelle Mollot at her wedding. Marcelle and her daughters Hanna and Jillian were very dear to her. She also took great pleasure in her grandchildren, Ginger, Lacey and Raine, attending their numerous activities such as sports and dance recitals. Alma returned to Brandon in 2001 and resumed socializing and playing bridge with her old friends. Alma was predeceased by Wesley Kearns and survived by her children Dwight (Linda), Michael; her sister Shirley Whelen; her granddaughters Ginger, Lacey and Raine. A service for friends and family in memory of Alma was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, on Thursday November 18, 2010 at 11am with The Rev. Dr. Dong-Ha Kim of First Presbyterian Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, if friends wish, a donation may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, (Assiniboine Centre), 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3.
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MANDRYK: Walter John “Jack” Mandryk, April 18, 1947 - November 14, 2010. With great sadness Jack’s family announces his sudden passing on Sunday, November 14, 2010, at the age of 63. Jack was born to John and Stella Mandryk, April 18, 1947, in Grandview Manitoba, where he was raised on the family farm. Jack married Marg (Vinnell) on June 28, 1968. He moved to Thompson in 1968 to start working at Inco, with Marg following a few months later. He started as a miner, and then proceeded with an electrical apprenticeship through the company. He stayed working with Inco for 19 years. Jack then worked as an Electrical Mines Inspector for the Province of Manitoba, then transferring to Brandon in 1999, working for Work Place, Health and Safety. Jack and Marg lived in Carroll, Manitoba at that time, until he retired in 2006. Deciding to venture west, Jack took employment with the Brazeau County as a Safety Co-coordinator, in Drayton Valley, Alberta, for four years. Throughout the years, Jack was involved with many sports including baseball, hockey, golf, and fishing and especially curling, he was also an avid Yankee’s fan. Jack was very active in the community, a member of the Elks in Thompson and Souris, as well as the Rotary in Thompson and Drayton Valley. Jack always prided himself in growing the best garden around. His favorite things to do were to spoil his grandchildren, his smoke house, making his wine, tinkering in the garage, and entertaining family and friends. He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Marg, children, Steve (Anna), Marnie (Jason), and grandchildren Grady and Madison. His parents, John and Stella Mandryk, brothers Don (Leona), Murray (Shauna), sisters Betty (Phil), Pat (Paul), and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Jim (Holly). A memorial service will be held in Brandon at The Imperial Ballroom, Victoria Inn, Friday, November 26th, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
BOYD: Mary “Edna” Boyd, May 29, 1914 – November 8, 2010. Edna passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, November 8, 2010. She was born in Hayfield, Manitoba. She spent the rest of her in the Winnipeg/Brandon area. She was a very talented seamstress and many beautiful brides and bridesmaids passed through her little sewing room. She was a dedicated homemaker who enjoyed her home, gardens and little cabin at Clear Lake. Edna is survived by her four children, Shirley Cummings, Douglas Boyd (Darlene), Diane Boyd (Dieter) and Robert Boyd (Ann); seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Edna was predeceased by her loving husband “Bud” Boyd and her granddaughter Laurie Boyd, as well as her parents William and Martha Stapleton, sisters Olive, Florence, Jean, Ruth, Mabel, Margurette, Mildred and her brothers Gordon, Orville and Earl. The Funeral Service to honour Edna’s life was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. David Cathcart of Knox United Church officiating. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Edna may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 1K2.
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HOWE: It is with great sorrow that the family announces the passing of Jean Howe, beloved wife of the late Wesley Howe, on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at the age of 85 years. Jean was born on March 9, 1925 in Brandon, Manitoba. Mom will be lovingly remembered by her family: daughter Carole Hannay (Michaell), son Larry (Brenda) Howe, grandchildren Angela (Devon), Kim (Keith), Ryan (Crystal), Shaun, Connor, and great grandchildren Alex, Arianna, Annie, Nathan and Jeremy. Jean was predeceased by her husband Wesley, brothers Alex and Bill, and sisters Mary and Ann. Mom enjoyed all the wonderful years spent at Clear Lake with her family. Mom loved her times spent with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mom was a very caring, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Mom will be greatly missed. Cremation has taken place and a private family graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery.
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AGAR: Patricia “Pat” Agar, beloved wife of the late Leslie Agar, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at the age of 81 years. A time of visitation will be held at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, 332-8th Street, on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. A Celebration of Pat’s Life will be held at Trinity United Church, 1515-6th Street, on Monday, November 22, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Wayne Sanderson officiating. Interment will take place at the Gilbert Plains Eldon Cemetery on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Pat may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8. Complete obituary information to follow.
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