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LEARMONTH: George Edward, 85 years, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, August 6, 2010 with family by his side. At his own request, George will be cremated. A private family service will be held at a later date. If friends desire, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3, 824 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7. Expressions of sympathy may be made Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
PODRUSKI: Thomas (Tommy) Podruski passed away accidentally in the R.M. of Harrison on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at the age of 59 years. Tommy is survived by his brother, Ken (Edna) Podruski of Erickson and two sisters: Joyce (Harley) Bold of Clanwilliam and Karen (Ken) Manary of Erickson. The funeral service will be held on Monday, August 9, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church, Erickson, with Rev. Deacon Conrad Plante officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Manitoba Wildlife Federation Habitat Foundation, 70 Stevenson Rd., Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3H 0W7.
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Rae’s Funeral Service of Erickson are in care of the arrangements.
THOMPSON: Bessie. The family sadly announces the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Bessie Thompson of Brandon at Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2010. Our mother was born in her parents' home in Carnduff, Saskatchewan, May 4, 1918. Mum was the secondyoungest of seven children born to William and Elizabeth Ennos. She received her schooling in Carnduff, and after graduating from high school worked for a short time as a home-maker's helper. When the war began, she joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, and was stationed in Brandon. In 1944, Mum and Dad met. Dad, too, was a member of the RCAF. They were married May 16, 1945 in Brandon. After a short time living in Estevan, Saskatchewan they then moved to the family farm where they lived together and raised four children. As a farm wife, mum worked alongside our dad, milking cows, raising chickens, chopping wood and doing any tasks that needed doing. Her gardens were always filled with flowers and vegetables. Bessie was an industrious woman who froze vegetables, canned fruits, made jams and pickles, made home-made bread and buns, baked pies, and loved to provide her family with nutritious home-cooked meals. Mum was very involved in our lives. She read us bedtime stories, sewed clothing for us, helped us with homework and 4-H projects and listened to our stories. We appreciate all the many skills she passed on to us. Bessie enjoyed homemaker competitions, and won many awards. Up until the end, she baked her famous date-filled oatmeal cookies and shared them with her friends. Once we were in school, she decided to enter the work force once again. She worked at the 1 and 10 Motel, Barney's Motel, Salisbury House, and finally Brandon Hospital. Dad passed away suddenly in 1975, so at the age of 56, Mum learned to drive and enjoyed driving until she was close to 90. She continued to work at the hospital until her retirement in 1984. Mum continued to live at the farm until 1989 when she moved to her house in Brandon. In 2002, Bessie moved to Hobb's Manor where she resided until her passing. She enjoyed her many dear friends at Hobb's and took part in most activities such as card games, shuffleboard, bingo and exercise class. She was active up until her stay in the hospital. Mum loved to go shopping, to go for lunch, or to have anyone come for a visit and tea. She liked to play Scrabble, Dominoes, Cribbage, and Yahtzee, and usually won. She knit manyafghans, baby quilts, scarves, and other items that all of us treasure. She liked to travel and enjoyed trips to Alaska, California, Newfoundland, Montreal, Victoria and many other places. Mum was so proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and often had stories or pictures to share with her friends. She was predeceased by: her husband, Lorne in 1975; her daughter, Margaret in 2006; her parents and her six siblings. We are so grateful for the ninety-two healthy years our mother lived, and for the wonderful times we spent with this caring and loving woman. She will be remembered and missed by daughters Linda Burnell (Al Gray), Helen Weitman (George), and son, Frank Thompson (Jenny) and children, Ashley and Leanne. Also left to mourn her passing are Margaret's husband Syd Dmyterko of Strathclair and children, Debra Donaghey (Hugh) of Milton, Ontario, Sherri Laita (Dave) of Cambridge, ON, Craig Dmyterko of Elphinstone, and Karin Younghans (Todd) of Fergus, Ontario. Mum also leaves nine great-grandchildren: Zach, Nathan and Ryan Laita; Kiana, Ashlyn and Makena Donaghey; and Emily, Kate, and Cohen Younghans. Also left to cherish her memory are her sisters-in-law, Muriel Thompson of Prince George, B.C., and Hazel Ennos of Weyburn, Saskatchewan. She enjoyed special times with Al's children, Jodie Sunley (Sterling) and son, Euan, Krista Wynne (Terrance) and children, Emma and Jackson. There are numerous nieces, nephews and friends to remember this kind, independent, and energetic woman. The Funeral Service was held at Memories Chapel Monday, July 26, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. with Mona Franklin officiating. Pallbearers were her six grandchildren: Debra Donaghey, Sherri Laita, Craig Dmyterko, Karin Younghans, Ashley Thompson, and Leanne Thompson. Interment was in the Brandon Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2B7, or to a charity of choice.Mum, we will forever miss you, your happy smile, your sense of humour, your strength and courage, your enjoyment of the fun things in life, and your unconditional love for us.Expressions of sympathy may be made Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
WAKEFIELD: George Wilbert Wakefield passed away on Thursday, August 05, 2010 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 79. George was predeceased by his parents Walter and Ingred; sisters Edith, Ethel, Gladys, Dorothy and Grace; brothers John, Wilf, Don, Doug and Ralph. George is survived by his wife of 57 years, Leah; daughter Dianne (George) and their children Kirk and Kaitlyn; daughter Ingrid Kelly (Jeff) and their children James, Laura, Samuel and Olivia. George is also survived by brothers Garth (Dorothy) and Blaine (Linda); sister-in-law Darlene and brother-in-law Jim Shopland as well as many nieces and nephews. George will be fondly remembered for his loyalty to family and friends. He was loved and respected by those who knew him and will be greatly missed for his guidance, jokes, songs and cheer. A huge thank you to the Palliative Care staff at the BRHC who provided much comfort and care to George during his last weeks. A service to celebrate George’s life will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Joe Ball officiating. A private family graveside ceremony will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honour of George to the Canadian Cancer Society, “Cancer Van Services,” 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8 or to the Sun Fund for Kids, 501 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0K4. Messages of condolence may be placed at
BERNIER: Joseph John David Bernier 66 years, better known as J.D. Blair passed away on Friday, July 30, 2010 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. J.D. was born February 8, 1944 in Val d'Or, Quebec. J.D. was raised in Elliot Lake and lived with his parents until he was 21. This was when music took over his heart and the traveler came alive in him. Along the travels he took he met many memorable musicians where J.D.'s musical family began and grew. In 1986 after a long road of being a traveling man he decided to settle down and "come home" where he became a local musician of the Brandon area. Along the way of J.D.'s travels he managed to have a life with several loves along the way and was blessed with four children. He turned his life from music to family and music. J.D. lived out his life in Brandon with his treasured dogs that became his children, after his kids had all grown up and left the nest. J.D. was a man with a big heart and a song for every occasion. J.D. is survived and loved by his children: Richard Laporte, Jason Bernier (Michelle Head), Blair Bernier (Melanie Thompson), Donna Bernier (Derek Graham), (his dogs Skor, Ripper, Shauna), grandchildren: Randy Laporte, Travis Laporte, Jeremy Laporte, Spencer Bernier, Arieana Bernier, Sydnee Bernier, Alexa Bernier, Mikaela Devers, great-grandson Raiden Laporte, and many musicians J.D. played with throughout his life journey. He was predeceased by his parents Joseph Raoul Bernier, Lola May Bernier, Hisbeagle Fred, beloved dogs Foreman, Striker, Skye, Sidney, Shadow, and members of his musician family. The Celebration of J.D.'s Life will be held on Friday, August 6, 2010 (today) at 2:30 p.m. at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North, Brandon, Manitoba. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2B7.Expressions of sympathy may be made at Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
WAKEFIELD: Mr. George Wilbert Wakefield of Brandon, beloved husband of Leah, passed away on Thursday, August 05, 2010 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Funeral arrangements are pending with Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, 727-0694.
CANNON: Jefferie William Cannon passed away at Waskada, Manitoba, on Monday, August 2, 2010 at the age of 55. Jeff was predeceased by his parents Mackar "Hall" and Janet (McGilchrist) Cannon and brother Glen. Jeff is survived by his wife Pat (nee Coleman) of Waskada, Manitoba; two sons: Dave (Jillian Wolfe) of Ottawa, Ontario and Kyle (Allissa) their children Jayda and Lyric of Souris, Manitoba; daughter Sandi (Chris Fraser) and their daughter Echo of Trenton, Ontario, and brother Clint (Cindy) Cannon of Holland, Manitoba. A service to celebrate Jeff's life will be held on Friday, August 6, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. from the Waskada United Church, Waskada, Manitoba with Reverend Dwight Rutherford officiating with interment to follow at the Waskada Cemetery. Donations may be given to Manitoba Wildlife Federation 70 Stevenson Road Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3H 0W7 or to the Moncur Gallery (Peoples of the Plains Inc.) Box 1241, Boissevain, Manitoba, R0K 0E0. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361. To send condolences or special memories to the family, please visit:
KINGDON: Ian Bernard Kingdon beloved husband of Karen, passed away on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at the Minnedosa Health Centre at the age of 69 years. Viewing will take place on Thursday, August 5, 2010 from 7-8:00 p.m. at the Minnedosa Funeral Service Chapel. Funeral service will be held on Monday, August 9, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Minnedosa Community Conference Centre. Interment will take place at All Saints Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements, 204-867-3868.
MAXWELL: Earle William Maxwell, beloved husband of Dorothy, age 90, died on August 1, 2010 at the Evergreen Personal care Home, Boissevain, Manitoba Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 7, 2010, Boissevain Legion Hall, Boissevain, Manitoba, 2:00 p.m. Donations may be made to a charity of own choice.
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Killarney & Boissevain Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.
MCDONALD: Mary Elizabeth McDonald (nee Muir). Peacefully on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 with family at her side, Mary passed away in the Erickson Personal Care Home at the age of 96 years. Mom was predeceased by her beloved husband Malcolm in 1964; her parents Alex and Annie Muir; brothers Jim and Campbell; sisters Margaret and Agnes. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Anne (Barry) Paulsen of Erickson; her son Bob (Carole) McDonald of Winnipeg; her grandchildren Doug (Roselle) Paulsen of Winnipeg; Ken (Yvette) Paulsen of Sparwood, B.C., Heather Ready of Salmon Arm, B.C., Gary McDonald of St. John’s, NFLD and Cheryl McDonald of Winnipeg; great grandchildren Rob and Luke Paulsen of Winnipeg, Jaylyn and Bradi Ready of Salmon Arm, B.C., Meghan and Carter Paulsen of Sparwood, B.C. and Brennan McDonald of St. John’s, NFLD; sisters -in-law Tillie MacDonald and Norma McDonald of Winnipeg and many nieces and nephews. Mom was born on the family farm at Elphinstone, Manitoba on March 23, 1914. She took her schooling there and remained at home until her marriage to Malcolm McDonald on January 6, 1937. They resided in many small communities finally settling in Portage la Prairie in 1955. Malcom passed away in 1964. Mary continued living in Portage until she moved to Erickson in 2000. Mom was a great homemaker, a good gardener especially growing roses. She was an expert strawberry and raspberry picker. She loved crafts, and tried everything, her specialty being greeting cards. Every member of her family received a crocheted afghan. Mom loved her family and was always interested in what was “going on”. She was very proud of all their accomplishments. Mom was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she played the organ for many years. She belonged to the Guild, Women’s Missionary Society, Order of the Eastern Star Electa Chapter No. 2, and a dedicated volunteer for many organizations. Mom also enjoyed visiting and traveling with her family and friends and going on picnics. Many thanks to the Erickson Personal Care Home for the wonderful love and care Mom received over the past years. Special thanks to the Palliative Care ladies who provided comfort and care during Mom’s last days. A Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 17 Royal Road S., Portage la Prairie, Manitoba with the Rev. John Zondag officiating. As expressions of sympathy, if friends so wish, donations may be made in Mary’s memory to the Erickson District Palliative Care, Box 587, Erickson, Manitoba, R0J 0P0 or a charity of one’s choice.A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel 857-4021.
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MURRAY, Georgena, age 91 years, beloved wife of the late John Murray, mother of James Murray, died in the Souris Personal Care Home on Friday, July 30, 2010. A graveside funeral service for family and friends will be held at the Brandon Cemetery, Brandon, Manitoba, on Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow at St. Paul’s Auditorium in Souris. In memory of Georgie, donations may be made to the Souris Hospital Palliative Care Fund c/o/ A.R.H.A Box 10, Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0 or to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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HERNDON: Leslee Lynn – December 25, 1969 – July 28, 2010. It is with great sorrow that Leslee’s family announces her sudden and tragic passing on Wednesday, July 28, 2010. It is said our children are a loan from God and He allowed us to have our beautiful Leslee for forty short years. Leslee was a shining light right from the time she was born in Sioux Lookout, Ontario to the time of her passing. Leslee received her education in Rivers, Manitoba. She then went on to take the Nurse’s Aide course at Assiniboine Community College and was employed at the Fairview Nursing Home in Brandon, Manitoba for 13 years. She then decided to make a career change and took the Pharmacy Technician program through the Robertson College in Brandon, Manitoba. After graduation she was successfully employed as a technician with the Moosomin Hospital and remained as such until her passing. As a young girl Leslee was active in the Rivers and District Figure Skating Club as well as the Happy Hooves 4-H club. She enjoyed skating but it was the 4-H club where she really enjoyed spending her time and it was there that her life-long passion for horses began.  She and her sister Renee spent many happy hours at Art Hiebert's Milk and Honey Farm riding and just being with the horses in the barn or in the pastures. This passion was so strong that it carried though to her adult life. Her horses “Ace” and “Jude” were her pride and joy. Leslee had also been an avid volunteer at the Brandon Humane Society. Her enthusiasm for life and animals could only be described as incredible. Leslee was a beautiful, strong woman whose soul was filled only with love for life, her friends, her family and especially her son Brendan. Many, many times Leslee expressed her joy and love of being a mother and could not imagine doing anything different. Everyone she met and knew soon came to realize what an outgoing and happy person she was. She touched so many lives in so many ways. Leslee was predeceased by her grandparents John and Emma Miller; Victor and Theresa Herndon; her cousins Paul and Todd Snelgrove. Leslee is going to be greatly missed by her son Brendan and fiancé Frank Bedecs (& family); her parents Terry and Sharon Herndon (nee Miller); sister Renee Martin (Rick), and nephews Aaron and Kyle; many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral services are planned for Friday, August 6th at 2:00 p.m. (Manitoba time) at the Rivers United Church, Rivers, Manitoba. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200– 17th Street East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7M6 or Virden Pet Network, Box 925, Virden, Manitoba, R0M 2C0.
BLAIR: We are sad to announce the passing of Brenda Lee Blair (nee McAndrew) of Rivers Manitoba. She passed away on July 27, 2010 at Brandon Hospital, she was 50 years old. A viewing will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Minnedosa funeral home. A service will be held at 2pm in Rivers, Manitoba at the Zion Pentecostal Church on 3rd St. Internment to follow at Rivers cemetary.
BAUMAN: Harvey David, formerly of Brandon, Manitoba. Harvey died in Edmonton, Alberta, May 25, 2010 at age 61, after a brief hospitalization. For many years Harvey pursued his interest in music - voice, guitar, violin with public performances throughout the B.C. - Kelowna, Prince George, Fort St. John, and in the Edmonton area. Along with his music, he was active as a carpenter building and restoring furniture and home equipment. The last few years he has been involved in creating computer animations. His imaginative activities and conversations will be greatly missed by family and friends. Following a private family memorial Harvey’s ashes were placed in the Souris-Glenwood Cemetery.
GREEN: The death of Jessie Green (nee Curtis) occurred at the Riverdale Personal Care Home on Sunday, August 1, 2010. Jessie was born December 29, 1916 at Alexander, Manitoba, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Curtis. She grew up in the Alexander district attending Assiniboine and Alexander schools. Previous to her marriage to Percy Green in 1939, she was employed as a housekeeper in various homes in the Alexander district. After farming near Alexander for several years, Percy and Jessie purchased a farm at Bradwardine, Manitoba in 1950 where they resided until retiring to Rivers, Manitoba in 1986. Jessie was an active member of the United Church Women, the Rivers Hospital Guild, the Bradwardine Leisure Club, Sunday School superintendant, school van driver, and mail carrier over the years. One of her passions was knitting afghans and articles for the Red Cross. Jessie was predeceased by her husband Percy in 1988 and grandsons Andrew in 1984 and Jamie in 1995. She is survived by her son Barry (Gwen) of Kenton, Manitoba, daughters Luetta Sinclair (Keith) of Duncan, B.C. and Phyllis Dubuc of Montreal, Quebec. Her memory is also treasured by her five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. The Funeral Service will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North, Brandon on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 (today) at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Glenna Beauchamp of Rivers United Church will officiate. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Jessie may be made to Riverdale Personal Care Home or Riverdale Palliative Care Unit, Box 428, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0. Expressions of sympathy may be made at Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
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