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ROSS: Mary, age 91 years, beloved wife of Cecil Ross, mother of Carol Ross- Harms and Bruce Ross, died in the Souris Health Centre, Souris, Manitoba on Sunday, June 13, 2010. Private funeral service will be held at a later date. In memory of Mary, donations may be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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SYMONS: Johanna, age 88 years, beloved wife of the late John Symons, died in the Souris Personal Care Home, Souris, Manitoba on Sunday, June 13, 2010. Private funeral service will be held at a later date. In memory of Johanna, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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LEVERINGTON: William (Bill) Alvin. It is with a very heavy heart that we share the passing of our father and grandfather, Bill (Papa) on June 8, 2010 at the age of 76 years. Dad (Papa) passed away with family and friends at his side. Bill was born April 12, 1934 in Maryfield, Saskatchewan to Charles and Murtle, and had two siblings. Bill was a big brother to Donna and Ken. Dad’s family moved to Brandon in 1949. Dad learned to work hard at a young age; he started delivering papers at age 9 and at age 12 was washing dishes after school until 9:00 p.m. Dad then worked in a grocery store and at Forman for 2 years. At the age of 18 Dad started working at the Codville Company. It was there that he met his true love, Eileen Gullett. Dad also worked at Western Grocers as Produce Manager for three years prior to moving to Melita. Bill and Eileen were married August 28, 1954 in Brandon. Ten years later they purchased the Lucky Dollar store in Melita and ventured to the town they called home for 46 years on May 19, 1964. They owned and operated the store until November 8, 1977. Dad and Mom catered for many years while in the store and from their home. Dad and Mom worked and played side by side for 55 years. Dad drove a school bus from 1966 – 1999. Dad drove a variety of routes and enjoyed all the children on his bus. He would tell many a story of some of the antics some would try to play. Dad also managed the legion lounge from 1978 till 1994. He served many drinks and enjoyed hours of visiting with friends and customers. Dad was a very committed community person, countless hours were spent volunteering on projects that would enhance the community (pool, curling rink, arena, Senior suppers, fund raisers, just to name a few). Dad was recognized for his volunteerism by the Town of Melita in 2006. Dad joined the Melita Kinsmen Club at the age of 30; he made many great friends and had many good memories from the events he participated in over the years. As years went by he continued to be an active member of the K-40 group, selling many tickets and helping at the Wild Life suppers. Dad was a school board member for 2 years, curled and coached minor and senior ball. One of the memories Dad often spoke of was the time coaching the Melita Kinsmen fast ball team. This group of young men won the league in 1972, they were known for working and playing hard on and off the field. Dad was a people person and enjoyed anytime family and friends had time for a visit, a story or a laugh. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and until his health started failing, you would see him at the ball park and arena. Papa was a great man and will be dearly missed by his, children; Garlen Maxwell (Danny), Keith Leverington (Lori), Janet Cheveldayoff (Kevin), grandchildren: Logan, Jared and Tori Maxwell; Carly and Kristen Leverington; Chase and Alexi Cheveldayoff; sister: Donna Wright (Dave); sister in law: Lynne Leverington; brother in law: Jack Gullett; sister in law: May Dawley (Garth); brother in law: Vern Vestby (Marlene); and many nieces, nephews and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at the Melita Legion Hall, Melita, MB. on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 2:00pm. Happy Hour will start at 1:00pm. Please dress casual. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Melita Health Centre Box 459 Melita, Manitoba, R0M 1L0. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361 To send condolences or special memories to the family, please visit:
LAUDER: Leo Lauder of Minnedosa, Manitoba passed away on December 26, 2009 at the age of 94 years. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 10:30 am at the Minnedosa United Church, Minnedosa, Manitoba. Interment will take place at The Bend Cemetery, Strathclair, Manitoba. A funeral luncheon will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. at the Minnedosa Legion, Minnedosa, Manitoba. Donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or CancerCare Manitoba. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868
HUMPHRIES: Gordon Alexander Humphries of Brandon, beloved husband of Lorraine and dear father of Greg and Karen passed away suddenly at Onanole,Manitoba on Friday, June 11, 2010. The Ceremony to Celebrate Gordon's Life will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street on Friday, June 18, 2010 at 2:00 pm. The Rev. Shannon McCarthy will officiate. A private interment service will be held at the Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Gordon to the Westman Dreams For KidsFoundation, Unit 202, 37-11th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4J2 or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
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COPELAND: Blanche (Girlie) May, age 92 years, beloved wife of the late Gilford (Diff) Copeland, mother of Donna, Arlene and Cheryl, died in the Souris Health Centre, Souris, Manitoba on Friday, June 11, 2010. Funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris, Manitoba on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Private family interment in the Carroll Cemetery. In memory of Girlie donations may be made to the Souris Hospital Palliative Care or to the Souris Personal care Home Courtyard Fund c/o A.R.H.A. Box 10 Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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HACAULT: Andre JosephAndy Hacault, age 90 beloved husband of Therese, died at the Wawanesa Health Centre June 12, 2010. In accordance with his wishes service will be private. Killarney & Boissevain Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
BRERETON: Eloise. Our beloved wife, mom, nanny and great grandma is now at peace. She passed away at the Assiniboine Centre, Palliative Care on Friday, June 11, 2010 with daughter Janice at her side. Eloise was born on May 6, 1925 in Deloraine, Manitoba to Roland and Gladys Chapin. She was the eldest of four children and grew up in Brandon. It was at the tender age of thirteen that she met George Brereton, the love of her life. George and Eloise were married on June 21, 1946. Mom was a telephone operator and alsoworked in retail throughout her life including Eatons, Burgess Solo Store and was the first female employee at the Brandon Liquor Mart. Mom and Dad retired and spent many happy years at Clear Lake in the summer and winters in Texas. Always a great homemaker and wonderful cook, Mom enjoyed pampering her family with her Sunday suppers (plus many in between) and she was alwaysimmaculate in appearance even after slaving in the kitchen all day - never a hair out of place and usually wearing her favorite color of pink in her attire. Eloise is survived by: her loving husband George of sixty four years; daughter, Janice Bradley, son-in-law Walter (Butch) Bradley; grandson Scott Bradley (Chrissy Findlay) and great grandson Sawyer Orlando George Bradley. She is also survived by; a sister Doreen Reid (Roy) of Moose Jaw, sister-in-law Helen Brereton and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Roland and Gladys Chapin, sister Marj Lindley, brother Delmar Chapin and brother-in-law Jim Brereton. The Ceremony to Celebrate Eloise's Life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 - 18th St. North on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. A private family interment will take place at the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Unit 4B - 457 9th St. Brandon, Manitoba, Manitoba, R7A 1K2 or to a charity of choice. Expressions of sympathy may be made at Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
ANDERSON: Shirley Anne Anderson of Brandon, beloved sister of Rodney Diment, Gene Diment and Evelyn Collings, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at the age of 67 years. The Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiating. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Shirley may be made to the Terry Fox Foundation, 543 St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2M 3L4. Complete obituary information to follow. Messages of condolence may be placed at
WOODWARD: Mrs. Effie Donalda Woodward (née Johns) of Brandon, beloved mom of Donelda and Evelyn, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Effie began her life on a farm outside of Lanigan, Saskatchewan. She spent her teen years in Saskatoon and helped in the family restaurant in Middle Lake. After hairdresser training, she joined her sisters in Flin Flon, Manitoba and worked there for a time before she married Gordon (Woody) Woodward, and started a family. They moved to Dauphin for a time and then to Brandon in 1957. Effie was a strong supporter of the NDP, and before them, the CCF. She was also a long-term member of the United Church of Canada. Effie was an artist in everything she tackled – clay, fabric or wood. She has left us with a legacy of beautiful works of art. Effie is survived by her daughter Donelda (husband John Snyder), granddaughter Jennifer (husband Chris Watson) and great grandsons Matthew, Andrew and Nathan; daughter Evelyn (husband James Melvin) and grandsons Mat, Gaelan and Morgan. She was predeceased by her husband Gordon O. Woodward (Woody) and by all of her sisters and brother. A Celebration of Effie’s Life was held at the Trinity United Church on Friday, June 11, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev Wayne Sanderson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Effie may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Western MB Cancer Care Project,” 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Messages of condolence may be placed at
WEISBRODT: Wilmot “Wimp” Jacob Weisbrodt, 1932 – 2010. After a lengthy stay at the Swan River Valley Lodge, surrounded by his family Mr. Wilmot (Wimp) Weisbrodt peacefully passed away on May 29,2010 at the age of 77 years. Wimp was born on September 1, 1932 in Grenfell, Saskatchewan. He married Simone Perrault on June 22, 1957. They had five children; Mark, Debbie, Bonnie, Colleen and Lana. He was a gentle, soft-spoken man who loved cattle, hockey, bowling, baseball, billiards, dancing and playing cards. He had many jobs over the years to support his family. He started off as a farmer, worked in cement production, was a carpenter by trade, worked as a millwright in the north for many years and was best known for establishing the Gateway Valley Inn in Benito, Manitoba when they moved to the valley 33 years ago. They later moved to the farm, where he once again lived his dream as a cattle owner until he became ill. He then moved into Benito where he resided until his placement in the Benito Health Centre Personal Care Home. Wimp was predeceased by his parents Jacob and Elizabeth (Ring) Weisbrodt, his son Mark Joseph and sisters Katie and Freda.He leaves to mourn his wife Simone, daughters Debbie (Vern) Love, Bonnie (Dale) Bielik, Colleen and fiancé Rod Randall, Lana (Trent) Graham and daughter-in-law Wendy Weisbrodt. Also surviving are grandchildren Jeff and Natalie Love, Christina and Jess Hogarth, Mandy, Mellisa, Sarah and Natessa Weisbrodt, Caleb and Cashala Ladouceur and Maliya and Nevaeh Graham, great grandchildren Tyler, Gavin and Kaden Love and Glenn and Dustin Hogarth, brother Henry Weisbrodt, sisters Irene DiTomaso and Hattie Baker, numerous nieces and nephews and many other loved ones he included into his family over the years. Evening prayers were held from the St. Columba Roman Catholic Church in Swan River, Manitoba on Monday, May 31, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services were held from the St. Columba Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Leo Fernandes officiating. Wimp was laid to rest in the family plot with son Mark at the Durban Cemetery, Durban, Manitoba. The urnbearers were Amanda Weisbrodt, Mellisa Weisbrodt, Sarah Weisbrodt, Natessa Weisbrodt, Christina Love and Caleb Ladouceur. Everyone in attendance at the service were considered honorary pallbearers. Should friends so desire, donations in Wimp’s memory may be made to the Swan River Valley Lodge (Activities Department) for kitchen renovations. Arrangements were entrusted to Jim Webster of Swan Valley Funeral Services Ltd. 363 Kelsey Trail (Hwy 10 North) Swan River, Manitoba. 734-5775.
He will be forever missed by his loving family and friends.We loved you from the moment we met youWe love you nowWe’ll love you alwaysThere is never good-byesThere is only loveWe will visit in our dreamsAnd in our hearts foreverUntil we meet again.
WEBSTER: John Milton Webster. Milt passed away peacefully June 2, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta well into his 94th year and surrounded by his family who loved him dearly. Milt was born August 25, 1916 in Rivers, Manitoba to Mabel (Rogers) and Sandy Webster. His grandparents homesteaded north of Brandon in the late 19th century, having come west from Ontario. Though Milt moved to Brandon with his parents when he was four years old, he spent many happy weekends and summer holidays with aunts, uncles and cousins in the Forrest area as he was growing up, and he felt a strong emotional connection to the region all his life. Milt is survived by the love of his life and his wife of 69 years Laura (Dietrich), his daughter Lynne and son-in-law Dr. Bill Kearns, grandsons Dr. Tim Kearns (Michele Durling), Andrew Kearns (Melanie McMaster) and great grandsons Ross, Scott, William, Reid, Sawyer, Hudson and Wyatt Kearns all of Calgary and his granddaughter Jane Kearns (Andy Kurelek) of Burlington, Ontario. He is also survived by his sister-in-law and brother- in-law Elsie and Jack Wilson of Vernon, British Columbia, cousin Jack Webster of Brandon, nephews Wayne Webster of Oakburn, Manitoba and Robert Wilson of Vernon and niece Joanne Fortin of Souris, Manitoba and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Murray and Clare, niece Marilyn Wilson and special cousins Murray and Bonar Leybourne. Milt was employed by International Harvester Company in Brandon until 1961 when he transferred to Winnipeg, retiring in 1978. He served overseas during WW11 with The Royal Winnipeg Rifles, 3rd Division. Milt and Laura moved to Calgary in 1999 to be closer to family. Milt, who had a delicious sense of humour, treasured his many friendships, some decades old including Don and Shirley Harper, Dick Gilhouly and Terry Steer. As a young man in Brandon Milt belonged to The Rut Riders Motorcycle Club, raced stock cars, enjoyed hunting and fishing and spent his winters curling at The Wheat City Curling Club. Milt and Laura loved their cottage at Sandy Lake and spent many happy times there prior to moving to Calgary. Milt was extremely proud of his grandchildren and great grandchildren and their accomplishments, and they considered him to be an awesome Grandpa and Great Grandpa. He demonstrated to them, in this busy world, that life can be rich in contentment and happiness by celebrating simple things; faith, honest work, good neighbours, dear friends and family. Reverend Nadene Rogers officiated at a private graveside service commemorating Milt’s life on June 10th at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens, Calgary. The family would like to thankfully acknowledge Dr. P Quayle and the wonderful staff on Richard’s Way, Chinook Care Centre in Calgary for their sensitive attention to Milt’s needs over the past three years.
MILLER: Mary Jane Miller, Dec. 22, 1924- May 2010. Peacefully on May 24, 2010 Mary Jane passed away at Golden Links Lodge in Winnipeg. Left to mourn her passing is her son Donald, his wife Laura and her immediate family, siblings Frank, Roy, Tom Dussome, Phylys Ireland and their families. Mary lived a full life including military service during WWII and 15 years as a cook at the Brandon Mental Institution, retiring in 1986. During her life she actively pursued hobbies of fishing, bowling, darts, curling, performing country music, reading and knitting. The family would like to thank the caregivers of Fairview Home for their compassionate care during her stay there. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at Brandon Royal Canadian Legion at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 18, 2010.
PROVEN: With the sun in his face and sitting in his favourite chair, Jim Proven passed away at home on May 19, 2010. James Frederick Proven was born February 9th, 1924 in the home on the family farm northwest of Basswood, Manitoba. Dad was the fifth of six children born to Hazel and Frederick Proven. At two years of age Dad’s father died, leaving Hazel to raise six children, and run the farm. The family was raised during the height of the depression, and Dad had many stories of the difficult times they endured. In spite of the hard times the family were tightly bonded and remained close throughout their lives. Dad joined the RCAF before he finished high school, and served with the 408 Bomber Squadron overseas for his full 30 missions. He was very proud that his entire crew survived, and that they remained friends for many years. It was in England, that Dad married Dorothy Lily Bennett. At the end of Dad’s service, they returned to live in Minnedosa where Dad finished high school Son, Keith was born in Minnedosa in 1945, and daughter Karen was born in 1949, in Barrie Ontario, after Dad had rejoined the RCAF and been posted there. After retiring from the Air Force, Dad began his “nomadic years” as he referred to them; finally settling in Calgary for 10 years. In 1962 the lure of the family farm brought the family back to the Basswood area. Dad worked at both farming, and construction before joining the RRSD as first assistant secretary- treasurer, and then becoming secretary treasurer a few years later. Dad’s retirement from the RRSD allowed him to help on the farm and for himself and Dorothy to take their RV on many trips across Canada, and the U.S. After Dorothy’s passing, Dad began to split time between Minnedosa, and Victoria, B.C.; eventually relocating there full time. He enjoyed living in Victoria until his health began to fail, and he moved back to Minnedosa. Dad enjoyed a full and complete life, and died with a sense of peace and fulfillment. He was predeceased by Father, Fred; Mother, Hazel; brothers, Elmer and Stan; and sisters, Margaret and Helen. His sadness was profound with the death of wife Dorothy, and daughter Karen. He is survived by son Keith (Bonnie); brother Harold (Isabella); grandchildren, Mike (Leila), Morgan (Lindsey), Rachel (Taryn), and Breanne (Tom); daughters in law Susan and Heather; son in law Gary; and with enormous pride, great grandchildren, Brennan and Alexa. A memorial service will be held at the farm June 19 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Minnedosa Library.
MATTISON: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ferne Robina Mattison on February 28, 2010 at her residence, Dinsdale Personal Care Home in Brandon, Manitoba. Ferne was the youngest child of Ernest and Esther Drake, born June 20,1920 in Lashburn, Saskatchewan. Her father was a school teacher and principal in several communities in Saskatchewan. When she graduated, Ferne went on to nurses training in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She nursed and became the matron of the hospital in Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan. Following WWII she met and married Doug Mattison of Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan. Together they raised four children, Esther, Helen, Linda and Doug. The family settled in Melville, Saskatchewan in 1950, where Doug was employed with the CNR. Ferne was devoted to her family, her church and her friends. She took great pride in her home and wonderful care of her family. She was very involved in All Saint’s Church as a member of the congregation and served several years as an executive member of both the Altar Guild and AWA. When her children became somewhat independent, Ferne decided to add a new chapter to her life. She became a librarian for the Melville Public Library and later the Head Librarian for the Parkland Regional Library. In this capacity she helped many people to appreciate the wonder of literacy and the magic of books. As a young person, Ferne loved to play tennis and skate. She was well read and loved to play card games, especially bridge. Ferne was always interested in current events and the politics of the day. She loved to watch sports on TV, especially hockey, baseball, curling and even Saturday night wrestling! Ferne had many special friends throughout her life, and treated all with respect and acceptance. She was a role model to all who knew her. She is survived by her four children, Esther (Curly) of Onanole, Manitoba; Helen (Glenn) of Spruce Grove, Alberta; Linda (Tom) Price of Brandon, Manitoba; and Doug (Wendy) of Chater, Manitoba. She also leaves ten grandchildren (Sharon, Brian, Brett, Barry, Shane, Robby, Josh, Zach, Tessa and Rayna, ten great- grandchildren (Bonnie, Jennifer, Dustin, Sara, Ayden, Jordan, Jaryn, Riley, Samuel and Zoe), many nieces and nephews (Joe, Drake, Jim, Hughie, Leanne, Judy and Joyce), and two sisters-in-law, Mary Mattison and Hazel Dawson. Ferne was predeceased by her mother in 1955, father in 1958, brother James Marshall in 1944, sister Helen Ernestine in 2002, and her beloved husband, Doug, in 1980. Following the death of her husband, she and her son Doug relocated to Brandon, Manitoba, so she could be closer to more of her family. She continued to enjoy many years with her family and friends, also becoming a member of St George’s Church. Her health declined in recent years, and during this time, Ferne was well cared for by the professional and compassionate staff at Dinsdale Personal Care Home. Cremation has taken place, and a service to celebrate Ferne’s life is to take place in Melville, Saskatchewan, at All Saint’s Anglican Church on June 19,2010 at 11:00 a.m. A graveside service and interment will follow at the Melville Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers include all of Ferne’s family; urn bearer will be Ferne’s beloved son, Doug. Expressions of sympathy may be made at If so wished, a donation in Ferne’s memory may be made to the Parkland Regional Library, Salvation Army or a charity of choice. Arrangements are with Matthew’s Funeral Home, Melville, Saskatchewan.
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