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SUTHERLAND: Loreen Ruth Sutherland, beloved Mother, Grammie, Mentor and Special Friend, passed away at the Minnedosa Health Centre on Saturday, January 9, 2016. Ruth was a long-term resident of Brandon and most recently of Ditch Lake, MB. She was born February 27, 1927 at Invermay, Saskatchewan. She grew up on a grain and stock farm until the fall of 1944 when she moved to Saskatoon, SK to complete high school. After high school, Ruth enrolled in a Saskatchewan teacher training program. Later, she taught at Leney, SK before locating to Manitoba. Ruth taught in and around the Brandon area from 1948 to 1988 when she retired. Ruth was married to Stewart Sutherland in July 1953 and they raised their family in Brandon. Ruth enjoyed reading, travel, handwork and flower gardening. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and attending their activities. Ruth is survived by her sons, Terrence and Donald; daughter Marilyn, her husband Craig and two special grandsons, Sean and Hudson. She also leaves her sister- in-law, Eileen Turner, and many nieces and nephews. A brief family service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens following cremation. In lieu of flowers, if friends wish, donations in memory of Ruth may be made to a charity of their choice.
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STOVIN: The family of John Edward Stovin is sad to announce his death on December 24th, 2015 in Victoria, BC. John (Johnny) was born in Deloraine, Manitoba to John and Helen Stovin on February 28th, 1951. He was raised in the Bayview district in the Turtle Mountains. John received his schooling in Bayview and Deloraine. After high school he attended Red River Community College and graduated with his certificate as a Lab/X-Ray technician. His first position was in Ericsdale. He then moved to a position at the Gladstone District Hospital where he spent many fond and fun-filled years. In 1977 John married Debbie Wild. After a few years they moved to Victoria, BC where John worked at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. In 1989 John embarked on a new adventure, moving to Tofino, BC where he worked at the hospital there. During his years in Tofino he took up skiing through which he met many more friends. He was an awesome slow-pitch player with a mean throw from third to first base. Sports were a pure passion in John’s life. His devotion to the New York Yankees and the Chicago Black Hawks was legendary. John became an avid motorcyclist, making many treks through Canada and the USA. His good friend Brad Stewart, of Gladstone, traveled many miles with John on their bikes. John had a great love of irreverent humour which was demonstrated by his love of Monty Python and South Park, among others. He was a consummate fan of Star Trek and could, using his talent for accents and imitation, quote many lines from the series. John discovered his illness in late 2014 and faced it with his usual prairie courage, determination and humour. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. Wherever he went, fun followed. He always said, “It’s not a party till the police show up.” His hospital colleagues tell us that he changed the atmosphere of every hospital in which he worked. John is predeceased by his parents John and Helen Stovin, his nephew Curtis Wozney and his brother-in-law Don McKay. He is survived by his sisters Shirley (Murray) Brown of Deloraine and Jean McKay of Brandon; nieces and nephews, Michelle and Keith Brown, Ron (Paula) Wozney, Terry (Shelly) Wozney, Tracey (Joel McCulloch). John took great joy in the great nieces and nephews, Grae, Emma, Tanner, Dillon, Grace, Gabby and Julia. In accordance with John’s wishes cremation has taken place. Following a private dispersal of the ashes a public celebration of his life will take place at the Mountview Centre in Deloraine, MB. This memorial will take place on July 23, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Food will be eaten and stories told. It was John’s wish that his friends get together and have a great time in his memory. On January 30, 2016, a memorial will be held for John at the Tofino Legion Hall from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Material possessions meant little to John. He loved the experiences of life and living. He lived his “bucket list”. It just ended too soon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC or Manitoba Cancer Societies, a charity of your choice or the Tofino General Hospital Foundation going towards a piece of X-ray equipment in memory of John.
McCONNELL: The death of Marjorie Jean McConnell, of Brandon, occurred on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. The Funeral Service will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with Arlene Robertson officiating. Donations in memory of Marjorie may be made to Myeloma Canada, 1800 Le Corbusier Blvd, Suite 138, Laval, QC H7S 2K1. Complete obituary information will follow.
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KERR: Kelvin Lorne. Kelvin passed away after a brief battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his parents Lorne and Irene and his brother Ken. He is survived by his brother Glenn (Brenda), nephews Ian and Colin and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.  Thank you to the doctors and staff at the Brandon Hospital for the care he received during his time there, as well as to the people who helped him with his care day to day. Cremation has taken place and a private family graveside will take place at a later date.
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GERRARD: George Gerrard of Strathclair, MB passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the age of 96 years. George is survived by his wife Helga, children: Christine (Laurence) Bertram of Winnipeg, Alex (Kirsten) of Winnipeg, Nelson of Hnasau, Lois (Dennis) Ostash of Shoal Lake, Ian (Cathy) of Strathclair, Douglas of Seech Lake, 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. The funeral service will be held on Monday, January 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. from the Strathclair United Church with Rev. Jamie Bradshaw officiating. Interment will follow in the Bend Cemetery, Strathclair.
Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson is in care of arrangements. (204) 759-2160.
BULLOUGH: Patricia died peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre on Friday, January 8, 2016 at the age of 88 years. Born on February 9, 1927 in Toronto, Ontario, Mom was a very talented Scottish dancer and singer throughout her childhood and competed in Ontario, Quebec and Scotland. She married Fred in 1945 and they had three children, Laurie, Karen and Kathy. Although Mom worked at various jobs over the years, her first priority was raising her family. She was a marvellous cook and host, who, together with Fred, loved to entertain. Her competitive spirit, honed in childhood, continued with her passion for competitive curling and her lifelong love of golf. She and Fred loved to travel and enjoyed many golf vacations to California, Texas and Arizona, always accompanied by their beloved dogs. In 1988, they left their long time home in Thunder Bay and settled in Penticton, BC, which proved to be a golfing paradise. They moved to Brandon approximately ten years later to be closer to family. Four months before Dad's death in March 2006, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in Thunder Bay, with their friends and family. After Dad's death, Mom remained independent for two more years and then moved into Fairview Home for her final years. Mom found Fairview provided a comfortable home for her and she developed close relationships with many of the staff. Her pet peeves included her false teeth that never fit, certain politicians, professional golfers and curlers. Her huge loves were for all of our family pets (including Bear, Bailey, Bella, Cloe and Marble). Mom is survived by her daughters, Karen Lewthwaite (Jim) and Kathy Missere (Mike); grandchildren Andrew (Krista) and Patrick Lewthwaite and Courtney (Mark) and Kelsey Missere and great-grandchildren, Natalya and Sawyer Lewthwaite. Mom was predeceased by son Laurie in 1972 and husband Fred in 2006. The family will cherish her memory in a graveside ceremony in Thunder Bay, at a later date. Donations in memory of Patricia may be made to a charity of choice.
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ANDERSON: With her husband by her side, Frances Lee “Fran” Anderson, of the Forrest District, passed away at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon on Friday, January 8, 2016. Fran grew up in Tinley Park, Illinois, near Chicago, obtaining a Degree from Northern Illinois University, with a double major in mathematics and Spanish. She immigrated to Canada in the early 70s and worked for over 20 years for the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa. She used her almost-fluent Spanish for business and pleasure, as the opportunity arose, throughout the rest of her life. In her post-retirement years, she was a long-time volunteer for the Brandon Film Festival Inc/Evans Theatre in Brandon, and did various volunteer assignments over the years for Westman Immigrant Services. She looked forward to travel, usually involving family reunifications with their widespread family. During her retirement years, she was also able to take several vacations with her husband to Mexico, Uruguay, Thailand, Florida, Greece, Arizona and her beloved Barbados, where they had lived for a number of years. Fran will probably be best remembered for her smile and her legendary generosity. She loved to be a hostess, providing fine food and wine to her many guests over the decades. We would like to express deep gratitude to her many friends from far and wide, who have been supportive of Fran during the difficult final months. We are grateful to her physician, Dr. G. Edward and to the outstanding, compassionate staff at the Palliative Care Unit, Assiniboine Centre, who did their utmost to keep her comfortable in the final weeks. Fran is survived by husband Bill; sons Erik Stephen Haines, Sean (Faith) Anderson, and Vaughn (Nina) Anderson; mother-in-law Elizabeth “Bessie” Anderson of Riverheights Terrace; sisters Kay (Robert) Goers and Laurie (Kevin) O’Shea; sisters-in-law Bonnie (Gerry) Anderson, Margaret Anderson, Shirley (Mike) Anderson; and her grandchildren Liam (11), Aidan (9) and Amy (7). The family will cherish her memory in a private graveside ceremony at Humesville Cemetery in the spring. Donations in memory of Fran may be made to Dying with Dignity Canada, 55 Eglinton Ave. E Suite 802, Toronto, ON, M4P 1G8, or the Brandon Film Festival Inc, 455-8th St., Brandon MB R7A 3X6.
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PICKETT: On December 18th, 2015, with great sadness, our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend, Inga Edele Pickett (Pedersen), passed at 92 years of age. Inga was born in Brande, Denmark on July 17th, 1923, the oldest of three boys and three girls. They moved to Canada in 1927 and settled in the Alida, SK area. As a young woman, Inga moved to Elva, MB, working for several families before moving to Brandon, where she was employed at the Ritz Café. Inga met Gordon, the love of her life, in February 1946 and they were married on October 1st of that same year. They spent their wedding night dancing to a newly discovered Oscar Peterson, who was performing at the Red Caboose in the Prince Edward Hotel. They moved to Sinclair following their marriage where Gordon had purchased a blacksmith shop. There, they raised their family of seven girls. They had a good life with many happy memories of a house full of extended family and friends. Family gatherings always meant that the house was full to the rafters with laughter and good times. In 1972, they purchased their home on 3rd Street in Brandon from Gordon’s sister, Ruth Goodman. It was then that Inga started working at the Assiniboine Hospital until her retirement in the late 1980’s. Inga and Gordon loved to travel. Their trips took them to Cuba, Hawaii, Alaska, all over Canada, and the U.S. One last trip was with Sandra, to cross the Rockies by rail, something she had always dreamed of doing. Inga had a green thumb and could make anything grow, even in her room at Fairview. She loved to play scrabble, do jigsaw puzzles, and was especially lucky at bingo. Inga was predeceased by her loving husband of 55 years, Gordon, grandchildren Jacquelyn Dmyterko and Derek Campbell, sons-in-law Doug Ross and Don Dmyterko, parents Thorvald and Petra Pedersen, brothers Arne, Agon, and Eric, brothers-in-law Joe Glennie, Ray Vennard and Tom Moore, nephew Alex Vennard, as well as many of Gordon’s extended family. She leaves to mourn her daughters and their families: Sharon Ross, Marilyn (Don) Beltz, Linda Campbell, Valerie (William) Boyce, Sandra Dmyterko, Kim Pickett (Gordon Teed), Joanne Medd (Grant Reynolds); grandchildren Terry (Sandi) Ross, Deanna (Sean) Peters, Kevin (Jenna) Peck, Tara (Steve) Just, Shelley (Corey) Stewart, Dean Campbell, Scott Campbell, Amanda Campbell (Jason Gramlich), Alexander and Evan Boyce, Shawna (Jon) Gilbert, Tina Dmyterko, Cory (Krista) Medd, and Chelsea Medd (Lee Miller); as well as numerous great-grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren.  She also leaves to mourn her sisters Erna Moore and Mabel Glennie and sisters-in-law Eileen Petersen and Gladys Bullee, as well as several nieces and nephews. Inga has touched many lives and will always be remembered with loving memories. Viewing will be held on Friday, January 15th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, 332-8th Street. Funeral service will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Saturday, January 16th at 1:00 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial donations may be made to Central United Church, 327-8th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 3X5.
God saw you getting tiredWhen a cure was not to be,So He closed His armsAround you and whispered“Come with Me.”
Your smile is gone forever,Your hands we cannot touch,All we have are memories,Of one we loved so much.
He took you to His garden,And laid you there to rest.God’s garden must be beautifulHe only takes the best.
And when we saw you sleepingSo peaceful and free from pain,We would not wish for youTo suffer that again.
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DURNIN: Opal Ferne Durnin (nee Taylor) October 31, 1928 – January 11, 2016. On Monday, January 11, 2016 Opal Durnin, widow of Garfield Grant Durnin, Lumsden and District Heritage Home, Lumsden, SK died at the age of 87 years. A graveside funeral service will be held in the Fleming Community Cemetery, Fleming, SK on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. with Lynette Callfas officiating. A reception for family and friends will be held in the Red Barn Family Restaurant, Moosomin, following the service. Opal was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Grant in March, 2006, a son Scott, grandson Robert Lawford and son in law Patrick Stelmack; she is survived by her children Sherilyn (John) Lawford, Faye Stelmack, Roy (Susan) Durnin, Neil (Jean) Durnin; eleven grandchildren, thirteen great- grandchildren and one great- great-grandchild; her siblings Evelyn Gompf, Wesley (Isabel) Taylor, Joan Collins, Melvin Taylor and Bernice Martens. If friends so desire contributions may be made in memoriam to the Lumsden and District Heritage Home.
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PEDDEN: Gordon William Pedden. On Friday, January 8, 2016 Gordon William Pedden passed away at Lions Prairie Manor in Portage la Prairie, at the age of 90, surrounded by family, after a lengthy struggle with Dementia. Funeral service will be held in the Chapel of the Omega Funeral Home on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 1:30 PM with the Reverend Father Gerald Langevin celebrant. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Gordon is survived by his wife Yvonne, and their sons Gary of Vernon, British Columbia, David (Pauline Johnson) of Falher, Alberta; and Mark (Kristina Olineck) of Edmonton, Alberta; their daughters, Lynn (John) Purvis, Lori Pedden of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Julie (Herschel Fogelman) Pedden of Toronto, Ontario. Grandchildren, Dewenna, Ian and Devin Purvis of Winnipeg, Manitoba including Emma and Sophie Pedden Fogelman from Toronto, Ontario. Nephews Ken (Colleen) Barcley of Souris, Ernest (Wahl) Calgary, Alberta, and nieces Beverly (John Peters), Betty Barcley, Evelyn (Walter) Radomski. Gordon was born in Winnipeg on September 7th, 1925. He was raised and schooled in Elva Manitoba and he then joined the Navy. Following his discharge, he returned to Elva where he was employed by the Russell family who ran a grocery store. Eventually he found work with Pool Elevators. In 1953 he married Yvonne Loiselle of Bellview, Manitoba. A small home was erected for the loving couple. In 1960 the family were moved to Purvis, Manitoba, only to be moved again a few years later to Boissevain, Manitoba. In 1970 Gordon left the grain business for an insurance position with Co-operators in Portage la Prairie. A family business was soon established under the name Portage Realty and Insurance. Eventually the agency was passed on to his eldest son Garry upon retiring in 1995. Gordon’s greatest passion in life was baseball which he played fervently until Dementia took over his life. He was admired for his countless home runs and his ability to hit a ball long distances. He was also active in curling, and golf. He loved to dance and faithfully watched the Lawrence Welk show on Saturday nights. Gordon was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Royal Canadian Legion. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff at Lions Manor who provided care for our Dad for many years. Condolences may be sent to the family c/o Omega Funeral Home, 83 Royal Road South, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, R1N 1T8, 1-800-303-4621 or friends may leave a message of sympathy on our web site “Dedicated to those we serve”.
HIPFNER: Allan Hipfner, loving father of Lorie-Anne and grandfather of Lauren (Eric) Senecal and Carly, passed away peacefully at the Grace Hospital, Winnipeg on the afternoon of Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the age of 80 years. Allan's kind-heartedness is his legacy and he will always be remembered for his friendly nature and gentle soul. He made many friends over the years across Saskatchewan and Manitoba and never failed to strike up a conversation with anyone he met. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Allan is now resting in peace alongside his loving wife Emma of almost 58 years, grandsons Brendan and Marc, and parents Anthony and Phil. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, Brandon, MB, on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Patrick Neufeld as Celebrant. Interment will be held at the Riverside Memorial Park in Regina at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
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RONEY: Evelyn, 89 years, beloved wife of the late Earle Roney, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Friday, December 18, 2015. Funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris, on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Private Interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Evelyn, donations may be made to the Souris Hospital Palliative Care c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10, Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0, to the Victoria Park Lodge c/o Municipality of Souris-Glenwood Box 518 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0 or a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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JONES: Mr. Robert Blayne “Bob” Jones of Melita, passed away at the Deloraine Health Centre on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the age of 75. A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. from the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Melita, MB., with Reverend Father Paul Bisson Celebrant. Burial will follow at the Melita Cemetery. Donations may be given to the Canadian Cancer Society 415 1st Street East Brandon, MB. R7A 2W8 or to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 452 Dovercourt Drive, Winnipeg, MB.  R3Y 1G4. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361.
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FRANK: William Leonard James (Jim) Frank passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 18, 2015 at the age of 68 years. The youngest of four children, Jim was born to Mary and Bill Frank on January 16, 1947 in Rivers, MB. He attended Robinville School and Rivers Collegiate. Jim farmed his whole life on the family farm in the RM of Riverdale (Formerly Daly) - it was his passion. He met his wife Sandra in high school and they were married July 25, 1970. They had three children over the following 17 years. Jim was a lifelong farmer and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He partially retired to spend more time with his grandchildren, but had no plans to fully retire. He was a member at St. James Anglican Church and he took great pleasure in farming, photography, gardening, baking, wine making, reading and fishing. He was very proud to receive the Rotary Club of Brandon/Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship award. Jim is survived by his wife Sandra, daughters Jennifer Sanders (Michael), Sarah Belcher (Chris), son James, grandchildren Matthew and Ruslan Sanders, Riya and Johnathan Belcher, sisters Elizabeth Schafer, Muriel Wyman and Kathleen Roberts (George). He was predeceased by mother Mary Frank, father William Harry (Bill) Frank, Uncle Geoff Frank, brothers-in-law Elmer Schafer and Wilson Wyman. A Memorial Service was held on December 30, 2015 at the St. James Anglican Church, Rivers, MB, with Rev. Sally Carter officiating. Donations in memory of Jim may be may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
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