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RICHARDS: Sylvia Anne (Foord). It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our Mother on June 26, 2014 at the age of 76 years. Mom was born in Manson, MB on February 4, 1938. She is survived by her daughters Cindy, Tracy, Sharlene, and Terra. Her sisters, Lois, Lynne and Judy. Also, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mom was predeceased by her parents, Wilbert and Nesta Foord, partner in life, John, sons Randy and Wayne, and grandchildren Tammy and Shaun. A private Celebration of Life was held July 5, 2014.
Rest in Peace MomForever in our hearts
STRAHL: With sadness, we wish to share the passing of our mom, Margaret Bernice Strahl (Robinson), on April 26th, 2014, at age 84. Bernice passed with family by her side at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home where she lived the last 7 years of her life. Bernice was born on January 12, 1930 to Robert and Mary Jane Robinson at Lady Minto Hospital in Minnedosa. She was the oldest of 3, and when her mother passed away at a young age, Bernice was tasked with looking after her siblings, Floyd and Rose Marie (Dolly). Bernice became a telephone operator for MTS at the age of 17, and would work there off and on throughout her lifetime until her retirement at age 62. Mon enjoyed some wonderful friendships with some very special ladies at MTS, and her life was richer for it. Bernice married Ellis Gustaf Strahl, and together they brought 6 children into this world, beginning on July 19, 1949, and ending on July 19, 1964. Other than a few years in Flin Flon, MB when their boys were young, Mom and Dad raised their family in Minnedosa and surrounding area. Minnedosa was definitely Mom’s special place – she was always happy to go visit her kids, but was happier to come home. Once her family was raised, Mom was involved in many activities such as bowling, golfing, curling and cribbage. She could often be found in her favorite chair at the Legion enjoying a game of crib. Mom also enjoyed gardening and cooking and canning and passed down those loves to her family. Bernice was an avid knitter and crocheter, and we all have handmade treasures from her that we cherish. Bernice was a loving Grandma, and was lovingly coined “Gram” by her grandkids. After her retirement, she was able to spend more time with them and spent a few years babysitting her 2 youngest grandsons, Braydon and Brody. Life around mom was never dull, and they have some wonderful memories of those years. She also welcomed her granddaughter, Amy, for many a weekend adventure. Her oldest grandsons, Brian, Brent and Bradley were her pride and joy, and she missed them terribly when the headed west. Bernice was very proud of all her grandchildren and her children. She loved us all fiercely, and we will miss her terribly. Bernice was predeceased by her mom and dad, and her brother Floyd, and many of her dear friends. She is survived by her 6 children: Richard (Judy), Cranbrook, BC; Wilf (Lillian), Minnedosa, MB; Don, Cranbrook, BC; Bruce (Barb), Ladner, BC; Bev (Donnie), Minnedosa, MB; Lesley (Chris), Brandon, MB: Grandchildren: Brian, Brent, Bradley, Braydon, Brody, Amy and Krista, and several Great Grandchildren, and one Great Great Grandchild. She is also survived by her sister Rose Marie Thatcher, Winnipeg, MB and several nieces and nephews and cousins and friends. The family would like to extend a heartfelt Thank-you and Hugs to all the angels at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home for not only helping to ease Mom’s passing, but for loving her while she was there. Your kindness will be forever remembered. Funeral service for mom will be held on July 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Minnedosa Funeral Home, interment to follow at the Minnedosa Cemetery. Lunch will be held at the Legion Clubrooms. We invite all of her friends and ours to come and help us say good-bye. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Minnedosa Personal Care Home, or the Alzheimer Society of MB, or a charity of your choice. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements. (204) 867-3868.
PETERSON: Joy Burdene, November 25, 1926– Milestone, SK, June 26, 2014-Calgary, AB. Mom passed away peacefully at her home in Calgary on Thursday, June 26, 2014. She was born in 1926 in Milestone, Saskatchewan. She was predeceased by her husband Gus Peterson of Brandon in 1992, also by her brother and sister-in-law, Robin and Arlo Lunde, of Moose Jaw, SK. She is survived by her three loving daughters, Brenda and Janice of Calgary, and Wendy (Don) of Nelson, B.C.; her grandchildren Jill (Larry) and Rob (Margie); as well as four lovely great-granddaughters, Sophie, Hannah, Lilla and Emmie, all of Boston MA. A private family Graveside Service at Queen’s Park Cemetery will take place at a later date. Please forward condolences through
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Heritage Funeral Services, “Calgary Crematorium Chapel” Telephone: 403-299-0111.
PETERS: The death of Jacob Peters of Alexander, occurred at his residence on Monday, July 7, 2014. Jacob was the beloved father to Joanne Greenstein, Colleen Peters-McCarten and David Peters. Announcement of funeral details will follow. Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
WOOD: Lawrence Alberic Wood, beloved husband of Margaret of Glenboro, Manitoba passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at the Glenboro Health Centre at the age of 87years. Lawrence was born in Cypress River, MB on January 19, 1927. He went to Cypress Valley School until grade ten. Lawrence met Margaret in Cypress River and they wed on April 15, 1952. They moved to a farm nine miles west of Glenboro, MB, then to their present farm in 1956. Lawrence continued to farm all through his adult years until he retired at age 65, but continued to supervise until he moved to town in 2012. Lawrence enjoyed watching many sports and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Left to mourn Lawrence’s passing are his wife Margaret (nee Verstraete) of Glenboro, MB, his sons Garry Wood (Donna Bourdeaud’hui) of Brandon, MB, Dennis (Irma) Wood of Glenboro, MB, and Mark (Sandra) Wood of Gimli, MB, grandchildren Kevin (Leanne), Trevor (Angela), Jason, Danielle (Braydon) and Michael, great granddaughters Bridget and Sophia, Brother Leo (Mona) Wood, and sisters-in-law Jessie and Imelda Wood and Ester Verstraete, as well as numerous nieces & nephews. Lawrence was predeceased by his parents John & Irene (nee Schamp) Wood, sister Isabel (Rene) Van Damme, brothers Albert (Margaret), Willijohn, Alvin, and Gerry Wood and brother Aime in infancy, as well as numerous extended relatives. Funeral service will be held at Willmor Chapel, Glenboro, MB at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Father Phillip Malayil celebrant. Prayers will take place at 10:15 am prior to the service. Interment to follow in the Glenboro Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Lawrence’s memory to the Glenboro Area Foundation Inc., Box 147, Glenboro, Manitoba, ROK OXO, or to a charity of one’s choice.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Service of Glenboro, MB in care of arrangements. (204)827-2480.
LEAN: On Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home, Alex Lean, formerly of Moline and Brandon, peacefully passed from this life at the age 94 years. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 65 years, Mae, as well as his two children Alexis (Mel) Harvey of Minnedosa and Dennis (Jeanette) Lean of Edmonton. A memorial service will be held at the Minnedosa United Church, 48 Main Street South, on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Natasha Pearen officiating. Lunch will follow in the Church hall with interment to be held later in the afternoon, all are welcome to attend. Donations in memory of Alex may be made to the Minnedosa Personal Care Home “Patio Fund”, Box 960, Minnedosa, MB, R0J 1E0.
JONES: Mr. Gerald Jones of Melita, formerly of Tilston, passed away suddenly following a motor vehicle accident on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the age of 89. The funeral service will be held from the Tilston United Church, Tilston, MB. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Allan Gairns officiating. Interment will follow at the Tilston Cemetery. Donations in memory of Gerald may be made to the Tilston Cemetery Fund, Box 70, Tilston, MB. R0M 2B0, Tilston United Church, Box 8, Tilston, MB. R0M 2B0, Victoria United Church Memorial Fund, Box 159, Melita, MB. R0M 1L0, or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home - Melita (204-522-3361), Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron - Funeral Directors.
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JENKINS: Freda Patricia Adams Jenkins passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on June 21, 2014. Pat was born in Liberal Kansas December 17, 1934. Pat’s family moved to California when she was 18 months old and settled in the District of Los Angeles—living first at Huntington Park, then Downey, and finally in Sunland where Pat attended Junior High and High School. Her half-sister Betty was seven years older, and her brother Richard was six years younger, than she. As a small child, Pat committed her life to be “a sunbeam for Jesus”. At age 13, she was immersed as a Baptist believer along with both her parents, who were also joining First Baptist Church of Sunland. As a young person, Pat had jobs in line with her future profession as an OT, including an assignment in suicide prevention as a live-in companion. She was also active in Baptist youth work in southern California as one of the executive of Guild Girls. Pat’s early grades were spent in Downey, CA, and from grades 7-12, in Sunland. Pat took her first year of university at LA City College and then enrolled in the University of Southern California, graduating in 1956 with her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. After university and her OT internship she enrolled in Berkeley Baptist Divinity School in the Bay Area of California in 1957, and graduated with her Master of Religious Education degree in 1959. It was there she met her future husband, Brian, a native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They were married on May 30, 1959 in the First Baptist Church of Sunland, California by the Rev. John Lane. After her husband finished his Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1960, during which time Pat gave birth to daughter Kathy, they moved up to Calgary where his mother and his sister and her family lived. Pat was then a pastor’s wife from 1960-1968, first at the Bowness Baptist Church in the Calgary area and then at the Birtle and Shoal Lake Baptist Churches in Manitoba. Daughter Karen was born in Calgary in 1962. In 1968, the family moved to Brandon where Pat began her career as an Occupational Therapist at the old Assiniboine Hospital, which then continued at the new Assiniboine Centre in 1974. November 15, 1974, Pat proudly received her Canadian Citizenship at the Courthouse in Brandon. In 1986 Pat battled ovarian cancer, detected during a surgery, and became a cancer survivor. In 1988 she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, which was successfully controlled all through the years. Pat served as an OT for thirty years, retiring in 1998 after being fitted with a coronary stent to ease her angina problem. During retirement Pat helped at Samaritan House for two years in the teaching of English as a second language, until the program ended. Pat was active in FBC, Brandon, for many years, serving on boards, especially in Christian Education and teaching five year olds in the Church School for thirty years. She served as Sunday School Superintendent for a couple of years as well. She also sang alto in the choir for years. Pat was one of the most eager supporters of the move of the congregation of FBC to the Waverley Park area of the city, walking around that neighbourhood handing out promotion literature for the new church. Pat loved reading, and various hand crafts, especially cross-stitch, knitting and crocheting. When her children were young she did a lot of sewing as well. For many years she was an avid stamp and coin collector. Pat was very close to her four grandchildren, Brian, Krista, Tammy, and Michael, and went on outings (“Saturday Walks”) with each one in turn, just her Grandma Adams had done with her and her brother Richard. She also loved to walk downtown with her husband Brian and browse at the Lighthouse Book Store and at various stores in the Town Centre. In 2006 Pat began to suffer from vascular dementia and gradual memory loss. After four hospitalizations from 2009-2010 she became a shut-in, cared for by her loving husband and helped also by her extended family. She was able to joyfully share in all the family celebrations as well as in the wedding of her granddaughter Krista in 2011. In 2013 Pat had the joy of holding our first great grandchild, Lilia Grace Antonio, in her lap and observing how bright a baby she was at 15 days! On January 7, 2014, she was admitted to the BRHC after an ambulance ride to EMERGENCY. After five and one half months of earnest prayers and visits by her family and friends--and despite the earnest efforts of the Hospital staff—she died peacefully at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, in Palliative Care.The family are grateful to Dr. Deong and all the other staff on 400, and in the CGP, and on A-2 and A-3. One observer on 400 shared her impression of Pat—that she seemed to have “an angelic radiance” about her and a beauty that you couldn’t take your eyes off. The person thoughtfully shared that insight with Pat’s husband, which was a great encouragement to him. Pat’s family and friends are going to miss her terribly. Pat is survived by husband Brian; daughter Kathy; daughter Karen and her husband Tom Wenham; grandson Brian Mark; granddaughter Krista and her husband Josiah Antonio and their baby daughter Lilia; granddaughter Tammy; and grandson Michael; also by her brother Richard in Chicago; and by her niece Chrystie in Calgary. Pat was predeceased by: her parents Frank and Freda Adams and her half-sister Betty; by her grandparents and various aunts and uncles and by her mother-in-law Kathleen Jenkins and her sister-in-law Lynette Halliday. A private funeral ceremony was held with interment in the Brandon cemetery. Pallbearers were: Michael Wenham, Brian Wenham, Josiah Antonio, Tom Wenham. Honorary pallbearer was Phillip Emmerson. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Pat to The Heart and Stroke Foundation, #3, 824 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
HARKNESS: It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of our loving mother, Shirley Kathleen Harkness (Fernell) on June 24th, 2014 at the age of 91. Shirley was born in Gainsborough, SK. on February 28th, 1923 to Myrtle and Percy Fernell of Carnduff, SK. She was one of eight children. Surviving Shirley are three siblings, Agnes Harkness, Pilot Mound, MB, Betty Biutenhouse, Thunder Bay, ON, Dave Fernell, High River, AB. Sadly left to mourn, but with many memories, is her husband of 65 years Lorne and her children, Bill (Judith, deceased), Melita, MB., Floyd (deceased) (Linda) of Calgary, AB, Larry (Donna), Brandon, MB., Lloyd (Shawna), Brandon, MB., Cheryl (John deceased), Crandall, MB., Shawna (Ralph), Winnipeg, MB. Shirley was blessed with 19 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. There was three sets of twins born in this family. Also many nieces and nephews who thought the world of her. She spent her early years working at various jobs, then joining the army for 4 years, in Regina, SK. taking her training to be a baker. She married Lorne on March 10th, 1949. She worked outside the farm for many years as a nurses aide in Brandon. After retiring, she helped Lorne with the Ayrshire cattle, big gardens, she raised Jack Russell Terriers for years, and children. No one went away from the farm hungry. Mom was respected and loved by all that know her. Shirley"s love in her life were her children, and grandchildren. She loved them all equally, never played favorites, and was always proud of each accomplishment, big or small. Known as “Granny” she was dearly loved by all of them, and will be forever missed by them. They will have great memories to talk over with each other. A private family service was held on June 28th, 2014 at the Alexander Cemetery which was followed by a lunch at Whitehead Hall. Kowalchuck’s of Souris held the service, with Reverend Wendy Rankin officiating. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of Brandon’s local cat, dog rescue, “Funds for Furry Friends” as animals were mom’s passion and she was always concerned for their welfare.
Message of condolence may be place at www.kowalchuks.netKowalchuk’s Funeral Home,Souris, MB.
EDMUNDS: Joyce Edmunds of Brandon, passed away peacefully at her residence, Fairview Home on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the age of 86 years. She will be deeply missed by her sons Brian (Joan), Mark (Colleen), daughter Carol (Avelino) and grandsons Kevin and Brent. Joyce was predeceased by her husband Leslie in 2003. Joyce was born on March 31, 1928 in Winnipeg. She went to hairdressing school in Shoal Lake. After Leslie left the military in 1947, Leslie and Joyce were married and moved to Brandon, where they resided since. Joyce worked as a housekeeper for different hotels, worked in an assembly line at Pioneer Electric and was a cashier at Woolco. She enjoyed long drives in the country, gardening and flowers. She also had a love for all animals. A graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Arlene Robertson officiating. The many friends she has made over the years will be considered honorary pallbearers. Donations in memory of Joyce may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6. Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
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BUCKLEY: Leila Maureen Buckley, was born July 7, 1954 in Brandon, MB. Maureen, loving daughter, sister, wife, aunt, mother, grandmother and friend, lost her battle with cancer on July 6, 2014, the day before her 60th birthday. Peacefully while being held in the arms of her loving husband, she made her way to Heaven. She is survived by her husband, Richard Maurice Proulx; children Renee Proulx, Dionne Proulx, Richard Proulx (Leanne Kuchera), and Curt Giroux; grandchildren: Jonathon Soucy, Tristan Proulx, Anika, Paige Proulx, Morgan Proulx, and Faith Proulx; mother, Marjorie Rose Buckley; sister, Sharon (Hal) Crowston; brother, Gary (Trish) Buckley; niece and nephews: Ted and Scott Crowston and Parker and Elise Buckley; as well as numerous friends from all around the world who loved her dearly. Maureen was predeceased by her father Wallace Gerald Buckley. A Celebration of Maureen’s Life was held in St. Albert, AB. Memorial donations may be made to the Edmonton Humane Society, 13620-163 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, T5V 0B2 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT & Nunavut, 10985-124 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, T5M 0H9.
BRYANT: Robert (Bob) Clifford Bryant; beloved husband of the late Gert Bryant and father of Kim, Deb, the late Cal and their families; passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014 at the Virden Hospital, Virden, MB at 73 years of age.  A service to celebrate Bob's life will be held at the Miniota Community Hall, Miniota, MB on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 11:00am.  A private interment will take place at the Miniota Cemetery.  For those so desiring, donations may be made in Bob's memory to the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba, 105 - 500 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3X1.  
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
BRIGGS: On July 8, 2014, Ken lost his final battle with pneumonia after several bouts in the last year. Ken was born in Brandon on February 27, 1940 to Henry and Elizabeth Briggs, although he did not meet his own father until his return from WWII. Ken was raised in Brandon, and married Muriel Bridgeman in 1960. They had 4 children, Michelle (Eric), Gary (Joanne), Karen (Rodney) and Sheri (Kevin). Ken became a psychiatric nurse and began his career at the Brandon Mental Health Centre (BMHC). Ken was a hard worker and attained other jobs in addition to his career to help support the family, including real estate, truck driving and moving, etc., often in addition to night shifts at BMHC. In 1974, Ken and the family moved to Reston, MB to begin a new program with the provincial government and he became a community mental health worker. It was designed to be an early intervention and treatment of mental illness in the community with clients in their own homes and communities before they became serious enough to require hospitalization. Because of his work, Ken's family grew up knowing that nobody is immune to mental health issues and gained a deeper understanding of those who are dealing with them. One of the cornerstones of the work was confidentiality, and Ken was exceptional at doing his work and flying under the radar. In 1982, Ken, Muriel, Karen, and Sheri, moved to Hamiota, MB to continue the work. Ken was active at the Hamiota Health Centre in his work and as a volunteer ambulance attendant, and soon was elected to town council. Ken was a member of the Lions Clubs in Reston and Hamiota. Ken enjoyed fishing, air shows, and military history. He was also interested in religion and psychology, and attained a Bachelor’s degree from Brandon University in 1986 after several years of driving to Brandon to attend night classes. Ken continued to work in Hamiota until 1996, and then retired after 36 years of service. He continued to serve on the village council until 2002, when they moved to Brandon. Ken was pre-deceased by Muriel in 2005. He is survived by Michelle and Eric Thiessen, and their children Angie and Craig West, (Erica and Elizabeth), Jeremy and Angie, (Carolyn and Leighton), and Trevor; Gary and Joanne Briggs, and their children Dean and Joel; Karen and Rodney Walliser and their children Landon, Carson and Rachel; and Sheri Briggs (Kevin Choy), who has doubled as Ken’s very dedicated and loving caregiver day in and day out over the last 9 years. A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 3881 Park Avenue, on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Paul Stade officiating. Donations in memory of Ken may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 23-12th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4L6 or to the Fairview Home Fund, 1351-13th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4S6.
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PETERSON: Joy Burdene, November 25, 1926– Milestone, SK, June 26, 2014-Calgary, AB. Mom passed away peacefully at her home in Calgary on Thursday, June 26, 2014. She was born in 1926 in Milestone, Saskatchewan. She was predeceased by her husband Gus Peterson of Brandon in 1992, also her brother, Arlo and sister-in-law Robin Lunde of Moose Jaw, SK. She is survived by her three loving daughters, Brenda and Janice of Calgary, and Wendy (Don) of Nelson, B.C.; her grandchildren Jill (Larry) and Rob (Margie); as well as four lovely great-granddaughters, Sophie, Hannah, Lilla and Emmie, all of Boston MA. A private family Graveside Service at Queen’s Park Cemetery will take place at a later date. Please forward condolences through
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Heritage Funeral Services, “Calgary Crematorium Chapel” Telephone: 403-299-0111.
BRIGGS: Kenneth Walter, beloved husband of the late Muriel Briggs, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the age of 74 years. A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 3881 Park Avenue, on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Paul Stade officiating. Donations in memory of Ken may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 23-12th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4L6 or to the Fairview Home Fund, 1351-13th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4S6. Complete obituary information to follow.
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