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PARKS: With great sorrow we announce that Gary John Parks, born on August 7, 1945, has passed away at BRHC on September 7th, 2009. Gary was raised at Alexander and attended Alexander and Vincent Massey High School. He began working for Manitoba Hydro in 1962. In 1967 at Clear Lake, he met Norma (Lambkin) and they were married in Belmont on August 2, 1969. Two daughters were born while in Winnipeg followed by a move to Thompson in 1973 where Gary worked with Churchill River Diversion. In 1975, he left hydro and returned to farm at Alexander. In 1980, he obtained his Real Estate license and began to work with Jacobson Land Realty in Souris. He continued real estate in Brandon area until 1990 when he became the Regional Director with Realty World Canada for Western Canada, Washington and Oregon. At that time, the family moved to Vancouver until 2004 when Gary retired and returned to Alexander. Upon returning home, Gary worked with his brother Gene at Pipestone Livestock Market and was influential in helping establish the Whitehead Fire Department in 2005. Gary loved life and lived it to the fullest. He played many sports as a young man and was an avid amateur pilot. He was predeceased by his daughter Jaci in 2000, his mother Jean in 2005 and his father Jack in 2006. He is survived by his wife Norma, daughter Kristi (Stan) Cherak, grandchildren Taylor Parks and Ethan Cherak. Brother Gene (Gayle) Parks and nephews Rhett (Chrissy Montsian) and Chad. He is also sadly missed by Uncle Fred (Evelyn) Parks, Aunt Madge Gamley and numerous cousins, family and friends. A Memorial Service was held at the Victoria Inn on Friday, September 11, 2009 with Rev. Dave Maynard officiating. A private family graveside ceremony took place at the Alexander Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Gary may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8.
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HEISE: Arthur “Art” Nelson Heise was born January 19, 1932 and passed away August 8, 2009 at the Hamiota Hospital. Third son of Russel Edwin and Thirza Gertrude (Smith) Heise of Isabella, Art was born on the Heise farm where he continued to live for the greater part of his life until his retirement to Hamiota in 1996. Art was predeceased by his parents and one granddaughter Thirza Yvonne Winstone. He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Margaret (Coutts) Heise and their children Adele (Brian McConkey), Arla (Reed Winstone) and Kendall (Angela Eschenwecker); grandchildren Michelle, Laura and Ian McConkey, Travis, Arden and Hayden Winstone, Karina and Jessica Heise. Also surviving are brothers Dave (Margaret), Doug (Shirley), Lawrence (Lynn) and John (Merle) and brother-in-law Glen (Gaylene) Coutts as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Art attended Isabella School, taking his grade twelve in Hamiota. During his lifetime he was a farmer who enjoyed the challenge and often read the farm papers in order to keep up with new ideas. He was involved with the Isabella United Church acting as secretary-treasurer for many years. For nearly fifty years he was a member of the I.O.O. F. lodge at Miniota. Community activities and organizations received his support. Recreationally, his activities included sports both as an athlete and as a spectator. More recently bowling was enjoyed. When family came to visit, the jigsaw puzzles came out. He had a great compassion for people which showed in his talent for speaking to people and giving their spirits a boost. His family both immediate and extended and his friends were very important to him. Family history as well as community history books were more of his interests but best times of all were family or community gatherings with plenty of good food and lots of opportunities to find out what people were doing and of course some good natured teasing. The celebration of his life took place September 7th with the service at Hamiota United Church at which Barbara Rediker officiated. Interment was at the Isabella cemetery and a time for lunch and greeting friends followed at the Isabella Hall. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota were in charge of arrangements.
ECKBERG: Alice Florence (Moir) Eckberg passed away peacefully on Friday, August 28, 2009 at the Dinsdale Personal Care Home at the age of 97 years. Florence was born July 2, 1912 in Brandon to parents William and Alice Moir. The family moved to the farm at Griswold where she and her siblings grew up and attended school. She was predeceased by her parents and all four siblings, Bill (Barb) Moir, Tom Moir, Bess (Ralph Bailey) and Art (Gert) Moir. She married Arnold (Ollie) Eckberg in 1947 and together they farmed and made their home in the Rapid City area. Florence was active in the Rapid City UCW and the Legion Ladies Auxiliary displaying her talent for baking and sewing. She is fondly remembered by her two sons and their families: Arnie (Margo) Eckberg; granddaughter Karolina (Amanda and Owen) Scott, granddaughter Krista Eckberg and husband Adam Smith. Wayne (Bernadette) Eckberg; grandchildren Kevin (Jackie), Kim, Megan and Ryan, and their families. Additionally she is survived by her sister-in-law Louella Moir of Calgary, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Florence was laid to rest in the Rapid City Cemetery following a service in the Rapid City United Church on Monday, August 31st, 2009 with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating.
DELLER: William (Bill) Deller. Friends of William Deller are invited to join his family for the interment of his ashes in Argyle Cemetery, R.M. of Shoal Lake at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2009. A reception will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the Drop-in Centre in Shoal Lake. Bill was born June 30, 1919 to George Deller and Martha (Hurst) Deller, the fifth child in a family of six. He spent much of his life on the family farm at 5-18-23, then moved to Neepawa, Brandon and latterly Victoria, where he died on September 26, 2008. Husband of May (Turnbull) Deller, and father of Walter, Terri and Ted. Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to OurPlace Society, 919 Pandora Avenue, V8V 3P4.
CLEMIS: Milton Allan Clemis was born on July 21, 1919. His parents were Fred and Violet Clemis from Somerset. He was one of six children, three brothers and two sisters. George, Alex, Minnie, Ralph and Violet. He attended school at Kingsley. After he finished school he farmed with his father and worked as a farm hand for the neighbors. In 1943, he bought a farm south of Glenboro. In 1953, he rented out his farm to his brother Ralph and Milton went to work in Winnipeg, for Olgovies (the flour mill) and later Elgin as a farm hand. While Milton lived in Winnipeg he enjoyed going to evening baseball games. One thing few people knew about Milton was that he loved to dance. He took lessons while he lived in Winnipeg and became so adept that he eventually became an instructor. From 1961 to 1967, Milton returned to farm his land. In 1967, he sold his farm and travelled extensively throughout 22 of the United States. He would work in Canada during the summer as a farm hand and in the winter he would pick up odd jobs as he travelled through the states. He had many interesting stories to tell about his travels. As he got older he spent his time working in Canada and bought a house trailer in Hartney. In 1995, he moved his house trailer to Souris and retired there. Milton loved his daily walk downtown to pick up his mail, groceries and do his banking. He made many day trips to Winnipeg and enjoyed seeing movies. After years of living on his own, Milton was a very good cook and baker. He always had a cake ready for company. Milton also knew how to sew and knit. In 2007, Milton began to have health problems that made it hard for him to live on his own and he moved into the Souris Personal Care Home. They said he was always ready with a smile and a laugh. Even after moving into the Souris Personal Care Home, Milton loved to follow the current news events pertaining to farming. He was always a farmer at heart. The staff there said he was one of their favorite residents and will be greatly missed. Milton Allan Clemis passed away on August 22, 2009, at the Souris Personal Care Home at the age of 90. Milton is survived by his sister, Violet Hamilton, sisters-in-law, Pauline Clemis and Shirley Clemis, and numerous nieces and nephews. Milton was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Violet, brothers, George, Alex, Ralph and sister, Minnie Evans, brothers-in-law, Stewart Hamilton and George Evans, niece, Heather Pilloud. Donations can be made to the Souris Personal Care Home - Sun Room Fund.
CARTON (Stroh): Barbara, at the age of 85 years, beloved wife of the late Byron Carton, mother of Ken and Dianne, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the Rideau Park Personal Care Home on Friday, September 4, 2009. Barb was born on February 8, 1924 in Vibank, Saskatchewan. She had seven brothers and two sisters. Barbara married Byron Carton on June 1, 1946 in Regina, Saskatchewan. The family moved around a lot as Dad was in the Armed Forces. They resided in various locations in Canada and spent five years in Germany prior to coming to Brandon in 1960. Mom loved music, dancing, cooking, gardening, sewing, knitting, crocheting, playing cards, and entertaining everyone with her unique yodeling. Mom especially loved spending time at the cabin in Clear Lake with Dad. Barb was predeceased by her husband Byron in 1976, brothers Pius (Emma), Andrew (Ethel), Leo (Helen) and sister Sally (Tracey). Mom will be lovingly missed by her family: son Ken Carton and his wife Valerie of Brandon, their children Kristy Liston (Kacey) and the great-grandsons Aiden and Parker of Minot, ND, Kolby Carton (Pam) of Brandon; daughter Dianne Labay and her husband Wayne of Brandon, their children Cori Labay (Mark) of Brandon, Stacie Labay (Hatem) and great-?granddaughter Mackenzie of Brandon, and Whitney Labay (Jesse) of Brandon. Mom is also remembered by her sister Rose (Pete), and brothers Bill (Hilda), Wendel (Leona), Len (Dianne), and Bert (Jeanne). A private family graveside service was held September 11, 2009 with Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiating. The family wishes to thank the staff at Rideau Park Personal Care Home for the excellent care that Barb received as a resident there. Flowers are gratefully declined.
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BASARABA: Lawrence Orest Basaraba passed away at his residence on Monday, September 7, 2009 at the age of 69 years. Lawrence was born in Ethelbert, Manitoba on June 9, 1940. He successfully completed trade school in autobody which led to his lifetime trade. Lawrence married Livia Kornyk in September 1962 and resided in Dauphin, later moving to Mississauga where he worked for the Ford Factory. He was employed as a Bodyman in Thunder Bay and spent several hours of overtime working in his garage to raise his family. Thirteen years later, he moved to Brandon where he continued his trade until his retirement. Within the years, he still had time to own a car lot, “Heritage Motors.” Lawrence enjoyed cars, playing the guitar and listening to Ukrainian music. He enjoyed weekend hockey tournaments with his boys and was very devoted to his family and grandchildren. Lawrence is survived by his wife Livia, sons Arnold, Ronald, Wayne and Rick, nine grandchildren and sister Stella Yoannidis. He was predeceased by his parents Mike and Sophie Basaraba, three brothers and four sisters. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, September 14, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. with Arlene Robertson officiating. Interment will take place at the Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin, MB at a later date. Donations in memory of Lawrence may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7.
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STAPLES: Wilfred Fowler Staples 1915-2009, passed away suddenly and peacefully at his home in Brandon on 7th September, 2009, in his 95th year. Wilf was born at the family home in the Hullett District, RM of Turtle Mountain, Manitoba on the 25th March, 1915. He was the youngest and last survivor of thirteen children born to Robert and Mary (Latimer) Staples, coming after Myrtle, Charlotte, Edna, Vona, Clarence, Alma, Isabel, Eva, Jack, Cecil, Dora and Viola. As was often the case in those years, his education at the Hullett School was interrupted by the demands of planting and harvest, and he helped on the family farm until they moved to Regina in 1947. His early accomplishments included playing the violin and he and his father often performed at country dances. In Regina he worked for McGavins Bakery and the Saskatchewan Transportation Company, often juggling two jobs simultaneously. He would rise at 3:00 a.m. to work a shift in the bakery, then finish the day at the bus depot. After retirement he lived in Regina and Killarney, but finally settled in Brandon, with his friend and partner Irma Johnson. There he spent the last 12 years of his life; sole parent to one small dog after Irma died in 2005, but in the company of supportive neighbours and friends. His close friends across the street, Evelyn and Gordon Ratz, helped him in many ways to live alone and maintain his independence in his later years. He is survived by one sister-in-law, Ann Staples, several nephews and nieces, their families, and by many good friends. Wilfred’s ashes will be buried in the Killarney Cemetery and a graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, 11th September. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the charity of your choice. Following internment there will be a reception at the Killarney United Church CE Centre where friends and family can celebrate a life well lived, filled with hard work, zest and humor. Funeral arrangements are by Brockie-Donovan Funeral Home in Brandon and Killarney Funeral Home. Please access their web sites for further details and condolences.
PARKS: Mr. Gary J. Parks of Alexander, Manitoba, beloved husband of Norma, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, September 7, 2009 at the age of 64 years. A Memorial Service for family and friends will be held at the Victoria Inn (Salon 1, 2 & 3), 3550 Victoria Avenue, on Friday, September 11, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Dave Maynard officiating. A private family graveside ceremony at the Alexander Cemetery will take place prior to the service. If friends desire, memorial donations in memory of Gary may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8. Complete obituary information to follow.
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MILLAR: Donald "Don" Keith Millar, age 71, beloved husband of Donna Millar, died September 8, 2009, at his home, Waskada, Manitoba. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 11, 2009Waskada United Church, Waskada, Manitoba, 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Waskada Lions Club or the Manitoba Heart & Stroke Fund. Interment Waskada Cemetery, Waskada, Manitoba.
Messages of condolence may be made at
Smith Funeral Home (204) 747-2088.
JAGO: Marjorie Arlene Jago of Reston, passed away at the Souris Health Centre on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at the age of 79. She was predeceased by her parents: Oscar & Francis (Pape) Nixon; husband Ken; sister Virgina Skalicky; brother Donald Nixon; five sisters-in-law: Edith Cranfield, Ethel Jago, Joan Jago, Bessie Jago and Marina Jago; six brothers-in-law: Jake Hildebrand, Ernie Jago, Jim Jago, Lorne Jago, Bill Jago and Keith Cranfield also two nephews: Wayne Hildebrand and Lyle Jago. Marj is survived by her daughter Vicki (Doug) Naughton of Woodnorth; 2 sons: Bryon of Pipestone and Don (Marilyn) of Brandon; nine grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; sister Corliss Hildebrand of Carrot River, Saskatchewan.; two sisters-in-law: Isabel Nixon of Lanigan, SK, and Ruth Jago of Virden; 4 brothers-in-law: Cecil (Martha) Jago of Reston, Sid (Dorothy) Jago of Reston, George (Donna) Jago of Reston and Ray Skalicky of Carrot River, Saskatchewan. A service to celebrate Marj’s life will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 2:00 pm from the Reston Cemetery, Reston, MB. with Reverend Dwight Rutherford officiating. Donations may be given to the Souris Health Centre Palliative Care Fund G/D Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home, Melita 522-3361. To send condolences or special memories to the family, please visit:
GWILT: Olive Gwilt, beloved wife of Gordon Gwilt entered into rest on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at the age of 72 years. Funeral service will take place on Friday, September 11, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in White’s Funeral Chapel Neepawa, Manitoba. Interment to follow in Riverside Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. White’s Funeral Home Neepawa- Carberry in care of arrangements. 476-2848.
BASARABA: Lawrence Basaraba passed away at his residence on Monday, September 7, 2009 at the age of 69 years. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, September 14, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. with Arlene Robertson officiating. Interment will take place at the Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin, Manitoba at a later date. Donations in memory of Lawrence may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7. Complete obituary information to follow. Messages of condolence may be placed at
WILSON: Grace Elizabeth Wilson of Russell, Manitoba passed away September 7, 2009 at the Russell and District Personal Care Home at the age of 84 years. The funeral service will be held Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from the Knox United Church, Russell. Interment will be at Russell Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Remembrances and condolences may be forwarded to
Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell, Manitoba in care of arrangements.
DILLER: Marion passed away at Central Park Lodge, Brandon, Manitoba on September 6, 2009. Marion was born on November 13, 1916 in Oakner, Manitoba and lived in Brandon for most of her adult life. She was predeceased by her husband, Leonard, her brother, Jack Anderson, her sisters, Alma Henson and Sylva Sawchuk, her brothers-in-law, Bill Henson and Paul Sawchuk and her sisters-in-law, Ada Anderson, Queenie Hanson and Marjorie Patterson. She will be lovingly remembered by her sons and daughters-in-law, Barry and Darlene and Clive and Jenny, and by her treasured grandchildren - Ainsley (Ken Privat), Jodi (Joe Laba), Cher (Jason Strohan), Kim and Chris and great-grandchildren, Dalton Laba, Devyn Laba and Alexis Privat. Her brother, Bill Anderson and sister-in-law, Helen Hinn and many nieces and nephews also survive. A private graveside service will take place at a later date. The family wishes to thank the staff at Central Park for the excellent care that Marion received as a resident there and for the compassion and concern that they offered to her and family members in the days preceding her death. Flowers are gratefully declined.
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