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STEPHENS:Sadly the family announce the passing of Herbert John Stephens, Hamiota formerly Cardale on December 30, 2009 at the Hamiota District Health Centre. Herb was born May 13, 1918. Herb’s Mother passed away when he was two days old, and he was raised by his Dad with the help of Alma Abram. Herb and his Dad were very close, living in the same yard, and working side by side on the farm. Together they built a very successful dairy farming operation. Their registered Ayrshire cattle won many ribbons and trophies at fairs in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. A highlight was to have a bull chosen to attend the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto in the 60’s. Herb was also a well known cattle judge at many fairs. Herb had a quiet, non-assuming, considerate way about him. He was a non-judgemental person who accepted people at face value and always saw the good in everyone and every situation. In Herb’s words, “Things are as good as you make them.” He always had time to stop and talk, and enjoyed time spent with family and friends. Herb’s first love was his family. He spent countless hours with his children teaching them how to handle cattle and horses. He was an excellent cattleman and knew just how to handle all animals. Community was important to Herb. He served on the school board and as a director of the Hamiota Coop for many years. Herb loved to curl and was a member of the Cardale Curling Club for many years. As his family grew up, Herb became involved in their activities. He helped coach and manage several of Bruce’s hockey and ball teams. He helped start the Oak River Dairy 4H club and was a leader for many years. In 1980, Herb and Laura sold their farm to daughter Melva and her husband Wayne Ramsey and they retired to Hamiota. Here Herb enjoyed keeping his yard immaculate, taking up curling again, as well as the sport of golf. He golfed daily with his new circle of friends. In 2004, Herb and Laura moved to Lilac Residence, where he resided till October 2009, when he entered hospital. A family graveside service was held January 14, 2010 with Reverend Tim Crouch officiating. Following the service a gathering of family and friends was held at the Hamiota Community Center. Herb was predeceased by his beloved wife Laura (nee Henry) in 2005, son-in-law Mel Smith, great grandson Brendon Metcalf, his parents Jack and Chrissie Stephens, parents-in-law John and Winnifred Henry, and his brothers in-laws, and his sisters in-laws. Herb is survived by his children, Barb (Wayne) McConnell, Mavis Smith, Bruce (Vicki) Stephens, Melva (Wayne) Ramsey, and Cherri (Ryan) Whelpton. Also left to cherish his memory are 13 grandchildren, Jacquie (Marlin) Metcalf, Tamara (Grady) Woodward, Brad (Stephanie) McConnell, Julie (Brian) Martinussen, Jody (Kevin) Kirk, Curtis (Becky) Smith, Mitchell Stephens (Diane Meskill), Erin Stephens (Clint Waldon), Carrie Ramsey (Darren Rozdeba), Robbin (Corey) Anderson, Matthew (Sarah) Ramsey, Angie and Darren Whelpton. Also cherishing Herb’s memory are 21 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Friends so wishing may make a donation in Herb’s memory to a charity of their choice. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota were in care of arrangements.(866) 620-2744
VANDENDORPE: Herta Mary Vandendorpe of Deloraine, Manitoba passed away December 6, 2009 at the Deloraine Hospital. Herta was born August 19, 1924, to Rene and Octavie Dekeyser in Itchetchem, Belgium. Herta and her Mother came to Canada in 1928 to join her Dad who had come over to work in 1927. They eventually settled in the Waskada and Medora areas, where two more sisters and two more brothers were born. Herta married Orval Vanmackelbergh on October 19, 1949 and had a family of five, Judith, Ronald, Linda, Katherine and Gerald. They lived in the Otter district. Orval passed away very suddenly on March 7, 1960 leaving a young wife and family. Herta continued to raise her family on the farm. On November 23, 1968, Herta and Albert Vandendorpe were married and lived on the farm until 1973 when they moved to Deloraine. Herta worked at the Deloraine Hospital until her retirement in 1989. Herta was an active volunteer in the community belonging to many organizations, only naming a few: O.O.R.P. (over 40 years), CWL, Deloraine Game & Fish, Lukkenfest (baking thousands of cookies), Legion Auxiliary, and many others. Her willingness to involve herself in the community causes would earn her recognition from the Province of Manitoba. Herta was predeceased by her parents, Rene and Octavie Dekeyser; her first husband Orval; grandson, Bradley Vanmackelbergh; sister-in-law, Ilene Dekeyser; brothers- in-law, Henry Voth, Rene LeRoux and Norman Vandendorpe; and mother and father-in-law, Gerry and Madeline Vandendorpe. Left to cherish her memories are her husband of 41 years, Albert; children, Judy Richardson (Gary), Ron (Brenda), Linda Hartel (Barry), Kathy Ginter (Don) and Gerry (Wendy); her thirteen grandchildren and her fourteen great-grandchildren. Also her sisters, Hilda Teetaert (Harry) and Alice Voth; brothers, Maurice Dekeyser (Louise) and Bill Dekeyser (Sheila); and brother and sisters-in-law, Irene Mosset, Alice LeRoux, Yvonne Vandendorpe, and Dorothy and Cliff Truscott; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on December 9, 2009 at St. Antoninus Catholic Church with Father Michael Nwosu officiating. Pallbearers were nephews, Rene and Don Teetaert, Tony and Kevin Dekeyser and Ken and Gordon Voth. Interment was in the Deloraine Catholic Cemetery.
Rest in peace,You will always be in our hearts.
Smith Funeral Home, Deloraine entrusted with arrangements.
EDWARDS: George Robert, formerly of Brandon, Manitoba passed away January 12, 2010, at the Personal Care Home in Fort St. John, British Columbia. Funeral to be held at Fort St. John, British Columbia. Arrangements pending.
KIDD: Kenneth “Ken” Gordon. It is with heavy hearts and much sorrow that the family announces the passing of their beloved father and grandfather, Ken, on January 10, 2010. Ken was born in Brandon on March 31, 1929. He married Hazel (née Calen) in 1951 and raised three sons. Ken was predeceased by his wife Hazel and his brother Murray. Ken is survived by his sons Larrie (Lynda) of Onanole, Warren (Irene) of Nanaimo, Kirk (Rita) of Kelowna; grandchildren Michael, Kevin, Stephanie, Steven, Allison, Victoria and Conner. Ken is also survived by his brother Raymond, niece Shannon and by his girlfriend, Chris Bradford. Ken worked on a farm in Crandall as a young man then moved back to Brandon and worked for an oil company. Later, he worked for Husky Oil, CPR Transport and Modern Dairies. Ken spent many happy hours at Clear Lake fishing and visiting with friends. A time of visitation for family and friends will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, January 18, 2010 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The Funeral Service will follow in the Chapel at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Jeff Robinson of Hilltop Baptist Church, Erickson, Manitoba, officiating. Interment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens.
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WATSON: Dr. Lorne Watson died peacefully at Grace Hospice on January 10, 2010. He is survived by his long-time partner, Robert J. Gardner; niece, Mrs. Suzanne Hyatt (Leamington) and nephew, David Ferris (London). Lorne was a distinguished Canadian musician whose activities as pianist, teacher, examiner, festival adjudicator and workshop clinician took him coast to coast. Beginning in 1948 as Director of Music at what was then Brandon College (Brandon, Man.), in 1967 he became Director of the School of Music, Brandon University until 1981 when he became supervisor of its conservatory. In 1988 he was honoured on his 40th anniversary at Brandon by the naming of the hall at the Queen Elizabeth II Music building, the Lorne Watson Recital Hall. In 1993 he retired and moved to Winnipeg where he continued to teach at his home studio. In 1994 he was named Professor Emeritus of the School of Music of Brandon University. Born in Leamington, Ontario, Lorne began violin studies at age 5 and piano at 6. In 1936 he obtained the Associateship Diploma (Piano Performance) of the Toronto conservatory Music. In 1938, following an audition with conservatory’s Principal, Sir Ernest MacMillan, he was awarded a first-year scholarship. At the Conservatory his teachers included Ernest Seitz (piano) and Healey Willan (composition). In 1941 he was awarded the L.T.C.M. diploma with the conservatory gold medal. His piano studies continued with a scholarship to study piano with Rosalyn Tureck in New York. In 1942 he joined the RCAF later becoming a radar and signals officer. On discharge he enrolled at the University of Toronto where he graduated in 1948 with a B.A. (Honours Music). This is when he was recommended for the position at Brandon University. His later music study continued with a graduate fellowship to New York University where he obtained the degree M.A. (Major of Musicology). In 1961 a Canada Council fellowship took him to Indiana University where he studied with Gyorgy Sebok and obtained the degree Doctor Music (Piano). Dr. Watson’s interest in artistic organizations began in the early 50’s when he became vice-president of the MRMTA and later its president. In the following years be became president of the MMEA, CUMS and CMFAA, and has acted on such national executives as the Canadian Music council, the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, the Kodaly Institute of Canada, Jeunesses Musicales du Canada and I.S.M.E, (Canada) Committee. Locally he had been a board member of the Winnipeg Symphony, the Eckhardt-Gramatte Foundation, and president of the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts. In 1996 he was recognized for his work in the arts (Education and Communication) by being awarded the Province of Manitoba Prix. He was made honorary life member of the M.R.M.T.A., the M.M.E.A. and the C.M.F.A.A. Dr. Watson was a student and colleague of S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatte who spent the last years of her life (1953 – 1974) in Winnipeg. She was the inspiration behind the music competition which bears her name. The E-gre competition began at Brandon University in 1976 and has continued to today. For its first 20 years Dr. Watson was its artistic director. Interment has taken place, and a memorial reception will be held between 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 17 at the Thomson “In the Park” Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd. Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, those interested are invited to make a donation to the School of Music of Brandon University or to a charity of their choice. Thomson “In the Park” 925-1120.
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GAAB: Mrs. Mary Gaab of Brandon passed away at her residence, Fairview Home, on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at the age of 95 years. Prayers will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, January 18, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. with Deacon John MacKenzie officiating. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. James Ahaneku as Celebrant. A private interment will take place at the Elphinstone Cemetery at a later date. Donations in memory of Mary 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
STOREY: Jeanette Evelyn passed away suddenly on January 1, 2010 at home in Brandon. Jeanette was born on April 2, 1948 in Neepawa, Manitoba. She was the only daughter of the late George Halton and Evelyn Rosalie McGorman. Jeanette loved to meet and chat with new people. She worked many years in public service businesses. She was a hairdresser in B.C. She worked at Westman Nursing Home in Virden, the Keystone Centre in Brandon and recently giving out food samples in the local Brandon grocery stores. Jeanette always cherished the times she could go for coffee or out for lunch with old friends and relatives. She loved to plant her flowers in the spring and watch them grow, spend weekends and holidays at the cottage in Sandy Lake and to see and visit with her grandchildren. Jeanette is survived by husband Darwin of Brandon, her son Troy (Colleen) Mutch of Neepawa, her son Kent Mutch of London, England, her brother Stu (Fran) McGorman of Brandon and her granddaughters Megan, Katie and Marissa of Neepawa. She also left to mourn many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. A family celebration of Jeanette’s life was held on Saturday January 9, 2010 at White’s Funeral Chapel in Neepawa, Manitoba and officiated by Rev. Alan Armstrong. Interment was at the Riverside Cemetery. Memory donations may be given to a charity of your choice.
BAILLIE: Mrs. Evan Baillie died at Virden, Manitoba on January 6, 2010 at the age of 88 years. Mellissa Dorothy Baillie was born on October 07, 1921 in the farm home of her parents, Maude and Andrew Bell, located south of Harding, Manitoba. She and her only sibling, a dearly loved brother, Gordon, grew up happily on the farm and attended the rural school Education Point #327. In spite of the devastating depression, her parents somehow managed to send her to high school. She graduated from Grade 12 from Hamiota in 1940, winning a scholarship which enabled her to attend Brandon Normal school. She taught at Lothair school near Rivers until her marriage to Clarence Evan Baillie of St. David district north of Oak Lake, Manitoba, in January of 1943. While Evan served overseas during the Second World War, Dorothy taught at Petrol, Errol and Deleau schools. In 1946, they moved to Flin Flon and in 1958, they moved to Snow Lake where they lived for 19 years. They loved the north. Together, they enjoyed their summer homes on Little Athapapa and Tramping lakes, the boating and fishing. These were busy years as the Baillies were very much involved in the community. Dorothy taught for 13 years in the Snow Lake school. She was always interested in dramatic presentations and directed many plays and operettas. Dorothy especially enjoyed curling, and served the curling club in many ways, including President. She was Treasurer for the music Festival Association. For 16 consecutive years, was Treasurer for the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Her services were recognized in many ways including, a Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 1977, Evan and Dorothy retired to Oak Lake, where they enjoyed 12 happy years together. Here at various times, Dorothy served as Treasurer of the Oak Lake Ambulance and served as Vice President Secretary and as President of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Branch # 79. Most recently she received her 50-year medal. Dorothy also served as the Legion Ladies Zone 22 Deputy Zone Commander and as Zone Commander for 10 years, as well as President of the Newspaper Board and Vice President of the Oakview Seniors club. Evan and Dorothy loved to travel by trailer or motorhome. Over the years they traveled across Canada and the U.S.A. many times and spent several winters in Arizona. Following Evan's sudden death, Dorothy was devastated but continued to live in their home in Oak Lake.She was grateful for the help of many neighbors during these difficult years and for the support of the small caring community of Oak Lake. Dorothy spent many hours observing and learning about birds. She and Evan monitored a bluebird nestline for 10 years. The birds, the garden and her needlework were her joys in her life. She loved to sing and during the later years in Oak Lake she was grateful for the fellowship afforded by the Community Choir and the United Church Choir. A Celebration of Dorothy’s Life will be held at the Oak Lake United Church, Oak Lake, Manitoba, on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Craig Miller officiating. A reception will follow at the Legion Hall. Interment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens at a later date. Donations in memory of Dorothy may be made to the Oak Lake United Church, Box 89, Oak Lake, Manitoba, R0M 1P0. Messages of condolence may be placed at
DOUGLASS: Mrs. Margaret Douglass of Brandon passed away at her residence, Fairview Home, on Monday, January 11, 2010 at the age of 83 years. In keeping with Margaret’s wishes, a funeral service will be held in the Toronto area at a later date. Messages of condolence may be placed at
GAMEY: Olive Beatrice Mae Gamey of Strathclair, Manitoba passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at the Hamiota Health Centre at the age of 94 years. Olive is survived by her son Brent and wife Barb Gamey of Winnipeg and two grandchildren: Garret and Jaclyn. A graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from the Strathclair Cemetery with Rev. Tim Crouch officiating. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Strathclair Rink Management, c/o P.O. Box 65, Strathclair, Manitoba R0J 2C0.
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Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of the arrangements, (204) 759-2160.
JANZ: Audrey Janz, age 86, beloved wife of the late Vic Janz died on January 12, 2010 at the Bayside Personal Care Home, Killarney, Manitoba. In accordance with family wishes a private service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Killarney & District Foundation (Re: Sports) Killarney, Manitoba, R0K 1G0. Interment Baldur Cemetery
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Killarney Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.
MATHISON:Kenneth Clark Mathison of Hamiota, MB; beloved husband of Doris and father of Dienna (Dean) McConnell, Maureen (Mike) Fisher, Tanis (Michael) Dubois, Terri (Mel) McLaughlin; passed away on Friday, January 8, 2010 at the Hamiota District Health Centre in his 77th year. A service to celebrate his life will be held at the Hamiota United Church, Hamiota, MB, on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Interment to take place at Hamiota Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Ken’s memory to the Celiac Association, Westman Chapter, Box 541, Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0, or to the Hamiota United Church Memorial Fund, Hamiota, Manitoba, R0M 0T0, or to the Hamiota District Health Centre Foundation, Box 671, Hamiota, Manitoba, R0M 0T0.
Messages of condolence to the Mathison family can be sent at Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota in care of arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
BERTRAM: Jean Munroe Bertram of Minnedosa, Manitoba passed away on January 9, 2010 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home at the age of 95 years. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church (United Service) Minnedosa, Manitoba. Interment will take place at the Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations may be made to Minnedosa United Church Building Fund. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
FLORENCE Helen Arason (nee Yeo). Passed away at the Glenboro Health Centre on Friday January 8, 2010 at the age of 81 years, Florence Helen Arason (nee Yeo), of Cypress River, Manitoba. Florence leaves to mourn her passing her children Vivian (Dave) Boone of Calgary Alta., Marvin (Shelley) Arason of Cypress River, three grandchildren Katie, Kristine and Josh (Breanne), sisters- in-law Winona Yeo and Helen Arason of Cypress River as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Florence was predeceased by her husband Bryan (1996), son Bruce (1976), parents Bert (1989) and Maggie Yeo (1960) and by a brother Russel Yeo (2009). Funeral services will be held on Wednesday January 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm in the Cypress River United Church with Rev. Mike Williams officiating. Interment to follow in the Glencoe Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memoriams may be made in Florence’s memory to the Cypress River & Area Foundation or to the Cypress River Senior Centre, Cypress River, Maniba, R0K 0P0.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Services of Glenboro in care of arrangements. 827-2480.
GAAB: Mrs. Mary Gaab of Brandon passed away at her residence, Fairview Home, on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at the age of 95 years. Arrangements are pending with Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, 727-0694.
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