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CAMPBELL: James. Jim passed away peacefully at The Brandon Regional Health Centre on November 26, 2009 at the age of 78 after a brave battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Bill and Anne Campbell, sister, Doreen Sutton, brother-in-law Jim Sutton, brother Maurice and grandson Kristopher Campbell. He leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife Eva, sons Kerry (Carrie-Lee), Bill (LeeAnne), grandchildren Kerry Jr. (Teresa) of Charlottetown, P.E.I., Karissa Deg (Brendon), Leah Campbell (Cory Sobchuk), PJ Campbell (friend Des), step-grandchildren Karlie Boultbee and William Wright, great granddaughter, Marlee and great grandson Jaxon. Many nieces, nephews and cousins both in Canada and Great Britain also mourn Jim's passing. Jim was born in Brandon in March of 1931 and has worked in construction in and around Brandon all his life. He worked for his father, W.W.Campbell Contracting right out of school. He then branched out on his own with partner, Wylie Hay installing sewer and water in smaller towns throughout Manitoba. Minnedosa, Russell, Souris, St. Lazare and Gimli werebut a few of the areas he worked in. Needless to say, he spent a lot of time away from his home and family during these years, but always tried to make up for it on weekends and during the winter months. The construction company continued to grow, and later when Wylie Hay retired, Harry Cochrane, a civil engineer, joined the company which became C & C Construction Ltd. on 13th Street in Brandon. C & C Rentals was opened as well. Son Kerry joined the firm in 1974 and shortly after that, the company moved to its present location, 2210 Park Avenue. Jim was a past partner in the Elkhorn Ranch Resort at Clear Lake, the founder of, and at the time of his passing, a partner in Trails West Inn in Brandon. The Brandon Chamber of Commerce honored Jim in 2007 with The Business Builder Award. Jim was always interested in sports, as a teenager playing hockey with Central Vics and later in life, as a goalie for The Reston Rockets. He was an avid water skier, spending hours training himself as well as his two sons, at Sandy Lake and Minnedosa. He skied competitively and also judged at the local, Provincial and National levels. He was a Past President of The Canadian Water Ski Association, The Manitoba Water Ski Association and The Mallard Ski Club; a lifetime member of this club and The Brandon Ski Club. Jim also enjoyed downhill skiing, spending endless hours with his family at Glenarky ski hill in Brandon. Jim was a member of The Brandon Boys Pipe Band which later became the 26th Field Reg. Band, as well as The Brandon Lions Club. He unfortunately had to give up the latter because of work commitments. A great believer in "giving back" to his community, Jim was very involved with the Central Community Center, serving as president, and later donated countless volunteer hours to the East End Community Center. Jim was elected to The Brandon City Council, spending two terms as an Alderman. The construction of Curran Park, implementation of a bid depository system and extended shopping hours were just a few of his "pet projects". He was also a proud member of Masonic Lodge #19 and the Brandon Shrine Club. He so enjoyed his work with the lodge and was so disappointed when his loss of hearing prevented him from attending meetings; a member of the Brandon Flying Club, a charter member of The Air Museum and enjoyed flying his own plane all over the country for many years. Jim was a great supporter of the Westman Dreams forKids, helping faithfully any way he could at fundraising and volunteering at many events. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion #3, always enjoying his fellow members and good times at their meat draws. Although much of Jim's time was spent in construction, he always had a passion for working with wood. He built the first home he and Eva lived in after their marriage and spent countless hours building and repairing things for all his children and grandchildren. So, it was natural that in retirement, Jim took up the art of wood carving. He trained under the tutelage of some master carvers in Texas and Missouri and as a result has left a legacy of beautiful art pieces for his family and friends. Jim was a very hard worker and never expected his employees to do anything he wasn't prepared to do himself. He could always find time to help anyone in need and will be sorely missed by his family and many friends alike who could always rely on Jimmie for help. His children, grandchildren and his two great-grandbabies were his pride and joy. He spent many happy times with his family at Brandosa Beach, Minnedosa and lastly at the family cottage at Sandy Lake. He spent his winters for the last 25 years in Texas where he made many friends through his carving. Just over a year ago, Jim began to have health problems, undergoing surgery in January for stomach cancer. Unfortunately, his heart was not strong enough to withstand chemotherapy and as a result, the cancer returned. We have lost a wonderful and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend. He leaves us all with a legacy of many happy memories. We loved him so and he will be sorely missed. We all, individually and collectively, will miss a very great man. Jim passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, November 26, 2009 with his family by his side. The funeral took place in Central United Church on Monday, November 30, 2009 with Reverend Edmund Mielke officiating. Urn Bearer was Kerry Campbell Jr. Interment followed in Brandon Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made at Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
BUDINSKI: The death of Frank Tony Budinski of Brandon, dear father of Doreen, Jerry and Frank Jr., occurred in the city on Tuesday, December 15, 2009. A time of visitation will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Sunday, December 20, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. The Funeral Ceremony will be held at Memories Chapel, on Monday, December 21, 2009 at 2:00 pm. The Rev. Chris Arthur will officiate. Interment will follow in theBrandon cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Frank to a charity of their choice. Complete obituary information will follow.Expressions of sympathy may be made at Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
ALEXANDER: Mrs. Avice Marie Alexander passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, December 17, 2009. The Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. with Susan Lesueur of Southminster Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Avice may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8. Complete obituary information to follow.
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BAIRD: May (nee Kjelgren) passed away at her home in Elgin, Manitoba on December 17, 2009. May was born in Nut Mountain, Saskatchewan on December 19, 1925. During her life she had many hobbies. May was an avid curler in her youth and still was a big fan of curling. May was predeceased by her husband Jim, parents Olaf and Severina Kjelgren, her brother and sisters. May will loving be remembered by her son Don (Rose) Baird,daughter Evelyn (Bob) Miller, grandchildren: Gail, Kathy, Jackie and Ginny; great- grandchildren: Dawson, Kaia, Madison, Jordis, Davin, Ethan, Alyssa and Kennedy; She will also be missed be her very special pet Missy. At May’s request a private family graveside service will be held at the Elgin Cemetery at a later date. Mom, you have made our world a better place. Thank you for being our Mom. In lieu of flowers, in memory of May donations may be made to the Salvation Army or to the Brandon Humane Society. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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ATKINSON: Ruth Edna. With deep sadness, the family announces the death of Ruth Atkinson, age 88 years on Friday, December 18, 2009 at Valleyview Care Centre. Viewing will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North, on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 p.m. and prior to the service. The Funeral Service will take place at Memories Chapel, on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Ruth may be made to Funds for Furry Friends, #208 - 740 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0K9. Complete obituary information will follow. Expressions of sympathy may be made Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
BELCHER: Thomas Belcher. Three years after surviving a major heart attack and the declining health that followed, Thomas Belcher died on December 9, 2009, in Minnedosa, Manitoba. Tom was born at the homestead in the Merridale District of Manitoba on November 25, 1921 to Harold and Betsy (Poyser) Belcher. He was the sixth child in the family of eight. When the family moved to Bield District he began his schooling at Bield where the children were transported in a horse-drawn van. He enlisted in the Air Force in the fall of 1941 and after his discharge four years later he took the two year Diploma course in Agriculture at the University of Manitoba. From 1947-48 he worked at the Experimental farm in Summerland, B.C. and then at lumber camps until he bought his first farm in the Veterans Land Project at Birch River, Manitoba in 1949. He met Irene Wilson in 1948 at Summerland and they were married in 1954. In 1964 he sold the Birch River farm and bought an undeveloped section of land near Glenella, Manitoba. At first he had a few sheep and a goat to milk but soon after, acquired a few cattle. By the time of his retirement he had built up a herd of purebred Charolais. Tom and Irene retired to Brandon in the spring of 1991 where Tom welcomed the opportunity to be on a baseball team, as he had been in his youth. He enjoyed contributing his energies to Seniors for Seniors until his hearing began to fail. In the Brandon years there were many special times with his children and grandchildren. He was able to travel in the States, Manitoba, Ontario, BC, and had two trips of adventure while visiting relatives in Australia and New Zealand. He had a warm and close relationship with all his brothers and sisters and enjoyed many Belcher family gatherings and visits with Irene’s family. Gardening remained a passion with him as he cultivated and planted every corner of the Brandon lot. Tom was a keen observer of nature and noticed and valued every bird and flower. He inspired others with his zest for life and his appreciation of every living thing. He liked to take something that was nothing and make it useful. His “bikeshop” in his garage in Brandon brought him a great deal of satisfaction. There were always children asking for Tom and his skills, and Tom enjoying who they were, being patient and generous, yet always making sure that they had earned whatever it was they’d come for --giving them also that little bit of extra learning, confidence and work ethic whether they liked it or not. In the off-season he kept busy with various crafts. Basket-weaving suited him well because of the many walks by the river as he gathered materials, and because he was able to share his skills with others. When the city began to grow and surround them, Tom and Irene moved to an acreage near Minnedosa in the fall of 2006. Here Tom joyfully returned to his roots. He was a true pioneer and this was his third “homestead”. He believed it was a virtue to live a simple and healthful life. He had a very independent spirit and had strong convictions on any current topic. In the last years he revealed his love for music and poetry as he shared his many happy memories. Tom was predeceased by his parents; brothers Jim Belcher and John Belcher; sisters Phoebe Murchison, Anne Adam, and Rose Dykstra. He is survived by his wife Irene Belcher (nee Wilson); children Alta (Ken) Fedak, Audrey (Dave) Clempson and Gregory Belcher; grandchildren Chris, Shari, and Erin Fedak, and Paul Clempson; brother Bill (Winifred) Belcher and sister Nellie Rusk. Cremation has taken place and the Funeral Service will be held at a later date. Clarke’s Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of arrangements.
JACKSON: Helen Jackson passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the age of 80 at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, December 9th, 2009. Helen was born in Portage la Prairie on June 14th, 1929 to Cecil and Jean (Mark) Wilson. She was the eldest of five children and attended school at Paulson and Makinak. Following high school Helen trained as a teacher at Normal School and taught at Renver MB Married to Rosco James Jackson on June 18th, 1947, they moved to Chicago, Illinois where Ross was employed. Three children were born there, Patrick, Jim, and Barbara- Jean. A serious accident left Ross in ill health and the young family moved home to Canada in 1956 where two more children, Deborah and Karen, completed the family. Mom returned to school in 1965 graduating as a Licensed Practical Nurse from Red River Community College. She put her nursing skills to good use over the next 30+ years working at Dauphin General Hospital, Dauphin Clinic and lastly, at St. Paul’s Home where she retired from in 1992. Throughout her nursing career she served the Manitoba Association of Licensed Practical Nurses in several capacities, including as President. Mom loved to travel, visiting many destinations from BC to Nova Scotia. She also traveled in her latter years internationally to Scotland, England, Mexico, New Zealand and South Africa. The Alexandra RebekahLodge #13 was a big part of Mom’s life. She served them in several capacities over the years. Mom was particularly fond of the Serene Theta Rho youth group and was both teacher and friend to many of the girls. She was also a long time member of the First Baptist Church and served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Mom loved her garden, particularly her roses and lilies. Predeceased by her husband Ross, parents Cecil and Jean, bother Stewart, infant granddaughters Shannon and Deborah, she is survived by son Patrick and children Jackson Parker of Calgary and Rob Jackson of Brandon; Jim (Kelly) and children Chance, Sarah, Adam and Andrew, great-grandchildren Zachary and Davvelynn of Brandon; Barbara-Jean (Alan Keil) of Brandon; Deborah Petrie and son Tim of Brandon; and Karen Bowman (Lee) and children Jeremy, Ryan and David of Winnipeg. She is also survived by brothers Bill (Lillian) Wilson of Dauphin, Gordon Wilson (Johanne) of Abbotsford BC, Bob Waldackof Dauphin, and sister Patricia Smith (Stewart) of Winnipeg and their extended families. And finally, her constant companion these past years, her dog Jody. The celebration of Helen’s life was held Monday, December 14th at Riverside Evergreen Funeral Chapel with Pastor Tim Diackofficiating. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery. Donations in memory of Helen can be made to Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation Inc., 675 McDermot Avenue, Room DN1160, Winnipeg MB R3E 0V9 or Lions Eye Bank of Manitoba. 105-691 Wolseley Avenue, Winnipeg MB R3G 1C3. The family would like to thank Dr. Mathison, Dr. Lysack, Dr. Tan and the staff of the Palliative Care Unit at Dauphin Regional Health Centre for their compassionate care. Our thanks also go out to her many friends and neighbors who gave her their love and support. Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services,
CARNEY: Norbert Louis Carney, June 8, 1912 - December 14, 2009. It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Norbert Louis Carney, on December 14, 2009 at the Trilake Health Centre, Killarney at the age of ninety-seven. Left to cherish his memory after 72 years of marriage is his wife Marie (nee Souyri); his children: Peter (Ann), Deanna (Morris) Hoshowski, Suzanna (Brent Maine), Paul (Sheila) and Patrick (Lise); five grandchildren: Sean (Jackie), Marc, Stephen (Carol), Meagan and Emilie and two great- grandchildren, Daniel and Sydney. He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers and sisters, Helena, Gerald, Richard, Daniel and Mary. He is survived by more than 20 nieces and nephews. Born in Dunrea to pioneer parents Daniel Carney and Leona Paradis (he was very proud of his Irish and French Canadian roots). He lived his entire life in Dunrea except for the years 1929-36 that he spent ranching and farming in Alberta. This was at the height of The Depression and he remembers “riding the rods” in search of work at harvest time. In 1936 he returned to Manitoba bringing with him the profits of his seven years of ranch and farm work (five horses and a Bennett buggy that he sold in Gravelbourg). So pleased with the sale he neglected to get the buyer’s name and he wondered ever since about what happened to his five horses. A skilled horseman (this was the day of eight horse teams) from the age of 13 he admitted in 1945 that he was a little behind the times with a set of skills that were no longer in demand. Rather than learning how to use a tractor, he visited the Calgary Stampede several times to remind himself of what could have been and then concentrated on becoming a master builder, building houses (including five additions on the family home he and Marie have lived in for more than 70 years), barns and other buildings around Dunrea and Margaret, and working on the building of churches at Estevan and Weyburn, prior to working for the Engineers at C.F.B. Shilo, where he became foreman of the carpentry shop. During the years he worked in Shilo he took up pottery and the making and playing of mountain dulcimers. Following his retirement from the D.N.D. in 1977 he was instrumental in helping develop the Riverside New Horizons Centre with an equally inspired group of seniors. He also took up the production and repair of spinning wheels, a pastime that he enjoyed till he was 95. He was a regular attendee at auction sales, well known to the auctioneers for his willingness to buy the “unsellables” as well as real bargains, including many antique woodworking tools. His last favorite pastime was cribbage and he always regretted never having gotten a “29”. The family wishes to thank the home care workers who have helped with the care of our parents, and the staff at the hospital in Killarney who took care of Norbert during his many visits over the years. A viewing with prayers will be held on Saturday, December 19, at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Mass of Christian burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Felix Church, Dunrea, Father Philip Malayil officiating. Burial will follow immediately at St. Felix Cemetery. In memory of Norbert Louis Carney donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. Killarney Funeral Home in care of arrangements, 523-7791.
KRAHN: John Krahn, beloved husband of Helen Krahn, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at the age of 84. Funeral Service will be held at First Baptist Church, 3881 Park Avenue,Brandon, Manitoba on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Randy Stanton and Reverend Orton Anderson officiating. Interment will be at the Rivers Mennonite Cemetery, Rivers, Manitoba. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 3881 Park Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 3Y6 or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary to follow. Expressions of sympathy may be made Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
TUITERT (te Bokkel): The death of Irene, beloved mother, Nana, great Nana, sister, aunt and friend occurred December 5, 2009 at her residence in Brandon. Irene was born in Hemsworth, Yorkshire, England on June 7, 1933 and immigrated to Canada in October 1948. Mom worked at Brandon Mental Health Centre where she met the love of her life Walter te Bokkel. They were married in 1956 and moved to the farm in 1957. Some of Mom's activities included gardening, curling in Kemnay, bowling in Brandon, a member of the Kemnay Womens Institute, and was very involved in 4-H where she was the head leader of the Poplar Hill 4-H Club for many years. Mom was an exceptional cook and many family and friends were treated to her baking. Mom also enjoyed crocheting afghans for her grandchildren. Despite multiple tragedies in her life she never wavered in her faith and remained a very strong and independent woman. She will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her five children: Alice (David) Turner, Wendy (Ron) Bouchard, John (Janice) Bokkel, Andrew Bokkel (Kim Yome), and Wanda te Bokkel (Chris Randall); her eight grandchildren: Melanie (Chris), Angela (Jon), Rochelle (Bryce), Brayden (Morganne), Marja, Jonathan, Tonja and Emily; her three great grandchildren: Arjana, Xander and Olivia; two step daughters: Hennie (Leen) Slikker, Joanne Driessen and their families. Also remembering Irene are her sisters and their families: Mollie, Joyce, Jacqueline (Clem) and Greta; brothers-in-law and their families Linus (Joanne), Jan (Seintje) and sisters-in-law and their families Gerrie and Willemien. Irene was predeceased by her parents, Edith and Frank, her husband Walter, grandson Christopher and 2nd husband Marten. The Ceremony to Celebrate Irene's life was held December 10, 2009 at Memories Chapel, interment at Rosewood Memorial Gardens and reception at First Christian Reformed Church. Family and friends who wish to make a donation in memory of Irene may do so to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Westman Region, #1, 613 10th Street Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G6.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
We will never forget your face,The sound of your voice,The gentleness of your touch,They let us know we were loved.
We will never forget the stories you told,The traditions you handed down,They let us know who we are.
We will never forget the lessons you taught,The things you stood for,They are your gifts and our legacy.
BAKER: Lucy Alice passed away at Fairview Home Wednesday, December 15, 2009 at the age of 92 years. A private funeral service will take place. Complete obituary will follow. Expressions of sympathy may be made Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
DEMAS: February 7, 1941 -December 16, 2009. Roger Demas passed away in Brandon Regional Health Centre, Wednesday, December 16, 2009, with his wife Mary Agnes and family at his side. Viewing will be held at the Carscadden Funeral Home Chapel 3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 20th and a Traditional Wake will be held at Canupawakpa Community Centre at 5:00 p.m. Funeral Service, Monday, December 21, at 2:00 p.m. Interment at Canupawakpa Cemetery. G.R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.
TOOVEY: Harold. It is with sorrow that we announce the passing of Harold Toovey with his family at his side on December 12, 2009 at the St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Elliot Lake. Beloved husband of Jean Toovey of Elliot Lake, loving father of Cheryl McClymont (Richard Cadham) of Echo Bay and step-father to Bruce Campbell of Elliot Lake, Deborah Montone (Bruce) of Carp, Jamie Campbell (Lisa) of London and Anna Campbell of Sault Ste. Marie. Dear grandfather of Christopher, Roberta and step grandfather of Sherri, Kristina, Angela, Justin, Jacob and Alexandra. Dear brother of Kenneth Toovey (Olive) of Kenora, the late Donald Toovey and Ronald Toovey. Also survived by two sisters in law, Maureen Preskey of Minot, North Dakota, Joyce Toovey of Minnedosa, numerous nieces, nephews and friends. A celebration of Harold’s life will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 11:00 am from Holy Trinity United Church in Elliot Lake. Memorial contributions to the UCW (United Church Women) Kitchen Renovation Fund would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Elliot Lake Funeral Chapel & Cremation Centre (705-848-9250).
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MITCHELL: Edwin Charles Mitchell of Brandon, beloved husband of Myrna and dear dad to Karen, Brian and Don, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at the age of 75 years. In keeping with Edwin’s wishes, cremation will take place and a reception will be held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 361 Russell Street, on Friday, December 18, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Edwin may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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CARNEY: Norbert L. Carney of Dunrea, Manitoba, age 97, beloved husband of Marie Carney, died on December 14, 2009 at the Tri Lake Health Centre, Killarney, Manitoba. Mass will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at St. Felix Roman Catholic Church Dunrea, Manitoba 11:00 a.m. with viewing prior to the service. Donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Fund. Interment at St. Felix Cemetery, Dunrea, Manitoba.
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Killarney Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements 204-523-7791 Full obit to follow.
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