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EDMUNDS: It is with great sadness that the family of Thomas ‘Tom’ Edward Edmunds announces his passing at the age of 74, on the evening of May 29, 2016, at the Souris Health Centre. Tom was born on October 9, 1941, in Souris, the eldest son of Tom and Hattie (Pearce) Edmunds. He was raised on the family farm, northwest of town, with his six siblings. As a boy, Tom developed a love of baseball, hunting and fishing, which he maintained his whole life. He attended school in Souris, and once he completed Grade 11, he dedicated his professional life to working full time on the family farm. In 1970, Tom married the love of his life, Margaret Livingston. Together, they raised three children – Keith, David and Megan. Through the years, Tom enjoyed competitive curling, attending minor hockey games in the region and beyond as well as camping with family and friends. A natural-born farmer, Tom worked until he and Margaret moved to Souris in the fall of 2005, at which time he began to ease into retirement. Tom was predeceased by his parents, infant brother David, sister Gwen (Setter), brothers-in-law Terry Binions and Jack Dufily. He is survived by his wife Margaret, his children Keith (Joanne), David (Lisa), Megan (Mark), and his siblings Joan Dufily, Barb (Dennis) Janz, Lorna Binions, Clair (Sharon), Craig (Lisa), brother-in-law Bruce Setter. Remembering Tom lovingly as “Grumpy” are his grandchildren: Josh, Nick, Brady, Zach, Brookelyn, Noah, Caybree, Riley and Hattie. Also mourning his loss are numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. A celebration of Tom’s life was held at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris on Friday, June 3. In memory of Tom, in lieu of flowers and cards, donations can be made to the Parkinsons Society Manitoba or to a charity of your choice.  
“Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.” ~ Mitch Albom
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CREASER: Peacefully on Monday, March 7, 2016, with family at his side, Stan Creaser passed away at the Pasqua Hospital Palliative Care Unit, Regina, Saskatchewan, at age 90 years. Stan is survived by his wife of 64 years Elizabeth; son Philip (Valerie Paulson); two grandchildren Ashley (Alfredo Young), and Ian Creaser; five great grandchildren Nicholas, Chloe, Emerit, Jaxon and Burke; sister Dorothy and brothers Jack, Ron and Allen. He was predeceased by his parents Edgar and Ida (nee Lafurgy); sisters Elizabeth, Joan and Florence and brothers Harold, Cliff and George. Stan was born in Bethany, Manitoba on May 16, 1925, the first of eleven brothers and sisters, and grew up in the great depression. In 1942, he joined the army at age 17 and after a year of training landed at Juno Beach on D-day June 6, 1944. He was wounded at Carpiquet airport in July 1944 and after his return to action he participated in the liberation of Holland and was again wounded at the Leopold Canal, which ended the war for him. Later in life, he often told stories of the war and was very surprised in 2014 to be awarded the Chevalier de la Legion D’Honneur from the President of France for his role in the liberation of France. Following his return to Canada, Stan started his career in the mining industry. At a mine at Long Lake in northern Manitoba he met Elizabeth Murray, the beautiful mine nurse, whom he married on November 17, 1951 in Foxwarren, Manitoba. After many years moving from mine to mine they moved to Esterhazy where Stan participated in the building and development of the first potash mine in Saskatchewan and he stayed there until his retirement in 1985. Once retired, he and Elizabeth moved to Clear Lake Manitoba to spend the summers and Weslaco, Texas in the winters. The last seven years Stan lived with Elizabeth at Wintergreene in Regina to be near their family. Stan loved his family, golf, cards, shuffle and carpentry. He was a regular at the Clear Lake golf course for many years and in the winter golfed almost daily in Texas. As a veteran of WWII, he was a devoted member of the Royal Canadian Legion where he served in many capacities over his lifetime. The graveside ceremony will take place in the Veterans Section of the Brandon Cemetery on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. with the Very Rev. Nigel Packwood officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Stan may be made to the Pasqua Palliative Care Unit or the Royal Canadian Legion.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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CARLISLE: Darcy Carlisle passed away Saturday, May 14,2016 at 40 years of age. Darcy was the youngest son of Mickey & Teenie Carlisle. In 2000 Darcy Married Darlene Hardy and together they had 2 wonderful children Dawson and Taylor. Darcy was a fun loving jovial individual. After graduating from Souris Collegiate, Darcy farmed with his parents and brother Darrel. With the selling of the farm in 2011, Darcy started working for Terry Nicol, owner of Cat Country Sand and Gravel. Darcy could not have chosen a better boss. Darcy was always there to lend a hand when ever anyone called no matter what the job entailed. Hockey with son Dawson was a big part of his life. Darcy was a board member of Souris Minor Hockey. He would take both Dawson and Taylor to the Wheat King Games as often as he could. When Darcy was born he was diagnosed with cancer on his adrenal gland. Although grateful he only required surgery and no treatment, little was known at that time this may have lead to his depression, anxiety and addiction later in life. Darcy was predeceased by both sets of Grandparents, Uncles Ivan and John Carlisle, Aunt Margie Eisler, mother-in -law Janice Hardy and dogs Trixie and Oreo. Darcy leaves to mourn, Wife Darlene, son Dawson, daughter Taylor, parents Mickey and Teenie, brother Darrel (Lisa) and two nephews Adam and Owen, many cousins and very good friends Kelly and Leanna Fardoe, Terry and Heather Nicol, Craig and Cindy Robins and David Chalmers. Internment took place at the Carroll Cemetery with Rev. Don Mcintyre officiating. Pallbearers were Kelly Fardoe, Terry Nichol, Pat Janz, Craig Robins, Garth Wenger and Adam Westburnham. A Celebration of Darcy's Life was held in the Souris Glenwood Community Hall, Friday, May 20,2016 with Reverend Don Mcintyre officiating. Kowalchuk Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be mad to the Manitoba Cancer Society or the AFM Center in Brandon.
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BLACKWELL: Gladiolus Lydia (Glady) passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Sherwood Personal Care Home in Virden on May 22, 2016 at the age of 93 years. Glady was born to Amos and Amy Tompkins on February 15, 1923 in Barnsley, MB. She married W. Vernon Blackwell on September 28, 1945. They farmed in Sanford and Griswold and retired off the farm to Oak Lake and later Virden. Glady worked at The Sherwood for 10 years before her retirement in 1988. Glady loved to cook, bake and sew quilts. She played music by ear and it was a large part of her life. She played the organ for the Oak Lake United Church and played in a band in Virden for several years. She even played the piano in The Sherwood in the last six months of her life. Glady also enjoyed a good game of cards. She loved her family and was a wonderful, caring mother, Grandma and Nana. Glady was predeceased by her parents, six sisters and one brother. She is survived by her daughter Lesa Rogers (Jack), son Clayton (Brenda), three grandsons Dustin (Karla), Chance Rogers and Jeffrey Blackwell (Krystal), three great grandchildren Tyran, Cianna and Grayson, one sister-in-law Norma Tompkins and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. A celebration of Glady’s life was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel in Brandon on May 26, 2016 followed by interment at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Urn bearers were Dustin and Jeffrey Blackwell and Chance Rogers. Donations in memory of Glady can be made to the Charity of your choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
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GREEN: Mona Adeline Green, beloved wife of Russell and dear mother of Jim, Patti, Doug and Donald, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the age of 87 years. A Memorial Service will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mona may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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BERGMAN: Helen M. Bergman (nee Thiessen), beloved wife of Julius Bergman, beloved mother to Robert, Richard (Carol), James and Angeline died May 31, 2016 at the Boissevain Health Centre, Boissevain, Manitoba at the age of 80. Her funeral service will be held Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Whitewater Mennonite Church, Boissevain, Manitoba at 3:30 p.m. Viewing will be held at the church prior to the service. Interment to follow at Boissevain Cemetery. Donations in memory of Helen, may be made to M.C.C., 134 Plaza Dr. Winnipeg, MB, R3T 5K9 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook St. Winnipeg, MB R3C 2B7.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service204-523-7791 www.wheatlandfs.com
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VINCK:Desire John (Des), 73 years, beloved husband of Marie Vinck, father of Michelle and Melanie, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Jean’s Catholic Church, Grande Clairiere, Manitoba, on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Prayer service will be held at St. Jean’s Catholic Church, Grande Clairiere, on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Interment in the Grande Clairiere Cemetery. In memory of Des, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
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PAXTON: Margaret Eileen Paxton, April 23rd 1932 ~ December 16th, 2015. Come celebrate our Mom’s Life with us at the United Church in Minnedosa, Manitoba, Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Small service at 11:45.
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BOURASSA: Barbara Bourassa, 15 Viceroy Crescent, Brandon, Manitoba, her home since 1985. Barbara was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, on November 18, 1956. Her father, Gordon Slabick, passed away when Barbara was two years old and a few years later her mother, Agnes, met Adrian Bourassa and moved to Estevan, Saskatchewan. She joined an already large family, with step-siblings Brian, Dale (Eric), Gary and Carol (Bill). The family expanded with JoAnn (Scott), Lorin and Alyson. Barb had a wonderful childhood studying with the nuns at the Catholic school, playing the piano and working at her Dad's jewellery store. She then attended Estevan High School where she joined the marching band as a flute player and performed as far away as The Netherlands. Barbara decided to become an optometrist and at age 17, she took the train east and started her post-secondary education at the University of Waterloo. She met many of her lifelong friends there, including her husband-to-be, Don Williamson. They shared years of pain and joy attending optometry school and graduated together in May 1979. When two positions opened up in Brandon, Manitoba, Barb and Don joined Dr. James McQueen in practice for the first year of their careers.In 1980, they shared a monumental year: engagement, marriage, (September 27 in Estevan), a lovely honeymoon in Hawaii and opening their own optometric practice in the First Street Plaza (November 1980). Barb practiced for 35 years in Brandon and at a satellite clinic in Souris once a week for 20 years. She made friends with all her patients and treated them like members of her family. She was a great optometrist and was especially proud to be part of the legendary Class of 1979. Many of her classmates continue to be amongst her closest friends, including Dr.'s Marlene Reiss, Carol Cressman and Marta Witer, who were by her side through some of her toughest last days. She loved being an optometrist and truly loved all her partners: Dr.'s Greg Boguski, Len Rust, Ian Beaumont, Trent Turner and Lisa Suski. She always treated her employees with kindness and patience and the staff returned her love till the end. Optometry always kept her busy, but it was her home life that she lived for. Barb and Don became the proud parents of four gorgeous, independent, loving girls, Lauren (1982), Danielle (1985), Hailey (1988) and Marley (1994). Barb was an amazing woman as she juggled involvement with her family, church, school, office and music. She could not have managed it all without the loving assistance of Sue and Rick McDonald and their daughter, Bobby Lynn. Family really was everything to Barb, but she also managed to be very involved in the community, including Beginning's Preschool, St. Augustine's Parish, (chairing Fall Suppers and the School Board), was president of the Brandon University Foundation Board, active in the Suzuki violin program, School Band Fundraising chair and amazingly, High School Rodeo. She was also active for a time in the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. Music provided the foundation of the girls' lives - Lauren and Dani started in piano, but soon the family discovered one of Brandon's true musical geniuses, Rob Richardson. He made music a beautiful part of their lives as three of the girls spent countless years in the Suzuki program playing violin and cello. Barbara had endless patience, listening to hours and hours of practice, while her dog Mickey howled along. The tradition is being passed to the next generation as Barbara's granddaughter, Bethany, has begun her Suzuki training as well. Barbara always encouraged the girls to choose their way and Danielle became a fabulous French horn player with Dr. Bill Gordon's guidance. Later in life, horses became her passion, at one time owning six of them. She made so many great friends during those years, but none more special than Barry Foote. His kind, gentle nature was essential as Barbara and the girls needed lots of help learning how to care for their horses. Later, Sara Reid and Wilf and Karen McKay became her mentors and friends as Marley moved to the world of equestrian jumping. Of all the joys in her life, becoming a grandmother may have trumped all. Barbara was the perfect loving grandma to Lauren's daughter, Bethany (born 2012). No words can describe a grandmother's love for her beautiful Boo Boo, especially in the tough final months, when her little laugh would always brighten Barb's day. A simple thank you is not enough to convey the family's gratitude for the incredible care received from Dr. Caplan, Dr. Mohamed and especially Dr. Duplooy and all the staff at Cancer Care. Throughout her months of illness, her friends Wendy Brownlie and Brenda Donald were also a great support to Barb and her family. The palliative care staff (especially Sher and all the nurses and aides) are unsung heroes as they made her final days so very special, even allowing the family to bring her beloved dog, Kona, and her horses by for a visit. In preparing for her funeral and celebration of life, the family has received extensive assistance from their friends in Brandon; particularly Tracy Tremblay, Marlene Kirton, and Barry Cullen. Barbara is survived by husband Dr. Don Williamson, daughters Lauren Davies (Chris), Danielle (Chris Bourbeau), Hailey (Cale Jefferies), Marley (Cary Johnson-Escabedo), her granddaughter Bethany Davies; her siblings Dale (Eric) Lane, Carol (Bill) Gyselman, JoAnn (Scott) McKenzie, Lorin Bourassa and Alyson Bourassa and her many nieces and nephews and their children. Pallbearers are Chris Davies, Chris Bourbeau, Cale Jefferies, Cary Johnson, Dr. Greg Boguski and Lorin Bourassa. Barbara was predeceased by her parents, Adrian and Agnes Bourassa, brothers Brian and Gary Bourassa. In recognition of Barbara's passion for children and music, the family has established a memorial fund in her name through the Brandon Area Community Foundation to support the Suzuki Music Program of Western Manitoba. Donations may be made to Brandon Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 22096, Brandon, MB, R7A 6Y9 or by visiting
www.bacf.ca/donors.
A Prayer Service will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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NORTHEY: Passed away at the Glenboro Health Care Centre on Sunday May 29, 2016 at the age of 87 years, Kenneth Lyall Northey of Glenboro, MB. Ken leaves to mourn his passing his wife Norma (nee Germain) son Dirk (Karen Brown), daughters Diane (Lindsay) Houck and Cheryl (David) Sterling, five grandchildren Jade (Melissa) Dearsley- Northey, Jolene (Kyle) Cumming, Lacey (Chris) Semeschuk, Kayla Sterling and Megan Sterling; Sister Wilma (Jack) Gowanlock as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. Ken was predeceased by his parents Edward & Pearl (nee Anstey) and sister Eileen Berry. A Celebration of Ken's life will be held on Thursday June 2, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Willmor Chapel with Sharon Hamilton officiating. Following the service, a reception will be held in the C.E. Building. Everyone is welcome to attend. For friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in Ken's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon MB, R7A 2W8.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.willmorchapel.com.
Jamieson's Funeral Services of Glenboro in care of arrangements.
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EDMUNDS: Tom, 74 years, beloved husband of Margaret Edmunds, father of Keith, David and Megan, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Sunday, May 29, 2016. Funeral Service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris, Manitoba, on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Tom, in lieu of flowers and cards please make a donation to the Parkinson Society or a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
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DIMENT: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our dear husband, father, and grandfather, Rodney William Diment, at the young age of 65 years. Rodney passed away with family by his side and his music playing softly in the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 24, 2016. Rod loved his family with unconditional love, and was always there for you no matter the circumstance. In his recent retirement Rodney loved to sit outside listening to his music and “watching the grass grow”. He took great pride in his yard and was seen daily getting after those dandelions. He enjoyed building things with his daughter Tracy by his side. The light of his life was his granddaughter Kayla. He loved to spoil her even when Mom said no, and frequently gave her his “history” lesson telling her about his parents and how he grew up. He had always told her that she needed to know her past. He leaves to mourn his wife Mavis of 44 years and a family that loved him dearly. In honor of Rod’s memory donations may be made to the Terry Fox Foundation, 543 St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2M 3L4.
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TRUSS: Kent John Truss, October 8, 1935 – December 22, 2015. Kent is survived by his wife Lorna and their three children Linda (James), John (Debra) and Kevin (Kate) and five grandchildren Taylor, Katie, Emma, Daniel and JJ. Kent is also survived by his three sisters Gail (Nelson), Barbara (Bob), and Betty along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Mary and Alf Truss. Kent worked at AECL in Pinawa for 29 years and for AECL a total of 33 years. After retirement, he (and Lorna) moved to Calgary where he enjoyed volunteering for STARS, camping in the mountains, and spending time with his grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the Columnaria in the Brandon Cemetery at 3:00 pm Friday, June 3, 2016. We welcome his friends and invite you to a reception at the Royal Oak Inn following the service. Anyone wishing to donate in Kent’s memory can donate to a Dementia organization or any charity of your choice.
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PAXTON: Margaret Eileen Paxton, April 23rd 1932 ~ December 16th, 2015. Come celebrate our Mom’s Life with us at the United Church in Minnedosa, Manitoba, Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Small service at 11:45.
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PRESKEY: Maureen Preskey (Toovey), 79, Rugby, died Wednesday, February 03, 2016 in a Rugby hospital. Maureen Antoinette Roach was born on March 7, 1936, a daughter of Maurice and LaVirgia ( Owens) Roach in Kenora, Ontario. She was raised and educated in Kenora. In 1952, Maureen was united in marriage to Donald Toovey in Minnedosa, Manitoba. They made their home in Manitoba, where Maureen was a homemaker, raising the couples four children. Donald passed away in 1977. After Donald passed away Maureen worked at the Minnedosa Medical group and the Brandon Sportsplex. Maureen was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Preskey on December 20, 1992, in Minot. They made their home in Minot. Bob passed away on January 6, 2015. Maureen was an excellent seamstress; she enjoyed crocheting, working in her garden and flower garden, camping and the occasional trip to the casino. Maureen is survived by: children, Judy Toovey, Red Deer, Alberta, Donna (Carl) Betteridge, Minnedosa, Manitoba, Bill (Margo) Toovey, Brandon, Manitoba, and Bruce (Lisa) Toovey, Oak Bank, Manitoba;step-children: Kirk (Janet) Preskey, Minot, Ruby (Greg) Feland, Minot, Carla (Beryl) Mogard, Bismarck, Travis Preskey, Minot, and Joan (Paul) Severson, Surrey; grandchildren:, Carla (Cory) Stevenson, Allan (Corinne) Betteridge, Kevin Betteridge, Britney (Jon), Marisa (Trace), Adam (Tori), and Brianna (Mitch) Toovey; step-grandchildren: Alicia (Caleb) Horgeshimer, Laura Preskey (Aaron Bryant) Ariel Preskey, CalliFeland, Kelci Feland, Kaleb Mogard, Samantha Mogard, Stephenie, Hannah, Carleen, and Amanda Severson; great-grandchildren:, Colin (Katelyn), Curtis, Caitlyn, Crysten, Lainey, and Connor; brother: Dan (Paulette) Roach, Winnipeg sister: Ruth (Russ) Mummery, Lethbridge, Alberta; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Maureen was preceded in death by: her husband 1st husband Donald Toovey and her 2nd husband Bob Preskey. Brothers; Pat and Lawrence, sisters; Dolly and Eleanor. A graveside service will take place on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Minnedosa Cemetery, with a memorial luncheon to follow in the Minnedosa Legion Club Room. Donations in Maureen’s memory may be made to the Minnedosa Personal Care Home. Minnedosa Funeral Service in care of arrangements.
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