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CROSSMAN: Frank Crossman of Brandon and formerly of Pierson, passed away at the Brandon Health Centre on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the age of 86. A Funeral Service to celebrate Frank’s life will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. from the Pierson Community Hall, Pierson, MB., with rev. Heather Sandilands officiating. Interment will follow at the Lyleton Cemetery. Donations may be given to the Pierson Community Hall, G/D Pierson, MB. R0M 1S0 or to the Lyleton Cemetery Fund, Box 58 Lyleton, MB. R0M 1G0. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron Funeral Directors.
To send condolences to the family, please visit: www.redpathfuneralhome.com
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SNEESBY: Elizabeth Susan Sneesby (nee Vatcher) passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at the Neepawa Hospital. Elizabeth was born September 10, 1930 at Plumas, Manitoba, the younger daughter of James William and Elizabeth Myrtle Vatcher (nee McKay). With her parents, sister Edythe, and brothers Howard and Les, she moved to Woodside in 1932. She attended Woodside schools for grades 1-10, taking grades 9 and 10 by correspondence. She continued her education at Canadian Union College in Alberta, and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute and Manitoba Normal School in Winnipeg. Elizabeth's teaching career included the rural schools of Mount Calm and Palestine before coming to teach at Neepawa. Elizabeth married Argyle Sneesby on August 24, 1955, in the Neepawa United Church. She taught at West Park School (later named Hazel M. Kellington School) for 32 years. During her teaching years she spent time working with the Curriculum Branch and the Canadian Red Cross. She cherished the years with her students and the Eager Beavers Junior Red Cross. In 1987, she received the Red Cross Distinguished Service Award. In 1990, Argyle persuaded Elizabeth to start their business, "Herbs for Health", and they worked together, trying to help people and making friends from near and far. They enjoyed many business trips to various parts of North America. It became a very important part of Elizabeth's life, especially after Argyle passed away in 2004. Elizabeth was predeceased by Argyle, her loving husband and best friend; parents James & Myrtle Vatcher; sister Edythe White; brothers Howard Vatcher and Les Vatcher; Uncle Leonard and Aunt Gean Vatcher in PEI; sister-in-law Norma Vatcher as well as other relatives and friends. She is survived by her "special family" Kerilyn & Kirk Pitaoulis of Terrace, BC, Janine & Kirt MacLean and Yvonne & John Bamlett of Calgary; brother-in-law William White of Abbottsford, BC; niece Bernice (Keith) Leavitt of Lacombe, AB; nephews Ray (Marilyn) Vatcher of Ladysmith, BC, Dayle (Linda) White of Victoria, BC and Ken (Ronda) White of Lillooet, BC and their families, extended family and many friends. Elizabeth enjoyed her "memory" trips to the country and quiet times in nature. She loved animals, especially dogs. Most of all, she treasured her many trips to Prince Edward Island. On her first trip to her "Island Home" she thrilled at climbing to the top of her Grandpa Vatcher's two lighthouses. She and Argyle spent many happy summers there enjoying family, friends and golfing on the beautiful P.E.I. golf courses. Interment took place at Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa on Monday, July 6. The Memorial Service followed at the Neepawa United Church with Lynne Sanderson, DLM officiating. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Elizabeth may be made to the Neepawa District Memorial Hospital, P.O. Box 1240, Neepawa, Manitoba R0J 1H0 or to the Westman Dreams for Kids, 37 11th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 4J2.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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SMITH: It is with loving thoughts and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, dad and grandfather Matt Smith on June 19th, 2015 at the age of 78 years. Matt was born March 7th, 1937 at North Battleford, Saskatchewan to Tom and Beatrice Smith, moving to the Foxwarren area in 1938. He will be forever remembered by wife Sophie of 53 years, son Jason and wife Andrea, grandson Joben and daughter Jennifer and husband Stephen, grandsons Ryland and Ashton. A sister Alice Barr of Kelowna, BC, brother-in-law Bill Kowaluk and wife Eileen, Birtle, MB and cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Tom & Beatrice Smith; brother-in-law Norman Barr; brothers-in-law Mike & Archie Kowaluk and parents-in-law Pete & Lena Kowaluk. Matt received his education in Foxwarren, joining the workforce at an early age but the occupation he loved the most was farming, looking forward to the planting in the spring, and the harvest in the fall, taking pride in producing a good crop. After 50 some years he had experienced the good times and the bad ones that come with farming. He never really retired as he refused to give up the operating of the combine, learned the GPS system, offered advice and provided a helping hand for the extra jobs. Matt enjoyed a game of pool; a game of cards and good times at the lake with friends with a game of golf and socializing. He curled for a good number of years enjoying the competition, companionship and friendship the sport offered. Hunting in the fall was also enjoyed for the companionship not necessarily the trophy of the big rack. Fishing and camping with good friends in the 60's and 70's was highlighted when he hooked and landed a 38 lb Lake Trout. Matt was especially proud of his children and what they had accomplished and didn't hesitate to tell people about them. Jennifer's employment with Adoption Options and Jason's farming and coaching skills to mention just a few. He looked forward to watching son Jason and grandsons Joben, Ryland and Ashton playing hockey and in the summer months he did not like to miss any of Joben's baseball games. Matt was involved in the Foxwarren community being a Board member of the Foxwarren Arena for 22 years; MAHA Yellowhead Regional Director; Councilor for the R.M. of Birtle for 12 years; and member of the Foxwarren Leisure Centre. Matt and Sophie spent the past 12 years during the winter months in Osoyoos, BC where they made many new friends, had many happy times, dancing and golfing. Matt played pool with new friends and looked forward to returning year after year to see familiar faces. A service to celebrate Matt's life was held on Thursday June 25th, 2015 with Elaine Dixon officiating. Children Jason and Jennifer delivered the Eulogy and Grandsons Joben, Ryland and Ashton were the URN Bearers. Pallbearers were Derry Moulson; Floyd McTavish; Nicky Young; Wayne Bonchuk; Scott Wotton and Mark Wotton. Interment took place at the Foxwarren Cemetery. Matt's final journey to his resting place was in the combine which was driven by Grandson Joben and accompanied by Grandsons Ryland and Ashton. He will be greatly missed, forever loved and always remembered. Braendle- Bruce Funeral Service of Russell, Manitoba in care of arrangements. (204) 773-2747.
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ROUTHIER: Viviane Louise Marie Routhier (nee Roy) 1932 – 2015. Viviane L. Routhier of Morden, MB, passed away in her home surrounded by her family, on Wednesday July 8, 2015 at the age of 83 years. Viviane was born in Vonda, SK, daughter of the late Napoleon and Delia (Daignault) Roy. She moved with her parents to Sandy Bay, MB and received her education at Saint Charles Catholic School, in Winnipeg. Her first teaching job was in Ste. Amelie, MB. On October 6, 1956, she married Hector Routhier and so began their life together. Mom and Dad eventually settled in Crane River where they owned and operated Crane River Trading Post. Mom wore many different hats while living in Crane River. Busy was the norm in our household. Moms’ day started early each day when she woke up the children for school and made lunch and breakfast for everyone at 6:00 a.m. She worked in the general store and was the post mistress. She also enjoyed her late night walks to the barn to check on the new calves and lambs. It was not uncommon to awake in the morning and find new born lambs in our bathtub. Lastly, Mom was a diligent book keeper. Accounting was a passion for her and every cent had to be accounted for and recorded. As busy as Mom was she always found time to read and to record family history. She was predeceased by her husband, Hector Routhier (1988) and her parents, Napoleon and Delia Roy of Dauphin, MB. She is survived by her four sons, Albert Routhier and his wife, Susan (Liu) of Ottawa, ON, Dennis Routhier and his wife, Cheryl of Winnipegosis, MB, Maurice Routhier of Crane River, MB, Gerald Routhier and Karen (Kernot) of Winnipeg, MB, three daughters, Diane and her husband, Bill Wicks of Morden, MB, Michele Routhier and her husband, Alphonse Perreaux of Brandon, MB, Suzanne and her husband, Cameron Schulz of Morden, MB, three brothers, Louis Roy and his wife, Elizabeth of Brandon, MB, Paul Roy and his wife, Lillian of Christensen Beach, MB, Daniel Roy of Vernon, BC, three sisters, Lorielle and her husband, Earl Downey of Kelowna, BC, Angela and her husband, Ray Elke of Christensen Beach, MB, Sylvia and her husband, Jerry Secord of Okotoks, AB. Memere will be cherished and remembered by her 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. A Prayer service will be held on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wiebe Funeral Chapel, 1050 Thornhill St. in Morden, MB. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in Crane River at the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church with interment to follow at the Parish Cemetery. Donations may be made in Viviane’s memory to the charity of one’s choice. Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden in care of arrangements, 204-822-4755. wiebefuneralhomes.com
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BULLION: Walter Edward Bullion passed away peacefully July 9, 2015 at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon with the love of his family surrounding him. Ed fought cancer bravely and when it was time to move on he left on his terms. Ed was born on June 2, 1968 in Brandon, MB. He attended school in Brandon. He worked in the tire industry until he found his dream job with Thorpe Construction where he was treated like family. Ed’s love included music, his motorcycle, partying with friends and camping - especially his time recently at Shady Oaks Campground. Ed was an easy going guy who was very giving to others - loved by all. He is survived by: Mother Lorraine Stasyszyn, Beausejour, MB; Father Walter Clare Bullion, Brandon; Children: Jaslyn, Clayton Carson, Sydney, Savana, Brayden, and Brooklyn. Ed and his family greatly appreciated the outstanding care received from the Palliative Care Unit in the Assiniboine Centre. A Celebration of Life will be held at the East End Community Centre, Park St. & Victoria Avenue, Brandon, August 22, 2015 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Donations in Ed’s name may be made to a charity of your choice.
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MUNDELL: Evangeline(Eva) Marie Mundell passed away peacefully on June 21st at Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon at the age of 100 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Linda (Allan) Mathison and their family Alana (Duane) Kent, Kara and Rylan, Charla (Duncan) Murray, Sydney and Cale, and Nancy (Trevor) Toews, Aiden, Ryder, Theron, and Truett; daughter Bonnie (Don) Coombs and their family Tory (Adria) Coombs, Fletcher, Theo and Molleigh, Tamara Coombs and Thatcher, and Davilyn (Travis) Cairns, Cole and Katelyn; and neice Marlene Tucker. Eva was predeceased by her husband Charlie, her parents Angus and Jeanette McBain, brothers Hadden (Muriel), Boyd (Mabel), Ranald, and Chester, sister Laura (Henry) Nordin, nephews Ernie and Alvin McBain, and nieces Diane Eraker, and Betty Kobylka. Eva formerly of Hamiota was born on the farm at the north end of Salt Lake in the RM of Strathclair on January 5, 1915. She was the youngest of six children of Angus and Jeanette McBain. She took her early schooling in Strathclair and the family moved to Shoal Lake for her high school. She went to Normal School in Winnipeg to become a teacher in 1936-37, and started teaching the following year. Some of the early schools she taught at were Lidford, Lakelet, Erickson and Roseneath where she met Charlie at a dance. They were married on November 12, 1945. They farmed in the Moline district until 1957 and it was here that Linda and Bonnie were born. Then they moved to McConnell where Eva became the Principal of the school and Charlie went to work for the CNR. When McConnell high school closed, she taught at Strathclair followed later by Rivers and Miniota, retiring after 28 years of teaching. Education was a life long passion for Eva as she always took an active interest in the schooling of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed quizzing everyone on the Test Your IQ Question from the local radio station. She continued to live in their home in Hamiota after Charlie died in 1989, until she moved to Riverheights Terrace in Brandon in 2001 and to Fairview in 2007. During her retirement Eva enjoyed volunteering, doing crosswords, playing bridge, following her family’s activities, and listening to the Wheat King games on the radio. She walked in the Terry Fox Walk every year for over twenty years. Eva loved to travel and she and Charlie visited many U.S. States including Alaska, travelled all across Canada and toured Scotland and England. After Charlie passed away she was able to take a trip to both Belize and Hawaii accompanied by her friends. Eva had an excellent memory even recalling at age 100 when she met Rev. Stade, that his father had preached at Strathclair as a travelling minister when she was a young girl. Family birthdays and annual holidays were important to Eva. A celebration of Eva's life was held at the First Baptist Church in Brandon on June 26, 2015 with Rev. Paul Stade officiating. A family internment preceded the service in Rapid City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers for those so desiring, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, Box 2248, Stn Main, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 9Z9 or to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, 2323 Yonge St. Suite 800, Toronto, ON, M4P 2C9. Campbell Funeral Home of Hamiota was in care of arrangements. The family wishes to extend their thanks to all of the caring staff on second floor of Fairview Home the compassion, patience and care that their Mom received while a resident there.
Gone yet not forgottenAlthough we are apart Your spirit lives within usForever in our hearts.
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MAY: John William May died July 8, 2015 at Tri Lake Health Centre in Killarney, Manitoba at the age of 70. A public graveside service will be held Monday, July 13, 2015 at Ninga Cemetery, Ninga, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of John may be made to the ALS Society of Manitoba; 2A-1717 Dublin Ave. Winnipeg, MB R3H 0H2
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.com Wheatland Funeral Service204-523-7791 www.wheatlandfs.com
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LAVAL: Paul. 81 years, beloved husband of Rae Laval, father of Debbie, Corinne, Brenda and Andrea, passed away in the Souris Personal Care Home on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Souris, on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, in memory of Paul, donations may be made to the Souris Hillcrest Museum Box 1287 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0 or to the Alzheimer Society.Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
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HILL: James (Jim) Thomas of Brandon, father of Luke Hill of Souris, Manitoba, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at his residence for the last nine years, the Assiniboine Centre, after a long, heroic battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Jim and his family were always very grateful for the compassionate and excellent care that Jim received from everyone during his time on the third floor. This included many people; notably his doctors, nurses, aides, We Care staff and Craig. Jim's positive and optimistic attitude towards life had a great impact on the people around him, and it is for that, which he will always be remembered. He will be missed. We love you Jim. A celebration of Jim's life will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, Brandon, MB on Friday, July 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Evert Busink officiating. A private interment will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Unit 5B-457 – 9th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4A9 or the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to www.memorieschapel.com.
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DIAMOND: Jim Diamond of Brandon, formerly of Foxwarren passed away on July 8, 2015 at the Dinsdale Personal Care Home at the age of 84 years. The funeral service will be held on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. from Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street N., Brandon. Interment at the Foxwarren Cemetery. If friends so desire donations may be made to KidSport Westman, Room 146, 340 – 9th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6C2.
Messages of condolence may be emailed to braendlebruce@mts.net.
Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell are in care of arrangements. (204) 773-2747.
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BOAK: Howard Calder Boake Howard Boake of Nesbitt, MB, passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at the Wawanesa Health Centre at the age of 93 years. Left to mourn Howard’s passing are his son Doug (Darlene) and daughter-in-law Muriel Boake of Nesbitt, MB, grandchildren Andrew (Jennifer), Heather (Travis), Trevor, Connie and Lisa (Mark), great- grandchildren Kayleigh, Addison, Teagan, Bayley, and Calder and brother Ralph (Marney) Boake. Also left to mourn Howard’s passing are sisters?inlaw Grace Huculak and Bernice Christensen, and brother-in-law Clayton Hunter, as well as numerous nieces & nephews. Howard was predeceased by his wife Doreen (nee Hyde), son Jack Boake, sister Rita (Bill) Garbe, infant brother James Boake, and parents John & Clara (nee Calder) Boake, as well as numerous extended family members. A private family graveside service will be held in the Minnewawa Cemetery. Shirley McBurney officiating. A time of fellowship will be held at the Nesbitt Hall at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Everyone is welcome. If friends so desire, donations may be made to The Wawanesa Activities Department c/o Prairie Mountain Health Authority Box 309, Wawanesa, MB R0K 2G0, CancerCare Manitoba, 620 Frederick St, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3, or to a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.willmorchapel.com
Jamieson’s Funeral Service of Glenboro, MB in care of arrangements. (204)827-2480.
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BAKER: Lyle Gordon. It is with deep sadness that his family announces the passing of Lyle Baker on July 4, 2015 at the age of 79. Lyle will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Nancy Stanley, sons Jonathan (Christine) and Christopher (Tanya), and grandsons Austin and Elliot. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Donna, nephew Craig (Danielle) and sons Benjamin and Matthew, and niece Karen. He was predeceased by his younger brothers Garth (2007) and Dale (2014). Lyle was born in Brandon, MB on August 2, 1935, to Cecil and Julia (née Cousins) Baker. He grew up on the Manor Farm south of Brandon, attending both Gorrie School and Brandon Collegiate. In 1955, he graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Diploma in Agriculture. Lyle then purchased land south of the Brandon Hills where he spent his summers farming with his brother Garth. His winters were spent working for the Manitoba government as a welding instructor in communities all over the province. Lyle married his long-time partner Nancy Stanley in 1978, and together they raised their two sons while farming grain, cattle, and horses. In 1980, after more than 20 years as an instructor on the road, Lyle was hired by Assiniboine Community College and continued instructing until his retirement in 2008. Lyle was known and respected by many for lending his vast knowledge of welding to successive generations of Manitobans. Lyle was a jack of all trades, whose skills ranged from flying aircraft to using explosives. He was a proponent of recycling long before it became fashionable, salvaging discarded materials for future projects and refurbishing broken machinery. During his 60 plus years of welding, Lyle invented and manufactured numerous pieces of equipment for his own use and for neighbours throughout the Brandon Hills district. He was an avid reader, WWII history buff, and gun collector. Fond of water skiing, softball, broomball and attending dances in his early years, in his later years Lyle took pleasure in listening to music on his old reel-to-reels and watching his grandsons play. Lyle was a stoic and gentle soul, with a quiet smile and a sense of humility that always put others at ease. His reflective nature served as a source of wisdom for family and friends, and his soft-spoken leadership style served as an example and source of inspiration to everyone he encountered. At Lyle’s request, his ashes will be interred at a private family service on his farm south of the Brandon Hills in the soil that he tilled for so many years. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lyle may be made to the Diabetes Association, 200-310 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 0S6, or the charity of your choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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ANSLEY: Maude Catherine Ansley was born February 21, 1921 in Rainy River, Ontario to parents Catherine (nee Bennett) and Charles Henry Derrier. He worked as a shoemaker. Maude and her family enjoyed a happy though not affluent childhood. When Maude was 11 they moved to Transcona, Manitoba. Her dad took the kids to church and her mom would stay home to cook Sunday dinner. As with many people in those times, the family could not afford to send her to school after Grade 9 and Maude began working for a living. Maude moved to Brandon, where her sister Dorothy lived, and worked as a maid for a while, then in a beauty shop. From there, she moved to Jean Philip's Beauty Salon. Maude was a hard worker and well-liked – her customers knew she was excellent at doing colours and perms. In 1952, Maude married Lloyd Emerson Ansley of Brandon. They had two children, Sharon Lea and Shawn Lansen. Finances were limited in those years but family life was very happy. Half the kids in the neighbourhood practically lived in our house. Sunday afternoons, Mom would pack a bunch of food and the family, with a few stowaways, would head out of town for a picnic. When Sharon and Shawn were old enough, they attended St. Mary's Anglican Sunday School while Maude stayed upstairs, becoming more and more involved, joining the choir, Altar Guild, Vestry, Worship Committees and Bible study groups. Her devotion to the Lord became deeper; she was confirmed at age 45, and she really enjoyed attending many of the annual Holy Spirit Conferences. Maudie made lots of notes about speakers she had heard and literature she had read. As Lloyd's eyesight worsened, it became necessary to learn to drive, and when Maude was 54 she proudly attained her first driver's license. Not your typical little old lady driver, Maude sometimes complained about other drivers going far too slow. In her early 80s, Maudie was diagnosed with macular degeneration and, as her eyesight became too poor, she graciously gave up the independence of driving and Sharon took over most of Mom's transportation. They bought her the largest TV they could afford so she could see the screen. Sharon kept her Mom active, taking her shopping, church conferences, mall-walking in the Shoppers Mall, joining “Curves” along with Marla and exercising together, then going for coffee and donuts. As she progressed through her 80s, Maude had trouble with osteoporosis, making walking somewhat difficult. In the fall of 2009, she had to move from her apartment of 20 years to one with fewer stairs. She fell and broke her hip and spent some weeks in the Rivers Hospital in early 2010. At this time, Marla had a job at Sokol Supportive Housing and spoke highly of it to Nana. In mid-2010 an opening came up and she moved to Sokol, which she quickly adjusted to and grew very fond of the other residents. In September 2010, she broke the other side of her hip and spent most of the fall in Rivers again. Although it slowed her down, she still put lots of miles on her walker. And even with declining eyesight, she still went through scores of audio books on discs. Her attitude was wonderful. Eventually, the mobility issues became too great and Maudie had to reluctantly leave her beloved Sokol Manor and in May 2013, moved to Dinsdale Personal Care Home. She quickly fell in love with the staff there and by all accounts they were all in love with her, too. In her last month or so, Maudie's health began to decline, as if she became more and more tired. She had no serious disease and was not in pain. She died in that most desired manner: warm, in her own comfortable bed, with loved ones having kept her company often in her last days on earth. She was spunky and burned brightly until very near the end, declined very quickly and wasn't in pain, just becoming more and more tired. Maudie died January 12th and her ashes were interred July 8th. When you meet a genuinely holy person, there is a quality about them which is very special, very attractive, the way we know Jesus was, and you just want to hang around with that person. And when they leave, you feel like you want to cry. Maude was predeceased by husband Lloyd, brothers Fred and Harold, and sisters Dorothy and Irene. She is survived by sister Kathleen (Garnet) Smith; daughter Sharon (David) Vail; son Shawn; granddaughter Marla Peters (Kent Bednorski) and great-grandchildren Jaiden and Noah.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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SVISTOVSKI: Adela. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our mother and grandmother (Babcia) on June 22, 2015 at the Souris Personal Care Home. Mom was born in Bolaje, Poland to Franciszek and Hedwig Baranowske on October 8th, 1927. She had two older half-brothers, Peter and Victor, as well as her full brothers, Stanley and Anthony. Life in her village as a child was happy and full; but the war cut her teenage life short with her family and she was taken away as a prisoner of war to work as a labourer on a German farm. Surviving this ordeal; the opportunity came up to come to Canada; so with several other young women they arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, then to Brandon, Manitoba. She and her friends began working at the Brandon Mental Hospital, Mom being a Nurse’s aide. Working hard and learning a new language, Mom settled in to her new country. At a social function, she met a handsome young farmer from the Rounthwaite district. She married Raymond Svistovski on October 27, 1951 and her farming and family life began. They had five children who were raised in the freedom of the great outdoors. In between raising a family and working with Dad doing the seeding, haying, harvesting, milking the cows and planting her two huge gardens to provide for the family; Mom found time to enjoy her interests and hobbies. Mom was a great seamstress and made special outfits for special occasions. She liked to crochet and knit and gifted the family with her comfy slippers, beautiful doilies and table clothes. Besides the big gardens for food, Mom had a green thumb and enjoyed surrounding the gardens and farm yard with an abundance of colorful flowers. With Dad and then alone; down-time was to have coffee and share stories with family and friends; be it at the farm, at the Mall in Brandon or at their homes. Mom had lived on the family farm south of Rounthwaite for over 63 years before a stroke took away her independence in May 2014. Being a small statured woman with great strength and a big pure heart, she worked hard all her life and never complained that life was too difficult or too tough. She was kind, gentle, soft spoken and wise. Experiencing all the joys that life could bring but also the sorrows that would test her faith, she kept strong. Mom’s devotion in life was her children and grandchildren. She provided and gave us the best that she could. We will be forever grateful for her teachings of life, and keep her in our hearts forever. Mom leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her life; daughters: Frances St-Pierre (Nelson), Romona Courtice (Fred), Kathy Boles (Vaughan) and son Randy Svistovski. Grandchildren: Heather Courtice, Allen, Kim, and Adam Boles. Son-in-law Bert Perey, sister-in-law Stella Zielinski, cousin Gladys Grozny, best friend Christina Polnick; along with nieces and nephews and their families. Mom was predeceased by her husband Raymond in 1998, grandson Terrance Courtice in 2005 and daughter Irene Perey in 2014. She was also predeceased by her parents, brothers, father and mother-in-law Mike and Frances Svistovski, brother- in-law John Zielinski, nephew Steven Zielinski, brother-in-law Adolph Svistovski and sister- in-law Helen Svistovski. Private family prayers and viewing were held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on June 30th; followed by a graveside service at the Brandon Cemetery, where Mom was laid to rest beside Dad. Celebrant was Fr. Patrick Neufeld of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. Pallbearers were: Frances and Nelson St-Pierre, Romona and Fred Courtice, Vaughan and Allen Boles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. We wish to extend our gratitude to our families and friends for all of the love and support that was expressed during Mom’s illness and passing.A special thank-you to the staff at the Souris Personal Care Home for the wonderful care given to Mom. Also thank-you to the Brockie Donovan staff for their guidance, support and compassionate service.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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