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CRANG: Norma Joan Crang, beloved wife of Robert “Bob” and dear mother of Robert, Alan (deceased), Jeffrey (Crystal), and Susan, passed away peacefully, with her husband by her side, at the Assiniboine Centre on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the age of 73 years. A private graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery with Fr. Chad McCharles officiating. Donations in memory of Norma may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, A1-800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 6N5, or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8. Complete obituary information to follow.
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ALLEN: On Friday, January 15, 2016, John Leo Allen, of Brandon, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Born in Shattuck, Oklahoma on December 5, 1949, John lived in Fargo, Oklahoma until age 5 years, when his family moved to Altamont, Kansas. They operated a successful dairy farm, which he helped with everything. Graduating with honours, from Labette high school, and as class valedictorian, John then attended Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas. Moving to Canada in 1970, John lived in numerous places including Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Regina, Selkirk, and Brandon. He was very successful in long-term sales, working for McKenzie Seeds as well as Foss North America. When not singing in the choir, or playing trumpet in a band, John was an avid golfer, took great pride in his gardening skills, and enjoyed travel. He watched all sports, and his favourite team was the Kansas City Royals. Remaining to cherish John's memory are his son Christopher Allen; daughter Annie Allen (Tim North); granddaughters Lily and Lexi Allen-North (his pride and joy); father John Allen Sr; sister Janice Billups; nieces Nicole (Banner) Stovall, Jennifer Krusemark, Megan Billups; numerous great nieces and nephews and life-long friend Kirk Wyckoff. He was predeceased by his mother Violet Allen. A private graveside service will take place at a later date. Donations in memory of John may be made to a charity of choice.
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CRAWFORD: Jessie Isabelle Crawford, in her 98th year, passed away at her residence, Fairview Personal Care Home, on Saturday, January 16, 2016 with family by her side. She will be laid to rest with her late husband Robert James during a private family service to take place at a later date.
BASIUK: Thelma, 86 years, beloved wife of Frank Basiuk, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, January 15, 2016. Funeral service will be held at the Hartney Centennial Centre, Hartney, MB on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Private Interment in the Hartney Cemetery. In memory of Thelma, donations may be made to the Manitoba Kidney Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at .
ALLEN: The death of John Leo Allen, age 66 years, beloved father of Chris and Annie, occurred on Friday, January 15, 2016 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. A private graveside service will take place at a later date. Donations in memory of John may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
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SUTHERLAND: Loreen Ruth Sutherland, beloved Mother, Grammie, Mentor and Special Friend, passed away at the Minnedosa Health Centre on Saturday, January 9, 2016. Ruth was a long-term resident of Brandon and most recently of Ditch Lake, MB. She was born February 27, 1927 at Invermay, Saskatchewan. She grew up on a grain and stock farm until the fall of 1944 when she moved to Saskatoon, SK to complete high school. After high school, Ruth enrolled in a Saskatchewan teacher training program. Later, she taught at Leney, SK before locating to Manitoba. Ruth taught in and around the Brandon area from 1948 to 1988 when she retired. Ruth was married to Stewart Sutherland in July 1953 and they raised their family in Brandon. Ruth enjoyed reading, travel, handwork and flower gardening. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and attending their activities. Ruth is survived by her sons, Terrence and Donald; daughter Marilyn, her husband Craig and two special grandsons, Sean and Hudson. She also leaves her sister- in-law, Eileen Turner, and many nieces and nephews. A brief family service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens following cremation. In lieu of flowers, if friends wish, donations in memory of Ruth may be made to a charity of their choice.
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STOVIN: The family of John Edward Stovin is sad to announce his death on December 24th, 2015 in Victoria, BC. John (Johnny) was born in Deloraine, Manitoba to John and Helen Stovin on February 28th, 1951. He was raised in the Bayview district in the Turtle Mountains. John received his schooling in Bayview and Deloraine. After high school he attended Red River Community College and graduated with his certificate as a Lab/X-Ray technician. His first position was in Ericsdale. He then moved to a position at the Gladstone District Hospital where he spent many fond and fun-filled years. In 1977 John married Debbie Wild. After a few years they moved to Victoria, BC where John worked at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. In 1989 John embarked on a new adventure, moving to Tofino, BC where he worked at the hospital there. During his years in Tofino he took up skiing through which he met many more friends. He was an awesome slow-pitch player with a mean throw from third to first base. Sports were a pure passion in John’s life. His devotion to the New York Yankees and the Chicago Black Hawks was legendary. John became an avid motorcyclist, making many treks through Canada and the USA. His good friend Brad Stewart, of Gladstone, traveled many miles with John on their bikes. John had a great love of irreverent humour which was demonstrated by his love of Monty Python and South Park, among others. He was a consummate fan of Star Trek and could, using his talent for accents and imitation, quote many lines from the series. John discovered his illness in late 2014 and faced it with his usual prairie courage, determination and humour. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. Wherever he went, fun followed. He always said, “It’s not a party till the police show up.” His hospital colleagues tell us that he changed the atmosphere of every hospital in which he worked. John is predeceased by his parents John and Helen Stovin, his nephew Curtis Wozney and his brother-in-law Don McKay. He is survived by his sisters Shirley (Murray) Brown of Deloraine and Jean McKay of Brandon; nieces and nephews, Michelle and Keith Brown, Ron (Paula) Wozney, Terry (Shelly) Wozney, Tracey (Joel McCulloch). John took great joy in the great nieces and nephews, Grae, Emma, Tanner, Dillon, Grace, Gabby and Julia. In accordance with John’s wishes cremation has taken place. Following a private dispersal of the ashes a public celebration of his life will take place at the Mountview Centre in Deloraine, MB. This memorial will take place on July 23, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Food will be eaten and stories told. It was John’s wish that his friends get together and have a great time in his memory. On January 30, 2016, a memorial will be held for John at the Tofino Legion Hall from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Material possessions meant little to John. He loved the experiences of life and living. He lived his “bucket list”. It just ended too soon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC or Manitoba Cancer Societies, a charity of your choice or the Tofino General Hospital Foundation going towards a piece of X-ray equipment in memory of John.
McCONNELL: The death of Marjorie Jean McConnell, of Brandon, occurred on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. The Funeral Service will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with Arlene Robertson officiating. Donations in memory of Marjorie may be made to Myeloma Canada, 1800 Le Corbusier Blvd, Suite 138, Laval, QC H7S 2K1. Complete obituary information will follow.
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KERR: Kelvin Lorne. Kelvin passed away after a brief battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his parents Lorne and Irene and his brother Ken. He is survived by his brother Glenn (Brenda), nephews Ian and Colin and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.  Thank you to the doctors and staff at the Brandon Hospital for the care he received during his time there, as well as to the people who helped him with his care day to day. Cremation has taken place and a private family graveside will take place at a later date.
Clarke’s Funeral Home,
GERRARD: George Gerrard of Strathclair, MB passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the age of 96 years. George is survived by his wife Helga, children: Christine (Laurence) Bertram of Winnipeg, Alex (Kirsten) of Winnipeg, Nelson of Hnasau, Lois (Dennis) Ostash of Shoal Lake, Ian (Cathy) of Strathclair, Douglas of Seech Lake, 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. The funeral service will be held on Monday, January 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. from the Strathclair United Church with Rev. Jamie Bradshaw officiating. Interment will follow in the Bend Cemetery, Strathclair.
Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson is in care of arrangements. (204) 759-2160.
BULLOUGH: Patricia died peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre on Friday, January 8, 2016 at the age of 88 years. Born on February 9, 1927 in Toronto, Ontario, Mom was a very talented Scottish dancer and singer throughout her childhood and competed in Ontario, Quebec and Scotland. She married Fred in 1945 and they had three children, Laurie, Karen and Kathy. Although Mom worked at various jobs over the years, her first priority was raising her family. She was a marvellous cook and host, who, together with Fred, loved to entertain. Her competitive spirit, honed in childhood, continued with her passion for competitive curling and her lifelong love of golf. She and Fred loved to travel and enjoyed many golf vacations to California, Texas and Arizona, always accompanied by their beloved dogs. In 1988, they left their long time home in Thunder Bay and settled in Penticton, BC, which proved to be a golfing paradise. They moved to Brandon approximately ten years later to be closer to family. Four months before Dad's death in March 2006, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in Thunder Bay, with their friends and family. After Dad's death, Mom remained independent for two more years and then moved into Fairview Home for her final years. Mom found Fairview provided a comfortable home for her and she developed close relationships with many of the staff. Her pet peeves included her false teeth that never fit, certain politicians, professional golfers and curlers. Her huge loves were for all of our family pets (including Bear, Bailey, Bella, Cloe and Marble). Mom is survived by her daughters, Karen Lewthwaite (Jim) and Kathy Missere (Mike); grandchildren Andrew (Krista) and Patrick Lewthwaite and Courtney (Mark) and Kelsey Missere and great-grandchildren, Natalya and Sawyer Lewthwaite. Mom was predeceased by son Laurie in 1972 and husband Fred in 2006. The family will cherish her memory in a graveside ceremony in Thunder Bay, at a later date. Donations in memory of Patricia may be made to a charity of choice.
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ANDERSON: With her husband by her side, Frances Lee “Fran” Anderson, of the Forrest District, passed away at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon on Friday, January 8, 2016. Fran grew up in Tinley Park, Illinois, near Chicago, obtaining a Degree from Northern Illinois University, with a double major in mathematics and Spanish. She immigrated to Canada in the early 70s and worked for over 20 years for the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa. She used her almost-fluent Spanish for business and pleasure, as the opportunity arose, throughout the rest of her life. In her post-retirement years, she was a long-time volunteer for the Brandon Film Festival Inc/Evans Theatre in Brandon, and did various volunteer assignments over the years for Westman Immigrant Services. She looked forward to travel, usually involving family reunifications with their widespread family. During her retirement years, she was also able to take several vacations with her husband to Mexico, Uruguay, Thailand, Florida, Greece, Arizona and her beloved Barbados, where they had lived for a number of years. Fran will probably be best remembered for her smile and her legendary generosity. She loved to be a hostess, providing fine food and wine to her many guests over the decades. We would like to express deep gratitude to her many friends from far and wide, who have been supportive of Fran during the difficult final months. We are grateful to her physician, Dr. G. Edward and to the outstanding, compassionate staff at the Palliative Care Unit, Assiniboine Centre, who did their utmost to keep her comfortable in the final weeks. Fran is survived by husband Bill; sons Erik Stephen Haines, Sean (Faith) Anderson, and Vaughn (Nina) Anderson; mother-in-law Elizabeth “Bessie” Anderson of Riverheights Terrace; sisters Kay (Robert) Goers and Laurie (Kevin) O’Shea; sisters-in-law Bonnie (Gerry) Anderson, Margaret Anderson, Shirley (Mike) Anderson; and her grandchildren Liam (11), Aidan (9) and Amy (7). The family will cherish her memory in a private graveside ceremony at Humesville Cemetery in the spring. Donations in memory of Fran may be made to Dying with Dignity Canada, 55 Eglinton Ave. E Suite 802, Toronto, ON, M4P 1G8, or the Brandon Film Festival Inc, 455-8th St., Brandon MB R7A 3X6.
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PICKETT: On December 18th, 2015, with great sadness, our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend, Inga Edele Pickett (Pedersen), passed at 92 years of age. Inga was born in Brande, Denmark on July 17th, 1923, the oldest of three boys and three girls. They moved to Canada in 1927 and settled in the Alida, SK area. As a young woman, Inga moved to Elva, MB, working for several families before moving to Brandon, where she was employed at the Ritz Café. Inga met Gordon, the love of her life, in February 1946 and they were married on October 1st of that same year. They spent their wedding night dancing to a newly discovered Oscar Peterson, who was performing at the Red Caboose in the Prince Edward Hotel. They moved to Sinclair following their marriage where Gordon had purchased a blacksmith shop. There, they raised their family of seven girls. They had a good life with many happy memories of a house full of extended family and friends. Family gatherings always meant that the house was full to the rafters with laughter and good times. In 1972, they purchased their home on 3rd Street in Brandon from Gordon’s sister, Ruth Goodman. It was then that Inga started working at the Assiniboine Hospital until her retirement in the late 1980’s. Inga and Gordon loved to travel. Their trips took them to Cuba, Hawaii, Alaska, all over Canada, and the U.S. One last trip was with Sandra, to cross the Rockies by rail, something she had always dreamed of doing. Inga had a green thumb and could make anything grow, even in her room at Fairview. She loved to play scrabble, do jigsaw puzzles, and was especially lucky at bingo. Inga was predeceased by her loving husband of 55 years, Gordon, grandchildren Jacquelyn Dmyterko and Derek Campbell, sons-in-law Doug Ross and Don Dmyterko, parents Thorvald and Petra Pedersen, brothers Arne, Agon, and Eric, brothers-in-law Joe Glennie, Ray Vennard and Tom Moore, nephew Alex Vennard, as well as many of Gordon’s extended family. She leaves to mourn her daughters and their families: Sharon Ross, Marilyn (Don) Beltz, Linda Campbell, Valerie (William) Boyce, Sandra Dmyterko, Kim Pickett (Gordon Teed), Joanne Medd (Grant Reynolds); grandchildren Terry (Sandi) Ross, Deanna (Sean) Peters, Kevin (Jenna) Peck, Tara (Steve) Just, Shelley (Corey) Stewart, Dean Campbell, Scott Campbell, Amanda Campbell (Jason Gramlich), Alexander and Evan Boyce, Shawna (Jon) Gilbert, Tina Dmyterko, Cory (Krista) Medd, and Chelsea Medd (Lee Miller); as well as numerous great-grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren.  She also leaves to mourn her sisters Erna Moore and Mabel Glennie and sisters-in-law Eileen Petersen and Gladys Bullee, as well as several nieces and nephews. Inga has touched many lives and will always be remembered with loving memories. Viewing will be held on Friday, January 15th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, 332-8th Street. Funeral service will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Saturday, January 16th at 1:00 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial donations may be made to Central United Church, 327-8th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 3X5.
God saw you getting tiredWhen a cure was not to be,So He closed His armsAround you and whispered“Come with Me.”
Your smile is gone forever,Your hands we cannot touch,All we have are memories,Of one we loved so much.
He took you to His garden,And laid you there to rest.God’s garden must be beautifulHe only takes the best.
And when we saw you sleepingSo peaceful and free from pain,We would not wish for youTo suffer that again.
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