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TRUMBLEY: Charles Thomas. Charlie was born on the 9th day of June 1939 at the farm in White Beach, Saskatchewan. Charlie's early life was spent living with his parents and 11 brothers and sisters at that time. He did not complete a lot of schooling as he helped out on the family farm. Charlie and Roxanna were married in 1966. They lived up in Thompson where Charlie worked as a surface driller for ore, until he had an accident at work on July 28th, 1969, losing his eye sight that day. Charlie lived in Winnipeg for one year to heal up. He moved back to Swan River before moving on to Brandon where he received training at Norwood Gardens and at ARM Industries, where he spent 19 years as a trainee/supervisor. During those 49 years, Charlie had two children - Emery and Penny. When the kids got married and Charlie found out he was going to be a Grandpa, he was in a happy, joyous mood. He really thought a lot of his grandkids. They have a special spot in Grandpa's heart. After his divorce to Roxanna, Charlie spent a lot of time out at the lake where his cabin was his pride and joy. He spent many hours fishing, whether it was summertime or winter, and with whoever would take him out. The one thing he just loved was having a bonfire anytime of the day. While living at the lake, he met Darlene Stelmack, the love of his life. Charlie ended up selling his cabin and moving in to her cabin where they spent a lot of time fixing it up and just enjoying life together. They then moved to Brandon where Darlene ran a daycare. Dad was involved with that as well. Darlene had three kids of her own whom Charlie treated like his own. Charlie was very much included in their lives as well as their kids’ lives. Since retiring from daycare, Charlie and Darlene did a lot of travelling throughout Manitoba and through to B.C. over the years. Charlie was very involved in AA where he helped many members, who also helped him in return. In March of this year, Charlie celebrated 43 years of sobriety. He enjoyed the socials and socializing with all the members as well as others. He would do anything for anybody and was always willing to help when needed. Charlie is survived by: Darlene, Emery, Penny, Shawna, Gary, Kenny and their families. Charlie is also survived by two sisters: Barb and Kathy. Charlie was predeceased by: his parents Betty and Norman, sisters: Darlene, Maggie, Louise, Ruby, Evelynn and Caroline, brothers: Robert, George, Jim, Hank, Buck, Fred and Bud. The family would like to thank those who were there for us at our time of need. Burial took place at the Brandon Cemetery on August 9, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. followed by a celebration of Charlie’s life at Brockie Donovan. All were considered Honorary Pallbearers.
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McKAY: Kenneth Ralph. Kenneth passed away at Fairview Home in Brandon on May 26th, 2014 at the age of 88 years. He leaves to mourn his passing his beloved wife of 66 years, Margaret; his son Colin (Pat) and grandsons Chris (Signe and great-granddaughter Kate), and Kevin (Heather and Jada); his son Ian (Donna) and grandsons Gordon (Stephanie) and Michael. He also leaves to mourn numerous nieces and nephews. Kenneth was predeceased by his father David in 1944 and his mother Helen in 1981. He was also predeceased by his brother Robert (Bert) in 2000 and sister-in-law Florence in 2007, and by twin brothers James and Lloyd, who died in infancy in Scotland. Ken was born on February 8, 1926 at Boissevain. In the spring of 1932 the family moved to their present location just south of Brandon at SE 34-8-19. Ken went to school at Hayfield School which was across the road from where Colin and Pat now farm. In later years, Ken’s name became even shorter, known to many as K.R. On July 16, 1947 Ken married Margaret Hull and they started their life on the family farm. Their first farm consisted of a half section. At that time, Bert was running a gravel business and so Ken worked with Bert driving a gravel truck. As time went on the land base at the farm got bigger and Ken quit trucking to farm full time. Ken liked any type of field work but he enjoyed the harvest season and running a combine the most. If his crop got finished first, then he would go and help some neighbors. Ken and Marg enjoyed a few short trips but they had to be short because Ken didn’t want to be away from the farm very long. Ken and Marg loved to dance - and that is how their romance and nearly 67 years of marriage together began. They met at a dance at Riverside and then spent many, many years enjoying the dances at Riverside, Carroll, Souris, Clear Lake and most recently, the Booster Club in Brandon. Once a month on a Saturday night, Ken and Marg would go to the Booster Dance joined by many friends and neighbors. That was the only thing his family can remember that was more important than farming that evening!!! Mom and Dad moved into Brandon in the fall of 2001 after Dad became ill. In 2003 he moved into Fairview Home. It was here that all the staff became our extended family. Dad had wonderful, caring people around him every day since then, and words cannot express how much we appreciated it. Ken passed away peacefully and painlessly on May 26th, 2014 with Mom by his side. Service was held at Brockie Donovan Chapel on June 2, 2014 with Rev. Dr. Dong-Ha Kim officiating. The soloist was Sandy Jasper. The active pallbearers were all family of close neighbors and friends - Howard Anderson, Bill Scott, Doug Denning, Doug Chalmers, Don Couling and Ed Fardoe. Interment was in Brandon Cemetery. Lunch followed at Central United Church Auditorium. Donations in memory of Ken may be made to Crohn’s & Colitis Canada, Box 21047, Brandon, MB, R7B 3W8 or BRHC Foundation “Murray House Cancer Treatment Residence”, 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3.
MARTIN: James Bruce Martin passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014 in Wawanesa, MB. Bruce was born to Arthur Moore and Edith Marion (Groves) Martin on October 28, 1928 on the Martin homestead SE 12-7-19 in the RM of Oakland. Art was born at the same location. Bruce grew up as the eldest of six children. Bruce attended school at Riverbank and Nesbitt schools. He rode the bike in the fall and spring and boarded in Nesbitt in the winter months. When he got his driver’s license and sometimes before, he often drove the car in the spring and fall. Bruce started to run the tractor in the spring of 1939 and continued helping and farming with his dad until about 1960. After his school years, Bruce worked at Breen’s Motors. On October 18, 1952, Bruce married Ruth Keir from Morden in St. Paul’s United Church, Morden, Manitoba. They began their life together on the farm located on NE 6-7-18 in the Nesbitt Community where they lived for the next 61 years. Bruce and Ruth farmed until 1996 when they sold the farm to their younger son, Kelly, then they continued to reside on the farm and assist with farming until March 2014. Ruth and Bruce danced with numerous Square Dance clubs including Nesbitt, Wawanesa and Glenboro. When their family was young, their social event without any children was square dancing. When they had more time on their hands, the time spent dancing increased. Their winters in Osoyoos, B.C. were filled with dances and socializing. Bruce was known to call at square dances and to sing along to a favorite song. Bruce was always a “John Deere man” and this carried on into his retirement when he purchased and restored nine vintage tractors and a combine. He took them to parades – and was awarded second place for Best Restored Tractor Pre-1934 at Prairie Pioneer Days in 2009. Bruce was interested in local history. He had a collection of books from different municipalities and towns in this part of the province, many of which were passed on to him from his parents. Bruce also had a few municipal maps of the area. He would often pass the time sitting in his favorite chair, with a book reading about some family history. The books were a source of enjoyment but also, he would look for answers to some question that had come up during a discussion with Ruth or a neighbour. Not only did he have these resources, but Bruce also had an amazing memory for people in the district and how they were connected, not just for his own generation but for his parents’ and grandparents’ as well. Bruce could tell a good story – no family dinner was complete until Bruce shared an experience from days gone by. He entertained us and gave his family roots so they knew a bit of where they came from and of those that had gone before. Other interests included listening to CBC radio – Peter Gzowski’s interviews and Stuart McLean’s stories. During retirement, he regularly went to Nesbitt for coffee, news and reminiscing. Bruce was very active in the community as Treasurer for Berbank United Church, Nesbitt School Board member, Local Board member and delegate for the Manitoba Pool Elevators, Board member and President of the Brandon Consumers Co-op and the Wawanesa Hospital Board. He is survived by children: Brett (Linda), Cathy (Bob), Colleen (Dick) and Kelly (Deb). Grandchildren: Kelsey, Holly; Kyla (Dennis), Daniel (Robyn); Jim, Matt; Katelyn (Jason), Courtney and Kelsey. Great-grandchildren: Maddax, Leighton; Jasper; Tripp. Predeceased 33 days earlier by his wife, Ruth, and also by older brother in infancy, younger brothers Lorne and Gordon and parents: Arthur and Edith Martin. The family would like to thank everyone for their support during the past months. A graveside service was held at Minnewawa Cemetery on Friday, August 15, 2014. Rev. Harvey Hurren officiated. Donations may be made in Bruce’s memory to Canadian Diabetes Association, A1, 800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 6N5 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3, 824 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.comArrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre 204-727-0330
JANDREW:  Oswald “Ossie” Lee of Brandon, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, August 11, 2014 at the age of 50 years. A celebration of Ossie’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Joe Ball officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ossie may be made to Helping Hands, 111-7th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 3S5.
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EARLEY: Edith, beloved wife of the late William Earley, passed away at the Golden Links Lodge, Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at the age of 83 years. A private graveside service will be held at the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Edith, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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FALCONER: Aileen Mae Falconer (nee Casselman) passed away peacefully with family at her side at Delwynda Court PCH, in Deloraine on Friday, August 16, 2014. She was 105 years young. Aileen was born August 6, 1909 to Stephen and Tillie Casselman. She had a busy childhood caring for, playing and working with 10 siblings. She attended Lauder school from 1916-1928, then graduated from Normal school in Winnipeg in 1929. She taught for fifteen years in various schools: Pilot Mound, Purple Hill, Copperfield, Medora and Elgin. Aileen married Jim Falconer on August 24, 1944 at the Casselman Farm. They lived happily in Deloraine. Jim owned the insurance business and Aileen was an efficient housewife and community volunteer. The Eastern Star, Deloraine Legion, and Deloraine United Church gained a willing worker. One example of her dedication was teaching Sunday school for twenty six years. Jim and Aileen enjoyed curling, they were both members of the Deloraine Curling Club, she curled well into her 80’s. The Falconers had great pride in their quaint brick home, everything was in its place. Family and friends were always welcomed. Many gatherings and holidays happened to be celebrated on Lake Street. Auntie Aileen we will always remember your great determination and independence. One hundred and five years is no easy feat. You are remarkable, your intelligence and keen observation sense, youthfulness and hard work made you a very special lady. Aileen is survived by sister Mime Westcott and brother Harold Casselman and may numerous nieces and nephews and their families. We are so privileged to have had you in our lives. Many thanks to Dr. Brackenreed and the wonderful staff at Delwynda Court for the excellent care Aileen received, to Paul Smith of Smith Funeral Home and Rev. Allan Gairns for the beautiful service. Thank you to the Legion ladies for the delicious lunch following the service. In memory of Aileen donations may be made to Delwynda Court Personal Care Home, Box 447, Deloraine, Manitoba, R0M 0M0.
Rest in Peace, dear Auntie Aileen! XOXOSmith Funeral Home 204-747-2088
DEGROOT: Allan John Degroot of Brandon, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully on August 17, 2014 at the Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Karren, daughters Shaunna (Cornell), Wendy (David), son Michael, grandchildren Jonathan, Samaira, Brian, Lisa, and great-grandchildren Teyla, Aiden, Damon and Danika. He also leaves a sister, Teresa (Ken) Thompson and family. Cremation has taken place. A private family gathering will be held at a later date.
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CUVELIER: Ghislena Maria “Hazel” Cuvelier, beloved wife of Dan Cuvelier, mom to Glenn, Dennis, Mel, Ken, Brian, Wayne, Jeff, Judy, Carolyn and Chris, died peacefully on August 21, 2014 at the Bayside Personal Care Home in Killarney, Manitoba at the age of 91. Mass will be held on Monday, August 25, 2014 at the St. Felix de Valois Catholic Church in Dunrea, Manitoba at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be held at the Killarney Cemetery in Killarney, Manitoba following the service. Donations in memory of Hazel may be made to the St. Felix de Valois Catholic Church, Box 57, Dunrea, MB, R0K 0S0, or to Bayside Personal Care Home, Box 5000, Killarney, MB, R0K 1G0.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service(204) 523-7791
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CLUNEY: Eileen Isobel Cluney of Alexander, MB, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2014 in Rivers, MB, with her devoted husband of 59 years, William (Bert) sitting beside her. She is survived by her husband, her loving children Elizabeth, David, Mary and Patrick as well as eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son Daniel. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Tarbolton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rivers Health Care Centre “Palliative Care,” Box 428, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0.
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BINDA: It is with deep sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Frank Binda, beloved husband, father and grandfather, on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at the age of 75. Frank was born on May 7th, 1939, to Giuseppe (Joe) and Rosa Binda. At a young age, his family moved to Lac du Bonnet, when he met the love of his life, Judy. They were married June 25th, 1960. At the age of 16 he started his first job as a mechanic, which became his true passion in life. He worked at Champagne's Garage and Lavoie Motors until an opportunity at the Department of Highways brought his family to Brandon. He would later obtain his teaching degree and would lend others his knowledge by teaching Heavy Duty Mechanics at ACC, where he taught until retirement at age 55. Frank was a man who loved and lived life in a big way. Nothing brought greater joy to Frank than spending time with family and friends. Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 54 years, Judy, daughter Donna MacGranachan (Alec) and children Brendan and Shayne, son Danny Binda (Cathy) and children Izabella and Carter. Also surviving are sisters-in-law Edie Bryk of Lac du Bonnet and Sara Binda of Calgary, plus many other relatives in Italy. Frank was predeceased by his parents, brother Louis, in-laws, Theresa, John, Gail, Leo and Tony. Memorial service was held at Brockie Donovan Chapel. Interment to follow at the Lac du Bonnet cemetery. Donations in memory of Frank may be made to The Cardiovascular Research Fund (Asper Centre), C1026 - 409 Tache Avenue, Winnipeg, R2H 2A6.
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COOK: Barbara Ann Cook beloved wife of Ken Cook passed away on August 19, 2014 at the age of 50 years at the Health Science Centre, Winnipeg, MB. Funeral service will be held on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Minnedosa Community Conference Centre, Minnedosa, MB with Rev. Natasha Pearen officiating. Interment will take place at in the Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations in Barb’s memory may be made to the Minnedosa Palliative Care Service.
Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868
SHURVELL: Garry Wayne Shurvell. Beloved husband of Linda, father to Danielle, Garry, grandfather to Gage, passed away in Brandon, MB at the Assiniboine Center on August 15, 2014 at the age of 78. All are welcome to join the family at the graveside service at Greenwoods Cemetery located in Harding, MB, August 23 at 11:00 a.m. Following the service will be a celebration of Wayne’s life at the East End Community Center at 1:00 p.m. Complete obituary to follow.
GOOD: Helen, beloved wife of the late William Good, mother of Bill and Barb, passed away at the Souris Personal Care Home on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at the age of 97 years. Funeral service will be held at Kowalchuk’s Funeral Chapel, Souris, on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Helen, donations may be made to Souris Personal Care Home c/o Prairie Mountain Health, Box 10, Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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WEBBER: Claribel Louise, beloved wife of the late Harry R. Webber and dear mom to John and Don, passed away peacefully on her 98th birthday at her residence, Hillcrest Place, on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. A service to celebrate Claribel’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Donations in memory of Claribel may be made to the Central United Church building fund, 327-8th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 3X5. Complete obituary information to follow.
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