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DURNIN: Opal Ferne Durnin (nee Taylor) October 31, 1928 – January 11, 2016. On Monday, January 11, 2016 Opal Durnin, widow of Garfield Grant Durnin, Lumsden and District Heritage Home, Lumsden, SK died at the age of 87 years. A graveside funeral service will be held in the Fleming Community Cemetery, Fleming, SK on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. with Lynette Callfas officiating. A reception for family and friends will be held in the Red Barn Family Restaurant, Moosomin, following the service. Opal was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Grant in March, 2006, a son Scott, grandson Robert Lawford and son in law Patrick Stelmack; she is survived by her children Sherilyn (John) Lawford, Faye Stelmack, Roy (Susan) Durnin, Neil (Jean) Durnin; eleven grandchildren, thirteen great- grandchildren and one great- great-grandchild; her siblings Evelyn Gompf, Wesley (Isabel) Taylor, Joan Collins, Melvin Taylor and Bernice Martens. If friends so desire contributions may be made in memoriam to the Lumsden and District Heritage Home.
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PEDDEN: Gordon William Pedden. On Friday, January 8, 2016 Gordon William Pedden passed away at Lions Prairie Manor in Portage la Prairie, at the age of 90, surrounded by family, after a lengthy struggle with Dementia. Funeral service will be held in the Chapel of the Omega Funeral Home on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 1:30 PM with the Reverend Father Gerald Langevin celebrant. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Gordon is survived by his wife Yvonne, and their sons Gary of Vernon, British Columbia, David (Pauline Johnson) of Falher, Alberta; and Mark (Kristina Olineck) of Edmonton, Alberta; their daughters, Lynn (John) Purvis, Lori Pedden of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Julie (Herschel Fogelman) Pedden of Toronto, Ontario. Grandchildren, Dewenna, Ian and Devin Purvis of Winnipeg, Manitoba including Emma and Sophie Pedden Fogelman from Toronto, Ontario. Nephews Ken (Colleen) Barcley of Souris, Ernest (Wahl) Calgary, Alberta, and nieces Beverly (John Peters), Betty Barcley, Evelyn (Walter) Radomski. Gordon was born in Winnipeg on September 7th, 1925. He was raised and schooled in Elva Manitoba and he then joined the Navy. Following his discharge, he returned to Elva where he was employed by the Russell family who ran a grocery store. Eventually he found work with Pool Elevators. In 1953 he married Yvonne Loiselle of Bellview, Manitoba. A small home was erected for the loving couple. In 1960 the family were moved to Purvis, Manitoba, only to be moved again a few years later to Boissevain, Manitoba. In 1970 Gordon left the grain business for an insurance position with Co-operators in Portage la Prairie. A family business was soon established under the name Portage Realty and Insurance. Eventually the agency was passed on to his eldest son Garry upon retiring in 1995. Gordon’s greatest passion in life was baseball which he played fervently until Dementia took over his life. He was admired for his countless home runs and his ability to hit a ball long distances. He was also active in curling, and golf. He loved to dance and faithfully watched the Lawrence Welk show on Saturday nights. Gordon was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Royal Canadian Legion. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff at Lions Manor who provided care for our Dad for many years. Condolences may be sent to the family c/o Omega Funeral Home, 83 Royal Road South, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, R1N 1T8, 1-800-303-4621 or friends may leave a message of sympathy on our web site “Dedicated to those we serve”.
HIPFNER: Allan Hipfner, loving father of Lorie-Anne and grandfather of Lauren (Eric) Senecal and Carly, passed away peacefully at the Grace Hospital, Winnipeg on the afternoon of Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the age of 80 years. Allan's kind-heartedness is his legacy and he will always be remembered for his friendly nature and gentle soul. He made many friends over the years across Saskatchewan and Manitoba and never failed to strike up a conversation with anyone he met. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Allan is now resting in peace alongside his loving wife Emma of almost 58 years, grandsons Brendan and Marc, and parents Anthony and Phil. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, Brandon, MB, on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Patrick Neufeld as Celebrant. Interment will be held at the Riverside Memorial Park in Regina at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
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RONEY: Evelyn, 89 years, beloved wife of the late Earle Roney, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Friday, December 18, 2015. Funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris, on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Private Interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Evelyn, donations may be made to the Souris Hospital Palliative Care c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10, Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0, to the Victoria Park Lodge c/o Municipality of Souris-Glenwood Box 518 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0 or a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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JONES: Mr. Robert Blayne “Bob” Jones of Melita, passed away at the Deloraine Health Centre on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the age of 75. A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. from the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Melita, MB., with Reverend Father Paul Bisson Celebrant. Burial will follow at the Melita Cemetery. Donations may be given to the Canadian Cancer Society 415 1st Street East Brandon, MB. R7A 2W8 or to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 452 Dovercourt Drive, Winnipeg, MB.  R3Y 1G4. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361.
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FRANK: William Leonard James (Jim) Frank passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 18, 2015 at the age of 68 years. The youngest of four children, Jim was born to Mary and Bill Frank on January 16, 1947 in Rivers, MB. He attended Robinville School and Rivers Collegiate. Jim farmed his whole life on the family farm in the RM of Riverdale (Formerly Daly) - it was his passion. He met his wife Sandra in high school and they were married July 25, 1970. They had three children over the following 17 years. Jim was a lifelong farmer and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He partially retired to spend more time with his grandchildren, but had no plans to fully retire. He was a member at St. James Anglican Church and he took great pleasure in farming, photography, gardening, baking, wine making, reading and fishing. He was very proud to receive the Rotary Club of Brandon/Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship award. Jim is survived by his wife Sandra, daughters Jennifer Sanders (Michael), Sarah Belcher (Chris), son James, grandchildren Matthew and Ruslan Sanders, Riya and Johnathan Belcher, sisters Elizabeth Schafer, Muriel Wyman and Kathleen Roberts (George). He was predeceased by mother Mary Frank, father William Harry (Bill) Frank, Uncle Geoff Frank, brothers-in-law Elmer Schafer and Wilson Wyman. A Memorial Service was held on December 30, 2015 at the St. James Anglican Church, Rivers, MB, with Rev. Sally Carter officiating. Donations in memory of Jim may be may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
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KOVERSKY: Peter Steve Koversky passed away peacefully at the Boissevain Hospital on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. Pete would have celebrated his 88th birthday on February 25, 2016. To many, he was known as “Pete the telephone man” who drives the little red truck. It didn’t matter who you were or whether he knew you or not, he always greeted everyone with a friendly smile, a nod of his head or a wave of his hand. Pete was born in Rackham, MB to Karol Kawerski (Koversky) and Uzuna (Josephine) Pauley who immigrated from Poland and the Ukraine. His family consisted of five brothers and two sisters. Pete spent most of his childhood working on the family farm just outside of Sandy Lake. He then joined the Manitoba Telephone System in 1949 where he worked as a telephone installer. He moved to Deloraine where he met his wife Dorothy Maxwell (deceased). He retired from the Manitoba Telephone System in 1987 after 38 years of service. He was proud to serve the citizens of Boissevain and surrounding area where he made many friends and enjoyed countless conversations. Pete was a social person and a proud, hard-working man, with a great sense of humour. He would often have his family in tears laughing at his tales, quirky sayings, and expressions. In his younger years, he enjoyed community dances, camping, fishing, gardening and tending to his flower gardens. He enjoyed many family get togethers where he and Dorothy prepared large meals followed by a good game of cards. He loved being a part of the Boissevain community where he attended various community events such as the Boissevain Turtle Derby, summer fairs, Co-op dividend days, farmers market, auction sales, watching the Centennials play ball, and cleaning the Kinsmen Park. He enjoyed getting out of town to family reunions at Sandy Lake, various community Fall suppers, Killarney and Deloraine harness races, and the Metis Festival. He was frequently seen at his favorites restaurants, the Redcoat Inn, Busy B, Boissevain Bakery, Chicken Chef in Killarney and the Rendezvous in Deloraine. Pete is survived by four daughters, Brenda MacDonald, Barb Morgan (Doug), Marlene McFadzean (Greg) and Michelle McFadzean (Darin), 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He is also survived by his brother, Mervin Koversky (Shirley) and various nieces and nephews. Pete was predeceased by his parents, Karol & Jessie, his brothers Walter, Tony, John, Frank and sisters Rose and Anne. A service was held on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at the Boissevain Cemetery officiated by Father Shane Bengry and Father Sean Beahen. His grandson, Jesse and granddaughters, Zoe and Nevada, read the Eulogy followed by two songs, Amazing Grace and Peace in the Valley. A tea was held at the United Church after the service. Donations in memory of Pete can be made to the Boissevain Lions Club (Fishing Derby), Box 847, Boissevain, MB, R0K 0E0, one of his favorite events.
“If others wonder why he’s missing…..just tell them he’s gone fishing.”
KELOR: It is with great sadness the family of Julia Kelor, age 89 years, widow of the late Joseph Kelor, beloved mother of Lorraine (the late Gordon) Humphries, Arlene Kelor (Ron Rogoski) and Robert Kelor, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday January 4, 2016. The family will honour her memory privately, in the spring, at a graveside ceremony at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Complete obituary information will follow at that time. Donations in memory of Julia may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3.
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JULSETH: Elsie Elizabeth Julseth (née Campbell) April 6, 1925 to December 13, 2015. Elsie was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. After completing high school and teacher training in Saskatoon, she taught grades 1 to 12 in rural Saskatchewan where she met her true love, Lorne. They shared their lives in Saskatchewan, Flin Flon, Brandon, and Dominican Republic. Elsie continued teaching in Brandon and later worked at the RCMP Brandon detachment. Lorne and Elsie then moved to Dominican Republic in the early 70's and lived a wonderful life there with close co-workers and friends. After Lorne's passing, Elsie returned to Brandon, close to family, friends, and the same caring neighbors. She worked at Hillcrest Place until her retirement. Elsie loved her work, always helping others and culminating wonderful friendships along the way. She loved her family, friends, and neighbors. She is predeceased by husband Lorne, sister Virginia, and great grandson Nicolas. Elsie is survived by her sister Sheila, brother Bill (Dianne), sons Harvey (Maureen), Don (Anita), and Louise. And 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren! "Elsie's passing will leave a hole in our hearts and we'll miss her forever" words by Carol Smith. But her kindness, loyalty, and generosity will be what live on in all who knew Elsie.A great person, a great teacher of life and love.
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HASLETT: Leona Haslett, of Brandon, passed away unexpectantly at her residence, on Thursday,, January 7, 2016, at the age of 65 years. Funeral arrangements pending.
EVANS: Peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, Leonard Salusbury Evans, passed away at St. Boniface Hospital on January 2, 2016 at the age of 86 after suffering a heart attack. Predeceased by his wife, Alice, he leaves behind his three children, Brenda (Ron Bell), Janet (Chris Newton), and Randall (Cathy Evans), four grandsons, Jamie Bell (Amy), Devon Bell-Evans (Ashley), Andrew and Jeffrey Newton-Evans, and five great-grandchildren, Spencer, Corbin, Reegan, Keira, and Griffin. Len was born on August 19, 1929 in Transcona, Manitoba to Blodwyn (nee Salusbury) and David Evans. He was extremely proud of his Welsh heritage. Coming from a working class background, he was the only one in his family to attend university, earning an MA in Economics from United College (later U. of M.). In 2001, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Brandon University, of which he was very proud. He married the love of his life, Alice Mazinke, in 1954. After a short stint as a high school English teacher, he moved his young family to Ottawa to work for the Dominion Bureau of Statistics (Stats Can) and then the CMHC. After eight years, missing family and friends, he asked to be transferred back to Manitoba. In 1965, he accepted a position at Brandon University as an Economics professor. Having had a father who served as an alderman for the city of Transcona from 1938 to 1953, politics was in his blood. In 1953, at the age of 24, he ran for the federal constituency of St. Boniface, Manitoba as a CCF candidate. 16 years later, in the midst of pursuing his PhD, he was approached to run provincially for the NDP. Elected to the Schreyer government in 1969, he proudly served the people of Brandon East for 30 years. After leaving politics he served on the Public Utilities Board and more recently the Board of Governors of Brandon University. There has been much media coverage in the past few days about Len’s legacy as an MLA and cabinet minister. His accomplishments are too numerous to list in detail here. He often spoke about expanding the boundaries of the City of Brandon, the construction of the Keystone Centre, and the rebuilding of the First Street bridge as a few of his proudest achievements. He worked tirelessly for his constituents and their individual concerns. Len was tenacious and never left a job half-done. His socialist principles guided his actions throughout his life. A fierce champion of social justice, he touched the lives of so many people and left the world a better place. In 2010, as a tribute to his outstanding contribution to the community, the new addition to Assiniboine Community College’s north hill campus was named The Len Evans Centre for Trades and Technology. An accordion player and pianist, Len loved performing and played many a concert in local seniors’ homes. He enjoyed hosting parties, good food and conversation which inevitably involved the current political issue of the day. He was a staunch humanist and a long time member of the Unitarian Church. Len was a generous, supportive, loving father and a wonderful provider for his wife and family. The death of Alice last June after 62 years of marriage left him devastated. He mourned her deeply. In recent weeks however, he was starting to enjoy life again. He continued his political activism through his many letters to the editor of the Brandon Sun. The outpouring of kind words and accolades written about Len has been overwhelming. The family is humbled and grateful for the love and support from the people of Brandon, the province of Manitoba and beyond. Dad would have felt deeply honoured. Words cannot express our thanks to the staff of the ICCU at St. Boniface hospital for the outstanding compassionate care our dad received and the kind support extended to our family at such a difficult time. A small gathering was held for family and close friends. A public memorial service will be announced in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Len Evans Memorial Scholarship at Brandon University by cheque (payable to the Brandon University Foundation), 270-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 6A9 or online at
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DESMARAIS: Christine Jean Desmarais (nee Scott) of Brandon, MB entered into rest on January 4, 2016 at the age of 71 years. Christine was born on December 4, 1944 in the Rural Municipality of Rosedale, MB; to Harold and Jean Scott. After completing public school, she graduated from Business College in Portage la Prairie and then worked as a bookkeeper for several firms in Brandon and area. Christine was an active member of the Order of the Royal Purple Lodge #138 in Brandon and of Elks Lodge #14, also in Brandon. She and close friend Duncan Kellie loved to travel to Elks and Royal Purple events throughout Manitoba. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Brandon and took an active part in the various activities of her church family. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. The funeral service for Christine Desmarais will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 361 Russell St., Brandon, MB. She will be laid to rest with her parents on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, MB. Donations in Christine’s memory may be made to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 361 Russell St., Brandon, MB R7A 5H6 or the Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children, 100, 2629-29th St., Regina, SK. S4S 2N9. White’s Funeral Home, Neepawa, MB in care of arrangements. 1-204-476-2848.
COLE: Mechthild “Mech” passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at the age of 74 years. Born in Werl, Germany, she married Norman Cole in 1963 and after his passing, she moved back to the Brandon area from Belleville, Ontario. She had two daughters, Martina Adams of Brandon and Linda Cole of Oakville, Ontario. Also left to mourn Mech are her grandchildren Bradley and Tanya Adams of Brandon and Erika and Karis Cole of Ontario. A celebration of Mech’s life was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, on Thursday, December 24, 2015. Donations in Mech’s name may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
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MARTIN: It is with deep sadness that our family announces the passing of Jean (John) Joseph Nicolas Martin at the Souris Personal Care Home on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. John was born on the family farm in the RM of Cameron on July 8, 1926, the only son of Henry and Marie. Remaining to forever cherish his memory are Bernie, his wife of 63 years; Children, Claude (Diane) Martin, Lionel (Bernie) Martin, Val (Darcy) Dunbar, and Gail Feser; Grandchildren, Bryce Martin, Andrea (Derek) Rothnie, Dillon (Erin)Dunbar, Mylen Dunbar, Riley Feser, Kalli Feser and Shea Martin; Great-grandchildren Asher and Aria Rothnie and Jaxon Dunbar. John attended Grand Bend School , and after his father’s passing in 1955, John was left to manage the family farm. He was very proud of his roots, and was delighted when his farm received its Century Designation in 1998. John was a very active community member, serving as Councillor for the R.M. of Cameron for 10 years. He was also involved as a School trustee, and was a member of Manitoba Conservation, St. Jean’s Parish, and Manitoba Foresters. His 42 years as a Portage Mutual Insurance agent was his most rewarding venture, and he thoroughly enjoyed socializing with many of his loyal clients. Rural farm life meant hard work and countless happy memories - raising children, milking cows, stacking hay, taking his dogs for walks, and rides on his yellow trike. John loved music, especially Lawrence Welk, and he and Bernie attended many dances and card games. He was an avid sports enthusiast and regularly watched his children play ball. He also enjoyed watching curling and was a devoted Blue Jays fan. He will be remembered for his positivity, humour, and his “great smile”. He lived his life with meaning, kindness, and conviction. A celebration of John’s life was held on Saturday, January 2, 2016, at St. Jean’s Catholic Church, Grande Clairiere. The family would like to extend many thanks for the care and compassion given to our husband, father, and grandfather over the last two years by the doctors and staff at the Souris Personal Care Home. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider the Souris Hospital Palliative Care Fund, c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10 Souris, Manitoba ROK 2CO. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris in care of arrangements.
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