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OLESON: Charlotte Louise Oleson passed away at the Glenboro Health Centre on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at the age of 84 years, Charlotte Louise Oleson (nee Kingdon), of Glenboro, MB. Charlotte grew up on the farm in the Clanwilliam district.  She attended Crocus School and graduated high school from Minnedosa Collegiate Institute. She then attended Normal School in Winnipeg. After graduating Normal School in 1951 she taught at Glenboro School from 1951 to 1953. Charlotte then embraced becoming a stay at home mom until Kelly started school. She re-entered the work force as a librarian for the town and then Glenboro Collegiate. Her first elected office was councillor in the Village of Glenboro in 1977, including time as Deputy Mayor. First elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 1981, she served until 1990. During this period Charlotte was appointed Minister of Community Services and Minister of Employment Services and Economic Security with responsibility for the Status of Women. The Ministries were reorganized in 1989 when she became Minister of Family Services. She also served as Chairman of Lakeland Regional Library Board, Director of the Manitoba Library Trustees Association, Vice- Chair of the Cypress Planning District, member of Glenboro and Area Historical Society, President of the Glenboro Development Corporation, Chair of the Friends of Spruce Woods Park and the Criddle-Vane Homestead Committee.  Charlotte was an active member of the Glenboro St. Stephen's Anglican Church and Honorary President of Manitoba Ladies Curling Association.  She was a board member of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission and the Manitoba Motor Transport Board from 1977 to 1981. Charlotte was an active member of the PC Party of Manitoba for over forty years, including several constituency leadership roles.  She served as a Director of the Federal PC Women's Caucus, and was awarded an honorary life membership in the Manitoba PC party in 2000. She was awarded the Canada 125 medal in 1992. Charlotte leaves to mourn her passing her loving husband of 63 years Stan, sons Chris (Kristine) of Regina, SK, Davin (Janice) of Brandon, Kelly of Winnipeg, five grandchildren: Jennifer (Don), Eric (Cassie), Asia, Johanna and Alycia and by two great-grandchildren, Elliot and Finley. She is also survived by three brothers and three sisters, Maurice (Mary) Kingdon of Minnedosa, MB, Hazel (Bob) Jelfs of Foxwarren, MB, Erle (Alice) Kingdon of Virden, MB, Kathy (Aymer) Lundin of Comox, BC, Gerry (Sandra) Kingdon of Vilne, AB, Peggy Hawes of Creston, BC, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Charlotte was predeceased by her parents Clarence and Elsie Kingdon. A Celebration of Charlotte's life will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the Willmor Chapel, 415 Broadway St., Glenboro, with Sharon Hamilton officiating. Interment will take place in the Glenboro Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in Charlotte's memory to the Glenboro & Area Foundation, Box 147, Glenboro, MB, R0K 0X0.
Online condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.willmorchapel.com
Jamieson's Funeral Services of Glenboro-Holland in care of arrangements 204-827-2480.
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ALLEN-HEIDE: Eve, beloved wife of Randy, beloved mom to Jenny, Twyla, Cody and Lisa, died February 20, 2017 at the Boissevain Health Centre, Boissevain, Manitoba at the age of 57. Funeral service will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Whitewater Mennonite Church, Boissevain, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Boissevain Cemetery. Donations in memory of Eve may be made to the Boissevain Health Centre Palliative Care, Box 899, Boissevain, Manitoba, R0K 0E0
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service204-523-7791
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GREEN: Albert H. Green passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the age of 89 years. A Graveside Service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne, officiating. Donations in memory of Albert may be made to a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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CATHRO: Thomas Charles Cathro was born July 30, 1928 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan and passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon, Manitoba. Thomas is survived by his three children Tim Cathro (Sandy), Rob Cathro (Marsha) and Ann Cathro (Mike); ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his loving wife Carleen Cathro, son Thomas Charles Jr and son Donald Richard Bruce. Thomas served 28 years in the military doing what he loved best, taking care of others. This is my father's quote. "I gave the best years of my life, for my country, because I believed in what we were doing, which was to protect those who could not protect themselves" Our father was an amazing man and we will miss you Always and Forever Dad, we love you. A Come and Go Memorial Reception will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a time of reflection at 11:30 a.m. Donations in memory of Thomas may be made to the Salvation Army, 9 Princess Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 1R8.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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KOTYK: On Tuesday, February 7, 2017, “Ed” Adolph Michael Kotyk, of Brandon, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Born August 14, 1927 on the farm in Oakburn, Ed farmed throughout his life until 1984. Ed is survived by his wife Joyce of 45 years; daughter Robin (Nicolas); grandchildren Drake and Julia of Maple Ridge, BC; brother Alex (Emily) of Oakburn, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father John, mother Mary Osadec, brothers Frank, Paul, Carl, Joe, Lloyd, Lionel and sister Jane. The Funeral Service will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. Arlene Robertson will officiate. A reception will follow at Memories Chapel. Interment will take place at a later date. Donations in memory of Ed may be made to a charity of choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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McCULLOCH: Toni Lee (Yake) McCulloch, June 10, 1973 – January 2, 2017. Toni Lee Yake was born in Abbotsford, British Columbia on June 10, 1973. She was welcomed by her father Don, her mother Sandy, brother Terry and sister Tricia. She was later big sister to Teresa. At the age of 2, her family moved to Clearwater, Manitoba to learn the wonderful life of farming. In 1976, the family then moved to the farm outside of Mather, MB where Toni spent her younger years. She went to kindergarten in Clearwater and started grade 1 in Mather School, coincidentally the same school her Grandpa Yake attended as a boy. When Mather school closed after Toni finished grade 5, she attended Clearwater Elementary for her grade 6 year. In 1992, Toni graduated from Thomas Greenway Collegiate in Crystal City, MB. Growing up, Toni enjoyed figure skating, bike riding, baseball, video games and 4H. She also volunteered as a candy striper in Pilot Mound. Toni loved Barbies as a little girl and always had a love for tigers. She later developed a love for music, card games, online games and cooking shows. Toni had a very close bond with her parents, brother and sisters. Family was always important and she loved to spend time with all family members, visiting whenever possible. After high school, Toni worked at various jobs in Cartwright and Killarney before moving to Brandon where she and Dean met. Toni embraced Dean’s young son, Brenden, into her life, caring for and loving him as her own. Toni and Dean started their life together in Souris, MB and within a few years, a job opportunity for Dean took them to beautiful Setting Lake, MB. In February 2005, Toni and Dean were married in Las Vegas and in November of that year, darling Keira was born. Keira was Toni’s pride and joy, and she loved her “to the moon and back”. While in Setting Lake, Dean and Toni created Muskeg Country Outfitters, a hunting and guiding business. 2011 saw the McCulloch family move to Erickson, MB to allow for greater opportunities for Keira and closer proximity to extended family. In Erickson, they once again established a successful business further expanding Muskeg. Muskeg was a huge part of the family life and Toni embraced the visitors that graced their home. j She was a wonderful hostess and although she didn’t particularly love cooking, she became very good at it. She also spent a great deal of time working alongside Dean clearing land, chopping wood, setting and checking baits and trap lines and building a guest cabin to enhance the experience for hunters and visitors. She became an avid hunter and fisherman, never afraid to try something new. On December 25, 2013 the family received the devastating news that Toni had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and thus began her 3 year battle with the dreaded disease. Toni immediately began treatment and was scheduled for surgery in early 2014. Surgery was deemed successful and by September of 2014 Toni was declared cancer free – she had beat cancer! Toni lived cancer free for a short 10 months before being told the cancer had returned. She was determined to beat it again and began her courageous battle. Many things were tried that may have prolonged her time with us but in the end, her mighty strength was gone and we lost our beautiful girl. Toni was fiercely loyal to family and friends and remained amazingly strong in spirit and will during her battle with cancer. A Celebration of Toni’s life was held at Central United Church in Brandon MB on Saturday, January 7, 2017. We’ll never know how many lives Toni touched with her love and thoughtfulness but we are all missing an angel. Love and remembrance last forever and Toni will be truly missed.
In Loving Memory of Toni Lee (Yake) McCulloch.
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KRIESER: Josephine passed away at the Assiniboine Centre Palliative Care Unit on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. She is survived by her daughter Linda (Craig); five brothers and three sisters. She is also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and by special friend, Bob Neeve. Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Josephine may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, ‘Palliative Care’, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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HYRSAK: Paul Hyrsak (1916-2017) passed away peacefully at his residence at Rideau Park on Wednesday February 08, 2017. A long life culminated with many happy moments with the compassionate and caring staff at Rideau. Paul was born in Vista, MB to Mike and Anna (Yaskiw). He was one of nine children. Dad married Kay (Waytowich) on October 09, 1939. After many hours of night school and practical experiences, Dad obtained his Carpentry Certificate. He was a skilled carpenter who supervised many building constructions in Brandon and area. Dad was a Gunner for 17 FD RECT RCA during WWII. He served in Denmark and his final posting in Frankfurt, Germany. After the war, Dad became the Legion President in Oakburn, MB. He proudly laid the Wreath during the Remembrance Day service held at Rideau Park. Dad had many skills, hobbies and interests. He avidly collected, fixed and played violins and other instruments. Home was always full of musical entertainment. During his life, he was an ardent fisherman, hunter and curler. Dad's biggest attribute was his inventive skills. There was nothing he couldn't fix, design or change. His love for animals, especially his dogs Sparky, Cleo and Lucky, played a big part in his life. Paul was a member of St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church for over sixty years. Dad and Mom were blessed with seventy-four years of marriage. Paul is survived by his son Nelson (Judi), daughter Linda (Garry) McIntosh, grandchildren Calla (Don) Cooper, Darron (Leah), great-grandchildren Mitchell and Kylan Cooper, Rachel and Bryce Hyrsak and brothers Melvin and Philip. Paul was predeceased by his wife Kay, infant son Delmar, his parents and step-mother, five brothers and two sisters. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 927 Assiniboine Avenue, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Michael Tkachuk as Celebrant, assisted by Cantor Stella Fedeniuk. A family interment will be held at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Paul may be made to Funds for Furry Friends, 208-740 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 0K9 or Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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EILERS: Surrounded by her family, Bertha May Eilers passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre on February 14, 2017 at the age of 89. Bertha is survived by her loving husband Joseph Eilers; daughters Hilda (Raymond) Wood, Betty (Phil) Persian; sons Allan (Debbie) Cormack and Dennie (Debbie Simpson) Cormack and six grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first husband, Cecil Cormack and her son Larry Cormack. In keeping with Bertha's wishes a private graveside service will take place at a later date. Donations in memory of Bertha may be made to Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada, Box 21047, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 3W8. Complete obituary information to follow.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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CHEYNE: Mr. Norman Cheyne of Melita, MB passed away at his residence, the Melita Personal Care Home, on Valentine's Day, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the age of 79. Norm is survived by three brothers: Gordon (Phyllis) of Kelowna, BC, Floyd (Elsie) of Melita and Kenneth of Melita; seven nieces and nephews: Frances, Sandy, David, Brent, Heather, Melanie, Deborah and their families; sister-in-law Bonnie Cheyne of Melita. He was predeceased by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Alexander and Dorothy (Cooper) Cheyne; brother Jim; nephew Troy; sister-in-law Alice. Friends are invited to join the family at the Melita Legion Hall on Main Street on Monday, February 20, 2017 starting at 2:00 p.m. The afternoon will consist of visiting, live music, dancing and lunch. A true tribute to Norm! A short program will commence at 3:00 p.m. The interment at the Waskada Cemetery, Waskada, MB will take place at a later date. Donations in memory of Norman may be directed to the Melita Health Auxiliary Association, Box 881, Melita, MB, R0M 1L0. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home, Melita, MB, (204) 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron Funeral Directors.
To send condolences to the family please visit: www.redpathfuneralhome.com
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CULLEN: On Thursday, February 16, 2017, Dorothy Jane Cullen (nee Judd), age 87 years, beloved wife of the late James Knox Cullen, passed away at her residence, Rideau Park Personal Care Home. A private family graveside service will be held at the Rosewood Memorial Gardens at a later date. Donations in memory of Dorothy may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3 - 2430 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 0M5.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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BESSANT: Anne Bessant of Margaret, MB passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on December 16, 2016 at the Brandon Assiniboine Centre at the age of 89 years. Anne was born October 4, 1927 to Arthur and Ella Wright at 34-8-17W in the Oakland Municipality. She grew up on the family farm in the Rounthwaite area and attended Stratherne school in her primary years, later taking correspondence courses to grade eleven. She met Wilbur Bessant in her teens and they became very good friends which continued until November 9, 1946 when they joined hearts and lives to become married in Wawanesa, MB. Their lives became joined for 70 years. In the early years, they farmed with Wilbur’s dad, Jack Bessant, in the Lily Hill school district. Wilbur and Anne built their own house a 1/4 mile from the home yard where they lived and farmed for 3 years. They moved to the Langvalley district in October 1949 to rent and farm Olie Dalgleishe’s farm which they later purchased. Anne enjoyed quilting and sewing. She took many of her quilts, pillows, embroidery, fancy dolls and baking to the local town fairs. She won many prizes for all of her hard work which she was very proud of. When she wasn’t doing her fancy work, you could find Anne out in her yard tending to her garden and beautiful flower beds. Anne and Wilbur had the privilege of going on many trips. They travelled to Vancouver, Alaska, Nashville, Gillam, Pittsburgh and Arizona to name a few. Wilbur and the family admired all of Anne’s remarkable accomplishments and are grateful for the times and fond memories shared together. She will be deeply missed by her husband Wilbur, their children: Allan, Darwin (Linda), Timothy (Gayle), Pamela (Stephen) Kanderka, Pernell (Liana), Vonda (Ken) Hopcraft, 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sister Diane and brother Cleveland. Anne was predeceased by her parents, brothers Jack and Bill, sisters Patricia, Eva, Mary and Verna, and daughter-in-law Beth. The Funeral Service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on December 23, 2016 with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. Interment followed at the Margaret Cemetery. Donations in memory of Anne may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3-2430 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7B 0M5 or to a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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BAILEY: Alan Roy Bailey of Carberry, passed away December 11, 2016 in Carberry with his family by his side at the age of 73. Alan is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Margie, daughter Kim (Nick) Ciampanelli of St. Albert, AB, son Terry (Lori) and grandchildren Alana, Kelsey (Trevor), Thomas, Dean and Jack. He was predeceased by his parents T. Roy and Nora Bailey. When Alan and Margie were married they started their new life on the farm where Terry and Lori currently called home. Here they raised their family and Alan spent his days working on the farm. As the years passed, Alan continued with his passion for farming alongside his son Terry and together they continued to build the farm with new technology. Alan also had the opportunity to farm with his grandchildren, bringing in the next generation of the Bailey Farms. Harvest was Alan’s’ favorite time of year, early mornings and late nights on the combine, meals on the tailgate of his truck, and the chance to do it all over again the next day. He always said if you weren’t up and at it by 6:00 a.m. you had missed the best part of the day and the day was half over. If he wasn’t riding a tractor or combine he was working as a councillor in his ward, welcoming the community to the annual summer fair while working at the gate, raising money to build the new rec. centre, lending a hand at the golf course, participating in the governance of the United Church or attending an Elks Dinner. His mark has definitely been left on the community that he always called home. In between the farming and community work, he got in an annual fishing trip with the boys which was an event they all looked forward to. Along with his fishing trips, Alan and Margie loved to spend their time together travelling to all corners of the globe and making memories, right up to their most recent driving trip to Newfoundland and Labrador, and attending as many of the grandchildren's’ activities as they could fit into the season. As a proud Grandpa, Alan could be seen cheering at a hockey game, a football game, a curling game, a soccer game, swimming lessons, graduations and most recently a wedding. Alan has left a void that will be impossible to fill in all the lives he touched throughout his life. In his memory friends can make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba or to a charity of their choice. The funeral service was held December 17, 2016 at Carberry United Church with Peggy Reid officiating. Interment followed in Carberry Plains Cemetery.
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McDONALD: Constance Jean “Bernice” (nee Wareham), aged 94, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Riverdale Personal Care Home. Bernice was born August 7, 1922 at 22-12-20 in the RM of Daly, the home of her parents, Walter and Gertrude Wareham. She received her education at Robinville School and Transcona Collegiate then took teacher training at Winnipeg Normal School - later teaching at Verity, Lothair, Mayne, Harrow and Rivers. On October 29, 1949 she married Glen McDonald of the Mayne District in the RM of Daly, and moved to his home farm where they raised livestock and produced grain. During these years three daughters were born: Brenda, Mayvis and Carol. In 1966, the family moved east of Rivers and continued to grain farm. Tragedy struck a few short years later when Glen was killed in a car accident. With the help of family, friends and neighbours, Bernice remained on the farm until her move to Rivers in 1987. She remained in her home there until failing health precipitated her move to personal care in 2013. Throughout her years, she was active in the Kirkham’s Bridge and Rivers WI and Hospital Auxiliary, Hunter Club, Rivers & District Highland Games, Rivers 4-H Club and the 50-Plus Club. The Harrow community, and her friends and neighbours there, always remained close to her heart. Bernice loved family gatherings, dancing, travelling and crib – teaching all of her children and grandchildren to play. Bernice was predeceased by her parents, husband Glen, brothers Walter, Martin and Charlie (Nora); sisters Emily, Marjorie (Joe) Zaharia, Nell (Jim) Kelly, Lil (Al) Johnston, Rosa (Ruggles) Brown, Edna (Ray) Chapman, brothers- and sisters-in-law Alex McDonald, Angus (Marie) McDonald, Wally McDonald, and Eleanor McDonald. She is survived by her three daughters: Brenda (Allan) Hill, Mayvis (John) MacLellan, and Carol (Jim) Fortune; by her seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren: Robin (Connie) Hill, Cody, Jaylin and Ricki; Allana (Kevin) Lewchuk, Jordelle and Logan; Rory (Jacqueline) MacLellan, Violet, Christian, Azaliah and Mikkel; Ryan (Brittany) MacLellan; and Dane MacLellan (Chloe Lyon); Ian Fortune (Melissa Chichlowski) and Maxton; and Blair (Blair) Fortune. She is also survived by brothers- and sisters-in-law Marg McDonald, Jack (Peggy) McDonald and Lloyd McDonald, and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of Bernice’s life was held Thursday, February 2 at Rivers United Church with Rev. Glenna Beauchamp officiating. A special hymn, meaningful to the family, was read by Mayvis. Granddaughter, Allana Lewchuk, gave the eulogy, and each grandchild then shared a personal memory of their Grandma. Bernice was laid to rest in Brandon Cemetery with her six grandsons as pall bearers. Her great-grandchildren each presented a daisy. Donations in memory of Bernice may be made to Prairie Crocus Regional Library, Box 609, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0 or Rivers United Church, Box 444, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0 or to a charity of choice.
“Life’s work well done”Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
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