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SKINNER: David Adam John Skinner, loving husband of Dana and devoted father to Katie and Emily, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the age of 44 years. A Celebration of David’s Life will be held in the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Donations in memory of David may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 23- 12th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4L6.
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FISHER: Leonard (Len) Fisher. Peacefully and in good health at the age of 96 years, Leonard Fisher took his final flight on Tuesday, December 27, 2016. He was residing at Deer Lodge Centre, Tower 5 and on his last day he had his afternoon drink at Chad’s bar, lay down for a nap before supper and peacefully passed away.Remaining to cherish Len’s memory are his two children, Gerri (Rob) Rannie and Gordon (Jennifer) Fisher; grandchildren Jackie, Jeff, Sheena, Chelsea and Cassidy; seven great-grandchildren; favorite nephew Jeff Skinner and favorite niece Roberta Dalman. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert Fisher and Marion Neale; sister Audrey Dalman and his beloved wife, Mildred (Shrader). Len had a lifelong passion for aviation, which began at the age of 11, by taking up the hobby of flying model aircraft. He would twice represent Manitoba at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto and achieved the status of Canadian Junior Modeling Champion at age 13 in 1934. In his teenage years, Len took a few hours of flying lessons, but World War 2 was the springboard to a lifetime of flying. He rose to the rank of Flight Lieutenant in the RCAF and by war end had logged 1763 flight hours, with the last year of the war stationed in England. January of 1947 began Len’s brief career as Captain for Royal Dutch KLM Airways. He logged many hours flying to destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the USA. In 1949, Len resigned from KLM and returned to Canada. 1950 would begin the rest of his flying career in Brandon, employed with the Brandon Flying Club and Maple Leaf Aviation in his semi-retirement. He took his final flight in 2003; with a flying career that spanned 62 years and over 30,000 hours in the air.In all of his years of flying, Len had three flying mishaps; the first in WW2 with a mechanical problem that resulted in a crash landing, the second in 1953 being a major crash while crop dusting and striking a telephone line in the setting sun, and the third an emergency landing in a snow-covered field as a result of a frozen fuel line. His major crash led to almost one year in the Winnipeg General Hospital and a lifelong impaired stride and a compromised foot. After release from hospital and before resuming flying in 1954, Len was the first weather reporter on the fledgling CKX television station, using his cane as a pointer to the weather map. Len was married to Mildred Shrader for 65 years until her death in 2012. Their wedding took place in January 1947, two days before they left for a three year adventure working for KLM and living in Amsterdam. Len and Millie were blessed with two children, Gerri in 1953 (born three days before his almost critical crash) and Gordon in 1959. They lived in the same house on 26th Street in Brandon for 55 years and after Millie’s death, Len moved to Winnipeg to be closer to his family. He lived independently until September 12, 2016, at which time he moved to Tower 5 at Deer Lodge Centre. Len lived a full and interesting life and he prided himself in being very independent. He reluctantly gave up his driver’s license at age 93 and frequently reminded us that he dearly missed three things – his wife, his house and his car. He also often told us one of the disadvantages of living to such an old age was “all of your friends have kicked the bucket.”In compliance with Len’s request, no formal Funeral Service was held. His family will gather at Len and Millie’s Graveside in spring 2017 for a final toast to lives well lived. “Chin Chin” as Len always said, while raising his glass. His final resting place is in the Veterans’ section at Brookside Cemetery and in keeping with his wishes, Millie was buried with him. We are grateful to the staff on Tower 5, Deer Lodge Centre, for their wonderful care – as Len said, “Best place I’ve lived in for a long time!” Wojcik’s Funeral Chapels & Crematoriums, Winnipeg, 2157 Portage Avenue, 204-897-4665
FEFCHAK (Downing): Anne (Downing) Fefchak, of Virden, Manitoba beloved wife of Mike Fefchak and of the late Clarence Downing passed away at Reston Health Centre, Reston, Manitoba Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the age of 87 years. Funeral service will be held from St. Paul’s United Church, Virden Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Don Sellsted officiating. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery. Viewing for family and friends will be at Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden Monday, January 16th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Anne.
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COPET: Lorraine Copet of Brandon, Manitoba, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Lorraine was born August 29, 1932 in Grande Clairiere, Manitoba, to Henry and Jean (née Vinck) Hardy. Lorraine was a stoic and strong woman and it was this demeanour and strength that made her the consummate caring mother, grandmother and great grandmother that she was. In her later years Mom was content with a quiet, unassuming life, taking most pleasure in the pursuits and successes of her family and the antics of family pets, especially her cat, Pickles. In addition to her parents, Lorraine was predeceased by her brother Art Hardy and daughter Karen Clark. Left to miss her most are her children: Claudette Bullion of Brandon, Colleen Copet of Ottawa, Ontario, and Wayne (Anita) Copet of Winnipeg; grandchildren Mark (Lisa) Bullion, Jacqueline (Jeff) Leforte, Jamie Peters, and Lindsay Ruddick; and great grandchildren Rae-Lynn Peters, Riley and Kaelynn Bullion. Also left to mourn her passing are brothers: Maurice Hardy of Souris, Manitoba and Wilfred (Carol) Hardy and sisters: Liza Scharf and Evelyn (Dave) Heape of Brandon, Manitoba, as well as numerous extended relatives and family friends. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the caring staff at the Health Centre that assisted with Mom’s care, especially Dr. Carine Minders who managed Mom’s care over her last few weeks. Mom was unreserved in her appreciation for the genuine care and concern you demonstrated, mentioning numerous times what a wonderful doctor and lovely person you are. You made her difficult remaining days so much better, thank you! A private family service is being held. If so desired, donations may be made in Lorraine’s memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-2430 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7B 0M5.
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BROWN: Ethel Brown passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the age of 88 years. The youngest of seven children, Ethel was born January 15, 1928 in Minnedosa to Thomas and Rose Johnson of Moore Park. Ethel was so tiny at birth that she fit in a dresser drawer and was not expected to live. Well, she proved everyone wrong and enjoyed a long and full life! After living briefly in Moore Park as a young child, the family moved to Brandon where Ethel completed high school and lived the rest of her life. During the Second World War, Ethel met the love of her life, Harold Brown, whom she married on May 9, 1946. After 10 years of many adventures, including encounters with bears, being chased by a bull, and nearly drowning (rescued by Harold) while swimming in the Assiniboine River, Ethel and Harold decided to start a family and chose son Gregory in November 1956 and daughter Judith in November 1960. Ethel’s employment included working in the hospitality/food service industry as a hostess at the Brandon Golf & Country Club and Suburban Restaurant; however, she spent most of her working career as a nurse’s assistant at the Assiniboine Hospital and Fairview Personal Care Home. As Harold was a Veteran, he and Ethel were members of the Royal Canadian Legion. Ethel loved to get her hair done, dress up, and go out dancing with “Brownie” at the club. Before knee and hip issues made it too difficult, Ethel also liked to curl, play darts and go 5-pin bowling with Harold. In her later years, Ethel loved to read her medical books, tell stories (and jokes), play Scrabble and scratch tickets, watch golf on television, and was a big fan of Coronation Street. Ethel was predeceased by husband Harold on December 18, 1995, as well as by her parents, her brother Robert, and her sisters Anne, Edna, Evelyn, and Hazel. Ethel is survived by son Greg Brown (Erin) of Minitonas, daughter Judi Brown of Calgary, grandson Timothy Brown (Tanis) of Brandon, granddaughter Tiffany Brown (Ryan) and great-granddaughters Natasha and Alissa of Brandon, grandson Mathew Brown of Winnipeg, grandson Jeremy Hicks (Amber) and great-granddaughter Bella of Brandon, sister Marge of Ottawa, favourite niece Florence (“Sis”) Smith, numerous other nieces and nephews, and special friends Darlene, Pete, Bev, Jim, and Susan. A private family graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery at a later date. An open reception to celebrate Ethel’s life will follow at a location to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ethel may be made to the Salvation Army, 9 Princess Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 1R8, or a charity of choice.
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BANKS: It is with a deep sense of loss that the family of Roy Banks announces his passing on December 29, 2016 at the age of 87. Roy was born September 2, 1929, in Rotherham, Yorkshire, England, the youngest of a family of eight. At the age of 14 during the Second World War he left school to help with the war effort and was assigned to Aerodrome Bomber Command. At 15, he joined the Civil Defense helping to put out incendiary bombs dropped by German bombers to light up the nearby steel works and helping to dismantle bomb detonators. In 1947, he was called up for National Service. Due to his experience with explosives, he was assigned to the Royal Engineers Scottish Command-Bridging and Bomb Disposal Unit, serving for two years until he was demobbed. In 1952, he was called up again to train for the Korean War but was not required to deploy. After leaving the forces Roy became a Journeyman Painter and Decorator in his hometown of Rotherham, where at a dance he met the true love of his life, Betty. They were married in December of 1952. In 1980 they moved to Canada residing in Red Deer, Alberta for a few years and then moving to Elgin, Manitoba to be closer to family and where he realized his dream of having his own painting and decorating business. Roy’s sense of adventure and passion for travel began back in the early years of his 58 year marriage to Betty. They travelled the UK, spending many weekends camping and continued to travel extensively once in Canada. Roy enjoyed music, and teaching himself to play the keyboard. He also loved to dance, whether it was square dancing, ballroom dancing or just two-stepping. He made many friends at dances and socials all across South Western Manitoba. He also had a passion for antique cars and would often be seen at car shows or zipping down the highway in his pride and joy, a 1954 red MG TF. Roy was predeceased by his wife, Betty, and his brothers, Eric, Douglas, Ronald, and sisters Doris, Hilda and Olive. He is survived by one sister, Lillian, and by many nieces and nephews in the UK. In Canada he was predeceased by brother-in-law, Donald Rolfe and sister-in-law, Rita Rolfe. He is survived by nephews David Rolfe (Fay), Stuart Rolfe (Leanne), great nephews and nieces Andrew Rolfe (Desiree), James Rolfe (Shanda), Amanda Rolfe, and Brayden Rolfe. Uncle Roy will be forever missed and always in our hearts. A memorial service was held at Kowalchuk’s Funeral Chapel in Souris on Saturday, December 7, 2016 with Rev. Don Oddie presiding. Interment of ashes is to be at a later date. Donations in Roy’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
GIESBRECHT: Margaret Elizabeth "Peggy" Giesbrecht, beloved wife of John Giesbrecht, died January 7, 2017 at Tri-Lake Health Centre in Killarney, Manitoba at the age of 83. In accordance with Peggy's wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date in Holmfield, Manitoba. Donations in memory of Peggy may be made to Killarney Palliative Care, Box 5000 Killarney, Manitoba, R0K 1G0 or to charity of one's choice.
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HACKMAN: Ivy Doreen (nee Graham), October 17, 1939- January 6, 2017. It is with great sadness that the daughter of Doreen announces her peaceful passing on January 6, 2017, at the age of 77 years, at Rideau Park Personal Care Home. Doreen is survived by her daughter Charlotte and grandsons Liam and Declan of Winnipeg. She was predeceased by her husband George in 2010. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff involved in her care over the years until the end and acknowledge her very good friend, Margaret. Doreen will be greatly missed. A private memorial service will take place at a later date. Donations in memory of Doreen may be made to Rideau Park Personal Care Home, 525 Victoria Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6S9.
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MARTIN: On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, Deborah Lee Martin, beloved daughter of Tom and Jeanette Renton, passed away at the age of 34 years. The Service of Remembrance will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Lydia Glawson, Funeral Celebrant, will officiate. A reception will follow at Memories Chapel. Interment will be at the Madford Cemetery at a later date. Donations in memory of Deborah may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
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McPHEE: On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, Earl David McPhee, treasured husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, passed away at the age of 68 years. Born August 10, 1948 in Regina, Saskatchewan to Ellen and Dave McPhee, Earl attended school in Regina and Virden before his family settled in Brandon in 1962 where he attended Harrison High School. In the 60's and 70's, Earl worked in a few different industries and owned his own semi trucks before landing a position with C & C Construction as a Superintendent. He remained with C & C until disability forced his early retirement. Working tirelessly to help others, Earl was a guy you could depend on and he would do anything for you when he was healthy. He enjoyed travel, visiting Scotland, England, France, Mexico, Cuba, New York and Las Vegas. Most summer weekends would find Earl and Patty happily settled in their cozy cabin at Oak Lake Beach, surrounded by family and friends. A comic with no filter, Earl will be remembered most for his quick wit and edgy humour. No one was exempt from being the victim of his constant jokes, teasing and pranks. His friendly banter and the laughter he produced will be missed by everyone he knew. Earl fought a long and tough battle with kidney disease. He was given an incredible gift and was always thankful for the extension to his life, when his niece, Danielle Down, donated one of her kidneys in 2001. Remaining to cherish Earl's memory are his much-loved wife Patty Wallace; daughter Tara (Gary) Roberts of Victoria, BC and granddaughters, Ellen and Kate; son Drew (Tess) McPhee of Brandon, MB and granddaughters, Piper and Pressley; sisters Bonnie (Bill) Down and Lori (Doug) Farough and sister-in-law Judy McPhee. He is also survived by Patty's sons Tyler (Denise) Wallace and their daughter Dana, and Kurt Wallace (Bretta Turchinski); Patty's sisters and their families, as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and a network of dear friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Dave and Ellen and his brothers Glen and Barry. The Ceremony to Celebrate Earl's Life took place at Central United Church on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Rev. Chris Arthur officiated. The family wishes to thank Dr. Barry Riche, Dr. Tyler Tegg and the staff at the Brandon Regional Hospital for their compassionate care during repeated medical crises. Donations in memory of Earl may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, P.O. Box 20077, Brandon South Post Office, Brandon, MB R7A 6Y8.
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MENNIE: Joshua Jacks, 30, of Brandon, was born on January 29th, 1986, and left us on December 19th, 2016. He is survived and lovingly remembered by his parents, Rick and Kathy Mennie, his sister Jenna Mennie Clarke (Brad Clarke), niece Addison, grandma Shirley McManes, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Josh was predeceased by his grandparents, Norman and Elizabeth Mennie, Milton Jacks, Lois and Les Reid, and Frank McManes. We know he will be welcomed with loving arms. For the past 12 years, Josh worked alongside his parents at the family business, Diamond Edge Glass Works, as a glazier. He attended school at Waverly Park and Crocus. As a teen, he worked at Soo’s Chinese Restaurant, and Cones and Things at Clear Lake. Our special family memories include summers at our cabin in the old campgrounds, days on the boat, evenings in the cook shack, ski-dooing at the Mennie’s farm at Christmas, Boxing Day at the Andrews, weekends with the Purvis family, bonfires at Spruces with the Gilmores, "hunting bears" as little kids with the Hargreaves, neighbourhood fun with the Chapmans, and family trips to Hawaii, the Rocky Mountains, and Colorado. Josh especially loved campfires by the water watching the sun set and the moon rise, hiking, fishing, knee boarding, water skiing, tubing, ski-dooing, dirt biking, motorcycling, playing the guitar, cooking, completing his scuba diving certification, and his trips to Hamilton and China. No adventure was complete without good friends, food, and a cookout! Josh, THANK YOU for giving us the extraordinary privilege of being your parents and sister for the past 30 years. You have left a huge void in our family that will never be filled. From Mom, THANK YOU: for the privilege of carrying you so close to my heart for nine months and for making breastfeeding a successful and rewarding experience... For introducing and bringing your friends home. They will forever be our friends as well... For telling me to keep my shoulders down, stand up straight and sit properly at the computer (you sound more like my dad than my son)... For giving me huge hugs no matter who was in the office, and for always telling me you loved me... For testing and retesting all of my emotions. I think we can safely say they are all in good working condition... For reminding me to drive slower and save gas... For introducing me to sriracha hot sauce... For teaching me that everyone out there has a story to tell and a mom who loves them. I know you have been there holding me up this last month when all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball. You will always be with me in my heart. It was my honor to be your mom. Miss you so much. Love you. From Dad, THANK YOU: for being my favorite son and right hand man... For working alongside me the past 12 years, sharing and contributing to the future of our family business, and for wanting to take care of your Ma and Pa. We had some pretty cool dreams of what was to take place in the next few years... For sharing my vision of our old 1972 Chevy... For teaching this old dog new tricks. I don't know how I managed all those years without you! It's funny how I got to this age and yet, am told, I didn't know a thing!.. For letting me teach you how to water ski as a child, by pulling you around by a broom stick on the kitchen floor... For laughing so hard you fell off the chair when I served you still frozen in the middle chicken... For never ever giving up on trying to get me to quit smoking by converting me to e cigs... For sharing in my excitement when I taught you my childhood inventions passed down by my elders (flaming bull rushes, flying cedar shingle arrows, musical burning plastic bags, and paper airplanes). I realize now they were not so child friendly, but it made me proud as I watched you pass them onto your friends. Son, I always taught you that anything can be fixed, but I was wrong. I can't bring you back to us. Miss you so much. Love Dad. From Your Sister, THANK YOU: For being my little brother but protecting me like an older brother... For teaching me to never open a little boys 'magic potions'... For Donkey Kong marathons, helping me pull out my baby teeth, and hiding from the thunder with me eating plums and pop tarts... For insisting that I wouldn't be getting married without you standing up with me... For being concerned about us getting our tap water tested... For preaching about being resourceful and not wasting our money on name brand food when Presidents Choice will do... For showing me that experiences are more important than things... For cheering me on, not taking me too seriously, and helping me to put things into perspective... For demonstrating how to get back up and keep on trying, the importance of family through thick and thin and that burly men can have hearts of gold... For welcoming your niece Addison to our family, and for the snow suit you bought her so that you two could have fun in the snow this winter. You will live on in the stories I tell her of the wonderful brother I had and the special uncle she had, if only for a short time. My lil’ bro, 30 forever. Miss you so much. Love your big sis. You touched many people in your short 30 years. You left this world a more compassionate place, and left a lasting impact on our community. We are so proud of you, and your journey in life. Josh, we love you to the moon and back again, infinity. A Celebration of Life for Josh was held on Friday, December 23rd, 2016 at Central United Church, with Mr. Joe Ball officiating. Donations in memory of Josh may be made to the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, 510 Frederick Street, Brandon, R7A 6Z4.
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MILLER: It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Nancy Carla Miller on January 9, 2017 after a valiant battle with leukemia. Memorial service details and complete obituary information to follow.
NANKIVELL: Dennis Keith Nankivell of Hamiota, MB passed away on December 25, 2016 at the Hamiota District Health Centre. Dennis was born on May 18, 1943 in Miniota. He was the youngest of seven children born to William and Eileen Nankivell. He grew up on the farm in Crandall and enjoyed working the land and looking after the livestock. In 1973 they moved to Hamiota and Dennis started working for the town. He worked until 1996 when knee problems prevented him from continuing. He cherished the gold watch he received from the town when he retired. Dennis spent many years caring for his parents and later enjoyed giving others a helping hand. He was quite often seen driving others to do their errands or attending the many fowl suppers in the area. Family was very important to him as he was the one to call everyone and let them know what was happening. He was often referred to as the glue that kept the family together. In 2013 he moved in to Park Residence and enjoyed visiting with everyone there. Dennis was predeceased by his parents William and Eileen Nankivell, brothers Edwin and Stan, brothers-in-law Ivan Lawrence and Frank Warren, sister-in-law Phyllis Nankivell and nephew Sheldon Nankivell. He will be remembered and missed by his sisters Lena Lawrence, Mary Warren, brothers Lawrence Nankivell, Cliff (Joanna) Nankivell, sister- in-law Lorraine Nankivell and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A celebration of Dennis's life was held in Hamiota United Church on January 2, 2017 with Linda Clark officiating. A time of fellowship followed at the Hamiota Community Centre. Interment will take place at a later date at Arrow River Cemetery. Donations may be made in Dennis's memory to the Hamiota Lions Club, Box 1, Hamiota, MB R0M 0T0 or to CancerCare Manitoba, P.O. Box 2248, Stn. Main, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 9Z9 or to a charity of one's choice.
PHILLIPS: Florence Phillips (Davidson). It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Florence Phillips on December 30, 2016 after just over a year-long battle with cancer. Florence was born September 25th, 1932 on the family farm in Odanah Municipality to Peter and Elizabeth Davidson. She had three sisters and one brother. She attended Glenburney School until Grade 9 and then Grade 10 at Moore Park. She met the love of her life, Donald Andrew George Phillips, and they were married May 18th, 1957. They had two children; Louis and Charlene. Florence and Don lived on the family farm from 1957 until 1995 when they moved to Brandon residing on Applewood Bay. After Don's passing in 2002, Florence stayed on the bay until 2005 when she moved to Village Green apartments where she resided until her passing. She made a lot of wonderful friends there and enjoyed taking part in the social activities that were offered there. Florence lived for her family and was always there for them and supported them in everything they did from school and sports to everyday activities. Her Grandchildren were her life and she lit up when Great Grandson, Jaxon, went to visit. Florence and Don had a love for camping. Florence also enjoyed many crafts like knitting, crocheting and painting any woodworking projects that Dad made. She also loved her weekly bowling, lawn bowling and get-togethers with family and friends. Florence is predeceased by her husband Don, her mother and father, mother- in-law and father-in-law, sisters and brother, as well as numerous friends and relatives. She is survived and will be greatly missed by son Louis (Diana), Teri (Jamie), Charlene (Cliff), Gareth, Krista (Dustin) and Jaxon, her sister-in-law Shirley (Ron) Miller and numerous family members. A Celebration of Florence’s life was held on January 6, 2017 at the Brockie Donovan Chapel. A family interment took place at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, (Palliative Care), 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or charity of choice.
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