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SWITZER: Graham Walter Switzer passed away at the Valley View Personal Care Home in Brandon on May 22, 2017 at the age of 84 years. He was predeceased by his parents Murt and Mae Switzer in 1989 and his daughter Lynda in 2008. Left to mourn are his wife Shirley, son Larry (Terri), daughter Yvonne (Rob) Riesmeyer, grandchildren: Kristi and Matthew Riesmeyer, Bethanie, Amy, and Kayla Wasicuna, great grandchildren: Alex, Payton and Wyatt. Also surviving is his sister Anna Marie (Pete) Kitson and nieces: Jodi Fercho, and Renee (Steve) English and their son Noah. A celebration of life will be held in Strathclair Municipal Hall on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in Graham’s memory can be made to the Kidney Foundation of Manitoba or to the Strathclair Museum.
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Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson in care of arrangements, (204) 759-2160.
HUDSON: Dorothy Yvonne passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre on Monday, May 22, 2017 at the age of 73 years. Dorothy will lovingly be remembered by her daughters Twyla Hudson, Rhonda Hudson, Carisa Hudson and six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Dorothy’s Life will be held at Central Community Centre, 529-4th Street, Brandon, MB on Friday, May 26, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with Rev. Jim Brown saying a few words at 6:00p.m. All are welcome to attend.
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McPHERSON: Hugh Robertson McPherson of Carberry, Manitoba, beloved husband of Fern, passed away on Saturday May 20, 2017 at the Carberry Medical Centre at the age of 84. A memorial luncheon will be held on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 1:30 at the Carberry United Church Hall, 608-3rd Avenue, Carberry, Manitoba.
HUDSON: Dorothy Yvonne passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre on Monday, May 22, 2017 at the age of 73 years. Dorothy will lovingly be remembered by her daughters Twyla Hudson, Rhonda Hudson, Carisa Hudson and six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Dorothy’s Life will be held at Central Community Centre, 529-4th Street, Brandon, MB on Friday, May 26, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with Rev. Jim Brown saying a few words at 6:00p.m. All are welcome to attend.
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HOWELL: Wayne Chester Howell, of Kenton, MB, beloved son of Margaret (Howell) Marriott and the late Ray Howell, passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 58 years of age. A service to celebrate Wayne’s life will be held at the Kenton United Church, Kenton, MB on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm with interment following in the Greenwood Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Wayne’s memory to the Kenton United Church Memorial Fund, Kenton, MB, R0M 0Z0 or to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, PO Box 20009, 3310 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3K 2E5 (
Messages of condolence can be shared at Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are in care of the arrangements. (866) 620-2744
KRYWUSHENKO: On Saturday, May 6, 2017, John Krywushenko, beloved husband of Eleanor, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. He was born August 1, 1929 in Doroshowka, Sumy, Ukraine. Having been displaced as a young teen from his home in a small town in "Cymska Oblast" Ukraine during WWII, John was forced to forego his education and the life he knew to traverse across Europe with his younger sister Zina, his mother Eudokia and father Juchym. At the end of the war he was a truck driver in Germany when his sister and her new husband immigrated to Canada as part of the second major wave of Ukrainians to arrive in Canada in the 1900's. In February, 1951 he too arrived in Canada through the infamous Pier 21 in Halifax as a landed immigrant and headed onward west with his mother and father to the Prairies. John faced his new life in a new country (actually a new continent) with new hope, curiosity, and a drive to succeed. Like many new immigrants, he was happy to receive survival work and to learn new skills as he worked in the dry-cleaning industry in Winnipeg and Dauphin. In Dauphin John sang in the church choir where he met his future wife, Eleanor Mymko. He barely spoke English and she spoke very little Ukrainian. They obviously figured out how to communicate and were married September 17, 1955. They were captains and architects of their future. John and Eleanor set goals and plans together and worked side by side to achieve them. By 1960, they were off to Russell, Manitoba as entrepreneurs opening their own "Spotless" dry-cleaning business. John was an astute businessman later owning and operating a Link Hardware in Russell (which later became Home Hardware). John approached life as something to be enjoyed, whether in work or play. He golfed, fished and travelled. He liked to have fun and made time for his extended family and friends to visit at his home and the cottage at Silver Beach. The cottage was a venue for many a canasta game. In 1986, John and Eleanor headed to Brandon as part of retirement but first worked for three years operating the Home Hardware in Brandon. In retirement for over 30 years, John directed his energies as an active member of Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox parish. From Mr. Fix-it and handyman to lending a hand in the kitchen, while teasing the ladies that if they stopped all that chattering, they would get more work done, he was devoted to the parish. John was quiet, rarely too talkative, but will be remembered for humming a happy tune. John was a wonderful husband, brother, uncle, friend and role model. There is so much to be learned from his presence in our lives. The lesson taken from John is to enjoy the time we have, the experiences we are offered, and the people we get to share it with. He was predeceased by his parents, and niece Rose Tomaka. John is survived by his wife Eleanor, sister Zina Popow and numerous nieces and nephews. Prayers were held at Memories Chapel on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The Funeral Rite took place at the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church, on Thursday, May 11, 2017 with The Very Rev. Archpriest Michael Skrumeda presiding. Pallbearers were Lori Popow, Tammy and Bill Mattern, Donna Wiltshire, Jaz and Blu Tomaka. Interment followed at the Riverside Cemetery, Dauphin, on Friday, May 12, 2017 with Fr. Brent Kuzyk presiding. Pallbearers were Fred Todoruk, Jim Todoruk, Rick Beyko, Mark Symchych, Donna Wiltshire and Lori Popow. Donations in memory of John may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or charity of choice.
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HLADY: Mary Beatrice (nee Plowman) peacefully in the early hours of Friday morning went to join her husband, Henry and daughter, Lynda Gregory and son-in-law, Wally Gregory. Her earthly presence will be missed by her son, Ronald (Jayne) of Calgary, daughter, Judith Grierson (Duncan), niece, Leanne McDougald (Eldon). She will be fondly remembered by her granddaughters, Terry Yurett (Gord), Tanis Chodak, Marlo Yasinski of Calgary, grandson Robert (Natsuko) in Japan and grandson, Joseph (Cherine) of Calgary, step granddaughters Hayley Gregory, Michelle Gregory, Rhonda Guertzner (Olli) of Brandon and Karla Grierson in France. She also leaves behind six great grandchildren – Jennifer, Everett, Lucy and Wyatt as well as step grandchildren – Minami, Misaki, Jessie, Alicia and Olivia. Mary stayed close to her many nieces and nephew from the Plowman side of the family as well as the many cousins on the Hlady side. Her long life saw many of her friends join her welcoming party but she will be missed by many that remain. Born in 1919 on a farm in the Douglas, MB area to Eliza and Charles Salethiel Plowman, the fifth of twelve children, she is survived by brother, Albert Plowman of Brandon. Mary worked as what was then called a stenographer when working outside the home was not as common as it is today. She spent a lot of those years at the Assiniboine and then the General Hospitals all the while keeping her commitments to the community; volunteering at the West End Community Centre and being active with the Foresters. After retirement she tried many different actives including the Barbershop Belles, painting, quilting but her passion was writing. She wrote poetry and short stories and self-published four booklets. After Henry’s retirement they spent many winters following the trap shooting circuit in Arizona. That is where she learned to bake bread in a toaster oven and talent she maintained when they moved to Riverheights Terrace. Those that knew Mary were always struck by her desire to walk in another’s shoes and to keep smiling. She maintained that a stiff upper lip doesn’t mean to hide your feelings but to find the strength within yourself to carry on. Mary sang harmony in life’s choir. The Ceremony to Celebrate Mary's life will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Rev. Barbara Jardine will officiate. Mary’s family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers at Fairview Nursing home for their loving care and friendship that allowed Mary to have a productive and meaningful life after she was unable to live on her own. Donations in memory of Mary may be made to Westman Dreams for Kids, Unit 4-940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 0P6.
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HAMILTON: Donald James Hamilton, 74, died early Friday morning, May 12, 2017, surrounded by loving family. He left as he had lived: with strength and resilience, and refusing to make a fuss. Born in Winnipeg on Sept. 19, 1942, to parents John and Barbara, Don arrived into the world narrowly before his twin sister Dorothy. Growing up in Winnipeg, where he graduated from St. Paul’s High School, Don was possibly one of the last people with a job as bowling alley pinsetter. Working behind the scenes for others would be a defining characteristic throughout Don’s life: He dedicated his career to helping others. Earning his Master’s degree in social work at the University of Manitoba, Don entered public service as a probation officer and social worker. At a posting in Swan River, Manitoba, young Don met the Saskatchewan home economist with whom he would spend his life. Don and Lynda soon moved together to Brandon, where in 1972 they would marry and go on to raise a family with four children. After several years in probation, Don joined the Brandon Correctional Centre, administering and improving programs for inmates to focus on the best needs of the community. He was generous with his time to related causes such as the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba. As much as he devoted his professional life to the rehabilitation of others, he applied a similar vision at home. Over the course of decades, he refinished and restored nearly every inch of an expansive old Victorian house. He was dedicated to respecting the authenticity of the building, carefully matching woodwork and building a sunroom that lined up with the faded porch roofline. In his sprawling yard, which expanded from a bare corner lot to verdantly take over two neighbouring properties, Don always found room for one more plant. On the rare days when everything had been watered to his specifications, Don would embark on ambitious projects, from flagstone paths to gazebos. The old maroon station wagon got a workout hauling in found yard décor — often scavenged from the roadside after catching Don’s eye. Not content with at least a half-dozen apple varieties, Don continued adding new fruit to his orchard: pears and plums, cherries and berries, even grapes and apricots. Two of his most recent additions were black walnut trees, from which he was thrilled to spot and pick walnuts on the young branches. In autumn, it was common to see Don in the kitchen, watching the news and diligently slicing fruit to save and preserve just as much as possible. Those jams and jellies would join Don’s homemade wine as gifts to be shared with many tables. Travel was always a passion, and one that Don took care to pass on to his family. From the early days of their relationship, Don and Lynda trekked through Europe and lounged on the islands of Hawaii, both places where they would return several times. As their family grew, Don and Lynda embarked on long road trips and tenting vacations, to see large swaths of Canada, and to save big money on back-to-school shopping in America. Finally, as the nest emptied, trips once again started heading further afield, with Don exploring his roots in the United Kingdom, the history of Europe, the beaches of Latin America, Southeast Asia and New Zealand, and the culture and wilderness of Africa. All told, Don was able to visit five continents. Back at home, as his passport piled up stamps, Don collected accolades at work. He was especially proud of his Corrections Exemplary Service Award, earned in 1993 from the Governor General. Pride of place among his many certificates and diplomas, however, was reserved for an honour he received later in life: Qualified Irish Whiskey Taster from the Jameson Distillery in Dublin. As retirement approached, early signs of Don’s struggle became more and more apparent. Eventually, it was clear that he was having difficulty carrying on a conversation. Diagnosed with aphasia, Don concluded his career just months shy of his 40-year anniversary. Despite his struggles, Don took joy in additional travel, in visits from children and grandchildren, and in the expanded time he had available for yard and garden work and for household puttering. In 2012, he hosted the last of his very big yard parties, a 40th anniversary celebration with Lynda. Family and friends came from far and wide to drink champagne, to join in the festivities, to toast the happy couple, and to explore the yard. Growing difficulty with language portended advancing dementia. As Don struggled, Lynda stepped in, to ensure he was able to continue enjoying trips and family. No matter how confused Don became in his later years, you could be assured of two things: First, that even if he didn’t recognize you, he would greet you with a beaming smile and a genuine “Hi!” And second, that Lynda would be right there with him. After a final family Christmas celebration at home, Don entered the Brandon hospital in early 2016 for assessment and treatment. He received considerate care for more than a year before placement in a personal care home. Earlier this month, he returned to the hospital for palliative care, and family came back to Brandon to be by his side until the end. On his behalf, Don’s family offer heartfelt thanks to the outstanding and caring staff at both the Assiniboine Centre and Hillcrest Place. Don was predeceased by his father John (1999), mother Barbara (née Mulligan) (2002), brother John (1992) and sister Peggy (as an infant, 1941). He is survived by his twin sister Dorothy (Tom), brother Patrick (Nancy), and sister-in-law Patricia. He is also survived by wife Lynda (née Foster), children Grant (Amy), Graeme (Lisa), Dianne (Colin) and Alison (Ryan), and grandchildren Riley, Norah, Logan and Lincoln. A commemoration of Don’s life will be held on Thursday, May 25, at the Brockie Donovan chapel in Brandon. The service starts at 2:00 p.m., with interment at Brandon Cemetery and reception to follow. Donations in Don’s memory are gratefully directed towards organizations to which he gave his time, including the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, as well as to organizations from which he benefitted, including Westman Aphasia, Inc. and the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. It would also be in keeping with Don’s life and philosophy for you to choose a recipient that was meaningful to you, or simply to plant some flowers.
BAYNTON:Nancy Ellen Baynton died on May12, 2017 at the age of 65 years. She is survived by her younger siblings: two sisters, Janice Irene Baynton and Lisa Elisabeth Baynton-Cairns as well as her brother, Robert Mark Baynton. Her family is most grateful for the 40 years of generous care that Nancy received at the Hillcrest Place Nursing Home. The length of her stay with them is a tribute to the joy the staff were able to bring to her day to day life as well as the quality of health care practiced. Nancy, born November 2, 1951, was the first born to Irene and Bill Baynton. Happy summers at Clear Lake punctuated each school year’s completion. J.R Reid, Vincent Massey and Brandon University were her venues of education. Nancy loved to cook and bake. She planned a career in social work. When her Mother's multiple sclerosis advanced, Nancy's ability to care for others was a solid pillar of support that further strengthened her family. Three younger siblings thrived under her warmth, her kindness, and her good humour. Nancy's health changed dramatically at the age of 18. She graduated from Brandon University while struggling to regain her physical health and abilities. She lived at home and in hospitals until the age of 25 when she entered Hillcrest Place. Over the 40 years in Hillcrest Place, Nancy maintained a love and an interest in her siblings and their active lives. Her good humour in the face of the life she was given was a wonder to witness. It became apparent that she was not suffering, but fighting for every day she might have. Janice, Lisa and Mark are most grateful for the care of the friends she made over the 40 years at Hillcrest Place. Dr. Egan was her physician for 25 years and was most attentive to Nancy's needs. There was a Memorial Service held at Central United Church on Wednesday May 17, 2017. Nancy was then interred with her Mother and Father at the Brandon Cemetery. In remembrance of Nancy, the family requests that in lieu of flowers a prayer or a simple happy thought be sent Nancy's way.
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CHALANCHUK: Sonia passed peacefully on May 4th, 2017 at Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon. She was born to Anton and Katie Krysowaty in Olha, MB on June 12th, 1930. Sonia moved to Brandon, MB in her late teens and worked at Barney’s Restaurant at the bus depot on Princess Avenue. She often talked fondly of both her job and her employers. Sonia married John Chalanchuk, the love of her life, in 1952 and they farmed near Rounthwaite, MB until John’s passing in 1994. To say Sonia was an exceptional gardener and home maker would be an understatement. She attended the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and loved preparing and serving at many spring teas and fall suppers. Her biggest passion, however, were her many grandchildren. She loved hosting big family gatherings, and as much as the rest of us try, her perogies and cabbage rolls will never be re-created. She is survived by her eldest son Allen (Pat) Chalanchuk, and daughter Patty (Jeff) Wolfe, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as her brother Bill (Margaret), sister Anne, sisters-in-law Evelyn and Ann. She is predeceased by her parents Anton and Katie, husband John, son Ronald, grandson Bryan Scott (first born of Allen and Pat), brother Mike and sister Eileen. Sonia was placed to rest at Brandon Cemetery on May 9th, 2017, followed by a Celebration of Life at Brockie Donovan Chapel. Thank you to the staff at the City of Brandon Handi-Transit for your kindness and great service. The family would also like to greatly acknowledge the staff of the 4th floor Fairview Personal Care Home who will be forever family. Thank you as well to the caring staff at Brockie Donovan for their guidance and support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations will gratefully be accepted to Fairview Personal Care Foundation, 4th Floor Fund, 1351 – 13th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4S6 for the betterment of all who reside there.
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BEAUPRE: Shauleen Beaupre (nee Hysop), beloved mom to Drew, Alex, Rebecca and Gabrielle, beloved wife to Byron died at her residence in Brandon, Manitoba on May 16, 2017 at the age of 50. A celebration of life service will take place at Wheatland Chapel, Killarney, Manitoba on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Private interment will follow at Killarney Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Shauleen may be made to the Dialysis Unit at Brandon Regional Health Centre, 159 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
Messages of condolence may be made online atwww.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service204-523-7791
LACHARITE: Leon. It is with great sadness that the family of Leon Lacharite announce his peaceful passing on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Betel Homes in Selkirk. Leo was born in McCreary Manitoba on April 8, 1934. He worked his way to Brandon where he drove a truck for CP Transport for many years before working as a trailer mechanic at Pik-a-Dilly and later retiring in August of 1998 as a welder for the Brandon School Division. He then moved to Stonewall with his wife to enjoy their retirement years. Leo loved to keep busy and was known by name at all his usual stops around town. He always enjoyed tinkering in the shop and if something was broken, he found a way to fix it. He spent countless hours in his cook shack in between cutting wood to keep all the home fires burning, to making lunches on Saturday's where he made his famous potatoes on the old wood stove. Leo is predeceased by his wife Kay, and his sons Luverne and Darwin as well as his brother Alvin. Left to mourn his passing are his children; Pat, Dale (Janet), Noni (Oscar), Corky (Darcie), Barb (Art), daughters-in-law, Yvonne and Karen, sisters Reta Robertson and Irene Birin, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In keeping with the wishes of Leo, there will be no funeral services. The family would like to thank Betel Homes for their compassionate care for Leo and in such a short period of time he gained his favourites. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
We’ll miss you Dad, but Mom is waiting for you just beyond the moon.
LILLEYMemories are the legacy of love”
The Lilley family and friends will gather to celeberate the lives of our beloved family members Grant Lilley and Joyce Lilley Grahn on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Please join us to share memories and snacks at the East End Community Centre at 405 Park Street & Victoria Ave. East from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
McFALL: On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Walter John McFall, age 98 years, passed away at Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home. Walter will be lovingly remembered by his children Audrey Graham, Ruby (Denny) Bertholette, Russell (Stacey), Doug (Penny), Donna Reid (Tom Graham), David (Shelly), Darcy; their mother Kathleen McFall and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The Funeral Service will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Walter will be laid to rest at Pipestone Cemetery. Complete obituary information will follow.
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