Monday, October 26th, 2020

Obituaries

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MASSON: Donald Joseph Masson of Ste. Rose du Lac, MB passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg at the age of 84 years. Don was born on July 27, 1936 in Virden, MB to parents Adelard Joseph and Marie Anna Masson (nee Dumont) and was raised on the family farm south of Oak Lake, MB, with his siblings Ronald his twin brother, Marguerite, Paul, Henri, and Ernest. Don attended Grade Clairiere Catholic School and later St. Charles School in Winnipeg. In his younger years, Don worked on various oil rigs in Saskatchewan and Alberta. In June of 1961, Don married Carole Deleau of Deleau, MB and together they raised 3 children Bradley, Myles, and Treena. In 1964, Don accepted and excelled as a farm implement salesman in Swan River. In 1966, Don and his family moved to Ste. Rose to start his first implement dealership. After a few years, he was fascinated with the cattle industry and became an auctioneer. In 1978, Don founded and built the Ste. Rose Auction Mart on Highway 5 just south of Ste. Rose and achieved further expansions of the business. Don was a determined and successful businessman who connected well in the community and with customers throughout the cattle industry. He received his pilot's license in the late 1980's and enjoyed flying his Cessna (Glassair R2G) airplane. Family gatherings, traveling in his motorhome, and cooking a great steak were all things Don looked forward to. Don was predeceased by his parents Adelard and Marie Anna, and his twin brother Ronald. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish many fond memories: his children Bradley Masson (Connie), Myles Masson (Cindy), and Treena Masson-Milmine (Glenn); his grandchildren Ashley, Taylor, Lindy, Courtney and Sophia; his siblings Marguerite, Paul, Henri, Ernest, their spouses, his former spouse of 43 years Carole Masson (Deleau), along with numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends. A family graveside service was held for Don on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. in the Ste. Rose Cemetery in Ste. Rose du Lac. Fr. Patrick Neufeld officiated. A celebration of Don's life is being planned for a later date. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Acute Critical Care Unit of St. Boniface Hospital for their outstanding care and exceptional compassion shown to the family. Should friends so desire, donations may be made in memory of Don J. Masson to the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation, 409 Tache Avenue C1026, Winnipeg, MB, R2H 2A6 or the Ste. Rose Jolly Club, PO Box 376, Ste. Rose du Lac, MB, R0L 1S0 where he loved socializing and playing pool. Don was well liked by all who knew him and loved to tell stories, especially at holiday family gatherings.
"We will miss you, Papa Don" Sneath-Strilchuk -Ste. Rose Chapel204-447-2444www.sneathstrilchuk.com
2020-10-24 issue of the Brandon Sun

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LOEWEN: Agnes Esther (nee Penner), age 94 years, beloved wife of the late Walter Loewen, went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Fairview Home. Mom was born November 2, 1925 in Sagradovka, Ukraine; the first born of Henry and Anna Penner. At the age of 10 months, they immigrated to Canada and homesteaded in Fairholm, SK. When Mom was 8 years old, her family moved to Sanford, MB. She took her schooling here, and later went on to attend Winkler Bible Institute. As a young woman, Mom worked at Independent Jewelers and as a postmaster in Winnipeg, as well as being an aide at the Brandon Mental Hospital. Mom and Dad were married on June 19, 1954 and together they farmed in the Justice area for 35 years. Here they raised their family of three daughters and one son. She enjoyed being a homemaker cooking, baking, and tending to her garden and flowers, but most of all she loved caring for her family and later on, her grandchildren. Mom had a strong Christian faith. She was very involved in the Justice, MB Church, as well as the Gideons, making many good friends along the way. Mom liked to sew, crochet, and especially liked to read, so it was no surprise when she and Dad started a new chapter in 1981 with the purchase of The Lighthouse Bookstore in Brandon. Mom loved the bookstore and took great pride in serving people with warmth and a smile. Mom and Dad moved from the farm to Brandon in 1992; they adjusted easily to city life, enjoying being closer to family and work. In 2005, they moved to Hobbs Manor, where Mom was very involved in activities and fully enjoyed the lifestyle. Due to declining health, Mom moved into Fairview Home in 2014. Mom is survived by her children Marlene (Bill) Lecuyer, Laura Loewen (John Downing), Judy (Brad) Dick, Albert (Kim) Loewen; grandchildren Christopher and Cherise Lecuyer; Cody and Brett Dick; Ryan, Brooke, and Hailey Loewen; sister Elsie Pankratz, brother Art (Liz) Penner; and in-laws Helen Penner, Marg Loewen, Martha and Ross McMillan, and Jessie and Dave Penner. Mom was predeceased by her husband Walter Loewen in 2011, brothers Ed and Pete, and several in-laws. The funeral service was held at Memories Chapel on Sunday, October 18, 2020. Pastor Gerry Harms officiated. Interment took place at Sparling Cemetery. Donations in memory of Mom may be made to The Gideons International in Canada, P.O. Box 3619, Stn Main, Guelph, ON, N1H 6T9, www.gideons.ca. The family would like to thank the nurses and aides at Fairview Home for the excellent care Mom received over the past 6 years, and for the compassion and thoughtfulness shown to us during her final days.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com
2020-10-24 issue of the Brandon Sun

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LISITZA: The family of Larry Lisitza are saddened to announce his passing on September 28, 2020 at the Souris Hospital. Larry lost his courageous battle with prostate cancer but will be remembered for his sense of humour and amazing positive attitude throughout the last 5 years. Larry was born in Sherridon, MB in 1946 to Frank and Marie Lisitza. At age 2, Larry and his family moved to Flin Flon, MB. Larry met and married Kathy and remained in Flin Flon with their children Jim and Kelly until 1984 when a job opportunity in Brandon with the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba became available. Larry worked as a Community Addictions Worker in the southern parts of Manitoba until 2002 when he and Kathy retired to spend time travelling to the southern US and Mexico which they loved. Larry had many hobbies. His love of country music took them to many music festivals in the 1990’s. After retirement, Larry’s favorite hobby was collecting and repairing old boat motors and he was successful in getting many of them up and running again. Every June Larry travelled to Flin Flon to visit old friends and spent many hours out fishing with his buddies. Larry was predeceased by his parents Frank and Marie; brothers Jim and Lynn, and sister Audrey. He leaves to cherish his memory; wife Kathy, children Jim (Cassandra), Kelly, and Mark (Bev); grandchildren, Mikayla, Samara, and Lydia; and brother John. This past year Larry fortunately was able to meet and spend time with his son Mark, who had been given up for adoption at birth. In lieu of flowers, donations in Larry’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Family and friends will gather at a later date for a celebration of Larry’s life.
2020-10-24 issue of the Brandon Sun

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KISSOCK: Rosemary Jean, age 82 years, beloved wife of the late Allan Kissock, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Rosemary will be lovingly remembered by her son Boyd, daughter Tracy (Terry) Kissock Mansell, grandchildren Lyle (Eva) Kissock and Terri Mansell and great grandchildren Sophie and Lukas. The family will cherish Rosemary’s memory privately. Donations in memory of Rosemary may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200–17th Street East, Brandon, MB R7A 7M6.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com
2020-10-24 issue of the Brandon Sun

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KEIR: Roderick John passed away peacefully at the Russell Health Centre on Monday, October 19, 2020. Roderick was born in Aberdeen, Scotland on August 22, 1947. He married his best friend and love of his life, Isabella Murphy in 1968. In 1973, they moved to Canada where he worked in the field he loved as a Memorialist until his retirement in 2010. Rod leaves to mourn his wife of 52 years, Isabel; his three loving daughters Pamela (Tim), Nicola (Dale) and Jacqueline (Jason); grandchildren Kristyn (Randall), Matthew (Alicia), Dyson, Katryna, Samantha (Kendall), Renee (Dylan), Gannon and Miika; and his 11 great grandchildren, the pride and joy of his life. His heart was broken with the loss of Peyton, a great grandchild born sleeping in 2019. Rod was a quiet man whose friends will always have a smile or kind word when they think of him.
Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa we will always remember and treasure you.Rest now! “Life’s work well done.”Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com
2020-10-24 issue of the Brandon Sun

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HUTCHINGS: Carol Lynn Hutchings (Van De Ponselle). It is with great sadness that the family of Carol Hutchings announces her passing after a short but hard fought battle with cancer, on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 at the age of 73. Born August 26, 1947 in Deloraine to the late Valere and Clemence Van De Ponseele. Growing up in Boissevain with surviving sister Janet (Nyel Fredrickson) and brother Keith Van De Ponseele (Barb). While taking her Psychiatric nursing she met Richard (Dick) Hutchings of Brandon, and were married in 1969 having just celebrated 51 years of marriage in April. Carol’s first love was her family and she was the glue that held it together. She had two sons Robert (Debbie) and Dale (Cindy) and 5 grandchildren Shane, Mathew, Chelsea, Julia and Reid. There was never a sporting event or music concert that wouldn’t have Grandma in the front row supporting the grandkids. Carol loved to cook and sew, travel and camping but is best known for her huge heart and would be first to volunteer for whatever needed to be done. She volunteered with Canadian Cancer Society for 25 years, volunteered at St. Augustine School and with the Canadian Federal Elections. Carol also loved dogs and taught obedience classes as well as attend dog shows winning many ribbons with her Miniature Schnauzer. After Dick retired in 2001 (Brandon Fire Department), Carol retired from her second love nursing in 2004 (starting at the old BMHC site and then the new CAP in Brandon). Carol and Dick purchased a trailer and did some traveling then finally having a seasonal spot at Pelican Lake. They spent many retirement winters in Arizona and then BC also meeting great people who they still call good friends. Carol (Mom/Grandma) will be greatly missed by all whom loved her. The family held a private grave side service on October 9, 2020 at the Brandon Municipal Cemetery.
2020-10-24 issue of the Brandon Sun

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McNUTT: Laura Evelyn McNutt (nee Giles), formerly of Brandon, passed away peacefully with family by her side at the Douglas Campbell Lodge, Portage la Prairie, MB on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at the age of 91 years. Laura was predeceased by her husband, Anthony; parents, Stanley and Eva; siblings, Harvey, Clarence “Bud”, James, Murray, Bessie, Alice and Jack; as well lifelong friends, Cec and Marion Greig. Laura will be lovingly remembered by daughter, Margaret (Raymond) Reichelt and their children, Luke, Amy, Samuel; son, Douglas (Evelyn) McNutt and his children, Erin (Shaun), Catherine, Nicholas (Jenn); son, Paul (Christine) and their daughter, Payton; son, Glenn (Sherry); son, Kevin (Shauna) and their children, Morgan and Shamus; son, Earl (Donna) and their children, Christopher, Sarah and Laura; sisters, Margaret Longstaff and Marjorie McPhail. Laura was born on April 29, 1929 in MacGregor, MB. Laura went to school in MacGregor before attending Normal School in Winnipeg. After, completing Normal School Laura began her teaching years at Emmeline School. After teaching at Emmeline, she moved on to teach at Rapid City and then Melita where she met her husband, Anthony. Laura and Anthony moved to Brandon where she was a substitute teacher until they started their family, raising six kids along with the kids in the neighbourhood. Laura had a love for her friends and family and took great joy in doing jigsaw puzzles. A Graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Laura may be made to a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
2020-10-24 issue of the Brandon Sun

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ROBERTS: Carol Anne Roberts (née, Douglas), just shy of her 74th birthday, passed away at her residence on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Beloved mother-in-law to Hope and grandmother to Kayla, Ryan, and great-grandson Epic; Carol is off to reunite with her sons, Darwyn and Robbie, and her husband Barry, who passed on the same date in 2018. Due to Covid-19 restrictions a private family service will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel with plans for a memorial in the spring/summer of 2021.The family has invited you to watch the livestream of the Memorial Service for Carol on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., by visiting Carol’s tribute page on Brockie Donovan’s website at www.brockiedonovan.com. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
2020-10-24 issue of the Brandon Sun

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VOLEK: Mike passed away suddenly at the age of 60 years with his wife by his side on October 10, 2020 at the Brandon Hospital. Mike was born on January 17, 1960 in Melita, MB, the third son of Alice and Joe Volek, and was followed by three sisters. The family moved to Dauphin when Mike was a toddler, where he later attended elementary school, played many sports, enjoyed fishing and was a member of the Tropical Fish Club. In 1971, the family relocated to Brandon where Mike attended school at Linden Lanes and Vincent Massey and eventually took Political Science at Brandon University. Mike carried on with his love of sports where he played hockey, softball, tennis, was a member of the Brandon Water Ski Club and the Brandon Racquetball Association. Mike was instrumental in establishing a junior racquetball program in Brandon, a program that was later adopted in other parts of Canada. He spent countless hours coaching and playing racquetball, organizing and attending tournaments across Canada and internationally. Mike started his work life at Dairy Queen while in school. He later took a job a Brown’s Drug Store where he managed the Photo/Video Department he would work there for almost 20 years and enjoyed every minute of it. He had an entrepreneurial spirit and later purchased the Photo Den in Carberry, where he worked for the next eight years. Mike had a passion for sales and politics, which led him to work for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation for five years, then to Brandon Chrysler Dodge where he rounded out his career in sales. Mike had a passion for working with children, which didn’t stop at the racquetball courts. He and his wife, Linda, were foster parents to many children over the years, several of whom they remain in close contact with, have become chosen family members, or adopted. Mike had an amazing connection with his family, whom he loved dearly. He was in his glory at family gatherings and found joy in orchestrating the annual crokinole tournament. Although his health declined in the past few years he never complained, he stayed positive while doing everything he could to keep fit and healthy. Mike will be deeply missed by his wife of 32 years, Linda, his beautiful daughter and Bambino Dani, chosen sons James (Allison) Shepley and Blair (Haven) Burgess, and grandchildren Aurora and Athena Shepley. Also mourning his loss are his parents, Alice Beauselinck and Joe Volek, brothers Greg (Barb), Doug (Joyce), sisters Wendy, Lynda (Tony) Campbell, Kathy Ralph, brother-in-law Fred Kennell (Carol) and special nieces and nephews Cody (Larissa) Volek (Anika and Oliver), Alida Volek (Jordan), Travis Linski, Scott (Krista) Campbell (Calvin), Sarah Campbell (Dwayne Kraushar), Ryan and Lauren Ralph, Jenice (Thomas) Schneider (Nellie, Thomas Jr., Ava), Ken Bird (Ashley Sexton) (Thorian Bird and Kevin Sexton) and Selena Bird (Ken Mott) (Spence Mott). Mike was laid to rest on October 16, 2020 at a private ceremony at the Brandon Cemetery with Kim Lewarne officiating. Donations in memory of Mike may be made to the Westman Dreams for Kids, 404-18th Street N, Brandon, MB, R7A 7P3.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
2020-10-24 issue of the Brandon Sun

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WOODS: Robert Allen “Al”, passed away on his 76th birthday, Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Al will be lovingly remembered by his wife Patti of Brandon, MB; children Scott Woods of Vancouver, BC, Jeff (Tracey) Woods of Flin Flon, MB, Kyle Bussell of Winnipeg, MB and Leann (Thomas) Wilson and special granddaughter Georgia Day of Fernie, BC; mother Frances Woods of Innisfail, AB; brothers Don (Penny) Woods and family of Calgary, AB and Barry (Sherri) Woods and family of Calgary, AB and sisters Wendy (Garth) Burnside and family of Vancouver, BC and Deborah (Trevor) Hardy and family of Innisfail, AB. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Flowers gratefully declined, donations in memory of Al may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com
2020-10-24 issue of the Brandon Sun

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WHITE: Dorothy Colleen White passed away peacefully, with family by her side at her home, Fairview Personal Care Home, on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at the age of 90 years. A private family Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel. The family invites you to watch the livestream of the Memorial Service remotely on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. by visiting Dorothy’s tribute page on Brockie Donovan’s website at www.brockiedonvan.com. Donations in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4A9. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
2020-10-20 issue of the Brandon Sun

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LOEWEN: Agnes Esther, beloved wife of the late Walter Loewen and loving mother to Marlene (Bill) Lecuyer, Laura Loewen (John Downing), Judy (Brad) Dick and Albert (Kim) Loewen, passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Fairview Home. A private service will take place and she will be laid to rest beside her husband at Sparling Cemetery. Donations in memory of Agnes may be made to The Gideons International in Canada, P.O. Box 3619, Stn Main, Guelph, ON N1H 6T9. Complete obituary information will follow.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com
2020-10-17 issue of the Brandon Sun

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McDONALD: Mary Ann, age 75 years, beloved mother of Brenda (Tim) Newman and Bev (Raymond) Hofer passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at the Souris Health Centre. She was predeceased by her husband John McDonald and daughter Vickie Thomas. Mary Ann was laid to rest in a private graveside service at Hartney Riverside Cemetery. Donations in memory of Mary Ann may be made to the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com
2020-10-17 issue of the Brandon Sun

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