Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Obituaries

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SAGE: Doreen Sage passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at the age of 81 years. Doreen will be lovingly remembered by her daughters Linda Young, Diane Moorehead and Jackie Sage. A time of visitation will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, 4 Willowdale Crescent, Brandon, MB, on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Dan Cavey officiating. A private family interment will follow at Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Doreen may be made to Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, 4 Willowdale Crescent, Brandon, MB, R7B 1A3 or to CancerCare Manitoba, 1160-675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolencemay be placed atwww.brockiedonovan.com
2018-09-22 issue of the Brandon Sun

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ROY: Hubert Richard, at 58 years old, passed away suddenly at his residence in Sandy Lake, Manitoba on Friday, September 14th, 2018. Hubert was born on April 21st, 1960 and is the beloved father of Anastasia Muir (John), Courtney Roy and the late Ryan Roy, grandfather of Ryder and Kinzley, son of Grace Roy and the late Richard Roy, brother of Mike Roy, Tim Roy (Lana), Judy Rookes (Allan), Tom Roy (Caroline) and uncle to Jade Keller (Devin), Max Roy, Dana Rookes (Ellie), Amanda Rookes, Richard Rookes (Tina), Samantha Seagris (Victor), Kendall Roy and Matthew Roy as well as his great nieces and nephews. Hubert grew up full of life and mischevious. He took pride in working hard with his siblings with his father doing milk deliveries, earning money by doing mail routes and eventually took pride in owning his own painting company “Roy Painting and Decorating”. Hubert’s family and children were his biggest joy in life and they all enjoyed time together camping, fishing, boating, skidooing, laughing, and for a period of time watching and cheering his son on during Motocross at the Racetracks all over Manitoba before his son passed away after a battle with cancer. Hubert enjoyed visiting with family and friends when he wasn’t busy working. He will forever be remembered for his grin and laugh that could fill a room, joy for life and his continued mischevious that continued throughout his life. Donations can be made to Canadian Cancer Society. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
Messages of condolencesmay be made atwww.kowalchuks.net
2018-09-22 issue of the Brandon Sun

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ROWAN: With her family by her side, Sheila Violet Rowan passed away suddenly at home on Friday, September 14, 2018. Born June 9, 1965, Sheila grew up in Roblin, Manitoba where she received her elementary and high school education. Following graduation, Sheila attended ACC in Brandon studying Business Administration. She was employed at the Provincial Building in Minnedosa until 2006 prior to working at the Brandon Research Centre. Family was especially important to Sheila and she loved spending time together and going on vacations. She also enjoyed nights out with her close friends, and lots of shopping! Sheila will be lovingly remembered by her husband Barry; children Alissa (Dilan) Johnston and Chad; mother Doreen Mench; sister Debbie Koss (Wilbert), niece Nicole Junkin (Kyle), great niece Elizabeth, great nephew Waylon; sister Pam Gunchoski (Jason), nieces Brittany, Danielle, Madison and Hannah; brother Tom Gunchoski (Cathy), nieces Kya and Callie; sister-in-law Bev Miller, niece Lindsay Miller, great niece Madison Miller, nephew Derek Miller (Rachel), nieces Blakely and Tenley, nephew Jett. She was predeceased by her father Stanley Gunchoski and step-dad Edgar Mench. The Celebration of Sheila's Life took place at Memories Chapel on Friday, September 21, 2018. Mike Waddell officiated. Urn bearer was Alissa Johnston.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com
2018-09-22 issue of the Brandon Sun

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LOUGHEED: Peacefully in the early morning hours of September 19, 2018, Ron passed away at the Palliative Care Unit at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon, Manitoba. Ron was born on March 24, 1937 to Ernie and Lena Lougheed at Deloraine, Manitoba. He grew up in the Regent area, completing grade 10, and then moving on to Winnipeg. He started his career with Anglo Oil, later becoming Royalite, Gulf and Petro-Canada. This career spanned 35 years, taking him to the communities of Winnipeg, Boissevain, Plumas, Gladstone, Grandview and Melita. Ron retired in 1995 and moved to Brandon in 2011 following health problems. Ron married Elaine Cathcart, a girl he had met on a blind date, on March 24, 1962. Together they raised their three children - Bruce, Sheila and Grant. Ron had many interests during his life. He enjoyed curling, baseball, camping, horse races and traveling. He was an umpire for the Grandview Lakers, draw master for the curling club and spent many hours volunteering his time with various organizations. In their retirement, Ron and Elaine spent 15 years wintering in Arizona, participating in many shuffleboard tournaments. They enjoyed their time spent in the warm weather and meeting many people along the way. Time back home was spent entertaining the grandkids with his teasing nature. Ron also has a huge soft spot in his heart for the dogs in his life. He would spend hours spoiling his pets with treats and taking them for rides around town. Due to brain aneurysm in 2011, Ron spent almost 3 years in Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon. With the loving support of Elaine, Ron was able to move home. They spent many hours playing crib and other games and enjoying their time together. Ron is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Elaine; son Bruce (Heather) of Melita, their children Kyle and partner Jill Combs, Cullen, Riley and Rachelle; daughter Sheila (Don) Smith of Plumas and their children Kristen and Justin Sawchuk and Kara; son Grant (Brenda) of Storthoaks, Saskatchewan, and their children Stephanie and Matt Johnson, Justin and Jake. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Neveah Johnson, and Addisyn Sawchuk. Also survived by in-laws, Donna Boyd, Lawrence and Gail Cathcart, Sandra Pow and R.J. McCauley, Barb and Arnold Coutts, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Ernie and Lena, brother Russel and wife Elva, and sister Char; parents-in-law Calvert and Ruby Cathcart and brother-in-law Hugh Boyd. Ron and family are ever so grateful to the many doctors and staff of Fairview Home, Brandon Regional Health Centre, and Assiniboine Centre for the years of excellent care and kindness shown to all of us. The Celebration of Ron's Life will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, Brandon, on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Wendy Denbow will officiate. A reception will follow. Ron will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, Manitoba. Donations in memory of Ron may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 2B3.
Expressions of sympathymay be made atwww.memorieschapel.com
2018-09-22 issue of the Brandon Sun

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LAMERZ: Sadly on September 20, 2018 with family by her side, Ingrid Lamerz (Stoeckmann) passed away at Brandon Regional Health Centre. A come and go memorial will be held at the Victoria Inn, 3550 Victoria Avenue, on Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ingrid can be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for the ICU, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3.
2018-09-22 issue of the Brandon Sun

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HART: On Thursday, September 20, 2018, Barbara “Barb” Elaine Hart, age 75 years, beloved wife of Ron and loving mother of Chris Hennessey and Michele Hanson, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. The Celebration of Barb's Life will take place at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North, on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Craig Miller will officiate. A reception will follow. Donations in memory of Barb may be made to Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Unit 4B, 457-9th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 1K2. Complete obituary information will follow.
Expressions of sympathymay be made atwww.memorieschapel.com
2018-09-22 issue of the Brandon Sun

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KIRKUP: Mrs. Edythe Kirkup, age 92, passed away at the Melita Health Centre on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. Edythe is survived by her five children, Elaine (Chris) Hunt of Killarney, Helen Sheridan of Hamiota, L.J. (Darlene) of Melita, Murray (Sharon) of Flin Flon, and Bert (Shelley) of Melita; eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sister, Inez Snyder of Melita; sister-in-law, Alda Sitko of Brandon; also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Ira and Bessie (Weston) Snyder; husband, Jack; and son-in-law, Alan Sheridan. A funeral service for Edythe will be held at the Victoria United Church, Melita on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. (Rev.) Heather Sandilands will officiate. Interment will take place at the Melita Cemetery. Donations in memory of Edythe can be sent to the Melita Palliative Care Fund, Box 459, Melita, MB, R0M 1L0 or to the Victoria United Church Memorial Fund, Box 159, Melita, MB, R0M 1L0. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home, Melita, MB. (204) 522-3361. Neil Redpath and Kurt Ardron, Funeral Directors.
To send messages ofcondolence to the family,please visit:redpathfuneralhome.com
2018-09-22 issue of the Brandon Sun

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FREIHEIT: Jeffrey David Freiheit passed away suddenly on August 2nd, 2018 near Lenggries, Germany while hiking the Traumpfad (Dream Way). Jeff was born on September 27th, 1985 in Dauphin, Manitoba to parents Kathy and Garnet Freiheit. Siblings included older brother Joel, and younger sister Amanda born three years later. He attended school in Dauphin where he was active in sports, band, and drama. He was especially passionate about basketball and upon graduating from DRCSS he received a basketball scholarship to Brandon University where he played for the Bobcats. Jeff enjoyed being a part of the team and many of the relationships that he made during this time have been maintained. He received his Bachelor of General studies in 2007 and his Bachelor of Education Degree (Hons.) in 2009. Prior to leaving for his final student teaching placement in Kuwait, Jeff met the love of his life, Selena. Jeff completed his student teaching placement in Kuwait and travelled Europe that summer. He went back to Kuwait in September, 2009 and taught for one school year. In 2010 Jeff returned to Dauphin, Manitoba where he taught at McKenzie Middle School. In September of 2011 Jeff and Selena travelled back to Kuwait and taught for three years together. During this time while vacationing in the Maldives Jeff proposed to Selena in April, 2014. The couple returned to Canada that summer and Jeff began teaching in the Brandon School Division. In July of 2016 Jeff and Selena exchanged vows in Croatia, honeymooned in Italy, and celebrated their marriage vows with family and friends later that month. Jeff’s love for travelling began as a child with his family and continued throughout his life. He visited 47 countries in his lifetime. Jeff loved experiencing new cultures, meeting new people, and touring the highlights of what each country had to offer. Some of his most memorable excursions included, climbing Ayers Rock in Australia, hiking Machu Picchu in Peru, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mount Everest Base Camp, visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia, running with the bulls in Spain, swimming with the Great White Sharks in South Africa, seeing the Silverback Gorillas in Uganda, and doing a wildlife safari in Kenya. Jeff was a passionate educator, he loved taking the time to connect with his students and was highly involved in the school community. He brought out the best in students and accepted each for who they were. Jeff spent hours coaching a number of sports teams including basketball, volleyball, soccer and cricket. He continued to participate in sports including men’s league basketball, soccer, baseball, and golf. Jeff was passionate about his own fitness and health. He was a role model for his students and would assist them in adapting a healthier lifestyle. Jeff had an optimistic outlook on life and a positive sense of self. He always saw the best in others and was very inclusive. Jeff loved to make others laugh by quoting movies and telling stories. He had a unique sense of style and always took pride in his look which often had a European flair. Jeff had a great love for his family and enjoyed spending time with them during the holidays and family gatherings. Jeff had a knack for finding that “special” gift for family members. Jeff will be lovingly remembered by his wife Selena, parents Kathy and Garnet, brother Joel (Aerin) nephew and niece Reece and Karis, sister Amanda (Nick), niece Charlotte, in-laws Jim and Brenda Empey, sister-in-law Nicole and brother-in-law Sheldon, as well as extended family including aunts, uncles, and cousins.
“Sometimes, you gotta find yourself, and at that moment, when nothing in the world matters… when the simplest of notions are all that linger.. may it be to the good life.” – Jeff Freiheit
Messages of condolencemay be placed atwww.brockiedonovan.com
2018-09-22 issue of the Brandon Sun

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BERTRAM: Olof Gudrun Margret Bertram, May 15, 1919–September 4, 2018. Olof Bertram (nee Sigfusson), passed away peacefully at the age of 99 on September 4, 2018 in Brandon, MB. Olof was predeceased by her parents Skuli and Gudrun, siblings Arthur, Loa (Maria), Svein, Skuli, Thomas and her husbands Gerry and Don. As matriarch of the family, Olof embodied the qualities of the Icelandic people: hardworking, independent, self-sufficient, thrifty, stubborn, hospitable and generous. Honouring her loving supportive spirit, courage and tenacity are her children: Christine, Wayne, Brenda (Lawrence Donald), Jamie (Judy Goodman) and Janet (Laurie Penton), grandchildren Erika and Sean Donald, Connor and Erik Penton, and great-grandson Henry. Olof was born on May 15, 1919, and raised on the family farm in Lundar, the sixth of seven children to Skuli Sigfusson and Gudrun Arnason. Her father, Skuli was an original pioneer who became a farmer, businessman, and Liberal MLA for the Interlake for twenty years. Her brothers were well known for founding the Sigfusson Transportation and J. S. Sigfusson companies. Proud of her Icelandic heritage, Olof’s ties to Iceland remained strong through her many trips there to visit her sister Loa and family. Olof graduated as a psychiatric nurse from the Brandon Mental Health Centre in 1940, and then worked in the medical field in Winnipeg. With the shortage of teachers during the war, Olof stepped in for a year, so her younger brother, Tom, could complete his schooling. She continued her teacher’s training and taught in Somerset and Winnipeg. In Somerset she met her husband, Gerry McMahon. They raised five children in Boissevain, where they were active in many community organizations. They moved to Brandon in 1966 when Gerry became Area Manager of Manitoba Hydro. Gerry passed away suddenly in 1967. With five children to support, Olof returned to University, at age 48, completing a B.A. in Psychology and a B.Ed. degree. She was a respected instructor at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon until she retired. She inspired her children and grandchildren to complete university degrees and seek professional careers. In 1979, Olof married her second husband, Don Bertram, a widower with five sons. They retired to Nanaimo, in 1986, where Don passed in 1993. For thirty years, each summer Olof returned to her roots at her cottage on Lake Winnipeg near Gimli. Olof was an active, outgoing person who enjoyed teaching Icelandic, singing in a choir, swimming and exercise classes, attending Unity Church, and dabbling in watercolour painting. She could talk with anyone and had a great memory for genealogy. Her children joke that she could be put anywhere in the world and would find either someone she knew or was related to. Everyone who knew her has an amusing story of time spent with her. The family thanks the Hillcrest staff for the wonderful care and attention she received. A Celebration of Life event will take place at a later date.
Góthe nótt elskan mín!
2018-09-22 issue of the Brandon Sun

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ATKINSON: With her son by her side, Mae Atkinson passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Mae was born and raised in the Newdale area. Mae trained as a Red Seal Chef, and dedicated her life to cooking for others which brought her great joy. She cooked at various restaurants in the Westman area. Mae was a determined woman who had many interests in her life, no matter what endeavour she took on it was done with pride and excellence. Mae was a private person but she enjoyed sitting and talking with you one on one. She gave freely of her time to help others and expected nothing in return. She will be missed by all that knew her. Mae is survived by her children James, Julia and Mary; grandchildren Alex, Emily, Samantha and Randall; mother Violet Lamb; sister Edith Gregorash; sister-in-law Carol Lamb as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father Russell Lamb and brother Neil Lamb. Funeral Service for Mae will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2018 at St. Mary's Anglican Church, 401-1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba. The Oak Lake Legion Auxiliary Branch #79 will participate in the service.
“In Mae's Memory Share Your Time”
Expressions of sympathymay be made at www.memorieschapel.com
2018-09-22 issue of the Brandon Sun

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2018-09-22 issue of the Brandon Sun

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STEWART: Sam Stewart, beloved husband of Charlotte, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on September 20, 2018 at the age of 90 years. A graveside service will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in the Shoal Lake Cemetery, Shoal Lake, MB with Elgin Hall officiating. Donations may be made to Heart and Stroke of Manitoba or a charity of choice. Minnedosa Funeral Service in care of arrangements.
Messages of condolencemay be placed online at www.minnedosafs.ca
2018-09-22 issue of the Brandon Sun

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WESSELIUS: With much sadness, the family announces the passing of Jeremias Wilhelmus (Bill) Wesselius on September 18, 2018 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. He was 84. Bill and his twin brother Hendricus (Henk) were born on June 30, 1934 in the Haarlemmermeer area, the Netherlands to Jeremias Wilhelmus (Wim) Wesselius and Janneke Jannigje (Jannie) de Blaeij. Henk and Bill were the sixth and seventh children of nine, and grew up near the small village of Oude Wetering. When Bill was just six years old, the Netherlands were invaded by Germany; he and his family lived through the Nazi occupation for five years. After their schooling, the twins apprenticed in the shipbuilding trade. Sadly, Henk suddenly passed away in 1952 and Bill undertook his mandatory military service without his beloved twin. The life-changing experience of losing Henk brought Bill to consider emigration. He chose Canada, a country he felt connected to because it had liberated Holland. In 1955, he boarded a ship bound for Montreal and from there travelled to Brandon where his older brother Andy was already living. On an afternoon at Delta Beach, he met Dian te Hennepe, who became the love of his life. They married just four months later on December 5, 1958. Their daughter Alynne was born in 1960, followed by a son, Henry, in 1962; he passed away a short time later. Janet was born in 1964 followed by Cornell (1965), Eric (1967), Darren (1969), and William (1971). Two weeks after William’s birth, Alynne died suddenly. In 1972, another son Charles joined the family. After working in Brandon a few years, Bill became the manager of a hog farm near Shilo in 1962 and the family lived there until 1993. When the farm closed, he worked at the Green Spot in Brandon for several years before retiring to their farm home northeast of Forrest. He and Dian read voraciously, gardened, spent time with friends and family and took many trips to visit their children, as well as to visit family in the Netherlands and Michigan. Bill was a quiet, kind man whose demeanour belied his mischievous sense of humour. He had an amazingly strong work ethic, and his deep faith was an important part of his life. He cherished his family, and his children and grandchildren were a delight to him. He worked hard, lived simply, loved deeply and leaves a legacy of devotion, honour and integrity. Bill was predeceased by his daughter Alynne, his son Henry, his parents, his brothers Carel, Dirk, Cees and Henk, an infant sister Maartje and his sisters-in-law Hilda and Aly. He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Dian; his daughter Janet Catherina (Peter Sinnema), his sons Henry Cornell (Shaunna deGroot), Eric Harvey (Julie Kentner), Darren Gerard (Gaylen Eaton), Jeremias Wilhelmus (called William), and Charles Abram (Susan Robinson); his grandchildren Jonathan, Samaira, Katherine, Heather, Alynne, Anneke, Rebecca and Cornell (called Cees); and his great-granddaughters Teyla and Danika. He is also survived by his older brother Andries (Maria) in Brandon and his elder sister Catharina, his younger brother Gerardus, his brothers-in-law Bill te Hennepe (Kathy) and Jack te Hennepe (Sherry) and many nieces and nephews in Canada, the United States and the Netherlands. A private family interment will be held at Rosewood Cemetery in Brandon. The funeral will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 29th. A reception will follow. The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff at the Brandon Regional Health Centre and to the palliative care staff at the Assiniboine Centre for their kind, thoughtful and attentive care. Bill had a strong commitment to social justice; in lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory can be made to Citizens for Public Justice at www.cpj.ca.
“Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.” Isaiah 57:2
2018-09-22 issue of the Brandon Sun

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CARLISLE: Gerald Lloyd Carlisle. Born October 27, 1938 in Souris, MB - Passed away September 18, 2018 at the Brandon Assiniboine Centre. Jerry was a talented athlete, playing hockey in Souris, North Battleford Juveniles, Brandon Wheat Kings in 1959 and Nipigon, ON, before moving to Thompson to work at Inco where he enjoyed Shift League hockey. He also enjoyed playing ball with Souris Cardinals for some time. He spent 20 winters in Texas where he excelled in playing pool and shuffleboard, and was inducted into The Texas Shuffleboard Association Hall Of Fame in 2015. In later years he owned and operated Jerry’s Food Mart in Souris before settling in Brandon. Jerry was predeceased by his parents Ethel and Ivan Carlisle and his brother Donald. Left to mourn is his loving partner, Evelyn Skinner, son Delwin, son Randy (Shannon) Crystal and Dan, son Robert, Rebecca, Richelle (Terry) Zoe, Josh and Macy, Zak (Shelby) Claire, daughter Lori, Shane, Savanna, Paul, mother of his children Phyllis Sheane Carlisle, sister Adele, and Don’s partner Carole, extended family Kelly, Shelley and Brady Skinner, Joy Skinner, Todd Poole, Cassie and Hunter Poole, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. As per Jerry’s wishes there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers please donate to an Alzheimer or Cancer charity of your choice.
2018-09-21 issue of the Brandon Sun

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WOODS: On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, Carol Ann Ellen Woods, age 66 years, beloved wife of Doug Woods and loving mother to Darlene and Leonard, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. A private family service will be held. Donations in memory of Carol may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8. Complete obituary information will follow.
Expressions of sympathymay be made at www.memorieschapel.com
2018-09-20 issue of the Brandon Sun

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