Monday, January 21st, 2019

Obituaries

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NICHOL: Bruce slipped away peacefully to rejoin his beloved Muriel on January 7, 2019. Bruce was born August 12, 1919 to Walter and Wilhelmina (Cochrane) Nichol, the youngest of their three boys. His earliest years were busy with play, school and work on the farm. Sadly his mom passed away when he was just 14, and he left school to work full time to help his family during the depression years. In his late teens he met Muriel Hyndman at a dance and lost his heart forever. They were married October 30, 1940. Like so many young men of his generation, Bruce enlisted in the Canadian Army in March of 1941. An early posting sent them to Prince Rupert, BC. where their son Lynn was born December 5, 1941. July of 1943 he began his overseas service and spent the balance of the war years in Holland and Germany, finally arriving home in January of 1946. He was amazed to find that Muriel had been able to save enough money to pay for a small farm while he was overseas. They farmed for a while in the Hamiota district, where their daughter Brenda was born November 27, 1949, then operated a service station in McConnell, before Bruce found what was to become his life work in sales. He worked first as a travelling salesman for Ashdown’s, then in 1954 he accepted a job at the T. Eaton Co. in Brandon selling furniture and appliances. Many people still remember him from those years at Eatons. After his retirement from that position he enjoyed meeting new people during his years with Display Manitoba. Bruce and Muriel spent many happy retirement hours gardening, golfing, attending harness races , and visiting with friends and relatives. Bruce was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and in later years he enjoyed many activities and lunches at Seniors for Seniors. At the time of his passing he lived at Hobb’s Manor where he had made many new friends. He enjoyed the fellowship offered by the morning coffee group and dinner companions. He often remarked that he’d been blessed with good neighbours throughout his life. Bruce was predeceased by his wife Muriel, his son Lynn, his parents Walter and Wilhelmina Nichol, an infant sister, brothers and sisters-in-law Cecil and Wilma Nichol, Charlie and June Nichol, in-laws Ralph and Gladys Hyndman, Elgin and Eloise Hyndman, Beth and Fred Lambert, nephew Ron Hyndman and niece-in-law Leeann Hyndman. Left to remember him are daughter Brenda (Greg) Clark, granddaughter Angie (Chris) Veilleux, grandsons Todd (Ankha) Nichol, Bruce (Michelle ) Nichol and great-grandchildren Julianna and Adèle Veilleux, Bobbi, Brad and Kate Nichol, as well as several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and wonderful friends. A private family service will take place. Donations in Bruce’s memory may be made to CNIB, 354 10th St., Brandon MB, R7A 4G1 or a charity of your choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com
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MALKOWICH: It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of (Anthony) Steven Malkowich on January 17th, 2019 at the Assiniboine Palliative Care Unit in the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Steve was born on August 8th, 1935 to Dan and Elizabeth Malkowich on a farm in Fisher Branch Manitoba (he was an Interlake boy). Steve was predeceased by his brothers Nicholas, Bill (Jean), Harry (Olga), Walter (Joanne) and Fred (Shirley). Steve is survived by his sisters Lovey Kuryk (Johnny), and twin sister Augustine Konopetcki (Eddie). Left to mourn his passing is his wife, Joanne of 61 years, daughter Alison Scott (Gordon), daughter Louise Lamont (Scott), and son Steven Malkowich (Trisha Snow). Steve has 7 grandchildren – Meghan and Mason Malkowich, Kris McCarthy (Stephanie), Chelsea Argenta (Dan), Adam Lamont (Brenna), Ryan Lamont (Whitney), and Stephanie Will (Joshua), along with 8 great grandchildren – Kaelyn and Kiya McCarthy, Dominic and Maverick Argenta, Michael and Danielle Lamont, Finley Lamont, and Maple Will. As a young man Steve was adventurous and headed to Winnipeg. Not long after arriving in Winnipeg he took a meteorology course, then went to teachers college and taught school in Inwood Manitoba. He then moved to Churchill Manitoba where he was employed by the Engineering section of the Department of National Defence. It was there that he met his beautiful bride to be Joanne Marie Sawchuk on a blind date at the Churchill dance hall. This chance meeting began their lifelong love of dancing. Steve and Joanne tied the knot September 7th, 1957 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Their first daughter Alison was born April 11th, 1959 in Churchill, Manitoba. Employed by the Department of Natural Resources as a Conservation Officer, Steve and family moved to The Pas, Wabowden, and Island Lake. This is where their second daughter Louise was born in Winnipeg Manitoba on April 8th, 1961 due to existing lack of medical facilities. Steve and Joanne along with their young family moved to Lynn Lake, Neepawa, and McCreary Manitoba where Steve stayed with the Department of Natural Resources as a Conservation Officer. Their son Steven Malkowich was born there February 12th, 1965. Steve then accepted a position with the Federal Department of Indian Affairs moving to Thompson, Brandon, Portage La Prairie, eventually ending up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1977 Steve left the Federal Government to pursue a lifelong dream – to own a hotel. The family purchased the Arlington Hotel in Morden Manitoba where the family took up residence. Steve and Joanne then purchased the Morden Cinema eventually selling both businesses and becoming involved in the local real estate market and a few other business ventures. While Steve was in Morden he became involved in a number of community organizations – the Morden Corn & Apple Festival standing out as one of his major contributions along with many others. From his penchant for community involvement, Steve became involved with Ducks Unlimited and officially took on the role of Manager of Event Volunteer Relations with the responsibility of raising funds to help conserve and retain waterfowl lands and waterways focusing on Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Upon retirement Steve and Joanne decided to settle in Brandon Manitoba where Steve was instrumental in the construction of the Kristopher Campbell Memorial Skate Plaza. Steve also loved children which translated into him becoming the official Santa Claus of Brandon. Participating numerous times in the Brandon Santa Claus Parade, as well as playing the role he truly loved at private functions too numerous to mention. Steve and Joanne have been residents of the Lions Manor in Brandon for the last 10 years. Steve also enjoyed golf, and when not playing golf at Glen Lea Golf & Country Club could be seen regularly providing course marshalling duties throughout the spring, summer & fall months – making sure the patrons were moving along at an appropriate pace. Steve and Joanne were recently awarded the Brandon Sun “Above & Beyond Award” presented in June of 2018 sponsored by the Guild Insurance Brokers of the Westman region. Steve loved to dance, curl, golf, hunt, fish and watch hockey. His love for the outdoors was reflected in his numerous wood carvings and bird house construction for his beloved birds. Steve always loved visiting family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all. A Celebration of Steve Malkowich’s Life will be held Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, Brandon, Manitoba. A private interment will follow at a later date at Rosewood Memorial Gardens in Brandon, Manitoba. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Brandon Riverbank Inc., #1-545 Conservation Drive, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7L8 – bench fund for Steve Malkowich in which a granite bench will be placed where Steve loved to sit and visit with nature, and especially watch his beloved birds. The family would like to acknowledge the compassion and care received from Dr. Visser, Dr. Akerele, Dr. Nichol and Dr. Moeller and all of the 3rd floor Palliative Care Staff and nurses for their empathy and care in providing our father the dignity and respect he so rightly deserved in his passing.
Expressions of sympathymay be made at www.memorieschapel.com
2019-01-19 issue of the Brandon Sun

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GOLLETZ: It is with great sadness that the family of Anne (Yarchuk) Golletz, shares the news of her peaceful passing on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Anne was born on June 21, 1937, the third child of five children, near Hamiota/Oak River where her father and mother Joe and Nellie (Sawchuk) Yarchuk were farming. The family moved to the farm in the Shoal Lake district in 1943, where Anne grew up and attended school. She continued her education at the Marvel Cosmetology College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She married Carl Golletz on October 25th, 1955 and they moved to Brandon for employment and to be closer to the family. Carl and Anne raised four children Leonard, Richard (Keay), Melody (Barry), and Barry (Jean). She also leaves to mourn her loss, her daughter-in-law Barb Nieradka, four grandchildren: Mitchel, Jennifer, Nicole and Jordyn and great-granddaughter Aria and nieces and nephews. Anne is also survived by her sister Mary (Yarchuk) Gushue and brother Jerry (Charlene) Yarchuk. She was pre-deceased by two brothers, Matt (Betty) Yarchuk and Mike (Marge) Yarchuk. Anne had many passions. She loved to garden, can fruit and vegetables, cook for large family gatherings, paint, ceramics, knit, sew and decorate. She took great pride in making and teaching all the Ukrainian food traditions. Anne ran her hair salon for fifteen years, then four years as a real estate agent and helped with the family concrete business. When Anne and Carl lived on an acreage, Anne would plant and nurture hundreds of bedding plants every year which were grown from scratch in her greenhouse. Carl and Anne enjoyed participating in the Best Rural Yard Competition, in which they won on a number of occasions. Anne also provided the greater family a monumental keepsake, by documenting the Sawchuk family history into a book format. Anne will be remembered by family and friends who she would always lend a helping hand too. In Anne’s later years she endured a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. We thank the many family, friends and caregivers who helped her through her challenges. Special thanks to Rideau Park, Dallas Green and Memories Chapel. A private Celebration of Anne’s Life was held at Memories Chapel. Donations in memory of Anne may be made to the MS Society, Unit 5B-457 9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 1K2.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.comForever in our thoughts and prayers.
2019-01-19 issue of the Brandon Sun

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FRANZ: Margaret Warkentin was born in southern Russia on January 16, 1924. That summer she immigrated to Canada with her family, settling near Winnipeg. Within two years, the extended family joined them. She always enjoyed school and did well, finishing high school by correspondence. She taught for a year on permit immediately after Grade 12 before attending Normal school. This led to a nine year career of teaching in one room country schools. She was baptized on May 20, 1945, at the Schoenfelder Mennonite Church in Pigeon Lake and was always active in the church, in the ladies groups and teaching Sunday School. After her family moved to Mountainside, they attended the Whitewater Mennonite Church where she met Peter. They were married on June 27, 1953 and were blessed with four children Ruth, Arthur, Edward and Herbert. Margaret and Peter believed strongly in serving and helping others whenever possible. Together they served locally as well as in Hamilton, Colombia, Paraguay and Florida. Their caring also led them to become integrally involved in helping a refugee family settle in Canada. They were adopted as surrogate grandparents by this family. Margaret and Peter farmed a mixed farm, raising cattle and grain as well as maintaining a large orchard of apple trees. They retired to Brandon in 1989. In 2013, they moved from their house to Victoria Landing. Three years later, Peter moved to Hillcrest Care Home while Margaret moved to Oddfellows Lodge, conveniently located a block from the church. In June of 2018, she joined Peter at Hillcrest where they were once again able to live together. Peter and Margaret often spoke of how God had blessed them in so many ways and how fortunate they had been to enjoy 65 years together. Margaret was predeceased by her parents, one sister, two brothers, all of Peter’s siblings and one daughter-in-law, Janice. She is survived by her husband, Peter; their children: Ruth and Al Nickel, their children, Andrea (Ian), Tim (Caelie), Eric (Kerry) with Micah and Leah; Art Franz, Janice’s children Katia (Sam) with Damaris and Corbin, Lindsay, Adrian (Melissa); Ed and Carol Gaeke Franz, their children Baden, Shelby; Herb and Joan Franz, their children Rey (Heidi), Hannah, Jeff. Also surviving are two sisters, one brother and his wife, three sisters-in-law, as well as the two families who had adopted them as their parents and grandparents Deng Sengmany and her family, Seveng and Souda and their children. A Memorial Service was held at Grace Mennonite Church, Brandon, MB Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Ken Quiring officiating. Donations in memory of Margaret may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee Canada, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 5K9.
Messages of condolencemay be placed atwww.brockiedonovan.com
2019-01-19 issue of the Brandon Sun

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CAPEL: George A. Capel (1938 – 2018). George passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, December 30, 2018. He was predeceased by his loving wife Winnifred, his parents Florence and George Capel, his sisters: Jean, Joyce, Pearl, Doreen and his nephew Bill. He leaves to mourn sister Rose and many nieces and nephews. A private family service was held on Monday, January 7, 2019. We will fondly remember his laugh, and his quiet tenacity. Thank you George, for being uniquely you, and for being part of our family.
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell
Messages of condolencemay be placed atwww.brockiedonovan.com
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BAILEY: Olive Bailey passed away at Rideau Park Personal Care Home surrounded by her children on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 100 years of age. There will be a private funeral service at a later date. Complete obituary information on Brockie Donovan website.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
2019-01-19 issue of the Brandon Sun

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PETERS: Edwin Aron Peters, age 68 years, beloved husband of Kathy, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, January 7, 2019. Born on December 9, 1950 in Boissevain, Manitoba, Edwin and his five siblings grew up on a farm north of Boissevain. His education started in a one room schoolhouse, then Boissevain School followed by Winkler Bible Institute for two years where he met his sweetheart, Kathy Martens. Before the last year of his teaching degree, Edwin and Kathy were married July 21st, 1973. Edwin got a job at the high school in Killarney before moving to Sao Paulo, Brazil to teach at a private school for two years. When he and Kathy returned from Brazil, Edwin decided to change career and began farming with brother Richard and later, son Darren. Edwin was interested in photography, travel, culture, woodworking, hiking, getting together with friends, regenerative agriculture, reading widely and leading spiritual discussions. During his summers, Edwin loved cycling and camping. Predeceased by parents Aron and Elizabeth Peters, Edwin will be dearly missed by his wife Kathleen; children Shawna (Jonathan), Karis (Frank) and Darren (Whitney); grandchildren: Acacia, Sawyer, Everly, Caleb and Elliot; siblings: Vic, Alice, Dorothy, Richard, Barb. The Celebration of Edwin's Life was held at McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church on Saturday, January 12, 2019 with Pastor Kevin Ratzlaff as officiant. Edwin's body was laid to rest at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Flowers are gratefully declined, donations in memory of Edwin may be made to a charity of one's choice.
In lieu of cards, messagesof condolences may be sent to ekpeters1950@gmail.comor by text to 204-534-8538 (please include your name)
2019-01-19 issue of the Brandon Sun

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PROCTOR: Daphne Joyce (Smith), born November 13, 1932, passed away peacefully in her sleep at Beacon Hill Lodge, Winnipeg, MB on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the age of 86 years. Daphne was predeceased by both her parents, Fred Smith and Lillian Claxton, her son Ronald Law, her brothers and sisters: Hazel Smith, Evelyn Flemming, Ronald Smith, Shirley Holmstrom, Norma (Ray) Munson, Denise (Ernie) Muzychka, and her husband of 29 years, Melvin Proctor. Daphne is survived by her four children: Donald (Joan) Law, Judy Law, John (Mina) Proctor, Bonny (Keith) Provo. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Roy (Tracey), Vienna (Gerrard), Ryan (Karen), Theresa, Charlotte (Dan), Nathan, Jennifer (Richie), Jason, Nichole and Cody as well as her great grandchildren: Greg, Vickie, Hannah, Brooke, Logan, Titus, Micaiah, Noah and Bianca. Daphne enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, gardening and bird watching. She was involved with the Legion #247’s Ladies Auxiliary, Streamliners and various other charities. Daphne moved from Brandon to Winnipeg in 2017 where she enjoyed spending her final years with her family.
Daphne’s amazing smile will forever shine and be etched in our hearts. Forever missed, never forgotten, always loved and in our hearts.
A Celebration of Daphne’s Life was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. with Shawn and Brenda Crtich officiating. A private family interment was held at Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Daphne may be made to Diabetes Canada, Unit A1-800 Rosser Ave., Brandon, MB, R7A 6N5; or to the Parkinson Society of Manitoba, P.O. Box 21118, Brandon, MB, R7B 3W8.
Messages of condolencemay be placed atwww.brockiedonovan.com
2019-01-19 issue of the Brandon Sun

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RAHN: Arnold Henry, June 13, 1936-January 15, 2019. Arnold (Arnie) Rahn of Nanton, Alberta passed away suddenly, after a brief battle with cancer, on January 15, 2019 at the High River Hospital at the age of 82 years. Arnie is survived by his beloved wife, Merle of 58 years; children: Greg (Judy) Rahn, Darryl (Gayle) Rahn, and Shari (Kyle) Fijal; grandchildren: Katherine (Jess), Braeden, Jordan, Steven, Landon, Dylan, and Carson; step-grandchildren: Taylor, Jordan, and Alexandria; great grandchildren: Lauren, Olivia, and Maeryn; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arnie was predeceased by his parents Henry and Martha and three sisters: Alma, Meta and Hildegarde. Arnie was born on the family farm in Amaranth, Manitoba on June 13, 1936 where he lived and worked until 1966. Having three much older sisters, Arnie often joked that he was raised by four mothers. Arnie met Merle in 1958 and were wed on July 16, 1960. Greg arrived in August of ’61, Darryl in November of ’63 and Shari in September of ’65. With a family of 5 and a farm that would not support them, Arnie and Merle decided to move to Brandon in search of a better life for their children. Arnie was hired by the city of Brandon as a police officer, beginning service September 6, 1966. He worked through the ranks as a Constable and Corporal, retiring as a plain clothes Detective Sergeant on January 3, 1997 at which time his children were raised, educated, and moved on to raising their own families. In the spring of 1997, Arnie and Merle moved to Nanton, Alberta where they built a house allowing Arnie to continue his love of gardening with the mountains as his backdrop. They remained in that house for 16 years until they downsized to a condo. In his lifetime he had many hobbies and interests such as woodworking, curling, gardening, and shared a love of travel with his wife. Over the years Arnie travelled with Merle to destinations such as: Hawaii, Jamaica, Cuba and Mexico. Arnie was an active member of the Nanton United Church and a founding member of the Nanton Farmer’s Market which he managed personally for 12 years. It was at this market where he sold his amazing barn board creations to appreciative customers far and wide. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Nanton United Church (2121-21st Street), Nanton, AB. Memorial donations can be made to the Nanton United Church, Box 759, Nanton, AB, T0L 1R0 or the High River Hospital District Health Care Foundation (Palliative Care Unit) 560 9th Avenue SW, High River, AB, T1V 1B3 or a charity of your choice.
To send condolences and view Arnie’s Tribute Page please visit www.lylereeves.comCaring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (Craig Snodgrass) 403-652-4242
2019-01-19 issue of the Brandon Sun

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REID: Albert Alexander Reid, April 12, 1934 - December 25, 2018. Albert (Bud) was born in Verwood, SK. He was the second child and only son of Robert and Marian Reid. The family later moved to a small farm in the RM of Oakland near Wawanesa, MB. He attended Tendfield and Chesley schools. Bud attended school until grade 8 and then helped his dad with the family farm. He later worked with the Canadian Breeders Association in the Brandon area. It was during this time that he met the love of his life Marlene Remus, who worked at the TB Sanitorium in Ninette. They were married November 1, 1958 and resided in Brandon. On November 22, 1962 their first daughter Traci Lynn was born. The next year, in 1963 they moved back to Marlene’s family farm where Bud was able to get a job with Shentag Construction during the establishment of the IMC Potash mine. Their second daughter, Carla Ann was born July 8, 1967. Bud eventually was hired by IMC as a mechanic and continued to work there until retiring in April 1999. During this time period he also farmed 2 quarters of land. He retired from farming in the spring of 1990. The love of his life, Marlene passed away January 6, 2010. He continued to live on the farm until summer of 2016 when his health was declining. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he enjoyed watching them play and grow whether it was attending hockey games or having fun on the family farm. He was especially thrilled that his grandson had taken over the family farm. Bud always enjoyed the outdoors and made time for camping in the summer with his family. Bud was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed snowmobiling. Additionally, he occasionally hunted jumper and trapped beavers and muskrats. Bud was a man of few words, but when he spoke, you listened. He wasn’t one to easily show his feelings, although we always knew that he deeply cared for his family. He was also known to sit back and listen and then come up with a quirky one-liner! Bud dealt with many health problems without ever complaining. He was truly a model patient. When Marlene was diagnosed with terminal illness in 2009, the first thing he said to her was “I won’t be far behind you”. He had also commented a few times that he had passed his “best before date”. His life-long words of wisdom were always “Don’t sweat the small stuff!!”. He leaves to mourn, his daughters Traci (Dennis) Aaron, Jaimie and Natasha, and Carla (Allan) Jacob, Dustin and Chris (Randi); sisters Agnes Sayer, Eleanor (Paul) Vanwynsberghe, and numerous nieces and nephews, and special friend Caroline Tocher. He is predeceased by his wife Marlene in January 2010, brother-in-law Dave Sayer and his parents Robert and Marian. Pallbearers were: Dustin Jacob, Chris Jacob, Jaimie Aaron, Russell Putland, Eric Vanwynsberghe and Rick Vanwynsberghe. Interment took place in Yorkton Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to the Langenburg Centennial Special Care Home or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
2019-01-19 issue of the Brandon Sun

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SPEARMAN (GUNNLAUGSON):
Josie, (née Trottier); beloved mother of Jo-Ann McCabe; Gloria (Elgin) Keeling; Terry (Sue) Gunnlaugson and Daneta (Hartley) Marr; passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the age of 98 years. She was a loving, interested grandmother to Taz, Justyn, Grue McCabe, Jo-Dean Payson; Kathie Evans, Bill Keeling, Jeff Vopni; Nancy Labra, Andrea Furlan, Derek Gunnlaugson; Nathan Minovitch, Tovah Manel and Tara Howell. She has 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She also leaves to mourn her passing her brother Freddie (Karen) Trottier and sister-in-law Doreen Trottier; her step-children Laurie (Gerald) Bartley; Joni Shaw (Jim MacAulay); Dean (Maureen) Spearman and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husbands Fred Gunnlaugson and Elwood Spearman; grandchild Joseph Marr; brother Albert Trottier; son-in-law John Vopni and many brothers and sisters-in-law. Josephine Marie was born on February 3, 1920 in Mariapolis, MB, daughter of Joseph and Seraphine Trottier. She married Fred Gunnlaugson in 1943. They lived in Souris; Landseer; Boissevain and Portage la Prairie. This was where Josie began her career in the restaurant business, owning Josie’s Anglo Coffee Shop. She was the president of the Manitoba Hotel and Restaurant Association. She was a director with the Emergency Measures Organization (EMO), overseeing and co-ordinating food distribution in the event of a disaster for the Portage and surrounding area. Josie and Fred moved to Virden and together ran the Gulf Restaurant. Josie was a real estate agent in Brandon, until they retired to Clear Lake and Mesa, Arizona. Fred passed away in 1988. Josie married Elwood (Woody) Spearman in 1993. They lived in Killarney and Mesa, and then moved to Lions Manor. Woody passed away in 2013 and Josie moved to Riverheights Terrace. Josie enjoyed many years spending winters in Mesa with her brothers Albert (Doreen) and Freddie (Karen). She enjoyed dancing, cooking and entertaining; playing bridge, music, cars and just listening to the loons on her Northern Manitoba trips. She was kind, loyal, courageous and much loved and respected by her family and friends. Mom lived life to the fullest. A Celebration of Josie’s Life will be held in late spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Josie may be made to a charity of choice.
Messages of condolencemay be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
2019-01-19 issue of the Brandon Sun

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STEWART: Robert “Bob” James Stewart, 75, of Griswold, MB, passed away on January 4, 2019 at home. The son of James Robert and Mary (McKinnon) Stewart, Bob was born on May 29, 1943. He was raised on the family farm, which was homesteaded by his grandfather, where he called home his whole life. Bob attended Griswold country school and completed his welding certificate in Winnipeg. On April 27, 1974, Bob married Rita Pouteau in Mariapolis, MB. They lived in the century-old home on the family farm where they raised three children: Brenda, Bonnie, and James. During his life he farmed, welded, and developed a knack for fixing anything and everything; the older, the better. He enjoyed attending threshing events and auction sales, and collecting antique...everything. No matter how old, how rusty, or how ceased - he could get it running. Friends and neighbours always knew where to go for a repair or a part. Bob is survived by his wife, Rita and his children Brenda Huesers, Garrison, ND, Bonnie Stewart, Winnipeg, MB, and James Stewart, Griswold, MB; grandchildren Ashley, Haley, Tyler Huesers, and Riley Schulz, Garrison, ND. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mary Stewart and his son-in-law, William Huesers. A private interment was held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at the Griswold Cemetery followed by a commemoration of his life at the Griswold Community Hall. Donations in memory of Bob may be made to a charity of choice.
Messages of condolencemay be placed atwww.brockiedonovan.com
2019-01-19 issue of the Brandon Sun

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THOMSON: Mabel Joan, age 82 years, passed away at the Rivers Health Centre, on Friday, January 11, 2019. Joan was born on November 27, 1936 in Rivers, Manitoba as the only child of Elmer and Mabel Westwood. Joan was born on the farm just outside of town and loved her farm animals, especially riding her horses, which she continued to do throughout her life. Music was also very important to Joan; she played in the Alex Whyte orchestra as a teen, and continued to play with various local orchestras for many years. She was a great fan of musical theatre and enjoyed many professional and local shows. Joan married John Worden in 1955 and lived overseas as a military wife. They had four children: Pat, Brian, Terry and Jory (JJ). They moved back to Canada and lived in Ontario, then Alberta, where she resided until 1977. Joan then moved back to Rivers with her daughters. There she met and fell in love with Jack Thomson and was married in 1983, creating a large extended family including Jacks children Gord (Elizabeth), Jan (Rick), Joyce, Bill and David (Cindy) and all their children. As a result of her employment with a nursing home in Sherwood Park, she eventually decided to pursue a nursing career as a mature student. After graduation, she worked at several different hospitals, which then led to her involvement with the EMS system. She became an EMR, then later an instructor. She also taught at the fire college and the ARHA, and was the EMO coordinator for Rivers and area. One of Joan's passions was working with the Red Cross. She received many awards including the Order of the Red Cross in 2013. Through all her work with these organizations Joan made many lifelong friendships, and touched many lives in a profound way, resulting in her nomination for Woman of Distinction in 2005, an honour that was truly deserved. Joan also had a great love of travel and managed to go on many dream vacations, often with her daughter Terry, but mostly found joy in spending time with her family and friends and especially her grandchildren. She was never happier than when her house was full of people. She and Jack brought Adrian into their home, a French exchange student who lived with them, and with whom she still kept in touch. Joan never stopped being a volunteer. The last organization she was involved with was the Rivers Palliative Care. She spent many hours giving comfort to patients and family members and making sure no one was left alone. In the end Joan was also a patient there and the family was truly thankful for their kindness and support. Joan is survived by her children Brian Douglas (Lynne), their children Darryl, Douglas and David; Terry Jane (Grant) Gill and their children Wesley, Emily and Cory; and Jory Joan (Steve) Fedak, their children Matthew, Logan, and Jesse; daughter-in-law Darlene, her children Heather and Lissa; lifelong friend Myrtle Danyluk and family; and friends that became family: Anita and Ben Vermaak and Glenna Beauchamp. She also leaves an aunt, Erma Wyness and her family. Joan was predeceased by her parents, Elmer and Mabel Westwood, husband Jack Thomson, and her beloved son Patrick John. A Memorial Service was held in Rivers, Manitoba on Monday, January 14, 2019, with Rev. Glenna Beauchamp officiating. Interment was held at Rivers Cemetery. If people so wish donations may be made in her memory to Rivers Palliative Care, Box 428, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0.
Expressions of sympathymay be made atwww.memorieschapel.com
2019-01-19 issue of the Brandon Sun

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VOLLMER: Louise Vollmer (Jay) (Rouse), of Hamiota, MB, formerly of Harding, MB, beloved wife of Gerald Vollmer and the late Don Jay; mother of David and Ross; step-mother of Jennifer Tasi, Jason, John, and Jeffrey Vollmer; passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB, on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 84 years of age. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kenton Memorial Hall, Kenton, MB. All are welcome to attend the interment service prior at 1:15 p.m. at the Ancrum Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Louise’s memory to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6; the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 118, Kenton, MB, R0M 0Z0; or to the Ancrum Cemetery Fund, Box 766, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0.
Messages of condolencemay be shared atwww.campbellfuneralhome.ca
Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota, are in care of the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
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