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SHILOFF: Frederick Dwight Shiloff passed away peacefully at his home in Winnipeg, Manitoba on January 4, 2009 at age 61. Dwight is survived by his father Fred Shiloff, sister Debbie Campbell (Gordon), and brother Todd Shiloff (Laurie) all of Brandon. Also surviving Dwight are his children Amber Shiloff Snyder (Floyd Ormsbee), Tara Shiloff, and Tyler Shiloff all living in Ontario; and Nadia Shiloff-Croteau of Winnipeg. He leaves five grandchildren, Deanna Snyder, Katrina Snyder, Logan Snyder, Dawson Shiloff, and Mya Shiloff. Dwight was predeceased by his mother Betty Shiloff in December 2007. Born on February 4, 1947, Dwight grew up in Brandon. He attended Harrison High School where he met Carole Hogeland, whom he married in 1968. As a Beaver Lumber store manager, Dwight and his family were transferred to Teulon, Manitoba; Nipigon, Ontario; and Trenton, Ontario. Dwight later became a private contractor but after suffering an injury, he was unable to continue working in the trades. Dwight moved to Winnipeg in 1985 where he resided until his passing. A Memorial Service for Dwight will be held at a later date. In memory of Dwight Shiloff, donations may be made to the Canadian Lung Association with a notification card to: Amber Shiloff Snyder, 87 King Street East Brockville, Ontario K6V 1B4. Online messages of condolence and special memories may be posted at:
http://dwightshiloff.homestead.com.
2009-01-10 issue of the Brandon Sun

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SEAFOOT: Bea Seafoot passed away suddenly in her Brandon home on January 6, 2009, at the age of 69 years. Bea began life’s journey in Brandon, Manitoba, where she grew up with many wonderful friends and a great family. She met her loving husband, Cliff, whom she married on May 7, 1960. The couple made their family home in the Nesbitt area where friends and family were life’s focus. Bea enjoyed many sporting events with Cliff and took pride in her home and her family. Following Cliff’s passing, Bea stayed on the farm for nine years, moving into Brandon in 2000. Joining the workforce brought many wonderful people into her life. Bea stayed active enjoying golf and gardening in the summers and bowling in the winters. Bea will be missed by her children and their partners, Tracey and Bill Roberts and Trent and Sheila Sesiuk as well as her granddaughter, MacKenzie. Her legacy to enjoy life to the fullest and to keep friends and family close lives on in those who were dear to her. A private service will be held in Souris to lay Bea to rest with a celebration of her life to follow in the Spring.
In our hearts and thoughts forever: Her heart keeps sharing,Her smile keeps growing,Her love keeps showing,No one takes the place of Our dear Mother.
2009-01-10 issue of the Brandon Sun

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RUDNISKI: Kazmiere 1930 –2009: It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Kaz Rudniski on January 8th, 2009 at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon, Manitoba. He was a devoted husband, dad, grandpa, and great grandpa. Kaz will be forever loved and missed by his wife Peg of fifty-seven years; daughters Christine (James), Lori (Warren) and son-in-law, Lyle Redman. “Poppy" will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Kim, Brad, Daniel, Carleigh, Jimmy, Whitney, Zachary, Delaney; step grandchildren Allan and Tamara; great grandchildren, Grace, Abby, and Pilot. Kaz was born and raised in Basswood, Manitoba. In 1951, he married Peggy Duncan and they farmed for 56 years in the Moline district. The first year of their married life was spent in Toronto where he worked at Dehaveland Aircraft. Kaz's first love was farming, but in his later years, he enjoyed traveling in the winter months to Arizona, Texas, and Florida with his wife. He greatly enjoyed jamming with musician friends and he and his fiddle were frequent participants at many musical events. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Brandon Assiniboine Hospital for the wonderful care he received. A Memorial Service will be held at the Rivers United Church on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Glenna Beauchamp officiating. A private family interment will take place at the Rapid City Cemetery prior to the service. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
2009-01-10 issue of the Brandon Sun

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O’GRADY - Jean Ethel (nee Brandt). June 26, 1926 – December 25, 2008. Jean Ethel O’Grady (nee Brandt) passed away in Calgary on Thursday, December 25, 2008 at the age of 82 years. She is survived by her brothers, Fred of Brandon, MB and Bill (Diane) of Kamloops, BC as well as her nieces and nephews, Lila (Ron) Paddock, Darlene Brackenreed (Grant Miller), Leslie (Leanne) Brackenreed, Lois (Ralph) Curle, Darryl (Dodie) Brandt, Sylvia Brandt, and Tyson (Lulu) Brandt and close friends Charlotte Raaymakers, Shirley Busch and Bill Andersen. She was predeceased by her parents Charles and Ethel Brandt, sisters Josephine (Earl) Brackenreed, Betty Brandt, brother James and nephew Foster Brackenreed. Jean will be remembered for her lively sense of humour, her love of travel as well as her beautiful paintings. Arrangements are entrusted to McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes in Calgary, AB and Brockie Donovan Funeral Directors in Brandon, MB. A Graveside Service will be held at Sparling Cemetery in Justice, MB in the spring. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email donorservices@cancer.ab.ca or a charity of the donor’s choice. In living memory of Jean O’Grady, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB. Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.
2009-01-10 issue of the Brandon Sun

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MOORE: Lois Tillia Moore (nee Leigh), August 8, 1929 - January 8, 2009. It is with deep sadness that our family announces the passing of Lois Moore at the Glenboro Hospital. She will be dearly missed by her children: Christine, Michael (Ishbel), Eric (Carol), Robert (Lisa), Mary (Larry Sylvester), Janet (Glen Suggett), Francine (Brian Horky), Monica (Odee Pineda), Celia and Albert. She will be remembered fondly by her grandchildren: Brad, Ishbel, and Elizabeth; Cody, Garett, Kyle, and Wyatt; Matthew, Ken, David and Jennifer; Andrew; Ariana and Aidan. She will be greatly missed by numerous relatives, friends and neighbours. Born in Medora on August 8, 1929, Lois was predeceased by her father Edward (1971); her mother Getrude Tillia (1949), her husband John (1988), her daughter Helen (1963) and her son Hugh John (1971). Lois was a determined, strong woman, who was very caring and loving to her family and friends. She grew up on a farm in the Medora area where she made many life-long friends. Mom was unable to attend school, so she learned by correspondence, and finished her high school at summer school in Gimli. She attended Normal School in Winnipeg, and graduated with a teaching certificate in 1951. Lois taught at several one-room schools in Manitoba, including Pennisula, Waterloo and Northfield. While at Northfield School she met her husband, John Rae Moore. They were married in 1956, and farmed for many years near Wawanesa. In addition to being a mother to 12 children and helping to run the farm, she worked as a home care attendant until she retired at the age of 70. In 2002 Lois moved off the farm to Wawanesa. Mom was a faithful and devout Roman Catholic. Her community was important to her. She was actively involved in many organizations, including Senior Independent Services, the Wawanesa Museum, and the Northfield Community Club. Mom was very interested in local history and genealogy, and spent many hours searching for her roots. She square-danced, she gardened, she cooked and these activities gave her great joy. Her pies and farm fresh meals were infamous. She deeply loved her 14 grandchildren and made every effort to attend all of their numerous activities. In accordance with Lois' wishes, her body was donated to the University of Manitoba. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 10th, 2009 at St. Felix Catholic Church, Dunrea, Manitoba with lunch to follow at the Wawanesa Hall. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Lois’ memory may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg R3E 0V9 or to the Palliative Unit at the Glenboro Hospital, Box 310 Glenboro, Manitoba, R0K 0X0. On line condolences may be sent to jamiesonsfuneralser@mts.net. Lois’ arrangements have been entrusted to the Jamieson’s Funeral Services, Glenboro.
2009-01-10 issue of the Brandon Sun

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McDOLE: James Albert (Bert), formerly of Elgin, Manitoba, passed away peacefully with family at his side on January 6, 2009 at Sunnyside Manor Personal Care Home in Birtle, Manitoba. He was in his 95th year. Dad was predeceased by his loving wife, Dorothy (MacGillivray); his parents James and Mary (Kelly); sisters Muriel, Madge, Katherine and Marguerite. He will be missed and lovingly remembered by his children, Jim, Janie (Tom) and Carla (Rick); grandchildren Chris, Jodie (Jon); Kara (Mike); Jill and Tim and his great grandchildren (who affectionately called him "Big Papa") Holden, Reece, Trey, Emerson, Griffin and Claire, sister-in-law, Mae MacGillivray, nephew Bill and nieces Lynn and Carla. Dad was born at the family home in Winnipeg, Manitoba on August 16, 1914, the youngest of five. In 1918 the family moved to Elgin. He took all his schooling in Elgin, was active in the Anglican Young Peoples and enjoyed playing hockey. In 1934 Dad began working with his father in the lumber and coal business and James McDole & Son was formed. They took on the Imperial Oil Agency in 1921. Upon his father's death in 1957 the business became known as McDole Lumber and Fuel with fertilizer being added in 1967. Dad retired from the business in 1980. The family also owned the Elgin Hall from 1930-1949, where all the local concerts, plays, movies, dances, and meetings were held. Dad was always active in the community. He served as Minister and People's Warden at St. John's Anglican Church for many years; Past Master of the Elgin Masonic Lodge; Secretary-Treasurer of the Elgin Consolidated School; secretary & co-chair of the Elgin - Souris - Hartney Field Days when hosted by Elgin. Dad also enjoyed curling and was past president of the curling club and spent many years as drawmaster for the Men's Bonspiel. Following the death of his wife, Dorothy, in 1989, Dad moved to Brandon. He maintained an active lifestyle, attending his grandchildren’s many activities, golfing, and attending Wheat King games. Family was very important to Dad and he enjoyed the many gatherings to celebrate special occasions. As his mobility started to decline he made the decision to go into Personal Care and settled into Sunnyside Manor at Birtle in 2007; having Carla and Rick close by. The family want to thank all the staff at the Birtle Hospital and Sunnyside Manor for the wonderful care they provided to him. A private family graveside service will be held at the Elgin Cemetery, Elgin, Manitoba at a later date. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Bert may be made to the Elgin Community Fund, c/o Brandon Area Community Foundation, Box 22096, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6Y9. Kowalchuk's Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
2009-01-10 issue of the Brandon Sun

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MAIN: Frank Gerald of Riverheights Terrace, Brandon, passed away December 8th, 2008 at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon General Hospital, after a short illness. Frank was born May 13, 1926 near Goodlands, Manitoba. While growing up on the farm, he had a love for horses, which he would ride or hitch to a sleigh in winter to get to and from school. He also had a passion for cars and following high school apprenticed to become a licensed auto mechanic. On December 11, 1948, Frank married Shirley Pyper (Killarney) and they settled in Ninga Manitoba where Frank opened an auto repair shop. After moves to Elgin and later to Russell Manitoba, Frank and Shirley re-located to Brandon in 1958 to open Arena Servicentre – across from the old Wheat City Arena. In 1962, Frank and Shirley became “pioneers” in the RV industry, renting and selling campers, trailers and truck campers – initiating a new venture – Pik-A-Dilly Trailer Sales. He became a founding member of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Manitoba. Frank was a true entrepreneur, and over the years started many businesses. He had two stores in the Brandon Shoppers Mall in the 1980’s (Grant’s Gourmet Market and Brackenberry’s Candy and Nuts) and finished his career as Operations Manager at Christies Office Plus in which he had previously invested. Frank retired in 1994. Frank loved gardening but his favourite hobby was restoring and showing antique automobiles. It allowed him to return to his earlier roots, but more importantly, provided a great social opportunity to interact with his many friends at fairs, car shows, parades and special events. He filled a huge showcase with the many trophies won from shows all over Manitoba, Saskatchewan and as far away as North Dakota and Wisconsin. He was very active in the Western Manitoba Pioneer Automobile Club, completing a couple of terms as the President. In later years, Dad was active with Seniors for Seniors, where he fashioned himself a shuffleboard “champion.” He also enjoyed time as a Board Member until his illness. Frank leaves to mourn: his sons, Don (Shelly Shewchuk) of Brandon, Garry (Wilma) of Calgary and daughter Pat Watson of Brandon, grandchildren Ryan and Lindsay Main, Amber, Kelly and Anson Main, Angela and Melaney Watson, two great grandchildren, Sheldon Main and Cora Main-Perry. Also surviving are two sisters, Madeline Bartley, Killarney and Shirley (Bill) Smith, Calgary, brothers -in-law Lloyd (Fran) Pyper, Winnipeg, Harley (Sharon) Pyper, Martensville, Saskatchewan, sisters-in-law Pat (Andy) Piche, Calgary, Marie (Tom) Mooney, Regina, Marilyn (Laverne) Harper, Annondale, MN and, numerous nieces and nephews. Frank was predeceased by his wife Shirley, his parents William and Edith, sisters Hazel and Neva and brother Russell. Funeral service to honour Frank’s life was delivered by Rev. Harvey Hurren at Central United Church, December 11th, 2008. Frank and Shirley were re-united on what would have been their 60th Wedding Anniversary. Angela Watson presented a tribute to the love of their grandfather, on behalf of all the grandchildren. Pallbearers were Angela Watson, Melaney Watson, Kelly Main, Ryan Main, Lindsay Main, Melvin Bartley, Jared Bartley and Reg Spencer. Donations in Frank’s memory may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements were in care of Brockie Donovan.
2009-01-10 issue of the Brandon Sun

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KUFLOWSKI: It is with heavy hearts that the family wishes to announce the passing of Yvonne Elizabeth Kuflowski, with her husband by her side, at Fairview Personal Care Home on December 31, 2008 after a lengthy illness at the age of 80 years. Yvonne is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Edward; daughters: Daunna (Ralph) Sommerfeld and Drew of Winnipeg, Leanne (Shaun) Dudman, and Deena of Onanole, Manitoba; son Edward of Regina, Saskatchewan. Yvonne was predeceased by her parents Winfield and Sarah Smith and by her brother William. Yvonne was born October 26, 1928 in Toronto, Ontario. Her early years were spent in rural Ontario moving to Brandon aftermarrying the love of her life, Edward, in 1958. Yvonne worked as a nurse's aide for the Assiniboine Hospital, a bank teller for the Bank of Nova Scotia, a clerk for Sharp Electric and as an accounting clerk for B.M.H.C., where she made many friends. Yvonne loved her flowers, her friends, but most of all her family. She was never happier than when she was surrounded by her family and she cherished the time spent watching her grandchildren grow. Yvonne was a gentle soul who was always supportive and encouraging. She was a giver, not a taker and always put others before herself. Her generous spirit and witty sense of humor will always be a part of us. Yvonne's hands were seldom idle. If not busy with her flowers in the summer, then she would spend the winter months with her needle crafts. Many of these pieces became gifts to her children that will stay with us and remind us of her always. Yvonne was an avid 10-pin bowler for many years. She made many friends while bowling and enjoyed the traveling she was able to do with her ladies team. She loved the comradery and the competitions. The family would like to send a very heart felt "thank you" to the nursing staff at the Fairview PersonalCare Home for the exemplary care of Yvonne and genuine compassion to the whole family over the last 20 months. With your care our wife and Mom was able to maintain her grace and dignity to the end. We will never forget this and are truly thankful. In accordance with Yvonne's wishes cremation has taken place. The Ceremony to Celebrate Yvonne's Life was held at Memories Chapel, on Monday, January 5, 2009. Mona Franklin officiated. A privatefamily interment will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Yvonne may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba-Westman Region, 1-613-10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G6. Expressions of sympathy may be made atwww.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
2009-01-10 issue of the Brandon Sun

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GFELLNER: Mary Gfellner, late of Fairview Home and widow of George Gfellner passed away in the city on Thursday, January 8, 2009. Announcement of funeral details to follow. Funeral arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
2009-01-10 issue of the Brandon Sun

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ENTZ: Werner Entz, 1913– 2009. On January 9, Werner Entz, Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages at Brandon University and Doctor of Philosophy, died peacefully at the age of 95 years. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Annemarie and leaves to mourn his passing his son Wilfred; daughter-in-law Sharon; grandson Scott in Winnipeg and an extended family in Germany and Iceland. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held. 843 Sherbrook Street, 774-7474. Condolences: www.bardal.ca
2009-01-10 issue of the Brandon Sun

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BRIGDEN: William (Bill) George Brigden passed away at the Melita Health Centre on Sunday, December 21, 2008 in the loving arms of his wife Marion and family at the age of 79. Bill was born November 24, 1929 to Allan & Kathleen Brigden on the family farm 25-4-25W1 in the RM of Brenda. He attended Tremblay and Napinka Schools. In 1958, Bill married Marion Dorothy (Crowhurst) Green. To this union Marion brought two wonderful sons, Peter (Clara Lea) and Patrick (Val). Bill and Marion had 3 daughters Candice (Roy), Cheryl, Christine (Neil). Nine grandchildren; Mardel (John), Myles (Twylla), Angela (Jay), Martin (Angela), Terryl Lynn, Ryan (Carly), Stephanie (Jamie), Alex and Katie, and two great grandchildren Ben and Aislinn. Bill farmed with his father and later with his son Peter on a mixed farm operation. His farm and his cattle were his passion. He was a councilor and also the Reeve of the R.M. of Brenda. He was a strong community man, who believed in a larger community not just within the municipality. He was a delegate to the Hall of Fame and served one year as President. A member of the Turtle Mountain Conservation Board, a 4-H leader for many years; the secretary-treasurer for the Napinka cemetery and was involved in many community and church committee’s. Bill was a member of the Men’s South West Choir and his enjoyment of music was shared with all at many events or as a family singing in the car which has been passed down to all of his children as well as his grandchildren. In 2007, Bill was recognized by the RM of Brenda for his contribution to the community. He enjoyed curling and many other sports, a staunch believer in the conservative party and avid reader. Besides his Family, his love of golf brought him the greatest joy and he could be seen many days heading down the road for a golf game in Melita. This past summer, Bill and Marion, surrounded by their family celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. A celebration of Bill’s Life was held Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at the Melita United Church with a final trip through the farm prior to the service. Jeri Bjornson and Glen Whetter officiated. The pallbearers, representing each of Bill’s children were, Mardel Watson, Angela Worthman, Martin Green, Terryl Lynn Green, Ryan Kontzie, Neil Gush. Internment at the Napinka Cemetery. Arrangements, professionally and with great care by Smith’s Funeral Home, Deloraine, Manitoba. Past members of the South West Choir along with members of the United Church choir celebrated Bill’s life with song. Donations in memory of Bill may be made to the Napinka Cemetery.The family would like to thank ALL who have supported them over the past year, you will never know how grateful we are to each and everyone of you. Bill’s dedication and love of his family is a testament to all of you.
2009-01-10 issue of the Brandon Sun

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BERTHOLET: Alice Cecile (Vodon) passed away on December 16, 2008 with her family by her side at Souris Health Centre. Alice was born on June 26, 1938 to the late Aldelard and Jeanne Vodon in Grande Clairiere. Alice grew up and attended school in the area until the age of fourteen when she took work with Ron Atkinson in Hartney. In 1956, Alice married Edward (Ebby) Bertholet in Grande Clairiere and first resided in Deleau. While in Deleau they had three children, Cindy, Gail and the late Matthew. In the early 1960s, Alice and Ebby moved to Hartney. A few years later, Alice began working at Louis Café. Then Alice took over running the restaurant at the hotel before moving on to Hartney Hospital and then to the Souris Hospital where she worked as a cook in Dietary until her retirement in 1998. She continued to cook and deliver meals in Hartney until the early fall of 2008. On December 1, 2008 Alice and Ebby were able to cherish their fifty-second wedding anniversary. Alice is survived by her husband, Ebby of Hartney, daughters Cindy Reynolds of Brandon and Gail (Brad) Wright of Virden. Grandchildren, Sheldon (Kathy) Reynolds, Darren (Bev) Reynolds, Richard (Chelsey) Underwood, Dusty Underwood, Hope (Mike) Reynolds, and Chad Wright. Great Grandchildren, Grace, Megan and Shane Reynolds, Hailey and Gabriel Underwood, Madison and Jordie Reynolds, Chloe and Corey Reynolds and Brayden Underwood; sisters Celina Bertholet, Lorraine (Dave) Duchack and Celine (Don) Cowan; brothers Wilfred (Virginia) Vodon, Rollie (Shannon) Vodon and Maurice (Barb) Vodon. Funeral Mass was held at St. Jean's Catholic Church in Grande Clairiere on December 20, 2008 by Father Raju Madanu and assisted by Deacon Wilfrid Barre. Pallbearers were all six grandsons. Interment was in the Grande Clairiere Cemetery. Arrangements were in care of Kowalchuk's Funeral Home. In memory of Alice, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
2009-01-10 issue of the Brandon Sun

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BARTLEY: Margaret Constance Bartley. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our wife, mother and grandmother, Margaret Constance Bartley. Margaret passed away at Elkwood Manor, Elkhorn Manitoba Wednesday; January 7, 2009. Mom was born on November 6, 1932 on the family farm 15 miles north of Elkhorn to Alfred and Connie McColl. She had six brothers - Bert, Roy, Glen, Jack, Jim and Ron. Mom attended Jeffery School and then moved into Elkhorn to complete high school. Like many young women of the times, Mom completed Normal School and then taught at Roselea School near Willen and at a country school near Strathclair. Before marrying “the best” husband and father, she worked at the Elkhorn Creamery and Ross’s General Store. Mom is survived by her loving husband Bill of 56 years and their children: Karen (Rick Scott), Richard (Jan), Christine (Robin Smith), Rosemary (Burton Collins), John (Darlene), Maureen (Jeff Ross), Carla (Trevor Copp), Catherine (Trevor Derksen). and grandchildren, Andrea (Adam Balon), Michael, Jenna, Erica, Kara, Tawna, Ryan; Jennifer, Kennedy, Carson, Reise, Grayson, Sela, Grace, Lauren and Keenan. Mom is also survived by her brothers Jack (Bev) of Condor, Alberta, Jim (Shirley) of Fife Lake, Saskatchewan and Ron of Toronto, Ontario, sister-in-law Elsie and Bill’s brothers Earl (Norma) of Brandon, Manitoba, Marlyn (Mary) of Brandon, Manitoba, Don (Rose Marie) of Elkhorn, Manitoba and many nieces and nephews. Mom was predeceased by her daughter Ellyce, in infancy, her grandaughter Dayna, her mother and father, her brothers Roy, Bert, Glen and sister-in-law Rosemary. Mom and Dad successfully owned and operated Bartley’s Dept. Store for many years retiring in 2002. Mom and Dad were fortunate to work side by side. Mom so enjoyed talking to people at the store. Mom loved to knit, garden, read and travel around to visit her children and grandchildren. Mom and Dad were able to travel to Hawaii, California, Florida and Mexico. A great memory was dancing for five nights in a row to the Guy Lombardo Orchestra on a cruise to the Bahamas. Mom belonged to the Rebekah Lodge and served as past noble grand. Mom taught Sunday School at Elkhorn United Church, was on the committee that successfully saved Elkhorn Collegiate Institute and was involved in many other community events.Mom enjoyed her family and loved it when the house was filled with laughter, singing and someone playing the piano. Family was always a priority for Mom, which we all felt whether we were together or apart.
Mother in gladness, Mother in sorrow,Mother today, and Mother tomorrow,With arms ever open to enfold and caress you,O Mother of Mine, may God keep you and bless you.An Old English Prayer
The service to celebrate Margaret’s life will be held at Trinity United Church in Elkhorn, Manitoba Monday; January 12, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Dwight Rutherford officiating. Interment will be in Elkhorn Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or to Elkwood Manor Remembrance Fund (Elkhorn) in memory of Margaret. E-mial messages of condolence or sign the online book of condolences at www.carscaddenfuneralchapel.comG. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
2009-01-10 issue of the Brandon Sun

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WATKINS: On Wednesday, December 17, 2008, with dignity and courage, after a brief battle with cancer, Daniel Frederick Watkins passed away peacefully with family at his side at the Souris Health Centre. Dan is survived and sadly missed by his wife, Myrna (Cavers), son Bradley, brother Stan (Betty) and sister Gwen Hoffman (Watkins), brothers-in-law George (Fran) Cavers, Ed (Sandra) Cavers, Norman (Sherry) Cavers and sister-in-law Dora Southam (Cavers) and numerous nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Mabel Watkins (Neal), infant sons, Michael and Wesley; brothers-in-law, Bill Hoffman and Keith Southam. Dan was born in Clearwater, Manitoba on January 16, 1939 and attended school there until 1955 when he went to work for his brother-in-law, Bill Hoffman. While working for Hoffman Construction he traveled around the southern half of Manitoba helping build schools, hospitals, and senior citizen complexes. He completed his third level of Carpentry with Red River Community College Apprenticeship program during this time. In 1966 he left Hoffman Construction, with his brother Stan and a friend, Russ Argue, formed Watkins and Argue, continuing with building construction in the Clearwater and surrounding area. In 1974, Dan moved his family to Killarney where he continued in construction work until 1977 when they moved to Souris to work with his brother-in-law, Norman. With his years of experience, Red River Community College certified him as a Carpenter which allowed him to mentor several young men, including his son, in the apprenticeship program. Although a carpenter by trade, he developed his knowledge and skills in all the building trades with a special interest in bricklaying, stuccoing, concrete. He took great delight in passing his knowledge on to others. During these years Dan made many friends throughout the province. Dan and Myrna met in December, 1960 which was the beginning of a very close relationship. They were married August 11, 1962. They shared all of their experiences and supported each other in everything that they faced throughout their life together, joys or sorrows. In 1969 Dan and Myrna began studying the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses and were baptized in 1970. In 1983 he started volunteering his expertise on Kingdom Hall Builds. On a few weekends each summer during the next several years, he traveled from Alberta to Ontario working with the brick laying crew. He made many lasting friendships during those trips. He had a very strong conviction in the Bible’s promises for a better life in a paradise on earth and this carried him through his illness. As Jesus directed in Matthew 28:19-20, Dan shared his faith in God’s promises with the many people he encountered in his door to door ministry and his daily activities. Right up to his last day he took an interest in everyone around him. Dan was an avid outdoorsman and his favorite time of year was spring with the beginning of the fishing season. He loved Jehovah God’s Creation and spent as much time as he could along the rivers and lakes in Manitoba trying to catch a “mess of fish.” In the fall, although very busy with his work, he would try to get out for a few duck hunts and always spent at least two weeks with family and friends searching for “The Big Buck”. Again, although hunting, he had great respect for Jehovah’s creation. Dan and Myrna spent time every summer walking the Lauder Sand Hills picking wild flowers, the various fruits in season and observing the animal life. Another passion was traveling and many summers the family would take a camping trip somewhere in the western provinces or northern United States usually attending one of the District Conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses along the way. The last few winters, Dan and Myrna have gone to Florida for a couple of weeks, always taking a different route on the way down and back to explore a new area in he U.S. Dan lived a very full life and his family and friends will miss him as they continue in all the activities he enjoyed. The family would like to thank Dr. H. Unruh, Dr. Tan and all the doctors in the Health Sciences Centre SICU for their kindness and caring during the time of his operation and the weeks following. Also a huge thank you to the Nursing staff in the SICU, step down on GH-3 and on GH-6 for all your kindness to Dan and his family during his two stays in Health Sciences. Also thank you to the “Home Team”, Dr. Stone and Dr. Cram and the nurses and staff at Souris Health Centre for your care and support through out the entire time of his illness. We appreciate and thank Dexter Kowalchuk for the kind, professional, manner in which he handled the funeral arrangements. Funeral Service was held in the Souris Community Hall on December 22, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Roy Wicks, an elder of Jehovah’s Witnesses, officiated. Pallbearers were his nephews and nieces, Andrew Watkins, Leigh Watkins, Anne Cavers, Julie Cavers, Amanda Cavers and Nina Cavers. Attendants were Brian Apperley and Peter Smith. Interment will take place in the spring at Clearwater, Manitoba. In memory of Dan, donations may be made to the Souris Hospital Palliative Care Fund in care of A.R.H.A., Box 10, Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0. Kowalchuk's Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
2009-01-10 issue of the Brandon Sun

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YEREX: Max Gordon Yerex beloved husband of Lorna Yerex entered into rest on January 7, 2009 at East View Lodge, Neepawa, Manitoba. Funeral service will take place on Saturday January 10, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Neepawa United Church, Neepawa, Manitoba. Interment at Riverside Cemetery. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Neepawa New Personal Care Home or a charity of choice. White’s Funeral Home Neepawa – Carberry in care of arrangements 204-476-2848.
2009-01-09 issue of the Brandon Sun

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