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DESMARAIS: Passed away at the Glenboro Health Centre on Tuesday January 6, 2009 at the age of 61 years, Stanley Alfred Desmarais, of Wawanesa, Manitoba. Stan leaves to mourn his passing his children Billy, Matthew, and Loris Lynne Desmarais, Duane Ennis, Darcy Ennis, Dana Drohan, Derek Desmarais & Angie Desmarais all of Brandon, mother Ellen Desmarais of Glenboro, sister Darlene (Rick) Wood of Carstairs, Alberta, as well as numerous extended relatives and friends. Stan was predeceased by his father Fred in 1966. A Celebration of Stan’s life will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 2:00 pm in the Willmor Chapel, Glenboro, with Rev. Mike Williams officiating. Interment will take place in the Millford Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memoriams may be made in Stan’s memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or to the Manitoba Lung Association.
On line condolences may be made at jamiesonsfuneralser@mts.net.
Jamieson’s Funeral Services of Baldur-Glenboro in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480
2009-01-09 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 Department 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 youO 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.
2009-01-09 issue of the Brandon Sun

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McKINNON: June McKinnon of Brandon passed away suddenly on January 6, 2009 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. She is survived by husband Lionel, daughter Rilla (Brad) Dunkley, son Joseph and grandchildren Amanda and Alicia Dunkley. In keeping with June’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824 – 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
2009-01-08 issue of the Brandon Sun

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McDOLE: J. A. (Bert), 94 years, beloved husband of the late Dorothy McDole, father of Jim, Janie and Carla, died in the Sunnyside Manor Personal Care Home, Birtle, Manitoba on Tuesday, January 6, 2009. Private family graveside service will be held at the Elgin Cemetery, Elgin, Manitoba at a later date. In memory of Bert, donations may be made to the Elgin Community Fund c/o Brandon Area Community Foundation Box 22096 Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6Y9. Complete obituary to follow. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
Expression of sympathy may be made at dkowalchuk@mts.net.
2009-01-08 issue of the Brandon Sun

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ROMANOWSKI: Mr. Stanley Romanowski, loving husband and father, passed away peacefully at Fairview Home in Brandon on Saturday, January 3, 2009 at the age of 94 years. He will be dearly missed, but his heart will beat on through his wife Anna Romanowski; daughter Julie (Paul) Huys of Brandon; son Alex of Calgary, Alberta and son Eugene (Wendy) of Kamloops, British Columbia. He will also be missed, but live on through his loving grandchildren, Liz (Gordon), Tina (Mark), Mathew, Lian, Stefani, Michael, Amanda and Nicole. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327– 4th Street, on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. A time of viewing will take place prior to the service starting at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be held at the Brandon Cemetery followed by a reception at St. Augustine’s Square.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
2009-01-07 issue of the Brandon Sun

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PYPKA:Peter Pypka, formerly of Kenton, Manitoba, passed away at Birch Lodge Personal Care Home, Hamiota, on Monday, January 5, 2009 at 82 years of age. A service to celebrate his life will be held at Kenton Memorial Hall, Kenton, Manitoba, on Monday, January 12, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. with interment following in the Greenwood Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Peter’s memory to the Crossroads Community Church, Kenton, Manitoba, R0M 0Z0 or Kenton Community Enterprises, Kenton, Manitoba, R0M 0Z0 or to the Birch Lodge PCH, c/o Hamiota District Health Centre Foundation, Box 671, Hamiota, Manitoba, R0M 0T0. Messages of condolence to Peter’s family and friends can be sent at www.campbellfuneralhome.ca Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota in care of arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
2009-01-07 issue of the Brandon Sun

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O'ROURKE: C. David. August 19, 1955 to January 2, 2009. Charles David "Dave" O'Rourke lost his fight with cancer January 2, 2009 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He left us far too soon with many plans to complete. He started his life's journey in Dauphin, Manitoba where he grew up. He met Linda, his soul mate and the love of his life 30 years ago. They were married in Dauphin and moved to Brandon where Dave entered business as an owner/entrepreneur. Family was a focus for Dave and he was very proud of their three sons Mark (fiancée Jen Minaker), Tim (fiancée Amanda Malley), and Scott. They will miss him greatly. Dave is also survived by three brothers and two sisters: John (Dianne) of Calgary, Alberta, Irene MacInnis of Dauphin, Manitoba, Marguerite (Dominic) Broaders of St. John's, Newfoundland, Maurice (Deanne) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Christopher (Tracy) of Brandon as well as many nieces, nephews, and Linda's family. Dave was predeceased by his parents: Marie and Charles O'Rourke of Dauphin and his sister Anne Melinda O'Rourke. His family and his many friends in Yorkton and Brandon will miss his energy, sense of humour, joy of life, his willingness to help out, and his competitive spirit. Dave demonstrated an entrepreneurial flair, owning and managing a number of businesses, his latest, the Humpty's restaurant in Yorkton, where Linda's strong work ethic and Dave's business principles turned the restaurant into a successful business. He served Brandon as an avid Kinsman and developed friendships that lasted his entire life. His love of golf (challenging all competitors, especially his sons and brothers) and fishing added balance to a busy and full life. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, 327 4th Street, on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Celebrant will be Fr. Dominic Yuen. Pallbearers will be Dave Perkins, John Russell, Brian Kruk, Trent Reid, Bob Woloshyn and Keith O'Rourke. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Dave may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 9Z9.Expressions of sympathy may be made atwww.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
2009-01-07 issue of the Brandon Sun

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McGREGOR: Lucy McGregor of Gladstone beloved mother of Isabelle Hamm, Carolyn Duchak and the late Clifford McGregor. Funeral Mass will take place on Friday, January 9, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church, Neepawa, Manitoba. Donations may be made to Third Crossing Manor, Gladstone, Manitoba or St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church Neepawa, MB or Charity of Choice. White’s Funeral Home Neepawa-Carberry in care of arrangements.
2009-01-07 issue of the Brandon Sun

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GODFREY: John Clinton (Jack), 83 years, beloved husband of the late Bea Godfrey, father of Linda, David and Billy, died in the Souris Health Centre, Souris, Manitoba on Monday, January 5, 2009. Funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris, Manitoba, on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Jack, donations may be made to the Souris Beautification Fund c/o Town of Souris Box 518 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
Expression of sympathy may be made at dkowalchuk@mts.net.
2009-01-07 issue of the Brandon Sun

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DELMAGE: Ernest Delmage of Minnedosa, Manitoba, passed away on January 4, 2009 at the Minnedosa Health Centre at the age of 91 years. Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 9, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Minnedosa Community Conference Centre, Minnedosa, Manitoba. Donations may be made to Minnedosa Personal Care Home or Charity of Choice. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
2009-01-07 issue of the Brandon Sun

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KNIGHT: Captain Canon Walter Albert Knight (Praise the Lord Al), age 88, of Brandon, peacefully entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 3, 2009. Al was born in Toronto on June 9, 1920. His family consisted of his parents Walter and Ellen Knight and his only sibling, sister, Helen. Al was baptized and confirmed in the Anglican Church at the age of 18. Al was immediately recruited as Sunday school teacher and began his love of ministry; especially to the youth. At the age of 20 years, Al voluntarily signed up to enlist in the Canadian army. He was eventually sent off to England where he became known as “The chocolate soldier” as he would trade cigarettes for chocolates, which he then gave out to the children. In 1946, Al found his way back to Ontario, Canada and became one of the first candidates to take training with the Church Army where he served for 60 years. Because of his desire to work fulltime for the Lord, Al was told that the possibility of marriage was slight. However, at age thirty-six, Al met the love of his life, Lucille Hartnell. They were married on December 29, 1956. They were able to see their 52nd anniversary. Together they served in many parishes across Canada. In 1969, God called them to a ministry across the ocean in Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Their final ministry together was St. Christopher’s house in Laurier, Manitoba. Al had a heart for the lost and the homeless and God granted many opportunities to change lives over the next 28 years. During this time, Al was able to realize a life long dream of a pilgrimage trip to Israel. When Al and Lucille retired they moved to Brandon to be close to their family. Even at the age of 86, Al wondered to what new ministry God would call him. Al was a man of faith, committed to his God, his family and friends. Al will always be remembered for his sense of humor; especially his puns, his love of games such as cards, crib and scrabble. One of Al’s gifts was music and he could play by ear almost any musical instrument including the drums and one of his children’s favorite, the spoons. More of his story can be found in his book “How God Cares” located in the Resource Centre at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. Al’s legacy is passed on through his wife Lucille; his children: Ann (Phil) Varcoe, Ray (Judy) Knight, Billy (Doreen) Knight, Joyce (Ed) Farough, Christine (Lucien) Assailly, and Dawn Knight; his 21 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren and his nephew Doug (Jeannie) Burns. The family gives thanks for Al’s life and they will lovingly remember and deeply miss him. They wish to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Blyth, Dr. Riche, Dr. Large and all the staff on 400 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre for their loving care and compassion. Funeral Service will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Bishop Malcolm Harding and Rev. Paul Crossland will officiate. Interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Al may be made to the Church Army, 105 Mountain View Drive, St. John, New Brunswick, E2J 5B5. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.“In as much as ye have done it unto one of the lease of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matt 25:40 KJV.
2009-01-06 issue of the Brandon Sun

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CLEMIS: Passed away at the Glenboro Health Centre on Thursday January 1, 2009 at the age of 82 years, Ralph Eli Clemis, of Belmont, Manitoba. Ralph leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife Shirley (nee Ramsay), son Andy (Amanda) Clemis of Cypress River, Manitoba, daughter Teresa (Jim) Fox of Mississauga, Ontario, five grandchildren Stephanie, Ian, Ayla, Quinn and Keegan; brother Milton of Souris, sister Violet Hamilton of Glenboro, sister-in-law Pauline Clemis of Glenboro, brothers-in-law Wilfred (Dorothy) Ramsay of Edmonton Alberta and Leroy (Mabel) Ramsay of Brandon as well as numerous extended relatives and friends. Ralph was predeceased by his brothers George and Alex, a sister Minnie Evans, by brothers-in-law George Evans and Stewart Hamilton, parents Fred and Violet Clemis and by father and mother-in-law John and Mabel Ramsay. Funeral services will be held on Friday January 9, 2009 at 2:00 pm in the Willmor Chapel, Glenboro, with Helen Delorme officiating. Interment to follow in the Glenboro Cemetery, followed by a reception in the Belmont Community Hall. Friends that so desire, memoriams may be made in Ralph’s memory to the Knox United Church Memorial Fund, Belmont, Manitoba, R0K 0C0.
On line condolences may be sent to
jamiesonsfuneralser@mts.net. Jamieson’s Funeral Services of Baldur-Glenboro in care of arrangements. -204-827-2480.
2009-01-06 issue of the Brandon Sun

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O'ROURKE: David. The death of David O'Rourke of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, formerly of Brandon, Manitoba, beloved husband of Linda, loving father of Mark, Tim, and Scott, occurred at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre on Friday, January 2, 2009. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of David may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 9Z9. Arrangements are pending with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
2009-01-05 issue of the Brandon Sun

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YATES: Evelyn (nee Chabauty): Passed away December 23, 2008 at the age of 88 years, in Brandon, Manitoba. Born July 5, 1920 in Winnipeg, Evelyn was predeceased by her first husband, Hillaire Chabauty and second husband Art Yates. Evelyn leaves behind son, Ron (Smiley) of Penticton; daughter Cheryl Dando (Doug and family) of Dauphin, Manitoba; adopted daughter, Joyce Hall (George and family) of Flin Flon and Killarney, Manitoba and brother-in-law Ted (Bligh) Yates of Brandon. Cremation. No service by request. If desired, donations may be made to your local SPCA.
2009-01-03 issue of the Brandon Sun

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STEWART: Craig Stewart (1928-2009). Peacefully, on January 1, 2009 Donald Craig Stewart passed away in Minnedosa Hospital after a brief illness. Craig is survived by his caring wife Isabel; his children Allyson (Mike), Jennifer (David), Leslie (Larry), Elizabeth, and Keith (Laney); his grandchildren Brittany, Alyssa, Wyatt, Jacob, Connor, Michelle and Ryan; his Hyde family step-children Rick (Lucie), Linda (Ed), Doug (Sharalyn), Tom (Nancy), Bob (Laurel), Helen (Blaine); numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren; his sister Effie, brother Gavin (Barbara); and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Keith and Jeanette and stepmother Bessie; his wife Mickey; sister Mary. Craig was born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba on April 4, 1928 to Keith and Jeannette Stewart (Stout). He grew up in Portage and following school lived for a short time in Edmonton where his two older sisters had moved. In 1951 Craig moved to Minnedosa to become the office manager for Wilton Motors, and it is here he would make his home. In 1956 Craig married Maxine “Mickey” Switzer, daughter of Ted and Elfred Switzer of Newdale. In 1957, Craig purchased the garage and it became Stewart Motors. At this time he added Massey Ferguson Implements and ran the business until 1968 when he was elected to the House of Commons. Craig sold Stewart Motors in the mid 70’s. Craig was first elected as a Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament in 1968 serving the Marquette riding and ran for three terms before retiring from politics in 1979. While a member, he served as Chairman of the Manitoba Caucus, on the external affairs and National Defence Committee, on the Agriculture Committee and one term as a Canadian Delegate for the United Nations. During his time in office he always made it a priority to commute home every week while the House of Commons was in session, spending the weekend with family before making the trip back to Ottawa. Craig was a very active community leader. He served as President of the Chamber of Commerce, was a founding member and Past President of the Kinsmen Club, and a member of the Masons. He served twice on Town Council, in the 1960’s as a Councilor and Deputy Mayor, and later as Mayor (1980-1983) during Minnedosa’s 100th Centennial Celebration. From 1979 - 1988 Craig owned and operated Minnedosa Insurance Services and was a member of the National Parole Board from 1984 -1990. In 1988, Craig married Isabel Hyde from Portage la Prairie. Together they spent many winters in Florida, where they enjoyed countless visits from kids and grandkids. They were always happy to share the pleasures of their adopted winter home, and Craig especially enjoyed taking in baseball spring training. We will remember Dad as a kind man, always devoted to his family, and for his sense of humour. He will also be remembered as a fair and trusted man in his business and public service, always there to listen and offer advice to friends and colleagues. The family wishes to thank the staff from the Minnedosa Hospital and Home Care for the wonderful care he received. A memorial service will be held Monday January 5, 2009, 2:00 P.M. at the Minnedosa Community Conference Centre. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Minnedosa Foundation, Box 183 Minnedosa, Manitoba, R0J 1E0. Minnedosa Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.
2009-01-03 issue of the Brandon Sun

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