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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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MOORE: Passed away at the Glenboro Health Centre on Thursday January 8, 2009 at the age of 79 years, Lois Tillia Moore (nee Leigh), widow of the late John Rae Moore, of Wawanesa, Manitoba. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 11:00 am in the St. Felix Catholic Church, Dunrea, Manitoba with Father Philip Malayil as celebrant. Friends that so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Glenboro Palliative Care Fund, Box 310, Glenboro, Manitoba, R0K 0X0 or to Cancer Care Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg R3E 0V9. Complete obituary to follow. On line condolences may be sent to jamiesonsfuneralser@mts.net. Jamieson’s Funeral Services of Baldur-Glenboro in care of arrangements. 204-827-2480.
2009-01-09 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.
2009-01-09 issue of the Brandon Sun

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DOROSHUK: Frances Doroshuk passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon. Fran is survived by her husband John, daughters Debbie Bessette (Kelly) and grandchildren Justin and Taylor; Karen Dmytriw (Peter) and grandchildren Kaitlyn and Dylan. A private graveside memorial service will be held Monday, January 12 at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice. Brockie Donovan Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
2009-01-09 issue of the Brandon Sun

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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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