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SILVIUS: Peacefully, on Saturday, October 15, 2016, Audrey Ellen Silvius passed away in Brandon at the age of 92 years. Born in Elgin, Manitoba to Percy and Pearl Honeyman, Audrey spent her childhood in Fairfax on the family farm. She trained as a nurse at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg and then later as a psychiatric nurse at Brandon Mental Hospital. In 1950, Audrey married Merritt Silvius and together they built their home on the North Hill and raised their family of four children. Audrey's life was one of service - as a nurse, mother and community activist. Her nursing career included working at the Brandon Mental Hospital, Brandon General Hospital, Fairview Home and as a Public Health Nurse. She, along with other women in Brandon, was instrumental in reaching out to the native community and worked to establish The Brandon Native & Metis Friendship Centre in the early 1960s. Audrey's commitment to social justice led to the establishment of The Marquis Project and Tools for Peace in Brandon. She also served as a founding member of Westman Communications. Audrey's health forced her to give up her activism in later years although she kept ahead of current affairs. Audrey will be lovingly remembered by her sons Dave (Deb) and Kay; daughters Lorna (Glenn) and Gail; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister Isabel and brother Norman. She was predeceased by her husband Merritt in 1978, and her sisters Georgina and Marian. A Celebration of Audrey's Life took place at Memories Chapel on Friday, October 21st, 2016. Donations in memory of Audrey may be made to Doctors Without Borders, 402-720 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2T9.
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MOROZ: Rosetta (née Dutka) passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at her residence, Hillcrest Place, at the age of 92 years young. She was predeceased by her husband Peter in 1982; parents Joseph and Mary and an infant sister, Anne, in the Ukraine. Rosetta was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1924 and moved to Brandon at six months of age with her parents. She took her schooling at David Livingstone, Earl Oxford and Brandon Collegiate. Her work years were at Rumfords Laundry Cooperative Store; Woolworth’s and United Cigar Store in Woolco. She was an avid baseball and basketball player. She loved watching the Toronto Blue Jays and really did not like to be disturbed during a game. In later years, she enjoyed bowling and would check in with you to see if you checked out how the Centennial Ladies were doing in league play, as the scores were posted in the Brandon Sun. She was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church. Rosetta was an avid traveler and she travelled to many places around the globe including Rome; Hawaii; Ukraine; Russia and Las Vegas to name a few. After her retirement, she volunteered at the Nearly New Store for a number of years. She also worked hard at maintaining a large garden and yard as that was a passion from the “North Enders”. Rosetta very much enjoyed the many bus trips to the United States and various casinos around the area. Even after she moved into Hillcrest, she enjoyed taking the Handi-Transit to Church on Saturday and then to Smitty’s for supper. Her health declined due to Parkinson Disease and despite it she maintained a cheerful, witty attitude. She will be lovingly remembered by her cousin Stella Old (Brandon), Jeff, Kathryn, Jessica Old (Brandon), Bill, Shelly, Jordan Old (Brandon), Michael, Michael William, Maria-Mercedes Taciuk (Edmonton), Terry, Lynn, Alexander Taciuk (North Vancouver), Larrisa Taciuk, London, England and John, Linda, Parker Taciuk (Edmonton) and many, many friends and relatives from Canada and the United States. The Family would like to extend a Huge Thank You to the staff at Hillcrest Place for the care that Rosetta received, for that we will be forever grateful. A Funeral Service was held on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Michael Tkachuk officiating and Tony Yuriy as Cantor. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Active Pallbearers were Sonny Moroz; Bill Old; Jeff Old; Jordan Old; John Taciuk and Terry Taciuk. Flowers are gratefully declined; donations in memory of Rosetta may be made to Parkinson Canada, 208-1011 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0L5.
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KENNEDY: On Thursday, October 20, 2016, Effie Kennedy, beloved wife of Carl, passed away at Valleyview Care Centre. Funeral arrangements are pending. Announcement of service details will follow.
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JAMES: Kenneth Leonard (Len) James, June 18, 1950 - October 9, 2016. Len was born in Brandon, Manitoba, pre-deceased by his parents Violet and Ken James. He is survived by wife Gail, sons Rob and Scott (Christina), and granddaughter Megan. Sister Ellen (Jim), brothers Jim (Heather) and Bob (Kim), and sister Loretta (Wes), as well as many nieces, nephews, godchildren (Karla, Angie and Dean) and their children, and many extended family members too numerous to list. Len was a man of strong moral character and beliefs. While Len's first priority was always family, he also had a strong work ethic. When not tending the family farm at Alexander, or lending a hand on the farms of family or neighbours, Len also had a variety of off-farm careers. After retiring from the family farm in 2009, Len continued to assist many family and friends with seeding and harvest so he could still be involved in his lifelong passion of farming. In addition to the latest news and stories, Len loved a good joke and never missed an opportunity to share the most recent one with anyone he came across. He often laughed as hard at his own jokes as those who listened to them. Whether at home on the farm, or at work, Len loved to gather with family and friends, and never hesitated to help a member of his family or community when the need arose. While inconceivable in other circumstances, Len would not hesitate to step away from farming in support of his family or a neighbour. After retiring, Len enjoyed wintering with Gail down at River Ranch in Texas. There they made lots of great new friends, and enjoyed many motorcycling tours as well. Service of Remembrance was held at Central United Church on October 13, 2016. The family would like to thank River's paramedics, Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, all the family and friends for their support and for being part of Len's life. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to a charity of your choice in memory of Len James.
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FJELDSTED: On Thursday, October 20, 2016, Fred Fjeldsted, age 76 years, beloved husband of Cecilia and father to Erika and Fred, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. The Celebration of Fred's Life will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, Brandon, on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. Lydia Glawson, Funeral Celebrant, will officiate. A reception will follow at Memories Chapel. Complete obituary information will follow.
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CHOWN: Sophie Chown, age 100 years, passed away peacefully in the early morning of Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Hillcrest Place. Sophie was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd, her parents, Albert and Annie Ficek, sister Nell, and brothers Frank, Stan, and Joe. Sophie leaves to cherish her memory, daughters, Carol (Ray) Wazney, and Janis (Wayne) Clark; sons Ron (Cheryl) and Ken (Carmen); six grandchildren, Brenda (Brad), David (Jenn), Laura (Trevor), Tracey (Jamey), Tara (Gary), and Drew (Tess), and eleven great-granddaughters, Breanne, Kristen, Jenna, Avery, Evalina, Gianna, Genevieve, Kate, Ellen, Piper and Pressley. She is also survived by sister-in-law Norma, and several nieces and nephews.Sophie was born October 2, 1916, and was raised on the family homestead at Kemnay, MB. After finishing her Grade 11, she moved to Brandon to find work. It was there that she met Lloyd, and they were married on October 19, 1941. They raised their family of four children, and enjoyed many family visits with the Chown and Ficek relatives, and also many trips to Minot and Detroit Lakes for summer vacations. When Lloyd died suddenly in September 1962, Sophie worked very hard to support her young family. Sophie enjoyed her garden, knitting, solving crossword puzzles, and keeping up with current events in her newspaper. She had a very special place in her heart for all her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and enjoyed their visits, cards and letters. She remained very independent well into her 90's, when a fall necessitated her move to Hillcrest Place in 2010.The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the staff at Hillcrest. We are so grateful for their kindness and loving care of our Mom. Our family was so blessed to all be together to celebrate her 100th birthday - a special thank you to Christina for her help and love. A private graveside ceremony officiated by The Venerable Paul Curtis was held at the Brandon Cemetery on October 21, 2016. Donations in memory of Sophie may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #3 - 2430 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, MB R7B 0M5 or to a charity of choice.
"May songs of the Angels welcome you and guide you along your way"
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CHAPMAN: On Thursday, October 20, 2016, Thomas Peter Chapman, age 78 years, father of Kelly, Barry, Lorrie Hazelwood, and Caralee Marsh, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. The Funeral Service will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. A reception will follow at Memories Chapel. Complete obituary information will follow.
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BUSCH: Donna Jean (nee Wilson), October 10, 1945 - October 13, 2016. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, wife, grandmother and sister. Donna passed away suddenly at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC. She is survived by her husband Tom, her daughter Jodi (Mike), her son Mark, her two grandchildren, Jack and Olivia, and her sister Judy. She was born and raised in Brandon, MB, and enjoyed spending summers at Clear Lake with her family. Donna will always be remembered for her infectious laugh, her tremendous generosity and her kind and gentle spirit. She was always giving of herself making special moments for others. Donna was passionate about figure skating, she loved music and celebrating special moments.
She will be forever missed.
BURNETT: Douglas Gordon Wayne Burnett was born April 23, 1958 in Souris, Manitoba to Howard and Jean (Howell) Burnett. Doug peacefully passed away on October 7, 2016 with his best friend and companion of 10 years his dog Mandy, and four loving sisters Norma, Della, Sheila and Rhonda by his side at the Assiniboine Centre Hospital in Brandon. Doug was predeceased by his mother Jean in 2001 and his father Howard in 1991. The family left Souris in 1959 and moved to Forrest, Manitoba for a short time, then resided in the east end of Brandon on Russell Street. Doug attended various schools throughout his early years, Forrest and King George elementary. The family eventually moved to the outskirts of Brandon which was known to many as the “Ponderosa”. Here is where Doug was bused into Earl Oxford Junior High and then onto Neelin High School where he graduated with honours. Before graduation Doug plunged into the work force, starting as a delivery person for the Winnipeg Tribune and then onto as a construction worker for Nelson River Construction laying down water and sewer lines in the Riverheights subdivision. The summer of 1975 Doug went onto working for Behlen Industries. One year later Doug started to work for Coca-Cola Beverages where he was employed for 13 years. Doug decided to change careers and he became a real estate agent starting off with McTavish Real Estate, Ken Gordon Real Estate and then onto Century 21 Real Estate. Doug opened up his own business called A-OK Yard Service. This truly was Doug’s calling as he was a hard worker, he had committed clients, and took great pride in his work! He loved the outdoors and the best was that he was his own boss and of course worked his own hours! There was no holding Doug back, life was good and he was on the right track! And to prove that to all Doug decided to throw his name in for the Mayor candidacy in October 2002, that takes a whole new level of confidence! After the election Doug moved to the bright lights of Alexander where this would be his final home. He enjoyed working in his yard and entertaining friends sitting around the bonfire having the odd beverage. Doug was currently employed with Virden Water Portables Ltd. Doug loved playing cards and going to the hockey drafts with the boys. He liked to play poker, and even shared the odd card trick. Doug loved to watch the sports channel. Doug played baseball in the Centennial, Commercial and Merchant Fastball League, broom ball league with numerous city championships, tournaments and provincial wins, along with curling out of the Riverview Curling Club for over 10 years in Brandon. There were many wonderful aspects to Doug’s life that touched our lives. He will be remembered as a wonderful brother, a great friend, a generous uncle, brother-in-law, nephew, cousin, outdoorsman, a poker player, collector, gardener, and a friendly face in town. Doug is survived by his sister Norma, and husband Kevin Will of Carroll, Manitoba and their son Colby and wife Cj Will, great-nephew Aiden and great-niece Avery of Warren, Manitoba. Daughter Kaleigh and husband Fraser Somersall of Souris, Manitoba and great-nephews Kai and Kase, great-niece Oak. Son Chaz Will of Carroll, Manitoba. His sister Della and husband Jim Butler of Souris, Manitoba and their children Kristin and Dustin Butler. His sister Sheila, and husband Aaron Schell of Winnipeg, Manitoba and their children Logan, Kenzie, and Morgan Schell. His sister Rhonda Burnett and companion Elliot Ryzner of Brandon and their children Rylee, Randi Burnett and Jayce, Nate Ryzner. Uncle Clinton and Aunt Mavis of Killarney, Manitoba. Doug had many cousins he grew up with that he was very fond of and had many great childhood memories with them all. Many thanks to all Doug’s friends from Alexander for all their help and support during his illness. A celebration of Doug’s life was held Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Carroll Hall in Carroll, Manitoba. In memory of Doug, donations can be made to the Assiniboine Centre Palliative Care unit in Brandon or the Brandon Humane Society. Interment will take place at a later date.
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BELL: Margaret Ann "Marg" Bell (nee Hall), of Brandon, formerly of Alexander, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Born July 19, 1947 in Port Hope, Ontario, the second oldest of six children, Marg grew up participating in her church and youth group activities and later attended Bible School. During her lifetime Marg worked as a secretary, a cook, in sales, at a nursing home, and as a childcare provider. She was a leader in 4H, a founding member of TOPS and served in BG Clubs children's ministries. Marg loved to play scrabble, knit, curl, paint, read and garden. Marg will be lovingly remembered by her daughters: Sarah (Shane) McLeod of Rivers, MB and their children Riley, Randy, and Jordan; Becky (Jon) Reid of Wawanesa, MB and their children Caitlin and Matthew; Rachel (Dirk) van der Woude of Fargo, ND and their children Kaleb, Greysen, and Emmy; and Katie (Jesse) Thom of Goodlands, MB and their children Marli and Jack; and foster son Len Pashe. She was predeceased by her husband Ronald Bell, her parents Joe and Lillie Hall; sister Muriel Jackson and foster son Reg Pashe. The Funeral Service was held at Bethel Christian Assembly on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Phil Price officiating. Pallbearers were Shane McLeod, Jon Reid, Dirk van der Woude, Jesse Thom, Riley McLeod, Randy McLeod and Matthew Reid. Interment followed at Alexander Cemetery. Donations in memory of Marg may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #3 - 2430 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 0M5 or to the Gideons, Gideons, P.O. Box 3619, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 7A2.
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BADOWICH: Charles. We sadly announce the passing of Charles John Badowich (Charlie), beloved husband of the late Doreen Violet May; father of Angela Badowich; Darlene (Terry) Conway; David and Chuck; at his residence, Valleyview Care Home, on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. As per Dad’s wishes, a private family service will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Charlie may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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SLOMIANY: The death of Joe Slomiany, beloved husband of the late Helen Slomiany and father to Wanda and Wally, occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, on Sunday, October 16, 2016. The Ceremony to Celebrate Joe's Life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. Funeral Celebrant, Lydia Glawson will officiate. Donations in memory of Joe may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
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SUGGITT: Philip Barry Suggitt, of Carberry, MB, entered into rest on October 13, 2016 at the age of 64 years. In keeping with Philip’s wishes, no service will be held. Donations may be made to the Carberry Christmas Cheer Board, c/o Box 130, Carberry, MB, R0K 0H0. White’s Funeral Home, Carberry, MB in care of arrangements. 1-204-834-2629.
VICKERY: It is with profound sadness and yet a blessing, as we say good-bye to Roberta Vickery on October 17, mother to Ken and Brenda, after a very long and courageous struggle with cancer. Roberta was born to Bob and Jean Blackwell at Harding, Manitoba on the farm, weighing in at a whopping three pounds. After finishing school in Harding, she moved to Brandon and worked at Eaton’s for a short time. On Feb. 25, 1959 she married Gerald Vickery and moved to the farm west of Hamiota. Over the years, she worked at McLeods, the Dental office, the Hamiota Hotel and the Hamiota District Health Centre. Roberta belonged to the Hamiota Ladies Curling Club, where she enjoyed many years of curling. She also loved watching curling – phoning Brenda throughout the game “did you see that shot”? Roberta and Gerry took a trip to New Brunswick for a World Curling event, loving the eastern hospitality. Her passion was being at her cabin at the South End of Shoal Lake, that Gerry and her bought in the late 60’s. She loved her cabin, the space, the solitude and was evident by the many photos she took, of the beautiful sunsets, and that hummingbird collection! Yes, she would sit for hours waiting for that perfect hummingbird picture! She could be found at her cabin from early May until late September, loving every minute of it. Most of all, her family was her world. She leaves to mourn, her son Ken (Lorraine), daughter Brenda (Dave), grandson Ryan (Kirstin), and great-grandson Ethan. Also mourning Roberta’s passing is sister-in-law Nora Shier, brothers-in-law Doug Vickery (Judy) and Dick Hills, along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Gerald, parents Bob and Jean Blackwell, sister Lillian Blackwell, father-in-law and mother-in-law Gordon and Lois Vickery, sister-in-law Evelyn Hills, brother -in-law Gerald Shier, sister-in-law and brother- in-law Sheila and Frank Thiede, sister-in-law Velda Vickery. We would like to thank the Hamiota Hospital and Birch Lodge for their wonderful care and compassion during her time there. A graveside service (everyone welcome) will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Hamiota Cemetery, Hamiota with a luncheon to follow at the Hamiota Community Centre. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Burlington Beach Cabin Owners Association, Box 482, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0; the Hamiota District Heath Centre, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0; or the Canadian Cancer Society MB, 415 1st St., Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
I Love You ForeverTo our mom:Mom you mean the world to usIt's hard to live without youYou were always by our sideThrough thick and thin you helped usNow when you're gone our life is hard to liveIt's hard to breath,It's hard to seeAnd it's hard to think about anything but you.Even though your love will shine in us forever, it's still hard not to look for your hand to hold.Even though you’re not here with us in the fleshWe still have you in our hearts and in our memories.We love you forever mom. Hiral P. Patel
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