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SYKES: Kathleen Morey Sykes (nee Normore) occurred in Brandon at the age of 92. She is survived by her son Christopher of Calgary and several nieces and nephews. Kay received her education in Newfoundland until she went to England to take her Nurses training. Following graduation and several years of post graduate studies Kay moved to Brandon in 1957. In her years in Brandon Kay was active in community affairs, serving on the board of directors for the YMCA, Hospital Auxiliary and the Brandon Flying club. Kay also earned her private pilot’s wings from the Brandon Flying Club. Kay was also National President of the 99s. She was also an active member of St. Mathews Cathedral serving on Alter Guild and Mardi Club for many years. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 12, 2011 at St Matthew's Cathedral, 403- 13th Street, Brandon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Manitoba Lung Association, # 8-940 Princess Ave., Brandon R7A 0P6 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 415 - 1st Street, Brandon R7A 2W8 would be appreciated.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
CAMPBELL: Sharon “Sherry” Campbell of Brandon, passed away suddenly on Friday, May 6, 2011 at the age of 62 years. A service of remembrance will be held for Sherry at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. A private interment will be held later at the Minnewawa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sherry may be made to the MS Society of Manitoba, Brandon & District Chapter 5B –457-9th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4A9. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
McGOWAN: Nellie Louise McGowan. It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Nellie McGowan on Mother’s Day at Third Crossing Manor, Gladstone, Manitoba. She left this world peacefully with family by her side. A Celebration of Nellie’s Life will be held Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm at the Gladstone United Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Third Crossing Manor Courtyard Fund, Box 1000, Gladstone, Manitoba, R0J 0T0 or the Northwest Handi Transit, Box 757, Gladstone, Manitoba, R0J 0T0. Clarke’s Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of arrangements.
SKINNER: John Leslie (Les) Skinner; beloved husband of Jean and father of Dana (Lloyd), Brent, Linda (Matthew); passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon, Manitoba on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 73 years of age. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception in the Lower Hall, Oak River United Church, Oak River, Manitoba For those so desiring, donations may be made in Les’s memory to Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B 10th St, Brandon, MB, R7A 4G7 or to CancerCare Manitoba, PO Box 2248 Stn Main, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 9Z9. Messages of condolence can be sent to Les’s family at www.campbellfuneralhome.ca. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
BUTLER: G. Ivan Butler, beloved husband of Evelyn and father of Shelley (Doug) Wedderburn, Holly (Brian) Kanda, David, Ross; passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, Manitoba on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 88 years of age. A service to celebrate Ivan’s life will be held at the Kenton United Church, Kenton, Manitoba on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. followed by reception in the Kenton Memorial Hall. Interment will conclude in the afternoon at the Shiloh Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Ivan’s memory to the Hamiota District Health Centre, Box 671, Hamiota, Manitoba, R0M 0T0.
Messages of condolence can be sent at
www.campbellfuneralhome.ca. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
TURNER: Gladys Margaret Turner (nee Stone), 1929- 2011.Wife, Mum, Grandma and "Grape-Grandma", Gladys passed away with her family by her side Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. She was predeceased by her parents Stanley and Lena Stone and her son-in-law Ron Hall. Gladys leaves to cherish her memory; her husband of 63 years Gordon; children Dianne, Donna (Bob) and Doug (Sandra); two brothers; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She also leaves brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Gladys lived in northern Manitoba and later retired to Erickson and Brandon. She was an active member of the Royal Purple for many years. She was a loving and dedicated wife and mother, and found great joy in her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Her loving presence, her sense of humour, and her memories of family history will be sadly missed. The family wishes to offer sincere thanks to Home Care and Palliative Care staff as well as the staff of the emergency room and the doctors and nurses of the 3rd floor of Brandon Regional Health Centre for their compassionate care. Also a special thanks to sister-in-law Aileen for her love and friendship. The Ceremony to Celebrate the Life of Gladys was held on Thursday, May 5, 2011. at Memories Chapel, 330 - 18th Street, Brandon. Elgin Hall officiated. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Gladys may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3, 824 - 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7.
Expressions of sympathy may be made atwww.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
TREMBLAY: Jacques Andrew Tremblay of Minnedosa, MB passed away on May 4, 2011 at the Minnedosa Health Centre at the age of 66 years. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church Minnedosa, Manitoba. Prayers will take place on Sunday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. Interment will take place at St. Lazare Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
STRAHL: The death of E. Russell Strahl beloved husband of Marion and dear father of Barry, Warren, Verne and Kerry, occurred on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. The Ceremony to Celebrate Russ's Life will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Shannon McCarthy will officiate. A private interment will be held at the Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Russ to the Lung Association of Manitoba, #8, 940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0P6 or to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, for Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information will follow.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
PRIMMER: Nellie Davidson (Bunty) Primmer (née Tough), a true Scottish lass. Bunty passed away on January 23, 2011 at the age of 95 years. She was predeceased by her husband Ross in 1996. She will be lovingly remembered by her children; David (Pat) Primmer and Gail (Don) MacMillan, six grandchildren; Heather (Kelly), Laurel, Lindsay (Adam), Kristin, David and Paige; and three great grandchildren; Mckay, Isabella and Annalise. A memorial service celebrating Bunty’s life will take place on Friday, May 13th. Interment, to the skirl of the bagpipes, in Rosewood Memorial Gardens at 2:00 p.m. will be followed by a 3:00 p.m. reception at Parkview Seniors Housing Co-op, 1321-13th Street, Brandon. Family and friends are invited to join this celebration of Bunty’s life. Donations in her memory may be made to the Trinity United Church Memorial Fund, 1515-6th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 6B3.
HADLAND: Heather “Darlene” Hadland passed away on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at the Assiniboine Centre with family and friends at her side. A Memorial Service will be held to honour the life of Darlene at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon, on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Joe Ball officiating. Interment will be held at Shoal Lake Cemetery. At Darlene’s request, please no floral tributes. Memorial donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Room ON1160, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 0V9 or to a charity of your choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
MUIR: Marie Isabel (née Thierry) Muir passed away Thursday, April 21, 2011 at the Assiniboine Centre following a short illness in her 80th year, with her family by her side. Marie was born in Brandon on February 4, 1932, the elder of two children born to Maximilan and Mabel (née Strand) Thierry. Her brother, Milan “Junior” was born in 1933. The family lived for a time north of Erickson while her father worked at Clear Lake and then later moved to Brandon. Marie received all her education in Brandon and graduated from St. Michael’s Academy. Following school, Marie worked at Mona’s Dress Shop and Phipps Jewellery Store. It was during her time at Phipps that she was introduced to “Mac” Muir. Marie and Mac were married on January 26, 1963 in Brandon and shared 45 wonderful years together, until Mac passed away in November 2008. Following their marriage they lived on their farm at Margaret, until moving to Brandon in 1997 to the Colonial Estates Apartments, where they loved their third floor west view, which enabled them to see the sunsets. Their son, Don was born in October 1963. They farmed together for a number of years before Don moved to Winnipeg. Marie was a gifted seamstress, sewing the majority of her own clothes, she also enjoyed cooking. She and Mac loved music and dancing. Marie was active in all the communities she lived in, at Margaret it was the church, rink and school. In Brandon, she really enjoyed the Leisure Club at the apartment for morning coffee and activities, and Central United Church activities. For a number of years Marie enjoyed volunteering at the Red Cross Blood Donor Clinics in Brandon. Marie and Mac were able to do a fair bit of traveling in the later years, and she always said she would go back to Hawaii anytime. Marie was predeceased by her loving husband, Mac in November 2008, father Milan in 1974 and mother Mabel in 2001, brother-in-law George Lancaster in 1982 and brother-in-law Donald Muir in 1997. Marie will be sadly missed by her son, Don (Leanne Bulera and Gerald), Winnipeg, brother Milan and Jackie Thierry and family, Luanne and David Ruggles (Lindsay and Marc, Brittany), Jonna and Jerry Franzese (Jerry Jr. and Kayla), Brent and Korinne Thierry (Kyle and Ryan ) all of Thunder Bay. Marie also leaves to mourn sisters-in-law, Georgia Muir of Richmond, B.C. and Marie Lancaster of Brandon and her family, David and Mona Lancaster (Danielle, Nicole, Matthew and Brooklyn) of King City, ON, Scott and Kathy Lancaster (Geordie and Amanda, Jeremy, Zach, Katie) of Brandon; Lori Lancaster (Taylor and Riley) of Brandon. Marie is also survived by numerous cousins, extended family and friends. The Ceremony to Celebrate Marie’s life was held on Monday April 25, 2011 at the Brockie-Donovan Chapel in Brandon, with. Rev Laird Russell-Yearwood and Rev. Shannon McCarthy officiating. Ken Jackson was soloist and Ruth Nickel organist. Pallbearers were Geordie Lancaster, Jeremy Lancaster, Chad Wruth, Luke Russell-Yearwood, Greg Patton and Dean Taylor. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. A time of fellowship was held at Central United Church following the service. Interment was held at the Margaret Cemetery. Friends who wish, may make a donation in memory of Marie to the Canadian Red Cross Society, 3-613-10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G6 or the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
HOPKINS: Hayward Charles Hopkins passed away on May 5, 2011 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home at the age of 91 years. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in Minnedosa Funeral Service Chapel, Minnedosa, MB with Elgin Hall officiating. Interment will take place at All Saints Cemetery, Clanwilliam, MB. Donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Chemo and Radiation Residence. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements. (204) 867-3868.
FORSYTH: On Thursday March 24, 2011 Jack Forsyth from Hartney, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon. Left to mourn his absence are his wife of 46 years Phyllis, his son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Debbie of Boissevain, and his daughter and son-in-law, Kristin and Dale Stinson of West Fargo, North Dakota. Most importantly to Jack, he leaves his grandchildren, Natalie and Jennie Forsyth, and Jack and Sarah Stinson. Jack was born John Guthrie Forsyth in Reston, Manitoba on November 7, 1941. His parents Mora and John Forsyth also gave birth to Jack’s younger siblings, sister Fonda who married Dale Smeltz who now live in Winnipeg and brother Jim Forsyth and sister-in-law Carol from Oak River. Jack grew up in Reston and spent his spare time playing baseball and hockey. He was a sports enthusiast which would mould his future. He graduated from Reston Collegiate in 1959, spent a year a Teacher’s College in Winnipeg, then started his teaching career in Virden in 1960. In 1961 he moved to Shoal Lake where he met his Phyllis. After marrying on July 6, 1963 they moved and spent eight years in Sanford as the Principal of the elementary school there. Keith and Kristin were born in Winnipeg in 1966 and 1969 respectively and in 1971, the family moved back to southwestern Manitoba and called Hartney their home until present day. Jack was involved in many groups outside his job as Principal in Hartney which he held until 1992. He played, officiated, coached and acted as an administrator of various levels of minor hockey. He was one of the founding fathers of the Manitoba AAA Midget League and was the only commissioner the league knew until his recent passing. He served 23 years on the Canadian Orienteering Federation’s Board of Directors including 9 years as President – both records. He was the the President of the South West Hockey League for over 20 years, and the Secretary of the Southwest Minor Hockey League for nearly as long. He served on the Boar of Directors of Hockey Manitoba for nine years, including three as President. He served for six years (2001 - 07) on the Board of Directors of Hockey Canada, the final three, as the National Chair of Minor Hockey. In 2008 he was awarded the Hockey Canada Order of Merit which is presented to association members who have made outstanding contributions to amateur hockey in Canada. He was a councillor for the Town of Hartney, was an active member of the local golf clubs and the Hartney chapter of the Royal Canadian Legion, serving his time as president of both. Jack was a deeply proud man, and very proud of his family. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, and almost never missed a basketball, volleyball, fastball game, a wrestling match, a dance recital. Whatever it was, involving his grandkids, it was very important for Jack to be there, and he made a point of seeing as much as he possibly could. Jack will be missed by many people from many walks of life. He was an excellent father and husband, a loyal friend and an extremely hard working individual, who left no stone unturned when it came to getting the job done. He will be missed by a wide number of people.
FERGUSON: It is with heavy hearts, we announce the sudden passing of our mother, grandmother and great grandmother Bernadette "Bea" Ferguson on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Bea was born July 4, 1935 in Brandon and was the only daughter to Albert and Ann Crane. She received her schooling in Brandon and starting working at age fourteen as a taxi dispatcher after school when her father became ill. She worked for various retail stores before she completed a vocational course which led to working for Dilley's Florists, Lloyd Realty and McDonalds Restaurants. She also worked for the Kidney Foundation, Canadian Mental Health and the MS Society before retiring in 2001. She was a member and on the boards for Manitoba Light Horse, Brandon Gymkhana and Rodeo Association and the Brandon Light Horse and Pony Society. She was especially proud of the 25th anniversary of the Westman Charity Horse Show, of which she was involved with from its inception. Bea was an animal lover and always had a dog or two in the house. She competed with her dogs travelling many miles to Obedience Trials and was a Canadian Kennel Club member as well. She is deeply missed by her sheltie dog and best friend "Tori". Racehorses were another interest and in 2001 she fulfilled a lifelong dream travelling to Kentucky to see Churchill Downs and Keenland, as well as Kentucky Horsepark. She could hardly believe she was standing in the winners circle! Mom loved her garden and flower beds, filled with many different varieties of lilies and irises and was always looking for a new variety to try. Mom was a good friend to many people and never forgot a birthday or anniversary. Mom loved any kind of music and sang with St. Michael's Glee Club, St. Augustine's Church Choir, Brandon Barbershop Belles and after retiring, Prairie Oasis Singers. Mom had a strong character and never complained even though she faced many challenges in her life. She raised four children on her own, survived breast cancer, kidney dialysis for seven years three times a week and was getting ready to fight cancer again with dignity and strength. Mom was truly an inspiration to us all. She is survived by daughters Terry (Tim) McLeod of Lorette, Manitoba and Angela (Billy) Burrus of Mt. Juliet, TN and sons Rick (Val) Ferguson of Carroll, Manitoba and Gerald (Sherry) Ferguson of Parksville, B.C. She was Grandma to Rhianna Fitzpatrick, Cody and Carter Ferguson, Michelle Allison and Levi Ferguson, Tyler Burrus, Dustin and Capri Carter and great grandma to Isabella and Brennen Fitzpatrick. She was predeceased by an infant brother Bernard in 1934, her father Albert in 1953 and mother Ann in 1993. A celebration of Bea's life was held on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at Memories Chapel with interment at Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Bea may be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada, 42 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B2 or to a charity of choice.
Expressions of sympathymay be made atwww.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
EKHOLM: Helen Ekholm of Brandon, beloved wife of Carl Ekholm and mother of Marnie (Jerry) Hemmings and grandmother of Jordan and Ashley Hemmings, passed away peacefully at Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the age of 84 years. Arrangements are pending with Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services (204) 727-0694.
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