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HACAULT: Andre JosephAndy Hacault, age 90 beloved husband of Therese, died at the Wawanesa Health Centre June 12, 2010. In accordance with his wishes service will be private. Killarney & Boissevain Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
BRERETON: Eloise. Our beloved wife, mom, nanny and great grandma is now at peace. She passed away at the Assiniboine Centre, Palliative Care on Friday, June 11, 2010 with daughter Janice at her side. Eloise was born on May 6, 1925 in Deloraine, Manitoba to Roland and Gladys Chapin. She was the eldest of four children and grew up in Brandon. It was at the tender age of thirteen that she met George Brereton, the love of her life. George and Eloise were married on June 21, 1946. Mom was a telephone operator and alsoworked in retail throughout her life including Eatons, Burgess Solo Store and was the first female employee at the Brandon Liquor Mart. Mom and Dad retired and spent many happy years at Clear Lake in the summer and winters in Texas. Always a great homemaker and wonderful cook, Mom enjoyed pampering her family with her Sunday suppers (plus many in between) and she was alwaysimmaculate in appearance even after slaving in the kitchen all day - never a hair out of place and usually wearing her favorite color of pink in her attire. Eloise is survived by: her loving husband George of sixty four years; daughter, Janice Bradley, son-in-law Walter (Butch) Bradley; grandson Scott Bradley (Chrissy Findlay) and great grandson Sawyer Orlando George Bradley. She is also survived by; a sister Doreen Reid (Roy) of Moose Jaw, sister-in-law Helen Brereton and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Roland and Gladys Chapin, sister Marj Lindley, brother Delmar Chapin and brother-in-law Jim Brereton. The Ceremony to Celebrate Eloise's Life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 - 18th St. North on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. A private family interment will take place at the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Unit 4B - 457 9th St. Brandon, Manitoba, Manitoba, R7A 1K2 or to a charity of choice. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
ANDERSON: Shirley Anne Anderson of Brandon, beloved sister of Rodney Diment, Gene Diment and Evelyn Collings, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at the age of 67 years. The Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiating. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Shirley may be made to the Terry Fox Foundation, 543 St. Marys Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2M 3L4. Complete obituary information to follow. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
WOODWARD: Mrs. Effie Donalda Woodward (née Johns) of Brandon, beloved mom of Donelda and Evelyn, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Effie began her life on a farm outside of Lanigan, Saskatchewan. She spent her teen years in Saskatoon and helped in the family restaurant in Middle Lake. After hairdresser training, she joined her sisters in Flin Flon, Manitoba and worked there for a time before she married Gordon (Woody) Woodward, and started a family. They moved to Dauphin for a time and then to Brandon in 1957. Effie was a strong supporter of the NDP, and before them, the CCF. She was also a long-term member of the United Church of Canada. Effie was an artist in everything she tackled clay, fabric or wood. She has left us with a legacy of beautiful works of art. Effie is survived by her daughter Donelda (husband John Snyder), granddaughter Jennifer (husband Chris Watson) and great grandsons Matthew, Andrew and Nathan; daughter Evelyn (husband James Melvin) and grandsons Mat, Gaelan and Morgan. She was predeceased by her husband Gordon O. Woodward (Woody) and by all of her sisters and brother. A Celebration of Effies Life was held at the Trinity United Church on Friday, June 11, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev Wayne Sanderson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Effie may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, Western MB Cancer Care Project, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
WEISBRODT: Wilmot Wimp Jacob Weisbrodt, 1932 2010. After a lengthy stay at the Swan River Valley Lodge, surrounded by his family Mr. Wilmot (Wimp) Weisbrodt peacefully passed away on May 29,2010 at the age of 77 years. Wimp was born on September 1, 1932 in Grenfell, Saskatchewan. He married Simone Perrault on June 22, 1957. They had five children; Mark, Debbie, Bonnie, Colleen and Lana. He was a gentle, soft-spoken man who loved cattle, hockey, bowling, baseball, billiards, dancing and playing cards. He had many jobs over the years to support his family. He started off as a farmer, worked in cement production, was a carpenter by trade, worked as a millwright in the north for many years and was best known for establishing the Gateway Valley Inn in Benito, Manitoba when they moved to the valley 33 years ago. They later moved to the farm, where he once again lived his dream as a cattle owner until he became ill. He then moved into Benito where he resided until his placement in the Benito Health Centre Personal Care Home. Wimp was predeceased by his parents Jacob and Elizabeth (Ring) Weisbrodt, his son Mark Joseph and sisters Katie and Freda.He leaves to mourn his wife Simone, daughters Debbie (Vern) Love, Bonnie (Dale) Bielik, Colleen and fiancé Rod Randall, Lana (Trent) Graham and daughter-in-law Wendy Weisbrodt. Also surviving are grandchildren Jeff and Natalie Love, Christina and Jess Hogarth, Mandy, Mellisa, Sarah and Natessa Weisbrodt, Caleb and Cashala Ladouceur and Maliya and Nevaeh Graham, great grandchildren Tyler, Gavin and Kaden Love and Glenn and Dustin Hogarth, brother Henry Weisbrodt, sisters Irene DiTomaso and Hattie Baker, numerous nieces and nephews and many other loved ones he included into his family over the years. Evening prayers were held from the St. Columba Roman Catholic Church in Swan River, Manitoba on Monday, May 31, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services were held from the St. Columba Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Leo Fernandes officiating. Wimp was laid to rest in the family plot with son Mark at the Durban Cemetery, Durban, Manitoba. The urnbearers were Amanda Weisbrodt, Mellisa Weisbrodt, Sarah Weisbrodt, Natessa Weisbrodt, Christina Love and Caleb Ladouceur. Everyone in attendance at the service were considered honorary pallbearers. Should friends so desire, donations in Wimps memory may be made to the Swan River Valley Lodge (Activities Department) for kitchen renovations. Arrangements were entrusted to Jim Webster of Swan Valley Funeral Services Ltd. 363 Kelsey Trail (Hwy 10 North) Swan River, Manitoba. 734-5775.
He will be forever missed by his loving family and friends.We loved you from the moment we met youWe love you nowWell love you alwaysThere is never good-byesThere is only loveWe will visit in our dreamsAnd in our hearts foreverUntil we meet again.
WEBSTER: John Milton Webster. Milt passed away peacefully June 2, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta well into his 94th year and surrounded by his family who loved him dearly. Milt was born August 25, 1916 in Rivers, Manitoba to Mabel (Rogers) and Sandy Webster. His grandparents homesteaded north of Brandon in the late 19th century, having come west from Ontario. Though Milt moved to Brandon with his parents when he was four years old, he spent many happy weekends and summer holidays with aunts, uncles and cousins in the Forrest area as he was growing up, and he felt a strong emotional connection to the region all his life. Milt is survived by the love of his life and his wife of 69 years Laura (Dietrich), his daughter Lynne and son-in-law Dr. Bill Kearns, grandsons Dr. Tim Kearns (Michele Durling), Andrew Kearns (Melanie McMaster) and great grandsons Ross, Scott, William, Reid, Sawyer, Hudson and Wyatt Kearns all of Calgary and his granddaughter Jane Kearns (Andy Kurelek) of Burlington, Ontario. He is also survived by his sister-in-law and brother- in-law Elsie and Jack Wilson of Vernon, British Columbia, cousin Jack Webster of Brandon, nephews Wayne Webster of Oakburn, Manitoba and Robert Wilson of Vernon and niece Joanne Fortin of Souris, Manitoba and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Murray and Clare, niece Marilyn Wilson and special cousins Murray and Bonar Leybourne. Milt was employed by International Harvester Company in Brandon until 1961 when he transferred to Winnipeg, retiring in 1978. He served overseas during WW11 with The Royal Winnipeg Rifles, 3rd Division. Milt and Laura moved to Calgary in 1999 to be closer to family. Milt, who had a delicious sense of humour, treasured his many friendships, some decades old including Don and Shirley Harper, Dick Gilhouly and Terry Steer. As a young man in Brandon Milt belonged to The Rut Riders Motorcycle Club, raced stock cars, enjoyed hunting and fishing and spent his winters curling at The Wheat City Curling Club. Milt and Laura loved their cottage at Sandy Lake and spent many happy times there prior to moving to Calgary. Milt was extremely proud of his grandchildren and great grandchildren and their accomplishments, and they considered him to be an awesome Grandpa and Great Grandpa. He demonstrated to them, in this busy world, that life can be rich in contentment and happiness by celebrating simple things; faith, honest work, good neighbours, dear friends and family. Reverend Nadene Rogers officiated at a private graveside service commemorating Milts life on June 10th at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens, Calgary. The family would like to thankfully acknowledge Dr. P Quayle and the wonderful staff on Richards Way, Chinook Care Centre in Calgary for their sensitive attention to Milts needs over the past three years.
MILLER: Mary Jane Miller, Dec. 22, 1924- May 2010. Peacefully on May 24, 2010 Mary Jane passed away at Golden Links Lodge in Winnipeg. Left to mourn her passing is her son Donald, his wife Laura and her immediate family, siblings Frank, Roy, Tom Dussome, Phylys Ireland and their families. Mary lived a full life including military service during WWII and 15 years as a cook at the Brandon Mental Institution, retiring in 1986. During her life she actively pursued hobbies of fishing, bowling, darts, curling, performing country music, reading and knitting. The family would like to thank the caregivers of Fairview Home for their compassionate care during her stay there. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at Brandon Royal Canadian Legion at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 18, 2010.
PROVEN: With the sun in his face and sitting in his favourite chair, Jim Proven passed away at home on May 19, 2010. James Frederick Proven was born February 9th, 1924 in the home on the family farm northwest of Basswood, Manitoba. Dad was the fifth of six children born to Hazel and Frederick Proven. At two years of age Dads father died, leaving Hazel to raise six children, and run the farm. The family was raised during the height of the depression, and Dad had many stories of the difficult times they endured. In spite of the hard times the family were tightly bonded and remained close throughout their lives. Dad joined the RCAF before he finished high school, and served with the 408 Bomber Squadron overseas for his full 30 missions. He was very proud that his entire crew survived, and that they remained friends for many years. It was in England, that Dad married Dorothy Lily Bennett. At the end of Dads service, they returned to live in Minnedosa where Dad finished high school Son, Keith was born in Minnedosa in 1945, and daughter Karen was born in 1949, in Barrie Ontario, after Dad had rejoined the RCAF and been posted there. After retiring from the Air Force, Dad began his nomadic years as he referred to them; finally settling in Calgary for 10 years. In 1962 the lure of the family farm brought the family back to the Basswood area. Dad worked at both farming, and construction before joining the RRSD as first assistant secretary- treasurer, and then becoming secretary treasurer a few years later. Dads retirement from the RRSD allowed him to help on the farm and for himself and Dorothy to take their RV on many trips across Canada, and the U.S. After Dorothys passing, Dad began to split time between Minnedosa, and Victoria, B.C.; eventually relocating there full time. He enjoyed living in Victoria until his health began to fail, and he moved back to Minnedosa. Dad enjoyed a full and complete life, and died with a sense of peace and fulfillment. He was predeceased by Father, Fred; Mother, Hazel; brothers, Elmer and Stan; and sisters, Margaret and Helen. His sadness was profound with the death of wife Dorothy, and daughter Karen. He is survived by son Keith (Bonnie); brother Harold (Isabella); grandchildren, Mike (Leila), Morgan (Lindsey), Rachel (Taryn), and Breanne (Tom); daughters in law Susan and Heather; son in law Gary; and with enormous pride, great grandchildren, Brennan and Alexa. A memorial service will be held at the farm June 19 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Minnedosa Library.
MATTISON: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ferne Robina Mattison on February 28, 2010 at her residence, Dinsdale Personal Care Home in Brandon, Manitoba. Ferne was the youngest child of Ernest and Esther Drake, born June 20,1920 in Lashburn, Saskatchewan. Her father was a school teacher and principal in several communities in Saskatchewan. When she graduated, Ferne went on to nurses training in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She nursed and became the matron of the hospital in Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan. Following WWII she met and married Doug Mattison of Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan. Together they raised four children, Esther, Helen, Linda and Doug. The family settled in Melville, Saskatchewan in 1950, where Doug was employed with the CNR. Ferne was devoted to her family, her church and her friends. She took great pride in her home and wonderful care of her family. She was very involved in All Saints Church as a member of the congregation and served several years as an executive member of both the Altar Guild and AWA. When her children became somewhat independent, Ferne decided to add a new chapter to her life. She became a librarian for the Melville Public Library and later the Head Librarian for the Parkland Regional Library. In this capacity she helped many people to appreciate the wonder of literacy and the magic of books. As a young person, Ferne loved to play tennis and skate. She was well read and loved to play card games, especially bridge. Ferne was always interested in current events and the politics of the day. She loved to watch sports on TV, especially hockey, baseball, curling and even Saturday night wrestling! Ferne had many special friends throughout her life, and treated all with respect and acceptance. She was a role model to all who knew her. She is survived by her four children, Esther (Curly) of Onanole, Manitoba; Helen (Glenn) of Spruce Grove, Alberta; Linda (Tom) Price of Brandon, Manitoba; and Doug (Wendy) of Chater, Manitoba. She also leaves ten grandchildren (Sharon, Brian, Brett, Barry, Shane, Robby, Josh, Zach, Tessa and Rayna, ten great- grandchildren (Bonnie, Jennifer, Dustin, Sara, Ayden, Jordan, Jaryn, Riley, Samuel and Zoe), many nieces and nephews (Joe, Drake, Jim, Hughie, Leanne, Judy and Joyce), and two sisters-in-law, Mary Mattison and Hazel Dawson. Ferne was predeceased by her mother in 1955, father in 1958, brother James Marshall in 1944, sister Helen Ernestine in 2002, and her beloved husband, Doug, in 1980. Following the death of her husband, she and her son Doug relocated to Brandon, Manitoba, so she could be closer to more of her family. She continued to enjoy many years with her family and friends, also becoming a member of St Georges Church. Her health declined in recent years, and during this time, Ferne was well cared for by the professional and compassionate staff at Dinsdale Personal Care Home. Cremation has taken place, and a service to celebrate Fernes life is to take place in Melville, Saskatchewan, at All Saints Anglican Church on June 19,2010 at 11:00 a.m. A graveside service and interment will follow at the Melville Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers include all of Fernes family; urn bearer will be Fernes beloved son, Doug. Expressions of sympathy may be made at email@example.com. If so wished, a donation in Fernes memory may be made to the Parkland Regional Library, Salvation Army or a charity of choice. Arrangements are with Matthews Funeral Home, Melville, Saskatchewan.
LARSEN: Judith Anna Larsen (née Nielsen). It is with deep sorrow that we announce that our dear mother, wife, grandmother, and sister passed into eternal rest with her family by her side on May 22, 2010 at 4:50 a.m. at the young age of 54 years. Judy was born to the late Jarl and Adele Nielsen on February 23, 1956 in Brandon, Manitoba. Until the age of two she lived in Souris, before moving to a small acreage in Kemnay where she lived a happy childhood. She attended elementary school in Kemnay before moving to Brandon where she attended J. R. Reid School. At the age of 16 years, Judy started her career of 30 years at Fairview Home, where she worked until her daughter Cristina was born. She was a stay at home mom for four years before returning to work at Fairview Home in 1984. After a brief first marriage, she married her first love Phillip Farmer, father of Cristina. In 1989, her second daughter Melissa was born to Jack Larsen, who she lived with until becoming his wife on February 23rd, 2006. Judy lived and loved with all of her heart and was known by her family as a master chef as she frequently cooked feasts for upwards of 30 people. Some hobbies and past-times that she took great joy in were arts and crafts, sewing, camping, fishing, swimming, horseback riding in her youth, dancing, cards, darts, movies, croquet, mini golf, and most of all spending time with family and friends. As the eldest of her nine brothers and sisters, she was like a second mother to them. She loved her three grandchildren and treasured every moment with them. Sam shared her love and talent for art. Before her passing, she was able to spend time with her grandchildren, dancing with Leah and Jessie, and drawing with Sam. She shared many of her favorite recipes with Crissy, and enjoyed every minute she had with her family and friends. A beautiful woman inside and out with an incredible sense of humour, she touched many lives and will be fondly remembered and greatly missed. Judy was predeceased by her mother and father; Jarl (2001) and Adele Nielsen (1985), and her nephew David (1985). She leaves behind her husband Jack, two daughters Melissa Larsen, and Crissy McGregor née Farmer (Doug), grandchildren, Sam, Jessie, and Leah. Her nine brothers and sisters Wayne Nielsen (Debbie), Andy Nielsen (Kim), Gary Nielsen (Norma), Debbie Leclerc née Nielsen, Donna Coburn née Nielsen, Kelly Nielsen, Sheila Darvill née Nielsen (Derek), Jeff Nielsen, Tim Nielsen (Brenda), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She showed incredible courage and strength through her hospital stay and never missed an opportunity to put a smile on someones face. A graveside service was held at the Brandon Cemetery on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with Arlene Robertson officiating. Donations in Memory of Judy may be made to the Canadian Liver Foundation, Box 1943, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 3R2. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
JOLLY: John Thomas "Jack" Jolly, age 87, beloved husband of Edna Jolly died June 9, 2010, Deloraine Health Centre, Deloraine, Manitoba. Public Graveside Service Monday, June 14, 2010, Waskada Cemetery, Waskada, Manitoba 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire, donations may be made to a charity of own choice.
Messages of condolence may be made at www.wheatlnd.comSmith Funeral Home, Deloraine Manitoba www.wheatlnd.com 204-747-2088
GRAY: Albert William Gray passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on June 6, 2010 at age 93. Dad was born at Hayfield, MB and after his schooling in Brandon, he worked for 39 years (1941-80) with the CPR and was secretary/ treasurer for the BMWE Union for 20 years. He proudly served his country in the 26th Field Regiment with tours in Europe and Kiska in the Aleutian Islands. Dad was awarded an Honorary Life Membership and a citation of "Order for Service" with ANAF. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Dad was predeceased by his first wife Laura in 1960, brothers Ernie and Frank, and stepdaughter Pat. Albert and May married in 1961 and lived in Green Acres and Lions Manor prior to Hillcrest. Albert is survived by May and sons Wayne Gray (Sharon), Dale Gray (Georgina), Bob Walker (Brenda) and eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Albert and May enjoyed their travels to Europe, Hawaii and all over North America with several winter stays in Mesa, AZ. They were members of Trinity and Central United Churches for many years. As a young man, Albert proudly played for the Congos in the Brandon Senior Soccer League for six years and enjoyed curling and golfing well into his late 80's. If the Blue Jays were on TV, you knew he would be watching. Dad is fondly remembered for considering other people first before himself. He is dearly loved by all who knew him. A service celebrating Alberts life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, June 14, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiating. Interment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Albert may be made to the Central United Church, 327-8th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 3X5 or to Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home, 930-26th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 2B8. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
GINTER: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Carole Ann Ginter. Carole lost her battle with cancer in Brandon, Manitoba on May 31, 2010 at the age of 66 years. In her own words, her family was her life. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, a giving friend to all who knew her, and most of all, a loving spouse and soul mate to Fred. Carole was born December 18, 1943 in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba to parents Bob and Mabel Charlton. She was raised on the family farm in Bagot and attended school in Bagot and MacGregor. Carole was active in sports, most notably ladies fastball and curling. At the age of 17, Carole moved to Portage and started her long career as a waitress. She married Don Ginter in 1964 and her two sons Jeff and Duane were born within her first six years of marriage. Carole and family moved to Deloraine in 1969. Following a divorce, she relocated to Weyburn, Saskatchewan in 1980. Caroles life with Fred began in 1983 and resulted in her returning to Deloraine to be together. As a couple, Fred and Carole moved to Brandon soon after and eventually to Sprucewoods in 2001. Carole took great pride as a hostess/waitress and concluded her working career at Smittys in Brandon where she excelled for 16 years. She had a passion for service, for making people feel special and for unselfishly giving herself to others. She valued her social life, her friends and as a result, stayed young at heart. While her last couple of years were difficult, she demonstrated incredible courage and love. She wants her family and friends to remember her the way she was. Anyone who knew Carole would understand and will never forget her. Carole leaves to mourn her soul mate, Fred Dujardin of Sprucewoods; son Jeff (Brenda) Ginter and grandchildren Jason and Kelsey of Dawson Creek, B.C.; son Duane Ginter of Portage la Prairie, MB; her step daughter Patti (Tuffy) Kirkwood and grandsons Cory and Joey of Calgary, Alberta; and step son Randy (Maureen) Dujardin and granddaughters Kia and Jade of Brandon. She will also be sadly missed by siblings Connie (Allan) Breckenridge of Edmonton, Alberta, Terry (Dave) McCartney of Vernon, B.C., and Bill Charlton of Edmonton, Alberta and their children. A Service of Remembrance was well attended on June 4, 2010 at the Brockie Donovan Chapel in Brandon. In memory of Carole, donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
GEORGE: It is with sadness the family of Ilene George announces her passing at Valleyview Care Centre on April 25, 2010, at the age of 66 years. Ilenewas born on March 1, 1944 at Moosomin, Saskatchewan. She grew up with twosisters and two brothers, helping dad on the family farm as she loved animals. She attended school at Cherry Grove District, then McAuley Rutherglen. Ilene worked at the Moosomin Hotel, Perth's, and then forforty-two years at the Army & Navy Veteran Club until retiring in 2006. Ilene made many friends throughout her life being a member for 45 years with the ANAF, and as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for a number of years. She enjoyed shuffle board, slow pitch, camping with her grandkids, and going on drives. Ilene was predeceased by her husband Robert; son Jeffery and father Ernest Cowan. She will be dearly missed by her children Lisa George (Emery) and Derek George; grandkids Nevin McKay and Bailey Smith; mother Doris Cowan; siblings Gerald and June Cowan, Wayne and Mary Cowan, Gladys and Tim Ford, and Gloria Cowan. A graveside ceremony will be held at the Brandon Cemetery, on Monday, June 14, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood will officiate. Donations in memory of Ilene may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 8 - 940 - Princess Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0P6.Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
FRIESEN: Jake Friesen of Winnipeg, formerly of Brandon, passed away in his home on May 28th, 2010. Our Dad, grandfather & great grandfather was born on March 3, 1927 on the family farm near Gouldtown, Saskatchewan. Dads early childhood included schooling and playing in the coulees of Saskatchewan. At age 13, the family moved to Grunthal, Manitoba by railcar. Within a short time, Dad became a hired hand at the neighbours dairy farm. In 1951, Dad met our mother, Eva Heinrichs in Winnipeg at the bus depot and fell in love. They were married on June 17 of that year. They spent their 1st summer renting at Starbuck, Manitoba. Shortly thereafter, they moved west to the Brandon area. They rented a farm from 1953-1961 and then purchased their farm in the Hayfield district in the Souris community. Seven children came along in the span of 16 years. At the age of 45, Dad went forward at a crusade and dedicated his life to Christ which made big changes to his life and to our family. Dad had smoked from a young age and chose to give up this habit as a result of this new relationship with God. We then began to have daily devotions from the Daily Bread and a verse was read from the little loaf. Mom and Dad were quite a strong duo. They farmed in the Hayfield district and after their retirement to Brandon, spent many hours volunteering at the Brandon MCC Store. The two of them worked hard and made many life plans together. They enjoyed serving at Grace Mennonite Church and with MCC for 25 years in Brandon. Many evenings were spent playing cards, scrabble and watching the Blue Jays on TV. Friends were very important and they enjoyed visiting with them. He enjoyed the friendship & community of the Vic Wyatt house over the last 10 years. Mom and Dad were faithful in visiting their out of province children and also travelled, particularly enjoying bus tours, Dad taking his last bus tour with his sister in 2005. He took joy in family celebrations particularly Christmas. He was very excited to pass along some Christmas gifts to his children and grandchildren. In 2004, Dad became single again as he would say. His life had changed but his faith remained solid. He had fellowship at the seniors lunch once a month here at Morrow Gospel Church, he was sure to mark it on his calendar. He would continue to play Canasta and Pool at the condo as long as his health allowed him. He had a quiet love of the Lord and in his last week, knew he was going home. He told us that the Lord had been good and he wanted to hear Psalm 23. He was predeceased by his wife, Eva in 2004 his parents, Jacob & Anna Friesen, as well as his brothers, John & Pete and his sisters Eva and Mary. His surviving siblings are David Friesen and Hattie Wieler. Dad will be dearly missed by his seven children and their families. Vivian (Ernie) Wiebe, Leslie (Dolores) Friesen, Carol (Tom) Wieler, Linda (John) Sawatzky, Marvin (Edith) Friesen, Pat (Al) Fuller, Janet (Daryl) Sawatzky, 22 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. The funeral service was held Tuesday June 1st at 11a.m. at Morrow Gospel Church, 755 St. Anne's Rd., Winnipeg. Burial at the Mennonite Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee.