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BAKER: R.J. (Dick) Baker of Vista, Manitoba, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2011 at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg at the age of 83 years.Dick is survived by his wife Joan Baker of Vista; daughter Debbie (Ross) Taylor of Brandon, son David (Maryellen) Baker of Toronto; 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Also surviving is sister Alice Ewart of St. Catharines, Ontario. The funeral service will be held on Friday, June 17, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. at the Rossburn Agri-Rec Centre, Rossburn, with interment to follow in the Argyle Cemetery. Russ Andrew will officiate. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.
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Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of the arrangements.
ROBLIN: Claire Roblin of Melita, passed away at the Melita Health Centre on Monday, June 13, 2011, at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife Edna; daughters: Shirley Renwick and Darlene (Roy) Flannery; sons: Keith (Marion) and Harvey; eleven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren; sister Jane Carr; sisters-in-law Grace Roblin, Evelyn Roblin, Annie Wheelans, and Velma McDowell; brothers-in-law: Ken Anderson, Tom McDowell; great aunt Gertie Mason, also numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A service to celebrate Claire's life will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm from the Melita Presbyterian Church, Melita, Manitoba with Reverend Barb Alston officiating. Interment will follow at the Melita Cemetery. Donations may be given to the Melita Legion, Branch 127, Box 359, Melita, Manitoba, R0M 1L0 or to the Melita Palliative Care Fund, Box 459, Melita, Manitoba, R0M 1L0. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron Funeral Directors.
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RATZ: The death of Kenneth Lloyd Ratz, husband of Shirley and dear father of Larry and Janice, occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, June 13, 2011. The Funeral Service will be held at Rivers United Church at 11:00 am on Friday, June 17, 2011. Rev. Barbara Jardine will officiate. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends sodesire donations in memory of Ken may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Acute Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3, Rivers Curling Club, c/o Box 658, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0, or the Riverdale Golf and Country Club, Box 117, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
OMILANOW: The Family of Kathryn Grace Omilanow sadly regrets to announce that Kathryn passed away suddenly on Friday, June 10, 2011. Kathryn is the beloved wife of Ken and loving mother to Kyle and Kayla. The Ceremony to Celebrate Kathryn's Life will be held at Central United Church, 327 - 8th Street on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Rev Orton Anderson will officiate. Interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Kathryn may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Unit 4B - 457 9th St. Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 1K2. Complete obituary information to follow.Expressions of sympathy may be made at Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
POLLOCK: Jean Florence Pollock (nee McMurachy); beloved wife of the late Don Pollock; mother of Marilyn (Doug) Rennie, Faye (Bill) Hildebrand, Sylvia (David) Hanlin, Terry (Kelley) Pollock; passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, Manitoba, on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at age 90 years. A service to celebrate Jean’s life will be held at Campbell Funeral Chapel, Hamiota, Manitoba on Friday, June 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm with interment following in the Hamiota Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Jean’s memory to Birch Lodge Personal Care Home, Hamiota, Manitoba, R0M 0T0.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
OMILANOW: The Family of Kathryn Grace Omilanow sadly regrets to announce that Kathryn passed away suddenly on Friday, June 10, 2011. Kathryn is the beloved wife of Ken and loving mother to Kyle and Kayla. The Ceremony to Celebrate Kathryn's Life will be held at Central United Church, 327 - 8th Street on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Rev Orton Anderson will officiate. Interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Kathryn may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Unit 4B - 457 9th St. Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 1K2. Complete obituary information to follow.Expressions of sympathy may be made at Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
ALLAN: Mary “Marion” Allan nee Zalizniak of Onanole, Manitoba passed away on June 13, 2011 at the Minnedosa Health Centre at the age of 80 years. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Erickson Lutheran Church, Erickson, Manitoba with Elgin Hall officiating. Interment will take place at Bethel (Danvers) Lutheran Cemetery. Donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
CHALATURNYK: Martin Chalaturnyk (1920-2011) passed peacefully into eternal rest at the Assiniboine Centre at the age of 90 years on June 11, 2011. Martin was born in Gardenton, Manitoba where he received elementary and secondary education before entering Teacher Training in Winnipeg. Martin graduated in 1943 and moved to Angusville to set up his career of life-long dedication to educating children. It was there that Martin attained his greatest happiness, when he found his soul-mate in Emilie Luba. They were married in 1944 and the arrival of two beautiful girls (Debbie and Lecia) rounded out the family. Martin's brightest legacy lies in his having to share with them the same humor, patience and deep love for which he is so well known. As time went by, Martin developed a thirst for knowledge. He took summer- school courses at the University of Manitoba which would lead him to B.Ed and B.Sc. degrees. With a strong effort, distinguished marks and five summer-school sessions Martin achieved his goal. At heart Martin was an educator. Education was his passion and a profession. He embodied great personal strength of character, keen sense of kindness and a spectacular intelligence. He never let students forget that human spirit is a miracle to cherish and respect. His favourite quote was, "Children are the nation's greatest asset." Martin served the profession in many capacities. In Brandon, he was chosen to be a mathematics co-ordinator for the school division. He was also promoted to be a Vice-Principal and later became a principal of the Harrison High School. His teaching career spanned 34 years of which 29 years were spent in administration. In his younger years, Martin was involved with the local Division Association of Manitoba Teacher's Society. Martin enjoyed being involved in many aspects of community life. He helped and contributed to various charitable causes. For some charitable events he even helped to make perogies. For over twenty years Martin offered awards at Harrison, to students who displayed excellence in General Proficiency. Martin enjoyed sporting and social times. His favourite activity was pitching for baseball games. His swiftness and accuracy landed him a nick-name, 'Pepper Martin'. Martin founded the Angusville Cardinals Baseball Club. In 2004, Martin and the club members were inducted to the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. Martin loved to travel. He and Emilie took pleasure in spending part of fifteen winters in Florida. Golf, Contract Bridge and dancing were the top priorities. Martin had the greatest body rhythm and while on a cruise, he won the first prize for dancing. Martin was always successful in all he undertook. All Martin's efforts did not go unnoticed. Upon retirement (1979) Martin was surprised with a biggest prestigious award. The staff and students named the school theatre in his name. Throughout the retirement years countless students and parents walked up to him to express appreciation for the assistance he provided which made a difference. Martin enjoyed woodwork. He built a beautiful cabin at Clear Lake. It became a perfect gathering spot for family and friends. The grandchildren were very much a focus in Martin's life. They were the centre of his attention and he looked forward to time spent with them. Martin was a life-time member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The family wishes to acknowledge the care and comfort provided by the nursing staff and doctors. Martin will be sorely missed and fondly remembered with pride and love as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Martin was a man with great heart, brilliant mind and massive spirit. In keeping with Martin's own generosity memorial tributes may be made to the charity of choice. Martin was predeceased by his parents, Emanuel and Elizabeth and two siblings, John and Anne. Martin is survived by Emilie (his wife of 66 years), two daughters - Debbie McAllister and Lecia McQueen; four grandchildren, one great grandson and numerous nephews and nieces. The Funeral Ceremony will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 10:00 am. The Rev. Fr. Michael Skrumeda will officiate. A private Interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
LEPPER: Mary-Ann Lepper (nee Dunfield) February 10, 1948 – June 9, 2011. It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of our dear wife, mother and grandmother Mary-Ann. Leaving to cherish her memory are her husband Don, sons Sean (Tobi) and Stephen (Maureen), her brother Grant (Marion), grandchildren Auriel, Kaitlyn, Jillian, Luke and Max and brothers-in-law Dave (Gloria) and Bruce (Kathy), her sister-in-law Janice (Jim) and nieces Alison, Paula, Heather, Barbara, Trisha and Carolyn. Mary-Ann was predeceased by her father Edgar and mother Anne. Mary-Ann was born in Foxwarren, Manitoba and moved to Brandon with her family in 1953. Upon completion of her grade 12 at Vincent Massey Collegiate, she moved to Winnipeg to study Home Economics at the U of M. Mary-Ann taught at General Byng School and Vincent Massey Collegiate in the Fort Garry School Division for 26 years, retiring in 2002. Mom loved to travel and she and dad had many wonderful trips to Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Mom had a variety of interests. She loved playing card games, cross country skiing, quilting and gardening. She spent hours tending her flower garden at the cottage. In retirement, she enjoyed walking with the Prairie Pathfinders, serving on the RMNP Historical Society, yoga and pilates, and her book and bridge clubs. Mary-Ann’s number one priority always was her family; she loved looking after her grandchildren. Her family appreciates the many good times she provided, whether it was family vacations skiing at Banff or just relaxing at the lake or farm. Mary-Ann always wanted everyone to have an enjoyable time. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2B7. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Blvd. Reception will follow. Voyage Funeral Home & Crematorium, 1577 Pembina Highway, 204-284-7500.
KACHANOSKI: It is with love and great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Louie Paul Kachanoski. Louie passed away peacefully with his family at his side, Sunday June 5, 2011 at the Souris hospital. Louie was born in Souris, Manitoba in 1923. He made his life in Souris where he met his wife, Ella. They were married in 1949 and raised seven children in the home he built. Ella predeceased Louie in 1994. He is survived by his children, Linda (Stuart) McDougall, Ivan (Patsy) Kachanoski, Connie (Paul) Rice, Beverly Kachanoski, Aldan (Lillian) Kachanoski, Kimberly Kachanoski, Kristine (Leo) Gauthier; four grandchildren, Penny, Jolene, Jared and Devon and six great grandchildren. Also surviving Louie is his twin sister, Lucy and his brother, Stanley. Dad was raised on the family farm in Souris. After leaving the farm he worked on the Transcanada Pipeline and then spent many years as a carpenter/contractor building over fifty homes in the Town of Souris and surrounding area. Dad was a superb craftsman and cabinetmaker and his children’s homes are full of his handcrafted furniture. Dad spent twenty-seven years as a volunteer with the Souris Fire Department and ambulance service. After retirement Dad filled his days with traveling and gardening. He was best known for his flowers. He spent many hours tending to his gardens, which he took great pride in. In keeping with dad’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A funeral mass was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with interment of the ashes in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery.
Dad will be deeply missed. Thanks for all the years and happy family memories you gave us. We will miss you more each day. God took you in his care and home to rest.
Lovingly remembered by your family and friends.In memory of Louie, donations may be made to the Souris Fellowship Club c/o Town of Souris, Box 518, Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris in care of arrangements.
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KENNEDY: Alberta Martha Kennedy – August 30, 1916 – June 5, 2011. Alberta was born at home to Alex and Jennie Kennedy of Eden. She was one of six children born to the Kennedys and enjoyed an idyllic childhood on the farm. Her education was taken at the Eden School where she graduated and went on to Winnipeg Teacher’s College. Alberta received her teaching certificate in 1936 and came back to teach at the Eden Consolidated School. She taught for several years in Eden before moving to Brandon in 1953, to teach at various schools in the Brandon School Division. She continued to pursue further education and after many years of summer school and night classes, Alberta graduated from Brandon University with a Bachelor of Education. Alberta retired from teaching in 1978, where she took the time to travel and involve herself in volunteer work. She worked tirelessly for the United Church Women, Brandon Art Gallery, and the Nearly New Shop which raised funds for the Brandon Hospital. Alberta was perhaps best known for being an Aunt. She had dozens of nieces/nephews, great nieces/nephews and great-great nieces/nephews and she was very attentive, loving and special to each of them. They received home-made “care packages” of cookies and cakes, hand-made afghans color-coordinated to their homes, an endless stream of birthday cards, gift certificates, Christmas presents and her lively supportive attendance at their hockey or baseball games, swim meets, concerts or graduations. Aunt Alberta always found a way to use her time and gifts effectively – selflessly and quietly – keeping herself in the background but extending her thoughtfulness to those whose lives she touched. She was a person who never wasted anything – least of all time. Always cooking sweets or cakes for someone, or knitting for a niece or nephew, or volunteering at the many community causes that she supported in her quiet, polite and efficient manner. One thing she seldom did – if ever – was complain about her life. She was an excellent example of how to maximize your contribution and minimize your worries by doing for others. Aunt Alberta was firm in her convictions, but she preferred to demonstrate how to live effectively rather than lecturing or criticizing. She found a purpose in being useful and kind to others. If she was alone at Christmas, she would volunteer to serve Christmas dinner for the Westman Traditional Christmas dinner. Rather than sitting in front of the television, she went to the local nursing home and wrote letters for those who could not do so for themselves. Aunt Alberta’s life can be summed up in the following: In the final analysis, there is no other solution to humanity’s progress but the day’s honest work, the day’s honest decision, the day’s generous utterances, and the day’s good deed. Alberta was predeceased by her parents and five siblings; Douglas, Fred, Milton, Ken Kennedy and Margaret Lowry. She leaves to mourn ten nieces and nephews (Grant, Keith, Ken Kennedy, Ron, Jean Ann, Bert Lowry, Kathleen Guillas, Sherry Bell, Donald and John Kennedy. She will also be lovingly remembered by many grand nieces and nephews, and friends. A private family graveside service took place at the Neepawa Riverside Cemetery with Rev. Mark Satterly from the Neepawa United Church officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7.
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BASTIEN: At the London Health Science Centre on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Jeanne M. R. Bastien (nee Grosjean) of Woodstock in her 87th year. Beloved wife of the late L. Harvey Bastien. Dear mother of Elizabeth (Doug) Rhea, Brenda Moran, John Bastien, Constance “Connie” Bastien, Gerald “Jerry” (Debbie), and Phillip (Brenda). Loved grandmother of 16 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Also survived by her three brothers: Clem, Jacques and Fernie Grosjean, and three sisters: Josie Buckingham, Anna Enns and Clemence Willman, all of Manitoba. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her daughter Sharon Bastien, four sisters and three brothers. The funeral service was held in Woodstock, Ontario, followed by cremation. If desired, contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society, or the Lung Association of Manitoba would be appreciated.
CUTFORTH: Ruth Dorothea Cutforth (née Roberts) of Richmond, British Columbia formerly of Brandon, dear mother of Herb, Carol, Dauna and Brian, passed away peacefully at the Richmond Hospital on April 21, 2011 at the age of 89 years. A private family interment will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at First Baptist Church on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. with Pastor Orton Anderson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ruth may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824 – 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7. Complete obituary information to follow.
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LABOSSIERE: Lorraine Anna-Marie Labossiere (nee Beaupre), born June 27, 1935, passed away suddenly June 7th, 2011. Alphee Joseph LabossiereJuly 19, 1927- June 9, 2003. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lorraine Labossiere. She leaves to mourn: her son Florent (Wanda); and daughters Claire Comte, Mariette (Rick) Dalgliesh, Lise (Phillippe) Tremblay, Celine (Danny) Dagg; 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters, and many good friends. She was pre-deceased by her beloved Alphee, and was looking forward to being reunited with him. She was a truly unique individual who touched all who knew her through her sense of humour, honesty, and ability to always make time for laughter and a game of cards. Alphee provided the strength, and Lorraine provided the heart of their relationship. We will all miss you terribly, but there is comfort in the knowledge that you are together again. Mass for Lorraine will be held on Saturday June 11, 2011 at the St. Felix de Valois Catholic Church in Dunrea, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be held at the St. Felix Cemetery in Dunrea, Manitoba. In lieu of flowers,donations in memory of Lorraine may be made to the St. Felix de Valois Catholic Church.
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Killarney & Boisevain Funeral Home Ltd. (204) 523-7791.
BROWN: Following a lifetime of unstinting love for her husband, family and friends, Flora Jean Brown passed in Virden District Hospital May 31, 2011. Flora was married to her best friend, Roy Brown, for 67 years. Flora (from Oakner) and Roy (from Lenore) met at a field day in Kenton, Manitoba at age 14. They married during wartime and started their family in Halifax with the birth of Bonnie Gae (Dave Carcary, Santa Monica, California). Joanne (Vern Kaisler, Chemainus, B.C.) was born during university days in Toronto, and Brenda (Brown, Calgary) during Roy's optometric internship in Winnipeg. Flora and Roy moved to Virden in 1949 to begin a practice in Optometry, where they gave birth to son Robert Brown (Virden) and daughter Shirley (the late Eric Reid, Calgary). In 1957 Flora and Roy moved their family just north of Virden to a large farm property where Flora exercised her passion for landscape beautification, flower and vegetable gardening, house plants, and bird watching. They lived an active social life within the Virden community, and entertained extensively both at "the farm" and also at their Oak Lake cottage for several decades. Flora had taught briefly at Kola following Normal School and became a self-taught life-long learner. Kind to her core, Flora was renowned for performing uncommon kindnesses with ease. She expanded her horizons far beyond her humble beginnings. Her intellectual curiosity, her fashion flare, her legendary menus, her exceptional gift of hospitality, were markers of how she stretched herself. Flora was athletic, enjoying curling, exercise classes, downhill and cross-country skiing, ballroom and round dancing. She was an active volunteer with the United Church Women and delved into Bible study. As an avid bridge and card player, Flora formed special bonds with her sons- and daughter-in-law. Travels interwoven through the years from coast-to-coast-to-coast in Canada, to world fairs, to England, Scotland, Wales, to South East Asia, to Holland, to cruising through the Panama Canal, and later in their "bus" were opportunities to diarize experiences and make or renew friendships. Grandchildren played a dominant role in Flora's life and were a particular delight to her. Her keen sense of each child's essence created magical memories for many of the grandkids: Christine and Scott Carcary (California); Heather and Kris Kaisler (BC and Saskatchewan); Jeffrey and Jeremy Nitschmann and Jasen Goebel (Alberta); Bart and Jordan Brown (Manitoba). One of her last Christmases at the farm, Flora set the dinner table with all the ornaments given to her by grandchildren over the years. Eight great-grandchildren Craig, Evan and Kyle Carcary; Brandon, Cameron and Dillon Card; Julia Kaisler and Suki Anna Brown continue Flora's legacy. The last few years of Flora's remarkable life were spent receiving care and kindness at the Westman Nursing Home in Virden. In gratitude, Flora's family wishes to say "Thank You" to the Westman staff. For those wishing, gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to the on-going development of the Westman Courtyard in recognition of Flora's love of the beautiful outdoors. Gifts may be made payable to: "Westman Courtyard Project", and sent to: Westman Nursing Home, 427 Frame Street East, Box 1630, Virden, Manitoba, R0M 2C0.
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