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OLDCORN: Marjorie Jean. Peacefully, our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2010, at her residence in Fairview Home, at the age of 87. Marjorie was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, John, in October 1986 and all of her siblings. Mom loved her family and is survived by her sons Robert (Ji), Claude (Darlene), grandchildren Donald (Naomi), Malcolm (Lesya), JoAnn(Ian), Ross, Claudia (Todd), Dallas (Lynsey). The great grandchildren Taya, John, Lila, Clair, and Forrest were very special to Marjorie. Marjorie Jean Oldcorn was born January 7, 1923 in Minnedosa. Her dad was a farmer in the Cordova district and she was the youngest girl in a family of five children. She had three sisters and one brother, all who predeceased her. Marj’s mom had a number of health issues, so the girls grew up looking after her. They became adept in the home at an early age out of necessity. Marj went to school in Cordova and Mentmore. Then because of her achievements in school, and on the recommendation of a teacher, Marj went to Franklin for Grade 11. She had to board there for the year to attend the school. Following her education, she took a secretarial job at the Manitoba Legislature. She might have pursued a career there but she had met John Oldcorn at Franklin and fallen in love. They were married in 1943 and soon after, began farming in the Forrest District, purchasing the Oldcorn farm from James Grant. Marj wasn’t a stranger to life on the farm and she pitched in to help John whenever needed. She and John raised two sons on the farm, Robert and Claude. During these busy years, Mom was the one who often ran the boys to their various activities, which included baseball. She was always a competitive person by nature and often coached from the bleachers or in the car, after the game! She never missed a game if it was possible to go. During these years, she was active in the Forrest United Church, teaching Sunday School for several years. She also taught 4-H at one time. When her boys grew up, she was delighted to have Claude and Darlene just across the yard. When Dad died in 1986, Mom lost her sparkle. He was the love of her life and she never really stopped missing him. However, life has a way of carrying us, whether we want to go on or not, and as the years went by, Mom made new friends. She enjoyed a wonderful relationship with Sanford Cochrane, whom she met on one of her winters in the south. After Sanford died, Mom developed another great relationship with Cliff Thompson, and spent some wonderful times with him too. Mom was a wonderful cook. She baked amazing buns, bread and made the best pastry! She knew how to make raspberry pie, which is a family favorite. Robert said that when he was young and the family was at the rink helping with the still- happening suppers there, he would always ask the kitchen ladies for a piece of his mom’s pie. Mom spent a fair amount of time in rinks in her day, not just as a volunteer, either. She loved to curl and was an avid competitor. She skipped the rink and although her shot may not have always been bang on, she had a great ability to read the ice and she had a keen desire to win. She played in all sorts of bonspiels all over the province and was a member of the Brandon Curling Club for many years. She also loved to play cards, especially Bridge and 500. Mom spent many a good time with friends and family playing cards. However, it was serious business for her. She had a temper and it raised its head from time to time in games. Mom stayed on the farm until December of 2004, when she moved to Parkview. Her final home was in Fairview. She made new friends once again and enjoyed her time there. Mom especially appreciated the visits from a few close friends and the friends from Forrest United Church. The last few years of Mom’s life have been difficult, so we are relieved that her struggle is over and she is with Dad once again. A celebration of Marjorie’s life took place on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 2:00 in Forrest United Church, with Rev. Barb Jardine presiding. Donations in Mom’s memory may be made to Forrest United Church (Memorial Fund) Box 48, Forrest, Manitoba R0K 0W0 or Canadian Society (Breast Cancer Research), 415 First Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 2W8.
RAMSAY: After a short battle with acute leukemia Sonja Mae Ellen Ramsay passed away at Rivers Palliative Care Unit on August 30,2010 at the age of 76. Sonja was born October 15, 1933 at Kamsack, Saskatchewan the 2nd daughter of Gerardus (Gerald) and Johanna (Jean) (de Klerk) van Drecht. She grew up and attended school at Makaroff, Manitoba. Sonja had many fond memories of family holidays at Madge Lake,riding in a horse drawn van for school, selling wild raspberries to buy their only bike to share among 5 kids, to swimming and skating at the near by lake. After school Sonja moved to Brandon to attend Agriculture and Homemaking School (AHS), while there she meet many new friends in the likes of "The Silly Six". She also meet he future husband William (Bill) Ramsay of Cardale. Before their marriage Sonja worked at Singer Canada in Brandon then later a Telephone Operator in Rapid City and Oak River. Sonja and Bill were married on November 10, 1956 at Cardale where they farmed and raised their five children. Sonja was an active member of the community from WI to working at the rink or whatever needed help with. Sonja always had a large flower or vegetable gardens as well as raising chickens and turkeys. Her creative side shone through in her sewing of matching dresses for her girls or a great Halloween costume, to those special birthday cakes she made for her children. Sonja later took art courses in Hamiota where her interest turned to ceramics, wheat weaving, and oil painting. In 1976 the family moved to Rivers where Donna Bate and herself opened S & D Ceramics for a few years. Bill and Sonja enjoyed travelling across the country to many curling events,family functions or where ever the bus took them. After Bill's passing Sonja found many friends to go travelling with. Sonja's biggest joy was the trips she made to Holland to reconnect with her parents families, where she could put faces to the names she knew growing up. Sonja became the family historian compiling as much family history as possible, whether it was her family or someone else's family. She took great pleasure in helping organize family reunions, AHS reunions which she attended twice a year and organize events for the 50 Plus Group. Sonja's competitive nature shone through whether it was curling, golfing, bowling, senior games, or cards, she kept track of her games to see if she had improved or to see if she won or lost money in those Ramoli games. Sonja enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren doing crafts or watching whatever sport they were playing at the time. Sonja was never one to be found sitting around. She was always out enjoying life with her friends and not being able to go out and enjoy her sports/games with her friends was a very diffult side effect of the illness to endure. Sonja will be sadly missed by her family Grant of Rivers, Dallas(Claire) Emma and Hanna of Oromocto, NB, Donna (Dave) Jon (Ashley Beck),Jennifer and James Treloar of Rivers, Kathy(Kurt)Vinge of Chilliwack, B.C., and Scott (Chris Melvin) Morgan and Cameron of Rivers. Sonja will fondly be remembered by sisters Joanna Giesbrecht of Grinrod, B.C., Audrey (Jim) Ashton of Rivers, brothers Cedric (Shirley) van Drecht of Churchbridge, Saskatchewan, Reg (Sheila) van Drecht of Fredericton, NB., sister-in-laws Helen Wiltsey and Marion Waldon of Brandon and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Sonja was predeceased by husband Bill Ramsay, parents Jean and Gerald van Drecht, brothers Jerry and Denise van Drecht, brothers and sisters-in-laws Hank Giesbrecht, Tom Ramsay, Bill Waldon, Allan Wiltsey, Jean Billings, Florence and Alf Hearn, Jim Campbell, Sheila and Mike Postak and Isla Garner, nieces Barbra Wiltsey, Jennifer Waldon, Jean Smith, nephews Gordy Campbell and Michael Beattie. A celebration of Sonja's life took place Sept 3,2010 at Rivers United Church, officiated by Glenna Beauchamp followed by a reception at the Rivers Legion Hall. A family interment was held at Marney Cemetery, north of Cardale. For those desiring donations may be made in Sonja's memory to Rivers Recreation Fundraising Committee, Box 220, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0 or Riverdale Palliative Care Program c/o Riverdale Health Center, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0. Arrangements made with Campbell's Funeral Home.
RICHARDSON: Ida Ethel Richardson entered into rest on September 15, 2010 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home at the age of 96 years. Funeral service will be held on Monday, September 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Minnedosa Funeral Service Chapel, Minnedosa, Manitoba, with Rev. Natasha Pearen officiating. Interment will follow in the Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations may be made to a Charity of Choice. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
SMITH: Heather L. Smith of Brandon, beloved wife of Harold, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on September 14th, 2010 surrounded by family. A Celebration of Heather’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Monday, September 20th, 2010 at 1:00 p.m., with Rev. Joe Ball officiating. Placement of urn to follow at the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Heather may be made to Manitoba Lung Association, 8-940 Princess Ave., Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0P6, or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow. Messages of condolence may be placed at
SOLOWAY: Paulette Marie (nee Novak) passed away peacefully on August 28, 2010 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Paulette was born in Neepawa on July 30, 1953 to Paul and Jean Novak, the middle sibling of nine children. Paulette grew up on a farm north of Neepawa and graduated from Neepawa Area Collegiate Institute. While growing up her interests were in helping with the farm, raising and training horses. Paulette moved to Brandon in 1971 and began her working career. While working at Kmart she met Ivan Soloway and they were married two years later. They were inseparable for the next 37 years of marriage. Their son Kory was born in 1976 and their daughter Tenille was born in 1978. All who knew Paulette would tell you that her family was the center of her life. She loved caring for her family so much; in 1978 she started a new career as a day care provider and was affectionately known as "Auntie Paulette" to all of her little ones. After many years of caring for children from all around Brandon, Ivan and Paulette decided on another career move. In 1998, they purchased the Casa Maley Bed and Breakfast and became the host and hostess to many visitors from around the globe. They were known to say, "We don't need to travel the world, the world comes to us". Paulette is survived by her loving husband Ivan, and her children Kory (Amanda) and Tenille (Ryan). She is also survived by her brothers and sisters; Larry (Fern), Dennis (Linda), Arnie (Diane), Jan, Yvonne (Kelly), Debbie (Henry), Chris (Kelly), Randy (Norma) and numerous nieces and nephews. "The family chain has been broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again." Prayers and Celebration of Paulette's life was held at Memories Chapel on Thursday September 2, 2010. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church on Friday, September 3, 2010. Celebrant was Rev. Fr. Dominic Yuen. Interment was held later in the day at RiversideCemetery in Neepawa, Manitoba. Pallbearers were Paul Robertson, Mark Robertson, Ernie Hutsal, Ron Hutsal, Derrick Pandolfi and Roy Baker. Donations in memory of Paulette may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2B7. Expressions of sympathy may be made Arrangements were with Memories Chapel &Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
"Paulette, you are the star in our sky, the angel in our heaven, we love you and will miss you."
McLEAN: Kayla Rae McLean was born November 2, 1989 to Ranald and Dorothy and went to her “happy place” of rest September 5, 2010. Kayla loved all living things. She was naturally beautiful inside and out. Mostly a bit of a tom boy, not afraid to get down and dirty. But on the rare occasions she decided to “go girlie” she could take your breath away. In her short life, she has lived the life we all hope to one day, travel the world, and have friends everywhere. She always wore her heart on her sleeve. She is predeceased by her grandparents Hector and Betty Lou McLean and Jack and Margaret Vanderhulst. She leaves to mourn her passing and hold on to fond and happy memories her Mom and Dad, brothers Ryan and David, her sister Elisha and anyone else whoever she met along her short journey of life. A celebration of Kayla’s life was held on September 10, 2010 at the St. Alphonsus Church in Minnedosa. Her final resting place is the Minnedosa Cemetery. The day we laid our precious girl to rest there were tears from Heaven. The angels were crying for all of us. Shortly after reaching her final resting place the angels shone beams of sunlight.Donations in Kayla’s memory may be made to the Brandon Humane Society.
Rest in Peace Our Angel.
SLEZAK: Rose Slezak passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. Predeceased by her husband Walter Slezak in 2004, brother Alex Wisnoski, numerous brothers and sisters-in law, Rose leaves behind to mourn her passing, brother Frank Wisnoski and sister-in-law Gerry, sisters Theresa Seymour, Irene Oakley and Marie Wisnoski; children Tammy (Roland) Masse, Kim (Danny) Walker and Barry Slezak; six grandchildren Shawn Masse, Amanda Masse, Darren Masse, Kristin Masse, Billy Walker and Todd Walker; two great grandchildren Sobe and Keaton Walker. Born June 30, 1932 in Elk Ranch to Martha and John Wisnoski, Rose was the fourth of six children. Rose attended Elk Ranch School and at the age of 16 moved to Toronto, Ontario where she worked at the Eaton’s Centre. She later moved back to Manitoba where she worked as a housekeeper for Walter Slezak. This working arrangement led to a lifelong commitment and they were married on November 13, 1965. They continued to farm in the Brookdale area. Rose resided at Valleyview Care Home in Brandon after suffering a major stroke in March of 2007 but continued to maintain a positive outlook on her situation. Rose enjoyed spending time with her family, especially the birthday parties and Christmas gatherings that were attended by her siblings and children – and the Chinese food that was always her requested menu. The family wishes to thank the doctor and nursing staff at Valleyview for their continued care and support as well as those that have conveyed their condolences to the family. Funeral Service will be held at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Neepawa on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Canadian Cancer Society. Clarke’s Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of
DEG: Dwight John Deg of Brandon passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at the age of 53 years. In keeping with Dwight’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal funeral service. Donations in memory of Dwight may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, "Palliative Care," or "Western Manitoba Cancer Care Project, "150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Messages of condolence may be placed at
GOSHULAK: Miss Mary Goshulak, passed away on August 29, 2010 at St. Paul’s Home in Dauphin, at the age of 91 years. Upon graduating from the Dauphin Collegiate and Little’s Business College, she took up residence in Toronto. She was employed as a Health Clerk for the Toronto Department of Health for 32 years. Following retirement, she returned to Dauphin to care for her aging mother. Mary was an active member of the Ukrainian Catholic Church and its organizations in Toronto as well as in Dauphin. She was a past president of the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League in Toronto and remained an active member in Dauphin. She was an Associate of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate; and participated in the Church Pastoral Care Ministry as well as St. Paul’s Home Auxiliary. She is survived by two brothers: Walter, of the Deer Lodge Centre, in Winnipeg and Peter, of Brandon. Also surviving is sister-in-law, Waldemera Goshulak, of Brandon. There are several nieces and grand-nieces; nephews and grand-nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Howard and Millie Goshulak of Dauphin and by her brother Alex, of Edmonton, as well as sister-in-law, Olive Goshulak, of Dauphin. A celebration of Mary’s life was held at the Church of Resurrection on Saturday, September 4th. Divine Liturgy was officiated by Rev. Fr. Oleg Bodnarski and the Cantor was Mr. Marvin Procyshyn. The Cross Bearer was Mr. Tony Pulak and The Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League acted as Honor Guards. The Reader was Mary’s niece, Theresa Johnson of Calgary. Her nieces and grand-nieces; nephews and grand-nephews acted as Pallbearers. The Eulogist was Mary’s youngest brother Peter, of Brandon. Interment took place at the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery. The family extends a very special thank you to the nurses and staff of St. Paul’s Home for the compassionate care given to Mary. Donations in memory of her may be made to St. Paul’s Home Auxiliary, 703 Jackson Street, Dauphin, R7N 2N2, or to a charity of your own choice.
DART: On Wednesday September 8th, 2010 Vivian Dart of Edmonton lost her courageous 7 year battle with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 91. Vivian was predeceased by her loving husband, Jack Dart; sister, Margaret and brothers, Maurice and Harold Jones. She is survived by two sons, Dennis (Betty Shale) of Winnipeg and Bill (Barbara) of Edmonton and sister, Nolys Waterhouse of North Battleford, Saskatchewan; two wonderful grandchildren, Jonathan and Allison Dart (Brent Atkins) both of Winnipeg and two great grandchildren, Brody and Luke Atkins; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Vivian was born in North Battleford Saskatchewan in 1919 to Otis and Mary Jones and enjoyed an early career in business until moving with the love of her life, Jack to Brandon, Manitoba in 1952 where she raised her family and enjoyed an active life of involvement in her children’s sports, her Lodge, playing Duplicate Bridge, her many friends and contributing to her community. After the passing of her husband in 1982 she returned to her Saskatchewan roots and enjoyed an active life with friends and family in Saskatoon. It was there she achieved her lifelong duplicate bridge goal by earning Life Master status. Her family is very proud of her strength, independence and many accomplishments. Vivian moved to Edmonton during the early stages of her disease and although not able to enjoy much in Edmonton she was fortunate to receive the care and attention of the staff of the Waterford DAL unit, the General Hospital ward 10Y staff and, throughout her final three years, the wonderful staff on ward 12Y. In memory of Vivian donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta, 10531 -Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5H 4K1. Funds will be directed toward research.
KNIGHT: Barbara Lynn Knight, of Oak Lake Beach, widow of Henry, passed away peacefully with Brenda at her side at the Virden Health Centre, Virden on September 13, 2010. Complete obituary information will follow. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
WARD: Irene Ward (nee Dalzell) 1917- 2010. It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Irene Ward on September 12, 2010 at the Seven Oaks Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Beloved wife of the late James Ward of Winnipeg, formerly of Baldur MB, and mother of Florence (Everett) Trinder of Baldur, Gary (Lisa) of Winnipeg, Gail (Ron) Kehler of Winnipeg, Bruce (Doris) of Peterborough Ont., Fred of Brandon, Betty (Alvin) Fast of Winnipeg, Morley (Brenda) of Halifax N.S., 32 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, sister Mabel Dowd of Glenboro & sister Alice Bolack of Carberry as well as numerous nieces & nephews. Irene was predeceased by her husband Jim (1997) & by a son Milton (1959). A Celebration of Irene’s life will be held on Friday September 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Baldur Memorial Hall with Rev. Mike Williams officiating. Interment will take place in the Baldur Cemetery. Friends that desire, memorial donations can be made in Irene’s memory to the Luther Home, 1081 Powers St. Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2V 2G9.
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BONCHUK: Jean Bonchuk of Birtle, Manitoba passed away on Friday, September 10, 2010 at the Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg at the age of 74 years. Jean is survived by sons: David (Marnee) Bonchuk of Solsgirth, Melvin (Shelley) Bonchuk of Solsgirth, Brian (Kathy) Bonchuk of Birtle, Wayne (Charlene) Bonchuk of Birtle, nine grandchildren, one great grandchild, brothers: Peter (Rose) Hachkowski of Birtle, Frank Hachkowski of Canora, Saskatchewan, Archie Hachkowski of Oakburn, Edward (Donna) Hachkowski of Ardrossan, Alberta, sisters: Carol Mushumanski of Rossburn, Ann Micallef of Edmonton, Alberta, Mary Corte of Beamsville, Ontario, Bernice Sperling of Edmonton, Alberta. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. from the Sacred Heart of Jesus Ukrainian Catholic Church, Rossburn with interment following in the parish cemetery. Prayers will be said from the church Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. with Fr. Mykhaylo Khomitskyy officiating. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Solsgirth Memorial Hall or the Canadian Liver Foundation.
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Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of arrangements, (204) 759-2160.
CUDNEY: Peacefully of natural causes, we sadly announce the death of Gordon Charles Cudney, in Brandon, Manitoba, at the age of 95 years. Gordon was born at Fergus, Ontario, on June 17, 1915, and moved to Brandon as a young man where he met and married Gertrude on January 15, 1941. He was predeceased by his parents, Richard and Ellen, and numerous brothers and sisters. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Gertrude, who was by his side at his passing. He also leaves behind two sons, Alex (Susan) and Robert, grandchildren, Tiffany (Chris), Troy (Sheila), Britt (Paul), Krista (Sean), Nancy (Chad) and Andrea (David), and great-grandchildren, Taliesin, Drew, Tatum, Lucas, Madison, Abigail, Carter, Tyler and Oliver. He will especially be missed by his Chihuahua, Princess, whom he doted on and adored. Gordon served overseas during World War II and, upon his return to Brandon, worked 37 years for Federal Pioneer in Brandon, Manitoba, as a sheet metal fabricating foreman. He was a self-taught gunsmith, President of the Junior Rifle Club, Cub Leader and an avid member of the Game and Fish Association. Gordon had a passion for building model wagons, planes, Red River carts and bird houses. Gordon was always willing to lend a helping hand without any expectation of financial return. The gratitude of the people he helped was ample reward. He delivered Meals on Wheels to “old people”, as he referred to them, when he himself was 85 years of age. He maintained his faculties, wit and sense of humour to the end. A special thanks to Dr. Butler and the staff at Brandon Hospital who brought him back from the brink on more occasions than one can remember. At his request there will be a private family memorial service.
“For what is it to die, but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun, And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered.”
HOWELL: Arthur Edward. With broken hearts we announce the passing of our father and friend, Arthur Howell, on September 10, 2010. Arthur was born in the East End of Brandon on November 1, 1935. He attended King George and Earl Haig schools. Much of his early years were spent with family and friends hanging out at the East End Community Center. In June 1957, Art married Gwen Lougheed and they settled in the East End to raise their family. They had four children Doreen, Doug, Cathy and Lori-Li. Many summers were spent at Sandy Lake fishing and boating. Art also enjoyed duck hunting and numerous fixer-upper projects. Art is survived by his four children Doreen (Doug), Doug, Cathy, and Lori-Li (Sandy). Also grandchildren Teri-Li (Justin), Dylan, Catherine- Anne, Branden, Neale, Jessica, Braden and Sarah and one great grandchild Samuel Arthur. He is also survived by his two sisters Joyce and Ruth, brother Jim, numerous nieces and nephews, family, special friends and acquaintances. He was predeceased by his parents Wilfred and Cecilia Howell, brothers George, Don, and Russ, brother- in-law Lionel, sister-in-law Norma and infant grandson Jeremy. A very special thank you to the nurses and staff of the Palliative Care floor in the Assiniboine Centre. There will be a private family burial at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. A Celebration of Art's Life will be held on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the East End Community Center, Park Street and Victoria Avenue.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the East End Community Center or to a charity of your choice.Messages of condolence may be placed at
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