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LOANE: Gerald Loane Sr. passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at the age of 72 years. He is survived by his wife Beverly Alice Loane; sons Vincent (Elizabeth) Loane and Gerald (Sandra) Loane; daughter Vanessa (Kevin) Patterson; grandchildren Gerald, Kristen, Sullivan, Caiden, Kyle, Adam, Cheryl, Angela, Dakota and Beverly, as well as many great-grandchildren. He also leaves his brothers Wayne (Cindy) Loane, Frank (Stephanie deceased) Loane and Allan Loane; sisters Grace Loane and Mara-Lee Loane. Gerry was born in Portage la Prairie, MB in 1942. He joined the Navy at the age of 18. He met his wife, Beverly Alice Harnish while he was harboured in Halifax, Nova Scotia, they married in 1963. After many moves, and the birth of his two sons, Gerry joined the Armed Forces. After serving both overseas and within Canada, including Gagetown NB, Greenwood NS, Shilo, MB, and with his final posting in Borden, ON, Gerry retired and settled in Brandon with his family. Gerry was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and brother.
As you danced in the light with joy, love lifted you. As you brushed against this world so gently, you lifted us.
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McCOLL:Harriet Elizabeth McColl (Rodger) died in Boissevain, MB, on May 27th, 2014, at the age of 98. Service and interment took place in Boissevain on June 4. She is survived by her daughter, Sally Ashcroft (late David), her son, Jamie (Leigh), granddaughter, Roxanne, and three great-grandchildren. Harriet was born in Owen Sound, Ontario, in 1916. Her formative years were spent in Nova Scotia, Toronto, Prince Edward Island, and Calgary. As a young adult she took Fashion Design at Central Tech in Toronto and studied art under Canadian painter Doris McCarthy. Harriet married Angus McColl in 1945, and together they began a life-long commitment to the church, which took them to several charges including the Manitoba towns of Arden, McCreary, Shoal Lake, and Boissevain. Harriet's love for and endless curiosity of the natural world began at a young age and remained a passion throughout her life. Her faith in God was manifested in all the miracles of nature - she viewed the first buds of spring, the smallest songbird, and the phases of the moon with awe and respect. Harriet possessed a quiet wisdom and a gentle, joyful soul with a remarkable gift for giving. She made those of us who knew her feel special.
We will miss her.
LAMB: Harriet Cornelia Rose Marie Lamb (nee Corbey); beloved mom of Gerald (Bobbie), Michael (Laura), Robert (Kim), and Jeff; passed away at Brandon Palliative Care on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the age of 66 years with family at her side. Harriet will be lovingly remembered by her sons and their families; grandchildren; her mother Gabrielle Corbey; brothers John (Emily), Frank (Eileen); sisters Mary-Anne, Vicky (Derrick); Uncle Chris (Marie); brothers-in-law Keith and Kenneth Lamb and families; and many nieces and nephews. Harriet was predeceased by her husband Dennis Lamb on Dec. 23, 2003 and her father Victor Corbey on May 30, 1995. Harriet was born on September10, 1947 in Thorn, Netherlands (Limburg). Along with her parents, brothers and Uncle Chris, she immigrated to Rivers, MB, Canada in 1953. Harriet grew up on a farm near Oak River and attended school there. Harriet was a meat cutter for safeway for several years and worked at MacKenzie Seed Company until her retirement. Harriet loved to spend time with her sons and grandchildren. She would cheer on her grandsons, whatever sport they were in, driving to many arenas and parks to watch them play. She loved reading, doing crosswords and puzzles. In keeping with Harriet’s wishes, cremation with a private family service was held at Campbell Funeral Chapel, Hamiota, on June 19, 2014 with interment following in the Pettapiece Cemetery. Many thanks to Rev. Glenna Beauchamp, Campbell Funeral Home, Doctor M. Davis, the doctors and staff at Brandon Cancer Clinic, the many nurses and staff on the 3rd Floor, Brandon Palliative Care. Donations in memory of Harriet may be made to the Brandon Palliative Care, c/o Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Ave E, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or to CancerCare Manitoba, PO Box 2248 Stn Main, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 9Z9. Messages of condolence and/or photos can be shared at
“Always Loved and Forever Missed”
KROMPOCKER: Barbara Krompocker nee Robinson (Soko), age 66 passed away peacefully on June 7, 2014 at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital’s palliative care unit. Barb was born in Winnipeg, MB on Jan. 7, 1948 and grew up and attended school in CFB Shilo, MB. She married in 1969, and together with her husband they resided in Winnipeg where Barb worked as a hairdresser until the birth of their daughter Christine in 1974. In 1976 following the passing of Barb’s first husband, she and Christine returned to the Shilo/Brandon area where she worked for the cleaning services in Shilo for many years until taking an early retirement. Barb cherished the friendships she developed on the base over the years many of which have remained special to her. Barb was always busy. She was actively involved with the Job’s Daughters, The Queen Mary Chapter of the OES; kids were always coming and going from her house... It was amazing she could find time for her favorite pass time Nintendo!! Retirement was not a time for relaxing; it was a time for new adventures. After a couple of fun jobs Barb decided to go back to school, get her GED, buy a sports car and move to Edmonton, AB for yet another new adventure. Although Barb briefly remarried in 1985, it wasn’t until this move to Edmonton that she would meet and later marry her true soul mate, best friend and one true love David. Barb and David settled down in Nanaimo, BC and married in May of 2006 a simple blue jean wedding with those closest to them and the fun didn’t stop there. Before Barb’s health declined they enjoyed hopping on the motorcycle, camping, taking cruises or simply traveling to visit family and friends. As Barb declined further David was there never leaving her side right through to the end. They may have not had a long time, but they loved for a life time! Barb was predeceased by her first husband Richard Soko, parents Barbara & Robert Warrell, niece Amanda Warrell, sister in law Mary Warrell. She is survived by her husband David Krompocker & stepchildren Michael, Gordon & Lindsey. Her daughter Christine (Terry) Smith & grandchildren Malik, Emma & Tarron. Siblings Bob, Debi (Greg), Bill (Suzanne) & many nieces & nephews whom she adored. In keeping with Barb’s wishes cremation has taken place and no service will be held. Friends who wish to make a donation in Barb’s memory may do so to the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital “Palliative Care Unit” 102-1801 Bowen Road Nanaimo BC V9S 1H1.
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure... “We love you.”
KIPLING: Murray Clair Kipling, July 25,1944-June 13, 2014. On June 13, 2014 Murray travelled onto his heavenly home. Among those who will grieve but celebrate his life are his devoted wife Brunetta of 29 years, his pride and joy- his sons, Peter ( Marion), Robin (Yvonne) and loving grandson Joel. His sisters Shirley ( Gary), Joyce, and brother Kelly ( Denise), Aunty Mary, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents George and Florence Kipling, older brother Robert, brother-in law Bill, and first wife Judy. Murray was a Brandon boy where he met his first love Judy. Together they had two sons, Peter and Robin. Over the years Murray’s love for people led him into sales for 22 years, which is not surprising as he was selling fair tickets and flowers door to door when he was 12 years old. His business career took him from Manitoba to British Columbia to Ontario and back to Winnipeg. Murray was a leader wherever he worked, and was the CEO of Wright Financial, and later Brownstone Investment Planning. He helped build a strong financial company, but more importantly, he helped build the futures of those whom he surrounded himself with. He will be fondly remembered as a competitive sports fan. He once coached a midget hockey team from Ontario to a Provincial Hockey Championship. Murray retired in April 2011. Brunetta and Murray spent their retirement years in their second home- motor home. Enjoying summers with family and friends at Pelican Lake, MB. In winter they shared new adventures motoring to Arizona. Because of their love of western movies their highlights were visiting Old Tuscon and Toombstone to experience the true western cowboys. Travelling along the highways, Murray cranked up the CD to listen to his favorite singers Jim Reeves and George Jones. Family eyes would roll back as they heard the same old songs over and over again, but in the end they would sing along. There are not enough words to express the impact Murray’s life had on his family that he loved. Husband, father, brother and friend. He lived to make the lives of others better. With actions and not just words he determinedly steered us toward success and encouraged us every day along the way. His strength and determination has overflowed into our lives as we try now to reflect his example. At Murray’s request, a private service will be held for family only. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
JOHNSTON: Cameron McLean, December 1, 1958 – June 9, 2014, of Sherwood Park, AB. It is with unbelievable sadness, that we announce that our brother, father, and amazing friend has passed away following a brief illness. There will be a ‘Celebration of Cam’s life’, Saturday, July 5th at Cam’s place. Please join us for a BBQ and to share memories.
Arlene, Lyndon, Stuart, Sara and Janet….. Our lives will not be the same without him.
HAGGERTY: Evelyn Mary. With hearts filled with happy memories, we sadly announce the loss of our Mom, Evelyn on Monday, June 16, 2014 at her home in Hillcrest Personal Care. Her presence will be sadly missed by her children Mary (Late Bert) Hunt, Les (Sheila) Haggerty, Marg Lamb (Meryl Rayner), George (Arlene) Haggerty as well as six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Mom was predeceased by her parents Jim and Agnes Jones, her loving husband Harold in 1968, her brothers Bill and Bert and her sister Margaret. Mom was born in Hereford, England on February 13, 1919 and came to Canada at the age of five with her parents, one brother and her sister, settling on a farm near Newton Siding, MB where the family farmed for many years. Mom moved to the Moore Park area of Manitoba to work. She met Harold and they married November 2, 1938. Together they raised four children, settling in Brandon. She devoted many years of her life caring for her home and family as well as the several boarders who “joined the family” over many years. Following Harold’s passing, she worked at the Brandon General Hospital for several years in the nurse’s residence, often providing a sympathetic ear or a caring shoulder to a student when needed. Mom worked at the Hillcrest Personal Care home for several years before retiring. Mom volunteered at Hillcrest for several years. She loved to read and knit and spent many hours creating afghans and hundreds of pairs of slippers for family and friends as well as finger puppets for children in hospital and toques and mittens for disadvantaged children in the schools. And so we say good-bye to a lovely lady who lived her life with grace and dignity. She will be remembered and admired for her independence, passion for life and her hearty laugh. Mom especially enjoyed the fun and laughter of our family gatherings, be it for a special occasion or just because. The family would like to express their gratitude to Hillcrest for the care of our mother in her final years. According to Mom’s wishes, there will be no funeral. Cremation has taken place and a private informal gathering of family and friends to share memories will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brandon’s “Food for Thought” Program, 1031 - 6th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4K5 or the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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DRUWE: It is with loving thoughts and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Charles Druwe at Dinsdale Personal Care Home in Brandon, MB on May 12, 2014. Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa was the youngest of three children born to Marie Vassart and Victor Druwe on January 24, 1927 in the Findlay area. Sadly, at age six, Dad lost his father and was sent to live with extended family to attend school at Maple Hill. He completed grade six and was called home to help on the family farm where his mother passed when Dad was seventeen. Through many farming hardships, Dad did manage to get to Grande Clairiere for the odd dance or ball game where he met the love of his life, Marie Bertholet. They married in October of 1945 and Dad was so happy and proud to have become part of the Bertholet family. Together, Mom and Dad worked on the family farm and raised their four children. They were a team, spending countless hours in the hay field, milking cows and many other chores. They loved to entertain, and their home was known for the post-curling and post-ball game watering hole where the drink of choice was their home-made choke cherry wine. After many years of commitment to the morning and night milkings of dairy farming, Mom and Dad retired to Hartney and then to Brandon. There, Dad worked for a brief time at the Brandon Auction Mart, and in their spare time, he and Mom loved refinishing furniture and picked pail upon pail of saskatoons and strawberries. Their team work continued as they entered the craft-sale scene and soon became known in all of southwestern Manitoba for their Christmas cakes, baked goods, wooden crafts and knitted items. While living at Victoria Landing, Mom and Dad enjoyed the company of their little dog Belle. Mom and Dad loved gatherings with family; playing cards and reminiscing, but their greatest joy was visits from their kids, grand and great- grand kids. Dad, Gramps, always saw the best in everyone, and we remember him as being strong in faith, thoughtful, caring and kind, and we thank him for all our lessons, memories and for loving us so unconditionally. Dad had a way of making us feel safe, comfortable and loved by placing our hands in the palm of his. He will be forever in our hearts and on our minds. Charles Joseph Druwe was predeceased by his daughter Sharon Fry of Calgary in January, 2013 and his loving wife of 67 years Marie Druwe in April of 2013. He is survived by daughter Claudette McPherson (Ian) of Panoka, AB, son Cyril Druwe (Kathy) of Hartney, MB, daughter Connie Morrison (Darwin) of Brandon, MB, six grandsons, three granddaughters, three great-grandsons, six great granddaughters. He is also survived by sisters-inlaw Rita Denbow, Anne-Marie Bauche, Edith Bertholet Marie Bertholet and Celina Bertholet, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family. Prayers were held at Kowalchuk's Funeral Home in Souris, MB on Friday, May 16, 2014. Funeral mass and interment were at St.Jean's Catholic Church in Grande Clairiere, MB on Saturday May 17, 2014. Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Dexter from Kowalchuk's Funeral Home, the St.Jean's parish choir, Father Eric, Harvey and the Grande Clairiere CWL. Thanks also to the many friends and relatives for your sincerity through donations, meals and baking, cards and flowers, phone calls, visits and hugs and many other acts of kindness.
And remember......death ends a life, not a relationship.
WHETTER:  Donalda Louise Whetter died June 12th, 2014 at Fairview Home in Brandon. Donalda was born January 2nd1919 in Cupar, Saskatchewan to Rebecca (Smith) and William Gee, the second of 6 children. She was a tiny baby and was not expected to live, but has lived for 95 ? mostly healthy years, never being hospitalized until her heart started to fail in the last few years. Donalda attended school in Cupar, completing Grade 12, then came to Manitoba to earn tuition for Teacher's College, working for Lindley Hodgson at Dand, Manitoba, in the Hartney district. Donalda fell in love that summer, so decided to stay in Manitoba , becoming Mrs. Jack Whetter. When their four children were young Donalda was a member of the WMS and the WI. Like many women of the time she spent much time cooking from scratch, gardening, and with sewing and mending. She started a 4-H club for girls at Dand and was a leader for several years. Later she became very involved in the Hartney Horticulture Society and took many ribbons for her flower arranging and was asked to judge at Hortcultural Shows in the area. She loved her rose and flower gardens and was happy to share the blossoms with others. In later years she started the Red Hat Society group in Hartney and looked forward to the lunchtime gatherings for fun and fellowship. Through that group she was nominated for the Women of Distinction Award in Brandon in 2013. As her health failed she moved into Riverheights Terrace in Brandon where she was very happy with her new friends and for the view to the west farm land which reminded her of her home at Dand. She kept her cheery personality as she met several fellow patients during her recent stays at the Brandon Hospital, Assiniboine Center and then at Fairview. Home. She appreciated the kindness and care of the staff. She is survived by her children: Gerald (Margaret) of Brandon, Darlene (Allan) Cox of Northfield Minnesota, Rodney (Lydia Glawson) of Brandon, Nancy (Jack) Almeida of Thompson, grandchildren: James Cox, Donald Cox, Shauna (Brian Hanson) Whetter, Jay (Jenny) Whetter, Jon (Tracey Salamondra) Whetter, Darren (Carlie)Whetter, David (Michelle) Whetter, Ian (Lisa Stepnuk) Whetter and Katherine Almeida. great grandchildren: Liam Whetter, CampbellWhetter, Jack Whetter, Nicola Whetter, Benjamin Cox, Gwenelen Hanson, Ashlyn Whetter, Evan Whetter, Andrew Whetter, Jovi Whetter, twins Kasia and Charlotte Whetter, Ellie Whetter, sister Erma Dale of Vancouver/Edmonton, sister- in law Gertrude Whetter of Winnipeg and brother-in-law Clint Whetter of Brandon.           Smith Funeral Home  204-747-2088          
PRICE: October 11th, 1962 - May 29th, 2014. It is with deep sadness that the family of Daryl Todd Price announces his passing in a motor vehicle accident on May 29th, 2014. Our precious Daryl was born in Fort William, Ontario on October 11th, 1962. Daryl was the middle child of three boys. The family moved to Dryden, Ontario in 1963. Daryl spent ten years of his childhood there before they returned to Thunder Bay, Ontario. Since Daryl moved to Cypress River, Manitoba he became a Volunteer Firefighter and dedicated himself to the responsibility given to him. Daryl was employed by Simplot in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba for many years, doing as much overtime as he could, driving an hour each way. Daryl was best known for his quick wit and fantastic sense of humour, his kindness, loving heart, deep compassion, empathy and giving nature. The best times for Daryl were taking his daughter to gymnastics, golfing, bike riding, reading, jumping on the trampoline, swimming and water slides. Daryl loved spending time with family. Daryl will be forever and lovingly remembered and missed by his wife Val Kovar, seven year old daughter Alyshea Price, mother Gail Price, father Jackson Price, brother Edward Price and his wife Karen, grandfather Edward (Ted) Price, nephew Eric Price and great niece Nova, niece Amanda Price (Steve) and great nieces Kyla and Ella, niece Melissa Price, and aunt Donna Roy, mother and father in-law Geraldine and Rudy, sister in-law Diane Kovar, brother in-law David Kovar (Stephanie), nephew Cole Kovar, nieces Kaitie and Cassie Kovar. Daryl will also be missed by extended family, numerous dear friends and co-workers. Some connections can't be explained by words alone. Daryl was predeceased by his brother Jackson (Jake) Price in 1981, grandmother Aretha Price in 2012, grandparents Jackson & Evelyn Price, uncles Bruce, Terrance, Mark & Leonard Price. A Celebration of Daryl's Life is to be held in Glenboro, at the CE building on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm (dress is casual). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at any RBC Trust Fund for Alyshea Price, RBC Glenboro Branch, Glenboro, MB R0K 0X0
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STOROZUK: Terry Storozuk of Winnipeg, MB entered into rest on June 13, 2014 at the age of 66 years. He is the beloved husband of the late Pat Storozuk and son of Louis and Helen Storozuk of Shoal Lake, MB. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in Minnedosa Funeral Chapel, Minnedosa, MB with Fr. Emil Kardasinec officiating. Interment will follow in the Holy Ascension Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Minnedosa, MB. Donations may be made to a humane society or a pet rescue of one’s choice. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
HYRICH: Passed away at the Bayside Personal Care Home, Killarney MB on Tuesday June 10, 2014 at the age of 90 years, Gertrude Theresa Hyrich (nee Boulet) of Killarney, MB, formerly of Dunrea, MB. Born to Brigitte (Audet) and Alphonse Boulet on May 10, 1924, Gertie was the youngest of seven children. Gertie grew up in the Dunrea area & later worked at the Ninette Sanatorium. In 1967, she married Jack Hyrich and moved to a farm near Belmont. In 1977, Jack and Gertie sold the farm and moved into Belmont where they resided for the next 17 years. In 1993, they decided to move back to Dunrea. Jack passed away in 1997. In 2008, Gertie moved to Westview Lodge in Boissevain, then later in 2012, she moved to the Killarney Bayside Personal Home until her passing. Gertie is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday June 20, 2014 at 11:00 am in the St. Felix de Valois Catholic Church, Dunrea, MB, with Father Phillip Malayil as Celebrant. Interment to follow in the St. Felix de Valois Parish Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made to the Boissevain Health Centre, Box 899, Boissevain, MB, R0K 0E0, The St. Felix de Valois Catholic Church, Dunrea, MB R0K 0S0, or to a charity of one’s choice.
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PENTLAND: Harriet Mary Pentland (nee Brownell) passed away at Valleyview Care Centre on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Harriet was born on February 25, 1918 in the Truro School district (Cameron Municipality) Lauder, Manitoba. She was the fourth child of Charles Edwin Brownell and Mary Ruth Brownell (nee Underhill). She attended school in Lauder until Grade Seven. The family moved to Kemnay, Manitoba during the depression years. After three years they bought a farm in the Wellwood and Carberry area. Harriet took her high school in Carberry then on to Wesley College for Grade twelve in Winnipeg. She tried the nursing course but after a year she decided it was not her calling so she moved on to a hairdressing course at Marvel in Winnipeg in 1940. After completing that in 1941 she worked at a beauty salon in Selkirk for a while. Then an opportunity came up to write the Federal Civil Service exams. She passed that and was able to move on to a position with the Bureau of Statistics in Ottawa. On April 14, 1942 she was married to Thomas Elton Wesley Pentland from Justice, Manitoba. Harriet took an active part in the community church. She was President of the U.C.W. and also Secretary Treasurer for two years and President of Women's Institute. She took a great interest in the Loyal Ladies Orange Lodge of Manitoba. in 1962 and 1963. She was Grand Mistress of the Orange Benevolent Association of Manitoba, traveling extensively from coast to coast. She also sat on the Board of Trustees for the organizations of the Orange Order in Winnipeg for forty years. Harriet was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary for many years and also a volunteer at the Gift Shop and Art Shop. She was a life member of the Brandon Regional Health Centre. She was an avid bowler and loved playing cards, Bridge and 500. Harriet had spent a few years in Florida and Texas. She was predeceased by her husband of nearly forty years, Thomas Wesley in September, 1981, father in 1969, mother in 1986, sister Kathleen Pigg in 1989, sister Helen Nielsen in 1997, sister Isabel McKay in 2003, brother Arthur in 1999, sister-in-law Melrose Brownell in 2012, brother-in- law Hubert McNac in 1979, brother-in-law Douglas Pigg in 2008, brother-in-law Keith McKay in 1984, brother-in-law Perry Cox in 1967, brother-in-law Richard Nielsen in 1998, and special friend Vivian Hales. Harriet is survived by many nieces and nephews, cousins and special friends Sandra Wilson and family, Bill Hales and family, Dennis and Cheryl Brugger and family. Funeral Ceremony was held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Barb Jardine officiated. Interment followed at the Sparling Cemetery. Pallbearers were Doug Kinney, George McPherson, Kevin Brugger, Gladden Smith, Alan Miller and Cameron Hales. Donations in memory of Harriet may be made to a charity of choice.
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PANDOLFI: It is with heavy hearts the family of Darryl Pandolfi announces his sudden passing on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the age of 52 years. Darryl was born in Brandon on March 5, 1962, where he resided for most of his life. He worked at Behlen Industries for the past 20 years. He enjoyed spending time with his many friends at the local Chicken Delight; many good meals were shared there. He had a love for his 1979 motorcycle. Darryl was a soft hearted man who was always willing to lend a hand to someone in need. Darryl had struggled with his health for the past 10 years, yet he maintained a positive outlook on life even during his most challenging times. He will be sadly missed by his mother Doreen Bollman, sisters Sharon (Doug) Ross, Pam (Mel) Carmichael, Cathy (Marcel) Gervais, his brother Derrick (Laurie) Pandolfi, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Darryl was predeceased by his father in 1997. A memorial service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
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MILLS: On May 27, 2014 at her residence in Brandon and in the presence of family members, Zella Adrianne Mills (née Leachman) quietly and peacefully passed away two days short of her 89th birthday. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her children and their spouses, Brent and Rena Mills, Pamela and Jim Horn and Valerie and Bruce Daly along with her nine grandchildren, their spouses and partners and her four great grandchildren. Her loss will be felt by many, none more than by her relatives from the Mills and Leachman families. Zella was predeceased by her husband Dr. John T. Mills (1974), her parents Beacher and Edith Leachman and her brother Morley Leachman. Whether she was family, colleague, neighbor or team mate it is likely that Zella was also a friend as mom was truly special, widely admired and much loved. Throughout her life she was a role model to many, a woman of grace and good humor committed to her family, her friends, her workplaces and her community. Mom was born in 1925 and raised within a loving family on a farm near Wawanesa. As a child of the depression she learned early the value of a dollar, the strength of family ties and the importance of helping those less fortunate. Mom and dad, raised on neighboring farms, were high school sweet hearts. While dad was away, as part of the war effort, mom studied in Winnipeg, graduating as a Registered Nurse. Following the war they married and mom worked at her profession in Brandon and Toronto while dad studied to become a Dentist. In 1953, mom and dad returned to Brandon with three year old Brent in hand and Pam soon to be born. With eternal optimism and energy they threw themselves into the task of building a life, raising a family, and joining a community. Valerie was born in 1955 completing the family unit. The Mills children were blessed to grow up with mom’s unconditional love and direction. She was a stay at home mom who was always there for her children and their friends providing love, support, encouragement and guidance. Family time was very important in the Mills household. There are many happy memories of time spent together at Clear Lake or in the family station wagon on the annual camping trip. Mom always opened her home to her children’s friends where it was common to find one or more in deep conversation with their friend Zella. In later years she was equally welcoming to the friends of her grandchildren, many of whom came to affectionately call her Gran. Mom lovingly welcomed her children’s spouses into her family quickly forming strong and enduring relationships with each of them. In the course of seven years mom welcomed nine grandchildren into her world. For the rest of her days she showered each of them with love, support and enthusiasm. Several of them lived with her during summers at Clear Lake which provided them with gentle guidance and her with great joy. Mom loved nothing more that to have her entire family together particularly for special occasions or vacation times. The family has particularly fond memories of times shared in her cottage at Clear Lake with seven adults and nine children frequently living together happily under one small roof. Despite the crowd, each of her grandchildren was made to feel unique, special and very much loved. Mom became a great grandmother six years ago and although she had declined, these four wonderful additions to the family always brought a smile to her face and a song to her lips. Widowed at age 48 with two daughters in University, mom didn’t take long to pull up her socks and to get on with the next phase of her life. She began by recertifying as a nurse, a profession she had left some 20 years earlier to raise her family. Shortly thereafter she went to work in the homecare field where she remained until almost 70 years of age. Countless families were affected by her commitment. Numerous co-workers have spoken of the dedication and inspiration she brought to their workplace. Mom’s commitment to healthcare extended beyond her own workplace. For several years she served on the Board of Directors of the Brandon General Hospital, eventually becoming the first ever female Chair of the Board and taking a lead on countless matters, not the least being the formation of the Brandon General Hospital Foundation. When the Brandon Regional Health Authority was created Mom was a logical and willing appointment to its Board of Directors as well. Mom’s commitment to health care resulted in her twice accepting appointments from the Provincial Government to chair task forces studying health care delivery in rural Manitoba and earning her various awards and commendations for her efforts. For good measure mom continued to throw herself at countless community endeavors whether chairing the Canadian Mixed Curling Championships, serving on the Brandon Area Foundation or volunteering to sit with post surgical or cancer patients at the hospital. Mom always enjoyed recreational activities, forming many valued friendships while curling, golfing or fishing. During her declining years, mom continued to be a role model of grace and dignity. The frustrations associated with a gradual loss of memory, language skills and mobility never succeeded in wiping the trademark smile from her face. She remained appreciative and kind to her family and those around her while continuing to enjoy humor and song until the end. During her final years mom lived at Hillcrest Place which provided her a warm and friendly family atmosphere. She shared many a smile and laugh with the wonderful staff allowing her family to know that she was in good hands. As in her younger years, mom remained very social. She loved people and participated in most recreational activities. Even when she could no longer really participate, she simply enjoyed “hanging out” with the staff and other residents. Her love of music was a great comfort to her until the end and many memorable family visits were spent singing together. Mom’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren along with their spouses and partners are all exceptionally proud to have been part of her family. A service to celebrate Zella’s life was held at Knox United Church, on Friday, June 6, 2014 with Rev. Craig Miller officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Zella may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or to a charity of choice.
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