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KEY: Raymond Alfred. With sadness the family announces the passing of Ray Key, Monday, June 24th, 2013 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Dad was born March 14th, 1929. He spent most of his life in Brandon, growing up in difficult times, going to school here and playing hockey with the Brandon Elks and the Brandon Athletics. He was their goaltender. He learned early on that hard work was a necessity. He was a paper boy, usher at the theatre and grocery delivery boy earning at most two dollars a week. He worked at a garage and tire shop learning valuable skills. In 1947, he began a 42 year career with CP Rail, starting as a fireman then progressing to an engineer. He travelled far and wide to maintain his railway job and thus support his family. He worked in Winnipeg, Kenora, Thunder Bay, Minnedosa and his last 5 years he worked the mine train in Bredenbury, SK. Dad married our Mom, Doreen Ramsden in 1951 and soon after, Bill was born in 1952 and Carolyn in 1953. He was a good carpenter and built his family home which he lived in until his passing. He also built a cabin which was moved to Clear Lake. Everything he built was made with care and precision. Mostly Mom and Dad loved Sportsman’s Park at Clear Lake. They had various travel trailers over the years but in the latter years, purchased a mobile home. Here they relaxed and visited with friends and family. Dad and Mom loved fishing and Dad also loved to golf. Our family had some enjoyable camping trips to Kenora, Western Canada and the Black Hills. We also had a train trip to Vancouver and a ferry ride to Victoria. Dad was a good cook, making stew, steak, home-made fries and pan fried pickerel. He was dedicated to Mom and cared for her tirelessly during her illness and struggles. Mom passed away in 2000. After her passing Dad retreated to his home, quietly reading, watching TV and enjoying visits from family and friends. Dad’s sister, Gwen, was seven years younger and he was big-brother and protector. He enjoyed teasing her and did so right until the end. Dad was predeceased by his mother Florence Maude Key in 1955, his father, Fred Key in 1974, his step-mom Maude (Mansfield) Key in 1999 and his dear wife Doreen in 2000. He leaves to mourn his passing, son Bill Key (Aneta Kenny), daughter Carolyn (Chris) Judd, one grandchild, Pam (Joey) Beaudry, great grand-daughters Rhys and Kenadi Beaudry, sister Gwen (Orv) Vickers, nieces Linda Vickers and Brenda (Bruce) Evans, Nicole and Dustin Harland, nephew Jim (Marlene) Atkinson and other cousins and family. A celebration of Ray’s life was held Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Memories Chapel with Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood officiating. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Ray may be made to ALS Canada, 3000 Steeles Ave, Suite 200, Markham, ON, L3R 4T9 or The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Unit 1, 452 Dovercourt Dr., Winnipeg, MB, R3Y 1G4.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
CURTIS: Mrs. Jennetta Curtis of Reston, passed away at the Willowview PCH, Reston, on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at the age of 89. She was predeceased by her son Morley; parents, Fred & Ila Ball; sister, Lillian Arthur; three brothers, Kenneth Ball, Carman Ball and Ernie Ball; sister-in-law Helen Trail; four brothers-in-law, Frank Curtis, Harold Curtis, Lawrence Curtis, and Leo Curtis. Jennetta is survived by her husband Donald of Reston; daughter Beth (husband Mike Worthington) Curtis and their children, Ty and Shae all of Brandon; two brothers, Donald (Freda) Ball of Estevan and Bill Ball of Langley, BC; two sisters, Ethel (Ross) Curtis of Brandon and Vera Arthur of Redvers; sister-in-law Lucille Curtis of Brandon; also numerous nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held at the Reston United Church, Reston, MB., on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm. Reverend Dwight Rutherford will officiate. Burial will follow at the Reston Cemetery. Donations may be given to the Reston & Area Foundation c/o RM of Pipestone, Box 99 Reston, MB. R0M 1X0. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron Funeral Directors.
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JACKSON: Donna Louise Jackson of Brandon, passed away in the city on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Donna was born on August 29, 1934 to Hilda and Ray Jackson, she had two siblings, both older, Raymond and Dale. She graduated from Kelvin High and grew up in Winnipeg. Mom married at the young age of 19 to Ronald Finley and together they had five wonderful children: Wendy, David (Shelley), Ronald Craig (Susan), Barbara and Dale (Kindra). She was blessed with fifteen grandchildren: Christopher (Diane), Michael, Andrew, Rylee-Ann, Patrick, Jeffrey, Jessica, Stephen, Mitchell, Nicholas, Zachary, Hailey, Ronald- Christian, Jillian, Reed; and one great grandson, Johnathan. Once a very vibrant and energetic butterfly, Mom loved gardening and spent hours in her yard. She was a very gifted and creative artist in many talents, ceramics, sewing, knitting, and painting. In her earlier days she loved and was competitive in bridge. Donna enjoyed entertaining and being with people, music and dance, a favourite especially tap and jive. Later in life, she loved Turner Classic Movies. Even though she was quiet and content to be at home, she still dressed impeccably and loved her jewelry, always looking beautiful wherever she went, certainly eccentric! She was a lot of fun to be around with a wonderful sense of humour. Sadly she will be missed for her love of life, and all the laughter and love she gave to all who knew her. A private family service will take place at Memories Chapel. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Donna may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 17th Street East, Brandon, MB R7A 7M6.
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CHAPMAN: Raymond Arthur.Peacefully, on the morning of July 4, 2013, Raymond (age 89), slipped away to be reunited with the love of his life, the late Edna (Wareham) Chapman and his dearly loved son, the late Murray Raymond Chapman. Raymond Arthur Chapman was born February 24, 1924, the fifth child, to Henry James (Jim) and Marjorie Chapman. Siblings: Mary, Jimmie, George, Albert, then Raymond and lastly Vernon. Raymond lived his whole life on the homeplace (NW 21-11-20, in the RM of Daly) that had been purchased and farmed by his father, Jim and Uncle Walter Chapman circa 1893. Sadly, Walter was lost in an accidental drowning at Kirkham’s Bridge. The farm work was hard, but year after year, Raymond’s father, Jim, ceaselessly demonstrated the work ethic that became forever ingrained in Raymond. Raymond thrived and excelled on the farm, which he took over when he brought his bride of June 3, 1948 (Edna Mae Wareham, daughter of Walter and Gertrude Wareham) home. A son, Murray Raymond, who was born May 5, 1949 at the Madden Nursing Home in Rivers, completed Raymond and Edna’s happy family. Many wonderful years followed, with Edna fulfilling her passion for horses by training and showing the high-stepping Hackneys, Murray, learning the lessons of the farm with his very patient and skilled father, and the whole family taking part in the rich, community life of Harrow and Kirkham’s Bridge District. Raymond often commented on the respect and deep regard he had for his friends and neighbours (‘the great district that I live in”), and how lucky he felt having spent his life in his home area. Raymond loved to hunt, play ball, fish, play cards and inevitably, to unleash a plethora of never-ending harmless jokes on family and friends. Edna would pretend to admonish Raymond, but always was laughing while doing so (“Oh, Dad, you shouldn’t have done that’!!). Murray grew up watching his father overcome obstacles that the farm presented to them, as Raymond would sketch out a tool or object that he needed, and then build or make to replace whatever was broken or missing. Raymond often joked that as he constructed any new buildings on the farm, Edna would be waiting with the paintbrush before they were hardly finished! Also, Raymond and Murray made and maintained all of the show buggies and carts, plus the horse trailer that Edna needed to transport and show her beautiful Hackneys. He humbly called himself, “just the water boy”, but without his tireless support, her hobby would certainly have been more arduous. Murray asked Joan Dennis to be his wife, and they were to be married on July 25, 1970, preparing by moving a second home onto the home place. A week before their wedding was to take place, on July 18th, traveling to a family wedding in Winnipeg, Murray, Joan, and Edna’s brother-in-law Glen McDonald’s lives were taken in a tragic vehicle accident. Edna and her sister, Bernice McDonald were seriously injured, but thankfully survived. His brother, Albert, brought Raymond, who had remained home to work, the heartbreaking news. Raymond was bowed by his grief, but he turned his focus onto his wife, Edna, and together, with the help of family and friends, continued on toward a very different future. In 1972, Ray and Edna applied for adoption and welcomed into their home a nine-year-old son, Raymond Murray. Edna developed Alzheimer’s in the 1980’s, and Ray unselfishly devoted himself to caring for his wife with the help of home care, family and neighbours for Edna’s remaining years. Edna passed away on April 23, 1998, and was laid to rest in the Brandon Cemetery beside Murray and Joan. After a celebration of his life on Tuesday, July 16th , 2013 held in the Brockie Donovan Funeral Chapel, followed by a reception at Prairie Oasis, Raymond was joined with his family. Even though Raymond faced many hardships in his life, his attitude remained very uplifting and positive. He chose to keep “the sunny side up” and often expressed his belief that “I’m still on the right side of the grass”. His courage was never-ending, as due to age, farm accidents and developing medical issues, his ability to keep up the spit and polish of the farm became more and more difficult. Towards the last, he lived in constant pain, but still declared that he could manage to take care of himself and was planning all the “fixing up” he was going to do in the yard. He was concerned about others, and always felt that they needed the help far more than he did. He appreciated everything that was done to help him out. Raymond is survived by his chosen son Raymond (Lorna) and granddaughter Hunter; his brother, Albert Chapman and his sister-in-law, Bernice McDonald. He was pre-deceased by his sister Mary (Jim) McNee, brothers Jimmie (Helen), George (Isabelle), Vernon, and sister-in-law Harriet Chapman. Also predeceasing him were Edna’s brothers Matt and Charlie (Nora) Wareham, sisters Marjorie (Joe) Zaharia, Eleanor (Jim) Kelly, Lillian (Al) Johnston, Rosa (Ruggles) Brown; brother-in-law Glen McDonald; nephews Donald Chapman, Thomas, Bernard, Donald Zaharia, and niece Beverly Zaharia. Uncle Ray was greatly loved by his many surviving nephews, nieces and their families: Pat Robinson, Bob McNee, Sherrill (Phil) Shields, Judy (Peter)Berntsen, Linda (Bill) Ringland, Lois (Gordon) Allen, Gordon (Betty--deceased) Zaharia, Wilfred (Sylvia) Zaharia, Eleanor (Colin) Sturge, Jim (Irene) Kelly, Bruce (Bev) Kelly, Doug (Sandie) Kelly, Gayle (Bert) Livingstone, Lynda Daniells, Ron Johnston, Darlynne (Doug--deceased) Smith, Audrey (Wayne) Keeler, Nelson (Anneke) Brown, Brenda (Allan) Hill, Mayvis (John) MacLellan and Carol (Jim) Fortune. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations in memory of Raymond may be made to the Riverdale Community Centre, (Cheques made out to RRFRC), Box 667, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0 or to a charity of ones choice. One of the last things Uncle Ray voiced was his belief that he would be reunited with Edna and Murray -- that they were waiting for him. May the love of God sustain them all in their eternal life together.
Life’s Work ~ well done!
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PROVEN: It is with great sadness that the Proven family announce the death of Harold E. Proven, Born January 15, 1926 and died July 16, 2013. Service will be held on Saturday, July 27th, 2:00 p.m. in the valley at the residence of David Proven. Call (204) 874-2290 if you need directions.
RAMSDEN: Jeffrey “Jeff” Allan, beloved son of the late Dot and Sid Ramsden and brother to Gloria (Norm) Tait, Carol (Murray) Shinski, Barry (Evelyn), Don (Yvette), Brian (Betty), Randy, Lorna (Blake) Blatkewicz, Linda Roseveare and Kevin, passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the age of 50 years. A Celebration of Jeff’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Jeff may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
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POMEROY: Andrew Gearance Pomeroy, formerly of Alexander, MB passed away peacefully on July 13th at Hillcrest Place. He leaves behind his daughter Cheryl (Brian Johnston), daughter-in-law Judy, four grandchildren Kimberley, Trevor (Michelle), Heather (James), and Jana (Bruce) and his two cherished great-grandchildren, Riley and Brody. He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara, his son, Jim, his brother Allan, and his sister, Peggy. Andy was born February 14, 1919 in Gilroy, SK. He began helping his father farm at a young age. In 1941 he volunteered to serve in the Air Force becoming an Airframe Mechanic. While in service, he met the love of his life, Barbara Moir and they were married in 1945. Soon after his discharge, they moved to Alexander to farm with his father. Within two years, they had decided to farm independently nearby. Andy and Barbara were active participants in the Alexander Community where they enjoyed many friendships cultivated over 45 years. They raised what Andy called a “gentleman’s family” two children, Cheryl and Jim. After retiring, they enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends, watching sports such as Jim’s ball games, camping with the River Rats, attending Booster Club Dances. All of his life Andy made good friends which continued after moving to Brandon and becoming involved in activities at Seniors for Seniors, in Victoria Landing Seniors Residence and lastly in Hillcrest Place. He had a wonderful interest in meeting people which kept him enjoying life day by day. A memorial service will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th St. Brandon on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Andy’s family invites you to join them at a reception afterwards at Central United Church which will be followed by interment at Alexander Cemetery. If friends desire to make a donation in Andy’s memory, the family suggests either the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, Box 3, Grp 520, RR#5, Brandon or Brandon Seniors for Seniors, 311 Park Avenue East, Brandon. Andy was actively involved with both of these organizations over many years and was fully supportive of their roles in the community. Much gratitude is felt by the family for the loving care provided to Andy and the family members present during his final days in Hillcrest Place. The compassionate respectful care was exceptional. Cheryl and the family also wish to thank those who called or visited with Andy during his last year when he was less able to get out into the community for he dearly loved to have a good chat and laugh. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron Funeral Directors.
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GILSON: Elmer "Em" Gilson, age 89 died on July 13, 2013 at Delwynda Court Personal Care Home in Deloraine, Manitoba. In accordance with Em's wishes a private family graveside service will take place at Del-Win Cemetery in Deloraine, Manitoba. Donations in memory of Em may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 83; Deloraine, Manitoba R0M 0M0 or Delwynda Court Personal Care Home; Deloraine, Manitoba R0M 0M0.
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Smith's Funeral Home, 204-747-2088
POMEROY: Mr. Andrew “Andy” Pomeroy of Brandon, formerly of Alexander, MB, passed away peacefully at his residence, Hillcrest Place on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the age of 94. Funeral arrangements are pending. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron Funeral Directors.
COPET: Irene, 84 years old, beloved mother of Paul, David and Richard, died at Hillcrest Place, Brandon, Manitoba on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Brandon, Manitoba on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Prayer service will be held at St. Augustine Catholic Church on Tuesday July 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Interment of ashes in the Rosewood Cemetery. No flowers by request, in memory of Irene, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home Souris, in care of arrangements.
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BAKER: Timothy Eugene Baker passed away on Friday, July 12, 2013 in Winnipeg at the age of 43 years. Tim is survived by his loving wife Marcie (Bilton) and cherished daughters Alexandra and Sydney and cuddly pup Sandy. Also surviving are his parents Eugene and Sarah Baker of Melita; sister Patti (Tom) Lewis of Boissevain and brother Tab (Marina) Baker of Prince George, BC; four nieces and four nephews; mother-in-law Ollie Bilton of Melita and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A celebration of Tim’s life will be held at the Victoria United Church, Melita, MB., on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm with Reverend Barb Alston officiating. Interment will follow at the Melita Cemetery. If family and friends so desire, donations in memory of Tim can be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association 930 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3G 0P8 or the Manitoba Wildlife Federation 70 Stevenson Road Winnipeg, MB R3H 0W7. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron Funeral Directors.
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CHAPMAN: Raymond Arthur Chapman, beloved husband of the late Edna Chapman and father of the late Murray Chapman, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. A Celebration of Raymond’s Life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne, officiating. Following the reception, a private family graveside service will take place at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations in memory of Raymond may be made to the Riverdale Community Gardens (RRFRC), Box 220, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0 or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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WIEBE: It is with great sadness the family of Elizabeth “Betty” Wiebe announce her passing after a courageous battle with cancer at the Assiniboine Centre of Brandon, Manitoba on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at the age of 72. Betty was born in Stockton, Manitoba on August 10, 1940, later as a young teenager, moving to Brandon. Betty is survived by her son Harold (Carola) Wiebe; granddaughters Jennifer (Mark) Wiebe, Nicole (DJ) Wiebe; brother Lloyd (Lynne) Leader; sister Janet (Mel) Mitchler; nieces Norma Slimmon (Dave), Cheryl (Chris) Hastings; nephew Kevin Mitchler; great nephews Scott and Kyle Slimmon, Matthew Mitchler; great nieces Samantha and Jodi-Lynn Mitchler, Breanna Slimmon and Jada Sereda. She was predeceased by her parents Mae and Harry Leader. As per Betty’s request a small family memorial was held on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. If family and friends so desire, donations in memory of Betty may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415 – 1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
SHANNACAPPO: Dennis Francis Shannacappo beloved husband of Debbie, of Rolling River First Nation passed away at his residence on July 11, 2013 at the age of 58 years. Wake will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Southquill Hall, Rolling River First Nation with Traditional Feast to follow at 4:00 p.m. Funeral Service will take place Monday, July 15, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the Southquill Hall, Rolling River First Nation. Interment will take place at Catholic Cemetery, Rolling River First Nation. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
MANASTYR: George Samuel Manastyr of Brandon, Manitoba passed away peacefully at Dinsdale Personal Care Home on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. George was born in Geraldton, Ontario on June 18, 1941; moved with the family to Winnipeg then Riverton and finally, back to Winnipeg. A year or so later, George decided to move to Simcoe, Ontario to work for a few years. He came back home to Winnipeg in 1971, shortly after the passing of his father. Before moving to Brandon in 2003, George lived in Winnipeg and worked at Motor Coach Industries Ltd. as a Team Leader on the assembly line. George enjoyed his work, loved puttering around in the garden, and family gatherings, especially those that came together with a good game of cards. He always had a kind word and was willing to help anyone in need. He had a special fondness for family pets with the most recent being his cat Snickers, who was adopted into the loving family of one of his cousins upon his move to personal care. George was predeceased by his father, Maxwell and his mother, Kathleen. He is survived by his sisters Donalda (Walter Bonkowski) and Joan (Robert Yanchycki), his nephews and nieces: Wesley Bonkowski (Jacquie), Teresa Dillabough (Mike), Trevor Bonkowski (Marilyn), Erin Yanchycki (Bonnie), Phillip Yanchycki (Tania), Joshua Yanchycki (Jaclyn), Janna Lenius (Dennis) and all his great-nephews and nieces. A celebration of George's life will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 3101 Victoria Avenue in Brandon, Manitoba on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Edmund Mielke officiating. Urn placement will follow in the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of George may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7 or Grace Lutheran Church,3101 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7B 3P3.
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