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VASCONCELOS: Dr. José Vasconcelos, age 85, passed away peacefully April 22nd, 2016 at Fairview Home, Brandon, Manitoba.  José was born October 6th, 1930, in João Pessoa, the state of Paraiba, Brazil, to Aluisio Peres de Vasconcelos and Alice de Castro Vasconcelos.  He spent his childhood in Brazil, the youngest of six siblings.  From a young age, José held an unbridled passion to preserve life, a passion that led him to become a physician.  He graduated from the University of Recifé Faculty of Medicine in December of 1956, receiving his MD.  While a resident in Internal Medicine at the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, he met a nursing student who would become the love of his life.   Ruth Audrey Yost and José Altaniro de Castro Vasconcelos were married June 4th, 1960, at the Piney Groves Parsonage in Baltimore, Maryland.  His education and training took José and his young wife to Cincinnati, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and São Paulo, Brazil.  It was there in October of 1962 that daughter, Daphne, was born.  José, Ruth, and Daphne immigrated to Canada in 1963.  It was while working at Deer Lodge Hospital that, one year prior to completing his degree, José made the decision to switch specialties from internal medicine to psychiatry.  He studied psychiatry at the University of Manitoba whilst working at the Selkirk Mental Hospital.  While in Selkirk, their first son, Marcus Allan, was born in March of 1965.  In 1966, the family moved to Winnipeg where their second son, David Aaron, was born. In 1968, the now-expanded Vasconcelos family moved to Brandon. The family lived in the doctor's residence on the grounds of the Mental Hospital (later known as the Brandon Mental Health Center), and later moved to Queen’s Crescent in Brandon, when José entered private practice with the Brandon Clinic.  In 1978, a hobby farm in the Brandon Hills became home (Goat Tree farm), allowing Ruth to nurture her love of animals.  Although he loved living in the city, José accepted rural life with a commitment to learn, explore, and enjoy - the same positive approach with which he lived every day.  José took courses in welding and learned how to drive a tractor and cut wood.  He could often be found out in the farmyard planting trees.  He became quite the handy-man, fixing almost anything and everything with his tools of choice: a roll of duct tape, and a hot glue gun. He loved to explore and travel; he encouraged his family to do the same. ‘Changa’, as he was known by his Brazilian family, made many trips home to Brazil.   He loved music; he loved to dance.   José was a lover of words.  He read dictionaries cover to cover and was fluent in 5 languages.  No matter where he traveled around the world, he quickly endeared himself to the people who lived there, usually conversing with them in their native tongue. For more than four decades, José served western Manitoba as a psychiatrist, first at the Mental Hospital and then as a founding member of the Brandon Clinic.  Thousands of patients, their families, and his coworkers were touched by ‘Dr. V’s’ compassion, knowledge, and loving personality.  His training allowed him to diagnose conditions that were not always psychiatric in nature and refer his patients to other specialists.  His knowledge and commitment to continued education made him a well respected and trusted physician.  José retired in 2011 at the age of 80.  José’s genuine love of and care for the people with whom he crossed paths, whether professionally or personally, built a legacy of kindness and wisdom.  The sparkle in his eye and his warm smile live in the memory of all who knew him.   José was predeceased by his father, Aluisio Peres de Vasconcelos, mother, Alice de Castro Vasconcelos, brothers Aluilcé, Alucé and sisters Aldacy and Alcy. José is survived by his wife Ruth, sons Marcus (Mary) and David (Lisa), daughter Daphne Vasconcelos (Bill Mielke), grandchildren Maximus, Tiana, Lucas and Amanda, his brother Alucidé and many nieces and nephews in Brazil. A Celebration of José’s life was held at Central United Church on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne officiating. Donations in memory of José may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4A9 or the Canadian Mental Health Association, 23 12th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4L6. 
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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WATTS: Marie Eleanor Watts passed away February 8, 2016 in Carberry Hospital with her family by her side, at the age of 88. Mom was born July 24, 1927, the youngest of three, to George and Ellen Froom. She married Dad on November 3, 1945 when they began farming, raising cattle and growing registered seed. Dad passed away on February 5, 2003 at their Weslaco, Texas residence. She is survived by daughters Lynn Watts (Bryan) McCutchin, Carol Ann (Malcolm) McDonald; son John (Pat) Watts; six grandchildren, Annette (Steve) Enns, Marcy McDonald (Jeff) Strain, Nicole McDonald, Michelle (Jon) Draper, Clinton Watts and Sean Watts (Charlene); seven great-grandchildren, Jesse, Ashley and Cody, Taylor and Tyler, Will and Wyatt; one great-great-grandchild, Brody; two sisters-in-law Ruby Birss and Laura Levandosky; and many “special” nephews and nieces. Mom and Dad enjoyed 27 years in Texas where shuffleboard became their favorite pastime. Mom spent four more winters in Texas when she sold her mobile and remained in Carberry. She then sold her mobile in Carberry and moved to her new residence at Lyons Estates on June 29, 2008. Her stay here was very enjoyable, people to visit, coffee parties on Wednesday mornings and the many supper get-togethers in the common room throughout the year. A special thank you to Doreen and Helen for being such great friends. Mom thought you were very “special”. She went every Wednesday to the Drop-In Centre and again enjoyed the company of all her friends. Mom was a special and very determined lady and her family meant the world to her. Thank you to the Home Care Ladies who visited on a daily basis, the staff at Brandon Health Centre and Carberry Hospital for your excellent care of Mom. It was greatly appreciated. A graveside service will be held on May 7, 2016 at 2:00 at Carberry Plains Cemetery after which lunch will be served at the United Church Hall by the Presbyterian Ladies. Memorial donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
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TAYLOR: William Gordon Taylor of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation passed away suddenly at the Virden Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the age of 79 years. Gordon will be lovingly remembered by his family and children; Cindy, Dennis (Lola) and Bill; grandchildren Becky, Annie (Lee), Jason (Ashlyn), Amanda, Breanne, Morley, Logan and Molly; great grandchildren Jean, Alexis, Keaton, Keegan, Araya, Keiran, Kadence and Quinn. Adopted children; Murray Delorme of Yorkton; Lenny, Tracy, Coleman, Harland and Greves Beaver, all of Morley, AB; Jimmy Kabninski of Winnipeg; Leonard Wabasha of Mortan, Minnesota. An Evening Funeral Service for Gordon will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. A Graveside Service will take place in the Sioux Valley Anglican Cemetery on Saturday, April 30 at 1:30 p.m.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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SORENSEN: Harvey George Sorensen entered into rest at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the age of 72. Harvey was born on June 12, 1943 at Carnduff, SK, son of Ole (Peter) and Esther Sorensen. He grew up on the family farm at Alida, SK. In 1963, Harvey married Darlene Davies of Tilston, MB. They lived in Birtle, MB where Harvey worked as a farm hand until 1965, when they moved to Neepawa, MB. In 1969, Harvey and Darlene started their family, adopting their son Brian and in 1974, their daughter Linda. Harvey worked for 3 years with Bill Tinkler, then 15 years as Lumber Manager with Neepwa-Gladstone Co-op before moving to Shoal Lake, MB in 1984 to realize his dream of owning his own business. Harvey and Darlene operated Sorensen Building Supply Ltd. together until Darlene’s death in 1988. Harvey continued to run the business until 1997. After a brief employment with Phair’s Lumber in Pierson, MB in 1998, Harvey moved to Goodlands, MB with his long time partner Louise Patrick, and later moved to Deloraine where he lived out the remainder of his life. Harvey worked in Deloraine for both Town & County Building Supply and Boundary Co-op before retiring in 2013. The pride and joy of Harvey’s life was his family and he particularly loved spending time with his five grandchildren. He enjoyed watching baseball and hockey games, fishing and hunting. Harvey was a lover of the outdoors and had a passion for gardening. He spent countless hours every summer tending to his garden and maintaining his yard. Harvey was a kind, considerate and gentle man and was always ready to put the needs of others ahead of his own. Harvey was predeceased by his wife Darlene; father Ole (Peter), mother Esther; brothers Robert and Ronald. Mourning his passing are his partner Louise Patrick; son Brian Sorensen (Nancy); daughter Linda Houle (Marc); grandchildren Noelle Sorensen, Jordan Sorensen, Eric Sorensen, Claire Houle and Ethan Houle; brother Lloyd Sorensen (Irene); sisters Ella Thomson, Kathleen Arthur (Alan) and Diane Lemieux (Ernest). Harvey was loved by many and will be sadly missed. Funeral Service will be held Friday, April 29, 2016 at the Deloraine United Church, Deloraine, Manitoba at 10:00 a.m. There will be a public interment at the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, MB on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.Donations in memory of Harvey may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Messages of condolences may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comSmith Funeral Home 204-747-2088
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JACKSON: Matthew Jackson passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the age of 25 years. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. A Traditional Service will be held at the Sioux Valley Veteran’s Hall on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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GILL: Edith ‘Fern’ Gill, beloved mother of Tanis Stapleton, Greg (Carolyn) Gill and grandmother of Brent (Tobie) Stapleton, Scott (Jodie) Stapleton, Cindy (Greg) Turner and Leanne Jenkins, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the age of 88 years. A Graveside Service open to any and all friends will be held at the Brandon Cemetery on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Fern may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, Box 20029, Brandon, MB, R7A 6Y8; Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7; or a Charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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VASCONCELOS: Dr. José Vasconcelos, age 85, passed away peacefully April 22nd, 2016 at Fairview Home, Brandon, Manitoba.  José was born October 6th, 1930, in João Pessoa, the state of Paraiba, Brazil, to Aluisio Peres de Vasconcelos and Alice de Castro Vasconcelos.  He spent his childhood in Brazil, the youngest of six siblings.  From a young age,  José held an unbridled passion to preserve life, a passion that led him to become a physician.  He graduated from the University of Recifé Faculty of Medicine in December of 1956, receiving his MD.  While a resident in Internal Medicine at the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, he met a nursing student who would become the love of his life.   Ruth Audrey Yost and José Altaniro de Castro Vasconcelos were married June 4th, 1960, at the Piney Groves Parsonage in Baltimore, Maryland.  His education and training took José and his young wife to Cincinnati, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and São Paulo, Brazil.  It was there in October of 1962 that daughter, Daphne, was born. José, Ruth, and Daphne immigrated to Canada in 1963.  It was while working at Deer Lodge Hospital that, one year prior to completing his degree, José made the decision to switch specialties from internal medicine to psychiatry.  He studied psychiatry at the University of Manitoba whilst working at the Selkirk Mental Hospital.  While in Selkirk, their first son, Marcus Allan, was born in March of 1965.  In 1966, the family moved to Winnipeg where their second son, David Aaron, was born. In 1968, the now-expanded Vasconcelos family moved to Brandon. The family lived in the doctor's residence on the grounds of the Mental Hospital (later known as the Brandon Mental Health Center), and later moved to Queen’s Crescent in Brandon, when José entered private practice with the Brandon Clinic.  In 1978, a hobby farm in the Brandon Hills became home (Goat Tree farm), allowing Ruth to nurture her love of animals.  Although he loved living in the city, José accepted rural life with a commitment to learn, explore, and enjoy - the same positive approach with which he lived every day. José took courses in welding and learned how to drive a tractor and cut wood.  He could often be found out in the farmyard planting trees.  He became quite the handy-man, fixing almost anything and everything with his tools of choice: a roll of duct tape, and a hot glue gun. He loved to explore and travel; he encouraged his family to do the same. ‘Changa’, as he was known by his Brazilian family, made many trips home to Brazil.   He loved music; he loved to dance.   José was a lover of words.  He read dictionaries cover to cover and was fluent in 5 languages.  No matter where he traveled around the world, he quickly endeared himself to the people who lived there, usually conversing with them in their native tongue. For more than four decades, José served western Manitoba as a psychiatrist, first at the Mental Hospital and then as a founding member of the Brandon Clinic.  Thousands of patients, their families, and his coworkers were touched by ‘Dr. V’s’ compassion, knowledge, and loving personality.  His training allowed him to diagnose conditions that were not always psychiatric in nature and refer his patients to other specialists.  His knowledge and commitment to continued education made him a well-respected and trusted physician.  José retired in 2011 at the age of 80.  José’s genuine love of and care for the people with whom he crossed paths, whether professionally or personally, built a legacy of kindness and wisdom. The sparkle in his eye and his warm smile live in the memory of all who knew him.  José was predeceased by his father, Aluisio Peres de Vasconcelos, mother, Alice de Castro Vasconcelos, brother Alúce and sister Alcy.  José is survived by his wife Ruth, sons Marcus (Mary) and David (Lisa), daughter Daphne Vasconcelos (Bill Mielke), grandchildren Maximus, Tiana, Lucas and Amanda, his brother, Alucilde, and many nieces and nephews in Brazil.  A Celebration of José’s life will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of José may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4A9 or the Canadian Mental Health Association, 23 12th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4L6. 
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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SORENSEN: Harvey George Sorensen entered into rest at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the age of 72. Harvey was born on June 12, 1943 at Carnduff, SK, son of Ole (Peter) and Esther Sorensen. He grew up on the family arm at Alida, SK. In 1963, Harvey married Darlene Davies of Tilston, MB. They lived in Birtle, MB where Harvey worked as a farm hand until 1965, when they moved to Neepawa, MB. In 1969, Harvey and Darlene started their family, adopting their son Brian and in 1974, their daughter Linda. Harvey worked for 3 years with Bill Tinkler, then 15 years as Lumber Manager with Neepwa- Gladstone Co-op before moving to Shoal Lake, MB in 1984 to realize his dream of owning his own business. Harvey and Darlene operated Sorensen Building Supply Ltd. together until Darlene’s death in 1988. Harvey continued to run the business until 1997. After a brief employment with Phair’s Lumber in Pierson, MB in 1998, Harvey moved to Goodlands, MB where he lived out the remainder of his life. Harvey worked in Deloraine for both Town & County Building Supply and Boundary Co-op before retiring in 2013. The pride and joy of Harvey’s life was his family and he particularly loved spending time with his five grandchildren. He enjoyed watching baseball and hockey games, fishing and hunting. Harvey was a lover of the outdoors and had a passion for gardening. He spent countless hours every summer tending to his garden and maintaining his yard. Harvey was a kind, considerate and gentle man and was always ready to put the needs of others ahead of his own. Harvey was predeceased by his wife Darlene; father Ole (Peter), mother Esther; brothers Robert and Ronald. Mourning his passing are his partner Louise Patrick; son Brian Sorensen (Nancy); daughter Linda Houle (Marc); grandchildren Noelle Sorensen, Jordan Sorensen, Eric Sorensen, Claire Houle and Ethan Houle; brother Lloyd Sorensen (Irene); sisters Ella Thomson, Kathleen Arthur (Alan) and Diane Lemieux (Ernest). Harvey was loved by many and will be sadly missed. Funeral Service will be held Friday, April 29, 2016 at the Deloriane United Church, Deloriane, Manitoba at 10:00 a.m. There will be a public interment at the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, MB on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Harvey may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Messages of condolencesmay be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comSmith Funeral Home 204-747-2088
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HEDLEY: On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, Eric Vincent Hedley, of Moore Park, passed away at the Minnedosa and District Hospital, Minnedosa, Manitoba. Born August 21, 1945 in Brandon, Manitoba, Eric grew up on the family farm at Moore Park, helping run the business with his siblings. He attended school in Moore Park, Justice and Elton. Inseparable from close friend and neighbour, Ken Barlow, together they got up to all sorts of shenanigans. Eric worked various jobs including: parts department at Canadian Motors (Brandon) and Universal Ford (Calgary), Simplot (Brandon), Brenda Mines (BC) and endless miles driving truck mainly for Paul's Hauling. Maintaining a connection to his farm upbringing, Eric always had livestock or crops on the go. Bev-n-Eric married in 1969, and together they raised three children, Troy, Trent and Shauna, in Moore Park, Brandon and Rapid City, moving to his family farm in Moore Park, Eric returned to farming full time. He was very proud of the high quality of his herd of cattle, while developing a successful custom hay business. All the while, he celebrated the true happiness of his life, all of his grandchildren. Remaining to cherish Eric's memory are his children Troy (his daughter Ashlie), Trent (wife Lesley, children Carter, Brooklyn, and Kristen and Megan (their mother Jen)), and Shauna Wright (her sons Jim and Dane); siblings Doreen (Jim), Murray (Lois), Bob (Karen) and their families. He was predeceased by wife Bev, and sister Kathleen. The Ceremony to Celebrate Eric's life will take place at the Rapid City Legion Hall, 380 3rd Avenue, Rapid City, on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. Donations in memory of Eric may be made to the Minnedosa Hospital - Palliative Care Department, Box 960, Minnedosa, Manitoba R0J 1E0.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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SULLIVAN: Mrs. Kay Sullivan of Brandon, beloved wife of the late Frank Sullivan, dear mother of Don (Jan) and Doug, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, April 25th, 2016 at the age of 91. A memorial reception for family and friends will be held on Friday, April 29th, 2016 at the Games Room, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #3, 560 - 13th St. East, Brandon, MB from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Memorial donations in memory of Kay may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information to follow. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home, Melita, MB 204-522-3361.
To send messages of condolence to the family, please visit www.redpathfuneralhome.com
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LEBEL: Emmanuel Louis Joseph Lebel passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the age of 75 years. A Time of Visitation will be held at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, 332-8th Street, on Friday, April 29, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. with interment to follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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HEDLEY: On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, Eric Vincent Hedley, age 70 years, passed away at the Minnedosa and District Hospital, Minnedosa, Manitoba. The Ceremony to Celebrate Eric's life will take place at the Rapid City Legion Hall, 380 3rd Avenue, Rapid City, on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. Donations in memory of Eric may be made to the Minnedosa Hospital, Palliative Care Department, Box 960, Minnedosa, Manitoba R0J 1E0. Complete obituary information will follow.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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WOMBDISKA: Marvina May Wombdiska of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation; beloved mother of Blaine (Angie), Delana (George), Merlin (Laura) and Marla; lifetime partner Hugh Doota, dear sister Leona Noel and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews; passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the age of 67 years. A Funeral Service will be held for Marvina at Sioux Valley Veteran’s Hall on Saturday, April 23, 2016, commencing at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Sioux Valley Anglican Cemetery.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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MATWIEJCZYK: Janina passed away peacefully at her residence, Fairview Home, on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the age of 97 years. Janina Sieklicki was born on March 10, 1919 in Stefanowka, Poland. She moved to Canada to marry her 2nd husband, Kasmir, and to live with her brother, Czeslaw Sieklicki and his wife, Czeslawa and their family, who will miss her now that she has departed. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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REFVIK: Myrtle (Myrt), 78 years, beloved wife of Jim Refvik, mother of Coralee, Kurt and Mitchell, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. In keeping with Myrt’s wishes there will be no funeral service and a private interment in the Boissevain Cemetery at a later date. In memory of Myrt, donations may be to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
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