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FRANCIS: Philip Francis, 86 years, beloved husband of Anna Francis, father of Julian and Jonathon, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Celebration of Philip’s life will be held at the Oak Lake Mennonite Church, Oak Lake, Manitoba, on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment at a later date. In memory of Philip, 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
DIMENT: Rodney William Diment passed away peacefully with family by his side on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the age of 65 years. As per Rodney’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Terry Fox Foundation, 543 St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg, MB, R2M 3L4.
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BURMAN: Maureen Burman. 1947- 2016. It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Maureen at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. She was born in Maryfleld, SK and is predeceased by her parents Roy and Marie Burman and sister Linda Bil. She is survived by her son Gordon and two daughters Theresa and Shelley, eight grandchildren and one great- grandchild, sisters Pat (Doug) and Charlotte, plus nephew and nieces. She fought a courageous battle with cancer, and was an inspiration to all of us.
CHRISMAS: On Thursday, May 12, 2016, Germaine Marie (nee Caumartin) passed away very peacefully at her residence, Valleyview Care Centre. Born on May 19, 1924 at Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba, she was the youngest child of Urgel and Lydia Caumartin. Germaine lived her younger years on the family farm near McCreary, Manitoba and attended Bracken School, a one room country school from Grades 1-8. When starting school she only spoke French but learned the English language very quickly. She had many fond memories living on the farm, working outside with her Dad and brothers, not enjoying the indoor chores such as cooking and cleaning. The farm is still in the family today reaching the 100 year mark in 1995. On May 7, 1949 Germaine married a handsome gentleman, Garry Chrismas. For a very brief few months they lived in Brandon but moved back to McCreary before their son was born. Another three boys and one girl rounded out their family of five. She worked very hard raising her children, with no running water and very little money to work with. Germaine was a single parent Monday to Friday as Garry was a trucker and only home on weekends. Her strong Catholic faith got her through the tough times she often said. In the early 70's she worked at the McLeod's store in McCreary where she enjoyed serving the many friends and neighbors she knew. In 1978, Garry had a heart attack so they moved to Brandon and took on many part time jobs. Sadly, Garry died in September of 1989. They had just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with all their family and many friends. It was a great celebration. In McCreary, Germaine loved playing cards with family and friends as well as curling in the local rink. When she moved to Brandon she kept her love of these, winning a few plaques and trophies with her crib partner Marguerite. She started curling with her daughter- in-law at Riverview Curling Club and together won the Brandon Ladies Interclub Bonspiel. After she had taught all she could to her daughter- in-law, she moved on and curled for many years in the ladies senior league at Riverview as well as participating in the Golden Gals playdowns every year. Germaine also kept herself busy with bingo and watching the Blue Jays on the TV. In July of 2001 she moved into Hobbs Manor on 15th Street. There she learned to play shuffleboard and tile rummy with the many new friends she had made. These were very happy times for her, you often could not find her at home. In July of 2013 she moved into Valleyview Care Centre where she lived until her passing. Germaine is survived by her five children: René (Sharon) Chrismas of Brandon, Wayne Chrismas of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Diane (Gordon) Smith of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Allan Chrismas of Halifax, Nova Scotia and Richard Chrismas of Winnipeg, Manitoba; seven grandchildren: Shori, Scott, Kevin, Patrick, Alecia, Andrea and Michael; ten great-grandchildren: Brady, Sydney, Paige, Liam, Jackson, Owen, Maia, Ethan, Desiré and Dominique and many nieces and nephews that will miss her dearly. She was predeceased by her husband Garry, parents Urgel and Lydia, brothers Jeremie, Armand (in 2nd World War) and Romeo and her sisters Juliette and Alma. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church on Friday, May 20, 2016 with Fr. Patrick Neufeld as the celebrant. Germaine was laid to rest beside her husband at the Brandon Cemetery. Pallbearers were her two sons: René Chrismas and Richard Chrismas and her grandsons: Patrick Chrismas, Kevin Smith, Scott Smith, and Greg McFeetors. Donations in memory of Germaine may be made to the St. Augustine's Building Fund, 327 4th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 3H1.
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She's sweeter than the fragrances that fill the dell in spring,A joy she is above the joys that all the years can bring.She's dearer than the dearest friends that we will ever know,Her prayers ever guide us on no matter where to go.Her face is furrowed deep with cares, her hair is all but gray,And rosary beads slip through the hands that first joined ours to pray.Though the years have dimmed those eyes that were so lustrous fair,'Tis death alone can take away the love-light shining there.At night when kneeling down to pray we thank the Lord above,Who was so good to give us our Mother's deathless love.
BLANCHARD: Edith Blanchard (nee Halliday), beloved wife of the late Melvin Blanchard died May 20, 2016 at the Boissevain Health Centre, Boissevain, Manitoba at the age of 83. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Boissevain Cemetery, Boissevain, Manitoba at 11:00 a.m. Donations in memory of Edith may be made to the Boissevain Health Centre, Palliative Care Fund, Box 899, Boissevain, MB R0K 0E0 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 6 Donald St. Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0K6.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service204-523-7791
CAMPBELL: Mary Campbell passed away at Third Crossing Manor, Gladstone on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the age of 91 years. She is survived by her children Helen Stewart of Carman, Darlene Lenton of Brandon, Laurie (Joan) Campbell of Gladstone; 8 Grandchildren; 15 Great Grandchildren; 1 Great Great Grandchild; and brother Eddie (Doreen) Small. She was predeceased by her parents George and Pauline Schmall; son Lyle; sons in law Dubby Stewart, Barry Lenton and Ken Struth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba, 108 B Saskatchewan Avenue East, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba R1N 0L1. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Gladstone United Church with Rita Friesen officiating. Interment will follow at the Mekiwin Cemetery. Clarke’s Funeral Home, Gladstone~MacGregor
BOURASSA: Dr. Barbara Bourassa, beloved wife of Dr. Don Williamson and mother of Lauren Davies, Danielle, Hailey and Marley Williamson, grandmother of Bethany Davies, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the age of 59 years. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation fund will be set up in Barb’s memory in support of the Suzuki Music Program. Donation and complete obituary information to follow.
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BONE: Roman Jonathan Rane Bone, “Washquabenchee,”- Blue Thunderbird Boy, of Brandon, MB, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on May 23, 2016 at the age of 8 months. Roman is survived by his mother Alisha Tiyo Dawn Bone (Colin), sister Brianna, brother Vincent, brother Braven, Aunt Melissa, cousin Aiden, Uncle Sheldon (Tammy), cousins Seth, Autumn and Ethan, Uncle Derek, cousins Cleo and Dustin, grandmother Louise, grandfather Al, great-grandmother Ethel, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members. The Wake will be held at the Friendship Centre, 205 College Avenue, on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Traditional Feast will take place at the Friendship Centre on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery.
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JONES: Muriel Jones, beloved wife of the Late Reg Jones, of Elkhorn, Manitoba passed away at Reston Health Centre – Reston, Manitoba on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the age of 86 years. Funeral Services will be held from St. Mark’s Anglican Church – Elkhorn at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 28th with Fr. Don Bernhardt officiating. Interment will be in Elkhorn Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba in memory of Muriel.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
COOKSON: Edna Mae Cookson (Armstrong) went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Monday, May 23rd at her home at Riverheights Terrace, with her husband of 44 years, Charlie at her side. A retired elementary school teacher with the Brandon School Division, she spent her career of 36 years helping children and young people achieve. An accomplished musician, she played and taught piano, organ and trumpet.  Edna lived her life in service to God and was a lifelong member of The Salvation Army in Brandon where she led the band for over 35 years. Edna is survived by husband Charlie Cookson, son Dave (Wanda) Cookson, daughter Beverleigh (Kevin) Broughton, grandchildren Lee Bater, Andrew, Ryan & Kyle Broughton, Zachary & Joshua Cookson, and great-grandson Jayden Broughton; brother Elliott Armstrong, sisters Lillian Howell & Gladys Thompson as well as many nieces and nephews. Edna is predeceased by sons Rick Reid & Brian Cookson, parents Myrtle & George Armstrong & sister Gertrude Kingdon. There will be an open visitation on Saturday, May 28th at 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, May 30th at The Salvation Army Citadel, 9 Princess Ave. E., at 10:30 a.m.; interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Salvation Army– Brandon Citadel, 9 Princess Ave. E., Brandon, MB, R7A 1R8 or the Brandon University Foundation, “Brandon University School of Music”, 270 18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 6A9, would be appreciated.
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SMITH: Stephen Smith, beloved husband of Jessie, and father to Aurora, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the age of 41 years. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016 at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, at 1:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Stephen may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8. Complete obituary information to follow.
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MCCORMICK: William (Bill) Robert McCormick, beloved husband of the late Mildred McCormick; father of Janet (Ted) Tingey, Richard (Jean) McCormick, Grace (Mel) Bulloch, passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 92 years of age. A service to celebrate Bill’s life will be held at the Cardale United Church, Cardale, MB on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with interment following in the Marney Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to CancerCare Manitoba, PO Box 2248, Stn Main, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 9Z9 or to a charity of one’s choice.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are in care of the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
BLACKWELL: Glady Blackwell, beloved wife of the late Vernon Blackwell and dear mother of Lesa (Jack) Rogers and Clayton (Brenda) Blackwell, passed away peacefully at the Sherwood Personal Care Home, Virden, Manitoba on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the age of 93 years. A Celebration of Glady’s Life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne, officiating. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Glady may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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SZORADI: Verna Jean Marie Szoradi, beloved wife of the late Mike Szoradi of Elkhorn, Manitoba and beloved mother of Allan, Carol and the late Mickey, passed away peacefully at Elkwood Manor, Elkhorn Thursday; May 19, 2016 at the age of 96 years. Funeral service will be held from Trinity United Church, Elkhorn, Manitoba Tuesday; May 24, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Marianne Olfrey officiating. Interment will be in Elkhorn Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Elkwood Manor Remembrance Fund or to Elkhorn Legion Ladies Auxiliary #58, Elkhorn in memory of Verna.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
SONTAG: Patricia Sontag (nee Kooting) was born on November 16, 1940 and passed away at Portage la Prairie General Hospital on May 14, 2016. She is survived by son Warren (Rhonda) Roxanne and Cassandra of Calgary and son Trevor of Germany. She is also survived by brothers Don (Marlene) of Toronto, Jack (Debbie), Jim (Barb) Kooting of Brandon, sister Linda (Orval) Greer of Rapid City and numerous nephews and nieces. The family would like to thank the Stewart families for the care and friendship to Pat.
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