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NYKOLIATION: Joseph Ross Nykoliation. It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Joe Nykoliation on March 16th, 2012, at the Valleyview Care Centre just a few days short of his 88th birthday. Joe was born in Seech, Manitoba on March 22, 1924. He attended high school in Strathclair and during that time he met Jennie Zdebiak. They were married on October 27, 1946 and spent several years farming in the McConnell area. In 1980 they retired in Shoal Lake where they lived for 26 years. They moved to Brandon in 2006 and in 2011 they moved to the Valleyview Care Centre where they were fortunate to share a suite together. Dad will always be remembered for his hard work and dedication to his farm. He worked many long hours but he loved what he did. He also enjoyed dancing, playing cards and pool, and he loved spending time fishing at their cottage at Thomas Lake. Dad was always known for telling stories about the good old days and he especially enjoyed making people laugh. Dad will be remembered and missed by his loving wife Jennie of 65 years, his daughter Debbie and son-in-law Doug Smiley, his brother-in-law and wife Tony and Marion Zdebiak, as well as several nieces and nephews. Joe was predeceased by his parents Margaret and Nicholas, his brothers John (Sophie), Bill (Rose), Alex (Tennie) and Steve, as well as his sister Mary Zurbyk (Nick). He was also predeceased by several in-laws as well as other extended family members. The family wish to thank all the wonderful staff at the Valleyview Care Centre who took such great care of dad during his final weeks. Their kindness and compassion is greatly appreciated. Thanks also to Dr. Caplan and the staff at the Brandon Regional Health Centre for their care as well. Special thanks to Home Care and Camelot Gardens for their excellent care and support prior to dad moving to Valleyview. Funeral service will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Fr. Michael Tkachuk will officiate. Interment will take place at a later date at Shoal Lake Cemetery. If friends or family wish, donations in memory of Joe may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Expressions of sympathy may be made atwww.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
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FISHER: Mildred (Millie) After a very lengthy illness, Millie’s family is sad to announce her passing. Millie passed away at 12:05 a.m. Friday, March 16th, 2012. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Leonard (Len), her daughter, Gerri Rannie (Rob), and her son Gordon Fisher (Jennifer). She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jackie Koensgen, Jeff Koensgen (Kerri), and Sheena and Chelsea Fisher, as well as her great grandchildren, Zane and Nova VanMackelbergh. Millie is also survived by her sister, Evelyn Skinner, and nephews David and Jeff Skinner. As per Millie’s wishes, there will be no formal service.
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ALLEN: John Garth, September 3, 1933 – March 11, 2012. John passed away peacefully at Sunridge Place in Duncan, BC at the age of 78. In 1933 John was born in Pope, Manitoba to John (Jack) and Amy Allen. After graduating from Hamiota high school and finishing his pharmaceutical apprenticeship at Gilchrist Drug Store in Rivers, MB, John continued on to the University of Manitoba were he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and president of his graduating class (Senior Stick). During his final year in university, John married the love of his life – Shirley (nee Frame). Following graduation, John and Shirley relocated to Brandon, MB where he worked as a pharmacist at Clement’s Drug Store for a year and began to raise a family. In 1960, John’s career as an entrepreneur began with the purchase of Clement’s Drug Store. Over the next several years John established partnerships with several pharmacists – opening The Brandon Professional Building on 6th Street with the Medical Centre Pharmacy and the Allen Brown Drug Mart in the Brandon Shoppers Mall. In 1977 John, as the founding president, formed Super Thrifty Drug Marts Canada with six other pharmacists. Over the years they acquired many drug stores in rural Manitoba including the three original stores in Brandon and employed over 250 employees. While operating these successful businesses, John found time for many community endeavors including; school trustee for 6 years, Board of Governors for Brandon University for 4 years, Board of Directors for the Brandon Winter Fair, President of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, founding Chairman of the Brandon Business Improvement Area, Director of the Kinsmen Club of Brandon, member of the Canada Winter Games Committee, Masonic Lodge, the YMCA Board and on the Board of Directors for the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association. John raised funds for many organizations such as; United Way, Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, YMCA and the Brandon Wheat Kings. In 1981, John ventured into the world of politics and won the Progressive Conservative nomination for the Brandon West riding. In1984 John’s continued love of business resulted in the purchase of the James Bay Inn Hotel and Suites in Victoria, BC which is still owned and operated by family. More than a business man John was a loving husband, father and grandfather and friend. Times shared at the family cottage at Clear Lake, MB golfing, boating, playing bridge will be remembered with a smile (as well as his great handyman skills!). John was curler, a hunter and a flier! John and Shirley flew their plane for business and pleasure within Canada and across the country. John was an active member and past president of the Brandon Flying Club. John and Shirley holidayed often with their boys, friends and later on with their many grandchildren - Mexico, Hawaii, Australia, Disney world and Vegas to name a few favorites. After retiring from Super Thrifty in 1998, John and Shirley moved to Arbutus Ridge on Vancouver Island. John was the consummate gentleman. His great intelligence, wise-cracking sense of humour, genuine interest in people, and love of life was remarkable. John is survived by his wife Shirley of Cobble Hill, BC and his three sons; Ric (Pinder) from Victoria, BC, Jim (Debbie) from Calgary, AB and Michael (Christine) from Duncan, BC, his sister Isabel from Lethbridge, AB, ten grandchildren -Richard, Amy, Rajin, Jovan, Jacqui (Marc), Bree, Geoff (Kahyun), Jada, Michael Jr, Madison, four great-grandchildren (Ryder, Layla, Isaiah and Gus), John was predeceased by his brother Lawrence and his grandson Mitchell. Many thanks to all friends and family who supported John over this past year especially Al& Anne Frame who were always there to lend a hand, share a smile or express their love and kindness. A special thanks to John’s caregivers at Sunridge Place – a wonderful home away from home. For those who so desire, a donation to a charity of choice, in lieu of flowers, would be greatly appreciated.
A life well lived - John you will truly be missed!
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CLEGG: Roland “Rollie” Emerson Clegg; beloved husband of the late Gladys Clegg and father of Faye (George) Brown and Jim (Norma) Clegg; passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 100 years of age. A service to celebrate the lives of Rollie and Gladys will be held at the Campbell Funeral Chapel, Hamiota, MB on Saturday, March 24, 2011 at 2:00 PM. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow at the Hamiota Pentecostal Church. An interment with family will take place at the Arrow River Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Rollie’s and Gladys’s memory to the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0; the Cornerstone Family Worship Centre (Hamiota Pentecostal Church), Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0; or to the Arrow River Cemetery Fund, Arrow River, MB, R0M 2H0.
Messages of condolence and photos can be sent via the obituary at
www.campbellfuneralhome.ca. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
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SULLIVAN: John, of Port Colborne, Ontario, passed away October 7, 2011. John was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick on November 27th, 1927. He graduated from the University of Montreal in 1951 and St. Francis Xavier University in 1957. John worked as a chemist at Inco in Port Colborne for 27 years. He was an avid curler, skater, bridge player and golfer. In 1973 he and his partner, Gary Sargus, won a National Bridge Championship. John was predeceased by his wife, Elaine, in 1984. He is lovingly remembered by his children: Maureen Stitt (Gerald) of Brandon, Linda (Stephan Moresoli) of Chelsea, Quebec, Ann (Erik Anderson) of Redwood Meadows, Alberta, and Kevin (Natasha) of Port Colborne, Ontario, as well as by 11 grandchildren: Laurel, Evan, Erin, Kiersten and Caroline Stitt; Lukas and Maia Moresoli; Keely and Finn Anderson; and Jiliane and Brock Sullivan. He is also survived by his sister, Trudy (Ennio) of Delray Beach, Florida. John loved spending time with his family; his wit and love of all things Irish will be missed by all of us. A funeral Mass was held in Port Colborne, Ontario.
May the road rise to meet you,May the wind be always at your back,May the sun shine warm upon your face,The rains fall soft upon your fields and,Until we meet again,May God hold you in the palm of His hand
An Irish Blessing
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WADDELL: Edith Marguerite Waddell. It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of Edith Marguerite Waddell, (nee Wyatt) on March 13, 2012. Edith was born Nov. 18, 1918 at Hamiota Hospital, the elder daughter of Frederick Wyatt and Priscilla Jane (Jennie) Whitelaw. She was raised on a farm north of Decker along with a younger sister Elvaretta, going to Decker School, and completing her Grade 12 at Hamiota. Edith attended Normal School in Brandon for the 1937-38 First Class Session and upon completion, came for an interview at Oldale School south of Newdale, where she was hired for her first teaching job at $500 a year. It was a one room country schoolhouse with 12 pupils in 9 grades. She taught at Oldale until June 1942 at which time she accepted a position in Flin Flon where she taught at both Hapnot and Ross Lake Schools over the next 3 years. Flin Flon was a bustling frontier mining town only accessible by plane, water, or a 24 hour train ride. Wages were good and it was an adventurous time for a young lady. Here she forged many life-long friendships with other teachers. Edith married July 18, 1945 at her parents’ home in Hamiota to Gordon M. Waddell, who predeceased her in 2006. Gordon and Edith traveled extensively throughout their 60 years of marriage, and Edith continued to enjoy holidays with family - most recently celebrating her 91st birthday in Maui. A woman of strong faith, she lived her belief that without love, we are nothing. She was kind and compassionate, often teary-eyed at family events, always thoughtful of others, and was never heard to speak unkindly of anyone. Worldly possessions were of little importance to her. She was trim, energetic, always busy, and gainfully employed. Every grandchild had hand-knitted mittens and sweaters, and hand-quilted baby blankets. She looked forward to the companionship of games and community organizations. She enjoyed playing the piano, square dancing, and loved a game of scrabble, croquet, or lawn-bowling. She was an avid gardener and correspondent with family and friends. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge in Newdale, a charter member of Newdale Raven’s Glen W.I., Newdale United Church Women, and a life member of the Newdale Horticultural Society. Her greatest wish was to stay in her Newdale home as long as possible, and she continued to live independently there until she was hospitalized in January. We thank those whose care made that possible. Edith was a loyal and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was loved dearly and will be missed. She is survived by her children Doug (Connie), Duncan (Audrey), Marj (Blair), Jean (Wendell), and Ken (Joanne), 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life will be held at Newdale United Church, March 20, 2012 at 2pm. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Edith’s memory to the Newdale United Church Memorial Fund, Newdale, MB, R0J 1J0 or to a charity of ones’ choice. When God made the stars and the sunshine, the rain and the flowers and the trees, he also created a mother, because she was like unto these. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
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TEETAERT: In loving memory of Gerry Teetaert. Gerry died on March 13, 2012 at the Bayside Personal Care Home in Killarney, Manitoba at the age of 84. A memorial service will be held at the Killarney United Church in Killarney, Manitoba on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be held at the Ninette Cemetery following the sevice. Donations in memory of Gerry may be made to the Alzheimers Society; Unit 10-120 Donald St. Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4G2.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.com
Killarney & Boissevain Funeral Home Ltd. (204) 523-7791.
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McKEE: Agnes passed away peacefully in her sleep Sunday, March 11, 2012 just a few days short of her 104th birthday. Agnes lived in Neepawa until she moved to Valleyview Care Centre in Brandon to be closer to her family. Agnes is survived by her daughter Louise, grandchildren Caroline, Heather, John, Karen and Trevor, and their families. She was predeceased by her husband Clarence, daughter Lorraine, son Keith, sons-in-law David and Gordon and daughter-in-law Marjorie. The family would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff and volunteers of Valleyview Care Centre for the love and kindness they gave Nana for the l3 years she resided there.
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MANSFIELD; Jessie Dickinson: Jessie passed away peacefully at her residence in Fairview Personal Care Home on Saturday March 10, 2012 with family by her side. Jessie was born September 2, 1917 to Mabel and Bill Ewing. Her father died when she was three years old and her sister, Lillian, was one year old. Left with two small children to take care of, her mother began housekeeping in the area and met the man who was to be the girls’ stepfather, Jim Stamford. Over the years, the family grew to two boys and four more girls and Jessie was very proud to be the oldest of eight all her life. She attended Two Creeks School and then moved to Brandon to finish High School. She then went in training to be a nurse, but due to a back injury she did not graduate, however, while training she did meet her future husband, Edward Mansfield of the Moore Park area in the R.M. of Odanah. Ed and Jessie were married on August 2nd 1941 and moved to the family farm along with Ed’s mother and father. As all farm wives, Jessie canned fruit and vegetables, baked bread and buns and many pies. During their time on the farm they raised their family of two boys and one girl. Jessie was always able to add a couple of plates at dinnertime for anyone who came to their home at mealtime. Jessie also quilted with the local ladies and learned how to knit and crochet making a number of Afghans for different organizations and her family. They made many lasting friends in those years, even to travelling to points west and to the east coast, camping along the way. Camping was something she enjoyed very much and after they would pull into a campground, Jessie would soon be out visiting with her new neighbors. In 1963, they sold their farm and moved to Brandon. Jessie decided to take three young working men from the Moore Park district and board them, spoiling them with hearty meals and motherly advice. Jessie then began a new career when they bought the Western Shop on 6th Street in Brandon. She became the bookkeeper, a profession she performed until her retirement when she passed on her pen to Les. When Ed retired, he gave the order book to Lyle. They then enjoyed many trips, some by bus to Florida and California and the camping trips, meeting many new people and seeing our beautiful country. Mom will be sadly missed by her husband Ed, daughter Donna (Clare) Coxe, sons Lyle (Connie) Mansfield and Les (Donalee) Mansfield, all of Brandon, MB. Grandchildren Sara (Jeremy) Kerr, of Winnipeg, MB and Dustin (Danielle) Mansfield of Bedford, NS. Also a very special great granddaughter Hailey-Jade Kerr who brought her much enjoyment in recent months. Also surviving are sisters Lillian Bowles of Miniota, Mabel Boyce of Carievail, SK and Enid Lawrence of Brandon. Brothers Fred (Eileen) Stamford of Miniota, MB and Ted (Pat) Stamford of Regina, SK as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, sisters Ann Cameron and Irene Wood, brothers-in-law Fred Bowles, Bob Boyce, Ken Wood and Ross Lawrence. A celebration of Jessie’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. Interment will take place at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Douglas United Church, Box 24, Douglas, MB, R0K 0R0.
The most beautiful eyes she did possessSparkling with love and cheerfulnessHer smile conveyed her own sunshineAnd now its brightness is in mine
Author Unknown
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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JASON: Henry Jason, beloved husband of Julia and dear father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away in Brandon on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Prayers will be said at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated atthe Church on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 11:00 am. Celebrant will be Rev. Fr. Dominic Yuen. A private interment will follow in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends who wish may make a donation in Henry's memory to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for the Residence - Western Manitoba Cancer Centre, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information will follow.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
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IRONSIDE: Donna "Darlene" Ironside passed away peacefully with her family by her side on March 8, 2012 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Darlene, the youngest daughter of Margaret and Albert Nicholl, was born on June 15, 1946 in Minnedosa, MB. Darlene received her schooling at Basswood School. She married John Evans in 1966 and was blessed with two daughters, Donna and Debbie. In 1981, Darlene married Ronald Ironside of Rapid City and was honoured to become step-mother to Sandra, Bruce and Gordon. Darlene began her working career as a Dietary Aid at Minnedosa Personal Care Home and later joined the staff of Fairview Home in Brandon in this capacity and later continuing her education to become a Health Care Aide at Fairview. Darlene also worked as a Health Care Aide for Home Care. Darlene loved doing cross stitch, knitting, crochet and crafts, which she gladly shared with her family. She found great enjoyment during coffee time with the "girls". Darlene was predeceased by her husband Ron in 1988, father Albert Nicholl in 1997, mother Margaret Nicholl in 2004, and special friend David Cleave in 1998. She is survived by her daughters Donna (Wallace) Anderson of Rapid City, MB and Debbie (Michael) Barwick of Eckville, AB; grandchildren Michelle, Nichole and Isabella Anderson and Kaila, David, Jerrit and Jayden Barwick; great- grandchildren Jordan Anderson Hillis, Taylor and Zachary Cumberland and Brody Smith. Stepchildren: Sandra (Dale) Wallace, Bruce (Heather) Ironside and Gordon Ironside, their children Ben, Derek and Melanie Wallace, Alexis and Lindsay Ironside and Crystal and Diane Ironside. She is also survived by her sister Marjorie Nicholl of Red Deer, AB, nieceKimberley (Dan) Brazinha and their children Tatiana and Diego of Penticton, BC. A special thank you to Betty for your care and support. Funeral Service was held at Memories Chapel on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 with Rev. Barbara Jardine officiating. She was laid to rest in Rapid City Cemetery. Donations in memory of Darlene may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society - Manitoba Division, 415 - 1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
Expressions of sympathymay be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
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GRIFFIN: Margaret Griffin (nee Ingram). Born in Regina in 1920, Margaret and her family lived in Moose Jaw before coming to Brandon. She graduated from Brandon College as a Laboratory Technician. After working at the Mental Hospital for 2 years, she joined the army and was posted in Toronto and Montreal during the war. Returning to Brandon, she met Richard Griffin and married in 1947 at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. They worked and raised a family in Ontario. Her sister, Dorothy Ingram, died in January 2011. Margaret passed away one year later. She will be forever missed by her husband Richard, her children, Susan, Brian and Gary and her grandchildren.
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CHAMBERS: Marilyn Gail Chambers (Courtice) age 65, passed away peacefully on March 9, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. Marilyn Gail was born on October 26, 1946 to Bill and Ella Courtice (Kerbis) in Glenboro, Manitoba, the eldest of three children. Gail grew up in the Wawanesa area, where some of her fondest memories were. After school, she moved to Brandon to take a hairdressing course and worked for a while as a hair stylist. In the early 70's, her career took a different path, when she took a secretarial/business course. She started working at Wilton Trucking for awhile and then at the Prairie Pantry on the North Hill. Over the years, she managed the "Mac's Convenience Store" on First street. Her last 8-10 years she worked at Maple Leaf in the Sanitation department, was involved as a Shop Steward and taught at the UFWC office. Her greatest hobby and love was the enjoyment she got out of her dogs. From Morty the Lab, to a Weimaraner named Harley to a Heinz 57 named Benji. She was involved at the "Crocus Kennel Club" and quite often took one of her dogs to the hospital to do a round of visiting with the patients. Gail was a daughter, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, a sister-in-law, a cousin, and an aunt. We'll miss her smile, her jokes and all of her stories, and fighting over the turkeydrumstick at Thanksgiving. "A page in our book of memories, is gently turnedtoday". Gail was predeceased by her father Bill (Doc) Courtice in 1987 andher nephew Terrence Courtice in 2005. Gail leaves behind her mother EllaCourtice of Brandon, children Jeff (Amber) Chambers of Brandon, Erin (Matt) Upton of Denver, Colorado, grandchildren Aiden, Mya, Benjamin and Emily. Brother Bill (Gay) Courtice of Brandon, Fred (Ramona) Courtice of Mission, B.C. Nieces; Heather and Dara, and a nephew Lance. There are many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. If friends or family wish, donations in memory of Gail may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for the Palliative Care Unit, 150 McTavish Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3. For Gail's final wishes, there will be no services held.
"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free,following the path God laid for me.I took his hand when I heard his call,I turned my back and left it all."Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
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BROOKS: Florence Catherine (Kay) passed away March 3, 2012 at the Hamiota District Health Centre. Kay was a role model to all who knew her. She led by example in the way she cared, loved and showed respect to everyone. She was the solid root from which her family grew and were nurtured. She will be deeply missed by her children Earl (Lorraine), Sheila Harper (Mel), Audrey, Dale (Jackie), grandchildren Herb, Kim, Tanis (Toland), Melanie (Riley), Travis (Marisa) and Ryan; great grandchildren Dawson, Colt, Trinity, Connor, Austin, Brandon, Sawyer, Ethan and Avery, her sister Jean Doern and brother Bill Collie (Joan) and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband Franklin, parents Robert and Florence Collie, sisters Ann (Jim Liddle), Grace (Ralph Henderson), and brother-in-law Doug Doern. Kay was born May 19, 1916, the second of five children. After finishing school she worked in Brandon for five years before coming to Hamiota in 1942 to cook at the hospital for $35.00 a month. On March 4, 1944 Kay married Franklin and they farmed until 1979 when they retired to Hamiota. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage. Kay served her community in many ways. She belonged to Grace Rebekah Lodge #35 for over 60 years and in 1981 she was chosen Rebekah of the Year for Manitoba. The United Church was an important part of Mom’s life, she was Sunday School Superintendent for 23 years and belonged to the U.C.W. She was a 4-H leader and a member of the Hamiota Agricultural Society for many years. After her family left home she took up curling and golfing. Kay was Honorary Life Member of the Hamiota Ladies’ Curling Club and curled actively until the age of 92. She was instrumental in the formation of the Golden Gals Playdowns. The celebration of Kay’s life was held at Hamiota United Church on March 7, 2012 conducted by Rev. Rachel Robinson. The interment took place at Hamiota Cemetery prior to the service. Donations in Kay’s memory can be made to: Hamiota United Church Memorial Fund; Hamiota District Sports Complex, Box 100; or Hamiota Golf Course, Hamiota, Mb. R0M 0T0. Funeral arrangements were with Campbell Funeral Home in Hamiota.
Loving and true in all her ways,Upright and just to the end of her days,Sincere and true in heart and mind,A beautiful memory left behind.
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BJARNASON: July 6, 1906 – March 7, 2012. Kathleen Bjarnason, daughter of Bridget and Edward Keats, mother of Ken Bjarnason (Mildred) and Lorraine Rae. Predeceased by her husband, Kjartan Bjarnason, and son-in-law, Dr. Don Rae; passed away on March 7, 2012. The matriarch of a five generation family, she was a loving “Uma” to six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. Kathleen grew up on a farm in Ashville, Manitoba, married and lived in Brandon; moving to Portage la Prairie when Kjartan retired from the CPR. A creative woman, she excelled in needlework, cooking and especially enjoyed playing bridge and entertaining. Music played a significant role in her life from the time she was five years old and she was lifted on to the Christmas concert stage to sing solos, to her teen years when she played the piano along with her siblings for the old time dances in the country school. For over eighty years, she provided music for family and friends’ sing-a-longs. She amazed everyone with her whistling too – who knew that birds could whistle Strauss waltzes! As a senior, in Portage al Prairie, she had fun being a member of the Prior Senior Centre’s harmonica band. As recently as February 2012, at Beacon Hill Villa in Victoria (where she spent the last eight months), she requested: “let’s get some people for a sing-song”. With eyes sparkling, she and granddaughter, Andrea, sang: “She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain” with enthusiasm. There will be a Celebration of Kathleen’s Life in Portage la Prairie later in the year. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kathleen Bjarnason’s bursary for music students at the Community Foundation of Portage and District, P.O. Box 1153, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3J9.
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