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ROSCOE: The death of Joseph Roscoe, father of Dan (Cheryle) and Terry, passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre.Arrangements are pending with Memories Chapel &Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
KENT: Josiah Bruce passed away October 14, 2012, at the age of 94. Born at Unity, Saskatchewan, the oldest of three brothers. At the age of 12, the family moved to a farm in the Wawanesa area where he attended the Cheasley School. After the death of their mother in 1936, the family moved to an acreage in the Glen Souris District. It is from there they ventured into business, from delivering firewood to Brandon residences, hauling grain to elevators, gravelling roads, to road construction both in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and finally to paving, the company known as Zenith Paving. Around this time, Bruce became a founding member of the Wheat City Concrete Company. From an early age Bruce enjoyed sports from hockey on outdoor rinks in the winter, baseball in the summer and later as a Wheat King fan. When the threat came of moving the Wheat King Hockey team out of the city, Bruce, along with other businessmen, were able to keep it in the city. One of the unforgettable hockey experiences was attending the Canada-Russia game in 1972. Trap shooting became another interest and due to his competitive nature he was soon competing both in Canada and the United States. He had the honor of being the first Canadian to be president of the American Trap shooting Association. When health became an issue in 2002, a move to River Heights Terrace gave him many enjoyable years. Bruce was pre-deceased by his son Scott and brother Lloyd. He is survived by his wife Ruth, daughter Carole (Lonny), and brother Allen (Irene), granddaughters Ashley and Dara, nephews Bob, Gary and Bryon and their families. A memorial service will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, October 20, 2012 (today) at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. David Wilson of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church officiating. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to BRHC Foundation, “Western Manitoba Cancer Centre”, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or charity of choice.
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HASLEN: Laura Alice Haslen of Brandon, formerly of Rapid City, passed away peacefully at her residence, Valleyview Care Centre, on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at the age of 92 years. A service to celebrate Laura’s life will be held at the Rapid City United Church on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. Interment will follow at the Rapid City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Laura may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7 or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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GORZEN: It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Dave Gorzen on Friday, October 12, 2012. As per Dave's wishes there will be no funeral ceremony. If friends wish, donations may be made in his memory to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Brandon RHA Cancer Services, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel &Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
GAMBLE: Lexie Edwina (nee Glover), beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully on Monday, October 8, 2012 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, age 87 years. Lexie was born to Gladys and Edwin in Glenavon, Saskatchewan, where she grew up on the family farm. She moved to Winnipeg briefly for employment and met her husband Don. They settled in Brandon and were blessed with, and raised four children there. Grandchildren and great grandchildren followed and were the love and focus of her life. Even with busy family life, "Grandy" still found time for many activities and passions. Volunteer work was very important to her as was being an active member of the Knox United Church family. Membership with the Naomi Rebekah Lodge was true to her heart as were the many friendships she developed over the years. She had many talents. She was a great seamstress and very artistic, leaving behind many beautiful paintings. She enjoyed many activities like bowling and clogging, but her true passions were golf and bridge. She will forever be remembered for her quick, caring and strong spirit. She will sadly be missed by her husband Don of 60 years; son Bob of Victoria; daughters Lisa (Blair) Purvis; Rhea Webb; and son-in-law Larry Rankin of Killarney; grandchildren Jamie Rankin (Jodie) of Red Deer, AB; Shayne Rankin (Rachel) of Winnipeg; Tara Purvis; Nicole Gero (Mike); Taylor, Danielle and Carter Webb; and sister-in-law Norma Burnby of Winnipeg. Four great grandchildren and many special nieces, nephews and friends also survive. She was predeceased by twin daughters, infant Dale (1953) and Debbie Rankin (2006); her parents; brothers Jack and Dick Glover and sisterPeggy Johnson. A private family graveside service was held at the Brandon Cemetery with Rev. Craig Miller of Knox United Church officiating. Lexie's life was celebrated by family and friends on October 13th, 2012 at Memories Chapel. Donations in memory of Lexie may be made to a charity of one's choice.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330
DRIEDGER: Faye Elaine Driedger (née Fleury) of Brandon, beloved wife of Jake and dear mother of Brent and Brenda (Dan) Billings, passed away suddenly at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at the age of 70 years. Mom was born May 22, 1942 in Welby, Saskatchewan. She attended school in Crandall and Beulah, MB. She met the love of her life, Jake, in 1960 in Birtle, MB and they were married on July 14, 1962. They spent their early married life in Brandon and Roblin where their twins were born. The family moved to Winnipeg where Mom successfully completed her Nurses Aid training. She cared for the geriatric residents of the Golden Door Personal Care Home in Winnipeg and then moved on to work for Home Care. Later in life, Mom and Dad moved to Brandon to be closer to family and she continued her work with Home Care. As a young adult, she played softball with the Birtle Ladies Softball Club and was very much involved in Archery when our family lived in Snow Lake. She was also a member of the 5 Pin Bowling Association. Her greatest joy was her family and her grandchildren had a special place in her heart. Grandma could be found front and center at countless Christmas concerts and school functions, camera in hand. Mom loved spending time at Killarney Lake where she spent many a night sitting around the campfire with her many good friends. She also enjoyed her membership at the Killarney golf course where she became acquainted with the local scenery while searching for her lost golf balls. She was an especially gifted bowler, a talent she crafted over 38 years. She was an accomplished competitor, participating in three National Tournaments. Many lifetime friends and memories were made at the lanes. Faye is lovingly remembered by her husband Jake of 50 years, children Brent and Brenda (Dan) Billings of Brandon, grandchildren Curtis Cameron, Ryan Cameron and Danielle Billings, brothers Donald Fleury of St. Lazare, Albert (Jan) Fleury of Birtle, sister Jean (Murray) Pennelton of Pentiction, BC and sisters-in-law Ida and Gloria Fleury, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Faye was predeceased by her parents Fred and Ruby (Mockford) Fleury, sisters Aleta (Albert) Timbrell, Dolerene (Bert) Ducharme, Dorothy Spencer, Thelma (Raymond) Dupont, and her brothers Merrick Fleury and Stanley (Lucy) Fleury. A service to celebrate Faye’s life was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Monday, October 15, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiating. Honourary Pallbearers were Curtis Cameron, Ryan Cameron, Danielle Billings, and Brent Driedger. Donations in memory of Faye may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6 or to Funds for Furry Friends, Suite 208 - 740 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 0K9. The family would like to give many thanks to the Intensive Care Unit for their care and compassion and for the respect and dignity given to our Mother. The family would also like to express their sincere thanks to Faye's many friends for all of their kind words and support.
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CLARIDGE: William “Bill” Henry Claridge, of Brandon, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 7, 2012 after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. Bill was born in Binscarth, MB on September 14, 1931 to Reginald and Marion Claridge. The early days were spent in the quiet small town attending school and getting into mischief with his brother Lenny. Bill began his lifelong career with C.P. Rail in 1956. During the early part of his career he was stationed in Binscarth, Foxwarren and Newdale. During his employment in Binscarth, Bill met Sheila Mitchell who was working as a schoolteacher. They were married in 1961 and moved to Newdale to begin their life together. Bill was posted in Newdale as Station Manager for C.P Rail. Bill and Sheila began their family in Newdale and the family lived above the train station. Many fond memories are held by the kids of their adventures with Dad at the train station. In 1970, Bill, Sheila and three kids in tow moved to Brandon. Bill continued his employment with C.P. Rail. Bill was never content to sit idle and in his spare time he would sell World Book Encyclopedias, square dance with Sheila, spend time camping with friends and family and tinker with cars. Bill retired from the railway in 1991 after a heart attack which required a quadruple by-pass surgery, however, that didn’t slow him down a bit. Bill remained active in his retirement and spent time with his family and close friends. Bill enjoyed spending time with his children and friends and was fond of taking day trips to Casinos in Canada and the USA. In the later years, Bill enjoyed spending time with his four grandchildren. The kids always brought out the best of Grandpa. They enjoyed spending time with him and will miss him deeply. Bill is survived by his daughter Diane Laird (Al Dyck), sons Duane Claridge (Sherice), Terry Claridge (Danah) and grandchildren Taylor, Abbey, Hayden and Kolbie Claridge, and many relatives and friends. Bill was predeceased by his father and mother Reginald and Marion Claridge, wife Sheila Claridge, brother Lenny Claridge and grandson, Tanner Claridge. Bill will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all. An intimate graveside service was held at Brookdale Cemetery, Brookdale, MB on October 12, 2012. Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.
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BELL: Earl James Bell, September 8 1947-October 6, 2012. On Saturday October 6, 2012 Earl Bell at the age of 89, peacefully drew his last breath and joined his soul mate Mabel for one last dance. Earl will be missed by his family of three daughters: Maureen (Glenn) Johnson of Killarney, Wendy (Ken) Clyne of Boissevain and Leslie (Shayne) Udell of Winnipeg. Also 4 grandchildren: Bill (Shawna) Johnson of Kamloops, Erin (Bob) Parker of Calgary, Wayne (Krista) Clyne of Boissevain and Patti (Curtis) Craven of Winnipeg. Great grandchildren share happy memories of him, Tori and Chloe Johnson, Morgan Parker, Camryn, Tanner and Austin Clyne, Alexa, Kaleigh and Jenna Craven. He was predeceased by his wife Mabel of 62 years, parents Hamilton and Ethel Bell, brother Harold, sister Kathleen and many sisters-in-law and brothers-in- law. Born and raised in Wawanesa, Earl joined the Navy in 1943 and went off to war. He returned to Wawanesa in 1945, completing his education and began working for Manitoba Telephone System. It was there were he met and fell in love with Mabel. They were married in August 6 1947 and shortly after Earl, Mabel and Maureen moved to Strathclair. While they were living there, their second daughter Wendy was born and in 1956 they moved to Killarney. A third daughter, Leslie arrived and the household was complete. Earl loved his hockey and when he was no longer able to play he coached and refereed for many years. He was an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts, the Royal Canadian Legion in Killarney, Congregate Meals and Meals on Wheels. Earl continued to work for MTS until his retirement in 1983. Living in their house on the lake was a perfect retirement home. He loved to work in his yard and putter around the house. Many quiet days were spent sitting on their deck admiring the view. Mabel and Earl took several vacations with Mabel’s sisters and their husbands and always treasured their company. Earl will be remembered for his love of music and dance, his laughter and ability to meet and talk to anyone who would stop. He was an honest, hard working man who asked nothing in return except to be respected. After Mable’s death Earl moved into Westview Lodge in Boissevain. He met new people and renewed old acquaintances. In July 2012 he moved into Bayside Personal Care Home in Killarney were he remained until his death. Earl’s family would like to thank Dr’s Nell and Pio, the staff of Trilake Health Center, Bayside Personal Care, Westview Lodge and Boissevain Health Center for their care and concern over the last 9 months. Earl took a long and difficult road but finally reached his destination. We will miss you. Killarney & Boissevain Funeral Home.
ARMSTRONG: It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of The Rev’d Beryl Sylvia Armstrong at the age of 85 in the Seven Oaks Hospital, Winnipeg on October 6th, 2012. Beryl is predeceased by her husband (Murray), her father (Cecil), her stepmother (Nancy) and her mother (Alice). Left to cherish Beryl’s memory is her daughter (Gail), son (Martin), grandchildren (Steven, Alison, Joshua, Zoe and Chelsy), sister-in-law (Clair) and numerous cousins. Beryl was born, September 24, 1927, and raised in an English community of Thornton Heath Surrey, England. After extensive training in England as a Physiotherapist, decided to accept a position as head of the Physiotherapy Department at the Yorkton Union Hospital in Yorkton Saskatchewan in 1963. She later met Murray while actively pursuing her passion in bowling. They found much in common including growing up in the same era as they were only 22 days apart from each other. As their friendship grew they discovered they had experienced similar encounters and so understood one another. They married on July 31, 1965. They have two children Martin and Gail. In 1976, Beryl moved with her family to Brandon Manitoba as her husband (Murray) accepted a position as Assistant Parts Manager at Murray Chev Olds. Soon after the move, she began to feel a calling into a pastoral care field, which grew stronger over the years. She became a member of the Order of St. Luke and felt a need to visit patients in a Hospital setting. In 1981, Bishop John Conlin commissioned Beryl as a Lay Hospital Chaplin for the Diocese of Brandon. She took extensive courses in healing and counseling. Later, Beryl was ordained Deacon and then became one of the first women priests to be ordained in the Brandon Diocese. Beryl’s primary passion was visiting the sick in hospital. She ultimately became the Anglican Hospital Chaplin for the Diocese of Brandon while serving as Honorary Assistants at St. Matthews Cathedral and St. Mary’s Anglican Church. This took her many places until retirement some years later. She then helped her husband extensively work on both family trees and went on numerous trips across Canada and England. In 2010, Beryl and her husband moved to Winnipeg in the hope to enjoy the rest of their retirement. Beryl was able to enjoy many conversations while watching the funny show with her grandchild Zoe and was extremely excited to meet her latest grandchild Chelsy who was born in July. This kept her spirits up while she was in the Hospital. The family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to all the Dr’s and nurses at Seven Oaks Hospital, Winnipeg Manitoba for the excellent care Beryl received in the last two months. Cremation and funeral arrangements were organized through Neil Bardal Funeral Centre in Winnipeg. Funeral services were held at St. Matthew’s Anglican Cathedral on October 11, 2012 The Right Rev’d Jim Njegovan, The Very Reverend Robin Walker officiated and Rev’d John Dolloff assisted. Ashes were placed within the St. Matthew’s Anglican Columbarium. “Come to me who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 204-949-2200.
SILVIUS: It is with sadness that the family of Irvin Neal "Dusty" Silvius, father of Ray, Alan, Kevin and Larry, announce his death occurred on Monday, October 15, 2012 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Funeral Service will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Wayne Sanderson of Trinity United Church will officiate. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Irvin may be made to Riverdale Community Centre, Box 677, Rivers, MB R0K 1X0. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
THICKETT: Donald William entered into eternal rest October 2, 2012. Don was born September 20, 1947 to Fred and Irene Thickett of Russell, Manitoba. In 1972, he married Gail Evans. They have two children; Douglas (Daniella) of Edmonton and Kimberly (Brian) of Brandon. His children and grandchildren were very special to him. Tyler, Jenna and Brianna brought many smiles to his face. Raised on the family farm west of Russell, outdoor adventures were his passion. He went for many walks in the valley near his childhood home. The cabin at Oak Lake provided many happy times with family and friends and more quiet walks to enjoy nature. Don worked for the Jacobson family for the majority of his life. He volunteered at Trinity United Church as a leader in the scouting program and as treasurer for several years. Don has two sisters: Bev (Terry) of Comox, BC, Wilma (Shane) of Winnipeg, sister- in-law Joyce (Tim) of Estevan, mother-in-law Verna (Willis) of Brandon, two nephews, Dale of Edmonton and Brad (Kirsten) of Edmonton and great nephew, Avery. A graveside service was held October 9, 2012 at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Don may be made to the Trinity United Church, 1515-6th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 6B3 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
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WAGNER: Quietly, after a long illness, Iris Bernice "Bee" Wagner (nee Caslick) passed away at her residence, Valleyview Care Centre, Brandon on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the age of 89. Bee is survived by her husband of sixty years, Al; daughters Daphne Wagner (David Green), Kate Wagner Zeke (John Zeke); grandchildren Rachelle, Paige, Lita and Mikey and great-granddaughter Isabella. She is also survived by her sister Pat Foord-Kelcey; many brothers and sisters- in-law as well as nieces and nephews. Bee was the product of a farm upbringing during the Depression, and she was further shaped by the impact of World War II on her friends and classmates. She trained as a secretary in Alberta, and worked for Veterans Affairs in Winnipeg. Her time as a career woman was sidetracked when she married Al, and after a few years, she happily put it aside as they moved to Dauphin, where they started their family. In a different time, Mom would have run a large company, but having decided to be a stay-at-home wife and mother, she lavished her considerable talents and drive on her family. When she was well, Bee actively supported her children and grandchildren in their academic and extra-curricular activities. She never missed an orchestra, band or choir concert, recital or interview night. She loved to garden, and shared her knowledge of plants, flowers, birds and insects with her children and grandchildren. She sewed everyone's wardrobe, baked bread, and made memorable Halloween costumes. Bee will be remembered as a prolific and accomplished needlewoman, who shared her skill with the community, teaching and demonstrating obscure techniques uncovered by her extensive research. Her intricate quilts were featured in a national magazine and local shows. Bee had a sharp mind, loved a good debate, and kept us all on our toes. She followed politics in the media, and never missed an opportunity to put forward her leftist world view to the more conservative amongst us. She was a strongly principled woman, with high standards for herself and her family. A funeral service took place on Friday, October 12, 2012 at Memories Chapel. Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiated. Committal followed at the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Bee may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for the Residence - Murray House, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre,204-727-0330.
WHITE: It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of Gordon Earl White. He was our cherished husband, father, father -in-law, grandfather and great grandfather. Gordon passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side at the Assiniboine Centre on Oct. 11, 2012. Gordon was born May, 2, 1932 to Agnes and George White. He was the youngest of eight children. He was born in the Russell Municipality and raised in Binscarth where his parents owned and operated a town filling station. After leaving school he was employed with the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1951 out of Brandon. On August 21, 1954 he married Gail Elizabeth Josephine Smith on the family farm. They moved to Brandon where Gordon continued to work for the CPR as a fireman until 1959. Gordon began work as a firefighter for the City of Brandon in January 1959. He was proud to have served in the department for 38 years and achieved Lieutenant status before he officially retired in 1997. Dads strong work ethic led him down many other opportunities of employment such as shingling, painting, real estate, mushroom farming and for a short time he owned and operated a small moving company with his two sons. Gordon enjoyed many family vacations; camping in the early years followed by a family haven in Minnedosa, and then a family built cabin at Clear Lake. Gordon enjoyed many cherished moments at the lake watching his children and grandchildren for hours on end at the beach. Gordon actively and proudly followed his children. He was an active member of Brandon Minor Hockey for many years where he proudly helped coach the Bantam team to a Provincial Championship. He then followed his grandchildren in all their life endeavors. He was known to many to be a permanent fixture and the biggest, proudest fan at these events. Grandpa was relied on and expected to attend all our events. Rain or shine, early or late- he was there! Grandpa was fun-loving and enjoyed playing jokes and teasing us all-much to our loving dismay. Gordon and Gail travelled extensively. Some of his favorites were to Great Britain, Jamaica and Hawaii. He was an active parishioner of St. Mary's Anglican Church. Gordon and Gail resided for many years in the Eastend and most recently lived at Lion’s Manor. Gordon enjoyed participating in many events and games at the manor. Gordon leaves behind his adored wife Gail; his children Ken (Holly), Keith, Marie (Bruce), and Barbara (Mark); grandchildren Caitlin, Ryan, Courtney, Brin, Zachary, Gabriel, Seth, Rylee, Kallie, and Sydnee; great grandchildren Kolby, Dominick and Tanner; siblings Bernard White, Imogen Pizzey, Les White (Dorothy) and sister-in-law Del White. He was predeceased by his parents Agnes and George; siblings Arthur White, Joan (Don) Charles, Murray Pizzey, Muriel (Garnet) Scarrow, Phyllis (Roy) Shaw, and Gladys White; nephews George and David; nieces Beverly and Judy, and parents-in-law Cecil and Margaret Smith. Honorary pallbearers were his beloved grandchildren. Funeral service was held at St. Mary's Anglican Church, on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. Rev. John Dolloff officiated. A private family committal was held at the Brandon Cemetery.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330
WILLIAMS: Gladys Williams of Brandon, formerly of Oak Lake, passed away peacefully at her residence, Fairview Home on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the age of 100 years. A graveside service to honor Gladys’ life will be held at the Oak Lake Cemetery on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. A time of fellowship and refreshments, open to all friends and family, will be held at the Oak Lake Legion Hall following the service. Flowers gratefully declined, donations in memory of Gladys may be made to the Oak Lake Legion or to the museum.
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WILLOX: Anna Caroline Willox, age 97, beloved wife of the late Clarence (Mick) Willox died October 19, 2012 at Dinsdale Personal Care Home, Brandon, Manitoba. Funeral Service will be Tuesday, October 23, 2012, Smith Funeral Home, Deloraine, Manitoba, 11:00 a.m. Interment Del-Win Cemetery, Deloraine, Manitoba. Donations in memory of Anna may be made to the Deloraine United Church, the Deloraine Health Centre, or to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #83. Messages of condolence may be made at www.wheatlandfs.comSmith Funeral Home, Deloraine Manitoba. 204-747-2088.
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