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COUSINS: Douglas Mark Cousins, beloved husband of Irene and father of Susan, Barbara, Keith, Bruce and the Late Kim Cousins, passed away at Elkwood Manor, Elkhorn, Manitoba on Friday, January 29, 2016 in his 88th year. Funeral services will be held from Trinity United Church, Elkhorn at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 6th with Marianne Olfrey officiating. Interment will be in Woodville Cemetery. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elkwood Manor in memory of Doug.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
BERGLUND: Emil George Berglund, beloved husband of the late Alice Berglund died January 31, 2016 at the Melita Personal Care Home in Melita, Manitoba at the age of 98. Emil worked many years for the CNR. In accordance with Emil's wishes cremation has taken place and a private family interment will be held at the Waskada Cemetery at a later date. Donations in memory of Emil may be made to the Alzheimers Society; Unit 4B 457 9th St. Brandon, MB, R5G 0T3.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comSmith Funeral Home (204) 747-2088
CHARLES: Beatrice, 80 years, beloved wife of the late Henri Charles, mother of Dianna, Shirley, Nancy, Mark and the late Raymond and Michael, passed away in the Hartney Community Health Centre on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. Funeral arrangements are pending. In memory of Beatrice, donations may be made to St. Jean’s Catholic Church or to Grande Clairiere Cemetery Fund. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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LOEWEN: Helen Loewen, age 79 years, of Fairview Personal Care Home, went home peacefully to be with her Lord on Monday, February 1, 2016. Helen was a long time employee of Sharpe's Auto Electric and was a devoted caregiver to her mother. Predeceased by her parents Cornelius and Helen Loewen, she is survived by numerous loving cousins. Funeral Service will take place at Richmond Park Mennonite Brethren Church, 1525 26th Street, on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Ken Quiring officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Helen may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 5K9.
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COLEMAN: Ron Coleman, beloved husband of Merle, passed away at his farm home near Virden on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the age of 86 years. Funeral Services will be held from St. Paul’s United Church, Virden, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 5th with the Reverend Janis Campbell officiating. Interment will take place at a later date. If friends so desire, donations may be made to Prairie Mountain Health for Virden and Area Palliative Care or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba in memory of Ron.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
FRANKLIN: Alvin Clifford Franklin, age 90 years, formerly of the North Brandon district, passed away at his residence, Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home on Monday, February 1, 2016. Alvin is survived by sons Doug and Joe (Linda). Cremation has taken place. There will be a Celebration of Alvin's Life held at Memories Chapel at a later date. Announcement of details and complete obituary at that time.
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JUDSON: Edward Milton peacefully passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Saturday, January 2, 2016 in his 75th year. Predeceased by his parents Rosie and Delbert and sister Elizabeth. Very loving husband of Diann. Dear father of Marguerite, step-father to Satin (the late Bruce), Richard (Kim), Greg (Michelle), James (Diana), Dan (Denise). Dear brother of George (the late Clair), Miriam (Glen) Kettering, Cecil (Vickie). A very special thank you to all the staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital for all the care and compassion shown to Edward. At Edward’s request, cremation will take place. Arrangements entrusted to the L.G. Wallace Funeral Home (905-544-1147). Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society or Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family.
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JOHNSTON: On Tuesday, December 29, 2015, surrounded by family, Barbara Eileen Johnston (nee Routledge) peacefully passed away at the age of 54 years. Barbara was born to Elgin and Irene Routledge on March 16, 1961 in Hamiota, Manitoba. She attended school in Lenore, Manitoba until it closed and then attended Virden for her junior and senior high school years. Barbara was raised on the family farm, along with her four brothers. The lone girl growing up with four brothers, likely planted the first seeds of personal determination as she held her own there. After graduating from High School, Barbara went to work in Brandon. In April of 1981, Barbara started working for CIBC in Virden. Over the years she worked her way up to more senior roles, ultimately becoming the CIBC Banking Center Manager for Virden and Elkhorn. Barbara met her future husband John at the young age of 14. Barbara told her mother that John would be the man she married after setting eyes on him at a local party. She was proven correct when they became engaged on Halloween night in 1980. Barbara and John were married on June 27, 1981 in Lenore, Manitoba. Oak lake has been called home, where they raised their three sons. Barbara was dedicated to her family, always lending a guiding hand to her boys with their homework and projects. Encouraging her boys to pursue post-secondary education was always very important to Barbara. She also enjoyed family activities such as camping, bonfires and simple family gatherings. Barbara was a dedicated hockey mom spending many weekends in arenas all over Manitoba. Working full time, raising a family, and looking after the house took up much of her time. Travelling was a passion that John and Barbara shared. They travelled together to Europe, China, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Nova Scotia, and many more locations, sharing great memories and meeting new friends. Barbara liked to relax while vacationing, and even enjoyed the occasional cigarillo and glass of wine. Barbara and John had a very memorable, unplanned, and awe-inspiring visit to the Great Wall when they visited China. Barbara loved to laugh, even though some of her largest laughs were at John’s expense, however, he regularly gave her reason to do so as well. She had a vibrant smile that would light up anyone’s day. Barbara was a strong, determined and very organized woman. From work, it transferred into her home life. With John, and her three sons being on the local Fire Department, when a fire call would come in, she would ensure the garage door was open, and the keys were ready. On November 26th while vacationing in Cuba, Barbara became ill and was taken to a hospital in Santa Clara, Cuba. Her condition continued to worsen, and after seven days and a huge struggle, with the help of family and friends she was finally able to be transferred to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 2nd. With the best medical care available to her for the next 26 days, Barbara fought very hard but her condition deteriorated more and the decision was made to fly her back home to be with family and friends. Again after many phone calls and lots hard work on the part of family and friends she was flown to Brandon on the morning of December 28th and transferred to the Brandon ICU where she passed away early in the morning of December 29th. Barbara was predeceased by her mother Irene Routledge, father-in-law and mother-in-law Barry and Georgina Johnston, brother-in -law Brent Doherty. Barbara leaves to mourn her husband John, sons Derek, Ryan and his fiancé Stephanie, and Riley, her father Elgin Routledge, mother- in-law Erva Johnston, brothers Russell and wife Sharon, Garth and wife Maxine, Barry and wife Kathy, Les and wife Sue Routledge, sisters-in-law Judy McLean and her husband Wallace, Joan Doherty, Janice Johnston and her husband Gord Huminuk and brother-in-law Jerry and wife Debbie, as well her Aunt Merle Mooney, many nieces and nephews and many friends. A Beautiful funeral service was held Monday, January 4th, 2016 in Virden, Manitoba. Reverend Don Stellsted officiated the funeral. Many family, friends and community members attended. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society or the Oak Lake Sifton Fire Department in memory of Barbara.
HAYDEN: With his family by his side, John William Hayden passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the age of 91 years. John will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 68 years, Doris; children Murray, Bonny (Neil) and Glen (Judy); daughter-in-law Terry; sister Joy (Ken) and sisters- in-law Betty, Reta and Renee; grandchildren Jamie (Julie), Alix, (Devin) Craig, Dan, Alison (Nick), Morgan (Chris), Tanner and Shelby (Scott); and great-grandchildren Connor, Elisabeth, Jack, Bodhi and Teagan. John was predeceased by his sons Lynn and Brian and brothers Cliff, Morris, Lloyd and Del. As per John’s wishes, only a private family service will be held at this time. Interment will take place this summer at the Lyleton Cemetery at a date yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made in John’s name to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3. The family would like to extend their thanks and deepest gratitude to the staff on the 300 Unit at the Brandon Regional Health Centre and the Palliative Care Unit at the Assiniboine Centre for the exceptional care and kindness that John received during his time there.
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LENTZEN: On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, Krystyna Teresa Lentzen, age 65 years, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, with her loving husband Rene by her side. The family will cherish her memory in a private ceremony.
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McCONNELL: Elgin “Red” Deryl McConnell, of Hamiota, MB, beloved husband of Ruth; father of Kim (Carolyn) and the late Wendel (Bev); passed away in Hamiota, MB on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 85 years of age. A celebration of Red’s life will be held on Monday, February 1, 2016 at the Hamiota United Church, Hamiota at 2:00 pm. A time of fellowship and refreshment will follow at the Hamiota Community Centre. Private family interment in Hamiota Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Red’s memory to Hamiota Minor Hockey, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0; Manitoba 4-H Council, 1129 Queen’s Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 1L9; or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824 - 18th St, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota in care of arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
HAMMOND: 1944-2016 Brian Edwin Hammond passed away on January 5, 2016 at Boissevain Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on October 3, 1944 at Brandon, Mb, to Edwin and Mildred Hammond. He lived his entire life at NE 22-4-19 until Brian and Marg retired to Boissevain in 2011. Brian’s dad; Edwin, passed away in 1951, so Brian learned about farming and chores at a very young age. He attended school at Hiawatha, Brandon, and Boissevain. He belonged to the Ninga 4-H club. In 1958 Roy Hammond (Ed’s brother) and Mildred were married. Roy and Brian farmed together for a number of years. In 1968, Brian married Margaret Sprott of Minto. They had 3 sons, Brad, Bob and Andy. Brian and Marg farmed together for 41 years, but because of Brian’s diagnosis, they rented the land out in 2009. One of the highlights of the farming years was the celebration of 100 years as a family farm in 1982. This was a glorious day enjoyed by community, family and friends. Although Brian retired in 2009, his heart was still at the farm. He spent countless hours in his shop with welding projects, inventions, repairing equipment, helping out his sons and grandchildren any way he could. Brian served as a councilor for the RM of Morton for 4 terms, a position he thoroughly enjoyed. Following his retirement from council, he continued to serve on the Conservation District board. Brian was truly a people person. He was a friend to everyone he met and always willing to lend a helping hand. We spent many hours having coffee on our deck after we moved to town. Brian felt so honored when people, young or old, waved or stopped for a chat. Brain was so proud of his sons and did everything he could to help get them established. His nieces and nephews have also been known to call on Uncle Brian for assistance. Brian’s 8 grandchildren were his pride and joy, and he had a special connection with each and every one of them. Brian is survived by his wife of 47 ? years, Margaret, his three sons, Brad (Candi) Dano, Brendan, Jordan and Kendall, Bob (Lisa) Jenny and Riley, and Andy, Brett and Jessa. His sisters Elva Ludgate and Dawn Guliani. He is also survived by sister in law Norma Sprott, sister in law Mary (Ronald) Kalberg, brother in law Tom (Janice) Sprott and numerous nieces and nephews. Brian was predeceased by his parents Ed Hammond, Mildred Hammond and step father Roy Hammond; his mother and father in law Alfred and Sylvia Sprott and brother in law Bob Ludgate, Owen Sprott and Rhoi Guliani. A memorial service was held on January 8, 2016 at St. Paul’s United Church, Boissevain, with Rev. Milo Spooner Craig officiating. Donations in memory of Brian may be made to the Boissevain Health Centre Palliative Care Fund at Box 899, Boissevain, MB, R0K 0E0 or to the Boissevain and Morton Foundation, Box 1075, Boissevain, MB, R0K 0E0.
“I think I’ll take the rest of the day off.”
CRANG: (nee Cummings) With her husband Bob by her side and after a courageous battle with cancer, Norma Joan Crang of Brandon passed away at the Assiniboine Centre on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Norma was born on June 18, 1942 in Trail, British Columbia to Norman and Irene Cummings. The Cummings family moved from Trail to Vista, Manitoba when Norma was 9 and then to Brandon when Norma was 13. She attended a one room school in Vista and later attended St. Michael’s Academy in Brandon. At the age of 16 she met the love of her life, Bob Crang, whom she married three years later on December 2, 1961 at St. George’s Anglican Church. They were inseparable for over 54 years. Prior to being married, Norma worked at Brown’s Drug store where she met her lifelong friend, Marjorie Watson. Norma and Bob welcomed their first child, Rob, into their lives in 1962. It was at this time that Norma decided to remain at home and dedicate her life to caring for her husband and children, never asking for anything in return. The next 10 years would see the arrival of Alan, Jeff and Susan. Norma selflessly devoted her time to caring for Alan’s special needs throughout his life. Unfortunately, Alan passed away in 2014 leaving her heartbroken. Norma also had a very close relationship with her parents, having daily conversations with her mother and always including them in all family events. As the children grew, Norma and Bob worked closely together to build two family homes, helping and encouraging Bob throughout the entire building process. Besides her passion for the nurturing of her family, Norma had several interests including flower and vegetable gardening; cooking and baking; knitting and sewing. She was well known for her Christmas and rhubarb cakes in addition to her mincemeat tarts – a sought after treat during the holiday season. Norma supported Susan in her business as the baker at Scarlatti’s - one of the most delicious items on the menu being Norma’s cheesecakes. She loved skating, curling, bowling and dancing the night away with Bob. Norma and Bob had such a deep love for each other and this was evident whenever they were seen on the dance floor. Norma had a lifelong love of dogs, often bringing home strays as a child (much to the chagrin of her parents), training and showing Kelly her poodle, as well as owning several Shih Tzus including Suki, Missy and Andy. Norma and Bob enjoyed many camping vacations with their family. As her son Alan was challenged with diabetes, Norma volunteered yearly as a canvasser for the Canadian Diabetes Association. In Norma’s last few years, Bob became Norma’s “angel on earth” devoting every minute of every day to making her as comfortable as possible, enabling Norma to remain at home until just days before her passing. Norma is survived by her loving husband and soul mate Bob; children Rob, Jeff (Crystal), and Susan; grandchildren Robyn (Jérémie), Sam, Ally, Allegra, Brendan and Marcena; brother-in-law Jim (Irene); sisters-in-law Gladys and Sharon; several aunts and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Norma was predeceased by her son, Alan and grandson, Linden; father and mother, Norman and Irene; brother Keith; father and mother-in-law, Findlater and Marie; brothers-in-law Jack and David; and nephew Keith. A family graveside service was held on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 with Father Chad McCharles officiating. Pallbearers were Rob, Jeff, Susan, Robyn, Sam, and Ally. The family would like to thank all the people who helped Norma throughout her illness and give special thanks to Dr. Johan du Plooy, Cheryl McDonald, RN, Dr. Blaire Turner and Dr. Steven Alberts. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.Norma was the most loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend anyone could ask for. She made her house a home and was the centre of her family. She supported her family through thick and thin, encouraged them to be the best people they could be and wished all the happiness in the world for them. She was a precious gem which can never be replaced.
-You will be deeply missed and your memory will live on in us forever. -
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PARDY: It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of William “Craig” Pardy on January 22, 2016 at the age of 50 years. Craig was born on October 25, 1965 in St. John’s, Newfoundland to parents Bill and Betty Pardy. He was raised in Paradise, Newfoundland where he attended Paradise Elementary and later graduated from Queen Elizabeth High School in 1982. One of his earliest and continuing job positions was as a mason with Skinner’s Masonry. In 1990 he met the love of his life, Rhonda Dillabough, and after a whirlwind romance they married on July 13, 1991. Joining the family in 1993 came their firstborn, Bradley William Craig, and almost four years later his sister, Taylor Dawn, completed the foursome. Craig’s greatest role in life was being a devoted husband and father. Brad and Taylor were his pride and joy, and his greatest moments were spent involved in their daily activities, whether it was acting as caddy for Brad on the golf course, or attending Taylor’s volleyball tournaments. Craig’s love and dedication to Rhonda and their children was unending. Some of their special times were spent at their cottage at Clear Lake, appropriately named Hearts Content. They also enjoyed trips together to vacation spots in Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, Italy, and Marco Island, Florida, all the time making precious and lasting memories. Friendships were also very important to Craig, and he always looked forward to visits with his “brudders” in Newfoundland, Thursday night golf with his Brandon buddies at Sunnyside, and a regular weekly Friday lunch date with the “F.A.G.” His friendships were numerous, and his impact was greatly felt by all those close to him. Craig and Rhonda moved from Newfoundland to Brandon in 1993 where Craig became employed with Craftsmen Painting, followed by a two and a half year job position as a salesman with Murray Chev-Olds. Being as cars were always a passion of Craig’s, he thoroughly enjoyed going to work each day. On the occasion of their 10th wedding anniversary, Craig and Rhonda received the exciting news that they’d been accepted as Tim Hortons Brandon franchisees. Their first store opened on November 30, 2001, with an additional five restaurants in operation by 2012. Both Craig and Rhonda loved their Timmies adventure, and took great pride, not only in their business, but also in the amazing team of employees who gave them their full dedication and support. This opportunity was their dream come true and they were rewarded throughout the years by special recognition for their efforts. Craig’s huge smile and welcoming personality was well known to all the customers. Left to mourn with immense sadness is his beloved wife of almost 25 years, Rhonda, son Brad, daughter Taylor and chosen son Coltyn Bates; mother Betty Pardy, sisters Kim Slade (Ed), Marlene Gentry (Terry) and their son Alex, brother Frank (Kerry) and his children Devin and Haley, and special cousin Norma Kilfoy. Also greatly missing Craig are Mom #2 (mother-in-law) Gloria Dillabough; sister-in-law Marci Crisanti and children Greg (Carrie) and Lindsay, brother-in-law Allan (Darlene) and their children Jordyn, Robyn and Jayden, aunts, uncles and families and many treasured friends. He was predeceased by his father, Bill Pardy (1992), father-in-law Merv Dillabough (2011), and his best friend and “brother” Vince Crisanti (2015). We know Craig is experiencing not only peace, but immeasurable joy in being reunited with these loved ones. The funeral service to honour Craig’s life was held at Central United Church on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., with Reverend Ken DeLisle officiating. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Flowers are gratefully declined. In respect of Craig’s great desire to help others, donations in his honour may be made to Helping Hands Soup Kitchen, 111-7th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 3S5.
Rest Easy, Craig.
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