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BELL:Gordon Moffat, 62 years, beloved husband of Donna Bell, father of Dana and the late Scott Bell, died in the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon, Manitoba on Friday, June 15, 2012. Funeral service will be held at the Souris & Glenwood Community Hall, Souris, Manitoba on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Gord, donations may be made to the BRHC Foundation “ A Sense of Home” Campaign 150 McTavish Avenue East Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
STILWELL: The death of John Dixon "Jack" Stilwell of Brandon, beloved husband of Agnes and dear father of Annie, Andrew and Bill, occurred in the city on Saturday, June 16, 2012. The Funeral Ceremony will be held at Memories Chapel on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm. Rev. John Dolloff of St. Mary's Anglican Church will officiate. Interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Jack to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
RUTHERFORD: Passed away at the Glenboro Personal Care Home on Saturday June 16, 2012 at the age of 70 years, Gerald William Rutherford, of Glenboro MB. Gerald leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife Shirley (nee Campbell), children Laurie & wife Lorraine of Wawanesa, Corinne & husband Les Gillis of Cypress River, Darren & wife Corrine of Stockton, Kelly Ann & husband Herb of Langley B.C., Ryan & wife Kristi of Glenboro, fourteen grandchildren; sisters Annabelle Barnett of Grandview MB & Mary-Dell (Tom) Findlay of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan as well as numerous extended relatives & friends. Gerald was predeceased by his parents George (1991) & Florence (1993), in-laws Fred & Lillian Campbell, brothers- in-law Bob Harrod & Edward Barnett. A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday June 21, 2012 at 11:00 am at Millford Cemetery, Stockton MB, with Phyllis Mulligan officiating. Following the interment, a reception will be held in the Glenboro Kinsmen Community Hall. Everyone is welcome. Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in Gerald’s memory to the John Tosh Memorial Fund, (Proceeds to the New Glenboro Arena Fund), c/o Village of Glenboro, Box 190, Glenboro MB or to the Glenboro Community Playground Committee, c/o Anna Naismith, Box 234, Glenboro, MB R0K 0X0.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Services of Glenboro in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.
HAYWARD: The peaceful passing of Gwenneth "Gwen" Hayward, beloved wife of the late Robert "Bob" Hayward, and loving mother to Susan, Craig and Shelly occurred at her residence Rideau Park Personal Care Home on Monday, June 11, 2012. A Come and Go reception will be held to celebrate Gwen's life at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North, Brandon on Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. A private family interment will take place at the Brandon Cemetery. Rev. David Wilson will officiate. Donations in memory of Gwen may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
BELL:Gordon Moffat, 62 years, beloved husband of Donna Bell, father of Dana and the late Scott Bell, died in the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon, Manitoba on Friday, June 15, 2012. Funeral service will be held at the Souris & Glenwood Community Hall, Souris, Manitoba on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Gord, donations may be made to the BRHC Foundation “ A Sense of Home” Campaign 150 McTavish Avenue East Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
BATEMAN: April 12, 1922 – June 16, 2012. Dorcas May Bateman (nee McMain) passed away peacefully at Deer Lodge Centre, Winnipeg after an interesting life spanning more than 90 years. She was born in Summerberry, Saskatchewan to James Edwin McMain and Nellie May McMain. Her father died in the midst of the Depression, leaving Dorcas and her 4 brothers (Edwin, Lawrence, Douglas and David) to become adults much too early. Despite the hardships of those years, she held many fond memories of “life on the farm” that she loved to share. Dorcas graduated from the St. Boniface Hospital School of Nursing in 1944. In 1960, she changed course and enjoyed teaching in Brandon elementary and junior schools. Her energy and enthusiasm for challenge led her, at age 45, to a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandon University. Despite an always busy professional life, Dorcas found time for her favorite hobbies: she was an avid flower and vegetable gardener and a voracious reader. In later life, she discovered a creative talent for painting that ultimately lasted some twenty years, during which she mastered many forms of art media. Her family and friends cherish the many works of art she leaves us. Dorcas married Cecil Murray Bateman in 1947 and they shared and enjoyed 54 years together. Dorcas and Cec left Brandon and relocated to the Waverley in Winnipeg in 1998. Dorcas’ later years were hard on her: she lost her vision in 1998, her loving and devoted husband Cecil in 2002, and her beloved daughter Donna in 2006. These events brought an end to the hard-driving life she had previously enjoyed so much. She spent her last 6 years interacting lightly with the world, as someone with Alzheimer’s disease can only do. Dorcas is survived by her son Timothy and wife Jan (Kansas City), granddaughters Rachel Bateman (Kansas City) and Hayley Rutledge (Winnipeg), and grandsons Kyle Bateman (Washington DC) and David Rutledge (Prince Albert, Sask). Mom would want us to thank the incredibly caring staff of Tower 3 and Lodge 7 West at Deer Lodge Centre, as well as Jo-Ann Artibise and Bruce Stemken for their special companionship. Because of them, Mom’s final chapter was filled with warmth, support, tons of hugs, and lots of laughter. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Dorcas’ memory to the Deer Lodge Centre, 2109 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3J0L3. A family memorial service will take place at a later date. Thomson “In The Park”, 204-925-1120.
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WILCOX: Gary William John Wilcox passed away at Brandon Regional Health Centre June 1, 2012 with his soulmate and life partner Faye holding his hand. Gary was born June 11, 1941 in Brandon, Manitoba the eldest son of William and Cecilia Wilcox (Jackson). Early in Gary’s life he and his family moved to Oak Lake where he lived until 1959 at which time he moved back to Brandon. 1960 Gary married Faye Jordan and their marriage was blessed with three sons and one daughter. In 1967 Gary entered the electrical trade. During this time he worked for IBW on the building of the hydro dams in Northern Manitoba. Gary did not enjoy being separated from his family and decided to come home and start his own business in 1975. He became the proud owner operator of Gary Wilcox Electric which he continued to operate until shortly before his death. Gary loved to read and try new things and because of this he was able to pass on his knowledge and skills to his children and grandchildren. Gary loved his family and enjoyed family gatherings and many years of camping at Oak Lake Island Resort. In his younger years he was an avid fisherman and hunter until he traded his rifle for photography and hunted his deer through the lens of his camera. Gary was predeceased by the pride of his life his daughter Tammy Lynne Haggstrom, his parents William and Cecilia Wilcox, brother Douglas Wayne Wilcox. Gary will be missed by his family: Loving wife Faye, Sons Kenneth (Joanne), Dennis (Beth), Timothy (Krista) and their children and grandchildren, Son-in-law Gordon Haggstrom and his children and grandchildren. Service of Celebration of Gary’s life was held at Memories Chapel on June 5, 2012. Officiated by Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood of Central United Church. Urn Bearer was Dustin Wilcox (Eldest Grandson). Gary believed Life was to be lived as we learn and life was to be celebrated. He also believed death is a new journey and just the beginning of something more beautiful than we can ever imagine. So dear may you rest in peace until we meet you again. I know you will be waiting for us. God Bless. Donations may be made to charity of choice.
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VERMEULEN: (nee Ferris) Janet Elizabeth died peacefully on June 1, 2012 at Victoria Hospital at the age of 65. Jan leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Harry, son Kevin Lepp, brothers Lewis Ferris (Nicole Dion) and Donald Ferris (Jeanne), sister Norina Martin, David and Gail Vermeulen and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Jan was predeceased by her mom and dad, Tom and Mary Ferris, and her husband’s parents Cory and Mavis Vermeulen. Jan worked at MTS for 29 years and volunteered extensively at Lion’s Manor. She married her beloved Harry in 1994. She loved to read, do crossword puzzles and be with her friends and family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Funeral service was held on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the Bardal Funeral Home, 843 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg.
SMITH: James “Alex” Smith formerly of Swan River, MB passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Center on May 30th, 2012 at the age of 84. Alex was born in Swan River on the family farm near Lidstone, April 23rd, 1928 to Guildford and Vella Smith. He moved away from the farm at the age of 18 and began a series of jobs that included carpentry, logging, dairy farming and working on construction projects in the far north. He married Vivian Servant at the age of 20 and they had two children, Ken and Charyle. Later, in 1956, Alex married Ellenora Wells with her daughter Cindy and they moved to Swan River where they had three more children, Curtis, Barb and Harley. They raised all six children together and were married for 38 year until Ellenora’s passing in 1995. Alex later married Ruth Aagard and together ran Smith’s (Aagard’s) market garden east of Brandon. After Ruth’s passing, Alex met his current wife, Marguerite Martin, in 2005. They travelled and lived happily together in Brandon until his passing. Alex loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping and fishing and hunting. He also loved woodworking and carpentry and even built the family home in Swan River. In 1962, Alex had a major life changing accident and lost all the fingers of his right hand and nearly his life. Alex recovered and went back to school and completed teachers college in 1964. Alex taught at Duncan school in Swan River and Swan Valley Junior High for 23 years before retiring. He was also very fond of gardening and several sports such as hockey, baseball, curling and golf. He coached several young sports teams and helped to organize the Manitoba Senior Olympics. Alex was an active member of the Elks lodge in Swan River for many years and served on the church council at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Brandon. During Swan Rivers 125th he was recognized by the Lieutenant Governor General for his volunteer work. Alex’s favorite sport was curling and was proud of the fact that even into his 84th winter he was able to get down in the hack and curl without a stick. Alex was loved by many friends and family. He is dearly missed but he lives on in the memories of all that loved him. Alex is survived by his Children Charyle (Garry) Holland and children Rita, Lloyd and Lisa and their families; Cindy (Bob) Harrison and children Selena and Kaylie; Curtis Smith and children Alyshia, Sherefa and Vallon; Barb (Les) Sikala and children Jarod and Chris and their families; Harley (Susan) Smith and children Brayden and Jaucelyn; Wife Marguerite Martin; Sisters Nina Wallace and Sheila Breland as well as many nieces and nephews and friends that Alex held dear. Alex is predeceased by his parents Guildford and Vella Smith, son Ken Smith, wife Ellenora Smith, wife Ruth Smith and sister Irene Turton. Alex was laid to rest in Birchwood Cemetery in Swan River, MB on June 9th, 2012.
SIMPSON: Sandria May Simpson (née Jefford), was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba June 28th, 1941. She passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre with family and friends at her side on June 13, 2012. In 1958, Sandy moved to Brandon, Manitoba. This is where she went on a blind date and met and married the man of her dreams, Raymond Simpson, on December 17, 1960. When the children were younger, Sandy enjoyed being a housewife and Mother. Upon the children going to school full-time, Mom decided that a part-time job was in order and she worked for the Bee Cleaning Company. In 1976, The Brandon University became Mom’s place of employment and she enjoyed it immensely. Mom treasured the people and students she met and conversed with. She loved to visit and keep up with the comings and goings of friends and family. She retired from the University in 2002. Mom loved going camping and enjoyed the lake where they had a seasonal site for twelve years in Killarney, Manitoba. She loved when people came out for a visit, especially the grandchildren. Mom was the first one to offer you a coffee and loved for you to take a load off and visit for a while. She loved to tease and give her favorite son-in-law a hard time and was always trying to one up him, how we will miss those funny moments. Mom enjoyed her retirement. She loved being home in her later years, not venturing too far. The coffee however, was always on, in the evenings it was tea for her favorite son and special friend, Patty. Mom loved to converse on the phone, making long distance calls to catch up on everyone’s comings and goings. She loved when her brother Ronnie phoned and talked about his trips and her nephews Zak and Jeff. Sandy is survived by her husband of 51 years, Raymond, her children, daughter Debbie and husband Gordon Holditch, her son Robert Simpson (Patty Stachowich); her grandchildren Stewart and wife Aimee Holditch; Karlee and husband Graham Batchelor. Also surviving are her brother Ronald Parkes and his family along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother; Florence (Flo) Parkes and father; Albert Jefford. A memorial service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place at the Shoal Lake Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, any donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8. Sandy’s family wishes to express their deep appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Assiniboine Centre for their compassion and care given to Mom.
We love you Mom and will miss you, rest in peace…………..till we meet again.
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SHERRIS: Marley George Sherris of Minnedosa, MB passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on June 13, 2012. A graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Joe Ball officiating. Donations in memory of Marley may be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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SCOTT: Peggie (Margaret Welsh) July 29, 1919 - April 14, 2012. A come and go tea in Celebration of Peggie's Life will be held in the activity room at Riverheights Terrace, 4525 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, on June 28th from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
ROST: Fred W. and Verna V. Rost. Fred passed away December 14, 2011, 3 months short of his 95th birthday. Verna passed away March 19, 2012 just days from her 94th birthday. They were both born and raised in Winnipeg. Fred and Verna married in 1940 and spent over 71 years together. Fred served in Europe during WW II and was a manager at Perth’s Drycleaners in Brandon for 23 years. Verna was involved in numerous charity groups, enjoyed playing bridge and gardening. Many enjoyable weekends with family and friends were spent at their cottage on the peaceful North Shore of Clear Lake. They retired to Salmon Arm, BC in 1977, then moved to White Rock, BC in 1988. They are survived by daughters Carolyn Gregory (David), Judith Donaldson (Bob), son Fred (Mary Ann), five grandchildren Christy, Paul, Karen, Lisa and Matthew, and four great grandchildren Madison, Isaac, Joshua and Gracie. Mom and Dad had long, healthy and happy lives together. It is comforting to know that after three short months apart they are reunited once again.
NORTHCUT: Robert Daryl, November 7, 1958 - May 31, 2012. Daryl was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up in Brandon, Manitoba. He worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway for 25 years, which he enjoyed immensely. Daryl truly missed the railroad when he was forced to retire due to health reasons. He traveled extensively throughout his life and dearly loved South East Asia. Daryl is predeceased by his parents, Garnet and Martha Northcut and is survived by his brother, Ford (Wendy) Northcut, niece Amy Jean (Eric) Skidmore, nephew Jonathan, sister Luana (Wayne) Hiebert, nephew Dane, niece Daryl Anne, sister Annadee Northcut, niece Deanna White. Private service was held June 4, 2012. The family would like to thank the Health Science Centre for the wonderful care they gave Daryl.
MENZIES: Margaret Annie Menzies (née Black) passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, June 9, 2012 after a long illness. Margaret was born on the family farm in Shoal Lake Municipality, first daughter, and second child to John Duncan Black and Annie Ethel Black (née) Fisher. Her early school days were spent in Oakburn and Shoal Lake. She grew up on the family farm and enjoyed the local dances, clubs and sporting events. She spoke proudly of barn dances and moonlight trips from home to town in the family sleigh or cutter. She married a wonderful man from the Oakburn area on June 4, 1941, Donald Joseph “Joe” Menzies. Initially farmers, Joe enlisted in the armed forces and was transferred to Italy where he was wounded in the battle of the Liri Valley. He returned home and they began to build a life and family together. Their first two children, John and Mavis, were born in Winnipeg while her husband studied at the University of Manitoba. In 1950, after Joe’s graduation, they moved to Brandon where her second daughter, Glennis, was born. Several other moves occurred, all in southern Manitoba, but in 1959, the family moved back to Brandon to a new house on 12th Street East where she lived the rest of her life. Her second son, Robert, was born in Brandon in 1960. Margaret’s passion for family and community was remarkable. Although her first priority was always the welfare of her family, she still found time to contribute to community life. She was an active member of Toastmistress Club (ITC), Consumers’ Association of Canada, Seniors for Seniors, The Liberal Party of Canada and was a long time member of Central United Church. Mom always believed in the value of education, and although unable to graduate high school during the great depression, she returned to adult education in her late years obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandon University at the age of 70. Our mother was the gentlest, most gracious person imaginable. Her warmth and kindness shone in everything she did and with everyone she met. She was predeceased by her husband of 39 years in 1980, and by her brother Douglas and sister Mary. Margaret will be lovingly remembered by four children John (Leslie), Mavis Menzies, Glennis Hodgson, Robert (Natalie), ten grandchildren Dylan Hodgson (Jennifer), Jordan Menzies (Holly), Adam Menzies, Ryan Hodgson, Hayden Menzies, Adrian Menzies, Alex Menzies, Tyler Menzies, Bobby Menzies and Kael Cardinal, six great grandchildren, four sisters Shirley LeBlanc, Phyllis McIntyre, Ruth MacIntosh, Zetta Berg and two daughters-in-law. Thanks to all of Mom’s friends and neighbours who over the years have come to her aid when she needed them. A special thanks to Doctors. J. Vlok and M. Turabian who called her the “miracle woman,” and whom our mother held in the highest esteem. Special thanks also go to Dr. Weinberg and the wonderful and caring staff at the Brandon Hospital Intensive Care Unit who allowed her to die in as close to a family setting as possible. Funeral service was held at Central United Church on Thursday, June 14, 2012. Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood officiated. Interment took place at Argyle Cemetery.
“A mother’s death is the first sorrow wept without her”
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