DACIUK: Peter (Piotr), beloved husband of Helen, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away peacefully at the age of 87 on September 14, 2006 at Rideau Park Personal Care Home, Brandon. Peter is survived by his loving wife, Helen, of 61 years; his five children: Agnes (Bill) Marshall; Joseph (Helene); Mary (Neil) McIntyre; Christina Redfern; Michael (Wendy); his nine grandchildren: Sean, Jennifer; Chad (Shannon), Lindsey (Jamie); Kevin; Laura (Kurt), Stephen; Megan, Ashley, and his four great grandchildren: Jayden, Lexi; Payton and Cayman. Cremation has taken place and will be followed by a private family interment at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, donations may be made on Peter's behalf to a charity of one�s choice.
de Delley: Dennis Leo de Delley, beloved husband of Dianne, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at the age of 69 years. Dennis was born May 3, 1937 at Dawson Cabin, Sandilands Forrest Reserve, Manitoba. He grew up at the Sprucewoods Forest Reserve, Ranger Station where he enjoyed riding his motorcycle through the bush and sandhills. Dennis attended Lawrence School on the Low Road to Shilo and Shilo School. He was a member of the Scouts and the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. In 1961, Dennis married Dianne L. Brown. Dennis worked for the Royal Canadian Engineers, Shilo, and for a brief period in Line Camps, Kemano, BC. He then worked for Woods Trucking & Cartage, Sprucewoods before starting de Delley Trucking & Excavating at Sprucewoods for 13 years. For the next 18 years, Dennis worked for Zenith Paving Ltd. Brandon. He was a member of the Douglas Curling Club, Shilo Snowmobile Club, Sprucewoods Community Club, Shilo Minor Hockey Association, Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Manitoba Wildlife Federation. Dennis was an avid "big game" hunter and looked forward to teaching his grandson, Greg. He loved the cabin at Clear Lake, fishing, boating and playing with his children and grandchildren. Dennis was a family man who loved to participate in and support his children's and grandchildren's activities. He also loved to play Cribbage, electronic hand games and his harmonica. Surviving Dennis is his loving wife, Dianne; daughters, Dodie de Delley and Sonya Kampe (Ralf) and son, Shawn de Delley; grandchildren: Shae-lynne de Delley, Gregory Murphy and Kristen de Delley; brothers and sisters: Ronald, Gold River, BC, Larry (Alice), Brandon, Margarite Hamer, Minnedosa, Joyce Watson, Brandon, Diane (Douglas) Watson, Brandon, Wayne (Diane), Kamloops, BC, Carol (Tony) Nesci, Langley, BC, Brian (Betty), Calgary, AB, Pat (Jim) Culkin, Brandon and Linda (sister-in-law), Brandon. Also surviving are in-laws: Norman Funk, Brandon, Audrey Sadler, Rivers and Audrey Brown, Brandon as well as numerous nieces and nephews. His parents, Francis and Blanche de Delley of Douglas and brother, Wallace of Douglas predeceased Dennis. A memorial service was held at St. Matthew's Anglican Cathedral, 403-13th Street, on Saturday, June 24, 2006 with the Very Rev. Robin Walker officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium. All those in attendance were considered Honorary Pallbearers. Donations in memory of Dennis may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8.
DILLER: Andrew William Diller passed away at his residence, Central Park Lodge, on Wednesday, April 5, 2006, two weeks shy of his 93rd birthday. He was born in Souris, Manitoba on April 19, 1913. "Andy" centred his life around his business of over 35 years, Diller�s Transfer and his family whom he loved unconditionally. Andy was a man of few words with a heart of gold. He touched many lives with his kindness and generosity, and was well known for his loyalty to those who befriended him. He was a member of Central United Church and was actively involved with the Army & Navy Club of Brandon. Surviving is Joyce, his loving wife of 65 plus years; his daughters Mildred of Brandon, Manitoba and Carol (Barry) Jacks of Calgary, Alberta and son, Ron of Ile a La Crosse, Saskatchewan. Andy is also survived by Gail Diller of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Sharon Diller of Calgary, Alberta. Grampa Diller�s wit, humour and teasing will be dearly missed by his grandchildren: Sherry Jacks (Mike), Shawn (Julie) Jacks, Jason (Samantha) Diller, Allison Diller (Kelly) and Brett Diller (Dayna) and great grandchildren: Janessa, Julianna, Alyssa, Stephanie, Ashley, Erica, Quinn, Charlize and Keara. His eldest son, Leon predeceased Andy on April 24, 2004. Andy was a loving husband, father, grampa and great grampa and his family will cherish the memories he has left with them. He was laid to rest during a private family service in the Brandon Cemetery on Monday, April 10, 2006.
DODD: Enid Muriel Dodd (Ross) passed away suddenly on Monday, July 17, 2006 in Brandon. Enid was born in Elgin, Manitoba on May 6, 1926 and farmed with husband Lloyd till 1953. Lloyd and Enid had three sons, Doug and twins, Allan and Murray. After Lloyd's passing in 1953, Enid moved to Brandon to raise her boys. During those years, Enid became a "Mom" to many of her sons' friends. In 1974, Enid married William "Buff" Dodd and became a wonderful stepmother to Buff�s three children, Shane, Donna and Loree. Enid�s pride and joy were her family, especially her 14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. Another of Enid�s life joys was Clear Lake. Enid spent many happy summers in the old campground and many hours walking and visiting throughout the neighbourhood. Enid is survived by husband, William (Buff) Dodd, sons Doug (Joan) Ross, Allan (Sally) Ross, Murray (Jackie) Ross, stepson Shane (Lorna) Dodd, stepdaughters Donna Dodd and Loree (Rick) Osudar; sister, Marlene (Deb) Mealy, brother, Bob (Grace) Bell; grandchildren: Mark Ross, Jeff (Jen) Ross, Jordan Ross and Katherine Jeroski, Grady Manson, Canda Manson, Amber Osudar, Wade Osudar, Blake Dodd, Kurtis Dodd, Julie Titus, Jon Titus, Geoff Titus; great grandchildren: Haidyn Ross, Caleb Ross, Easton Manson-Lacey and Ella Titus; brothers-in-law Gord Dodd, Cecil (Mary) Ross and Ken (Chris) Ross and sister-in-law Evelyn Bell. Enid is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces. Enid was predeceased by: husband Lloyd Ross, father Russell Bell, mother Muriel Bell, brother Howard Bell, sister Doree Grant, brother-in-law Lawrence Grant and sister-in-law Marion Dodd. Funeral services will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, July 24, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. If friends so wish, donations, in memory of Enid, may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
ELIUK: John Eliuk passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, October 27, 2006. John is survived by his daughter, Myrna (Walter) Churchill of Virden, MB; son, Nick (Barbara) Eliuk of Kelowna, BC and son, Mervin (Violet) Eliuk of Stonewall, MB, and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. A private family graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends wish, donations, in memory of John, may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3 or the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
ELDER: Mae Gladys Elder (n�e Ardron) passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, May 12, 2006 Mae was born at Douglas, Manitoba on July 3, 1918, the fifth child of Ernest and Gladys Ardron. As a young lady, Mae enjoyed playing ladies softball and going to dances. On March 23, 1937, Mae married William (Bill) Clifford Elder of Rounthwaite. Together they raised a family of three, a son Marvin and two daughters, Noreen and Arlene. They farmed in the Rounthwaite district until 1947, when they moved to the Harding area where they farmed until their retirement to Brandon in 1974. Mae was very active in the community. She was a 4-H sewing leader, a director of sewing for the Harding Agricultural Society, a member of the Shiloh U.C.W., and was a Charter member of the Pythian Sisters Lodge in Kenton. Upon retirement, she became an avid 5 pin bowler, volunteered at the hospital auxiliary and was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #3. Mae was predeceased by her husband Bill in 1993, mother Gladys in 1963, father Ernest in 1970, daughter and son-in-law, Arlene and Murray Howden in 1986, son-in-law, Charles Headley in 1974, daughter-in-law, Carolyn Elder in 1969, and son-in-law, Norman Rogers in 1965, brothers Roy, Thornley and Reg, and sisters Vi, Ethel, Beatrice and Shirley. She leaves to mourn her passing a son Marvin and his wife Margaret of Oak Lake, MB, a daughter Noreen Headley of Avon Park, Florida, USA, 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren, brothers Doug, Lorne and Wes and sisters Myrtle and Thelma, also numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on May 16, 2006 with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. Ed Lelond of Arrow River was the soloist and Ernest Elder gave the eulogy. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were her grandsons and great grandsons: Ernest Elder, Brian Elder, Calvin Howden, Jeremy Byczkowski, R.J. Rogers and Boyd McManus. The Ladies Auxiliary formed the Honor Guard and all those in attendance were considered Honorary Pallbearers. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one�s choice.
FRASER, Kenneth Alexander 1925 - 2006. Following a lengthy illness, Ken passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, October 15, 2006 at the age of 80 years. Ken is survived by his wife, Margaret (n�e Luce), his two daughters, Jill and Barbara Little (Don) and six grandchildren: Kyle, Nancy, Ainsley, Christopher, Jacqueline and Monica. He is also survived by his brother, Gerry (Elvera) of Melfort, Saskatchewan and his sister-in-law, Vern Band of White Rock, BC and their children. Ken was born November 14, 1925, in Riding Mountain, Manitoba. He served in the RCNVR during WWII. He moved to Brandon in 1946 where he met Margaret, his wife of 57 years. For 33 years, Ken worked for (and later owned) Christie School Supply, retiring in 1979, to pursue other interests. In accordance with Ken's wishes, cremation has taken place. A private graveside service was held at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ken�s memory to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or to a charity of choice. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nursing staff at the Assiniboine Centre and Brandon Regional Health Centre for all the care Ken received.
FORSTER: Myrna Forster, beloved wife of Robert Forster, and mother to Lana and Michelle, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, September 7, 2006 with her family at her side. Myrna was born June 11, 1959 in Hartney, Manitoba, one of four daughters and two sons to Harvey and Dorothy Myers. Myrna was predeceased by her mother, Dorothy and sister, Judy, whom she missed dearly. She is survived by her husband, Robert; daughters, Lana and Michelle; father, Harvey Myers; sisters, Pat (Ken) Gibson and Linda (Louis) Cabernel; brothers, Larry (Janice) Myers and Brad (Maura) Myers and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. Myrna grew up in Belmont until the family moved to the Myers family farm. She attended school in Belmont and Glenboro until she moved to Brandon in 1977. She married Robert Forster on April 8, 1978. After Myrna moved to Brandon, she held positions in insurance, retail management and accounting. Most recently Myrna was a business manager and co-owner of Compusmart in Brandon. Myrna took pleasure in her family, golfing, camping, skidooing and her pets. She had a wonderful talent for adding numbers "quicker than a calculator" in her head and drawing nature scenes. Myrna was a great role model for her children and had unconditional love for them. She was a loving and attentive wife. The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to Dr Lindsay, Dr du Plooy and all the nurses at Palliative Care who cared so lovingly for our mother during her final days. Also, special thanks to Brad and Maura Myers for their generosity and support. Donations, in memory of Myrna, may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8.
We will love you forever.
GREEN, Eldin Wayne (December 1949 to October 2006) The family of Eldin Wayne Green wish to express with great sadness, the loss of a fine man, at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon, MB, on October 26, 2006 after a courageous battle with cancer, at the young age of 56 years. He was born in Killarney, MB on December 3, 1949, the third child of four to the late Harold and Laura Green of Brandon. Eldin was raised in Wakopa, MB before the family moved to Brandon in 1954. He attended King George Elementary, Earl Haig Jr. High, and Brandon Collegiate Institute, as well as East Kootenay Community College in Cranbrook, B.C. where he achieved Interprovincial Journeyman Status as a Welder Tradesman. Eldin married Patricia Ann Simpson on April 24, 1970 and moved to Red Lake, ON where their first son, Frank, March 1971, and daughter Lori, February 1973, were born. Eldin and his family moved to Douglas, MB that same year. Their third and fourth children were born; John in August 1975 and Daniel in May 1977. During this time, Eldin worked at Behlin-Wickes, Canadian Steel Tank and Brown Steel. The family ventured west to Elkford, B.C. in the spring of 1978 where he found employment at Fording River Coal Mine. Eldin was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, motorcycling, quadding and snowmobiling with his family and friends. His most memorable past times include building a wilderness cabin, restoring a 1975 pick-up into a powerful on/off road vehicle, many bike trips across Canada and the States, visiting Hawaii with his youngest sister, Norma and her family, as well as a trip to Costa Rica with his brother, Glen. Eldin also enjoyed a few fishing trips with his older sister, Dianna and brother Glen, and a fishing trip to northern Alberta with his two sons. He participated in many outdoor adventures with his brother, sisters and his children�s families. Upon taking an early retirement at age 55, he sold his home in Elkford and moved back home to be closer to his brother and sisters, and bought a house in Killarney in September 2005. Eldin was diagnosed with cancer in late January 2006 and fought a good battle until his last day. Eldin lived with no fear of anything or anyone. He was a strong, proud man who could build or repair anything, and in many cases improve the original design. However, with all his strength and determination, he could not repair or improve his cancer. Surviving are his son Frank (Patricia) Green and grandchildren Tia and Kimberly of Hillcrest, AB and Justin and Natashia of Brandon, MB; son John (Stacey) Green and grandchildren Hunter, Hannah and Ryliegh of Smoky Lake, AB and Colten of Cranbrook, B.C. Also surviving are his brother Glen (Lillian) Green; sister Dianna (Larry) Williamson and sister Norma (Richard) Borotsik, all of Brandon, as well as several close aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Eldin was predeceased by his father Harold in 1981; mother Laura in 1982, daughter Lori in 1973, son Danny in 1980 and his grandparents on both sides. The funeral service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, October 30, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor John Reaves of Bible Baptist Church officiating. All friends and family are urged to join in this celebration of life. In keeping with Eldin�s wishes, cremation has taken place and he will be laid to rest, by special permission, with his son, Daniel Glen, at the Brandon Children�s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers and gifts, we ask that any donations be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, "Palliative Care," or "Cancer Care," 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or to any children�s wish foundation in memory of his deceased children. The family would like to thank Dr. Fourie, the staff on A3 Palliative Care, the Assiniboine Centre and all other medical staff involved with his fight.
GARA: Zennoth "Zen" Gara of Brandon passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on August 11, 2006 after a courageous battle with cancer. Zen was predeceased by his beloved wife Susan in January 2006; parents Wasylena and Harry Gara; sisters Helen Gara, Olga Lynall, Doris Boetzer, Martha Hefler and brother, Mike Leasck. Zen will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Michelle and son Harry. He is also survived and will be greatly missed by his sisters Ann Hagen, Jessie Storozynsky (Taras) and brother Ralph Gara (Carol) as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Zennoth was born on March 11, 1936 in Shortdale, Manitoba. He was employed at Canada Packers in Winnipeg for 16 years before moving to Brandon where he worked at the Burns Meat Plant. After retirement, he managed a number of revenue homes and he met many, many people through this venture. Zen loved to stay close to home and spent many hours working in his yard planting an array of flowers as well as a vegetable garden of which he was very proud. He enjoyed the company of his loving wife Susan whom he lost to cancer earlier this year. His other passion in life was his family for whom he took great pride and pleasure. Zennoth will be sadly missed by anyone whom he spent time with and many stories will be shared by all. He had a wonderful sense of humour and a mischievous grin. The Divine Liturgy was held at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church on August 17, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Michael Tkachuk as Celebrant and Mr. Tony Yuriy as Cantor. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery where he was laid to rest beside his beloved wife, Susan. As an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of Zen may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8.
Rest in peace, Zen
GOBEIL: Mary Myrtle Gobeil (n�e Meilleur) passed away peacefully with her family by her side after a lengthy but courageous battle with cancer on August 4, 2006. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her husband Andre; daughters Caroline Klein of Brandon, Suzanne (Shane) Hemenway of Calgary; grandchildren Brittany, Brendan, Carson and Avery. Mary was born to Henry and Edna Meilleur of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba on May 11, 1947. She was the first of 5 children and is survived by her mother Edna; sisters Anita (Leonard) Oliver, Elizabeth (Edmund) Schon and brothers Henry (Joanne) Meilleur and Paul (Jackie) Meilleur as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Mary was predeceased by her father Henry. In 1966, she married Andre who was in the Air Force. They moved shortly thereafter with the military and were stationed in Germany, Trenton, Halifax and finally Shilo, MB. Mary spent the majority of her career with the Public Service Commission in CFB Shilo, Civilian Personnel Office. Mary enjoyed nothing more than giving to her friends and community. She was a member of The Catholic Women�s League and T.O.P.S. for 28 years. Most recently, Mary gave a lot of her time to The Waves of Hope, giving comfort and support to other Breast Cancer sufferers. She enjoyed 10-pin bowling and golf as well as travelling with Andy. They particularly liked their trips to Las Vegas and their Caribbean cruises. Mary touched many lives in the community as evidenced by the many meals, visits and cards of encouragement brought to the house and hospital during her battle. She will be sorely missed by all whose lives she touched, especially her dear friend, Linda Mawson. Mary was a strong, courageous woman who was willing to face the challenges that she had with faith and hope. She never once complained of her illness. A special thank you to the nurses and staff of Brandon Regional Health Centre Palliative Care Unit and Dr. Gregory Large for all of their care and support in Mary�s last few months. Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of Shilo Roman Catholic Church, Shilo, MB, on Wednesday, August 9, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Arek Skwarek as Celebrant. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Mary may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, (Palliative Care), 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8.
HEENEY: Dennis Heeney, formerly of the R.M. of Elton, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at the age of 73 years. Dennis is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters, Barb (Dave) Dixon and Maureen (Gary) McDougall and son, Bob (Judy) Heeney and grandchildren: Meagan and Jennifer Dixon and Jordan, Jessica and Jaxon Heeney. Also surviving is Dennis� sister, Margaret (Jim) Robertson and family of Edmonton, AB. A memorial service will be held at Central United Church, 327 � 8th Street, on Monday, November 20, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. with Mona Franklin officiating. If friends wish, donations, in memory of Dennis, may be made to a charity of choice.
HARRIS: Kenneth Howard Harris passed away at his home, near Brandon, on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at the age of 84 years. Ken was born April 3, 1922 on the family farm in the former Glen Souris District, south east of Brandon, where he still resided at his passing. Ken�s childhood was spent helping out his parents on the farm. He attended school at the Blythe School, located approximately a mile and a half from his home. Ken continued to farm with his father after he had left school. It was a mixed grain farm, with cattle. Ken eventually gave up the cattle by the early 1980s and retired from farming in 1994. He also owned and operated a sand and gravel pit. Ken very much enjoyed this work, selling, not only to neighbours, but contractors, as far away as Winnipeg. He retired partially from the gravel business in the 1990s after selling the pit, but continued to help out as long as his health permitted. While working on the farm with his dad, Ken met Doreen Taylor, and they were married October 26, 1963. They raised two daughters, Susan and Shannon together on the farm. Ken shared his love of animals with his children � horses with Susan and dogs and cats with Shannon. He was also a long-standing member of the Wawanesa Game & Fish Association and held positions of president and vice president, as well as helped construct a wildlife park in Wawanesa. Ken helped organize the annual Wawanesa Game & Fish Wildlife suppers, which he attended every year with his family. He also served his community as councillor for Ward One in the Municipality of Cornwallis, a position he held from 1974 to 1986. During this time, Ken, and his wife Doreen, regularly attended the annual municipal conventions. Ken very much enjoyed the game of curling. He spent many years curling in Wawanesa, winning several tournament championships with his teammates. He curled until health would no longer allow it, but Ken would often go and watch a few games. Ken was also a lifelong hunter, and did some trapping as well. You could always find him out in the fall, hunting deer with his friends, and also, in recent years, his son-in-law, Tim. He was able to bring home a few trophy heads for his efforts. Ken always tried to take life on the lighter side. He enjoyed time with family, friends and neighbours. There were card games with neighbours and some Saturday nights in Wawanesa where a few antics were carried out in fun. Ken was able to see most of Canada on travels with his family. Most of this time was spent in Ontario and Saskatchewan, but he had been from B.C. and Alberta to The Maritimes and Newfoundland. His travels continued at home as well. Ken was often seen driving around the neighbourhood in his truck � just to see what was happening. He also spent his retirement, most mornings, at the coffee shop in Brandon, sharing some laughs with longtime friends. Ken will be remembered as a wonderful, caring husband and father. He was a loyal and trusting friend. Ken was a bright light in all of our lives and will be missed dearly. He is survived by his wife, Doreen; daughters: Susan Harris of Brandon and Shannon (Tim) Mayo of Brandon; grandsons: Kyle Harris, Tyler Mayo and Parker Mayo and sister, Irene (Charles) Zinck of Ottawa. Ken was predeceased by his mother, Lillian (1952) and his father, Cyril (1976). A funeral service, celebrating Ken�s life, was held on Monday, November 6, 2006 at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, followed by interment at the Brandon Cemetery. A reading was given by Roxanne Seymour and the urn bearer was John Seymour. Both thought of Ken as a "Dad". Honorary pallbearers were all in attendance. Donations, in memory of Ken, may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation (Cancer Services), 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3 or to the Manitoba Lung Association, 8-940 Princess Ave., Brandon, MB R7A 0P6.
HARDING: Vincent Warden, born May 24, 1967, passed away suddenly on October 3, 2007 at Brandon, Manitoba. Beloved son of The Rt. Rev. Malcolm and Marylou Harding, dear brother of Ann and Ken Blackmore, Calgary, AB and Jane and Wil Lamont, Brandon, MB, uncle of Ellen, Emily, Benjamin and Sarah. A private family committal service will be held at the St. Matthew�s Cathedral Columbarium in Brandon. A Memorial Service will be held at St. George�s Anglican Church, 1011-5th St., Brandon on Monday, October 8, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Jim Brown officiating. In lieu of flowers, please remember Vince with a contribution to The Counselling Centre, 335 � 9th St, Brandon, MB, R7A 4A8.
Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord,
and let light perpetual shine upon him.
HOPKINS: Mrs. Viola Hopkins of Brandon, beloved wife of the late Donald James Hopkins, passed away at the Assiniboine Centre on Saturday, July 21, 2007 at the age of 75 years. Mom was one of eight children and the Evans family lived on a farm southwest of Nesbitt, Manitoba. She started school in Minnewawa and, when the family moved to Nesbitt, she attended and finished her schooling in a one-room school. Years later, she completed her education in bookkeeping in Brandon. She moved to Brandon and, over the years, she worked at Woolworths, McCallum Jewellers, Brandon General Hospital, Dinsdale Home and the Brandon Mental Health Centre. She married Henry Leslie and raised three children, Ron, Ken and Karen. She was a wonderful Mother and did a great job raising her children. She later remarried Don Hopkins and the family was extended to include his children, Cathy and James. Mom and Don had a camper and liked to spend the weekends at local campgrounds and their holidays on camping trips. For several years, they owned their cabin and enjoyed summers at Oak Lake. Mom was talented in crafts, baking and cooking, but her real passion was in quilting. Each quilt was a work of art because it was unique in design and materials, which was often scraps of material scavenged from the family. Her quilts were a labor of love that she gifted to others. Vi was predeceased by her parents, Robert and May, her sister Jean, brothers Bill, Bob and Herb and her husband Don. Surviving to cherish her memory are her siblings Jessie, Ed and Merle and their families; son Ron and his wife Darlene, Shannon and Dave, Sherri and Jason and great granddaughter Ava; son Ken, David and Tammy, great grandchildren Emma and Nate, Erin and Greg and great grandson Benjamin; daughter Karen and her husband Richard, children Richard, Elizabeth and John; stepson Butch and his wife Brenda and stepdaughter Cathy and her husband Jamie, Stacey and Amanda. Funeral services took place on July 25, 2007 in Brandon, Manitoba. An interment service was conducted at the Brandon Cemetery followed by a service at the Brockie Donovan Chapel. The family is grateful to Colleen Gareau who conducted the services and to Doug Coldwell who honoured Mom by playing several selections, including Amazing Grace on the bagpipes at the cemetery and at the Chapel. Thanks also to all our family and friends that helped celebrate Mom�s life. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation � Palliative Care Unit, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB. R7A 2B3. The family is very grateful to Dr. Dalene Smith and the dedicated staff on 300A of the Assiniboine Centre for the compassionate and professional care they provided for our Mom.