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MANITOBA - Brandon - Brockie-Donovan Funeral Home Obituaries - 4

Posted By: GenealogyBuff
Date: Monday, 23 March 2009, at 1:19 p.m.

HOLBROOK: Edith Holbrook of Brandon, beloved mother of Myrna (Jack) Scribner, passed away peacefully at her residence in the Valleyview Lodge on Monday, June 18, 2007 at the age of 85 years. Besides her daughter, Edith will be lovingly remembered by her granddaughters, Sandra Couling (John Dalgleish) and Cindy (Craig) Robins and great grandchildren, Hayley, Dexter, Kayla and Andrea as well as her sister, Eileen (George) Sewell. A graveside ceremony will be held at the Brandon Cemetery on Friday, June 22, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. John Nesbitt officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations, in memory of Edith, may be made to the Valleyview Lodge Activity Fund, 3015 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, MB R7B 2K2.

HOOKE: It is with profound sadness that the family of Alice Hooke announces her sudden passing on March 20, 2007 at the Brandon Regional Health Center. Alice was born November 17, 1923 in Neudorf, Saskatchewan. As a young woman, she moved to Winnipeg and joined the Canadian Armed Forces, receiving the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and the War Medal 1939-45. It was at that time that she married George Hooke and they began raising their family. Alice was a loving, devoted wife and mother. Nothing gave her more pleasure than to be the number one fan (and chauffeur) at her sons’ and daughters’ special events….believing "that’s what Moms are for." As her family grew, she became interested in a part time sales position with Beauty Counsellor, which led to District Manager. This certainly became her avocation. She enjoyed the interaction with her clients and the camaraderie with her fellow employees. Alice was an avid bridge and cribbage player and accomplished bowler. She enjoyed her yard and she loved sports, especially baseball, curling and golf. Of course, first and foremost, Alice was a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. She taught her children well, and lived to watch them flourish. She took pride in herself, her family and her accomplishments. Her contentment can be attributed to the fullness of her life and the love that surrounded her. The world is a better place for having known her. Remaining to cherish Alice’s memory are five children: Lynette (Bob) Martin of Minneapolis, Georgia (Don) Weaver of High River, Barry (Kathy) Hooke of Portage la Prairie, Ken (Kim) Hooke of Winnipeg and Kevin (Laurie) Hooke of Winnipeg, as well as grandchildren: Robby and Christie Martin, Todd and Traci McLeod, Kayla and Christopher Hooke and Hailey Hooke, and her great grandchildren: Mac, Lacey and Reese Martin, Kari McLeod and Tyler and Brandon Schenkley. She will be lovingly remembered by her extended family: her brother Gordon (Ann) Bender of Brandon, her sister Irene of Edmonton, as well as many nieces and nephews. Alice was predeceased by her husband, George, in 1992, her parents, Jacob and Elizabeth Bender, her granddaughter Tammy McLeod and her great granddaughter, Darcie McLeod. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Brandon Regional Health Centre, especially Dr. S. Dhalla, as well as the many home care workers for their exceptional care and gentleness toward Alice and her family. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of her life will be held this summer. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be directed to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3.
"Forever remembered in our hearts"

HARPE: Victoria (Vicky) Harpe (née Lozinski) was born May 19, 1918 in Calder, Saskatchewan. She was raised on a farm by her parents, Zenka and Paul, along with her two brothers, Harry and John and her four sisters, Anne, Nellie, Jessie and Pearl. Her parents immigrated from the Ukraine and homesteaded at St. Phillips near Kamsack, Saskatchewan. In her early years, Victoria enjoyed horseback riding and listening to her brother John play his guitar. She also enjoyed embroidery and needlework. Vicky was a seamstress and homemaker for many years. She married Wesley Albin Harpe and had three children, Melvin, Carol and Peter. During her life she lived in many places, including several communities in Northern Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and finally in Brandon. Victoria resided at Rideau Park for nearly twenty years. In these years, she made a long-term friend in Dorothy Snidanko and truly enjoyed her company. She enjoyed bowling and won many trophies for this activity. She received great care and attention from the staff at Rideau Park, for which the family is most grateful. Victoria was predeceased by her parents, Zenka and Paul, her husband Wesley, her brothers, Harry and John, her sisters, Anne, Nellie and Josie, and her son, Melvin. She is survived by her sister Pearl Armstrong (Livonia, MI), daughter Carol Dube (Andy) The Pas, son Peter (Barbara) Brandon, five grandchildren: Cheryl (Dale), Jacqueline, Abbey, Sarah and Erik and four great grandchildren: Dawn, Dayna, Michaela and Markus. Funeral service will be held at Rideau Park, 525 Victoria Avenue East, on Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. with Arlene Robertson of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations, in memory of Victoria, may be made to a charity of choice.

HICKS: Valerie Mae Hicks (née Sherb), July 3, 1950 – February 15, 2007. Valerie, beloved wife of Ross, mother of Dallas (Lynnai), grandmother of Dalen, daughter of Vi Sherb and predeceased by father, Stan. Val was born and raised in Brandon and passed away on the morning of February 15, 2007 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. She touched the lives of many people and animals and will be greatly missed by all. A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6.

JONES: Joan Alberta Jones, of Brandon, beloved mother of Dennis, passed away at her residence on August 11, 2006 at the age of 57 years. Joan was born on May 23, 1949 at the Brandon General Hospital. She received her education in Brandon and for the last few years, worked at O.B.O. Security. She belonged to the Home League Ladies at the Salvation Army and she enjoyed going for coffee with friends and playing Bingo. Joan is survived by her son Dennis; brother Robert (Barb) Knight; sister Violet Graham; brother-in-law Wayne (Marg) Jones, plus several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. She was predeceased by her husband Ralph and her parents, Alfred and Emma Knight. Funeral service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Friday, August 18, 2006 with Captain Bruce MacKenzie of the Salvation Army officiating. She was laid to rest at the Brandon Cemetery. Pallbearers were Paul Sicinski, Darren Sicinski, Chris Church, Bob Cotton and Andrew Ball. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends wish, donations, in memory of Joan, may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8.

JONASSON: Patricia Jonasson, R.N., C.N.M. Courageously on Wednesday, July 19, 2006, surrounded by her family and dear friend Kris, PJ passed away in Brandon. She was predeceased by her mother Mary Oldfield in 1971. Pat was born in Halifax, NS and spent all of her early life there. She studied nursing in Halifax and there developed a love for obstetrics. PJ had a natural gift for assisting women in pregnancy and childbirth. This was recognized by the Nova Scotia Health Department who sponsored her to seek further training in midwifery at the Maternity Centre Association in New York City at the renowned Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Following her graduation as a Certified Nurse Midwife, she returned to Halifax. In 1964, "Aunty Pat", accompanied by her mother, moved west to Winnipeg to be closer to her brother Don and his new family. This was when she went to work at the Women’s’ Pavilion and, after the birth of her son Jeff, she was instrumental in the development of the first Lamaze classes offered in Winnipeg. PJ also worked with a well known obstetrician, Dr Otto Schmidt, as the first obstetric associate in Canada, which was the subject of a journal article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in February, 1973. PJ eventually moved "across the river" to St. Boniface Hospital to practice nursing in Labor and Delivery. During her time there, she helped bring thousands of babies into the world, which included many of her family and friends’ children. Most exciting for her was assisting in the births of her grandchildren, Jessica, Paige and Brett Jonasson. The majority of her time at St. Boniface was spent as the Night Charge Nurse where she had a special love and bond with all the staff who benefited from her strength, compassion, and strong and quiet leadership. PJ touched many lives in and out of the work place. Her and Don’s home was always a lively happy meeting place for friends and family alike. Despite her many professional friendships and accomplishments, the most important people in her life were her family. Her son Jeffrey, his wife Tracy and their children, Jessica, Paige and Brett were the centre of her life. In 2000, Pat and Don moved to Brandon to be closer to Jeffrey and his family. Grandma Pat had an exceptionally tight bond with her grandchildren and was fiercely proud of their many accomplishments. She was a proud supporter of their athletic ability and school achievements. She was the centre and source of strength for her family, always guiding them with her practical wisdom. She will forever be remembered and sadly missed by her husband Don, her son Jeffrey, daughter-in-law Tracy and her grandchildren, Jessica, Paige and Brett. Also missing her is her brother Don and numerous nieces and nephews. Pat’s family would like to thank her many friends, nursing classmates and colleagues, especially Dr Gerry McCarthy, who supported her during her lengthy battle with breast cancer. This contact meant a great deal to her. She and her family would like to say a special thank you to PJs eldest niece, Charlene and good friend, Kris Robinson, for all their love and steadfast support during her illness and passing. A memorial service will be held today, Saturday, July 22, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon, Manitoba. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation (Cancer Services), 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3 so that fewer people will have to suffer this dreadful disease.

KIRK: Isabella Harriett (Hutchison) of Fairview Home. It is with deep sympathy that we announce the death of our dear Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother on Friday, September 29, 2006. Isabella was born at Sec. 24-11-26, Wallace Municipality, Manitoba on October 27, 1910 to David and Harriett Hutchison. Isabella received her education at Two Creeks and Virden. She married Edgar Kirk in 1930. They farmed at Kirkella, sold their farm and moved to Elkhorn. In 1956, they moved to Brandon. Isabella was a member of the Elkhorn Legion, I.O.D.E. and Daffodil Rebekah Lodge #64. Isabella enjoyed going for car rides and on Seniors for Seniors bus trips. She went to Alaska which she really enjoyed and many more places. Those who knew Isabella will never forget her thoughtfulness and her willingness to help others. She was a very sweet, kind person. You were always welcome in Mom’s home for coffee and sweets, especially her pies. She was a great cook. Mom loved to knit and crochet, making many afghans for everyone in the family. When moving to Brandon, Mom worked at Woolworth’s, Anglo Canadian Oil and Linden Lanes school until retirement. Isabella is survived by her daughter Leah (George) Wakefield; two grand-daughters, Dianne (George) Chase, Ingrid (Jeff) Liere. There are six great-grandchildren: Kirk, Kaitlyn, James, Laura, Samuel and Olivia. Brother-in-law Norman Gatey and many nieces and nephews. Isabella was predeceased by her father David and mother Harriett (Hutchison); husband Edgar on May 25, 1994; brothers Allan (Marg), Bill (Olive), George (Evelyn), Bert (Bobby); sisters Edith (Bob) Mitchel, Janet (Fred) Marten, Elizabeth Gatey and twins. The family extends a sincere and grateful thanks to all the staff at Fairview Home for the excellent care extended to Isabella. The funeral service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, October 6, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood of Central United Church officiating. The organist will be Donna Cooper, soloist, Marlene Yuel and the eulogy will be given by grand-daughter, Ingrid Wakefield. Pallbearers will be: George Yuel, Ed Airey, Dick Graham, Ron Smithson, great-grandsons Kirk Chase and James Hamel. The interment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Isabella may be made to the Sun Fund for Kids, 501 Rosser Ave., Brandon, MB, R7A 0K4 or to a charity of choice.
Forever in our hearts.
May you rest in peace.
We love you.

KNOWLTON: Betty Jean Knowlton, widow of Hugh John Knowlton, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, on August 12, 2006. She is survived by her children: Catherine Gallacher and husband David of Oregon; Bruce Knowlton and wife Margaret of Surrey, B.C. and Joanna Knowlton and husband Jim Tokarchuk of Winnipeg. She is also survived by grandchildren, Brooke Knowlton and David Tokarchuk and her brother R.V.B. (Bill) Burgoyne of Lagoon City, Ontario. She was predeceased by her grandson, Bruce Knowlton in 1994 and husband Hugh in 2000. Betty was born in Edmonton on November 17, 1922 to Edna and James Burgoyne. In 1932, she moved with her family to Winnipeg, where she graduated from Kelvin High School in 1939. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Brandon College in 1942. While at Brandon College, Betty met Hugh and they were married in 1945. They had been married almost 55 years at the time of Hugh’s passing in 2000. After a short time living in Sarnia, Ontario, Betty and Hugh returned to Brandon. In addition to raising her family, Betty became active in the community. Her community service continued throughout her lifetime, including involvement in IODE, volunteer work with the Brandon Music Festival and the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation. The latter included many happy hours working with her friends at the "Nearly New Shop". In 1976, Betty and Hugh moved to Victoria, B.C. where they lived until 1993 when they returned home to Brandon. During their years in B.C., they enjoyed many adventures on their boat "The Wasagaming". They continued to come each year to their cottage at Clear Lake, a place that remained one of the great joys of Betty’s life. Betty was able to spend time there this summer, enjoying her family and her many cherished friends at "the lake". Betty was a devoted, loving and kind daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. She was also blessed with many dear friends, both lifelong and more recent. Their dedication throughout Betty’s life, and especially in her last days of illness, is a testament to those friendships. The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of the second floor of the Assiniboine Centre and the fourth floor of Brandon Regional Health Centre for their care and compassion during Betty’s final illness. A private family graveside service will be followed by a memorial service at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy officiating. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3.

MOFFAT: Verna Hazel Moffat, beloved wife of the late John (Jack) Robson Moffat and dear mother of Grant Moffat of Forrest and Janie Hale of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, passed away at her home at Central Park Lodge on October 24, 2006.
Verna was born on October 10, 1923, the youngest child of Grant Charles and Bertha Wheeler. Her arrival on their farm in the Brandon Hills area completed their family which already consisted of 2 boys, Clare and Lloyd. She attended school at East Brandon, traveling to school on horseback or with a horse and cutter in the company of her cousins. In 1945, the family sold their farm and moved to Chilliwack, BC, however Mom returned to Manitoba after a short stay. Upon her return, she did sewing for the Red Cross and shared an apartment with a friend.
In the spring of 1947, she attended a dance at the Orange Hall in Brandon and caught the eye of a young local bachelor, Jack Moffat. They were married on February 12, 1949 and moved to the Forrest area, where they lived most of their married life. Son, Grant was born in 1951 and daughter, Janie, completed the family in 1954.
Their early years together involved milking cows, raising chickens and selling the by-products of cream and eggs to residents in Brandon. Mom was involved with the church with the choir, Sunday School, and later Session. She was treasurer for the Forrest United Church for 50 years.
Helping with the farm, raising children, gardening, and involvement in the community left little time for personal hobbies, but she still found time to knit baby outfits for family members and friends. Her garden often included gladiolas, which frequently became a stunning bouquet at Forrest United Church on Sundays.
Once Grant and Janie were old enough to take music lessons, regular weekly trips into Brandon became part of the routine. At age of nine, Grant joined the 4-H club and Janie followed a few years later, which brought Mom into the realm of being a 4-H leader, which she did for 10 years.
Grant and Janie’s friends were always welcomed into the home and a number of them considered Mom & Dad as second parents. Scott, Bob, Audrey, Carol, Violet, Anthony, and David became regular visitors - a couple extra for meals never caused Mom any stress, she took it all in stride.
Dad was the outgoing visitor in the family, but more often than not, Mom was right along beside him, quietly in the background, but there none the less.
Mom was also involved with the Rugbyettes, a Red Cross group doing sewing, knitting, crocheting, and quilting, along various fund raising projects. She was an active member for 51 years and was happy to attend the last gathering of Rugbyettes in September, 2000. During her time with the group, she held several positions and hosted numerous meetings in our home.
Another facet of their life together was raising purebred Yorkshire pigs, which meant trips to local fairs during the summer, to show their animals. Once Grant started raising purebred Charolais cattle, Mom was kept busy with entertaining visitors to the farm and being his right hand with the many admin details required for organizing cattle sales. She volunteered with the Charolais Association and was always willing to lend a hand to whoever needed assistance.
Of course, she also was involved in making meals for local bonspiels and weddings, dainties for teas, and helping wherever was required. She was a person who preferred to work in the background, rather than be in the spotlight. She was also active with the Legion for 10 years.
Many neighbours became close friends and Mom was often calling them up to check on how or what they were doing and lending a hand if required.
One activity that Mom & Dad enjoyed was dancing – Forester’s Hall, Wheat Kings Boosters dances were favourite spots and they made many friends during that time.
One of her favourite activities was working in the office during the fairs in Brandon. Her skill at organizing all of the ribbons was a marvel to many and she spent many hours there. Summer time always saw her busy canning and making jams and pickles to keep the family supplied for the following winter.
Mom wasn’t one to want to holiday to exotic places, but did enjoy driving to Saskatchewan, Alberta, or British Columbia to visit her family and friends.
Mom and Dad celebrated 50 years of marriage in 1999, with an open house and supper for relatives and close friends, a day which they both enjoyed immensely. Shortly after that, Mom’s health declined and it soon became apparent that they would have to give up their home on the farm. They moved into an apartment in January, 2001, but Mom was only there a few days before going to the hospital. Dad passed away in April, 2001 and Mom then moved into Central Park Lodge, where she has resided since.
Mom was a quiet person with a dry sense of humor and loved to tease. Close friends often got a rough time from her. But she would do anything for them, if needed. In recent years, it was the nurses at Central Park Lodge who got a taste of her teasing remarks, but they loved it and took such good care of Mom, as she never complained or bothered them unless she really needed something. Just last month, we found an old pair of her sunglasses from the 60’s and put them on her and she loved watching the reactions of some of her nurses.
She faced many trials in her life stoically. She was never one to complain, met the challenge head on and fought whatever battles came her way.
She leaves her son, Grant, daughter, Janie, son-in-law, Ron, grandchildren Shawn, Charlene, and her husband Dave, and great grandsons Dylan and Delton. Brother, Clare Wheeler and his family and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Amy and Ron Voy and their family. Also brother Lloyd’s family. She is predeceased by husband, Jack, parents, Grant and Bertha Wheeler, in-laws John and Jane Moffat, brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Lillian Wheeler, and sister-in-law, Martha Wheeler.
A funeral service, for family and friends, will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Friday, October 27, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Barbara Jardine officiating. A private family interment, at Rosewood Memorial Gardens will be held prior to the service. If friends wish, donations, in memory of Verna, may be made to the Grant Moffat Fund, c/o Westoba Credit Union, 1020 Princess Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 0P8, any other Westoba Credit Union branch or to a charity of choice.

MACMILLAN: Kenneth "Ross" MacMillan of Brandon passed away on October 24, 2006 at the age of 56 years. Ross was born on April 29, 1950 at Brandon, where he was raised. He was very proud to be a founding and lifetime member and of the Optimist Club. He also enjoyed genealogy. Ross is survived by his brother Don (Gail) and their children Heather, Laurel and David. He was predeceased by his parents Angus and Bertha MacMillan. A graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery on Saturday, October 28, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiating. Ross received the gift of life through an organ transplant nine years ago. If friends so wish, donations in Ross’ memory may be made to Transplant Manitoba, Gift of Life Program, Room GE 441, 820 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3A 1R9.

MORGAN: Crystal Morgan (nee Groves) was born in St. James, now Winnipeg, in 1919. After marrying her childhood sweetheart, Joe, they spent their life together touring the world with the Canadian Air Force. They had two children, Joanne and Bill. On retirement, they settled in Winnipeg and travelled south for the winter. After Joe passed away in 1986, Crystal continued her passion for travelling. She also kept active lawn bowling, golfing, playing bridge and square dancing. She loved visiting with her grandchildren in Brandon as often as she could. Crystal continued to be very active in St. James United Church until her illness forced her to be cared for by her family in Brandon. When her health continued to decline, she was moved to Rideau Park Personal Care Home where she resided until her passing on Wednesday, October 4th, 2006. Predeceased by her husband Joe and son-in-law Murray Guild, she is survived by her loving daughter Joanne Guild, grandson Jamey (Kristin) Guild, granddaughter Daina (Ralph) Roberts and great grandchildren, Aydyn and Degan Roberts, all of Brandon. She is also survived by her dear son Bill Morgan of Hamilton, ON. Cremation has taken place and a private ceremony will be held at St. James Cemetery, Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Crystal may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, #1 613-10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G6 or to a charity of choice.

MISANCHUK: Ernest Misanchuk passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon on September 20th, 2006 at the age of 82. Ernie was born to Teenie & Michael Misanchuk on July 22, 1924 in Erickson, Manitoba.
As a youngster growing up on a farm near Jackfish Lake, hard work and chores were part of the daily routine. His teenage years were spent working on the farm during the summer and in the winters he would leave by train to head off into the northern bush camps in Ontario to cut and haul wood with a team of horses. As he got into his 20’s, farming was still the main occupation but winters were spent at Canada packers with other neighbours from the country.
As a young man he decided that construction was for him and that the city life of Brandon was calling.
After working for a number of years in the construction industry, a minor workplace accident put him into the Brandon General Hospital to recuperate. There, he met the love of his life, Lorraine Tegg. They were married on October 20th, 1956 and spent the last 49 years sharing their love.
Ernie was very proud of the fact that he built his own home as finances would permit and that he was a good provider for his family.
Fishing, hunting and snowmobiling were all some of the things Ernie enjoyed doing with his children. The family cabin at Minnedosa Lake was a great source of enjoyment for friends and family alike. The door was always open and happy hour was guaranteed, as were huge bonfires every night.
Ernie’s vehicles were a source of pride for him because as child growing up in a family of 10, he never imagined that someday he could possibly own a brand new truck or car.
There were many Friday night meat draws spent at the legion with family and friends. Saturday afternoons would find Ernie with a couple of grandchildren in the legion playing shuffleboard or hoping to win big on Nevada tickets. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for many years.
Ernie was predeceased by his wife Lorraine and will be lovingly remembered by his children: Marilyn (Marlon) Sturgeon, Greg (Kathy) Misanchuk, Lori (Lloyd) Nevins, and Donna (Kelly) Hamm. He will also be sadly missed by his grandchildren: Ryan Sturgeon, Lisa Sturgeon, Braden Misanchuk, Jennifer Nevins, Cody Nevins, Derek Nevins, Amanda Hamm, and Kyle Hamm.
The Misanchuk family extends sincere thanks to the staff at Assiniboine Centre for the care and compassion they shared with our father over the extended period he resided there.
A Memorial Service for Ernie was held on Monday, September 25th, 2006 at the Brockie Donovan Chapel in Brandon, with Rev Laird Russell-Yearwood of Central United Church officiating. Pallbearers were: Wade Misanchuk, Todd Misanchuk, Braden Misanchuk, Ryan Sturgeon, Kyle Hamm, Cody Nevins, and Derek Nevins.

MURRAY: After a long battle with Alzheimer’s, we announce the passing of Vera Murray at Dinsdale Personal Care Home, on Wednesday, September 13, 2006. Vera was born in Ryerson, Saskatchewan on June 5, 1920. She met and married James Murray in 1940. From this union, they had three children: Donna, Jim and Bonnie. They farmed at Elkhorn until 1951 when they moved to Brandon. Mum’s greatest moments were when there was a houseful of people, friends, the kids and their friends. Vera was a great Mum, wonderful wife and, when her house was full of people music playing, she was a super doll and person. Vera was predeceased by her husband Jim; parents James and Margaret Renwick; in-laws John and Martha Murray; brothers George and Tom Renwick; sisters-in-law Lilly Renwick and Mona Murray; brothers-in-law Jack Murray and Holly Berry and son-in-law Richard Harris. Surviving are Donna Smalley (Alan), Jim Murray (Marlene) and Bonnie Simmonds (John); grandchildren: Kevin Harris (Michelle), Cindy Bender (Craig) and James R. Murray; great grandchildren: Olivia and Isabelle Harris and special cousin Aileen Smalley who lived with Mum and Dad for 13 years. Also surviving is Vera’s sister Mary Hill (Elmer), sisters-in-law Margarete Renwick and Helen Murray; brother-in-law Norman Murray (Della) and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery on Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. with Major Wilson Perrin officiating. The Murray family extends sincere thanks to the staff at Dinsdale Personal Care Home for the care and compassion they shared with our mother over the extended period she resided there. Donations, in memory of Vera, may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, #1 613-10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G6 or to Dinsdale Personal Care Home, 510-6th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 3N9.

MANSOFF: William Frederick Mansoff, of Brandon, beloved husband of Peggy, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, August 24, 2006. Bill was born on November 17, 1924 to Fred Cecil and Miriam Lily Mansoff and was raised and lived all his life in Brandon. In 1942, Bill joined the Canadian Forces, Loyal Edmonton’s and served in Holland and Italy. He was self-employed with Mansoff Welding in Brandon for many years. Bill was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #3 and also the Golden K Club. Surviving is Bill’s wife, Peggy; sister, Margaret (Peg) Clark; brother, James (Iris) Mansoff; daughter, Linda Winter; sisters-in-law, Ruth Mansoff, Alberta; Ann (Grant) Hamilton, BC; Wendy Harris, BC; grandchildren: Conrad Winter, Tyler (Donna) Henderson and great granddaughter, Kylee Henderson. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews in Britain and Canada. Bill’s brother, Edward Mansoff and brother-in-law, Gerry Clark of Brandon predeceased him. A memorial service will be held at St. Matthew’s Anglican Cathedral, 403-13th Street, on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. The Very Rev. Robin Walker will officiate. Placement of the cremated remains will be in the Cathedral Columbarium. If friends wish, donations, in memory of Bill, may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th St. East, Brandon, MB R7A 7M6 or to a charity of choice.

MORGAN: Our hearts were broken the morning God took our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, away from us. Edwin James "Joe" Morgan was born September 26, 1940 at St. John's, Newfoundland. He passed away at his residence, August 16, 2006, in Brandon, Manitoba. Joe is survived by wife, Maureen; son, Hayward (Stella); daughter, Tracy (Gary) Vegso and grandchildren Andrew and Tannis Vegs of Calgary, Alberta; sister, Betty (Peter) Connolly and family of St. John's, Newfoundland; brothers, Winston and Hayward of Seal Cove, C.B. Newfoundland; brother-in-law Don (Lorraine) McKay and family, Brandon, Manitoba; sisters-in-law, Cindy (Tom) Smith and family, Brandon, Manitoba, Lola (Don) Langford and family of Edmonton, Alberta; and Maureen's extended family and dear Aunt Doris Bear in Saskatchewan; also numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins across Canada. He was predeceased by father Leonard, mother Mary, infant brothers, father and mother-in-law Fred and Pat McKay. Dad was in the Military for 34 years and he enjoyed every minute of it. As a member of 424 Squadron and 436 Squadron of Trenton, Ontario, Dad enjoyed flying and traveling the world and he very much valued the time spent with fellow servicemen at each posting. In keeping with Dad's wishes - Cremation took place and a private family gathering will be held at a later date. Brockie Donovan Funeral Home were in care of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations may be made in Joe's memory to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation
"Cancer Services", 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.

MUMBY: In loving memory of James Austin Mumby, who passed away suddenly at his home in his 78th year, on August 16, 2006. Austin, son of Ambrose & Eleanor Mumby, was raised on the family farm in Hayfield, Manitoba. He is survived by Anne, his loving wife of 54 years; daughter, Sharon and son-in-law, Brian Douglas; grandchildren, Cathy, Lisa and Billy-Joe of Brandon as well as Laurie of Edmonton, Alberta and ten great grandchildren. Austin was predeceased by his daughter, Carol McPherson and "best friend", Pepper. In addition to his career as an engineer at the Brandon Mental Health Centre, Austin will be fondly remembered as a highly accomplished fabricator and competitor of model airplanes in his early years. Later, he became a miniature train enthusiast, creating memories shared with his daughters and granddaughters. Austin’s talents did in no way stop there! His hand crafted cabinetry, which adorns the family home, is the envy of all. Austin also had a knack for capturing the world around him on film and video. He will be missed and forever loved by his family. Friends are invited to join the family to celebrate Austin’s life with a simple service at the Mumby residence: 550 Percy Street, Brandon, Manitoba, on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. followed by interment at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends wish, donations, in memory of Austin, may be made to a charity of choice.

MANTEI: Allan Edward Mantei passed away suddenly on August 5, 2006 at the age of 58, in Brandon, Manitoba. Allan is survived by his loving wife Karie and children, Bobbi, Dallas, Cindy, and David. Also survived by sisters Bunny (Utho) Steidle, Tillie Mitchell, Lorna Fiest, brothers Carl, Donald (Faye), Roy (Margaret), and Gerald (Diane) Mantei, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Allan was a farmer and rancher all his life, he will be missed and loved by all his family and friends. Funeral Services will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 3101 Victoria Avenue, Brandon Manitoba, on Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 1:00 pm. Interment will take place at St. John's Cemetery, Outram, Saskatchewan on Friday, August 11, at 11:00 a.m.

NEILSON; Robert (1914 - 2006): On Thursday, August 3, 2006, at the age of 92 and after a long and happy life, at his residence, Hillcrest Nursing Home, Robert Neilson peacefully slipped away from us. He left behind two loving daughters; Jean with husband Ross Hennessey and Linda with husband Mathew Banack; five wonderful grandchildren; David, Lynna, Shonna, Angela, and Brenna and their partners; great-grandchildren Brandon and Jenna and his sister Agnes Neilson. He was predeceased by his devoted wife Margaret, his older brother Norman, his beloved sister Min Hotson, his hard-working mother Jeanie and father Jarvie. Bob was born in Glasgow, Scotland and immigrated to Brandon after WW1 with his mother, brother, and two sisters. After high school, Bob worked at Yaeger's Furs and was promoted to general manager. In 1944, Bob married the beautiful Margaret McComb, who was the love of his life. Bob and Marg loved nothing better than spending time at Waskesiu, Clear Lake, and eventually Killarney. In later years, Bob and Marg owned Eve's Gift Shop and after the store was sold, they were caretakers at Princess Towers, until their retirement. They continued to live at Princess Towers for several years. Bob was an active member of the Eastern Star, Shriners, Central United Church, K-40, Kinsmen and YMCA as well as a long time volunteer at Prairie Oasis. Bob, with his quick wit and sense of humour will be sadly missed by his immediate family members, his nieces and nephews, several sisters and brothers-in-law as well as many other friends and acquaintances. The family would like to thank the staff at Hillcrest for taking such excellent care of Bob for the past five years, since Margaret died. There was a celebration of his life on Monday August 7 at Brockie Donovan Chapel and there will be an interment at Brandon Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday 8th.

NEVINS: The passing of Mrs. Barbara Nevins (née Fountain) of Brandon, occurred on Friday, July 7th, 2006. Barbara was born in Rapid City on October 13, 1918. During her early years, Barbara attended Powerville School, north of Brandon, and then Forrest High School. She worked in boarding homes, cooking and cleaning but her calling should have been nursing, as she lovingly cared for many family members through the years, and always had time to listen to someone in need. In 1941, Barbara met Stan Nevins, and on March 13, 1943 they were married. For 18 years, Barbara taught Sunday School at St. Paul’s Church. She was a member of the Couples Club at Central and St. Paul’s Churches, the Co-Workers Club, the happy Heaven Seniors Group, Central Community Centre and Parkview Pals, and a member of the Parkinson Support Group, Brandon Chapter. Barbara also loved to dance and played many hours of cards. She also enjoyed bowling with her Wednesday Bowling Gals and tending to Aud & Irv’s garden. She took an interest in all her family’s activities. Family Christmas gatherings were always special, with Barb playing a mean game of Crokinole. Barb had a strong belief in her faith. Surviving Barb are her children: Betty (Glenn) Smith, Flin Flon, MB, Son, Ken (Marianne) Nevins, Kamloops, BC, grandchildren: Tim (Lara) Smith, Flin Flon, MB, Dustin (Patrick) O’Donnell, Winnipeg, MB, Graeme, Ian & Orrin Nevins, Kamloops, BC; great grandsons: Nevin and Tarin O’Donnell; sisters-in-law: Mary, Irene & Margaret Ann: brother-in-law, Jack and special nieces and nephews and their families. Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Stan in 2000; parents, George and Florence Fountain and sister, Joan Hamilton. Funeral service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Barbara, may be made to a charity of your choice.

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