COLLISTER: It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Olva Bertha Collister on Febuary 16, 2007 at the Hillcrest Personal Care Home at the age of 79 years. Olva was predeceased by her mother Bertha, father Thomas Henry, brothers Harry (Mamie), and brother Jack. She is survived by two brothers, Douglas (Lyall) of Abbotsford, B.C., and Claude (Christina) of Winnipeg along with many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Olva's life will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff at Hillcrest Personal Care Home in Brandon for their wonderful care.
COOK: Florence Elvina Cook (February 7, 1917 - February 17, 2007). Florence passed away peacefully at her residence, Fairview Personal Care Home, on Saturday, February 17, 2007 at the age of 90 years. Florence was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Elvina Cook; her sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Norman McLeod; and sister, Grace Cook. Florence will be lovingly remembered by her nephew, Richard (Cathy) McLeod of Manitowaning, ON, and by her niece Sharon (Dave) Willingham of Winnipeg, MB. Florence was a lifetime resident of Brandon. She worked for many years at Eatons, then at Doigs. Heartfelt thanks goes out to all the wonderful staff at Fairview Personal Care Home for your compassionate care over the years. A funeral service will be held for Florence at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiating. Interment will follow in the family plot at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Florence may be made to the Fairview Foundation, 1351-13th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4S6 or to a charity of choice.
CLISBY: George Charles Clisby passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, January 1, 2007 while at the Brandon Regional Health Centre (Palliative Care). Dad was 87 years old, born May 6, 1919. George was predeceased by his loving wife, Jean Clisby February 16, 2002, also brothers Mel, Frank, Bill (Mary) and sister Thelma. George is survived by sons Cliff (Charlene), Gareth and Krista; Bill (Marilyn), Shad, Mark and their mother Marlou; daughters Bev (Don Skinner) and Deb (Peter) Senychych. Also surviving is George's brother Fritz (Yvette) Clisby, sister-in-law Jean Clisby and numerous nephews and nieces. George and Jean were married August 4, 1949 and had four children as mentioned above. George was quite an avid 5 and 10 pin bowler and really enjoyed the games. He passed this sport down to the family. When the kids were younger, they spent many summer holidays at "Hockey Haven" ~ Longbow Lake near Kenora, Ontario. Many new friendships and memories were made there. We also spent summers later at the cabin at Pelican Lake where boating, golf and card playing were a must! Good thing the walls couldn�t talk at the cabin! George made many more friends while golfing at Killarney Lake Side Golf Course. Later, after selling the cabin, George took out a golf membership at Shilo Golf & Country Club. Thanks, Golfing and Coffee Guys for looking after, and putting up with Dad. He also enjoyed Tuesday night Crib Night at the Legion and looked forward to weekend card games with Bev and Don and suppers with Cliff and Charlene. A service to celebrate George�s life will be held at Trinity United Church, 1515-6th Street, today, Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. John Nesbitt officiating. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations, in George�s memory, may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation "Palliative Care", 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3 or to a charity of choice.
DICKSON, Edith Lovina: Peacefully on September 17, 2007 at the age of 95, Edith Dickson passed away at the Fairview Home in Brandon, Manitoba. She was pre-deceased by her first husband, William Riddick, in 1966; her second husband, William (Bill) Dickson, in 1979; her parents; three sisters - Alma, Irene and Alice; three brothers � Ed, Lorne and Earl; and her nephew Terry McNaughton. Edith is survived by her sister, Jean; two step-sons � Ian (Donna) and Neil (Lynda) Dickson; six Dickson grandsons � Scott, Eric (Kelly), Tim (Julia), Blaine (Sue), Shawn (Annmarie) and Neil JR; one Dickson granddaughter � Holly (Andrew); and seven Dickson great grandchildren. She will be fondly remembered by her nieces Linda Conner, Fay Spilker and Donna Campbell, and her nephews Neil and David Bradley. Edith was born on March 23, 1912 in the R.M. of Hamiota, daughter of Roland and Lovina Middleton. Raised in the Hamiota area, she had fond memories of her childhood days and often recalled her time together with family and friends in her younger years. She married William Riddick in 1931 and lived with him in Rivers, MB. Following his death, Edith worked as a housekeeper at which time she met and married Bill Dickson. The Dickson family welcomed her with open arms as she readily accepted her much needed role of wife, companion and homemaker to Bill. They travelled often together, visiting family and friends in numerous locations both in and out of Canada. Edith particularly enjoyed her memories of her visits to Scotland and the Dickson clan abroad. Edith and Bill lived in Brandon, and following his death she moved to the Lion�s Manor where she had many friends and acquaintances in this senior�s residence. She enjoyed a particularly close friendship with Mrs. Ethel Morrison. Edith will be remembered as a person who gave selflessly to others. Her love of music and the enjoyment she received from playing her violin with other musicians will be remembered by many. Her volunteer services as part of the entertainment program at Fairview Home and her time as a resident there were very special. In accordance with Edith�s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family interment at the Marney Cemetery in Cardale, MB will be held in advance of the memorial service on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon MB, with Rev. Paul Sakasov of St. Andrew�s Presbyterian Church officiating. The family wishes to thank the staff at Fairview Home, and in particular the staff of the 4th floor, for their care and kindness to Edith. Together with her volunteer time, her involvement with Fairview spanned more than thirty years. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations can be made in Edith�s name to Fairview Home, 1351-13th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4S6.
DAVIS: Ethel May Davis passed away at the age of 72 on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. She is the beloved wife of Harry Davis, mother of four children - three girls Caroline (Pat), Rose (Dennis) and Kathy and one son, Harry (Leslie). She is loved by nieces, nephews, grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiating. Interment will take place at the Brandon Cemetery. Lunch will follow at the George Brockie Fellowship Centre (south side of Brockie Donovan). Donations in memory Ethel may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824 � 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7 or to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B � 10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G7.
DRUWE, John Leon: It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to a wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather who passed away suddenly in Brandon on Sunday, August 12, 2007. John will be lovingly remembered by his children: Monica (Richard) Chomos, Jacquie (Jim) Stuart, Duane (Shannon) Druwe and Melissa (Austin) May. His grandchildren: Neil (Ellie) Chomos, Nicole (Ken) Homeniuk, Erin (Mark) Toth, Everett Elaina and Eden Stuart, Nathan, Breanne and Ryan Druwe, Kaitlyn and Nolan May; great-grandchildren Hayden and Shay-Lynn Homeniuk and Hailey Chomos, his brother Charles (Marie) Druwe, sister-in-law Bertha Moreau, brother-in-law Edward (Olga) Helman and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Victor and Marie, his sons Neil and Barry, his wife Marguerite and sister Jeanne Gilliard. John was born on August 5, 1921 in Findlay, Manitoba. He grew up on the farm there and went to school in Grande Clairiere. His father passed away when John was 13 and as the oldest son, he took on the responsibility of running the farm. In 1943, he married Marguerite Helman. They bought a general store and moved to Fertile, SK in 1947. In 1950, tragedy struck when the store burned down and their two sons perished. The following year, they moved to Brandon, MB. John worked at John Deere and Johnson�s Hardware until he decided to enroll in the psychiatric nursing course at the Brandon Mental Hospital. He graduated in 1956 and worked there until his retirement in 1986. John was a faithful member of St. Augustine�s Church for 56 years and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. His devotion to his family and friends was an integral part of his life. He was an avid gardener and his family, friends and neighbors reaped the benefits of his green thumb. Sports played a big part in his life. In their younger years, he and Marguerite curled and bowled. Later in life he took up bowling again and was introduced to the joys of golfing which became his passion. Prayers were held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Augustine�s Roman Catholic Church on Friday, August 17, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Active Pallbearers were Francis Gilliard, Cyril Druwe, Wade Gilliard, Larry Martel, Ed Boulanger and Andy Boulanger. Honorary Pallbearers were Maurice Boulanger and Daniel Gilliard. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 23-12th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4L6 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
DUDDING: Mrs. Irene Blanche Dudding of Brandon, passed away at her residence, Hillcrest Place, on Saturday, August 11, 2007 at the age of 90 years. Irene is survived by her son Glenn (Muriel) Dudding of Lloydminster, AB and daughters Arlene Rusk of Saskatoon, SK and Sandra Boehlke of Brandon, MB. Also surviving are brothers Fred (Betty) Mansfield of Brandon, and John (Jopi) Mansfield of Saskatoon. There are eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Irene was predeceased by her daughter and son-in-law, Grace and Earl McLaughlin and her brother Gordon Mansfield. The family is most grateful to Dr. M. Egan and the nurses and caregivers of Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home. At Irene�s request, there will be a private family graveside service. If friends desire, donations in memory of Irene may be made to a charity of one�s choice.
DEROUIN: Charles Alexander "Charlie" Derouin passed away peacefully on Friday, April 27, 2007 at Rideau Park Personal Care Home. Dad was born in Biggar, Saskatchewan on June 8, 1921, the eldest son of Arthur and Mabel Dorouin. He received his education in Biggar before going to work for Hock and Packer as a Butcher�s assistant. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he enlisted in the military and was sent overseas, returning to Saskatchewan at the end of the war, and started his 37-year career with CP Rail. Dad worked in the running trade as a Brakeman, retiring in 1981 as Conductor on The Canadian Passenger train, something he was very proud of. Dad liked to fish and always had a few fish stories to tell. When his family was young and growing, he and Mum spent time tending a large garden, supplying the neighborhood with tomatoes and cucumbers. Dad spent many hours playing Cribbage and Rummy and when her first retired, anyone that visited had to have a game. He was a Husband, Father and Grandfather and was very proud of his eight children and many grandchildren. A visit from his family always thrilled him, especially in the past number of years that he was in the nursing home. He was often heard to say, "Heaven can wait, this is Paradise," whenever one of his boys visited from afar. The last seven and a half years without Florrie, his wife of 54 years, were the hardest for him. Dad is survived by his eight children: Jim (Joanne), Fort St. John, BC, Don (Dianne Barnes), Spruce Grove, AB, Gord (Beverly), Medicine Hat, AB, Betty (Roy) Demers, Brandon, Wendy (Harvey) Wood, Rivers, Bob (Dianna), Edmonton, AB, Doug (Michelle) Brandon, and Greg (Lori), Campbell River, BC. Grandchildren: Michael (Liza), Rob (Stacy) and Geoff (Cindy Carlson) Derouin, Donna (Trent) Brown, Lisa (Lyle) Bryant, Michelle Derouin, Marc (Stacy) Derouin, Brent (Janice) Demers, Brad (Janna) Demers, Jason, Rick, Suzanne and Jared Wood, Katrina Derouin, Robert Medd, Brittany and Stephanie Derouin, Paige and Hannah Derouin, plus 13 great grandchildren. Dad is also survived by his sisters, Noreen and Muriel Cey of Saskatoon, brother Harry Derouin of Langley, BC, and numerous nieces and nephews. Dad was predeceased by his parents Arthur and Mabel Derouin, wife Florence (nee McKinnon), brother Vince Derouin, many brothers and sisters-in-law, as well as nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Glenna Beauchamp of the Rivers United Church officiating. A private family interment will take place at the Arrow River Cemetery. Urn Bearer will be his daughter, Wendy Wood. Donations in memory of Charlie may be made to a charity of choice.
DENBOW, ALLAN LYLE, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on March 2, 2007 at the age of 75. He was born in Alexander, Manitoba on February 11, 1932, the third child of Robert and Elspeth (Elsie) Denbow and was raised and educated in Brandon. He attended Park, Earl Oxford, Central and Brandon Collegiate Institute schools. He sang in the St. Paul�s Junior Boys Choir in his young years and participated in 3 Operettas. Allan was a long time member of the Y.M.C.A. all through his teen years and achieved his Royal Life Saving Bronze Medallion, Instructors Certificates in Swimming, Life Saving, Skin and Scuba Diving. He also belonged to the Leader Core at the Y.M.C.A. and enjoyed his volunteer instructing in these areas for many years. He also taught swimming and scuba at the Y.M.C.A. He became a Life Guard at the 16th Street Beach at the age of 16 for 5 years in Brandon. He also life guarded at Clear Lake Beach and taught swimming there for 2 years. In 1960, he was the senior life guard at Curran Park. Allan took up wrestling and competed in many wrestling matches in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg. Allan trained and became an instructor in St. John�s Ambulance First Aid/CPR work. He spent over 25 years doing rescue work and commercial diving for the Western Manitoba region and belonged to the Manitoba Underwater Council. He taught Scuba Diving at the Army Cadet Camp at Clear Lake in 1961 and at Shilo in 1962-63. Allan, was for many years, one of the few people in Western Manitoba to be called by the R.C.M.P. to recover drowning victims. Out of 120 drownings, he recovered 108. Allan was called upon to do a variety of commercial diving for lost items, welding in farmer�s dugouts and water towers. He also belonged to the Red Cross of Manitoba for which he donated 85 pints of blood and received an Honorarium from the Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba. He took great pride when Debbie became certified along with him. From 1952-1962, Allan was employed as a boiler maker for Babcock, Wilcox, Goldie and McCullough and worked in Alaska and various places throughout Canada. In 1959, he married Elspeth English of Harding, Manitoba. They moved to Winnipeg in their first year and in 1960, they moved back to Brandon. He took a 6-week course at the Brandon Armories in Military Survival in 1961. He also worked for a time for Pittsburgh Paint and Glass Co. in Brandon. In 1962, Allan was employed by the City of Brandon as a Firefighter working up to Acting Lieutenant until his heart attack and back surgery forced him to leave the work he loved in 1984. During these years, he completed Level I, II & III of the Manitoba Fire College Training Program (1982) and was a member of the Firefighters Union. He loved to participate in the Virden Firefighters Rodeos which he enjoyed for 10 years. Allan loved his rescue work. It was with great pride that he helped to start and train fellow firefighters to begin the Search and Rescue team for the Brandon Fire Department. He received the Governor General�s Fire Service Exemplary Medal in 1987 and in 2006, the Provincial Service Medal. Allan was a member of the Brandon Wildlife Association for many years. He loved to hunt and took many trophy awards for his antlers. He took up snowmobiling along with his family in 1977. He belonged to both the Brandon Snogoers Club and Snowman of Manitoba taking an active part in the clubs as a member and serving on the Boards for over 15 years. He received the Don Woods trophy for community service work. In later years he became an avid golfer and was a member of the Brandon Golf Club where he got a hole-in-one. He spent many hours golfing at Brandon, Sandy Lake, Clear Lake, Neepawa, Arizona and Texas. For over 10 years, Allan especially enjoyed golfing in the Tamarack Tournaments at Clear Lake with special friends Lou Vermette, Peter Goshulak and Carl Golletz. He spent over 13 years taking his family camping and boating. He especially enjoyed scuba diving and going with his daughter. In 1980, along with his son Darcy, Al took great pride in building the family cottage at Grey Owl Estates. It was here that he enjoyed spending happy hours with family, good friends and neighbors. Allan was a 40-year member of the Army and Navy Veterans Club, Unit #10. He was a past member of the #3 Royal Canadian Legion. He played in dart leagues and participated in many pool tournaments. In latter years, he and his wife traveled throughout Canada and the U.S., took 3 cruises and visited Hawaii, Arizona, Branson, Vancouver, Mexico and Cuba. From 1997-2007, Allan and Elspeth spent their winters in Mesa, Arizona and Weslaco, Texas. They enjoyed making many new friends and sharing wonderfully good times in the places they ventured to. He was an extremely generous person to all who knew him. He loved to make "fancy sandwiches", pickled eggs, nuts and bolts, smoked meats and special recipes for anyone who asked. Allan was a "true friend" to many and felt his integrity was the most important thing he had. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 48 years Elspeth, daughter Debbie (Wpg.), son Darcy (Bdn.), grandson Brad. Also surviving are his brother Bill (Marie) Denbow (Bdn.), sister Yvonne (Norm) Mitchell (Wpg.), sister Irene (Jim) Crang, (Shilo), brother Jack Denbow (Burnaby. B.C.), mother-in-law Clara English, brother-in-law Elwood (Lynne) English (Bdn.), cousins Bill (Vivian) Hales and Keith (Dorothy) Grummett of Brandon. There are many nieces and nephews and other cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Robert Denbow (1976), and his mother Elspeth (Elsie) Denbow in 2000. Honorary Pallbearers were: Bill & Vivian Hales, Dale & Lynda Kaymann, Russ & Marj Roney, Al Dunham & Margaret Wedgewood, Garry & Dianne Little and Donna Cayer. Thank you to the Army & Navy Honour Guard, and Brockie-Donovan Chapel for their kindness. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 at Brockie Donovan Funeral Chapel. Donations in memory of Allan can be made to the Brandon Firefighters Charity Fund, 136-11th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 4J4.
DUNKLEY: Frederick Charles passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on January 20, 2007, after a strong will to live helped him through many incredible recoveries. Fred was born on July 12, 1940 at Burnside Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. He was raised in Timmons, ON, Eldersley, SK and the Florentine District, SK where he completed his schooling. This is where he met the love of his life, Margaret, to whom he was married for 46 years. Together they had six children. Fred and his family lived in the Florentine District then in Yorkton, SK, and finally moved to Brandon, MB where he resided until his passing. Fred worked all his life; at first doing various jobs, then enjoying a 36-year career at Perth�s Services. Fred will be forever loved and remembered for his passion for life, always enjoying the company of those around him. He was fond of dancing, swimming, music, golfing, Wheat King games, afternoon coffee, weekend trips to Winnipeg and Minot, going to the lake, and his annual two week family vacations. What Fred enjoyed most were the weekly Sunday family gatherings. This is where many memories were made including suppers at home and picnics or barbecues in the backyard, and of course the friendly competition of games; favorites being UNO, croquet and street hockey. He will be greatly missed by his wife Margaret, son Ken (Sandra), grandchildren Chris, Michelle, step granddaughters Chellsey, Bailey, and great step granddaughter Hannah; son Brad (Rilla), granddaughters Amanda, Alicia; daughter Linda (John), grandchildren Eric, Nicole, Keith, Calvin, Brett; daughter Cheryl (Dennis); son Kelly (Michele), granddaughter Courtney; daughter Melissa; his beloved mother Myrle; brother-in-law Raymond (Rachel), brother-in-law John (Val); sister-in-law Mary (Chuck); aunts, nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. He will be reunited with his father Albert; half brother Delbert; mother-in-law Mary; father-in-law Martin; step mother-in-law Agnes; sister-in-law Helen who have predeceased him. Prayers were held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. The funeral service was held at St. Augustine�s Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were: Chris Dunkley, Eric Van Santen, Robert Haller, Darrell Boghean, Orest Solomon and Tim Adolphe. Donations in memory of Fred may be made to the Kidney Foundation, 203-42 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B2. Thanks to the BRHC staff and Emergency services for the care and compassion given to Fred.
DAVIS: Gordon Alfred "Smiley" Davis of Sprucewoods, MB, beloved husband of Betty, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at the age of 75 years. Alfred was born on October 14, 1931 at Shelburne, Nova Scotia. He spent his early years in Shelburne, working in the woodcutting industry before joining the military. After devoting 33.5 years to military service, he retired and worked for the Municipality of Cornwallis. Alfred was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Peacekeepers and Retired Gunners. He loved woodworking and spending time with his family. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Betty; sons: Ron, James, Donald, Clifford, Victor and Ernie; daughters: Shirley, Cheryl, Nancy and Patricia; brothers Gene and John; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Alfred was predeceased by his parents James and Myrtle; sisters Fronnie and Dot; and brothers Victor and Robert. A time of visitation will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. Funeral service will be held at St. Barbara�s Chapel, C.F.B. Shilo, on Monday, January 15, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. with Padre Ken Edel officiating. Active pallbearers will be: Ron, James, Donald, Clifford, Victor and Ernie Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be: John McCort, Tom Gibson, Brian Widdifield, Mick Battley, Brian Thompson and John Burgess. A time of fellowship will follow at the Sprucewoods Hall. The family gratefully declines flowers. Donations, in memory of Alfred, may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824-18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B � 10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G7.
EVANS: Violet Eleanor (October 10, 1920 - October 7, 2007). Violet Eleanor Evans, resident of Westman Lions Manor, Brandon, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2007. Violet was born on the 10th day of the 10th month 1920 on the 10th concession of Sullivan Township near Chesley, Ontario. Her parents were Henry and Lillian (Schreiber) Klages. She attended high school in Chesley and then took a Business Course in Owen Sound. She worked in Mount Forest and then in Ottawa with the Civil Service. The war was on so she enlisted in the Women's Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force serving as a radio telephone operator in Gander, Newfoundland. While there she met her husband Stan. They were married in Desboro, Ontario on December 24, 1944. After the war ended they made their home in Winnipeg for a few years, went to Rivers for a year and finally settled in Brandon. Violet enjoyed being a homemaker, gardening and volunteering with various organizations. Associated Canadian Travelers Auxiliary and Valleyview Community Centre were her favourites. She also belonged to the Brandon Shrine Ladies and the Legion. After retirement, Stan and Violet returned to Winnipeg to be closer to their children and grandchildren. After 2 years they decided they missed Brandon life and so returned. They enjoyed their remaining years together touring Canada and parts of the United States in their motor home. Violet was pre-deceased by her parents and by two sisters Beulah (Ernie) Brigham of Hanover, ON and Irene (Jim) Stinson of Chesley, ON and three brothers Wallace Klages of Victoria, BC, Murray Klages of Bozeman, MT and Wellington in infancy. Violet is survived by her husband Stan of Brandon; daughter Dianne (Nick) Pawlik of High Level, AB, sons Garry (Patricia) of Calgary, AB, Cory (Doris) of Winnipeg, MB and Murray (Lei Anne) of Onanole, MB; grandchildren Kristen (Blake) Howe of Nanaimo, BC, Danielle (Marty) Thompson of Winfield, BC, Craig Evans of Calgary, AB, Nancy (Gordon) Green of Winnipeg, MB, and Jordan Evans of Winnipeg, MB; and two great grandchildren Kane Thompson and Dusty Howe. Sisters-in-law Helen Klages, Lois Klages, Gloria Evans, Gloria Brady, Frances Muzik and Haloria Cockle and several nieces and nephews also survive. A private family service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on October 11, 2007. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery, Veterans� Section. Donations in memory of Violet may be made to The Shriners Hospitals for Children, c/o The Khartum Shrine Centre, 1155 Wilkes Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3P 1B9.
ELLINGSON: Pearl Ellingson (82 years) was surrounded by friends and family as she passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on September 25, 2007. Pearl is predeceased by her husband Harry (1992), parents Emma and Josiah Tharp, and siblings Frank, Wesley, Virgil, Johnson, Francis, and Golda. She is survived by daughter Myrna (Bruce) Grandy, granddaughter Cindy Murphy, grandson Michael Grandy, great grandson Brent Grandy, and siblings Abner, Joe and Dillie Mae Ullman. Pearl was born in Dummer, SK and grew up during the depression. Her years of farm-life instilled a love of the country and all things living; she appreciated the beauty of nature and creation. Pearl was a very kind lady who looked for good in everyone and everything. She missed her family who lived in B.C. and N.S., but she was fortunate to have a spiritual family nearby. Pearl was one of Jehovah�s Witnesses since she was 18 years old. Her faith was strong and she often referred to her favorite scripture, Isaiah 65: 21-25. Special thanks to Pearl�s numerous friends at the Kingdom Hall for their never ending care and support. Thanks also to Dr. Large and staff at the Assiniboine Centre, Rehabilitation Unit and Palliative Care Module 1. Interment will take place at the Brandon Cemetery on Friday, September 28, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at the Kingdom Hall, 3434 Park Avenue, Brandon on Saturday, September 29, 2007 at 12:00 p.m. (noon), with Mr. Clarence Cooper officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Pearl may be made to the BRHC Foundation, "Palliative Care," 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3.
ECKERSLEY: Margaret Kathleen (Kay to all). After a long but courageous battle, Kay passed away peacefully on Friday March 9th, 2007 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon, Manitoba, at the age of 85 years. Kay was born on December 9th, 1921 in Winnipeg where she spent her youth, and she remained there until the outbreak of World War II. Following the tradition set by her father in World War I, she joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served on both coasts until war�s end. During this tumultuous time, she met and fell in love with Derek, a Royal Air Force officer and Commonwealth flight instructor, and they maintained a long distance relationship until January 29th, 1947 when they reunited and were married in Winnipeg. In 1951, the family moved to Waterloo, Ontario, which remained their home until mid 2001 when they moved back to Manitoba to be close to their son and his family. While Kay remained a homemaker throughout her life, she was very active for many years in the Women�s Auxiliary at the Church of the Holy Saviour in Waterloo, and as member and director of the Kitchener Waterloo Hospital Auxiliary. Following Derek�s retirement in 1987, Kay and Derek traveled extensively�the highlight being a 4 month trip around the world. Both loved Jamaica, and after dozens of trips there, they looked forward to building a winter retirement home near Port Antonio, until poor health intervened. Throughout the years, her focus was on her small but active and loving family, and she watched with pride, the development and successes of her husband, her son, her daughter-in-law and her two granddaughters. Predeceased by her father Dr. Frank Benner in 1963 and her mother Margaret Benner (n�e Davidson) in 1973, Kay leaves to celebrate her life, her loving husband of 60 years Derek, son Peter and daughter-in-law Jan, and the apples of her eye - granddaughters Lindsay and Jennifer. A private family service and interment took place on Tuesday, March 13th, 2007. Honorary pallbearers were all her friends, past and present. Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Davis, to the entire BRHC staff on 4th floor medical, and to Camelot Gardens Personal Care for their dedication and support throughout this very difficult time. And a very special thanks to friends Irene Piotrowski and Donna Whittingham for their years of loving care and companionship. If friends so desire, a donation in Kay�s memory can be made to the BRHC Foundation, 150 McTavish Ave East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or to a charity of your choice.
FITZPATRICK- ROMAN: Delia Joyce. Joyce passed away October 2, 2007 at the Erickson Personal Care Home. Born April 17, 1927 at Wakopa, Manitoba. Joyce is the second youngest of 13 children born to John Thomas and Gertrude Mary Whittingham. She was an employee of the Brandon Sun for 15 years, working in the mailroom and supervising the newspaper carriers. She also worked for several years at Stan's IGA on Victoria Avenue East. She was predeceased by her first husband Constable John Clayton Fitzpatrick of Brandon P.D. and two children, Orval Clayton (Skippy), and Maureen Gayle Robertson, as well as ten of her siblings - two infant sisters, Gertie, John, Henry, Violet, Albert, Peggy Beatrice and Bill. She is survived by husband Laverne Roman, Onanole, daughter Valerie Howard (Bill), Teulon, Manitoba and son Garry Fitzpatrick (Sarah), Oak Bluff, Manitoba, as well as five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Tari Perez, Bryant and Marissa in Winston, Oregon, Janet Lambourne (Joseph), Evan and Trace, Teulon, Manitoba and Daniel Robertson (Sher), Lainey of Brandon, Jeremiah and Jared Fitzpatrick. Also sister Pearl Foster of Brandon and brother George Whittingham (Lillian) of Durham, England, as well as many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be held at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer's Society.
FLEMING, Mildred (1915-2007). Mildred Fleming of Brandon, beloved wife of the late Bill Fleming, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 6, 2007 at the age of 92. Mildred was born in Brandon on May 19, 1915 to Levi & Elsie Hunt, the oldest of four children. She was predeceased by her husband Bill Fleming, brothers Charlie and Arthur Hunt and sister Vi Boewen. She married Bill on November 22, 1950 and together they farmed in Minto for over thirty years until they retired to Brandon on 22nd Street. After her husband�s passing, she moved to the Lions Manor in 2001, then to her final home in Fairview. Mildred is survived by her son Ken Fleming (Judy) of Brandon, daughter Marlene Shipley (Cliff) of Sparwood, BC and son Gary Fleming (Carol) of Minto, 12 Grandchildren and 4 great Grandchildren. Her greatest pleasures were spending time with her children, being very active in the church, singing in numerous choirs and bell playing. She embraced her life with determination and spirit and was always ready for a new challenge. If a family member wanted her to travel she was game, which took her to the East and West Coast from Northern BC to Texas. Later, when she was unable to travel, she thoroughly enjoyed her outings to the family farm for a family wiener roast, card games, bike rides, and bird watching. One night in particular her family could hear her singing the song "In The Good Old Summertime" in her sleep. She had made it very clear that she would some day be singing her way to heaven. Mildred will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Funeral services were held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. Interment followed in the Brandon Cemetery and reception at the Central United Church Auditorium. Active Pallbearers were Grandchildren � Ryan, Trevor and Bryce Fleming and Farrah, Sheila and Candice Shipley. Honorary Pallbearers were Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Mildred�s name to the Arthritis Society, Suite 105, 386 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3R6. The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Fairview Home for the care and support given to mom.