JAMES: Audrey "Joan" James (nee Bicknell) of Brandon, beloved Mother, Sister, Aunt and friend, passed away peacefully at her residence, Fairview Personal Care Home on Thursday, February 15, 2007 at the age of 69 years.
Joan was born in Brandon on the 24th of June 1937, the sixth child of Oswald Bicknell and Mary Madeline Bicknell (nee Hogan). Joan received her education, both academic and music, at St. Michael�s Academy. After graduation, Joan took a job as a secretary at Camp Shilo, where she met and married David James. After their marriage in June of 1964, they took a transfer in the Army to Germany. While in Germany their first of three children was born, Christopher Cale. Returning to Canada in 1966, they welcomed another addition to their family, Lisa Marie. Twelve months later their last child, Catherine Anne, arrived. In the summer of 1977, Joan and kids moved back to Brandon.
Joan had a deep devotion to God and St. Augustine�s Church, a lifetime member of the Catholic Women�s League and a Catechism teacher for 25 years.
Joan spent every Friday at the mall having lunch and coffee with friends and getting her hair done at Hair Today. Joan was a very social person; she had many friends and kept in touch regularly with many of her girlfriends from school.
Joan had fifty years of pain and suffering, the last thirty-five years confined to a wheelchair. We are thankful she is free of the chair and her ailments.
Joan was predeceased by her parents, Ozzie and Madge, and her sister Madeline. Joan is survived by her son Chris (Laurel Robinson, Abbi and Piper) granddaughters Rachel and Lauren; daughter Lisa (Lorne Freeman, Levi and Stephanie) grandchildren Megan and Blair; daughter Cathy and Aaron Rookes, grandsons Christian and Jaden; sisters Iris, Marguerite and Noreen; brothers Ken (Vivian), Ted (Maryann), Terry (Judy) and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
A Prayer Vigil for Joan was held on Sunday, February 18th at the Brockie Donovan Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial took place at St. Augustine�s Roman Catholic Church on Monday, February 19th. Interment was at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the St. Vincent De Paul Society, 327-4th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 5B7 or to a charity of choice.
KING, George Alfred: It is with deep sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of George King, of Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon, MB, on July 24, 2007, with family by his side. George was born on December 16, 1918 in the Cameron Municipality near Hartney, MB. George received his education in Bidford, Wapaha, and Croll schools. George worked in the gold mine in Sachigo River, ON then enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and took his training as an air frame mechanic in Brandon and Ontario. George met Marjorie Bloodworth while in training in Brandon. During WWII, George was in England and Africa and, upon returning home from the war, George and Marjorie were married on September 29, 1945. After their marriage, they went to Ontario where George worked in the iron ore mine in Josephine. After returning from the mine, they settled on the family farm near Croll, MB. George later started a feedlot business near Brandon where he moved his family in 1964. During this time, George also started a new career which lasted 37 years with Texas Refinery Corp. of Canada Limited, winning many awards and enjoying many trips. George was a hard worker, great provider, compassionate, considerate, quick-witted, always willing to help, and also loved to joke with everyone. Some of George�s interests were playing cards, watching sports, and he also really enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles. George was predeceased by his loving wife of 59� years, Marjorie, his parents, Alfred and Mary King, and sisters, Vera Young and Gladys Taylor. George is survived by his children: son, Alan (Bernice) King, and daughters, Pat (Ray) Seens, Linda (Bob) Warden and Laurie (Ken) Penner. George also leaves to mourn his grandchildren: Rita (Aurel) Vodon, Debbie (Dale) Bochek, Wendy (Neil) Winters, Wonda (Greg) Facey; Tracie, Marcie and Travis Seens (Jenna James); Jacqueline (Rick Reville), Janis, Jocelyn (Ben Parasynchuk) and Cory Warden; Lindy, Karly and Riley Penner; great grandchildren: Trevor, Terrance and Tyler Vodon; Kyle and Ashley Bochek; Jake and Dylan Winters; Brooklyn and Brysen Reville, as well as brothers, Jim (Joyce) King and Charlie (Doreen) King, sisters, Mary McCosh and Marg Flintoff, many nieces, nephews, other extended family and good friends. The service to celebrate George�s wonderful life was held at Central United Church on July 30, 2007 with Pastor Peter Redekopp, of Crystal City, officiating. A Tribute to Grandpa was given by the grandchildren, a Scripture Reading, Psalm 23, was read by Laurie Penner. Pat Seens, Linda Warden and Laurie Penner gave the Eulogy. Bernice King sang "How Great Thou Art" accompanied on the piano by Pat Seens. Pallbearers were grandsons, Travis Seens, Cory Warden and Riley Penner, niece, Kathie King and nephews, Fred King and Raymond Young and son, Alan King, great grandson, Trevor Vodon and all in attendance were considered Honorary Pallbearers. Following the service, interment took place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens where George was laid to rest. Anyone so wishing, may make a donation in George�s memory to the Westman Dreams For Kids Foundation, Unit 203, 37-11th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4J2 or to a charity of choice.
KLASSEN: Henry John Klassen, formerly of Griswold, beloved husband of Helen, passed away at his residence, Rideau Park Personal Care Home, on Wednesday, June 13, 2007. Henry was born March 25, 1909 in Ufa, Russia. As a teenager, he immigrated to Canada with his family and started farming in the Griswold area in 1929. Henry continued farming until 1990 when he moved to Brandon. He is survived by Helen, his wife of 63 years, daughter Charlotte and Ken (Ezoki) of Fernie, BC, son, Art and Janet (Sutter) of Regina, SK, daughter, Irene and Terry (Moore) of Ashton, ON, son, Ed and Heather (Curle) of Griswold, MB; grandchildren: Brett and Leanne Ede, Amy and Brad (Slingsby), Michael and Brittany (Hunter), Graham, Chris and Jeff and great grandchildren, Benjamin and Jackson. Henry was predeceased by his father, Johan and mother, Maria, brother, Frank and sisters, Selma and Annie. The family wishes to sincerely thank the staff at Rideau Park for Dad�s excellent care. Funeral service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Dave Ens officiating. Interment will follow in the Griswold Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brett, Michael and Graham Klassen, Chris and Jeff Moore and Brad Slingsby. In lieu of flowers, if friends wish, donations, in memory of Henry, may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824-18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
KOWAL: Victoria Kowal of Brandon, passed away peacefully at Fairview Home on Monday, February 26, 2007 at the age of 88 years. Victoria was born in Brandon on June 25, 1918 and received her early education through the Brandon School Division. She married Andrew on October 30, 1943 and was happily married for 60 years. She was a lifelong member of St. Augustine�s Roman Catholic Church. During her lifetime, she lived on 6th Street North and Dennis Street in Brandon. Her passion was her home and yard where she made a warm and welcome place for her nephews. Vic enjoyed many years at their cottage in Clear Lake Campground where fishing was foremost. Vic was predeceased by her parents Walter and Annie Trypka, her husband Andrew, sisters Verna (Jim), Lil, her brothers Bernie and Charlie (Kaye). She will be missed by her sister-in-law Darlene Trypka and several nieces and nephews. Prayers were held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Thursday, March 1, 2007 and Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Augustine�s Roman Catholic Church on Friday, March 2, 2007 with Rev. Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. Pallbearers were Ed Kaczmar, Brian Phillips, Chris Phillips, Greg Kaczmarz, Rick Kaczmarz and Frank Stasila. Interment followed in the Brandon Cemetery. Donations, in memory of Victoria, may be made to the Fairview Personal Care Home Foundation, 1351-13th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4S6.
KRAHN: Victor Carl Krahn of Rivers, beloved husband of Tamara, passed away peacefully to be with his Lord on February 3, 2007 at the age of 38 years. Vic was born on January 22, 1969 in Brandon, Manitoba. At the age of 2 � he was adopted into the Krahn family, joining them at their farm in Rivers. Vic attended school in Rivers until grade 11 and finished his final year of high school at the Mennonite Collegiate Institute in Gretna. After graduating in 1987, Vic continued on in his education at Providence College in Otterburne, graduating with a Bachelor in Biblical Studies in 1990. This is also where he met the love of his life, Tamara. After graduation, Vic began farming together with his dad and brother, David. On June 15, 1991, Vic married Tamara Peters of Steinbach, MB. At the end of 1993, Vic, together with his family, moved off the farm and into Winnipeg and, a few months later, to Steinbach. Over the next few years, Vic worked many different jobs. In the summer of 1997, Vic started a career as a truck driver. In 2001, Vic returned to the farm to work with his dad and brother, returning again to driving truck a year later. In November 2004, Vic chose to leave his trucking career so he could be more available to his family. He spent his last year and a half working at Redfern Farm Services in Rivers as a logistics coordinator. Over the years, Vic has had an active role in church. He has taught Sunday School, played his violin, was part of a quartet, and participated in church dramas. Vic loved to work, and each job usually became a part of who he was. But his biggest accomplishments in life were his five children. He was always proud of who they were and loved them individually with their own unique personalities and interests. Vic was usually busy with work and family, however, he did enjoy some interests of his own. Music was always a part of his life, whether he was playing his violin, singing, or listening to his favourite artists. He also loved doing anything with his hands, whether it was a building project, yard work, or keeping his vehicles immaculate. Above all else, Vic held his faith in God very close to his heart. His heart�s desire was to be a man of God, and his faith shone more than ever in his last months. On June 30, 2006 Vic was diagnosed with colon cancer. The diagnosis was not good, but his health declined much quicker than we expected. He battled courageously with cancer the last 7 months of his life. His humour, his inner strength, and his positive spirit remained with him until his final breath. Vic is survived by his loving wife, Tamara, and his wonderful 5 children: Christopher (13), Jayson (11), Caleb (9), Brooklyn (6), and Samuel (3). He is also survived by his mother, Elsa Krahn of Brandon, by his siblings, David (Shirl) Krahn of Rivers, and their children Ryan (Chelsea), Danica, and Jeremy; Irene (Ted) Reimer of Stonewall, and their children Josh and Zachary; and Diane (Dale) Buhler of Swan River, and their children Jessica, Kirsty and Johnathon. In addition, he is survived by Tamara�s family, Bill and Mary Peters of Steinbach; Garry and Cheryl Dueck of Steinbach, and David and Lorna Peters of Winnipeg and their children, Kayla, Justin, Courtney and Oliver. His father, John A. Krahn predeceased Vic, on August 22, 2005. The funeral service was held at the McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church on Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. Interment followed at the Rivers Mennonite Cemetery. If friends desire, donations in memory of Victor may be made to an education fund established for Victor and Tamara�s five children. Contributions may be forwarded to the Rivers Branch of the Westoba Credit Union, Box 298, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0.
KAPETZ: Mike Kapetz of Brandon, beloved husband of Fran and dear father of Trevor, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer at the Brandon Regional Health Centre Saturday, January 13, 2007. Mike was born in Roblin, MB to William and Annie Kapetz. After graduating from high school he left home soon after to work for Manitoba Highways on a construction crew. This proved to be the start of a long and fulfilling career of 41 years. He lived and worked in many areas of southern Manitoba and Winnipeg. He moved to Thompson on a temporary assignment with Northern Affairs to manage the construction of airports in remote locations and ended up staying. In the north, he worked in many aboriginal communities using his knowledge of road construction on permafrost and frozen lakes. It was also in the north where he met his wife, Fran. After Mike finished his assignment with Northern Affairs he returned to the Highways Department in Thompson to work in a supervisory role with winter roads. While in Thompson, he enjoyed camping at Paint Lake with his family. Many of our fondest memories as a family were made in the north. Mike retired from the Highways Department in March, 1996 and he and Fran moved to Brandon soon after to be close to Trevor who was attending University there. With his easy-going nature, Mike made new friends among his neighbors, golf and curling. He enjoyed the Tuesday morning coffee club in Brandon with his retired colleagues. Dad always enjoyed taking Mindy out for walks as well as working in his garden. More than anything, Mike was a devoted husband and family man who treated his adopted family like his own. As a father, he was interested in every part of Trevor�s life and there were no sacrifices he wasn�t prepared to make for him, supporting his endeavors in school, music, sports and career. He was tremendously proud of his son. If you knew Mike, you know what it means to be patient, gentle, kind and neighborly. Mike will be sadly missed as a husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend. Mike is survived by his wife Fran, son Trevor of Brandon, and Mindy (family pet); step-children Bev Toews (Ed) of Olds, AB; Darcy Graham (Bob) of Drumheller, AB; Craig Ginn (Carla) of Lethbridge, AB; grandchildren: Tyler, Ben Kelley, Charley, Sarah, Aron, Silas, and Rachael; brother-in-law Ken Craig (Joan); sister-in-law Ruth Hansen of Winnipeg; sisters Lillian Klysh (Father Myron) of Winnipeg; Shirley Karau (Fred) of Brandon; sisters-in-law Helen Kapetz of Kamloops, Marge Kapetz and aunt Molly Korpan of Roblin and many cousins, nephews and nieces. Mike was predeceased by his parents, William and Annie, brothers Nick and Pete, sister Matilda. Funeral service was held on January 19th in Brandon. Interment was held at Chapel Lawn, Winnipeg. Pastor Craig Gibbs officiated, eulogy given by Ed Toews, soloist Craig Ginn. Pallbearers: Tyler and Ben Toews, Ron Hansen, Bruce Craig, Myron Klysh, Nick Kapetz. Sincere thanks to all the professionals who provided care for Mike over the past 2.5 years. Fran and Trevor thank their family, friends and neighbors for all their love and support. Donations in memory of Mike may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
We love you and will always keep you close in our hearts.
LOWE, Dwayne Gordon: With great sadness we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband and father on September 27, 2007 at Swan River, MB. Dwayne was born to Gordon and Deanna Lowe at Minnedosa on August 19, 1961. He spent his early years in Basswood and Souris where he received his education. After working at the family Tire shop with his father for several years Dwayne moved to Winnipeg to further his education. Dwayne married Julie Jackson of Souris in 1986 and Julie and Dwayne lived and worked in Winnipeg for several years. After their sons Riley and Jackson were both born in Winnipeg, they made the decision to move to Brandon to raise their family. Dwayne worked at several jobs until 1998 when they purchased Westman Tree Service. He enjoyed being his own boss and working outdoors despite the Manitoba weather. Dwayne leaves to mourn his beloved wife Julie, sons Riley and Jackson, father Gordon Lowe of Souris, brother Rodney Lowe of Gillam (Gladys), sisters Debbie Shields (Mike) of Winnipeg and Donna Scott of Souris, Julie�s parents Don and Donna Jackson and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Deanna in 1991. Dwayne loved the outdoors and spent most of his life either working or playing there. He had fond memories of camping trips near and far with his parents and siblings and then later enjoyed taking his own sons camping. He loved spending time at his cabin at Sandy Lake and could often be seen casting a line on his dock. His passions were music and cars and he liked them both loud. He was finally able to obtain his dream car in 2006, a 1966 Pontiac GTO. He had a soft spot for animals and his dog Eddie was the apple of his eye. His easy ways helped to form many friendships over the years and his friends will greatly miss him. In recent years Dwayne enjoyed several trips to warm destinations to spend quality time with friends. A Service of Remembrance was held at Central United Church on October 2, 2007. Interment was at Rosewood Memorial Gardens Columbarium. If friends so desire donations can be made to Brandon Riverbank Commemorative Arbor Trail, #1-545 Conservation Drive, Brandon, MB, R7A 7L8 or the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6.
"Seek peace, and pursue it." (Proverbs 34:14)
LONG: Benjamin "Benny" Percy Long of Brandon passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, September 29, 2007 at the age of 71 years. Benny was born on September 10, 1936 in Brandon and resided there his entire life. He worked for the Brandon Cemetery for many years and preferred to live a simple life. Benny is survived by two sons, Charles Long and Donald Long; sisters Pearl McLean and Rose Hewko; brother Bob Long; grandson Zachary Long and nephew, Rob Long. A time of visitation will be held at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. A Graveside Service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery (Section 45), on Friday, October 5, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. with Mr. Lawrence McInnes, Brockie Donovan Funeral Celebrant, officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Benny may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B-10th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4G7.
LESHCHYSHYN: Jessie Rose Leshchyshyn (nee Komaransky) of Shoal Lake, Manitoba passed away peacefully at the Morley House Personal Care Home at the age of 101 years. Jessie was born at Olha, Manitoba on February 11, 1906, the fourth child of 16, to Ukrainian pioneers, William and Magda Komaransky. Jessie�s childhood was spent on the farm near Olha, Manitoba in a two room house happily filled with siblings and many relatives. Jessie spent her early years as a domestic aide for several families in the Olha area. She married Nichola Leshchyshyn on August 9, 1925. They made their home in Shoal Lake, Manitoba. She was blessed with four children, Mike, Steve, Harry, and Margaret. While living in Shoal Lake, Jessie worked as a housekeeper at the Lakeview Hotel and was well known throughout the community as a gifted seamstress. In 1946, she left Shoal Lake and moved to Kelloe to start a new life with Mike Kowalinski. Together they farmed in Kelloe until Mike�s passing in September 1963. She remained on her farm with her son, Harry, daughter-in-law, Christine, and their family until her 100th year. In July 2006, she moved to the Morley House Personal Care Home in Shoal Lake where she resided until her passing. Jessie was a hard worker who enjoyed her life at Shoal Lake and Kelloe. Jessie was well known for her excellent cooking, sewing and knitting skills. Her woollen socks were lovingly called "Baba socks." Baba took pleasure in her flower gardens and providing for her family from the large garden she planted every spring. She had the ability to bring houseplants back to life from a single stem and leaf to a thriving houseplant. She welcomed everyone and anyone into her home with a hearty meal and a warm, friendly smile. Baba was a sounding board and confidant for her family and she taught us all to treat everyone with respect, integrity, compassion and understanding. Early in her life, Baba became and stayed a devout Ukrainian Catholic instilling these beliefs in her family. Baba enjoyed sharing stories of people and events of her past. Baba remembered the first car arriving in Shoal Lake. She often spoke of her life, the hardships and the good times shared with her family and friends. Her son Steve remembers Mom always having hot chocolate for the kids after skating. Baba never thought of herself as old � to her age was just a number. Baba always told Rodney that she was going to live to be a 100 and she surpassed that. She taught us that you don�t have to have money to be rich, family and friends are much more valuable. She was a good listener and put her wisdom and sense of humour in when you least expected it. Before Kent realized that Baba fully understood and spoke the English language and, not thinking she was listening, he mentioned that wedding plans were too much trouble and wanted to elope. She spoke up and in clear English said, "Not with my granddaughter you don�t". She had a sixth sense when it came to her grandchildren, always knowing when they needed something - even before they knew it. Baba�s "prohulianka" (walking cane) was the amusement of the small great grandchildren. They would take the cane to play with. When Baba would ask "Where is my prohulianka?" the children would quickly race to find it and bring it back. The grandchildren remember that Baba was always quick to set up a tea party with fresh peas and carrots from the garden, cookies and lemonade tea and to rescue their often unwilling guests, her baby geese, or chickens and the occasional gopher from their cream can seat of honour. Jessie was predeceased by two siblings at infancy, her parents, William and Magda Komaransky; brothers, Mike, John, Matt and Stanley Komaransky; sisters, Annie Yaskiw, Emily Zamonsky, Mary Mykoliashyn, Jean Haney, and Katie Nowosad; husbands, Nichola Leshchyshyn and Mike Kowalinski; and daughter, Margaret Rose Glabush. Jessie is lovingly remembered by her brothers, Frank and wife Marie Komaransky, Joe and wife Jean Komaransky, sisters, Teenie and husband John Slobogian and Stella Dobransky, sons Mike, Steve, and Harry and his wife Christine, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on August 21, 2007 at St. Josaphat�s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Shoal Lake, Manitoba with Father Edward Evanko officiating. Interment followed in the Birtle Cemetery. Pallbearers were Earl Glabush, Rodney Leshchyshyn, Jason Leshchyshyn, Gary Leshchyshyn, Kent Workman, Jerry Pankratz and Dave Stadnyk. Crossbearer was Robert Workman. Honorary pallbearers were all in attendance. Rae�s Funeral Services of Shoal Lake were in care of the arrangements. VICHNAYA PAMYAT.
LOWE: Erma Noreen Lowe passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at the age of 84 years. Erma was born in Bradwardine, Manitoba on February 1, 1923. She is survived by her daughter Valine and husband Rick Fehr; grandchildren Donna and Tim Bellow, Kevin and Donna Bartram; great-grandchildren Megan Bellow, Zachary and Madison Bartram, as well as many nieces and nephews. Erma was predeceased by her husband George, her parents Hazel and Harold Johnston, sisters Merne, Everyne, Veryle and brother Ted. At Erma�s request, a private family service was held on Friday, August 17, 2007. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 8-940 Princess Ave., Brandon, MB, R7A 0P6 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824 � 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
LEE: Murdock William James Lee, known to friends and family as Jim, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Center on Friday, August 10th, 2007 at the age of 65. Jim was born August 25th, 1941 in Ochre River, MB, to Bill and Jean Lee. Jim was employed in various jobs throughout his life including driving truck, farming, owning an auto wrecking company in his favorite place, Westlock, Alberta, and even spent a few years traveling with the carnival. Jim enjoyed many leisure activities such as fishing, working on old cars, coffee with friends and family, and had a real like for horses. After failing health, Jim made Rideau Park Personal Care Home his residence in July of 2004. While there, he made many friends and enjoyed many activities including outings, coffee time, and pub nights. Jim is survived by son Barry (Cheryl) Lee; daughters Donna (Jim) Sawatzky, and LeeAnn Lee; daughter-in-law Cindy Lee; 10 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; sister Marion Weisensel; brothers Roland, Earl (Linda), and Stewart; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents Bill and Jean; brother Brian; son Laverne in 2003. Service was held on Friday, August 17th, 2007 at the Brockie Donovan Chapel. A private family burial will take place in Dauphin, MB on Saturday, August 18th at his parent�s gravesite. All who wish may make a donation to Rideau Park Personal Care Home, 525 Victoria Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 6S9, in Jim's memory.
LEBEL: Inez Angela (Henry) Lebel of Brandon passed away at the Assiniboine Centre on March 20, 2007. Inez was born in Winnipeg, MB on November 10, 1945. She was raised in Shergrove, MB where she attended grade school. She received her high school education in Ste. Rose du Lac, MB. Inez was very athletic. She played fastball for many years, winning the City of Brandon Ladies Fastball Championship. She played darts with various family members - they were known as "All in the Family." Inez also enjoyed playing guitar and singing Country/Gospel music. Inez worked different jobs throughout her life, and retired from the Brandon Club. She was predeceased by her long time companion Sam Nevin and her parents. Left to mourn is Emmanuel; her two children Natalie (Wayne), Jim and her granddaughter Cheyenne; sister June (Rick); brothers John (Nola), Wes (Connie), Ernest (Lyn) and Randy (Bonnie); stepchildren Wayne (Jacqueline) Nevin, Jackie (Barry) Simms and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. A celebration of her life was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on March 23, 2007 with Pastor Mike Davis of Bethel Christian Assembly officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery.
Every morning lean thine arms upon the window sills
of heaven and gaze upon the Lord.
Then with that vision in thine heart,
turn strong to meet the day.
LENNY: Grace Marion Lenny (n�e Riley) of Brandon, passed away on Monday, January 29, 2007 at Rideau Park Personal Care Home. Grace was born in Brandon on October 21, 1921. She was a life-long member of the United Church. Grace was a generous and kind person to all she met and was loved by many. She was predeceased by her husband Allen, her parents William J. and Annie Riley, her sisters Agnes and Jean, and brother Bill. Grace will be dearly missed by her sister Mildred Riley of Brandon, niece Wendy (Armin) Koenig, great-niece Jennifer, and great-nephew Neil, all of Calgary, AB. She will also be remembered by all friends and extended family that knew her. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, February 2, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood of Central United Church officiating. A reception will follow at the Central United Church Auditorium, 327-8th Street, immediately following the memorial service. Grace and her beloved husband, Allen, will be interred together at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. At Grace�s request, flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Grace may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8 or to a charity of choice.
LITTLE: Harry Allan Little of Fairview Home, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, January 24, 2007. He was born October 23, 1928 at Mossey River Municipal, Manitoba and was raised on a farm just outside Winnipegosis. Harry attended Bicton Heath School until grade five and then went to work on surrounding farms. He moved to Brandon and lived with his sister, Irene and brother-in-law, Jerold Kensey at 128 Rideau Street. In 1949, Harry began working part time with the City of Brandon and, in 1953, he was hired full time, working with the "sewer gang" until the early 1960s. Later, he worked with garbage disposal for several years, cleaning up downtown Brandon and the public washrooms. Harry then worked with the "cement gang" until he retired in 1989. He enjoyed going for coffee, playing bingo and cards, bowling and he liked to watch soaps and wrestling on TV. He is survived by his sisters, Sylvia and Edna; brother, Walter and wife Lee; daughters: Faye Linall and husband Ken; Diane Pypka and husband Tony; Frances Hayes and husband George; sons, Floyd Little, Earl Little, Calvin Little and wife Bev; grandchildren: Paul Cairns (Maryann Slezak), Garry Sinclair, Amanda Linall (Roy Hodges), Tina Linall (Garhardt Juskowiak), Harry Linall, Colin Kaye, Tanya, Carolyn Kaye, Jodi Kaye (Jeff Carey) and Barb Smith. Also surviving are great grandchildren: Ben, Jacob, Megan, Troy, Vicky, Cody, Erin, Kyle, Kobe, Sam, Brooke, Mercedes, Bailey, Mark and Morgan. Harry was predeceased by his brothers, Oscar, Earl and Amos, and his sisters, Fern, Audrey, Ida and Irene. A time of visitation for family and friends will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, January 29, 2007 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, January 30, from 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Chapel on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Garhardt Juskowiak, Roy Hodges, Paul Cairns, Cecil Roulette, Lyle Wenger and Gerald Dickout. If friends wish, donations, in memory of Harry, may be made to a charity of choice.
LEWIS: Clifford (Cliff) Wakefield Lewis passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, on Saturday, January 6, 2007 with his loving family at his bedside. Cliff was born at Hayfield, Manitoba, September 18, 1921, son of Alice and Fred Lewis. He was predeceased by his wife, Hilda. Cliff attended Central and Earl Haigh Schools. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1940, serving on the HMCS Mount Royal. After discharge, Cliff was employed with Anglo Canadian Oil, which later became Petro-Can. Cliff delivered to many farmers in the Brandon district, later working in the office until his retirement after 43 years. Cliff was an avid member of the Royal Canadian Legion #3. He enjoyed dancing at the Legion and was an active member of the Brandon Circle Eight Square Dance Club. He loved to fish at Clear Lake and his garden was his pride and joy. He religiously fed and watered the birds. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family. Cliff leaves to mourn five sisters: Mildred Buchan, White Rock, BC; Kay Sullivan, Brandon; Helen Chaston, Hamilton, Ontario; Madeline Neill, White Rock, BC; Mary Simpson, Carman, Manitoba; stepson, Murray Balmer and many nieces and nephews. Cliff�s presence was always felt by those around him and will be profoundly missed. A celebration of his life took place January 9, 2007 at the Brockie Donovan Chapel with Rev. Paul Sakasov officiating, followed by a reception at the Royal Canadian Legion #3. The family thanks the honour guard: Clem Jarvin, Russ Roney, D�Arcy Plante, Bob Wright, Murray Tallant and Larry Robertson. Interment, at the Veterans� Section, Brandon Cemetery will be at a later date. Donations in memory of Cliff may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion #3, 560-13th Street East, Brandon, MB R7A 7C1 or to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3.