WOLSKI: Mrs. Nellie Wolski of Brandon, passed away at the Assiniboine Centre on Monday, July 16, 2007 at the age of 87 years. Nellie was born on January 25, 1920 in Vita, Manitoba. She grew up on a farm in the Vita area and also attended school there. Nellie met her husband, Bill, while working in Winnipeg. They would have been married for 63 years in September. When they were first married, they farmed north of Basswood, Manitoba. Both children, Don and Pat, were born during that time. They later moved to Brandon where Nellie worked at the Brandon Mental Hospital and Assiniboine Community College in the food services area. Nellie was known for her excellent cooking. She also enjoyed quilting, sewing, knitting, gardening and fishing. Nellie is survived by her son Don Wolski and wife Karen; daughter Pat Hillers and partner, Gary Lapinsky; grandchildren Devin Wolski, Melanie Ross and husband Ron, and Vernon Hillers and partner Kristin Smith; great grandchildren Beau Ross, Tucker Ross and Jaysin Hillers; sisters Ann Ricena and Kay Stecky and numerous nieces and nephews. Nellie was predeceased by her husband William, who died just two weeks before her, on July 1, 2007, also her parents Nick and Lena Lukianchuk; her brothers Matt and Fred Lukianchuk; her sisters Helen Bodnarchuk, Mary Kereliuk and Stella Krieger. A memorial service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on July 20, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with Fr. Dominic Yuen of St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church officiating. Interment took place in Rosewood Memorial Gardens. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. If friends so wish, donations, in memory of Nellie, may be made to a charity of choice.
WRIGHT: Mabel Irene (Givens) passed away at her residence, Hillcrest Place, Brandon, on Sunday, July 8, 2007 at the age of 98 years. Mabel was born October 3, 1908 to Thomas and Helen Givens and was raised in the Orangeville, Manitoba district. In the late 20s, she moved to the Benito, Manitoba area where she worked for MTS. Here, she also met and married Harold E. Wright in 1935. They farmed for a short while in that area before moving to Brandon, Manitoba in 1940. Besides being a mother and homemaker, she became a busy volunteer around town. One of her greatest joys in her life was meeting with friends and residents of BMHC. She planned many picnics, outings and did baking for all of these occasions. She enjoyed the interaction with the staff and patients during the late 1950s and 1960s. She always enjoyed driving the "old ladies" for ice cream and coffee to Souris, Virden or just around Brandon. Most of the ladies were younger than Mabel! Mabel was predeceased by her husband Harold in 1986. She is survived by her son, Dwayne (Anne) of Brandon, grandson Edward (Iona) and great granddaughters Christine and Janet all of Winnipeg, plus a special nephew Roger Walters of Brandon. A memorial service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, July 13, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Orton Anderson officiating. Interment of the cremated remains will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, #1, 613-10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G6, Hillcrest Place, 930-26th Street, Brandon, MB R7B 2B8 or to a charity of choice.
WOLSKI: Mr. William "Bill" Wolski of Brandon, beloved husband of Nellie, passed away at his residence on Sunday, July 1, 2007 at the age of 88 years. Bill was born on August 15, 1918 in Oakburn, MB. He grew up in the Basswood district where his parents farmed. Bill met his wife, Nellie, in Winnipeg while he was in the Army. They would have celebrated their 63rd Wedding Anniversary in September. Bill received his education in the Basswood district. He was conscripted into the Army during WWII. At the end of the war, he farmed north of Basswood for 8 years, then worked as a carpenter for numerous construction companies in Brandon. From there, Bill worked for the Federal Government at Rivers Air Force Base as a Civilian Carpenter. When it closed, he worked at the Shilo Base until an on-the-job accident forced him to retire at the age of 58. Bill loved fishing, gardening and in later years, he enjoyed rug-hooking and word-search puzzles. Bill is survived by his wife Nellie; son Don Wolski and wife, Karen; daughter Pat Hillers and partner, Gary Lapinsky; grandchildren Devin Wolski, Melanie Ross and husband Ron, and Vernon Hillers; great-grandchildren Beau Ross, Tucker Ross and Jason Hillers; sisters Sophie Norosky, Rosie Krushelnisky; brother Tom Wolski and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his parents, John and Frances; brothers Joe and Adam; sisters Martha, Ann and Caroline. A Memorial Service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Friday, July 6, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with Fr. Dominic Yuen of St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church officiating. All in attendance were considered Honorary Pallbearers. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bill may be made to a charity of choice.
WILSON: Wilfred Elmer, passed away peacefully at home with his loving wife, Ethel by his side, on Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at the age of 90 years. He was born the 5th child of Robert Nelson and Elizabeth on October 5, 1916 at Glenella, Manitoba. Wilfred received his schooling at Goodland School until he was 10 or 11 years old, at which time, he worked on the farm, hauling grain and helping with seeding and harvest. Attending school in the winter time, Wilfred got his grade 8, then started farming full time. In 1944, Wilfred married Ethel Gardiner of the same district. Together, they had four children: Elmer, Larry, Darryl and Danny, the youngest passing away in infancy. They later adopted Verna and Ron. The family moved to Brandon in 1956 when Wilfred was employed with C.P.R. for a year. He then worked for the City Works Department until he retired, after 25 years’ service, in 1981. After his family, Wilfred’s great love was hunting, a sport he continued until he was 85, when he shot his last "big buck", ending a hunting career which spanned 71 years. Wilfred is survived by Ethel, his wife of 63 years; grandson Danny who was raised like a son and who adored his grandpa, giving him such good care in his later years; son Darryl (Marilyn), Dustin (Tennelle), Faith, Payton, Clayton and Nathan and Christopher (Evanka); daughter Verna (Danny’s mom); son Ron; daughter-in-law Marlane, Corey and Christy (Darren) and Marley; daughter-in-law Fran, Crystal (Bob), Sean and Cailey and Laura. Wilfred is also survived by his brother Cecil (Jean) and sisters Ada, Margaret and Agnes (Lee), brother-in-law Jack (Freda) Gardiner and sisters-in-law Ada and Mildred as well as numerous nieces and nephews. His sons Elmer and Larry, his parents, brothers George and Nelson and sisters Violet, Verena, Helen and an infant sister predeceased Wilfred. A Celebration of Wilfred’s life was held at McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Dan Pope officiating. A time of fellowship followed and interment took place at the Goodland Cemetery, Glenella. Pallbearers were grandsons, Corey, Dustin and Christopher, nephew Vic Thomson, brother Cecil and brother-in-law Jack Gardiner. In lieu of flowers, if friends wish, donations in Wilfred’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, #1, 613-10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G6.
WALKER: Robert Arnold Walker of Rivers, Manitoba, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on March 3, 2007 at the age of 81 years. Robert is survived by his sister Mary Graham of Sault Ste. Marie, ON; brother George Walker of North Bay, ON and by numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Frank and parents Mary and Frank. Funeral Mass will be held at the Immaculate Conception Church in Rivers on Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. Interment will follow at the Rivers Cemetery. Donations in memory of Robert may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, #1, 613-10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G6.
WALOWETZ: William Murray "Beamer" Walowetz (January 28, 2006 – March 2, 2007). William, beloved son of Kevin and Shannon, was taken peacefully at home in his sleep on Friday, March 2, 2007. A Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, March 9, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. with Arlene Robertson of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will take place in the Children’s Section at the Brandon Cemetery. A reception to celebrate William’s life will follow at the Sprucewoods Community Hall. Donations in memory of William may be made to the Westman Dreams for Kids Foundation, 203-37-11th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4J2.
WALL: Walter Stanley Wall (December 16, 1922 – January 20, 2007). It is with deep regret the family of Walter Stanley Wall announces their loss of a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Walter passed away on January 20, 2007 after a lengthy illness. He leaves to mourn his loving wife Anna (née Roberts), his daughter Darlene McCrae (James) and his son Randall (Allison). He is also mourned by his grandchildren, whom he dearly loved: Tara (Scot) Taylor of Brandon; Toby (Matthew) Kreider of Goshen, Indiana; Nancy (Robyn) Yon of Grand Forks, North Dakota; Hollie (Dustin) Wells of Brandon; Candice McCrae and her fiancée Bart Brown of Brandon; Nigel, Maggie, Marley and Riley Wall of Winnipeg. Great grandchildren are Kieran and Aidan Taylor of Brandon; Jackson and Joshua Yon of Grand Forks; Reid and Lilianna Wells of Brandon. Walter was a family-oriented man, adored his grandchildren, was thankful for the gift of enjoying his six great grandchildren and was pleased to learn of the expected arrival of two more later this year. Also left to mourn are his sister Maud Gould of Brandon and sisters-in-law Frances Milne-McKeown, Brandon; Florence Daniels, Edmonton; Shirley (Walter) Mitchell, Edmonton; and Dorothy (Clay) Elston, Kingston, Ontario; also many nieces and nephews. Walter was predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Minnie Wall, and by his brother Ernest and sisters Dorothy, Mary and Violet. Anna and Walter were married in 1943 and would have celebrated 64 years together in March of this year. Walter received his education in the Brandon school system. Prior to enlisting in the armed forces in 1943, he was employed by the CNR Prince Edward Hotel. Later that year he was sent overseas, where he served in the infantry with the South Saskatchewan Regiment. Wounded in action in France and flown to England for hospital recovery, he later rejoined his regiment and walked across Holland, Belgium and Germany, where he was deployed at war’s end. On his return to Canada, Walter was re-employed at the Prince Edward Hotel as night auditor. After the sale of the Prince Edward Hotel, he began as ticket clerk for the CPR, again until its closure, when he was employed at the Brandon Mental Hospital as assistant stores manager until his retirement in 1987. During his working years and after retirement Walter and Anna spent many holidays and weekends at the family cottage at Sportsman’s Park, Clear Lake, where he practised his hobby of building and renovating. They also enjoyed tropical cruises and holidays in Hawaii, Spain and Mexico. Walter was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion #3 and, despite his illness, was proud to walk up and receive his sixty-year membership pin in the spring of 2006. He attended First Baptist Church, always willing to help with various projects. At one time, he and another volunteer spent days painting the entire floor of the First Baptist Church, where he and Anna were married many years before. Walter was interested in active sports, hunting and fishing. His keenest interest was in keeping and breeding tropical and saltwater fish. He earned many trophies, winning best of show with his talent for aquarium decorating. He was past president of the Brandon Tropical Fish Club. Fanciers with sick fish often called upon Walter for assistance, so much so that amongst the membership he was called the "fish doctor". An avid gardener, he loved to tend the flowers and vegetables in his yard. He was proud to share the "best" tomatoes with family and friends. Walter always had a sincere interest in the underprivileged, particularly children’s causes. He supported and maintained regular contact with a child from El Salvador, from age two to adulthood. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2007 at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, with interment and reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Walter’s memory may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB R7A 7M6 or to a charity of choice.
WILLIAMS: Bernard Eldon Keith "Barney" Williams passed away at his residence, Hillcrest Place on Sunday, January 14, 2007. Barney was born in Oak Lake to parents Thomas Edward and Hazel Williams on December 29, 1923. He received his education in Oak Lake and shortly after finishing Grade XII he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force serving overseas. Shortly after returning from overseas, he and his mother moved to Saskatoon to be closer to other family members. It was here he met and married Kathleen Stephens. He was predeceased by his wife Kathleen, his parents, brother Smith (Dorothy) and brother-in-law Cecil Furtney. Barney is survived by his wife Yvonne; son Ted (Coreen) and their family: son Randy (Jen) and their son Tristyn; son Ryan; daughter Rennie (Rob) Hendry, sister Marguerite Furtney and niece Wendy Furtney. Also surviving is Yvonne’s family Joyce Milne, Joan (Ian Moggach) and their families. Barney enjoyed his fishing and hunting trips with his friends and loved a game of golf. He also took great pleasure in his many canoe trips with the Boy Scouts. He was active in the Boy Scout Movement for over 25 years. Barney was a member of the Oak Lake Legion #079. Prior to retiring, he worked in real estate for over 25 years in Saskatoon. Funeral service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. Interment will take place in the veterans’ section at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, #1, 613-10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G6 or to a charity of choice.
YOUNG: Valerie Beth Young, beloved wife of Darrell, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at the age of 43 years. Valerie was born on October 18, 1963 at Rossburn, Manitoba. During her lifetime, she took over 60 foster children into her home and never once called them a "foster" child. She will always be remembered for her work she did with her husband around the community. Valerie very much supported "For the Love of Our Children" and "Street Love Ministries." She volunteered much of her time and consistently helped every year with the Christmas dinner. Val had a strong faith and very much loved the Lord, Jesus. She is survived by her husband Darrell; sons Sammy, Jamie, Gavin, Lionel, Kyle and Ginew; daughter Lillian; mother Mary; sisters Crystal and Lisa; and by brother Joey. Valerie was predeceased by her grandmother Eliza Shingoose. A funeral service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Friday, March 23, 2007 with Rev. Dave Thiessen officiating. Interment will take place at the Waywayseecappo Presbyterian Cemetery on Monday, March 26, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Valerie may be made to Street Love Ministries, 33-10th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4E4.
YOUNG: Violet Grace Young, beloved wife of the late George Young, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at the age of 89 years. Grace was born May 2, 1917 at Virden, Manitoba and lived in the Sifton Municipality on a farm. She was the eldest daughter and second eldest in the family of three brothers and one sister, born to Herb and Elizabeth Pigg. The family moved in 1922, from Virden to Brandon where they lived on 19th Street North. Mum began her schooling at the David Livingstone School. In 1928, the family moved to Section 28-10-20 at Kemnay where Mum finished her schooling before joining the work force. On June 24, 1937, Mum married George Young. They then moved five miles south of Kemnay where they started farming on the east half of 28-9-20 where Mum lived for 68 years until July, 2005 when she moved to the Colonial Estates, Queen’s Avenue, Brandon. Mum enjoyed being there as she could walk to the Shoppers’ Mall to meet her friends for coffee. Mum made many friends while at her new home. While living in the Roseland District, she was involved in the Roseland United Church, Roseland UCW, the Community Club and the Roseland Curling Rink. Mum was a great cook and loved to work in the kitchen trying new recipes. She also loved to play cards, curl, dance, work in her garden and spend time at the cabin at Oak Lake Resort. She loved her flowers at the cabin as well as having friends visit her and Dad over the 20 years that they spent there. Mum enjoyed life on the farm, especially calving season, spring seeding and harvest time with meals in the field. Mum is survived by son, Ted and wife Beth; grandsons, Edward and Jim and wife Vickie East; sister, Evelyn Canty; brother, Doug Pigg and partner Cynthia Swalwell and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, George Young February 7, 1997; brothers Alfred and Norman; sisters-in-law, Lois Grant and Kay Pigg; brother-in-law, Bill Canty as well as two nephews and one niece. A memorial service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, on Saturday, February 10, 2007 with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Grace may be made to a charity of choice.
YABLONSKI: Lillian Virginia (née Wilczynski). Suddenly at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, January 9, 2007. Lillian is survived by her loving husband, Michael: sons, Michael Jr. (friend Elaine), granddaughter, Correna-Reece; Alvin (Debbie), grandson Kiel (friend Laurie) and daughter Linda. Lillian was born Easter Sunday, April 17, 1927 to John and Albina Wilczynski. She was predeceased by her brothers, Walter, Charlie and Victor and sister, Julia. Lillian received her schooling in Brandon and worked at Yaegers Furs. On August 9, 1947, she married Michael Yablonski. In 1957, the family moved to Portage la Prairie where they raised three children. Lillian belonged to the Ruth Rebekah Lodge and worked at the Manitoba School for ten years before returning to her home town, Brandon in 1986. Mike and Lillian enjoyed family gatherings, travel and church at St. Joseph’s Polish National Catholic Church. Lillian was a member of the Naomi Rebekah Lodge, the Arthritis Society and was a life member of the Polish Gymnastic Association – "Sokol". She was a much loved daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, aunt, grandmother, or Grammy, as Correna always called her, and a friend. She was Lucy. Prayers were said at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, on Thursday, January 11, 2007 Funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph’s Polish National Catholic Church, on Friday, January 12, 2007 with Fr. Jerzy Urbanski officiating. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations, in memory of Lillian, may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824-18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
ZYGMOND: Peacefully on June 15, 2007 at the Brandon Assiniboine Centre, Frank Zygmond passed away at the age of 77 years after a brief illness. Frank was born on January 11, 1930 and raised in St. Boniface, Manitoba, the only child of Katherine and Joseph Zygmond. He is predeceased by his father, Joseph Henry, April 7, 1980; his mother, Katherine, July 18, 1991; and his beloved wife, Olga, July 6, 2006. Frank will be sadly missed by his daughter, Cheryl, sons Michael (Tara) and Douglas, grandchildren Dustin, Daniel, Tiffany, Jessica and Jarred; great granddaughter Tyra, niece and goddaughter Cynthia and niece Barbara. Frank grew up in Winnipeg and then moved to Morden in 1950 to begin his career with Manitoba Hydro. He met Olga in Neepawa and they married on September 15, 1956. They moved to Brandon, and after a two-year stint in Thompson, settled in Brandon for the remainder of their lives. After 39 years of service with Manitoba Hydro, Frank retired from his position as Electrical Maintenance Superintendent in 1989. Aside from his career, he was very involved with volunteer organizations – most notably the Kiwanis Club. Frank was a founding member of the Brandon – Assiniboine chapter and was recently honored with a 35-year Legion of Honor certificate. From potato planting, to Meals on Wheels, to Red Nose – he was always actively involved in their initiatives. In his retirement years, Frank embraced two new hobbies, computing and collecting antiques, enjoying both past times immensely. A memorial service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332 – 8th Street on Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Raju Madanu officiating. Interment and reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, if friends so wish, a donation may be made in Frank’s memory to a charity of your choice.