Mary Eileen (Lovatt) Abrey died peacefully Thursday, August 23 in Souris District Health Centre. Mum was born April 8, 1921 in Sardis, British Columbia. Her family (Ryan) farmed in nearby Vedder Crossing. After graduating from high school in Chilliwack she trained as a registered nurse in Royal Columbia Hospital in New Westminster. She nursed there, in Chilliwack, and in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and Souris, Manitoba. Her goal to continue nursing across Canada changed into marriage to Ken Lovatt on June 20, 1947. They farmed together in Carroll until the early 1980’s and raised five children. Dad died in 1985. We remember the visits of her brothers and sisters and their families from British Columbia. But the prairies became Mum’s home and, in many ways, Dad’s family became her family. Rachel, especially, became a life-long and close friend. In 1987 Eileen married Gerald Abrey. We are forever thankful for Gerald’s love and care during the years Mum lost her eyesight, and for helping her learn to adapt to life as a differently-abled person. Mum and Gerald lived active and joyful lives as members of the Souris Gospel Chapel community. Mum moved into Crescent Manor in Souris in April 1992, two months after Gerald’s death. So many of us worried that Mum would lose her ability to function in the world, but it was not that way at all. She learned to count steps and trust her faith and ever-excellent hearing. Her ability to recognize voices surprised many. She made her own decisions. “She bought her own hats”, as many who remember seeing her out walking would agree! Eileen is survived by five sisters and two brothers. She is also survived by her children and grandchildren: Joel (Pat) Lovatt and Sarah, Laura, and Michael; Lloyd (Linda) Lovatt and Heather and Holly; Betty Lou (Ken) Morrison and Tim and Jennifer; Barbara (Chuck) Hutton and Charles and Micah; and Charlie Lovatt (Lorette Dewar); step children Carolyn, Nolan, and Susan; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husbands Ken and Gerald, she was predeceased by her parents and two sisters.
“She did what she had the
power to do.”
Rhonda Marie Boulet of Killarney, 1983-2001. Daughter of Ron and Marianne, sister of Chantal went bravely into the arms of the Lord after a long and courageous battle with Cystic Fibrosis on September 5, 2001. Her beautiful spirit that touched so many people will remain always. A service of remembrance will be held on Monday, September 10, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. in the Killarney Mennonite Church on Bay Avenue, Killarney, Manitoba. Donations may be made to Cystic Fibrosis, Box 21008, 32-3900 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3R 3R2. Killarney & Boissevain Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
It is with sorrow we announce the death of our much loved sister and aunt, Nancy Bunting, at the Assiniboine Centre on August 31, 2001. Nancy was born on March 21, 1932 at Kelwood, Manitoba, the youngest child of Ralph and Florence Bunting. After her education at Kelwood and Winnipeg Normal Schools, Nancy began her career as a primary teacher at Swan River, Dauphin, and finally in Brandon. During this time she obtained her B. A. and B. Ed. degrees. During her retirement years she enjoyed many trips in Canada and abroad, knitting and sewing and other handicrafts, bridge, reading and volunteering at Fleming School. She was predeceased by her parents and a nephew Ralph Ferguson. Nancy will be much missed by her sisters, Mary Bunting and Joan (Ross) Ferguson. Nancy will be much missed by her sisters, Mary Bunting and Joan (Ross) Ferguson; her brother Ralph (Brenda); nieces Phyllis (Lindsay) Bottomer and Patricia (Ron) Warsaba and their children; and her nephews John Ferguson, Sean (Kathy) Bunting and Guy (Sue) Bunting. Nancy’s funeral was held in St. Matthew's Cathedral on Thursday, September 6, 2001 with the Very Rev. J. D. Njegovan officiating. Interment followed at Kelwood Cemetery. Pallbearers were John Ferguson, Sean Bunting, Lindsay Bottomer, Ronald Warsaba, Eldon Hearn, and Eldred Wyche. Flowers were gratefully declined, but if friends so wish, a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8 would be appreciated. Arrangements were in care of Brockie Donovan, 727-0694.
James Ernest Burns Campbell. After a lengthy battle with lung disease, Dad is finally at rest. Peacefully on Monday, August 27, 2001, with his family by his side, he passed from this world to join Mom in the next. Dad was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Margaret, on July 27, 2000. He is survived by his four children, Judy (Hugh) Bagnall, of Belair, Manitoba, Floyd (Rose) Campbell, and Keith (Jan) Campbell of Winnipeg and Margaret Campbell of Regina, 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Also surviving Jim are his sisters Leita, Donna and Sharon; and his brothers Ken (Joyce) and Rodney (Roz). He was predeceased by his sister Betty and brother Murray. Dad was born March 29, 1923 at Cypress River, Manitoba. He was the eldest of eight children born to George Burns and Esther Winnifred Campbell (nee Gadd). Jim lived and worked on the farms in the Cypress River area until he enlisted in the RCAF in 1942. On April 21, 1944 Jim married Margaret Boswell in Regina. During his training they lived on various bases across Canada until Jim graduated as a bomb aimer and was posted to India where he completed 28 operations over Burma. He returned home in January 1946 on the Queen Elizabeth I. Following the war, Jim enroled in the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Manitoba graduating with a B.S.A. in 1950 and M. Sc. in 1952. From 1952 to 1954 he served as Provincial Agriculture Representative based at Morden, Manitoba. Following that he was with Soils and Crops Branch of the Manitoba Department of Agriculture until 1966, at which time he joined the Manitoba Crop Insurance Corporation as Director of Research. From 1971 to 1973 he served as the Assistant Manager of the Corporation. He moved to Regina as the General Manager of the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation, a position he held with distinction until his retirement in 1983. During his time in Manitoba Dad served as secretary of the Manitoba Branch, Canadian Seed Growers Association, and was also active in the Manitoba Agronomists, the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists and the Agricultural Institute of Canada. In 1977 he was a recipient of the Canadian Silver Jubilee Medal in recognition of worthy and devoted service in the field of agriculture. Both Jim and Margaret were actively involved in Silver Heights United Church for 19 years, from its inception until leaving for Saskatchewan in 1973. After retirement, dad became increasingly proud of his military service, becoming active in the Burma Bomber Association, and the Royal Canadian air Force Association, traveling Canada to participate in various activities. A celebration of James life was held at Regina Funeral Home, Highway #1 East, on Saturday, September 1, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in James memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, 2360 2nd Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4R 1A6 or to the Saskatchewan Lung Association, 1231-8th Street East, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7H 0S5. The family would like to thank the staff of the Regina General Hospital in particular Dr. Keren Ganshorn for the care and compassion that was shown during his final hours. Also a special thank you to Gordon, Colleen, John, Nadine, Lorne, and Eunice for their support over the last few months. Arrangements were entrusted to Regina Funeral Home (306) 789-8850.
The death of John Driedger, beloved husband of Katie and dear father of Marion, Ruth, Leonard, Fred and Joyce occurred suddenly in Brandon on Wednesday, September 5, 2001. The funeral ceremony will be held at the Richmond Park Mennonite Brethren Church, 1525-26th Street on Monday, September 10, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. Viewing at the Church prior to the ceremony. Pastor David Ens will officiate. Interment will follow in the Sparling Cemetery, Justice, Manitoba. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Mr. Driedger to the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
Ronald Douglas Lindley Hodgson of Brandon, beloved father of Lorraine, passed away peacefully at Hillcrest Place on Saturday, September 1, 2001 at the age of 79 years. Ronald was born on the family farm at Underhill, Manitoba on October 11, 1921 to William and Elizabeth Hodgson. He attended school in Underhill, and in later years he was a navigator with the RCAF during WW II. Upon his return from the war he married Grace Toole and they settled down on the family farm in the Underhill district from 1945 to 1976. Despite Ron’s battle with Multiple Sclerosis over the past 60 years, he had a very positive outlook on life and was an inspiration to all who met him. His grandsons were his pride and joy and whenever they visited, he would light up the room with his smile. Ronald is survived by his daughter Lorraine (Terry) Lewis; grandsons Mike, Rob, and Matt; brothers Murray, Raymond (Edith); sisters-in-law Jean, Eileen Banks, Shirley and Gordon Hill, Griff and Martha Toole, Gordon and Rose Toole; many nieces and nephews; and special friends Edith and Helmi. He was predeceased by his parents William and Elizabeth Hodgson; wife Grace; and brother John. A service of remembrance was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Wednesday, September 5, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. with interment following at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so wish, donations in memory of Ron, may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Brandon and District, Unit B- 920-6th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 3P8. Arrangements were in care of Brockie Donovan, 727-0694.
Ian A. Morton of Deloraine, wife of Jean, died at the Bren-Del-Win Lodge on September 5, 2001 age 77. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. in the Deloraine United Church, Deloraine, Manitoba. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society. Smith’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
Norman Russell Lloyd Adams died at the Deloraine Health Centre on October 10, 2001, age 69. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. Goodlands United Church, Goodlands, Manitoba. Donations may be made to the Cancer Society. Everyone is welcome to lunch at the Goodlands Community Centre following the service. Smith’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
John Arthur Ross of Killarney, died suddenly on October 9, 2001, age 56, beloved husband of Janice. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. in the Killarney Mennonite Church on Bay Avenue, Killarney. A donation in John’s memory may be made to his favorite charity, the Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, R7A 2W8. Killarney Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
William Robert (Bob) Duke passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon, Manitoba with his family by his side at 67 years of age. Bob is survived by his wife June, daughter Sherry (JD) Boyd and children Sydney and Denton of Winnipeg, and daughter Norma (Todd) Hellyer and children Mike and Scott of Brandon, brothers Don (Viv) Duke, Lloyd (Marjorie) Duke, brother-in-law Norman Edie, sister-in-law Betty Lou Snyder and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by Fred and Mary Duke (father and mother) Milton Duke (brother), Lois Edie (sister), Tom and Helena Finney (father and mother-in-law), Glen Snyder (brother-in-law) and Maxine and Sam Harper (sister and brother-in-law). Born April 18, 1934 in Redvers, Saskatchewan, the youngest of five children to Fred and Mary Duke. At the age of ten the family moved to the Harmsworth District where they had purchased farmland. Hunting, baseball, curling and fishing were a major part of his early life. Married on October 19, 1956 to June Finney of Elkhorn, Manitoba they continued to farm on the family land until 1979. Together they raised two daughters. After moving from the farm into Virden in 1979, Bob started work for a few years as a car salesman with Fowler Chev Olds. At the same time horse racing came to be a big part of his life first traveling the circuit throughout Manitoba and then to Saskatchewan and Alberta for the next twelve years. Funeral service was held Saturday, November 17, 2001 at Carscadden Funeral Chapel with Rev. Brenda Ferguson officiating. Ushers were Doug Sexsmith and Keith Wadham. Nephew Jim Duke of Edmonton gave eulogy. Interment was at Bennett Cemetery. Donations in Bob’s memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of your choice. Arrangements were with G. R. Carscadden Funeral Services Virden.
A man never dies while there are those on earth
who loved him.
He’s never gone as long
as he is remembered with love
and a tender smile.
Elsie Lillian passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior with family at her side, on December 7, 2001, after a courageous and dignified battle with cancer. Predeceased by her husband, Charles Thomas “Tom” Egan. She will always be lovingly remembered by their children, Joan (Ross) Dickie of Kimball, Minnesota and Wayne (Janet) Egan of Cultus Lake, British Columbia. Elsie was grandmother to: Jeff Egan, Derek (Laura) Egan, Jackie (Wade) Kehler, Timothy (Tanya) Dickie and Shannon Kelly. She was also great grandmother to: Torrey, Donovan, Jada, Carsen, Brenden, and Riley. Elsie was a sister to James (the late Elsie) Larson and Lorraine (Albert) Taylor. She was also an aunt to numerous nieces and nephews. Elsie was born in Portage la Prairie, January 6, 1915, where she resided until 1965 when she and her husband moved to Brandon, Manitoba. She was a member of the Faith Fellowship Baptist Church. A very special thanks to Mabel, Ethel and Joanie, and all those who were so kind to her at the Lion’s Manor. The family would like to thank Dr. Bergner and his nurses. Funeral service was held at Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, Brandon on Tuesday, December 11, 2001. Pastor Brian Kirsch and Pastor Robert Dunlop officiated. Elsie's grandchildren acted as pallbearers. Following Elsie’s wishes flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in her memory may be made to Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, 4 Willowdale Crescent, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 1A3. Arrangements were in care of Brockie Donovan, 727-0694.
“We now entrust you into
God’s loving hands.
May you watch over us
Passed away at the Wawanesa & District Health Centre on Sunday, December 9, 2001 at the age of 75 years, Wilfred John MacKay, of Belmont, Manitoba. Wilf leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife Angie (nee Cramer), son Delbert and wife Lisa of Ninette, grandchildren Justin and Natasha, as well as numerous relatives and friends. A graveside service will be held on Friday, December 14, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hilton Cemetery. A celebration of Wilf’s life will be held also on Friday, at 2:00 p.m. in the Knox United Church, Belmont, Manitoba with Rev. Doug Craig officiating. Friends that so desire, memoriams may be made in Wilf’s memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727-B 10th Street, Brandon, R7A 4G7 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 824-18th Street, Unit 3, Brandon, R7A 5B7. Jamieson Funeral Service of Baldur Glenboro in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.
William Reginald Poole passed away on December 11, 2001, at his residence. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 15th at 1:00 p.m. in Silver Heights United Church, 199 Garrioch Avenue. A complete obituary will follow.
Thomson Funeral Chapels 204-783-7211.
John Douglas, beloved husband of Dora White, entered into rest December 10, 2001 at the age of 59 years. Survived by wife Dora; children: Barry, Brian, Vaughn, Kendra, and Nathan; grandchildren: Dustin, Quintana, and Graeson. Funeral service will be held in the Yellowhead Center, Neepawa on Thursday, December 13, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Joe Ball officiating. Interment in Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa. In lieu of flowers, friends who so desire, may make a donation to the Neepawa United Church Building Fund, Neepawa, Manitoba, R0J 1H0.
William (Bill) Antoniuk of Rideau Park Personal Care Home passed away on March 6, 2002 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Bill was born on November 22, 1919 on the family farm at Petora, Polynia near Poschika in the western Ukraine. Bill had six sisters and one brother. The family came to Canada in 1929 and farmed in the Grass River area. In 1940, he joined the Canadian Army at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. He took his training in Dundurn, Saskatchewan and Vancouver, British Columbia where he met his future wife Anne Powshik. In 1941, Bill was sent overseas to join the Seaforth Islanders Regiment of the Canadian Army. He saw action in Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium, Holland and England. On October 5, 1945, he returned to Canada and on November 21, 1945, he married Anne Powshik, of Brandon. They farmed for four years at High Bluff, Manitoba. Their only child, a daughter Joanne Lee (Joey) was born on November 19, 1947. They then moved to Brandon where Bill operated a trucking service, car lot, and Bills Esso Service. Bill retired in January of 1987. He loved fishing and hunting with his brother-in-law, Bill Tarr and Howard Needham. He also enjoyed trips in the motor home with his family. They went East, West, and South to parts of the United States. They also went to the Narrows to Anne's sister and brother-in-law, Paulette and Howard Needham. Bill was very strong in his faith, and very active in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. He was president of the church and helped at the Ukrainian National Home until poor health took over. He was president of the Brandon Figure Skating Club. One of his proudest moments was when his daughter passed her tests in Figure Skating. He enjoyed going to the ice shows that his daughter put on when she taught Figure Skating, especially when she skated to a Ukrainian Kolomayka. Bill also served as vice-president, president and past-president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 247. He is survived by his only child, daughter, Joanne Lee (Joey). Surviving are sisters, brother, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews as well as relatives in the Ukraine. Bill was predeceased by his wife, Anne; his father, Michael; mother, Anastasia; sisters, sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law. His daughter's two pets, the puppy \"Cindie\", and the cat \"Pretty Lady\" will miss the outing to the Personal Care Home to see Grampa. The funeral service was held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 with Fr. Ihor Okhrimlchouk officiating. The Legion Honour Guard was Tom Allnutt, John Hood, Larry Robertson, Jack Tuttle, John Villers and Russ Roney from Branch #3. Pallbearers were Tony Makarchuk, Alex Makarchuck, Howard Needham, Darren Needham, Keith Glennie and Dennis Nystedt. The piper was Roy Middleton. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
Dad I will miss you,
but always love you.